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Our ideas for a great meal in the Berkeley area

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Referring person Restaurant name Location / Directions Type of food additional information
Dan Gunter Bongo Burger 1839 Euclid across from the North Gate   (510) 548-3400  Lamb, falafel, and baklava  For a quick lunch
Dan Gunter Gregoire's 2109 Cedar St., Berkeley,
  No seating inside, so best for lunch or casual dinner.
Craig Tull
2181 Shattuck Ave Berkeley  (510) 843-8277 Excellent selection of beers and ciders, including their own brews.  Excellent pizzas, sandwiches and salads Easily accessible from LBNL's Shuttle and BART
Craig Tull La Mediterranee 2936 College Ave Berkeley  (510) 540-7773  Excellent Mediteranian fare I usually go for the Mediteranian Mesa (Sampler for 2 or more persons) and a glass or two of Retsina (If you dare). My wife raves about the chocolate mousse. Requires a car from the Lab area
Bill Johnston The Kensington Circus Pub   English Pub Food, except it's good!  
Deb Agarwal Salute, Richmond Marina Esplanade Dr, Marina Bay Parkway exit off 580 Italian food with a view of San Francisco and the bay  
Deb Agarwal LaLime's Cafe Gilman near the BART tracks Mediterranean French  
Keith Beattie Cha' Am   Thai  
Brian Tierney Ajanta, Indian      
Brian Tierney Zachary's, Chicago Style Pizza      
Gary Kushner Farallon 450 Post Street San Francisco, CA  (415) 956-6969 Seafood Generally very good food.  Canít say Iíve never had a fair meal but most are very good to excellent.  The restaurant has an underwater theme that is fun and has a good staff.  A very good place to bring people. 
Gary Kushner Aqua 252 California Street
San Francisco, CA   Phone: 415-956-9662   (reservations recommended
Seafood / French Generally very good food.  Consistent, very Ďcalaí.  A good safe bet.  Good for business lunch.
Gary Kushner Enrico's Sidewalk Cafť  504 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133
Donít go for the food and donít sit inside.  However, it can be fun to sit on the sidewalk and watch Broadway go by.
Gary Kushner Scomaís Pier 47 on Al Scoma Way
San Francisco, CA 94133  
Toll free: (800) 644-5852
Local: (415) 771-4383 
Seafood Very good food in Fishermanís Warfópossibly the only good food.  You (generally) canít make reservations so if youíre going during meal times it is best to show up and put your name on the wait list and then get a drink or enjoy the view for a little while.  Itís about 1/4 locals which for fishermanís warf is unheard of.  Iíve brought many visitors here and they always like it.
Gary Kushner Postrio  545 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 776-7825
San Francisco, CA
Postrio serves contemporary American Cuisine. It is a daily changing menu focusing on fish, meats and produce from small, local bay area farms. Everything is made in-house including all of our bread, pastas, and pastries. We also smoke our own salmon, sturgeon and meats. A team of butchers take care of all our cuts of meat and fish. One of Puckís many restaurants.   Iíve never been, but Kristine says the food and service is very good.
Gary Kushner Jeanty at Jacks  615 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 693-0941
San Francisco, CA
Lunch: Hamburgers, Sandwiches, Salads Dinners:  Steak,  Another from Kristine.  She really likes this one for lunch.
Gary Kushner Alfredís Steak House  659 Merchant St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 781-7058
San Francisco, CA
Steaks, Salads, Pasta, Lamb, some Seafood A very old fashioned steak house, red booths and waiters in white coats.  There is probably better, but I like the feel of this one and so do most people I bring.
Gary Kushner One Market  1 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel (415) 777-5577
Bqts (415) 777-2233
San Francisco, CA
Seafood, Salad, Sandwiches, Hamburgers Great location right by the ferry building.  Generally the food is just very good, but they served me the best sautťed scallops Iíve had in California.
Gary Kushner Top of the Hyatt Regency  5 Embarcadero Center, California, USA 94111 Tel: +1 415 788 1234   San Francisco, CA 13 Views cocktail bar offers 13 different views of adjacent Justin Herman Plaza and the Embarcadero waterfront. The bar features Hyatt San Francisco's signature martinis, specialty cocktails, and a full menu that would tantalize any taste buds.
Nothing special except they have a rotating bar on the top floor.  Get a couple of ok drinks right after sundown and make sure to get a table by the window.

