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Mom's Night Out Location in Berkeley

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jessinEC Dec 2, 2010 07:11 PM

Looking for a mom's night out location in North Berkeley. 8-10 PM. Cocktails, light appetizers. We tried Fonda, but it was way too noisy (and a bit pricey). Other ideas? Thanks!

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    Allfrog68 RE: jessinEC Dec 2, 2010 10:31 PM

    Not necessarily N. Berkeley but here's a couple suggestions for MNO places:

    Gather - not the right season but I went there w/ a group where we sat on the patio.
    Sea Salt worked out great for a MNO.
    Jupiter - again, not the right season but that could be a nice place when the weather is nicer. Outside only though, inside is super noisy.

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    Sea Salt
    2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: jessinEC Dec 3, 2010 08:09 AM

      Quiet at peak dinner hour + full bar is a rare combination.

      Nizza la Bella and Mint Leaf are usually quiet.

      What are Vanessa's and 6 Degrees like at that time?

      1. kellylee RE: jessinEC Dec 3, 2010 10:29 AM

        My moms group loves Nizza La Bella. The food is great and you can hear each other talk. Six Degrees has nice cheap drinks but the food is weird.

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        Nizza La Bella
        827 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

        1. JasmineG RE: jessinEC Dec 3, 2010 10:34 AM

          Cesar seems the obvious choice, though it's noisy there too.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: JasmineG Dec 3, 2010 10:52 AM

            I've been to both Fonda and Cesar when they were full, and Cesar is far noisier.

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              lmnopm RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 3, 2010 12:27 PM

              How many are you? If it is just a few, the bar at Lalime's. No problem ordering several apps for your meal, and plenty of decent wines by the glass and a full bar of interesting things.

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              Lalime's
              1329 Gilman, Berkeley, CA 94706

          2. Scott M RE: jessinEC Dec 3, 2010 12:37 PM

            How about Zut! or Cafe Rouge

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            Cafe Rouge
            1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

            Zut
            1820 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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              ML8000 RE: jessinEC Dec 3, 2010 01:13 PM

              Five?

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                Glencora RE: ML8000 Dec 3, 2010 03:25 PM

                That's a good idea. The tables are widely spaced and it's pretty quiet.

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                  TopoTail RE: Glencora Dec 3, 2010 04:21 PM

                  Rivoli is quiet and strikes me as the kind of a place moms would like. Ditto Niza. Cesar and Fonda are deafening.

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                  Rivoli Restaurant
                  1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

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                    Robert Lauriston RE: TopoTail Dec 3, 2010 06:06 PM

                    Rivoli is quiet, but doesn't strike me as a light appetizers and cocktails sort of place, and it's more expensive than Fonda.

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                    Rivoli Restaurant
                    1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

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                jessinEC RE: jessinEC Dec 4, 2010 11:00 AM

                Thanks for all the suggestions! I think we'll try Zut. I'll let you know how it goes.

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                Zut
                1820 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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