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Dinner in Concord

coffeebrownies Aug 13, 2012 10:36 PM

Taking my young colleagues, a couple of whom are barely drinking age, out to dinner in Concord during a three-day meeting. Looking for somewhere fairly quiet (us old folks need help hearing), but fun, unpretentious, and with good food. Something communal, like Tapas might be good. I think as a group they will be fairly adventurous eaters, with fairly sophisticated palates. I don't want to break the bank, but do want to celebrate our team. Thoughts, hounds?

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    j mather RE: coffeebrownies Aug 14, 2012 07:20 PM

    Well, there's not a lot of adventurous eating around downtown Concord. When I worked at BofA in downtown Concord, one of the nicer restaurants we would go to for fun or business was Luna Ristorante -- good but not spectacular Italian with a decent wine list. Happy Roll Sushi is pretty good for Japanese. EJ Phair's has good brewpub cuisine. Korean Bulgogi House may be the most adventurous, depending on your colleagues experience: Good bbq dishes, plentiful panchan. I haven't been in a while, but Memo's is a Mexican restaurant (run by a father and daughter) that does very fresh, locally sourced dishes. All of these restaurants are around Todos Santos Plaza, which I consider downtown Concord.

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      j mather RE: j mather Aug 14, 2012 09:42 PM

      I thought about this a bit more, and, not to dis Concord, but for what you want you should drive a short distance to Walnut Creek and go to Va De Vi (http://va-de-vi-bistro.com/), or Eleve (http://eleverestaurant.com/).

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        SLRossi RE: j mather Aug 15, 2012 09:45 AM

        I thought the same, but neither of those are anywhere near quiet.

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          zorrosf RE: SLRossi Aug 15, 2012 10:46 AM

          Va De Vi's patio in the rear is very quiet, beautiful and suitable for your dinner. If they still have the tuna tartar, it is very good.

    2. Robert Lauriston RE: coffeebrownies Aug 15, 2012 11:03 AM

      Eleve. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/702354

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        poppycho RE: coffeebrownies Aug 16, 2012 12:47 PM

        If you don't want to drive to WC, try Fig Tree in Pleasant Hill, tasty and totally quiet.

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