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tastey dinner in Berkeley / Oakland area with a good selection of California wines?

123milo May 8, 2010 01:09 PM

I have two friend's coming in from Germany. They're coming to the east bay (Berkeley) on Friday afternoon. We're going to take a walk in Tilden and then go to dinner. They're only request was a place with good California wine. For some reason, I'm stumped. I'm open to Berkeley, Oakland or there abouts. Ideally good food and good wine....I looked into Gather but it's booked up.


  1. wolfe May 8, 2010 01:38 PM

    Close to Tilden, Rivoli. Wine list short on Cal whites but fair # of Cal reds. Food very good. Signature dish portobello mushroom fritters.

    Rivoli Restaurant
    1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

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      ML8000 May 8, 2010 01:52 PM

      Perhaps it's too obvious, but Chez Panisse and CP Cafe both carry a decent amount of California wines. Go online I believe they even list them.

      Chez Panisse
      1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

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      1. re: ML8000
        wolfe May 8, 2010 02:17 PM

        There is that slight problem with reservations with both our choices, just checked.
        Additional choice Liaison with limited Cal selection.

      2. Robert Lauriston May 8, 2010 05:53 PM

        Some places where I've noticed more than the usual smattering of local wines:

        Wood Tavern: http://www.woodtavern.net/menus/store/woodtavern_wine.pdf

        Hibiscus: http://www.hibiscusoakland.com/hibiscus_dinner_mar_1.pdf

        Bocanova: http://bocanova.com/menus/Vihnos031010.pdf

        Great China: http://www.greatchinaberkeley.com/GCWine3Mar09.pdf

        T-Rex: http://www.t-rex-bbq.com/Wines.html

        Bay Wolf: http://www.baywolf.com/winelist.html

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          ernie in berkeley May 9, 2010 11:03 AM

          I'm not sure how the food is, but the wine bar at Solano Cellars might be worth a visit.

          Solano Cellars Bistro & Wine
          1580 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

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          1. re: ernie in berkeley
            Robert Lauriston May 9, 2010 11:51 AM

            I think the wine bar at Solano Cellars just has cheese and snacks.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              wolfe May 9, 2010 11:59 AM

              They did serve food but that was long ago.

              1. re: wolfe
                ernie in berkeley May 9, 2010 12:46 PM

                Hmm. I wonder if you could bring in sandwiches from Le Bedaine across the street.

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