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Lunch & meeting spot on College Ave, Rockridge

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Meeting with a small group and need somewhere relatively quiet where we can talk without being interrupted by rotation of courses, attentive fussing, etc. (I'm all for good service, but this would not be the occasion.) Needs to be walking distance (a few blocks) from BART.

Besides Cactus (noisy), Zachary's (too crowded) and Pasta Pomodoro (Pasta Pomodoro) I can't think of anything open around this area that fits the bill. Places that sound/look good, like Enoteca Molinari and I Squared, aren't open for lunch. What am I forgetting?

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I squared
5403 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618

Enoteca Molinari
5474 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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  1. Oliveto Cafe. Ben & Nick's.

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    Oliveto Cafe
    5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I love meetings at Oliveto's. But it's $$$

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      Oliveto Cafe
      5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

      1. re: escargot3

        Oliveto Cafe (downstairs) is not expensive, particularly at lunch:

        http://oliveto.com/cafelunch.pdf

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        Oliveto Cafe
        5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          that's good to know about the lunch menu.
          i usually go for breakfast meetings. Love the breakfast pizzas, and i had a really great croissant last time i was in.

    2. What about Crepevine? It's really casual and if you get a spot in the outdoor seating it might be a nice environment.

      I would recommend Southie on the other end of College (a bit of a walk, but not awful) for their sandwiches and nice decor. But don't know how small your small group is? They only have two tops, mainly, unless you go early and grab the two two-tops way in the back. They're set apart from the rest of the place, so might provide some privacy for your small group to meet.

      1. Soi 4

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        Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery
        5421 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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        1. re: Scott M

          +++ on Soi 4. Has a nice combination of "ladies who lunch" and other people meeting. Lots of space between the tables.

        2. Southie seems totally inappropriate for a meeting, even for two.

          Soi 4 is great. I didn't realize it was that close to BART.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            These are great options -- thanks everyone. I didn't know Oliveto wasn't pricey in the cafe (or at lunch) and am glad to see favorable opinions of Soi. And I always forget about Crepevine!

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            Oliveto Cafe
            5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

          2. I had a lovely lunch and long chat with a friend at Somerset. Quiet and cozy.