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Wedding rehearsal dinner restaurant in the UC Berekley area.

cookstr Jul 18, 2011 01:21 PM

Please help us. We live in the Southern California area and need a wedding rehearsal dinner restaurant in the Berkeley area for 20 people with a private room.

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    Misscecet Jul 18, 2011 03:53 PM

    I have some suggestions for places that will either let you rent the restaurant, or have private rooms. That is my old neighborhood, and I do the events for my company - we are always looking for a private room!

    Oliveto on college. http://www.oliveto.com/ they are consistently solid and the restaurant is classy, rehearsal dinner level.

    Revival on Shattuck Avenue has a private room.
    Five in the Hotel Shattuck - they may let you seat 20 in the restaurant, but if you're giving speeches you may want to get a small room in the hotel's meeting space.
    SeaSalt on San Pablo has a Semi-Private room not technically campus area, but close.
    Lake Chalet at Lake Merritt is lovely but a little far.
    Venus on Shattuck may be available for a private event.
    Bistro Liason on Shattuck will let you rent the place but they have a high F&B Minimum
    Taste of the Himalayas - Indian! Good! Private room.
    I have heard Rumors that Cesar on Shattuck has a private room, but have never seen it or been quoted. Call them and ask if they know of anywhere that offers a private room. They are well connected in the neighborhood.

    There are tons of places on Solano Avenue in Albany, too - which is about a 10 minute drive. Sounds like you may need to reach the places on foot? In that case, Revival is a good bet. Right by Bart, and campus - food is a solid 4 out of 5.....

    Oliveto Restaurant
    5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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    1. re: Misscecet
      Robert Lauriston Jul 18, 2011 04:26 PM

      Bistro Liaison has a private room, capacity 22. It's on the other side of the garage, the servers have to carry plates down the sidewalk!

      Bistro Liaison
      1849 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709

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      JimKlein Jul 19, 2011 04:28 PM

      The Claremont hotel provides beautiful views and old world charm. I have been to many parties, dinners, banquets etc hosted at the Claremont over the years. A moderately short cab ride from campus.


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        SWoodruff Jul 21, 2011 03:55 PM

        FIVE at Hotel Shattuck is beautiful...newly renovated and with beautiful and fun decor. They have a few banquet rooms, and a great patio if the weather is nice. The food is delicious, and they have a full bar. Highly reccomended.

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        1. re: SWoodruff
          JimKlein Jul 21, 2011 05:09 PM

          I would agree that the food at FIVE is better than anything I've had at the Claremont.

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          Eatingforme Aug 26, 2011 12:48 AM

          Cookstr, where did you end up going for your rehearsal dinner this summer? Were you happy with your decision? I'm also looking for a place close to UCB for about 20 people for my rehearsal in March. Any advice would help!

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            cookstr Aug 26, 2011 07:38 AM

            After looking at several venues, we decided on Le Bateau Ivre in Berkeley and was very pleased. Arlene, the owner tried to help in all ways possible. We had a private room and set menu for a reasonable price compared with other restaurants. The building was built at the turn of the 1800's and was converted to a charming, quaint restaurant with delicious food. I highly recommend this place.

            Le Bateau Ivre Restaurant
            2629 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA

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              Ruth Lafler Aug 26, 2011 10:04 AM

              Thanks for reporting back! Le Bateau Ivre sounds like a great choice -- it's one of those places that's been around for so long (and that most people think of as a breakfast/brunch/lunch place) that it flies under the radar. It is very romantic, charming restaurant for an event like yours.

              Le Bateau Ivre Restaurant
              2629 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA

              1. re: Ruth Lafler
                Eatingforme Aug 26, 2011 11:29 AM

                Thank you both!

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