Since my husband and I have a regular babysitter on Friday nights, we've gone on well over a hundred dates in the East Bay. Depending on our energy levels and time constraints, here are some of the tips we've shared with our friends.
1. Traditional Dinner and a Movie. Downtown Berkeley has numerous theaters and restaurants within walking distance. (Try Venus!) A few blocks extra blocks away, I like Cha-Ya for vegan sushi (order the cha-ya rolls!) and Corso for romantic-ish Italian. If the timing of the movie is such that you have only twenty minutes to shove some food in your mouth, order at the counter at Phil's sliders or Cancun taqueria. Finally, the Cerrito Theater is the best way to squeeze dinner and a movie into two hours; you order food and drinks and they bring it to your theater seat.