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Mom's Night Out Location in Berkeley

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

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          1. re: JasmineG

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

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              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. How about Zut! or Cafe Rouge

            Cafe Rouge
            1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

            1820 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

              1. re: ML8000

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

                1. re: Glencora

                  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

                  1. re: TopoTail

                    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

              2. 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