Oakland >Garibaldi's on College
Overrated. For a restaurant with similar prices, I would rather go to Milano's on Grand Ave in Oakland. Much better service and tastier food. This was a first visit for my wife and I on our first anniversary. It was a bit of a disappointment to us after we had heard such great things. The service was lackluster for a place charging $15-30 for entrees. Usually don't have to ask to have you water glass refilled at restaurants of this caliber. Especially on a Sunday night, when the place isn't very busy.
Lunch is good, but have dessert!. Easily the best desserts in Rockridge. For a great, surprisingly inexpensive lunch for a restaurant of this caliber, share a salad with friends or co-workers (the one with the grilled chicken, seasonal fruit, candied nuts, and blue cheese is consistently great) and splurge on the desserts. Most are a combination of fresh fruit, great home-made ice creams, and some sort of crisp or cake... And trust the main review about the chocolate budino - it's great and rich enough to feed at least two people - a must-order! Allow time for lunch - service is good, but not very fast.
Great Food--Good Service. Varied menu--extensive wine list. Excellent roast salmon, very savory grilled pork tenderloin. Server was attentive, but not overbearing. Garibaldi's is one of our favorite College Avenue Gourmet Ghetto restaurants.
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