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Mar 30, 2010 03:26 PM

List of Baby Friendly East Bay Spots

I know there have been quite a few posts like this lately, but I am trying to create a single list of baby-friendly East Bay (Alameda/Oakland/Berkeley/Albany) restaurants (sit-down places, rather than order at counter spots) where one would feel comfortable about bringing a child under 2 (without raising the ire of other guests and staff). What I am looking for are those spots that are confirmed baby-accommodating – actual babies identified at the restaurant, high chairs spotted, maybe even a changing table. Here’s a start:

Barclay's (Oakland) – adequate bar food, good beer selection, usually lots of young kids during the early dinner hour, weekends (high chairs)
Ben & Nick’s (Oakland) – subpar bar food, good beer selection, may spot a kid or two during early dinner/weekend (high chairs, changing table)
Il Porcellino (Oakland) – adequate Italian, often children at dinner, very accommodating (high chairs)
El Agavero (Oakland) – meh food, okay drinks, lots of children, very accommodating, kid’s menu (high chairs)
Chai Thai Noodles (Oakland) – super excellent thai food, no other kids spotted, but very accommodating for babies although somewhat tight fit (cannot confirm high chairs)
Triple Rock (Berkeley) – adequate bar food, good house-brewed and guest beers, have seen kids during lunch/afternoon hours on weekend (cannot confirm high chairs)
T-Rex (Berkeley) – good sides and vegetables, nice wine/drink/beer list, have seen lots of kids at lunch/early dinner hour (high chairs)
Bobby G's (Berkeley) - okay pizza, small, but good beer list, usually a kid or two (high chairs)
China Village (Albany) – best Chinese around, lots of children of all ages, very accommodating (high chairs)
Kensington Circus (Kensington) - good fish and chips, beer okay, almost too kid-friendly (high chairs)
Sea Salt (Berkeley) – good seafood, drinks, seen lots of babies in strollers outside during brunch/lunch (cannot confirm high chairs)
McGee’s (Alameda) – basic bar and beer list, lots of children of all ages, very accommodating (high chairs)
Tomatina’s (Alameda) – adequate pizza, salads, wine (chain), lots of children of all ages, very accommodating (high chairs)

Here are a few spots that worked to bring a baby, but with caveats:

Wood Tavern (Oakland) – everyone knows it is great, tight fit for babies, but have seen them on a rare occasions on the early side during off days – would not bring babies at peak times (high chairs)
Pacific Coast Brewery (Berkeley) – adequate bar food, good guest beer list, seen an occasional kid (no high chairs)
Ajanta (Berkeley) – excellent Indian, no other children identified, but not uncomfortable at lunch time on weekend (cannot confirm high chairs)
Angeline’s (Berkeley) – tasty Cajun, super loud and crowded during dinner, kids work okay during lull between lunch and dinner when not as tight (cannot confirm high chairs)

China Village
1335 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

T-Rex Barbeque
1300 10th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

Sea Salt
2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen
2261 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

Bobby G's Pizzeria
2074 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

Wood Tavern
6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

Ajanta Restaurant
1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

Pacific Coast Brewing Co
906 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

Kensington Circus
389 Colusa Ave, Kensington, CA 94707

Barclay's Restaurant & Pub
5940 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

McGee's Bar & Grill
1645 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

Triple Rock Brewery
1920 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Chai Thai Noodles
545 B International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

Ben & Nick's Bar & Grill
5612 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Il Porcellino
6111 La Salle Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

1338 Park, Alameda, CA 94501

El Agavero Restaurant
2071 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611

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  1. I've definitely seen babies at Pizzaiolo early in the night, and it's loud enough in there that it doesn't make much difference. They have noodles and cheese for kids. I've also seen babies at Lanesplitter on Telegraph, and I am pretty sure (though not positive) that they had high chairs.

    5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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    1. re: JasmineG

      That's true -- I should have added Pizzaiola -- tight for some tables, but accomodating and loud (cannot confirm high chairs).

      1. re: The Dive

        I can confirm high chairs at Pizzaiolo - took my kid there a few weeks ago for a very early dinner.

        5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

    2. The two places I always see lots of kids are at Pyramid Alehouse and Picante. The food is okay (nothing special but you can get something okay) at both but it seems the convenience of parking is a big plus.

      1328 6th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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      1. re: ML8000

        I'm not a fan of Pyramid's food or beer, but wanted to confirm high chairs.

      2. Here are some we've been to with friends and their babies/toddlers, in addition to what's on the list above:

        - Marzano (Oakland, Glenview location, but Rockridge is probably kid-friendly too)
        - Sahn Maru (Oakland, Temescal---even has cute toddler plates and meal!)
        - Pho 84 (Oakland, Uptown)
        - Drunken Fish (Oakland, Upper Broadway)
        - Trattoria La Siciliana (Berkeley Elmwood, happy to do simple pasta for kids)
        - Rick and Ann's (Berkeley Elmwood, open for dinner)
        - Bellanico (Oakland Glenview)

        I've seen lots of babies at Barlata in Oakland's Temescal District, though it's loud and crowded so I'm not sure I'd try it....but people seem to think it works! And Digs Bistro in West Berkeley has a kids' night, so I assume they're baby-friendly too. Those are what come immediately to mind....

        (Edit: Okay, I'm new to Chowhound---that is pretty amazing how it fills in all the links with addresses! Wow! :))

        Pho 84
        354 17th St, Oakland, CA 94612

        Digs Bistro
        1453 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94702

        4238 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

        Drunken Fish
        3314 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

        4214 Park Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94602

        4901 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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        1. re: artemis78

          Went to Barlata recently for brunch -- worked well. High chairs confirmed.

          4901 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

        2. Since I have an under two this is nice to know. La Pinata, Hob Nob, Otaez, and India Palace in Alameda are also great with plenty of high chairs. La Pinata has really nice high chairs! East Ocean, Tu Thai, and Mint Leaf (Vietnamese) are other asian food places that accomadate. China Gourmet in South Shore is also good. Super quiet (empty) for weekend dimsum and my son loves their porridge (jook).

          1619 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

          China Gourmet
          2210 S Shore Ctr Ste H, Alameda, CA 94501

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          1. re: myst

            Also in Alameda, Pappo is pretty kid friendly. I believe they have highchairs, since I know we had dinner there with my niece right before her first birthday. Really, almost everywhere in Alameda is kid friendly. We've also eaten with my niece at Havana and Angela's. Finally, you should see my comments about a recent dinner at Lalime's.

            2320 Central Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501

            1. re: myst

              I forgot about the Hob Nob -- high chairs are confirmed!

              1. re: The Dive

                Just as a follow-up, Hob Nob is great with kids -- games, high chairs and changing table, plus a varied menu of smaller plates.

            2. Lanesplitter's is a definite yes, one of my favorites.
              Jupiter was a favorite w/ the first babe.
              Tacubaya - I love the food & location. Roasted sweet potatoes are great for kids.
              Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe - food is prety good, great decor & atmosphere for kids.

              1788 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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              1. re: Allfrog68

                I wanted to add Fonda on Solano Avenue -- high chairs confirmed, good food options for the kiddos (at brunch at least).

                1501 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94707