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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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  1. 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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    1. re: j mather

      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/).

      1. re: j mather

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

        1. re: SLRossi

          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.

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