Do you want to try new (and old) restaurants? How about meeting nice people from your area? Are you open to many different kinds of cuisines and can picture yourself dining at holes in the wall as well as fine dining places?
This group was started in 2012, by another member. I took it over in April 2014. She gets the credit for the ABC concept, which I decided to keep, as it has been fun selecting a restaurant every month based on the letter it starts with. Feel free to message me if you have a great idea for an upcoming letter. I have also kept the 'meet on the 8th' feature, although occasionally it has been changed if I can't make that date one month.
As the name indicates, we mostly stick to the East Bay. Also, I generally pick places that are moderately priced. Please check the menu link that I provide to see if the place is within your price range and taste! Some restaurants lend themselves to 'family style' eating, and I will state on the event page if that's what I plan to do.
People often have questions about how the bills are split. With the exception of family style, which is easy to divide equally of course, members pay for the food and drink they order. I do the math at the end of the meal. I ask you to bring cash, because it makes it MUCH easier.
**Finally, RSVP info. IMPORTANT. When you RSVP for an event, please make sure you have 'notifications' turned on in your settings. You are responsible for updating your RSVP if you can't make it, even if you are on the wait list. In some cases, several members had to cancel in the last couple days before an event, moving up (unsuspecting) people from the wait list. Because Meetup has an 'automatic' waitlist, if you are next on the list, you will be moved up. This is why it is imperative that you get (and read) email notifications.
**I have a 2 no-show policy. Anyone with 2 no-shows will be removed from group. It is unfair to me, to other members waiting to get in, and to the restaurant, to NOT show up, or to cancel at the last minute. I appreciate everyone's understanding on this.