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Lunch in Oakland, wine required, good food, not crazy expensive

foodieanddietitian Jun 14, 2012 08:54 PM

We're looking for a fun restaurant with good food and good wine that's open for lunch, located between Oakland Airport and near a BART station and not too expensive. Any ideas?

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: foodieanddietitian Jun 15, 2012 09:47 AM

    Plum, Flora, Pican, Oliveto

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      bbulkow RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 15, 2012 01:00 PM

      Plum fails the "open for lunch" filter - at least according to their website.

      Add "five" in berkeley (revival's not open for lunch)

      Otherwise - good list.

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        jsteingarten RE: bbulkow Jun 15, 2012 03:25 PM

        Gather in Berkeley. Skip Pican (B team working at lunch).

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          abstractpoet RE: jsteingarten Jun 15, 2012 11:51 PM

          I don't know about B team, but Pican's crawfish roll is only available at lunch and is one of the best things I've had there. It doesn't appear that they've updated the website yet to reflect new chef Sophina Uong's menus, though, so I don't know for sure if that item is still available.

          Only went to Gather once, but the place rubbed me the wrong way.

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          MagicMarkR RE: bbulkow Jun 15, 2012 06:04 PM

          Actually Monday through Thursday, Flora also now fails the "open for lunch" filter, sadly. Also, try Lukas, in the same vicinity as Plum and Pican: it's sort of fun, decent food, and has wine.

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        ML8000 RE: foodieanddietitian Jun 15, 2012 04:23 PM

        Bocanova in Jack London Sq.

        1. escargot3 RE: foodieanddietitian Jun 16, 2012 09:05 AM

          -Luka's will give you an Oaktown experience + a great burger.
          -Oliveto cafe (downstairs) is across the street from the Rockridge Bart.
          -Wood Tavern is a few blocks away.

          1. Robert Lauriston RE: foodieanddietitian Jun 16, 2012 09:52 AM

            Bocanova would be my first choice if it's not farther from BART than you want (15 blocks / 0.8 mile).

            Wood Tavern's great and not as far (~6 blocks / 0.4 mile).

            Gather's wine list seems to have improved. http://www.gatherrestaurant.com/image...

            Luka's by-the-glass list is kind of meh. I think of it for beer. http://www.lukasoakland.com/Menus/Win...

            I forgot that Plum dropped lunch and brunch. Too bad.

            1. majordanby RE: foodieanddietitian Jun 16, 2012 09:55 AM

              maybe hawker fare. nice atmosphere, though not sure about their wine list.


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                Robert Lauriston RE: majordanby Jun 16, 2012 09:59 AM

                They don't really have a wine list, just one white and one red.

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                shoop RE: foodieanddietitian Jun 18, 2012 04:21 PM

                Southie in Rockridge - limited menu (and just a few wines) but always fantastic. I'm a huge fan of Wood Tavern as well.

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                  Mike C. Miller RE: foodieanddietitian Jun 21, 2012 03:44 PM

                  Sounds just like Oliveto!!


                  You can walk out of the BART station (Rockridge) and literally throw a rock and hit the restaurant. Lovely lunch menu, too. Simple, but delicious Italian food. One of my favorite lunch places in all of the East Bay.

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