Business Dinner in SoMA for 15?
I'm looking for a good place for an early business dinner for about 15 in SF in or around the SoMA neighborhood. We've already been to Slanted Door (exciting but too expensive), CoCo500 (seems to have gotten shabby at the heels lately, although drinks and desserts are still excellent). We tried Town Hall but it was also too expensive. My budget is probably around $1000 including some reasonably-priced wine. Nothing too targeted-ethnic, but featuring California fresh/organic would be great.
If I'm reading this correctly, you have about $70 per person, including tax & tip ($1,000 / 15 guests?). That should be plenty for ZUppa, Salt House, or Lulu/Azie.
Zuppa under Manzare could be a rare treat. They have a communal table that seats at least 12, or an upstairs room you could have all to yourselves.
If you'd like to go more economical, I'd say go to B restaurant right next to Samovar above Yerba Buena Gardens. If you can arrange the reservation, you could have the entire restaurant to yourself. The food is terrific - modern Californian with great ingredients, and the atmosphere & view are very nice. http://sanfrancisco.citysearch.com/pr...
B Restaurant & Bar
720 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103
TWO might work. Wine prices are high relative to the food, but there are some reasonable bottles.
I didn't think much of Tres Agaves and most recent reports here have been pretty negative.
I doubt South Park Cafe could easily handle a group that big unless you took over the place, which would probably cost more than $1000.
Per the Chron, Zuppa's about to have another chef change at the end of this month. The owner, Joseph Manzare, will be taking over, so the place will probably be at the top of its form until he trains a new chef.
Tres Agaves Restaurant
130 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107
22 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105
564 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
South Park Cafe
108 South Park, San Francisco, CA 94107
I'd definitely recommend South Park Cafe over lulu. We just had a dinner for 12 at lulu. While they could definitely accomodate the group size I thought the food was pretty uninspired (and if you thought CoCo500 was shabby.....)
Joseph is going to be back cooking at Zuppa soon. The upstairs may be able to accomodate a large group.
Tres Agaves can handle a large group but you'd want to be in the private room to keep the noise level down. (both TA and zuppa use fresh/organic meats)
I also thought about recommending Zuppa, but that might be too expensive since the prices are probably close to Town Hall. Fringale is another option, although it's also French/Basque. I would skip Tres Agaves because the food is just not very good. It's food for chips & salsa and a margarita at the bar.