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Jan 11, 2011 08:11 PM

Place to catch up with friends over after-dinner drinks snacks/dessert , Berkeley/Oakland

I'm getting together Wednesday with a couple of friends with the primary purpose of chatting over drinks and snacks and/or dessert. One lives in Rockridge and the other is staying with her parents in Montclair.

Plum looks like it might be the ticket, but I don't know whether the noise levels there are conducive to conversation. Also looking at A Cote. I'm thinking maybe some places (Pizzaiolo?) that are normally on the noisy side might not be too bad on a Wednesday in January. Other suggestions? Can be a bar with decent bar food and comfortable seating or even a cafe (alcohol not required).

A Cote
5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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  1. I think the bar at Flora is terrific, though perhaps a bit further downtown than you had in mind (?). Outstanding drinks, decent food, comfortable seating at the bar and in the bar area, shouldn't be too noisy.

    1. The noise level at plum is very low, lower than almost every restaurant I've been to recently. The times I've been there, every table has been hanging out and talking.

      1. As one who has only been to Pizzaiolo on odd weeknights, it has been pretty noisy. On the other hand, the two of us could converse.

        5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

        1. A Cote would be better than Plum, I think, partly because it'll be less noisy, especially if you get one of the seats on the back patio, and partly because Plum is still a very hot reservation, so if you don't have reservations now it might be hard to get in as a walk in, even on the late side. Also, at Plum, basically all of the tables are communal tables (unless you have a large enough party for the whole table) so that could make catching up not totally comfortable.

          A Cote
          5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

          1. A Cote is good so long as you get seated in the back room.

            Barlata and Sea Salt are often quiet later in the evening. Actually, I don't think the side room at Sea Salt ever gets too loud.

            Commonwealth Pub.

            Sea Salt
            2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

            A Cote
            5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

            4901 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

            CommonWealth Cafe & Public House
            2882 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              CommonWealth is an interesting idea. Any comments on the noise level?

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Pican was pretty quiet when I went. Side room and full restaurant that night. But they did run out of Pecan Pie :(

                Pican Restaurant
                2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  I've been to Commonwealth when it was full and didn't find conversation a problem.