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Is anything nice open for lunch anymore in Berkeley or Oakland?

I'm trying to find a nice place to have lunch in Berkeley or Oakland and I just checked Corso and Camino and neither has lunch anymore

Well, Trueburger is open, but I was hoping for something nicer. Ozumo and Pican maybe. Anywhere else nice-ish? I think maybe Ozumo would do if there isn't much else. I've heard very mixed things about Barlata.

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Ozumo
2251 Broadway Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

Barlata
4901 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Pican Restaurant
2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

Trueburger
146 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

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  1. Chez Panisse Cafe is always a winner. Cesar on Piedmont; Bocanova at Jack London Square [surprisingly good for the size of the place, and outdoor seating]; Sidebar on Grand Avenue...also, Gather in Berkeley.

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    Chez Panisse
    1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

    Jack London Square
    70 Washington St # 207, Oakland, CA

    Bocanova
    55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

    1. Luka's
      B
      Bocanova
      Caffe Verbena
      Flora
      Chez Panisse Cafe
      Cafe Rouge

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      Caffe Verbena
      1111 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

      Bocanova
      55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

      2 Replies
      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Cesar got bad for a while, maybe it's okay again. I heard really bad things about Bocanova, perhaps unfounded. Is Sidebar nice enough?

        Luka's is not nice enough. Verbena and B i haven't been to--I will look at those.

        Thank you.

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        Bocanova
        55 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94607

        1. re: unionpig

          I enjoyed a very nice meal at bocanova. I don't know what you heard, but 'really bad' would be slander.

      2. Also:

        BayWolf
        Five
        Great China
        Henry's
        La Note (nice patio if the weather's fine)
        Oliveto
        Revival (former Downtown)
        Sea Salt
        SR24
        Venus
        Wood Tavern (awesome pastrami sandwich served only at lunch)

        I don't think Camino has ever had weekday lunch, only weekend brunch.

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        Sea Salt
        2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

        Wood Tavern
        6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

        Great China Restaurant
        2115 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704

        Oliveto Cafe
        5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

        SR24
        5179 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Five and Wood Tavern would be perfect if we hadn't just gone there. That is exactly what I am looking for, except not. La Note and Venus maybe not nice enough.

          I'm leaning toward Verbena since, oddly, none of us have ever been there.

          What's Revival like? I thought Downtown was meh.

          1. re: unionpig

            I've only been to Revival for dinner, but I thought it was good. There's no eationship with Downtown, it's just in the same place. It shares part ownership and an exec chef with Venus, but the food and atmosphere are more refined.

            1. re: unionpig

              Revival's decor is pretty different from Downtown's, feels more elegant. You could go there dressed up and not feel overdressed.

              Same goes for Flora and Picán. I don' t know about lunch but Picán had the best-dressed crowd I've seen in the East Bay.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                A friend described Pican in Oakland as "The bourbon drinks are fun. Men in felt hats and women who want men in felt hats."

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                Pican Restaurant
                2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

          2. Other good options are Bellanico and Dopo.

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            Dopo
            4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

            Bellanico
            4238 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

            1. I like Levende East.

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              Levende East
              827 Washington St., Oakland, CA 94607