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Sep 22, 2009 10:51 AM

East Bay Casual Special Occasion Restaurant - Not Commis?

Anniversary dinner coming up but it's a Tuesday and Commis, my initial choice, is closed. We often go to Chez Panisse but I thought something a bit more casual would work better for such a weekday night, and I thought we'd try something new. What do you all think? Marzano? Four? Corso? Other? Pican is probably out, since he's not all that enthused about even upscale Southern food.

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  1. How about À Côté or Wood Tavern?

    I like Corso a lot. It's up there with Dopo and Pizzaiolo.

    I haven't been to the original Marzano but I'm in no hurry to try it after my visit to the new one on College. Good food but I felt like they were putting profits ahead of service.

    I like Five but maybe not for a celebration.

    1. Commis doesn't seem that casual, considering it's the most expensive restaurant in Oakland, and the second most expensive in the East Bay (behind Chez Panisse)

      What about Chez Panisse Cafe?

      1. How about Rivoli? Same owners as Corso.

        Rivoli Restaurant
        1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

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        1. re: Scott M

          Rivoli's great. It's not as informal as Corso.

        2. What about Oliveto? But I'd go to either A Cote or Wood Tavern.

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          1. re: JasmineG

            I enjoy Wood Tavern but it can be very noisy.

          2. I too would recommend À Côté.