I have a childhood friend who is visiting the Bay Area in two weeks. I would like to take him out to dinner somewhere in the Oakland/Berekely (maybe Alameda) area and I do not want a chain. Someplace by the water would be good but not necessay. I would also like a place that is not too noisy so we can catch up. I would like a full bar so we could have some drinks. it shouldn't be terriby pricey but I don't want to sacrifice good food for low cost either.
Essentially I want to show off the Bay Area by going to a nice restaurant with both good food and atmosphere. HELP! Any suggestions? We enjoy all types of cuisine.