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Garibaldis Oakland, worth it? Something similar?

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6 of us are taking a friend out to eat on a Monday night for her birthday. We are leaning towards Garibaldis in Oakland as this is one of her favorite spots. I have found very little on chowhound but it seems to get good web reviews. Anyone been lately and can specifically recommend any dishes? Also is there something similar but better open on a Monday night? Thank you

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  1. Well, if it's one of her faves, then you might choose to go there; but I've never been a fan. Its next-door sibling, Marzano, isn't as good as the original on Park Boulevard.

    If you want to stay in the Rockridge, I'd suggest Wood Tavern, which is open Mondays, and much better.

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    Wood Tavern
    6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

    Marzano
    4214 Park Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94602

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    1. re: Rapini

      Yeah, I agree -- the food there is perfectly good, but expensive for what it is (though I've had great desserts there). I love Wood Tavern, but they only have one table large enough for six, so you should call asap to see if you can get a reservation. If you want Italian, Pizzaiolo is a great place for a large party, and the food is better.

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      Pizzaiolo
      5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

      Wood Tavern
      6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

      1. re: JasmineG

        Pizzaiolo is outrageously noisy.

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        Pizzaiolo
        5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

        1. re: rccola

          So is Garibaldi's!

          1. re: Glencora

            That's a good point too, it would be nice if we could actually hear each other. We are surprising her, so it is pretty open as to where to eat. We are coming from the Walnut Creek area, but food here is not the best. Basically we want to eat and then find a quiet place for drinks after. She is not a loud and hip kind of gal. Besides Garibaldis she also likes Rivoli. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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            Rivoli Restaurant
            1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

            1. re: elliora

              Dopo isn't quiet per se, but it definitely isn't a hip vibe and probably wouldn't be too loud on a Monday night. I only recently learned that they take reservations if you have large enough a group (6 or more?). The food is topnotch.

              Otherwise, Digs Bistro in Berkeley would be a great option.

              Lots of other worthy choices closed on Mondays, like Locanda da Eva, for example.

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              Dopo
              4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

              Digs Bistro
              1453 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94702

              Locanda da Eva
              2826 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

              1. re: elliora

                CP upstairs + Cesar

                1. re: bbulkow

                  You can't make reservations at Cesar, and it would probably be a long wait for a group of 6.

      2. How about A Cote? More fun than Garibaldi.

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        A Cote
        5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

        1. It's good solid food, You can't go wrong there.