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Sunday night, East Bay dinner: help an ex-Oakland hound

OakTownHound Jan 10, 2010 08:46 AM

I moved away from the Bay Area two years ago and am back for a brief visit - where should I go for a Sunday dinner with familiy in the East Bay? I would go with my old favorite, Pizzaiolo, but it's closed, as is Adesso, which I would love to try.

Are there any new places (new meaning opened in the past year or two) that may not yet be on my radar that would be open Sunday? Ideal price point is in the Pizzaiolo/Dopo range, although we could spring for something a bit more pricey like Camino or Flora if it would be worth it.

  1. lexdevil Jan 10, 2010 08:59 AM

    How about Bocanova or Pican? Pican is on the high side, but it's good.

    1. escargot3 Jan 10, 2010 09:03 AM


      1. Robert Lauriston Jan 10, 2010 09:07 AM

        Camino is my new favorite restaurant. To me it's sort of like a cross between upstairs and downstairs at Chez Panisse.

        Unfortunately I guess Boot & Shoe Service (Pizzaiolo #2) is also closed Sundays.

        Other places I like that are open Sundays: Wood Tavern, Oliveto, Corso, Barlata, À Côté.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          lexdevil Jan 10, 2010 09:18 AM

          I'd concur with any of these suggestions if the poster isn't set on going someplace new.

          1. re: lexdevil
            bbulkow Jan 10, 2010 11:31 AM

            Likely hasn't been to barlata, if gone two years.

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          mt_belly Jan 10, 2010 03:25 PM

          How about Flora? It has a great space, if a bit loud, exceptional bar and good food. Camino has become a go-to for us. Casual, friendly. They make a great Manhattan that's not a Manhattan. Also you might want to try Sidebar.

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          1. re: mt_belly
            Brentley Jan 10, 2010 03:49 PM

            Barlata is great, and soon to have a full bar.
            But Corso is really really good and so is camino. having been to all 3 in the past month I would go to Camino. Too bad it is not monday.

            1. re: Brentley
              Robert Lauriston Jan 11, 2010 03:39 PM

              Why too bad it's not Monday? Corso and Barlata are open seven days, Camino's closed Tuesdays.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                oakjoan Jan 11, 2010 09:12 PM

                Robert. I really liked Camino both times I've eaten there. The food was great but it was extremely loud and not that comfortable. I do love the way it looks from the outside as I drive by, but won't go back because of the noise.

                1. re: oakjoan
                  Robert Lauriston Jan 12, 2010 09:28 AM

                  Compared with Pizzaiolo? They sometimes exacerbate the roar of the crowd with loud music, and Camino doesn't. Neither is in the same league with Adesso, Cesar, or Luka's, where at peak times conversation can be next to impossible.

                  When it's not full Camino can be pretty quiet. It's noisy when full, but I've never had trouble talking with my immediate dining companions. With a party of six the people at the far ends might have trouble hearing each other.

                2. re: Robert Lauriston
                  pockyjunkie Jan 11, 2010 10:03 PM

                  Camino does 'Crab Mondays' now. Prix fixe menu revolving around our friend, the crab.

              2. re: mt_belly
                Robert Lauriston Jan 11, 2010 03:37 PM

                Flora's only open Tuesday-Saturday.

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                Munching Mark Jan 10, 2010 04:24 PM

                Noodle Theory-Rockridge's Five Points area (College and Claremont)

                Barclay's (near Noodle Theory)

                Little Shin Shin (Piedmont Ave)

                Angelina's (Shattuck)

                Jupiter (Shattuck)

                ...all a bit lower priced, and many Berkeley ones are empty with students are gone...


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                1. re: Munching Mark
                  JasmineG Jan 10, 2010 04:44 PM

                  None of these places are new. Noodle Theory and Angelina's opened a few years ago, and the rest have been around for a long time. Also, I wouldn't recommend Barclays for the food (though it's a fun bar), or Little Shin Shin at all.

                  1. re: JasmineG
                    Bryan Gros Jan 11, 2010 12:51 PM

                    I wouldn't put Barclay's in the league with many of the other places mentioned, but it is a big step up from standard "pub food" where it usually gets lumped into. And I think their burgers are great, when you feel like a burger.

                  2. re: Munching Mark
                    Robert Lauriston Jan 11, 2010 03:42 PM

                    I don't think any of those places except have food as good as they serve at Flora, let alone at Pizzaiolo, Dopo, Adesso, or Camino.

                    Angeline's is pretty good, but there's not much reason for someone in town for a few days to eat Creole / Cajun food.

                  3. nicedragonboy Jan 12, 2010 09:55 AM

                    Wood Tavern should be open for dinner on Sunday. Love that place.

                    1. bbulkow Jan 12, 2010 10:15 AM

                      So where did you end up going?

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                      1. re: bbulkow
                        OakTownHound Jan 14, 2010 04:00 PM

                        Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. It was a tossup between Corso and Camino, but since we were just in Florence, we decided Corso would be a bit redundand, so we're going to Camino.

                        I've bookmarked this thread for reference next time I'm in town. Thanks again to all!

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