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Monday anniversary - my choices are closed on Mondays - help

SanJoseHound Nov 3, 2009 09:19 AM

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. Robert Lauriston RE: SanJoseHound Nov 3, 2009 09:43 AM

    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. Robert Lauriston RE: SanJoseHound Nov 3, 2009 09:45 AM

      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

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        saeyedoc RE: SanJoseHound Nov 3, 2009 10:03 AM

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

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        1. re: saeyedoc
          pauliface RE: saeyedoc Nov 3, 2009 10:09 AM

          Also open Monday:

          La Folie

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

        2. lexdevil RE: SanJoseHound Nov 3, 2009 10:17 AM

          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
            Robert Lauriston RE: lexdevil Nov 3, 2009 10:27 AM

            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.

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              Glencora RE: lexdevil Nov 3, 2009 11:49 AM

              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

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              mdg RE: SanJoseHound Nov 3, 2009 10:48 AM

              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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                t.c. RE: mdg Nov 3, 2009 12:25 PM

                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

              2. steve h. RE: SanJoseHound Nov 3, 2009 10:56 AM

                I think the new Quince may be open on Mondays. If so, this would be an excellent choice.
                470 Pacific Avenue.

                1. farmersdaughter RE: SanJoseHound Nov 3, 2009 11:04 AM

                  Delfina's open on Mondays.

                  Delfina Restaurant
                  3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                    SanJoseHound RE: SanJoseHound Nov 3, 2009 11:53 AM

                    Thanks to everyone for the suggestions! I have menus to look up and decisions to make.

                    I don't think Quince is open on Mondays. Checked on opentable and nothing available. Village Pub is tempting because it is a shorter drive, I will have to see what reviews the board turns up. More casual places are fine too, doesn't have to be "romantic". (If my husband were writing this review, would he say otherwise?)

                    Village Pub
                    2967 Woodside Rd., Woodside, CA 94062

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                    1. re: SanJoseHound
                      Robert Lauriston RE: SanJoseHound Nov 3, 2009 12:12 PM

                      Quince is open Mondays. If opentable doesn't show anything, give the restaurant a call.

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