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Really good dinner spot in Berkeley?

gidget1234 Dec 17, 2009 06:32 AM

I'm looking for a quiet-ish place to take my Mom for dinner for her birthday this Sunday. She's vegetarian, but others in the party eat meat. Any thoughts? I'm stumped! I've heard good things about Angeline's...what do you guys think?

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  1. Glencora RE: gidget1234 Dec 17, 2009 06:41 AM

    I don't think Angeline's is great for vegetarians. Venus, nearby, seems like a much better choice to me. Delicious organic vegetables. The rest of the menu is pretty good, too. And it's been quiet when I've been there on Sunday.

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      gidget1234 RE: Glencora Dec 17, 2009 08:18 AM

      Thanks. I've seen Venus and it looks like it has nice ambiance. I'll check out the menu online. Any other suggestions? Any neighborhood is fine.

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        redrover RE: gidget1234 Dec 17, 2009 10:13 AM

        This is a bit of a tough question, because there are a lot of choices. Do you have aany preferences about cuisine?

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          gidget1234 RE: redrover Dec 17, 2009 10:16 AM

          No preference...my first choice was PIzzaiolo, but they aren't open on Sunday. I'm open to trying something new.

    2. Robert Lauriston RE: gidget1234 Dec 17, 2009 10:28 AM

      Vegetarian-friendly, really good, quiet-ish, and open Sundays .. that's a tough one.

      Fellini might be perfect. Super vegetarian-friendly.

      The back room at À Côté might work if that's not too far out of your way.

      1401 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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        sydthekyd RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 17, 2009 11:37 AM

        Nice suggestion for Fellini - second that.

      2. BernalKC RE: gidget1234 Dec 17, 2009 11:52 AM

        Digs Bistro might work. They have a short menu that is by no means vegetarian but it does offer veggie options (in my very limited experience). Its quiet and open on Sunday. Its also quite small, with only one large table (for 8) in a separate room.

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          betterbeheaven RE: BernalKC Dec 17, 2009 12:10 PM

          I second the Digs Bistro suggestion. Very quiet, lovely atmosphere.

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          milklady RE: gidget1234 Dec 17, 2009 12:47 PM

          i would suggest Rivoli or Corso.

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            lmnopm RE: milklady Dec 17, 2009 01:10 PM

            I would take Corso off the list for "quietish." Otherwise, it is a good call.

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              Robert Lauriston RE: milklady Dec 17, 2009 01:46 PM

              Corso's not all that vegetarian-friendly, either:


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                milklady RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 17, 2009 04:06 PM

                I had a great vegetarian lunch at Corso, but I see why it may not be ideal.

                What about trying Gather, which is about to open?

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: milklady Dec 17, 2009 04:08 PM

                  A sign in Gather's window on Monday said they were going to open Tuesday. Pretty vegetarian-friendly:


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                    milklady RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 17, 2009 04:24 PM

                    I guess I'm too early!

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                      wolfe RE: milklady Dec 17, 2009 04:28 PM

                      5:27 Anna says they are open for business.

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                        Robert Lauriston RE: milklady Dec 17, 2009 04:36 PM

                        I meant Tuesday the day before yesterday. I was planning to eat there on Monday as Eater reported it had opened last week.

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                abstractpoet RE: gidget1234 Dec 17, 2009 01:19 PM

                As mentioned in another thread, Camino seems good for vegetarians, if you're willing to venture into Oakland. The long tables there are especially nice if you have a bigger group.


                3917 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: abstractpoet Dec 17, 2009 01:48 PM

                  Camino's great but the menu's so short that a vegetarian has very little choice. Though the vegetarian dishes I've had there have been some of the best I've had anywhere.

                2. escargot3 RE: gidget1234 Dec 17, 2009 02:58 PM

                  Venus is a great restaurant. But it can get noisy. Try going either on the earlier or later side (post theater/movie going crowd).

                  Another idea: Indian food. I really like Flavors of India. Not fancy, but really nicely seasoned. Not at all noisy.

                  or Ajanta

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                    casalbore spirit RE: escargot3 Dec 17, 2009 03:11 PM

                    If willing to go to Oakland,Mezze on Lakeshore,open on Sunday, has some very nice veg and non veg options on their menu this month,and an ambience nice enough for a birthday dinner.

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                      Robert Lauriston RE: escargot3 Dec 17, 2009 03:32 PM

                      Ajanta is quiet and much nicer than any of the other Indian restaurants.

                      I like the atmosphere at Mezze, but the food's kind of so-so.

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