Dear Hounds - You just gotta check out Le Theatre Restaurant in Berkeley! I am very tough on restaurants, but was knocked out by this charming little place (I'm also told that the proprietrix has been a guest on the Food Network recently).
Disclaimer - I don't work there, nor do I know anyone who does - this is a bona fide well-earned plug from a very satisfied customer!
Le Theatre, at 1919 Addison (x-Martin Luther King Way) in Berkeley is that once in a blue moon rare restaurant find (heck, I LIVE one block from the famous Chez Panisse, so I KNOW my food, dude!).
Phone 510-644-1707 (also see letheatrerestaurant.com)
Food **** (as good as Chez Panisse Cafe)
Service **** (they really want you back!)
Ambiance ***** (warm, cozy, romantic and unusual)
Prices ***** (i.e., $2-5 less than places like it!)
Wine List *** (could use a few more choices)