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May 2, 2013 10:29 AM

Dinner Before Oracle Arena Show on Sunday [Oakland]

Need a place to meet up before the Stones show on Sunday -- some coming from Oakland, others Alameda. Want to grab dinner and ditch a car. Where would you go?

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  1. How many people? Sounds like you might need a place that takes reservations.

    I personally would meet up in Alameda and then carpool over from there. There's a plethora of choices on Park St. and you can ditch the car in the garage (free evenings and weekends) and not have to worry about it being safe.

    1. There aren't any places right near the coliseum.

      Since bart goes right there, so something like Ruth says --- but use bart. Meet up at 19th street and have dinner at someplace fun like Luka's and grab the bart down.

      I just hate getting caught in traffic leaving an event, that's why I wouldn't carpool over. Unless maybe you have a big van and it would be a party. Still.

      Ruth's idea of Alameda is pretty good though, because of the parking, and the number of people you have coming from alameda. Some of those people might have favorite spots.

      1. Remember that parking at the OrCol will run you at least 35 bucks. BART will be crowded but you may want to consider it rather than drive your "Beast of Burden" to the show.

        1. I know I should take BART, but I hate the hassle of a transfer so late at night. The thought was to share the cost of parking by meeting up somewhere before and then parking just one car (so ideally the dinner spot would be somewhat convenient before and after the show). I have been leaning toward Alameda, as I know it well and members of our group are there anyway, but it is less convenient for me returning to Rockridge area. I was trying to see if anyone has a go-to pre-coliseum/arena spot that I forgetting. Thanks!

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          1. re: The Dive

            The last time the Stones were in Oakland -- in the coliseum, granted -- there was a complete clusterfuck on BART coming back to Berkeley. Trains got delayed at MacArthur for ridiculous amounts of time (over an hour). It took two plus hours to get from our seats back to Rockridge.

            1. re: Mike C. Miller

              "You can't always get what you want"

            2. re: The Dive

              To avoid parking and a late-night BART transfer to Rockridge, I'd park around 12th or 19th St. Shan Dong, Spices!3, Plum, Flora, Duende, Hopscotch, and Pican all are open on Sunday night.

              I make late-night BART transfers all the time and the train is almost always waiting across the platform at 19th St. They don't screw up as often as they used to.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                But then you're leaving at least two cars parked on the street in downtown Oakland all night. Not really the best idea. When you subtract roundtrip BART fares for several people you're not paying that much more for parking.

                Presumably by now the decision has been made. What did you end up doing?

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  I park in downtown Oakland all the time and have never had a problem.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    Sigh. We went to Quinn's Lighthouse. It was very convenient for our parking scenario (especially leaving as we were able to avoid the backup trying to get onto the highway). And it was nice sitting out on the deck. But if there is something worth eating on that menu, I have yet to find it. Best bet appeared to be the bucket of mussels with fries, but I still thought they were overcooked. Broth good though.

                    1. re: The Dive

                      Oh dear. BTW, I live in Alameda and it's easy to get to the Coliseum bypassing the freeway: take the High Street bridge, go under 880 and make an immediate right onto Coliseum Way, which will take you directly to the 66th St. entrance to the parking lot. On the way out, go to the second lane from the right of the exit to bypass the people waiting in the left turn lanes.

                    2. re: Ruth Lafler

                      Ruth, Downtown Oakland has changed. There are many areas near bart stations that are well-populated at nite.

                      For example: close to 19th St bart is Make Westing bar, open till 2am. And that intersection is jumping with other late nite spots. Yes, there is crime. But the same is true of other areas people hang out: eg the Mission

                      1. re: escargot3

                        Yes, but it's not safe relative to leaving your car in a parking garage in Alameda. The duration of dinner and a show, plus travel time, is a long time to leave your car parked on the street anywhere, and as you noted, that area is busy so there's no guarantee you're going to find parking very close to the BART station.

                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

                          It's not too bad finding parking in that part of Oakland these days (for now). Oakland is actually my zone of choice for drinks these days, specifically that area near the 12th and 19th St BART stations, and I usually am able to find parking without much difficulty.

                2. Went to Quinn's Lighthouse today for the first time. Fun atmosphere with a nice table on the deck over the Estuary. Enjoyed the Dinky Doo Seafood Stew and my friends loved their fish and chips with a spicy cole slaw. Service was good and smooth ( thanks, Luis). Want to go back and take my kids soon!

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                  1. re: sydthekyd

                    Since this discussion there's also a new option in the same area: Brotzeit.

                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                      Brotzeit is my go-to place now in the area. Good sausages, interesting german food and beer, great location. No more Quinn's for me!