Dinner rec for Oakland/Berkeley tonight
I'm coming up to the Bay Area tonight for a quick work trip and need a recommendation for dinner tonight. Coworkers and I are staying in Emeryville, so Berkeley or Oakland seem to make the most sense.
Looking for something mid-priced ($15-25 for mains), but would splurge a bit for the right experience. A place that serves cocktails would be preferred, but a good wine list or beer selection would be ok, too. We'll probably be eating on the late side, maybe around 9ish. Could be hip or an old stand by. I've previously enjoyed Cesar and the Chez Panisse Cafe, but would like to try something new. Coworkers are moderately adventurous, so I've got a good amount of latitude in what I propose. Bonus points for any nearby bars for afterward.
Thanks in advance!
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
A Cote has cocktails, the most diverse by-the-glass wine selection in the Bay Area, and a good beer list with some great Belgians. There are several old-school bars within a few blocks: George & Walt's, McNally's, Ye Old Hut.
Pizzaiolo, Adesso, Dopo, and Boot & Shoe Service are some other good options. Pizzaiolo and A Cote take reservations. There are lots of bars near Boot & Shoe.
5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
George & Walt's
5445 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
McNally Irish Pub
5352 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
In Emeryville, with cocktails, you have Bucci's and Townhouse. I mostly go there for special occasion work lunches, and they're both 'sturdy'.
In Berkeley there are plenty of options. To get the ball rolling, I'd suggest Sea Salt, T Rex, Wood Tavern... If full bar is optional, there'd be a lot more options.
2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702
6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618
6121 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608