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tesh11 Apr 6, 2013 12:23 PM

Wife & I scored tickets for Stones concert in Oakland on Sunday, May 5th. Will be flying into Oakland Saturday afternoon. Looking for nice food experience somewhere in San Francisco or Berkeley for Saturday dinner, Sunday brunch & late afternoon dinner. Won't have a car, but BART & a cab will do. As far as cuisine goes French, Italian, Californian.or Chinese.

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    lmnopm Apr 6, 2013 12:38 PM

    are you staying in Oakland? I'd try and eat at Commis on Saturday night. Sunday you might want something at or near Jack London Square on your way to the show (I assume you'll be taking BART) - I suggest this because you might find more open early enough for your needs. You might consider starting your day at the Ferry Building in SF for your morning meal.

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      Ruth Lafler Apr 6, 2013 12:46 PM

      Those are excellent suggestions. If you don't want to go quite as formal as Commis, I can recommend Haven in Jack London Square. Actually, these days you can easily spend a night 24 hours in Jack London Square, with several good restaurants and a Sunday morning farmers' market. The Waterfront Hotel is decent, too.

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        vulber Apr 7, 2013 11:49 AM

        keep in mind commis is formal in its cuisine and prices (which are still a bargain) only - the atmosphere/service is quite casual

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          Robert Lauriston Apr 7, 2013 11:52 AM

          You don't have to dress up to go to Commis, but nothing else about the place struck me as the least bit casual.

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        tesh11 Apr 6, 2013 06:50 PM

        Yes staying in Oakland, because want short ride back to hotel after concert. But Saturday evening & Sunday morning can take BART, cable car or bus or cab to get around. Did Jack London Square in February & it seemed fairly dead. We also did the Ferry Building that weekend & liked it. Saturday evening is probably San Francisco. Sunday might be Berkeley.

      3. Robert Lauriston Apr 6, 2013 01:02 PM

        My favorite places for a nice dinner in Oakland right now are A Cote (specify the back room when reserving) and Haven.

        Dim sum at Yank Sing for lunch. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7321...

        1. Ruth Lafler Apr 6, 2013 08:38 PM

          Maybe the poster doesn't know the NYTimes named Oakland one of its top ten destinations.

          Commis has a Michelin star and everything.

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            tesh11 Apr 6, 2013 09:17 PM

            Well if the Commis would have a website that does more than list ingredients I might look at them. Been to Oakland, SF, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Florence, NYC, LA and Oakland was close to any of those.

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              hyperbowler Apr 7, 2013 01:16 AM

              Wow, I thought tesh11 was being overly critical of nebulous menus, but that is in fact the worst menu in existence. It is literally a list of 48 ingredients, in no particular order.

              I loved the part where they say:
              "*please note this is a sample menu"

              Sorry, Ceci n'est pas un menu.

              http://www.commisrestaurant.com/menu.php

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                MagicMarkR Apr 8, 2013 10:27 AM

                Funny. I clicked on the wine section to see if perhaps it just said "grapes."

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            tesh11 Apr 6, 2013 06:54 PM

            The did some research & found these places for Saturday evening dinner, her are her suggestions in order of preference:
            1) Jardiniere
            2) Farallon
            3) Gary Danko
            4) Fleur de Lys

            Any opinions?

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              Ruth Lafler Apr 6, 2013 08:37 PM

              Safe and boring and ten years ago.

              How about AQ?

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                tesh11 Apr 6, 2013 08:57 PM

                Which ones?

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                  Ruth Lafler Apr 6, 2013 10:17 PM

                  All of them.

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                    nocharge Apr 6, 2013 11:24 PM

                    All those restaurants have been around since the 90s or longer and tend to be kind of mainstream high-end dining places with strengths more in the areas of predictability and consistency rather than innovation. This forum has a lot of people who are into new, exciting, and/or unusual places rather than restaurants like that, so you may not find a whole lot of love for them.

                    Having said that, if I had to pay for a dinner in one of the four, I would pick Farallon. Good seafood restaurants in SF are slim pickings since Aqua closed and Farallon is one of the better ones of what's left. (Slightly less expensive than its sister restaurant Waterbar, way better than the horrible Anchor and Hope, and will save you a trip to Scoma's in Fisherman's Wharf, which doesn't even take reservations.)

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                      tesh11 Apr 7, 2013 12:40 PM

                      Your favorites?

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                  Robert Lauriston Apr 7, 2013 11:45 AM

                  No offense but that's an amazingly boring list.

                  Perbacco, AQ, Bar Tartine, and St. Vincent are my favorite places that are easily BART-able.

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                  ML8000 Apr 7, 2013 12:51 PM

                  The Stones use to like The Slanted Door way back in the 90s. Why not play the whole deal that way...and make sure your AARP member is current. Sir Mick and Keif are inching towards 70. Eat at the bar if you can't get a res. At least it would be more current than Danko and the others listed.

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                    tesh11 Apr 7, 2013 02:54 PM

                    Great idea!!! Wife loves it. She's been following them since '66. Just got reservation for 8 pm Saturday night. Maybe Mick & Keif will be there ;-)

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