Date Night at Aria Grill

08.16.14, Saturday @ Aria Grill (Oakland)

Spending all day  Saturday  getting the house ready for my parents’ visit, the BF and I took a break for our usual Saturday date night. Both tired and not really having any idea where to go at almost  9 pm, we drove around and stumbled upon Aria Grill which is located in Oakland Chinatown.

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I recognized Aria right away from my Yelp bookmark. We were nervous walking in at 8:35 pm  knowing that closing time was at 9 pm. However, the staff was very welcoming. There were people who walked in at past 9 pm and were about to leave but once again the staff encouraged them to stay and not worry. Really friendly service!

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Aria is a casual Afghan/Mediterranean restaurant.

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The small space is decorated with Middle Eastern rugs on the wall, mirrors and velvet pillows. It was modest but cozy.

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Hot  tea was promptly delivered to us. I always appreciate it when tea is provided when dining. It makes me feel welcome right away.

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The BF loves eggplant so we ordered the eggplant appetizer which was topped with yogurt and served with bread. Very nice!

They no longer had salmon so I ordered a Pumpkin Dish with seasoned brown rice. The pumpkin was nice and sweet and a nice contrast to the savory rice.

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The BF had the combination lamb and chicken kabob with brown rice. He gave me a piece of chicken and it was juicy and well-seasoned. He is a happy with his order.

$43.42 including tip

Aria is a winner. The crazy thing is Kamdesh, another delicious Mediterranean restaurant, is just 3 doors down. You cannot go wrong with either restaurant, except if you are looking for ambiance, Aria is cozier, more nicely decorated and has more space. 

*Date Night Note: The BF was a trooper and earned a lot of brownie points for getting the house ready for my parents. He painted the bathroom all day on Saturday until 3 am and woke up at 8 am to paint again until noon. Then he stayed at his family’s house for 3 days so my mom and dad could have our space. Thanks, babe! It was a beautiful present! xoxo

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