Lunch & meeting spot on College Ave, Rockridge
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?
5403 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618
5474 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
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.