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Berkeley area suggestion for celebration dinner: bistro/restaurant?

buttah | May 18, 200506:19 PM

We're looking for a place for 4 good friends to celebrate (completing a doctorate degree) over dinner on a Saturday night in the Berkeley area.

I've considered the classic suggestions such as Lalime's, Chez Panisse, on the pricier end, to Nizza La Bella, La Note, on the moderate-low end. While Lalime's would be a great choice, I wanted to see if there are any options that are less expensive, but still tasty with a nice ambience.

We're a mix of meat eaters & non-meat eaters, so a good selection of seafood & vegetarian options would be important. I love the style of Chez Panisse food; haven't been to Lalime's yet (have been dreaming of it); found Nizza Bella's strengths to be more meat-oriented (pizza's good too, but not what we're looking for). We haven't been to La Note for dinner, and am not sure how it would be. La Note's patio is appealing particularly in this period of fair weathered evenings

Any suggestions or leads would be much appreciated!!!

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