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May 15, 2012 08:14 PM

Restaurants near Julia Morgan Theater in Berkeley

We're attending a performance at the theater and would like to have a bite before the show. Is there anything worthwhile near College Avenue and Derby? I'd like to park just once so it would be great if it were in walking distance.

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  1. Check out Origen (previous site of Locanda de Eva) or Le Bateau Ivre.

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    1. re: wolfe

      Trattoria La Siciliana, on College just north of Ashby, is walkable and fun.

      1. re: TopoTail

        Do reservations still need party of 3 and up?

    2. There are a bunch restaurants in the Elmwood, College between Russell and Webster, 2-3 blocks south, but parking can be tough around there. Holy Land's my favorite of the bunch.

      Parking's relatively easy around Origen, which is about six blocks.

      There are a bunch of places on Telegraph north of Parker, also about six blocks: Norikonoko, Kiraku, Tumi, Mt. Everest.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I recommend kiraku. great menu, small plates, so you can try a variety and reasonable prices so you don't break the bank.

      2. Second the Elmwood. Also like Holy Land. Before a show @ the Elmwood Theatre, we've also had a bite @ the Elmwood Cafe and @ Summer Kitchen--both pleasant and quick and good. Sushi @ Manpuko not the best in the world, but fine and cheap and (again) quick. All the Ici fans--and they are legion--would probably say, then grab a cone @ Ici for your walk back to Julia Morgan, but I'm one of the few nay-sayers (a lot of $$ for a little ice cream in great-sounding flavors that always disappoints.)

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        1. re: sundeck sue

          $3 is too much for a large scoop of crafted ice cream and multiple tastes beforehand? Cheap thrill in my book.

          1. re: chocolatetartguy

            Clearly I'm in the minority, big-time, given the crazy long lines. My response to you is the classic, the food isn't great; and there's not enough of it! I think their scoops are smallish. You do get tastes before-hand, this is true. If I loved the ice cream it would be a different story. But it's often too sweet, the ingredient combos edging into preciousness, the flavors not intense enough. Don't want to veer this thread sideways. And I know this is one of those areas where people have very different ideas of what's best. But imo none of the artisanal ice cream shops in Berkeley/Oakland compare w/ Bi-Rite, my fav.

            1. re: sundeck sue

              Actually, no I don't think you are in the minority. Ici doesn't seem get much love here.

              I can see that we are in different ice cream camps. I recently brought pints of Bi-Rite to a dinner party and was not impressed. Possibly due to the gorgeous 2 layer strawberry shortcake the hostess made.

              You say potayto, I say potahto. You say Bi-Rite, I say Ici. :)

              But you are right that Ici might not work out when you have to meet a curtain time. They are too crowded. If there is a long line I usually just walk on by.

        2. Thanks for all the suggestions. We've narrowed it down to a couple. I'll report back on Tuesday. Thanks again.

          1. Le Méditerranée used to be very good. I don't live in California, so I don't get to eat in Berkeley as often as I'd like. It's there on Collage, just north of Ashby.


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            1. re: Mike C. Miller

              Holy Land half a block away is much better.