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last minute birthday dinner in Oaktown--help please

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Can't decide. Never been to ChopBar. Thinking of maybe Pizzaiolo. That new Borgo Italia looks wonderful but I'm worried after reading the recent thread that they can't handle Saturday night yet. That probably would be my preference except for that worry. Not a fan of Commis/Plum et al, much prefer less manipulated fare. Camino's menu does not excite. Any and all suggestions welcome. Thanks!

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  1. Also open to Berkeley--just looked at Corso. That steak looks really good, anyone had it recently?

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    1. re: essvee

      Corso's hard to get into on short notice. If you're in the mood for steak, how about Cafe Rouge?

      http://caferouge.net

      I'm eager to go back to Borgo Italia but I think peak hours are best avoided.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Thanks, Robert. If I went to Borgo at 5:30 today would I miss the rush and get a good dinner? That I think would be my top choice.

        1. re: essvee

          I'd call and make sure they're open before going. The other week they closed for a few days.

          I presume it will be very quiet at 5:30 on a Saturday, especially with the Giants game on. Actually, given that, Corso might have a bunch of no-shows. During Giants playoff and World Series games I've generally found it possible to walk in and get seated immediately any normally-packed restaurant.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            fyi re sports rather than food--today's a travel day for the Giants--no baseball--but it IS the day of the Big Game (Stanford-Cal) playing in Berkeley!

            1. re: sundeck sue

              Oh, right, tomorrow's the empty restaurants.

          2. re: essvee

            If I were choosing between Corso & Borgo, I think I would go with Borgo. It feels like a little trip to italy. and I bet you'd get a table at 5;30 and have fun. After dinner, you could then walk around the block and go for a drink to District -- a selection of 40 whiskies, for example.