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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. 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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    1. re: Glencora

      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.

      1. re: gidget1234

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

        1. re: redrover

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

    2. 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.

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      Fellini
      1401 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Nice suggestion for Fellini - second that.

      2. 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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        1. re: BernalKC

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

        2. i would suggest Rivoli or Corso.

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          1. re: milklady

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

            1. re: milklady

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

              http://www.trattoriacorso.com/menus/c...

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                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?

                1. re: milklady

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

                  http://www.gatherrestaurant.com/Gathe...

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    I guess I'm too early!

                    1. re: milklady

                      5:27 Anna says they are open for business.

                      1. re: milklady

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

              2. 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.

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6596...

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                Camino
                3917 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

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                1. re: abstractpoet

                  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. 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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                  1. re: escargot3

                    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.
                    http://www.mezze.com/Mezze/Menu.html

                    1. re: escargot3

                      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.