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Berkeley’s Arts District occurs to be situated within the middle of its scorching downtown culinary scene. Everytime you’re catching a present — together with the buzzy musical “Paradise Ridge,” enjoying by means of Feb. 17 at Berkeley Rep — keep in mind this: There are a slew of fabulous eating places the place you possibly can seize dinner, and plenty of take reservations. Listed here are 5 of our favorites.
Revival Bar + Kitchen
Simply across the block from Berkeley Rep, Ann Murray’s farm-to-table venue is open for blissful hour, dinner, weekend brunch and late evening bites (weekends solely). Based on our critic: “Meals-wise, Murray has taken her signature natural, seasonal spin and added her personal tail-to-snout, artisanal sensibility to scrumptious, trendy impact.” Search for tasty veg-forward appetizers, like butternut squash arancini ($12), and dazzling entrees, together with a tasty duck leg confit ($24). Particulars: Hours fluctuate. Reservations accepted. 2102 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley; www.revivalbarandkitchen.com
A number of doorways down is that this distinctive regional Mexican restaurant performed up in warehouse stylish, with spectacular hand-crafted cocktails and Matt Grandin’s memorable Oaxacan delicacies. Share a plato fuerte of spit-roasted entire hen with fire-roasted fingerling potatoes ($42) or nibble on delectable appetizers, together with grilled octopus with fried garbanzo beans ($18). Wash all of it down with a juicy margaritas with orange-scented agave. Particulars: Open from 5:30 p.m. each day at 2020 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley; https://comalberkeley.com
Come hungry for a number of the finest izakaya-inspired eats outdoors of Tokyo. This wood-clad eatery with its low, Japanese-style focuses on masterful white-charocoal grilled yakitori paired with a big array of shochus and sake. Go for the smoky hen thighs (from Hoffman Farms in Manteca), Dungeness crab croquettes, Kurobota pork stomach or squid ink fried rice. Backside line: Ippuku will transport you for a lot lower than the worth of a airplane ticket. Particulars: Reservations accepted. Open from 5 p.m. at 2130 Middle St., Berkeley; www.ippukuberkeley.com
Situated contained in the greenest constructing within the East Bay, this farm-to-table, California-centric staple sources from native, sustainable ranches targeted on heritage breeds. Followers say the veggie-forward dishes are as satisfying to vegans as they’re to carnivores. Whether or not you’re feasting on a home sausage wood-fired pizza ($23) or Monterey black cod with whipped cauliflower ($28) you’ll be enchanted. Don’t miss the cocktails. Particulars: Open from 5 p.m. nightly for dinner and brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends at 2200 Oxford St., Berkeley; www.gatherrestaurant.com
This trendy Arabic-inspired restaurant from chef-owner Mohamed Aboghanem provides a terrific worth: Three-course prix fixe for $40-$45, and there are a lot of vegan and vegetarian selections, together with a tabbouleh-stuffed fried avocado ($13), wild mushroom pate ($15) with Morrocan spices and Saha purple curry with butternut squash ($24). Meat eater? You’ll need the kofta lamb meatballs ($15) with yemeni salsa or the honey-marinated Saha sage duck ($27). Particulars: Reservations accepted. Open from 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday at 2451 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley; http://sahaberkeley.com
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