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Looking for a "ladies who lunch" spot for this weekend

I'm looking for a casual but nice place for lunch to celebrate my birthday with two girl friends. I want a "ladies who lunch" sort of place, where we can dress up a little bit. I was thinking of places like the Neiman Marcus Rotunda or the Cliff House, but those are both a little on the $$$ side, and I'm looking for something that's $$. I thought of Cafe Claude, but not super into the idea, as well as the Nordstrom Cafe, but not super into that idea either...though both those are more in the price range I'm looking for. Since I'll be doing this over the weekend, I'm open to brunch options as well, but prefer lunch. San Francisco or East Bay is fine.

Thanks!

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  1. You took the words right out of my mouth and according to my family females the shopping in the immediate neighborhood is also pretty good.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6702...

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    Bing Crosby's
    1342 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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    1. re: wolfe

      Thanks for the suggestion! We ended up going to Bing Crosby's. The food was good though not especially memorable, and the restaurant had the right atmosphere that I was seeking. We sat in one of the deep booths. Restaurant was a bit too dark though, especially for daytime (the weather didn't help...)

      They give you some very nice and very hot rolls to start your meal, which I appreciated. I had a grilled chicken sandwich; chicken was juicy, bread was good. Also on the plate were criss-cut potato chips that were pleasantly crunchy, though a bit greasy. My friend got a half sandwich/half soup combo...soup was butternut squash, rich and tasty. Since it was my birthday, I got a complimentary dessert of chocolate ice cream and some sort of strawberry glaze thing. After, we went shopping : )

    2. Crown and Crumpet might be pleasant. It is in Ghiradelli Square which is nicely decorated for the holidays and some tables have a lovely view of the bay.
      http://www.chow.com/restaurants/39290...

      1. Tadich Grill, Zuni Cafe or Boulevard...those would be my choices.

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        1. re: Beach Chick

          Tadich and Zuni are great and they don't close in between lunch and dinner. (Tadich is closed on Sunday.) Boulevard is great, too, maybe pricier?

          1. re: walker

            Actually, all three of those restaurants are out of my range, unfortunately! My two friends and I are recent college grads, and they tend to pay for me on my birthday, so I don't want to have them spend too much.

            1. re: betterbeheaven

              Zuni's hamburger (their own fresh ground meat) is delicious and you could share one or two caesar salads -- best I've ever had and very generous.

        2. we havw had 4 holiday lunches here in danville and forbes mill was ahead oft he others..then there are the shops and great walk around town to walk off the desserts. forbes mill in the danville livery...

            1. re: BernalKC

              I think Butler & the Chef would be too casual.

              Absinthe is a nice atmosphere, not too stuffy, with a reasonable lunch menu (if you stick to sandwiches), plus Hayes Valley is fun to walk around.

              1. re: BernalKC

                Butler & the Chef did occur to me too! I'll have to check out the Absinthe menu for lunch