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Feb 8, 2010 10:56 AM

Birthday Dinner In East Bay

Seeking MODERATE priced restaraunt in East Bay(Albany, Berkeley, Oakland) non-asian, italian for my husband's 56th Birthday- Seafood, American, Southern possibilities or similar

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  1. There are so many choices. What is your definition of moderate?

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      1. re: mustardgirl

        Everything at Rendez-Vous Cafe Bistro in Albany is under $20. There's a fair amount of seafood, too. It's not fancy, but it has a nice feeling.

    1. You could give Hibiscus a try. It's relatively new, I haven't been yet.

      1. Some good reports on Marica lately for seafood. Also, Sea Salt. For southern food, I like Angeline's in that price range, but I don't know if that's festive enough or special enough for a birthday. Pican is definitely celebration-worthy, but may be above your budget.

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        1. re: abstractpoet

          Any good reports onTaste of Joy in Oakland?
          It appears to have a good atmosphere

          1. re: mustardgirl

            I like the food quite a bit. Not as refined or as creative as Pican, but at a much lower price point. Good (non-traditional) brisket, good gumbo. If you've ever been to Nellie's, I'd say it's like a more upscale version of that, but I think the food at Taste of Joy is better.

            That said, I'm not sure I would go for a special occasion. The atmosphere is OK (they've definitely dolled things up from their old location).

            The owner is very friendly, but they've expanded their staff greatly from when it was mostly just a takeout joint on Lakeshore so I can't vouch for the quality of the service otherwise (having only been to the new location once -- service was fine, but not exceptional).

            Apparently they also have an even newer location in Montclair, but I don't know anything about it.

        2. Great China has great seafood.

          Hibiscus's prices are quite low.

          1. We celebrated my birthday last night at Gather. The atmosphere was very nice without being formal and prices are moderate. We had a delicious fish dish and other vegetarian dishes ( since some were vegetarians and we all wanted to share). The menu has meat, fish and vegetarian items, with an emphasis on local products. The atmosphere was fun and bustly; and they are wonderfully tolerant of questions. It was a fun evening and we never felt rushed.. I'd definitely return to try other items. Reservations seem to be needed-- since it was Monday and full up at 7:30.

            2200 Oxford Street, Berkeley, CA 94704