Homestead, August 2013, Oakland, CA. Photo: Emilie Raguso
A dish at Homestead. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Some live for weekend brunch. Others can’t wait to jump out of the office for a mid-week lunch. Us? We know dinner is the best meal of the day. It doesn’t matter if that dinner is an elegant prix fixe affair at Chez Panisse, a takeout pizza from Emilia’s, or a big platter of fried chicken from Miss Ollie’s. It’s all good. We’ve collapsed all of our dinner picks, whether they’re casual or high-end, into the following list. Our readers picked their favorite weekday spots as well as splurge dinners. Either way, we think you’ll be able to infer where you’ll need to get a reservation months in advance and where you can pop in at 7:30 p.m. on a Wednesday.

In today’s installment of the Nosh Guide, we take a look at our favorite spots for our evening meals.

Read our Nosh Guide to Dinner.

The Nosh Guide is Berkeleyside’s authoritative, dynamic listing of our favorite spots for eating and drinking in the East Bay. We’ve included picks from Nosh editors, writers and, importantly, readers. We will add new favorites as they appear and may (sadly) have to take some away as they close. At its core, we hope that the Nosh Guide will be a helpful way to navigate our dining scene, no rankings necessary.

Learn more about our Nosh Guide here.

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Kate Williams has been writing about food since 2009. After spending two years developing recipes for cookbooks at America’s Test Kitchen, she moved to Berkeley and began work as a freelance writer and...