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Blowout dinner for 10 people - where?

foodiegrl Nov 14, 2006 05:19 PM

My challenge: Find the most luxe and over-the-top place for a private dinner for ~10 people. This group dined at Ame last year, and had a great time.

Where else can I send them in SF Union Square/Financial District that would compare with last year's meal?

I thought about renting the private apt. at the Clift, but their food is only "eh." This is a group that knows their food & wine.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. hhc RE: foodiegrl Nov 14, 2006 05:26 PM

    what about Piperade, here's my post w/ pics:

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: foodiegrl Nov 14, 2006 05:30 PM

      It's hard to beat Rubicon's wine list.

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        Lori SF RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 14, 2006 06:01 PM

        Oh yes good one

      2. Lori SF RE: foodiegrl Nov 14, 2006 05:41 PM

        These come to mind-
        Kokkari- there is a great room in the cellar and the service is excellent for large parties. I was here for a big party and everyone had a great time.

        Coi- might be interesteing I know they have a private room.



        Myth- I know its not over the top but the food is really good, good wines and a nice private room.

        Sparrow- has nice rooms for private dining.

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          The Dive RE: Lori SF Nov 14, 2006 05:58 PM

          A friend had a private dinner at Coi and really liked it -- I'm not sure, however, if it fits 10.

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            foodiegrl RE: Lori SF Nov 14, 2006 08:57 PM

            Masa is closed on Mondays, and the dinner has to be on a Monday in January. We had hoped to have it there, but they can't open for just 10 people. I will definitely give Coi a try!

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              The Dive RE: foodiegrl Nov 14, 2006 09:03 PM

              That's too bad - Coi is closed on Mondays too.

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                foodiegrl RE: The Dive Nov 15, 2006 09:59 PM

                Not to worry! Since Coi is so tiny, we may do a buyout. I have spoken to Ipe at the restaurant, and we may work something out.

                Thanks for all the recommendations!

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                  The Dive RE: foodiegrl Nov 16, 2006 11:21 PM

                  I hope it works out -- I am a huge fan of the restaurant and Daniel Patterson.

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            monday RE: foodiegrl Nov 14, 2006 06:06 PM

            I'd second Rubicon. Boulette's Larder is another that will put together as elaborate a menu as you want. You'd have to bring your wine, though.

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              Sebby RE: foodiegrl Nov 14, 2006 06:35 PM

              Boulevard has a private room that fits 10-12 people.

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                Chuckles the Clone RE: Sebby Nov 15, 2006 01:32 AM

                We fit 22 in that room one time. I'd recommend no more than 12.

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                Janet RE: foodiegrl Nov 14, 2006 06:37 PM

                Below is the account of the party we had at Sparrow in October. A great evening.


                1. foodiegrl RE: foodiegrl Nov 14, 2006 08:59 PM

                  Thanks for the recommendations! Rubicon will play host to our larger event later that week, so it's out, unfortunately.

                  I had completely forgotten about Coi & Sparrow. Boulevard & Myth will remain our standbys.

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                    Bob Copeland RE: foodiegrl Nov 14, 2006 09:13 PM

                    Several years ago, I attaended a dinner in the wine cellar at Farallon. I think that it can hold ten. Nice evening.

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                      dinnerout RE: foodiegrl Nov 15, 2006 12:25 AM

                      What about Campton Place? I haven't been in quite awhile, but for some reason I thought they had a private dining room.

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                      mspea RE: foodiegrl Nov 15, 2006 03:33 AM

                      The Dining Room at the Ritz has a lovely private room that holds a max of 16, I think, and I imagine they'd accommodate 10.

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                        pilinut RE: mspea Nov 15, 2006 04:13 AM

                        A few years ago, we had a very nice dinner for 14 in that private room. Very good food, excellent sommelier.

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                        zin1953 RE: foodiegrl Nov 15, 2006 03:52 AM

                        Gary Danko's also has a private dining room -- surprised no one has mentioned that yet -- and Quince has a "chef's table in the kitchen" (OK, it's really the lower [prep] kitchen & desert room). Both can seat 10, though Quince may be a bit crowded, but we've done it.

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                          tierradelfuego RE: foodiegrl Nov 16, 2006 12:41 AM

                          not sure if it has a private room, but you may want consider Michael Mina


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                            foodiegrl RE: tierradelfuego Nov 16, 2006 02:18 AM

                            Yeah, I talked to them already. While they could seat a party of 10, and we'd have lots of space on a Monday night, they don't have any separate dining areas. Our group needs a separate area - the sake of the other diners.

                          2. neil RE: foodiegrl Nov 16, 2006 04:04 PM

                            San Mateo may be outside of your radius, but I recently hosted a dinner for 10 at Viognier. It takes a leap of faith to "get" a fine restaurant above a grocery store (but what a grocery store). They have the space (both private and in the main DR) to comfortably handle a group this size.


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                              foodiegrl RE: neil Nov 16, 2006 05:54 PM

                              I LOVE Viognier. One of my first and best tasting menu experiences was there. Unfortunately, many of the guests are flying in from out-of-town and will be staying in a hotel near Union Square. If we were going to rent a motorcoach, we'd take people to Cyrus (this was actually discussed).

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                              fnut RE: foodiegrl Nov 16, 2006 04:36 PM


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                                stromboli RE: foodiegrl Nov 16, 2006 08:12 PM

                                La Folie is another option...check it out.

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                                  foodiegrl RE: stromboli Nov 16, 2006 11:17 PM

                                  One of our hosts won't do La Folie (long history w/ the chef).

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                                  KRoche RE: foodiegrl Nov 24, 2006 06:57 PM

                                  What about the chef's table at Quince? A meal you won't soon forget!

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