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Mar 5, 2014 11:25 AM

Geezers Want Great Dinner in Oaktown

We're going out to dinner with friends from Brooklyn in Oakland tonight. I would say that the noise level is almost as important as good food. Any suggestions? Price, unless it's REALLY expensive, is not a problem.

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  1. My first choice for a quiet dinner is A Cote, provided I can get a reservation in the back room.

    Oliveto, Uzen, Bay Wolf, Champa Garden, Cafe Colucci, Encuentro, Bocanova, and Pyung Chang are all quiet and have good food.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      That's an eclectic group.

      Noise can be so variable, as it can fluctuate depending on what day it is, how crowded the restaurant is, where you are sitting, etc. Unless I knew that the "geezers" liked casual "ethnic" places I'd go with something safe like Bay Wolf (except that I just looked at their website and they are closed tonight).

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Even the back room is quite loud when busy and the Dinning room is darn loud 4 Bells in the Chron.
        And Colucci is deafening

        1. re: chefj

          The back room at A Cote has been full at least part of the time almost every time I've eaten there and it has never been noisy. That's one of the main reasons I go there a lot.

      2. +1 on Bay Wolf (depending on what you mean by "REALLY" expensive).

        1. Not a quiet place overall (to say the least), but at A16 the two tables in the front by the old garage door are placed so that it's quiet enough for a party of four to chat. They actually appear to have reservations available tonight, so might be worth a call to see if they can guarantee you one of those tables. If you are willing to do Berkeley instead of Oakland, Riva Cucina is fairly quiet. Anyone know if Marzano on Park is quiet? I heard a rumor once that it wasn't too loud but can't attest from personal experience. Also Soi Four often is fine on the first floor.

          1. Oakjoan-

            What about Commis? It is expensive, but not REALLY expensive.


            Table for 4 available,early or late tonight.

            Good luck,


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            1. re: boopa

              I had the same thought re: quiet; but $95 per person, and $150 per with wine pairings (which you really should do here), is definitely REALLY expensive.

            2. The times I have been to Haven it has been quiet enough to hold a conversation without raised voices or yelling.

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