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Best Inexpensive-Good For Groups-in NORTH BEACH

niccole Sep 29, 2006 04:24 PM

hi all

coming to SF next month just for the weekend for the nike marathon and would like to end the weekend with a big group dinner in north beach BUT i think i will be pretty tapped out after chowing big time fri & sat.

where could we go in north beach for not too much $$ and good for groups?

doesnt have to be killer, more about seeing my friends after a year and saying goodbye again.


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    AmySherman RE: niccole Sep 29, 2006 05:00 PM

    How big a group?

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      niccole RE: AmySherman Sep 29, 2006 06:08 PM

      i would say 10-13

    2. Robert Lauriston RE: niccole Sep 29, 2006 05:20 PM

      Kennedy's Irish Pub & Curry House is huge, cheap, easy place for big groups. More of a bar than a restaurant. Some of the food's OK and some's bad, unfortunately my post on that seems to have gotten lost. Basically I'd say avoid the dosas and other southern Indian stuff as the cooks don't know how to make it.

      1. Eugene Park RE: niccole Sep 29, 2006 06:23 PM

        What's inexpensive to you? There's no point in offering up places that run, say, $25 pp before alcohol if you classify that as too expensive.

        If $25 pp is an acceptable threshhold, then check out Capp's Corner on Powell & Green for their 5-course Italian dinners.

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          bayareafoodiegirl RE: niccole Sep 29, 2006 07:24 PM

          I once saw a huge group at Michaelangelo's Cafe even though it's a small place. The just pushed all the center tables together -- pretty good place, not the greatest, but enjoyable. also not as expensive as most other places.

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            poulet_roti RE: bayareafoodiegirl Sep 29, 2006 08:20 PM

            Good restaurant for groups is Firenze by Night. Owner will take good care of you and can accomodate large groups. Good quality Italian food at reasonable prices. Get the papparadelle toscano which has an excellent rabbit sauce.

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              Melanie Wong RE: poulet_roti Sep 29, 2006 08:27 PM

              Here's a link to my post and pic of the pappardelle toscana at Firenze by Night.

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                poulet_roti RE: Melanie Wong Sep 29, 2006 08:29 PM

                That is a very fair and accurate description and review of the restaurant - great picture as well

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            Chumley RE: niccole Sep 30, 2006 04:10 PM

            Capp's Corner, Green and Powell?

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              Mel RE: niccole Sep 30, 2006 04:19 PM

              i had a great large group dinner at Bocce Cafe, they took reservation, $10 corkage and they let me bring in my own desserts for the evening. they also have live music on fri and sat nights.

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                TopoTail RE: niccole Sep 30, 2006 07:24 PM

                I'll second (or third) Capp's Corner. We're not talking gourmet fare here, but they serve a nice dinner at a very reasonable price ($17 if I remember, less if you order pasta as your main course). I have a North Beach buddy who is alergic to "yuppie" restaurants (he flipped out when I subjected him to Antica, which I love), and we often end up having our occasional dinners at Capp's. The minestrone is fabulous, it's almost worth going there for that alone. The salad is kind of "old world Italian" but servicable. Lots of choices for main courses, and while it's basic, I've never had anything that's bad.

                You mentioned you're looking for a place for a large group, and that's bill that Capp's fits. They have big long tables, and I've seen lots of large groups there. It's a ncie old world atmosphere, not usually very crowded, and your friends might be able to hear each other talk. I think it's perfect for your needs.


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