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Brainstorm: East Bay, large group, short notice!

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OakTownHound Dec 17, 2013 10:01 AM

Trying to snag a reservation for 7 people in the East Bay this Saturday night - a bit late notice for such a large party, so hoping to get some brainstorming going here.

Any cuisine is fine except Japanese, as one of our group is visiting from Japan. A nice atmosphere for talking would be good, and of course great food. Not looking in the fine-dining range but places with entrees up to $30 or so are fine. Cheaper is fine too.

Already tried and failed at the following due to either no reservations available, or no reservations taken at all:
Dopo
A16
Comal
Burma Superstar
Penrose
Chez Panisse Cafe
A Cote
Cesar
Plum

So, any other ideas? Thanks!

  1. Ruth Lafler Dec 17, 2013 10:19 AM

    In addition to not taking reservations, several of those places are quite small. Did you call or just look on Open Table (some places won't book for parties that large on Open Table)

    I'd try:

    Haven
    Boca Nova
    Rangoon Superstar

    1. Robert Lauriston Dec 17, 2013 10:27 AM

      Second Ruth's comment on the need to call, Opentable is useless for large parties.

      Haven, Riva Cucina, Ajanta, and Bocanova look to be not full and conversation should not be a problem.

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        oranj Dec 17, 2013 10:49 AM

        I like Camino a lot, and they are large enough to handle big groups

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          abstractpoet Dec 17, 2013 11:22 AM

          There's a big back table at Homestead -- in a separate, semi-private area -- that might be able to fit seven. I like the food a lot.

          1. Ruth Lafler Dec 17, 2013 11:50 AM

            Pican
            Mockingbird

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              PennyPeinado Dec 17, 2013 12:14 PM

              Bocanova

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                OakTownHound Dec 17, 2013 08:30 PM

                Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions! I think we're going with Ajanta this time, but the other ideas will be filed for future reference as we frequently need places for big family meals like this.

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