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

betterbeheaven Dec 8, 2009 03:22 PM

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.


  1. wolfe Dec 8, 2009 03:30 PM

    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.

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

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    1. re: wolfe
      betterbeheaven Dec 15, 2009 02:14 PM

      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. rworange Dec 8, 2009 06:35 PM

      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.

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        Beach Chick Dec 8, 2009 07:09 PM

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

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        1. re: Beach Chick
          walker Dec 9, 2009 05:14 PM

          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
            betterbeheaven Dec 9, 2009 09:26 PM

            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
              walker Dec 10, 2009 10:34 AM

              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.

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          mychineseauntie Dec 9, 2009 05:59 PM

          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. BernalKC Dec 10, 2009 12:22 AM

            How about Butler and the Chef?

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            1. re: BernalKC
              chezchristine Dec 10, 2009 07:32 AM

              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
                betterbeheaven Dec 10, 2009 08:15 AM

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

              2. Shane Greenwood Dec 10, 2009 07:46 AM

                Cafe Rouge in Berkeley's 4th Street shopping district could be a good call.

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                  pauliface Dec 10, 2009 10:36 AM

                  looks like Bix has a $20 prix fixe lunch menu.

                  This article may have some leads...

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                    david de berkeley Dec 10, 2009 02:51 PM

                    The Bix Fixe is one of my favorites for lunch. The only downside is that Bix is only open for lunch on Friday =(

                    1. re: david de berkeley
                      Jim Dec 11, 2009 07:56 AM

                      During the holidays, Bix is open for lunch during the week.

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                        david de berkeley Dec 11, 2009 04:51 PM

                        Holy cow, why did I not know this. Next week will have at least one Bix lunch. Thanks for the info.

                        1. re: david de berkeley
                          beerandpork Dec 30, 2009 11:53 AM

                          Looks like they're back to Friday-only lunch now, fwiw.

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