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Nov 3, 2009 09:19 AM

Monday anniversary - my choices are closed on Mondays - help

My 7th wedding anniversary is on Monday 11/30. After telling my husband what a great meal we would enjoy at Commis, and showing him the sample menu & feedback on CH, I found that Commis is closed on Mondays. My first instinct was to have our dinner at Commis on Sunday. But after giving it some thought, I really would like to have a nice meal on our actual anniversary. We have the day off and don't mind driving, so the possibilities are open. Other places that I was looking at, that are unfortunately closed Mondays: Acquerello, the dining room at the Ritz, and closer to home: Manresa, Chez TJ, Trevese. So what does that leave me with? Downstairs Mondays at Chez Panisse, Bix, Ame, Bacar, Perbacco, SPQR? (Incanto is out as we're going there with friends 2 weeks earlier.) We're easy to please, no dietary restrictions, and the place doesn't necessarily have to be an "occassion" restaurant. I would say that the quality of the food matters most. San Francisco, Berkeley/Oakland, the Peninsula and the South Bay are all fair game. I know my request is kind of broad, but I would really appreciate your help. Thanks a lot.


3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

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  1. Camino, Cav, À Côté, Corso, Dopo, Pizzaiolo, Wood Tavern.

    5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

    4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

    Wood Tavern
    6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

    1. More links for the ones that didn't auto-link:

      Cav Wine Bar
      1666 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

      A Cote
      5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

      3917 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

      1788 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

      1. Recently had a great meal at Ame, they're open every night.

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        1. re: saeyedoc

          Also open Monday:

          La Folie

          La Folie
          2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

        2. Rivoli is another Monday option, as is Sea Salt (along with the rest of the Krikorian empire). They are Monday standbys for us. Most of your Monday night options are pretty loud and casual, which might not be suited to your occasion. Quietest option is probably the back room at A Cote, but I'm not certain they'd use it on a slow Monday. Monday options in the City include Ame, Boulevard, Chez Spencer, La Folie, and Range.

          Chez Spencer
          82 14th St., San Francisco, CA 94103

          Sea Salt
          2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

          A Cote
          5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

          La Folie
          2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

          Rivoli Restaurant
          1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

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          1. re: lexdevil

            I believe the back patio at À Côté is open every night. Lots of regulars request it when reserving, and most nights the front fills up at some point.

            1. re: lexdevil

              As you indicate, Lalime's is another Monday night option. My mom recently celebrated her 70th birthday there and it turned out to be a good place for a small celebration. Most of us had the tasting menu. I often find the mains there sort of boring, so that was a nice change -- though it was actually too much food and the desserts were strange.

              1329 Gilman, Berkeley, CA 94706

            2. I'm interested in this too as my birthday falls on a Monday this year. In the Peninsula / South Bay, both Village Pub and Sakoon are open for dinner on Monday.


              Village Pub
              2967 Woodside Rd., Woodside, CA 94062

              357 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

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              1. re: mdg

                John Bentley's is another Peninsula option. The one in Redwood City is open on Mondays.

                John Bentley's
                2915 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94061