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Dec 14, 2009 03:02 PM

Recs needed for this Saturday in Oakland

What would be a good place to go to (and likely get a booking in this late) for a restaurant in/around Oakland this Saturday?

We're pretty new to the area, restaurantwise, though we lucky enough to eat at Commis a few weeks back (consensus the same as basically every other posting). I'd love to find somewhere approaching that caliber.


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  1. I don't know of anything else quite like Commis in Oakland, but some other great restaurants that take reservations include Camino, Wood Tavern, Oliveto, and Pizzaiolo. Those four are, variously, a mix of California/American and/or Italian, food-wise. But if you have a specific type of cuisine you're looking for, you might get better responses.

    I probably like Wood Tavern the best of that lot, but it might be the toughest reservation to get.

    5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

    Wood Tavern
    6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

    3917 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

    3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

    Oliveto Restaurant
    5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

    1. Camino, À Côté, Lalime's, Oliveto, Rivoli, Sea Salt, Corso.

      Chez Panisse and Wood Tavern, probably too late to get a reservation.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I have to give a 3rd recommendation for Oliveto. We live in Sacramento now, but still make the drive to Oliveto once or twice a year.

      2. I would check Most of the better restaurants in the area have reservations available. Abstract and Robert have listed several nice restaurants which should fit the bill if you can get in. I'd also mention Dopo on Piedmont Avenue but they don't take reservations. if you get there early it should be a problem though.

        1. Thanks everyone -- we're going to try Camino.

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          1. re: bgbc

            Tried Camino this past Saturday and it was perfect. From the engaging, well-trained, friendly but unimposing staff to the ambience/decor to the food, this place knocked me out. The duck appetizer, the lamb three ways entree, the fiskalini cheddar and the quince dessert were all stellar. The wines were good. I enjoyed the warmth of the wood and the fireplace. It was the best restaurant experience I've had in a long time.