Valentine's Day Dinner in East Bay?
Have sitter, now need reservation. Can you recommend a good place for a dinner on Valentine's Day (Sun Feb 14)? Lots of places I called are already full. (Rivoli, Oliveto, Lalime's, A Cote, Wood Tavern) We live in Berkeley, and don't want to drive too far.
Chez Panisse is open, though maybe sold out already.
Sunday, February 14 Saint Valentines Day $150
Roulade of petrale sole with scallop mousse and salmon caviar
Dungeness crab consommé with wild mushrooms and black truffles
Grilled Sonoma Liberty duck breast with kumquat sauce, citrus risotto, and roasted chicories
Chocolate and hazelnut marjolaine
I just had an amazing meal at Marica on College. They have a special Valentine's menu that you can read on their website. It's quite a bit pricier than their regular menu, but sounds great. It's a very nice neighborhood restaurant with excellent service and delicious seafood. Their lobster was really out of this world!
There's a relatively new restaurant at Jack London Square called Boca Nova that's really good. Small plates to share. If you want to drive a little bit, The A Street Cafe in Hayward has a special menu for V-Day, $50 per person. They'll serve you a great meal and treat you like family. Or in San Leandro, there's a restaurant called Paradiso that's always good. Maybe getting a little out of Oakland might yield better luck on getting a reservation. Goodluck