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I have a childhood friend who is visiting the Bay Area in two weeks. I would like to take him out to dinner somewhere in the Oakland/Berekely (maybe Alameda) area and I do not want a chain. Someplace by the water would be good but not necessay. I would also like a place that is not too noisy so we can catch up. I would like a full bar so we could have some drinks. it shouldn't be terriby pricey but I don't want to sacrifice good food for low cost either.
Essentially I want to show off the Bay Area by going to a nice restaurant with both good food and atmosphere. HELP! Any suggestions? We enjoy all types of cuisine.

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  1. There's nowhere with good food near the water. You might want to consider hitting up some place with a view for drinks and then heading elsewhere for dinner (or vice versa).

    If you really want to show off the East Bay, maybe drinks at the Paragon Bar in the Claremont and then dinner at Wood Tavern or Pizzaiolo.

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    Pizzaiolo
    5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

    Wood Tavern
    6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      I love Pizzaiolo, and it's often the place I take visitors to show off the East Bay, but it's really noisy. Wood Tavern has great food and it's not as noisy, though still lively, and they have great cocktails. Definitely definitely call soon for a reservation if you're thinking about going there. A Cote also has great food and cocktails, and if you get one of the tables on the back patio, it's much quieter and a good place to catch up.

      Drinks at Paragon are a good idea to start, it's a great view, especially at or around sunset.

      1. re: JasmineG

        I have to disagree.
        I think Wood Tavern is one of the noisiest restaurants in the East Bay. Meals with friends have been so difficult it's off our list of restaurants for dinners with others.

        1. re: Oakland Barb

          Then don't go to Pizzaiolo with friends! If you go to A Cote, when you call for your reservation ask for a table on the back patio, it will be quieter. I also think that Dopo is a good place to dine with friends, but they don't take reservations for small parties. And you know, it's so obvious that it often gets overlooked, but Chez Panisse Cafe is a wonderful setting and has great food, and the price point about what the other mid priced places in the East Bay are -- ask for a quiet table, though, because some of the tables are pretty noisy.

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          A Cote
          5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

    2. Second on the back patio at A Cote.