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Apr 4, 2013 10:20 AM

Recommendations for tapas in Oakland/Berkeley tomorrow night

In the mood for delicious tapas, and wine for ladies night out. Spanish, Portuguese, or Argentinian preferably. TIA.

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  1. Barlata's very good, very traditional Spanish / Catalan tapas, the prices are the best, and it's the least noisy of the bunch.

    Cesar on Shattuck in Berkeley and Duende are other options. (The Cesar on Piedmont has gone in a more Mexican direction.)

    I don't know of any Argentine or Portuguese restaurants in the area. Bocanova and Rumbo al Sur are pan-Latin American and have some Argentine dishes.

    1. agree with Robert on Barlata.

      1. Another Vote for Barlata's food, but when busy it is crazy loud in there.

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        1. re: chefj

          I've been to Cesar when it was so loud that conversation was limited to shouting in the ear of the person next to me. I've never seen Barlata that bad.

          Duende's not bad if you're seated along the west wall and there's no live music.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Last time I was there for dinner my dining partner was wincing in pain at the noise, we could not have a conversation.
            Cesar's food is not very good in my opinion.

            1. re: chefj

              I think Cesar had some ups and downs in 2010 and 2011 but I've eaten there three or four times in the last few months and the food has been as good as ever. Second-best paella I've had in a restaurant (topped by Duende's).

          1. After 30 minutes the 1st available seating was at the communal table. Yes, there is a lively buzz to the space but it wasn't an issue really. My friends went with sangria, and since I had already started on tequila during happy hour at Skates I chose the Margarita Verde. All in all we ordered the cold beet salad, the pulpo en lata, and numerous hot tapas including the pig feet terrine, oxtail, mussels, both preparations of squid, brandada, sardinas, and gambas. The standouts for me were the pulpo, terrine, oxtail, mussels, and seafood stuffed squid (the sofrito sauce was OMG). Looking forward to a return with husband for happy hour, and dinner!

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Yes we dined @ Barlata. We are expecting friends in town from Philadelphia later this month and I'm considering going back to Barlata for more.