We are having a family party over the holidays, with a group of at least twenty, maybe thirty. I am looking for a good restaurant that my group can takeover for the night.
Has anyone had a good experience doing something like that? Recommendations?
I have looked into restaurants that have private rooms, but the prices are extradordinary and the menus often limited. I am dealing with a crowd that would like to order off a full menu, thus the takeover idea. Thank you in advance for the help!
You do realize that if you wanted to take over an entire restaurant for an evening, it just might cost much more than doing a dinner in a private dining room - you would be depriving the restaurant of an entire night's worth of table turn-overs.
I doubt you will find a restaurant that only sits 20-30 people that you can "take over", unless you are dealing with a coffee shop :-) Private dining room or a restaurant that is willing to work with you on a section but let you order off the menu is your best bet.
Frankly for 30 people if everyone orders something different thbecause the food will have to come out a different times for different people, esp. if someone orders a salad and some doesn't. Makes for awkward setting form my point of view
I did my birthday party this year for 25 people at Cha Am, a Thair restaurant on 3rd and Folsom, got a section of the restaurant to ourselves, had appetizers laid over buffet style so people can get something to munch/drink when they arrive, and then the main courses was table service. I had wrist bands for the guests who can go to the bar or order with waiter so it is easy to track the drinks order to the tab.
Everybody had fun and was well fed.
You may want to consider Abacus on Hayes in the NOPA area. The space is not big but feels very personal and cozy. I have attended a private party there once and it was quite lovely. I don't know how much they would charge for the whole place but I am inclined to think that it would reasonable. In case you are not familiar with this place, they serve modern chinese cuisine. Please do a search on this board, there were several good posts regarding this place.
The industry term for taking over the whole restaurant for a period of time is a "buy out". Most restaurants will gladly let you buy out the place for a minimum total charge and sometimes a deposit up front.
The OP did not indicate what geographic region is under consideration. San Francisco proper seems to be the target, but it's not clear.
good luck trying to find a room that size in December this late in the game. Your best bets would be a sun-wed as most company parties are booked th-sat in December.
To "buy out" a restaurant it usually is priced slightly higher than what their nightly sales would have been for the night. But then you would need to find a place that has no prior reservations for that date.
Check out this website for that;