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Cheap-ish dinner in Berkeley, but still sit-down

katealexa Jun 4, 2013 12:06 PM

I'm looking for a cheap-ish dinner place in Berkeley (preferably around campus) that's still on the nicer side. Looking to pay $10-15 for entrees and a nice environment to catch up with friends. Preferably not Indian, Chinese, or American. Thanks!

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    buster99 Jul 11, 2013 08:31 PM

    Angeline's? Or Turkish Kitchen?

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      mr_darcy Jul 10, 2013 04:47 PM

      O Chame fits the requirements if you stick with the noodle dishes.

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        Robert Lauriston Jul 10, 2013 04:55 PM

        Six of the nine noodle soups are over $15 and the other main courses are over $25.

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          mr_darcy Jul 10, 2013 06:41 PM

          Perhaps I was taking more liberty than justified, but I figured 50 cents more wouldn't hurt (8 of the 9 noodle dishes are $15.50 or lower).

      2. nicedragonboy Jul 10, 2013 09:30 AM

        Kiraku is a fun place for catching up with friends. Izakaya style though, so while most plates are pretty cheap, you'll probably want to order several and share. it's on the smallish side, so call ahead, depending on the day it can be hard to get a seat for a bigger group.

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          indigirl Jul 9, 2013 08:45 PM

          How about Norikonoko? I like the atmosphere there, homey-cozy. If you get ramen it's well within your budget.

          1. Ruth Lafler Jul 9, 2013 09:12 AM

            Le Petit Cheval? Comal?

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              Robert Lauriston Jul 9, 2013 09:28 AM

              Le Petit Cheval's definitely in that price range. So is Anh Hong.

              Comal's the most expensive Mexican restaurant in town. Most items on the menu are under $15, but you'd probably want to share a couple per person.

            2. wolfe Jul 8, 2013 09:20 PM

              Alborz. I enjoyed the lamb shank.

              1. Ashley12 Jul 8, 2013 09:15 PM

                sabuy sabuy - best Thai food in the area hands down. There are 2 locations - 1 on San Pablo and the other is on College. Highly recommend!

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                  merylnet Jul 8, 2013 07:02 PM

                  Venus on Shattuck has good food and many of the main courses are within your budget. http://www.venusrestaurant.net/dinner...

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                    Robert Lauriston Jul 8, 2013 08:50 PM

                    Five of the seven main dishes on that menu are $16-21. The other two are a $13 Cubano sandwich and $14 fish and chips.

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                      merylnet Jul 8, 2013 09:41 PM

                      OK. Point taken. How about Gecko Gecko on Milvia? Despite the name it has its appeal. Very close to campus, service is pleasant, food is decent Cal/Thai, prices aren't bad. Most noodles, curries, stir-fry dishes are in the $10-$12 range.

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                        Glencora Sep 3, 2013 10:56 PM

                        I withdraw my recommendation. The very mild curry had too-large pieces of onion, red and green bell pepper and sweet potato, with dry chicken breast. Weird combo that didn't work. They offer 10% off with an Aurora theater ticket. I think that was most of their business tonight.

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                    ML8000 Jun 4, 2013 01:14 PM

                    Slow or Taqueria Cancun (order a plate, not a burrito).

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                      Robert Lauriston Jun 4, 2013 01:25 PM

                      I thought of Slow, but its entrees are $14-17.

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                        ML8000 Jun 4, 2013 01:27 PM

                        $14 < $15, so in theory there's one or two items under $15.

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                          Robert Lauriston Jun 4, 2013 02:10 PM

                          Sure, but how convivial is it to go to a place where the only way to stay within your budget is to order the vegetarian or vegan entree?

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                            ML8000 Jun 4, 2013 02:32 PM

                            At this point it's simply an option. Better to have some options than not.

                    2. Robert Lauriston Jun 4, 2013 12:23 PM

                      Belli Osteria might be the nicest place in that price range.


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                        lmnopm Jun 4, 2013 12:33 PM


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                          Robert Lauriston Jun 4, 2013 12:57 PM

                          Angeline's entrees are $14-17.

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                          rubadubgdub Jun 4, 2013 02:39 PM

                          Second for Belli

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