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Sunday Brunch for 8

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I'm looking for a place in Berkeley/Albany for brunch. We'll be eight -- four kids (3 under age 6) and four adults. I definitely want a place that takes reservations. It would be great if there was outdoor space, but it's looking like it will be pretty cool on Sunday, so that's not essential. Which is your favorite -- Sam's Log Cabin? Royal Cafe? Jimmy Bean's? Another one? I wouldn't mind being in a neighborhood with good window shopping (or bookstore shopping), so we can wander a bit afterwards. Thanks for your suggestions!

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Sam's Log Cabin
945 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

Jimmy Bean's
1290 6th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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  1. Royal Cafe, the one time I went, was filthy. Not good food either, just a diner.
    Sam's - i don't know if they take reservations or not. So you're not looking for fancy at all, right?
    Jimmy Bean's doesn't really have an outdoor space, and I'm not sure they take reservations (you order at the counter) but it's been years. Their food is good tho, from what I remember.
    Have you thought of Picante (Mexican)? They actually have a table outside that a lot of people take for bigger groups with kids. I don't know if they take reservations there either tho, since again it's another order at the counter type of place.

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    Picante
    1328 6th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

    Jimmy Bean's
    1290 6th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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    1. re: mariacarmen

      Thanks for the feedback. We don't want fancy, but we do want pancakes, etc., so I think Picante is out (we love it for supper).

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      Picante
      1328 6th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

      1. Gilman Grill? Not far away from 4th st area

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        Gilman Grill
        1300 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

        1. Rendez-Vous on the bottom of Solano has pancakes, waffles, etc. There's a small outside area, too. I've never had brunch there, but lunch and dinner have been good.