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Aug 17, 2007 01:25 PM

Group dining for 12 near Embarcadero

Can anyone recommend a venue where I can reserve a room that either serves bar food or can accommodate catered food being brought in for 12 people (2 kids included) near Embarcadero Center? It would be on a Thursday night in mid October.

My soon-to-be in-laws are coming into town from all over and since they don't all see one another very often, wanted to have a family night together before our wedding, however, THEY thought a sit-down dinner wouldn't be conducive to mingling/conversing with everyone since a restaurant might be noisy and you're just limited to talking to those sitting immediately around you. Ideally they wanted me and my fiance to host the gathering at our place, but it's too small to fit everyone comfortably (6-7 people would be max).

Another issue is one of the family members experiences some type of vertigo when he's outside his comfort zone, so the venue would have to be within walking distance or an extremely short cab ride away from Le Meridien Hotel across from Embarcadero 1 (where everyone's staying). I know, how does he survive??

At this point, we are thinking about booking a large hotel suite and ordering food in, or just making a sit-down dinner reservation at Slated Door or Osha Thai and telling them to deal with it (well, my fiance would say this, not me!!), unless someone has any suggestions??? Please, I'm desperate!!

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  1. Have you looked into booking a suite at the Meridien? I think it would be a good idea. That way the vertigo guy is comfy and it would be private and, as you say, conducive to conversation and milling around.
    You could start with drinks and snacks and later have them set up a make -your- own sandwich table with meats, cheeses, salads, etc. Then lastly clear that away and bring in desserts and coffee. Or if you wanted a more formal dinner choice, that would be available too, I'm sure.

    1. If you reserve for that many people at Slanted Door, you have to get a prix fix menu for the table, which might make things easier for that size of a group. Slanted Door also has a private room, but it's not cheap. Kokkari has a private room too, and it's in the neighborhood, you could check with them to see what their requirements are. I'm not sure if either of those is perfect for your situation, but a private room might be a good compromise between just dinner at a restaurant and ordering into a suite.

      Slanted Door
      Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Kokkari Estiatorio
      200 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94111