I'm coming up to the Bay Area tonight for a quick work trip and need a recommendation for dinner tonight. Coworkers and I are staying in Emeryville, so Berkeley or Oakland seem to make the most sense.
Looking for something mid-priced ($15-25 for mains), but would splurge a bit for the right experience. A place that serves cocktails would be preferred, but a good wine list or beer selection would be ok, too. We'll probably be eating on the late side, maybe around 9ish. Could be hip or an old stand by. I've previously enjoyed Cesar and the Chez Panisse Cafe, but would like to try something new. Coworkers are moderately adventurous, so I've got a good amount of latitude in what I propose. Bonus points for any nearby bars for afterward.
Thanks in advance!
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709