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Mom's Night Out Location in Berkeley

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.

    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.

        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.

              1329 Gilman, Berkeley, CA 94706

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

            How about Zut! or Cafe Rouge

            Cafe Rouge
            1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

            1820 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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


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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.

                  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.

                    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.

                1820 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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