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Hip, casual place for a small celebration in Oakland?

Looking for a tasty, convivial place for a small gathering. Not too soy-heavy, due to allergies. Any recommendations? Thanks!

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  1. Miss Ollie's, Fusebox, Ramen Shop, Hopscotch

      1. Commonwealth Cafe & Public House

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        1. re: mdougherty

          Commonwealth is *very* casual. And unless they've changed since I was there (it's been a while), there's almost no seating. Not really a place for more than three people to socialize, IMHO.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Commonwealth has as much seating as anyplace that's that small, they can handle groups. But if you want to go there with a group somebody needs to get there while it's quiet and commander enough tables.

          1. Thanks all--I will check these out!