Both my birthday and my significant other's are coming up in the next week and a half, and I'm looking for a new East Bay place to try in celebration. Doesn't have to be superfancy (and in fact if it's not, it's better) but quality and ambience are still important to me, because we're young and don't get to eat out every day. Good drink menu would be a big incentive.
Places we've gone for a special night out and liked or loved include Nizza la Bella, A Cote, Bay Wolf, Millennium, Pomelo (though these two are not in East Bay, obviously), La Note, Uzen, Chaya, Locanda Olmo...and just about every Korean BBQ place on Telegraph. :)