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Group of girls looking for a good restaurant for a Sunday eve birthday dinner/drinks. No real cuisine preferences, but Italian would be fabulous. Please no chain restaurants if possible.
Thanks so much.

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  1. Could you be more specific? IE is a large place.

    There's a Taps in Corona which serves an excellent Sunday Brunch.
    I hear Sevilla in Downtown Riverside has great food.

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    1. re: SmokeyDoke

      oh ok im looking for evening restaurants

      1. re: cincyn

        As SmokeyDoke said, can you be more SPECIFIC as to locale, parts of the Inland Empire are covered and this board and parts on the California board.

    2. I'm fond of Caffe Allegro in Upland and La Verne. Yummy French and Italian inspired food. I love the seafood dishes and the lobster bisque. The hubby loves the chicken parm. The wine selection is quite good.
      I've heard Three Forks in Claremont is pretty exciting. The steaks and chops have gotten great reviews from the L.A. Times. I believe the bar is more extensive here, if you want more than wine.

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      3 Forks
      580 W 1st Street, Claremont, CA 91711

      Caffe Allegro
      186 N 2nd Ave, Upland, CA 91786

      Cafe Allegro
      2124 3rd St, La Verne, CA 91750

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      1. re: attran99

        Caffe Allegro is very good. With a group, I'd head to the Upland location as the La Verne location is tiny. They do have tables outside on the sidewalk but cannot serve alcohol there.

        Also in La Verne is Charlie's Bistro on Foothill which is very good Italian at reasonable prices in a great atmosphere.

        Aruffo's in Claremont is also a good choice.

        1. re: heckonwheels

          One of my favorite restaurants is Viva Madrid! in Claremont. It's a Tapas bar, although they also have main entrees. The food is fabulous and it's fun to share. The atmosphere is very festive. I love it!

          www.vivamadrid.com

      2. I would highly reccommend The Farm in Redlands. I've only been once, but I liked everything about it. We went with a group and had excellent service. Half of us ordered the fixed price tasting menu and the other half did ala carte. The buy and use the whole animal, so they have some interesting things, we had a killer good saddle of rabbit. They featured quail, duck, scallops. They also have more pedestrian items. It is a very good place with a good vibe. Nice wines too, we had a few excellent bottles we took a flyer on. Take a look at the website.

        Have not been to Forks, but a friend reported that is was very good but extremely expensive.

        I cannot reccomend Caffe Allegro, only went once and was very disappointed, wouldn't likely try it again.

        Viva Madrid is good and fun, but small and cramped and I don't think they do reservations.

        I'd likely head to Pasadena if I wanted a chance at decent Italian.