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Private Dining - Financial District/SOMA

bmccadas Jul 26, 2007 12:20 PM

I am looking for a restaurant with a private dining room that can accommodate at least 40 guests for a sit-down dinner. This is for a Friday evening in mid-October. The ideal location is in the Financial District or SOMA. I would prefer to be close to The Palace Hotel if possible.

This is for a university alumni event - guests will be of various ages. I would like something that is fun, on the trendy side, but not suited for only the young/hipster crowd. Budget isn't too much of a concern but I don't want/need an extremely high-end restaurant.

I am planning this from Chicago and I am not very familiar with the area. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: bmccadas Jul 26, 2007 12:24 PM

    TWO's close to the Palace and has a lot of private-dining options.

    22 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105

    1. Lori SF RE: bmccadas Jul 26, 2007 12:30 PM

      I would say Town Hall could accommodate, very San Francisco style place, warm interiors, brick, seasonal foods appealing to most everyone.

      Bong Su- has a lovely room, shared dishes, Modern Vietamese, fun spot-

      Azie- would be another good choice-fun, semi-hip, accelectic Asian style

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        Lori SF RE: Lori SF Jul 26, 2007 12:34 PM

        I should of gave locations all of the above are SOMA

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          bmccadas RE: Lori SF Jul 27, 2007 08:38 AM

          Thank you for these recommendations. I have already contact Town Hall and Azie and received responses back from them.

          I also have a call into Perbacco.

          If anyone else has any additional suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated.

        2. asianstamp RE: bmccadas Jul 26, 2007 12:31 PM

          How about Perbacco? http://www.perbaccosf.com/

          They are in the heart of FiDi and a very short walk from the Palace

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            stonefruit RE: bmccadas Jul 27, 2007 06:32 AM

            Town Hall has a private room upstairs. It's about five blocks from the Palace Hotel.

            Town Hall Restaurant
            342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

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              kresge86 RE: stonefruit Jul 31, 2007 03:13 PM

              Having been in the private upstairs dining room at Town Hall, I'd have to say it's a little small for 40 people. Even though it was December, the room quickly became overheated. Also, the acoustics in that room are horrible, and I could barely hear the person sitting next to me, much less anyone else at my table.

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              Fussy Foodie RE: bmccadas Jul 27, 2007 11:12 AM

              Lulu is next door to Azie and has a seperate room that they rent out for private parties. I've always enjoyed the food (especially the mussels) and the wine list is great.


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                bmccadas RE: bmccadas Jul 31, 2007 02:36 PM

                Thank you so much for all of your suggestions.I have narrowed it down to several options and I would love some honest feedback. Again, this is for a sit-down dinner for approximately 40 guests. I am looking for a location fairly close to The Palace Hotel. Most of our guests will be locals so I want to avoid any major tourist destinations.

                One Market Restaurant
                Restaurant Lulu


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                  kresge86 RE: bmccadas Jul 31, 2007 03:13 PM

                  Oops. I should have replied to your last email. Please see above regarding Town Hall - too small, too warm, too noisy.

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                    dinnerout RE: bmccadas Jul 31, 2007 03:47 PM

                    If I were in your group, which I'm not, I'd prefer Rubicon, then Two. I'm not a huge fan of Lulu, always feel everything is waaaaay oversalted but others seem to like it. Their private room is more like a room to the side that they partition off, if that matters. I've been by, but not eaten in, the private room at Town Hall - yuck, not very nice looking. I'm not a huge fan of their food either, though.

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                      dinnerout RE: dinnerout Jul 31, 2007 03:52 PM

                      Strike that...Two is the re-make of Hawthorne Lane and is relatively new - certainly newer than any of the others on your list. Though I've not been, I would like to try it so I would put it at the top of that list and suspect that several of your guests will be in a similar position.

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                        Mari RE: dinnerout Jul 31, 2007 03:53 PM

                        I'd nix Town Hall as well. Although I haven't been there in about a year, I was there once in September and do not plan to go back because my dish was so oversalted. There were a few good dishes, but I'd choose any of the other places over Town Hall.

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                          bmccadas RE: Mari Aug 1, 2007 07:25 AM

                          Thanks so much for the feedback on Town Hall. It sounds like I should remove this from my list.

                          What about One Market? They seem to have a great space but I haven't received any feedback yet either good or bad.

                    2. 5 and Dime Eater RE: bmccadas Jul 31, 2007 03:41 PM

                      Hotel Vitale - Americano has a back room but I'm not sure how many it holds

                      8 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

                      1. Robert Lauriston RE: bmccadas Aug 1, 2007 10:20 AM

                        Jeanty at Jack's can handle groups that size in its third-floor room.

                        Jeanty At Jacks
                        615 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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