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Looking 4 a fun SF restaurant for 21st Birthday dinner

dmdc Sep 21, 2006 04:10 AM

I'm not picky about the type of food but I am looking for a restaurant that welcomes a party of 15-20 people. Any ideas of a fun restaurant that welcomes a large party? oh yea and hopefully not too expensive??

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    rtmonty RE: dmdc Sep 21, 2006 04:42 AM

    How about Lulu?? They serve everything "family style" and it's pretty darn good.

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      abe1329 RE: dmdc Sep 21, 2006 04:57 AM

      Fun party...

      Mecca, Asia SF

      1. peashoot RE: dmdc Sep 21, 2006 06:36 AM

        I attended a very fun twenty first birthday party at Cafe Mums in the Japan Town Holiday Inn. Really the shabu shabu was only ok but at $35 per person for all you can eat shabu shabu and all you can drink beer and sake nobody was complaining. As I recall there were around twenty people in attendance and everyone had a great time.

        1. Sophia C. RE: dmdc Sep 21, 2006 07:27 AM

          I know Buca di Beppo is a chain, but its convivial atmosphere is great for groups, and the family-sized dishes are huge. Also, you'll likely spend between $20-$30 per person for food, drinks, and dessert.

          Asia SF is really fun but our group ended up spending $60 per person w/o drinks. But if you consider it a dinner and a show, the price tag hurts a little less.

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            Grubbjunkie RE: dmdc Sep 21, 2006 03:39 PM

            21st Amendment. (Get it?) But seriously, it's a fun, raucous place with good pub style grub, the room is plenty big for a group that big, and not too pricey.

            Or Tres Agaves, but that would be a little more pricey.

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              kc72 RE: dmdc Sep 21, 2006 03:55 PM

              Thirsty Bear for tapas... then afterwards, go to Roe restaurant/lounge next door for more drinks/partying.

              1. Husky RE: dmdc Sep 21, 2006 04:01 PM

                Foreign Cinema.

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                  abe1329 RE: Husky Sep 21, 2006 06:11 PM

                  Very pricy, no?

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                    Husky RE: Husky Sep 22, 2006 03:35 PM

                    You're right, definitely not cheap.

                  2. Frosty Melon RE: dmdc Sep 21, 2006 05:05 PM

                    Puerto Allegre on Valencia. Fun, decent Mexican food, great for big parties. Big pitchers of strong Margaritas.

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                      Robert Lauriston RE: Frosty Melon Sep 21, 2006 05:09 PM

                      Can they really handle a party that big? It's a pretty small place.

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                        Frosty Melon RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 21, 2006 05:14 PM

                        I've seen plenty of parties that size there. Towards the back they put tables together to create a banquet as long as the bar.

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                      mrsricho RE: dmdc Sep 21, 2006 05:24 PM

                      Betelnut could be fun...
                      Suppenkuche is another fun option...

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                        Maya RE: mrsricho Sep 22, 2006 07:32 PM

                        Betelnut is a good place for large celebratory groups and they have great tropical cocktails, as long as you're cool with the Marina.

                      2. Hungryfina RE: dmdc Sep 22, 2006 10:44 AM

                        I forget the name of the place - but I went to a great moraccan restuarant while there was a 21st birthday party going on and they looked like they were having a great time. I'm sure any moraccan place would work - it's hard not to have fun when you're sitting on the floor and eating with your hands!

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                          Robert Lauriston RE: Hungryfina Sep 22, 2006 03:45 PM

                          The two Moroccan restaurants most often recommended on this board, Aziza and Tajine, don't do that.

                          El Mansour does. So does Tanjia, in Oakland, which is significantly cheaper.


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                            Chowsmurf RE: Hungryfina Sep 22, 2006 06:31 PM

                            I had a great meal and a good time with a party that size at Baraka on Cennecticut in Portrero Hill- Again, no floor sitting, but really fantastic food- they have a private back room. There is also a tiki bar, Lingba Lounge, across the street that is passable for big buckets of dragon-bowl style cocktails.

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                              Maya RE: Chowsmurf Sep 22, 2006 07:31 PM

                              Baraka is not cheap!

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                                dunstable RE: Maya Sep 22, 2006 11:21 PM

                                They do have an Early Bird special that's like $40 for a giant bowl of mussels, your whatever tagine, and a dessert. Wasn't earth-shaking, but I was satisfied with my meal. Servers were very friendly, too.

                                Also for Moroccan, there is Zagora, which is between Kiji and La Provence on Guerrero, which has an early-bird special for all of $18. I was planning on checking it out tonight...

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                            ak45 RE: dmdc Sep 22, 2006 04:00 PM

                            bissap baobab in the mission. cheap. fun. good. and good drinks. I've been there for a bday, and it was great.

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                              AmySherman RE: dmdc Sep 22, 2006 04:21 PM

                              La Rondalla on Valencia is a kitchy fun place for a party--reserve the "garden room". The food is pretty decent IF you order the right stuff, I always order the Asado or the pork chops which are good. Nothing says party like cheap margaritas! Your choice really depends on which you value most--fun, price, food.

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                                Robert Lauriston RE: AmySherman Sep 22, 2006 04:30 PM

                                The problem with La Rondalla is that people won't do as they're told and stick to the three things that are good, and the other dishes are pretty bad.

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                                  Atomica RE: AmySherman Sep 23, 2006 12:14 AM

                                  ACK! I think La Rondalla is wretched across the board, including their margaritas.

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                                    Robert Lauriston RE: Atomica Sep 23, 2006 12:23 AM

                                    The asada, chops, and one other dish I can't remember are OK. Mexicanized versions of Joe's-style short-order, more or less.

                                    Not that they're reason to go there. Just useful self-defense information if someone drags you.

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                                  ML8000 RE: dmdc Sep 22, 2006 06:05 PM

                                  For fun you might try Esperpento (20th?/Valencia). The food is average+ (i.e., non mind blowing, some good, some bad) but it's definately fun and not expensive. Been to a few informal quick birthday parties there. Lively but still and intimate feel.

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                                    MuppetGrrl RE: dmdc Sep 22, 2006 07:34 PM

                                    Pena Pachamama (complete review in the Bolivian post: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...) hosts a lot of big parties. Loads of sangria, comfort food and good music.

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                                      dunstable RE: dmdc Sep 22, 2006 11:18 PM

                                      Bill Addison recently wrote a review for Schnitzelhaus, for which he observed the birthday girl dancing on a table with the owner, drinking games taking place in the restaurant, all manner of assorted craziness. That sounded like a good place to have a birthday party, haha.

                                      It's too bad he had middling things to say about the food.

                                      1. Eugene Park RE: dmdc Sep 23, 2006 01:53 AM

                                        If you do some pre-planning with the folks at Circolo, you can get a pretty darn good 3-course meal in the $35-$40 range. I went to a bday party there that had about 30 guests, and was surprised at the quality of the food. As the place turns into a club/lounge after dinner service, it should be a fun place to be.

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