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hi chowhounds,

i'm new to the east bay/Berkeley area, and have been charged with organizing a small conference at UC Berkeley in October. We have a limited budget (@ $40/pp not including wine), and we want to stay as close to campus as possible while still getting good quality food.

Most group dinner suggestions seem to be in N. Oakland/Temescal area, but is there anything at all within walking distance of the campus (say 15-20 minute walk) that you'd recommend?

help is MUCH appreciated!

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  1. Do you know where on campus your conference is? The answers might be different depending on which side of campus (a 15-20 minute walk from one side would be more like a 30+ walk from another side).

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    1. re: JasmineG

      we'll be meeting in the middle of campus, actually, in Doe Library -- so about equidistant from Shattuck, Euclid and Telegraph. not sure if that helps.

    2. Liaison on Shattuck.
      I think they have a prix fixe menu as well.

      1. try gather on oxford. it's extremely close to campus, though i don't know how they treat large parties.
        http://www.yelp.com/biz/gather-berkeley

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        1. re: alyssakies

          Gather's a great idea -- great food, nice setting close to campus, and I think it would work well with a large party.

        2. Try Adagia Restaurant, it's borders campus. Can't be more then a leisurely 8-10 min walk.

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          Adagia Restaurant
          2700 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

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          1. re: ML8000

            They do have a nice big table in the center of the room. I haven't read a report about the place in a long time, tho. I had a couple of uneven meals there several years ago and haven't been back.

            Maybe Henry's. I also like Gather.

          2. thanks all for the recs - - i hope Gather works out, otherwise i'll try Adagio. I'll report back on how receptive they are for large parties.