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ideas for a Tuesday birthday dinner in Berkeley-Oakland

luciemom Dec 4, 2011 09:57 AM

Suggestions for a birthday dinner for 4? Not the good old standbys like Chez Panisse or Bay Wolf, excellent though they may be. Not too noisy, lots of vegetable options, good wine list. Lalime's isn't open on Tuesday. Any new finds?

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    rccola RE: luciemom Dec 4, 2011 11:19 AM



    Rivoli Restaurant
    1539 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

    2200 Oxford Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

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      nicedragonboy RE: rccola Dec 4, 2011 11:22 AM

      2nd the rec for Gather.

    2. wolfe RE: luciemom Dec 4, 2011 11:33 AM

      2826 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

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        Morton the Mousse RE: wolfe Dec 4, 2011 07:09 PM

        Have you been to Origen? Still so close to opening - based on my dinner there I'd say give the kitchen time to work out the glitches before spending a birthday.

        Gathers a good option.

      2. Caitlin McGrath RE: luciemom Dec 4, 2011 02:07 PM

        Five in the Shattuck Hotel usually has a couple of vegetarian entrees, plus starters, salads, and sides to choose from - a greater selection than many local places with similarly sized menus. Tables are very well spaced, only real noise issue is the soaring ceiling.

        FIVE American Bistro & Bar
        2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

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          mayjay RE: luciemom Dec 4, 2011 02:09 PM

          I really like Revival.

          1. mariacarmen RE: luciemom Dec 4, 2011 02:28 PM

            Pizzaiolo, second Rivoli...

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              rccola RE: mariacarmen Dec 4, 2011 05:22 PM

              Pizzaiolo is the noisiest restaurant I've ever been in.

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                mariacarmen RE: rccola Dec 4, 2011 08:51 PM

                hmm. never had that much of a problem carrying on a conversation. tho i do admit, it's always pretty lively - i did miss that about noise in the OP's post.

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                  rccola RE: mariacarmen Dec 5, 2011 02:27 PM

                  I'd love to eat there more often but every single time I was in there, we had to shout at each other. Maybe it's been a few years now and things have died down a bit?

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              rubadubgdub RE: luciemom Dec 5, 2011 02:12 PM

              Camino is a great place for a bd dinner. You can definitely hold a conversation, and there are lovely veg options.

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                foodeye RE: rubadubgdub Dec 5, 2011 03:53 PM

                Yes, but Camino is closed on Tuesdays.

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