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

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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.

Thanks!!

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  1. Close to Tilden, Rivoli. Wine list short on Cal whites but fair # of Cal reds. Food very good. Signature dish portobello mushroom fritters.
    http://www.rivolirestaurant.com/

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    Rivoli Restaurant
    1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

    1. 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.

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      Chez Panisse
      1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

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      1. re: ML8000

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

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

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

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          1. re: ernie in berkeley

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

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              They did serve food but that was long ago.

              1. re: wolfe

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