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Where to find dinner and live music in Berkeley

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MAY 02, 2014

Looking for a way to liven up your eating experience? Try dining at these Berkeley eateries, which offer both dinner and live music.


Whether you’re eating indoors at a table or outside on the street island, Cheeseboard’s live music is an essential part of the Cheeseboard experience.

A variety of local Bay Area musicians perform Monday through Thursday for both lunch and dinner. Here’s a calendar of Cheeseboard’s musical entertainment.

Check out this video of the Primavera Jazz Band, who perform at Cheeseboard regularly:


Sliver is like Cheeseboard’s sophisticated, slightly less hippy brother. Owned by three former co-op members of Cheeseboard, Sliver attracts more of a “young adult” crowd with its open bar and downtown location close to campus.

Local musicians perform Monday through Saturday, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Check out the website for a calendar of Sliver’s live music.

Here’s a performance by Milestones Band, a Sliver regular:

Mint Leaf

Located across the street from Cheeseboard, Mint Leaf serves North Indian cuisine in a swanky environment.

The B Street Trio, a smooth jazz band, performs every Friday at 6:30 p.m. Other musicians, including Puerto Rican singer and guitarist Esteban Bello, will also occasionally perform there:

There’s also salsa dancing every Friday at 10 p.m.!

The Musical Offering Café

The Musical Offering Café is famous for playing classical music during business hours (providing the perfect ambience for studying), but did you know they also host live performances?

The Town Quartet, an Oakland based band, plays every Sunday at 1 p.m.:

Giovanni Restaurant

Giovanni is a family-owned Italian restaurant located in the heart of downtown. Every Tuesday is “Jazz Night” at Giovanni, with live music by the Berkeley Jazz School from 8 to 11 p.m.


Located next door to the Berkeley Repertory Theater and across the street from Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Jazzcafé is at the center of Berkeley’s theater and arts scene. Jazz Caffe describes itself on its website as “a gathering place for the great (and soon-to-be great) of the local jazz scene.”

Contact Lilia Vega at [email protected].

MAY 02, 2014