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non-exotic family meal in Berkeley?

somervilleoldtimer Dec 30, 2010 09:11 AM

I'm visiting family who just moved to Berkeley. We're looking for dinner out tonight, for people who like good food but aren't terribly adventurous. Good Italian or Chinese or Indian or something like that would be fine. Suggestions? Thanks.

  1. mariacarmen Dec 30, 2010 12:21 PM

    Just took my unambitious father to LoCoco's: http://www.lococospizzeria.com/ It's a very cute family owned place, been around forever. my dad loved it. the pappardelle bolognese on their specials menu is fantastic, as is their pizza. AND their meatballs!

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      somervilleoldtimer Dec 30, 2010 11:51 AM

      I think my sister has settled on La Note. Thanks so much for all your information -- she's living here so is happy for the input!

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      1. re: somervilleoldtimer
        mariacarmen Dec 30, 2010 12:23 PM

        La Note is yummy, but i think more ambitious than what i would have thought you were looking for.

        1. re: mariacarmen
          somervilleoldtimer Dec 30, 2010 10:30 PM

          La Note was indeed yummy, and I wasn't sure my mother, in particular, would be up for it, but she had the ratatouille and loved it. It was also pricier than what I had expected, but at some point I had to walk away from the discussion and let my family choose. The prices were moderate and the creme brulee au chocolate was great! Nice restaurant, nice ambiance. I would go back.

          1. re: somervilleoldtimer
            mariacarmen Dec 31, 2010 07:52 AM

            glad everyone enjoyed!

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        milklady Dec 30, 2010 09:57 AM

        Not knowing your price point, here are some ideas:

        Breads of India
        Digs Bistro (I believe that tomorrow night is their last night, so definitely call in advance)
        Chez Panisse Cafe
        Little Star Pizza (Solano in Albany)

        Let us know what you pick!
        Pizzaiolo (North Oakland)

        5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

        Chez Panisse
        1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

        Digs Bistro
        1453 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94702

        Breads of India
        948 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94607

        Rivoli Restaurant
        1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

        Little Star Pizza
        1175 Solano Ave, Albany, CA

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        1. re: milklady
          milklady Dec 30, 2010 10:05 AM

          I also thought of Sea Salt, as long as everyone eats some fish/seafood.

          Sea Salt
          2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

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            Rapini Dec 30, 2010 10:51 AM

            Also not sure about the price point, but would add Corso and Gather

          2. nicedragonboy Dec 30, 2010 09:32 AM

            If Cajun isn't too exotic, then Angeline's might be a good choice. Otherwise closer to your requests, the Trattoria on College is decent italian or perhaps Oliveto. Great China downtown is good or Ajanta for Indian on Solano Ave.

            Ajanta Restaurant
            1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

            Great China Restaurant
            2115 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704

            Oliveto Cafe
            5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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