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Looking for a Chinese banquet restaurant near UC Berkeley.

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cookstr Jun 29, 2011 07:05 PM

We are planning a wedding rehearsal dinner for 20 people in the East Bay area and need a Chinese restaurant that has a banquet menu. Any ideas?

  1. jason carey Jul 1, 2011 05:50 PM

    Great China,, they also have a mind blowing wine list.

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    Great China Restaurant
    2115 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704

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      kmah Jul 1, 2011 06:41 PM

      I believe Great China has an upstairs private room- 20 might fill it in a nice way. Still not the nicest atmosphere, but at least it's private.

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      Great China Restaurant
      2115 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704

      1. re: kmah
        wolfe Jul 1, 2011 06:44 PM

        That was a problem in the link I gave above
        "We offer a banquet room on our third floor which seats up to 50 people
        and requires a minimum of 40 people to reserve exclusively.
        We are happy to accommodate smaller groups in the banquet room however you will not have the room all to yourselves."

    2. Ruth Lafler Jun 29, 2011 07:35 PM

      What area are you realistically looking in? You heading says "near UC Berkeley" but your post says "East Bay area" -- and the range of answers is different. Also, what price range and atmosphere are you looking for? The food at Great China is good but the atmosphere is somewhat lacking.

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      Great China Restaurant
      2115 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704

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        cookstr Jun 29, 2011 08:07 PM

        The wedding will be on the UC Berkeley campus on a Saturday with the rehearsal the night before. The groom's family live 7 hours away and have no idea on Chinese restaurant quality. I guess that we should limit the area to around 20 miles with a nice restaurant with great banquet food and atmosphere. The highest prices doesn't necessarily command the best food either, so we are looking for a nice setting with great food if that help everybody. Thanks.

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          Sarah Jun 29, 2011 08:37 PM

          East Ocean Seafood in Emeryville -- don't know if it meets your 20 mi criteria -- but I think it's what you are looking for. Depending on time of day, it can have a nice view, and most importantly, plentiful parking. And good food (I've only had their dim sum).

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          Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood
          3199 Powell St, Emeryville, CA 94608

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            Ruth Lafler Jun 29, 2011 08:47 PM

            Twenty miles will give you a lot of choices. Some to check out would be Daimo, Asian Pearl and Saigon Seafood Harbor in Richmond, Hong Kong East Ocean in Emeryville (great setting, only okay food), East Ocean in Alameda (not related to the one in Emeryville -- I really like the atmosphere here), Finally, if the groom's family likes spicy food, China Village in Albany.

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            Daimo Chinese Restaurant
            3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

            China Village
            1335 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

            Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant
            3150 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

            East Ocean Seafood
            1713 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

            Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood
            3199 Powell St, Emeryville, CA 94608

            Asian Pearl
            3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

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              Chandavkl Jun 29, 2011 11:02 PM

              I'll second Asian Pearl in particular, since I think its menu and layout are most conducive to wedding related events. Also all the Asian Cal students are very familiar with the Pacific East Mall in which it is located.

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              Asian Pearl
              3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

              Pacific East
              3288 Pierce St # M126, Richmond, CA

              1. re: Chandavkl
                bbulkow Jun 30, 2011 11:19 PM

                I went to a wedding meal at Asian Pearl and found the atmosphere rather dull. There were only two tables and not as much banquet - more like just ordering food. If it were me, China Village - the big tables are in that extra room and there can be much milling about.

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                Asian Pearl
                3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

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                ernie in berkeley Jun 30, 2011 11:48 AM

                Second China Village. I've been to spectacular banquets there.

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                China Village
                1335 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

                1. re: ernie in berkeley
                  Ruth Lafler Jun 30, 2011 11:50 AM

                  I haven't been to a banquet there since the original chef left -- what are their current banquet offerings like?

                  Here's a thread from last year with some useful info -- you'll notice this topic has generated a list of related threads at the bottom of the page: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/709750

          2. wolfe Jun 29, 2011 07:28 PM

            Have you asked at Great China?
            http://greatchinaberkeley.com/reserva...

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