San Francisco Restaurant Rec for a group

Jan 24th, 2010, 12:03 PM
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San Francisco Restaurant Rec for a group

It's that time again - my husband has meetings every year in San Francisco and usually takes about 15-20 people to dinner one night. Couple years ago we took Stu's recommendation and went to North Beach Restaurant and ate in the Porsciutto room which worked out well (although slightly over budget in the end). They have also gone to B44, and Great Northern. Budget is around $50 per person not including drinks. They will be staying at a nice hotel not far from the south end of Market and would like to be able to walk but not necessarily. So if you all would help me again, please. Any suggestions? Thanks so much.
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Jan 24th, 2010, 12:06 PM
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Well, sorry about the word mix up.

We ate at E Tutto Qua last year and was wondering how you all liked it for your GTG. I know there is a room upstairs but I didn't pay much attention to the layout when I was there.
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Jan 24th, 2010, 12:09 PM
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Does it have to be a private room? We had a Xmas lunch for about 22 people at La Mar and it was fabulous. Our table was in the main room, however, it was blocked on 3 sides -- one side by the wall separating us from another room, one side by the exterior wall, and the third side by a partition. It would be walking distance from one of the end-of-Market hotels.
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Jan 24th, 2010, 12:18 PM
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OOooo, that looks very interesting. Private room would be nice but not absolutely necessary. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Jan 25th, 2010, 08:17 AM
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South end of market?? - that's the Castro. Is that where they're staying??

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Jan 25th, 2010, 08:31 AM
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I missed that part, but I also really doubt that's what she meant!!
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Jan 26th, 2010, 12:46 PM
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Sorry not to get back with you all as I have been a little under the weather. Stu, I was confused. I meant the north end which would be closer to the Ferry Building.
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Jan 26th, 2010, 01:05 PM
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And which would be very close to La Mar!
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Jan 27th, 2010, 01:20 PM
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Checking on La Mar. They do have a table that seats 20 but don't know if it is a private room. Food looks good. Other suggestions are welcome.
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Jan 27th, 2010, 01:33 PM
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<<>>

As I described, we did not have a private room, but our table was like a peninsula -- walls or partitions on three sides. We acted like it was a private room anyway, since even milling around, we weren't in anyone's way.
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Jan 27th, 2010, 06:04 PM
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There is no private room at E Tutti Qua. It's an upstairs balcony and the noise level that rises from downstairs is great. Do not recommend that upstairs balcony.


We've just tried One Market Restaurant and it was fabulous. They do have private dining rooms but don't know how big those are. You may be able to arrange a group menu with three courses (salad, main dish, dessert) with a couple of choices for each course and specify that you want to keep it under $50/pp.

Here's their dinner menu:

http://www.onemarket.com/menus_dinner.html


If you're thinking Italian, there's a nice Italian restaurant not too far along on the Embarcadero: Il Fornaio

http://www.ilfornaio.com/?page=138&restaurant_id=3142
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Jan 28th, 2010, 07:44 AM
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ET, I know you're going to think I'm picking on you, and really, I'm not....just picking on those restaurant choices Obviously, restaurant preferences are very personal, but I'm not a fan of either One Market or Il Fornaio.
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Jan 28th, 2010, 08:19 AM
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sf7307: it's not a matter of what you or I like. It's a matter of recommending some restaurants/hotels/local attractions for the OP to choose.

You - along with a number of others- , frankly, will not allow me to make any recommendations because you think you "own" SF and only you can make recommendations.

You've made recommendations that I don't like, but I don't follow you around and constantly state that I don't like your choices or criticize your choices.

So, you don't like One Market nor Il Fornaio. Why don't you recommend more than one restaurant for the OP to choose from instead of constantly shafting others' recommendations? Otherwise, it'll look like you have personally something to gain by recommending one restaurant/hotel only.
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Jan 28th, 2010, 08:23 AM
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All I can say to that response is, "wow".
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Jan 28th, 2010, 12:54 PM
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Thank you for all your recommendations. We are still searching. Tadischs is out. They recommended Alfreds. Checking also on La Mar and One Market. It's $50 per person plus drinks/wine.
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Jan 28th, 2010, 01:36 PM
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One Market - $75 per person, 3 courses. Out.

La Mar getting back to us.
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Jan 28th, 2010, 02:23 PM
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We had a really fun large group dinner at Slanted Door. The private room is enclosed by glass, so you still experience the vibrancy of the restaurant but without the extra noise. There may be flexibility in price per person, depending on what is ordered. We were served family style so had lots of tastes of a variety of dishes. Slanted Door is on the Embarcadero.
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Jan 28th, 2010, 02:27 PM
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Oops. Slanted Door is $63/person for dinner or $45/person for lunch in the private dining room.
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Thanks elnap; I did check on Slanted Door and found it was too expensive. So is Epic Roast House. Checking on Lulu's as well.
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Jan 28th, 2010, 05:33 PM
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Hi Ronda, I don't know if this restaurant would be of interest but John's Grill is a thought but with saying that their website indicates private parties at lunch time..so perhaps they do not offer private parties in the evening? I think their menu prices would fall within your budget. Anyway here is their website if you want to check them out. Not the most gourmet restaurant in SF but certainly an old classic SF restaurant.
http://www.johnsgrill.com/
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