Our office group of 11 is planning a get together in December, and we want to stay in Oakland for an early dinner. We are not a group that goes out together on a regular basis, but we did try A'Cote, and had a great time. I'd like to repeat that experience, so I am looking for a place that will be a comfortable setting to get together and talk outside of the office, and allow us to forget for the moment how busy our lives are. Extra points for a place with a buzz that will allow us to talk over it.
The two places that came to mind were Dona Thomas or Soi 4. What do you think? Any other ideas?