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May 4, 2007 07:24 AM

Sam's Grill or Plouf for Casual Business Dinner

Hi - I'm looking for a fun, casual atmosphere for a relaxed business dinner on Tuesday night for 10 ppl. Have 6:00 reservations at both Plouf and Sam's Grill and need help deciding (I'm from NYC). Any thoughts? We'll be at Bistro Jeanty in Napa on Sunday and Lavanda in Palo Alto on Monday so we're looking for something a little different... Thanks!

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  1. Sam's is very old-school and has the feel of a classic seafood house.The best food they serve is usually the food that is most simply prepared. The waiters are pros who have been there for over 20 years.

    Plouf is young, French-ish & hip. They specialize in mussels served with 6-8 different sauces.

    There is no wrong choice.

    2 Replies
    1. re: DavidT

      I should also add that the typical customer/waiter at Sam's is old enough to be the father of the typical customer/waiter at Plouf!

    2. If noise matters, I suspect Sam's would be quieter, if nothing else, as David T pointed out, the customer base - which includes me - skews quite a bit older. Maybe you could get in one of the little rooms with a curtain at Sam's!