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Recommendation for restuarant for a dinner out to celebrate our 20 year anniversary

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kqmydy Nov 3, 2011 01:15 PM

Hi,
We live in Alameda, CA and would love to find a restaurant with the following attributes to celebrate our 20 year anniversary.
1. Use healthy ingredients: whole grain, organic fruit & veggie, free range animal, seafood from sustainable sources, etc
2. Light and tasty. Not heavy. Open to any ethnic food
3. Romantic ambiance, outdoor seating could be a plus
4. Within reasonable driving distance
5. Have a good wine list
6. Have entertainment nearby or at the restaurant.
7. Ideally we can get a table within a short notice. We are thinking of going this weekend :) (not a lot of advanced planning). But feel free to recommend something that will require more advanced booking. We may have to go to that list.

Thanks in advance.

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    gougeres RE: kqmydy Nov 3, 2011 03:48 PM

    Gather in Berkeley meets just about everything you're looking for. Good luck.

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      ML8000 RE: kqmydy Nov 3, 2011 04:24 PM

      Have you thought about Chez Panisse (cafe or downstairs)? No outdoor seating and short notice might be an issue (for downstairs) but it meets all the other criteria. Plus it seems 20th appropriate and there's a decent chance it'll be around in 20 more years.

      Gather is a good choice for food portion but I'm not sure I'd go there for a 20th anniversary, a bit noisy, cold, trendy and spartan.

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      Chez Panisse
      1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

      1. Robert Lauriston RE: kqmydy Nov 3, 2011 04:49 PM

        Provided you reserve a table in the back room, A Cote has everything except entertainment.

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        A Cote
        5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

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          peterme RE: kqmydy Nov 3, 2011 06:40 PM

          Gather or Revival in Berkeley satisfied all of your requirements. Gather even had outdoor seating.

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          Gather
          2200 Oxford Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

          Revival Bar & Kitchen
          2102 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

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            heyitsjai RE: kqmydy Nov 4, 2011 12:44 PM

            Commis in Oakland has an opening for 2 tomorrow at 8:45 & 9... I haven't eaten there in the past couple of years, but it was a phenomenal meal and meets each of your criteria (though, some dishes may be heavy, the portions may it work.)

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            Commis
            3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

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              Robert Lauriston RE: heyitsjai Nov 4, 2011 01:14 PM

              That kind of minimalist modern decor's not my idea of romantic atmosphere.

            2. escargot3 RE: kqmydy Nov 4, 2011 01:46 PM

              I'd suggest Rivoli on Solano.

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              Rivoli Restaurant
              1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

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              1. re: escargot3
                Robert Lauriston RE: escargot3 Nov 4, 2011 04:27 PM

                Good call. They even have entertainment, if the raccoons et al. show up.

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