Gary Kushner Carnelian Room  555 California Street, 52nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel: (415) 433-7500
San Francisco, CA
Seafood, Pasta, Salads,Steak, Duck On the top of BofA building it is the highest restaurant in San Francisco and the views are excellent.  Iíve heard mixed things on the food from amazing to mediocre.  Iíve had drinks there and have enjoyed the view.
Gary Kushner The Dining Room  600 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 773-6168
San Francisco, CA
Seafood, Steak, Duck The restaurant at the ritz.  I knew a chef there but still havenít gone.  I hear it is very good though.  Itís on my list.

Gary Kushner Palomino 345 Spear Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone:(415) 512-7400
European-inspired regional American Cuisine Itís a mid-priced restaurant and I think the food is excellent and very consistent for its class.  Itís easy and casualówonít knock your socks off but I like it.  
Gary Kushner Rubicon 558 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 434-4100
San Francisco, CA
Salads, Seafood, Lamb The restaurant Williams, Coppola, and de Niro started.  Another restaurant I like maybe more than it deserves.  Iíve had excellent meals and merely good meals, but it is a friendly restaurant and youíll probably go away happy.
Gary Kushner The House  1230 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 986-8612
San Francisco, CA
There are two of them.  Go to the one in the inner sunset not the newer one in north beach.  I used to really like it, but then it started to go down hill.  Iíve been back once recently and I think theyíve picked it up again.  Nice wine selection and appetizers.
Gary Kushner Fleur de Lys  777 Sutter Street San Francisco, CA French food, Vegetarian cuisine Supposed to be one of the top three or four restaurants in the bay area.  Iíve never been Ė not sure why.
Gary Kushner Restaurant Gary Danko  800 N Point St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 749-2060
San Francisco, CA
Seafood, large selection of wine Gary Danko used to be my neighbor and I still havenít gone.  Widely considered to be the best restaurant in San Francisco.  Itís next on my list. 
Gary Kushner French Laundry  6640 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
My favorite restaurant in the whole world.  Go if you at all can.  Expect to spend three plus hours.  Only get the tasting menu.
Gary Kushner Mamas  1701 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 362-6421
Eggs, Omelets, French Toast, Pancakes,Sandwiches, Salads, Burgers The best breakfast place in San Francisco.  Go right when they open or right before they close to avoid a long line.  Iíve had a few things that were merely good, but most of the time itís something youíll remember for a long time.
Gary Kushner Top of the Mark  999 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 616-6916
San Francisco, CA
Lunch: Salads,soups, sandwiches  Dinner Duck, Lamb, Seafood Only tourists.  The music can be all right, but mostly go because everyone does once.  Truly, itís a requirement.  I donít know why.  The views are nice enough.
Gary Kushner Boulevard 1 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-6084
San Francisco, CA
Seafood, Salads, Duck, Lamb Inexpensive, unpretentious, very nice semi-romantic French food.   Iím a regular.
Gary Kushner Le Charm  315 5th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 546-6128
San Francisco, CA
French food, Seafood, Salads, Steaks They converted an indoor pool into a tiki lounge.  Go to see the same band for the last 10 years sing in the middle of the pool.
Gary Kushner The Tonga room at the Fairmont  950 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 772-5278
San Francisco, CA
Seafood, Steak, Chicken, Ribs A place to see Ladyís Who Lunch lunch.  If youíre in the right mood it can be lots of fun in a voyeuristic sort of way.
Gary Kushner Neiman Marcus for Lunch  150 Stockton St. (at Geary), San Francisco
  Phone:(415) 362-4777
Union Square, San Francisco, CA
Contemporary American
Fine Dining
They have couches built for two and serve expensive and nice drinks.  Itís a lobby of a hotel but it can be cozy and intimate while still being around lots of people.   They also a have a very popular bar that I find too loud and a Cuban Restaurant that is supposed to be very good.  One warning is that because the Clift Hotel is hip and cool the door is not market at all with a name or address. 
Gary Kushner Cliff Hotel Lobby (ďThe Living RoomĒ) 
10 Mark Lane
PH 415.788.7152
San Francisco, CA

495 Geary Street San Francisco, California 94102 Tel. 415 775 4700 
Two nice bars around the downtown area good at night.
Gary Kushner The Red Room  The Red Room
Retro & Lounge
827 Sutter St.
(Union Square)
(415) 346-7666 San Francisco, CA
A bar good for right after work.
Gary Kushner The Irish Bank  10 Mark Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 788-7152
Irish Pub: Chicken, Sandwiches, Soup
Gary Kushner Blue Fuse  Found Fuse not blue fuse (probably same place) A bar good for right after work.
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