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Nov 23, 2009 08:08 AM

Christmas lunch or dinner in Berkeley?

My family is meeting up (from Boston, LA, and Seattle) in the Bay Area for Christmas this year. We're staying in Berkeley for actual Christmas and are looking for somewhere good for a Christmas lunch or dinner. Open Table was little help...anyone have suggestions for restaurants with good food that are open (or that you think might be open)on Christmas?

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  1. Two years ago, driving around circa 7-8pm to feed absent friends' pets, I saw the following places open:

    - at least half a dozen Chinese and Japanese places in downtown Berkeley, including Ryowa Ramen
    - several Indian and Pakistani places, including Udupi Palace (packed) and Kabana
    - about half the Korean places on Telegraph
    - Ohgane on Broadway (very busy)
    - Nation's on University (busy)
    - Foster's Freeze on University

    Someone else reported that China Village was open.

    1. Five might be open, since it's a hotel restaurant.

      FIVE American Bistro & Bar
      2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

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      1. re: ernie in berkeley

        Good call. Opentable shows Five is open. The food's good.

        Same goes for Speisekammer in Alameda. It's very festive, nice place for groups. That would probably be my first choice for a family gathering unless everybody liked spicy Sichuan food.

        They're better than the few other places that Opentable shows as open.

        2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

      2. What are you looking for in terms of food and price? Are you looking for restaurants making special Christmas dinners such as Meritage at the Claremont or Miss Pearl's? Both links are pdf format.

        Unfortunately, most restaurants don't announce Christmas dinners until after Thanksgiving. That is also when opentable has a Christmas link ... usually the Monday after Thanksgiving. However, in past years, that's been kind of a lame link.