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Looking for a nice spot in Berkeley for dinner friday night

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I am looking for a nice place to have dinner with two friends on friday night. Something a little lower than Alice Waters place but still nice. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks fellow Chowhounds!

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  1. At the moment, I'm loving Corso . Last time we were there, every single thing we ordered was flavorfull and beautifully made...

    Corso's older sibling Rivoli is very good as well, but slightly more formal...

    1. À Côté, Corso, Sea Salt, Wood Tavern. Reservations are a good idea.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Being a realist about table availability, I'd try Corso and Sea Salt (Sea Salt being the more likely). It's tough to get a table at Wood Tavern on a weeknight, let alone a Friday night on short notice. Corso currently only shows an opening at 5:30 PM. Rivoli is usually a good option for a last minute table. A Cote has a 3 top available on Opentable.com for 6:00 PM, if you're willing to dine early (and eat about 5 blocks into Oakland). Eccolo and Lalimes are usually safe bets when everything else is booked up. Lalimes is currently offering a $25 3 course dinner for the budget minded.

      2. Chez Panisse Cafe (cheaper than the restaurant downstairs!) or Wood Tavern - two great places, but food is quite different.

          1. In addition to the good suggestions already mentioned, I'd also consider Lalime's (the flagship restaurant of the owners of Sea Salt). Lalime's, during this nasty recession, often has a few tables available even on Friday night. Look at their website (www.lalimes.com) which also has links to their other restaurants. Lalime's is at 1329 Gilman St. in Berkeley.

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            1. re: dlglidden

              Lots of reports on Lalime's linked from its Places entry.

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              Lalime's
              1329 Gilman, Berkeley, CA 94706