Valentine's Day Dinner for Group
Can anyone recommend a restaurant for a group of 9-10 for Valentine's Day? Personally, I'm not a big fan of eating out on V-Day but it's my mother-in-law's birthday.
We're looking for a reasonable BYOB that offers seafood selections - preferably in center city (although we'd consider the suburbs).
I highly recommend "moving" your MIL's birthday to another day. You and your group will suffer the bad service, crowds and feeling of being rushed that comes with eating out on any holiday. Being the only group versus the multitude of tables for two will be odd, and I suspect a lot of restaurants wouldn't even take a group that size on V-Day because they could turn those tables two or three times with couples in the time it takes to feed a group of ten people. I NEVER eat out on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc. for this very reason, and I work in the industry. Short tempered waiters, patrons and chefs make for a very ugly experience at every level. I always used to take my mom out for Mother's Day brunch the weekend AFTER, and it was always a lovely and unharried experience.
I definetely agree with Katie about switching to another nite. Also take into consideration that there will probably be special price fixed menus and you'd be spending more than what is usual for the establishment.Another option would be to reserve for really early in the evening - no later than 6:00.Also, the dishes that will be served will probably be geared to be romantic and shared by two. good luck!