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lorita113 May 15, 2007 12:22 PM

I have to plan a meal for 8-10 people in downtown SF on short notice. Since I'm not a local, I'm at a loss! Looking for a restaurant which has first and foremost amazing food, good service, business-suitable atmosphere (nice, not stuffy, but not a couples' restaurant either). Basically a place that would make you want to give up your free time to attend a business dinner you might not want to go to. Thanks in advance!

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    christineb May 15, 2007 12:42 PM

    Perbacco! Fantastic Italian food. Check www.opentable.com for a reservation.

    1. Robert Lauriston May 15, 2007 12:46 PM

      Boulevard
      Perbacco
      Kokkari
      private back room at Slanted Door
      Rubicon if wine price were no object

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        lorita113 May 15, 2007 01:11 PM

        Thanks! Someone suggested Fleur de Lys - any thoughts on that one?

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          Robert Lauriston May 15, 2007 01:25 PM

          It's not downtown.

          1. re: lorita113
            Ruth Lafler May 15, 2007 01:41 PM

            Whether or not it's downtown depends on your definition of "downtown" -- however, I think Fleur de Lys is a bit on the romantic side of the atmosphere you're looking for.

          2. re: Robert Lauriston
            farmersdaughter May 15, 2007 01:31 PM

            I've dined at business dinners in groups of your size at all of Robert's suggestions and any would be excellent. Personally I like the food at Perbacco the best, but your group will enjoy any of them. The private back room at Slanted Door can get pretty loud and Boulevard and Perbacco generally have high noise levels as well. I think Kokkari and Rubicon are quieter. Also consider Jeanty at Jack's, a French bistro in a nice historic building.

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              Robert Lauriston May 15, 2007 01:38 PM

              What I liked about the private back room at Slanted Door was that it wasn't loud like the rest of the place. There's a glass wall so at least when I was there we had only the noise our own party made.

            2. re: Robert Lauriston
              Chris Rising May 16, 2007 07:41 AM

              Great list. Rubicon is what came to mind immediately. Perbacco is loud and tight for a business dinner.

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              Maya May 15, 2007 01:50 PM

              Myth or Scott Howard?

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