Group Dinner Albany, North Berkeley, El Cerrito?
Hi, I'm coming in from Seattle to attend a funeral :( which will be Saturday afternoon. About 15 of us are interested in a casual dinner afterward but none of us is local. I'm treating so I'd like to keep the price fairly reasonable. Do any specific places stand out that may work for us; maybe in the Solano Ave area?
I've been searching but it is difficult to know about group service..
China Village is also on Solano and has plenty of room for groups.
I've been hearing a few good reports about a new restaurant on San Pablo in El Cerrito. It's called Happy Golden Bowl Chinese.
For non-Chinese food, Solano Bar & Grill might serve well. Don't let the name fool you, it's actually a white cloth table top place.
1335 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706
1133 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706
Happy Golden Bowl
10675 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA
Solano Grill closes at 3pm and doesn't re-open until 5pm so it depends on when the funeral ends.
China Village might be best. The prices are good as is the food and they handle groups without a problem. I would call though to reserve so they can ramp up staff. Saturday afternoon can be quiet anywhere and staff is usuall at a minimum.
I'm guessing from the El Cerrito, North Berkeley mention that this might be at that funeral home at the end of Fairmont near Fat Apples.If that is the case, then following Fairmont across San Pablo to Central will take you toward Daimo which is next to the freeway. There's lots of parking though it is louder than China Village.
Here's a brilliant idea (IMO). Zaki Kabob house on San Pablo. They make an amazing rotiserrie chicken and have a parking lot. They are open in the afternoon and the prices are good. Again, I'd call to make sure they ramp up staff and have enugh chickens ready since most of the business comes after 5pm.
I second the Daimo suggestion. Large dining room and they cater to large parties (think multi-generation Chinese families coming in for a meal). They have a huge menu but almost all the dishes are well executed. If your party enjoys Chinese food, Daimo is an obvious choice and easy to get to. (It's in a shopping center but is in its own separate building.)
Daimo Chinese Restaurant
3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804
Here's a post-funeral dinner report for Jayakarta on University Ave in Berkeley for a group of 8.
I like Happy Golden Bowl, but it is a bit on the small side. It does have two round tables that seat 8 each, so your party could be accommodated. I would make a reservation. Also, no liquor license if you feel like some libations with your meal.
Thank you all for your suggestions. We ended up at China Village and it was just right. We were early enough that we had attentive service and a fairly quiet back room. The food was surprisingly good (I had read some mixed reveiws) and previous posts helped me get my menu selected in advance. I'm a fairly practiced at ordering Chinese food for groups but every bite was gone (although some did complain of eating too much :) ). I do have to mention (although I forgot in my original post) that the full bar was an added incentive.
Since we were there for several days getting 'affairs in order' we had a chance to try Taki and Happy Golden. We'll likely go back to both. We had a lunch at Picante - I have to say it is not as good as it used to be. A late dinner at Fat Apple's in El Cerrtio (the food was sad). And of course several trips to the Cheeseboard.
We considered going to Daimo as it is an old favorite, but on our last trip we didn't have the best experience. The food was actually quite good but the service was horrible the dining room was less than clean and the bathrooms - yuk, what an unsanitary mess.