Trying to snag a reservation for 7 people in the East Bay this Saturday night - a bit late notice for such a large party, so hoping to get some brainstorming going here.
Any cuisine is fine except Japanese, as one of our group is visiting from Japan. A nice atmosphere for talking would be good, and of course great food. Not looking in the fine-dining range but places with entrees up to $30 or so are fine. Cheaper is fine too.
Already tried and failed at the following due to either no reservations available, or no reservations taken at all:
Chez Panisse Cafe
So, any other ideas? Thanks!