Girl's Night Out in SF - A challenge
We have so many parameters it makes it so hard to find a good place for dinner. We have 8-10 women (that means over 35). We live in SF, Oakland and Marin, but want to meet in SF so parking is a big, big plus. Any kind of food (no Mexican), but we have a couple vegetarians, around $30 pp would be great. Cocktails a must, but good food too. Please help me.
Here's my report on a Girl's Night Out a few months ago at Rambla's, which I think would meet almost all of your criteria including the fact that a few in our group were also vegetarians, and the fact that it was $30 pp INCLUDING cocktails (sangria for us actually, but they have cocktails), even though we all chipped in to treat the guest of honor (so real cost pp was less than $30).
However, parking is not easy (especially if you want street parking). It is a short walk from BART, which helps the Oakland folks if not the Marin folks. Their website does give directions to a nearby paid lot. (parking would also be an issue at a number of the other spots folks have recommended).
If you mean $30 without drinks, Aziza might work and is great with a group (ask for the back room), but there is no way it will be within your price range with drinks; will be at least half again as much as Ramblas if not twice as much. Also, while convenient for the Marin folks (though they will have to pay for valet parking in all likelihood, or search the neighborhood) it is much, much less convenient for Oakland folks. Heck, on a busy night it can take 45 minutes to get there from my house on the other side of San Francisco....all that said, if the price isn't a major factor, it is one of my top choices for a celebration....
557 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Let's break this down
$10/cocktail with tip if you order at the bar
$15 of food, with tax and tip, makes $20
You can't eat at most of the usual suspects named here for that price
Thanya and Salee, the restaurant part of Lingba Lounge, has kickin food and excellent cocktails and DJs if you stay late.
okay, i'm assuming $30 pp without drinks. i highly recommend bossa nova. www.bossanovasf.com
great cocktails, fun atmosphere and the food is excellent and not too pricey. and since you are all driving, parking is easy because that part of the city is dead!!!
i'd also recommend tokyo go go and if you get there before 7, great happy hour and handrolls are only $3 but parking in the mission sucks.
Hmm, except for the parking, I think that Aziza would be great (and they do have valet) -- the prices are reasonable (though $30 pp with cocktails may push it, but that may push it almost anywhere), they have good food for vegetarians and omnivores, and great cocktails. Though it'll be a pain for the people coming from the East Bay. Limon is good for groups, but I'm not sure if it's good for a vegetarian (and again, not great parking). Foriegn Cinema would work, but would push your price range a little (and still, no good parking). Nopa sounds like it might fit the bill as well, though I haven't personally been there.
I'm not sure this seems like such a complex proposition, as long your $30 pp is food only, no cocktails. Range has great cocktails and entrees are ~$20; I like the coffee-rubbed pork shoulder.
You might like Coco500, which is South of Market and had a very 'adult' vibe (and excellent cocktails) when I went there; they focus on small plates, which can add up quickly. Maybe also Foreign Cinema.
842 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
598 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107
2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110
I don't think Foreign Cinema would be within price range and parking isn't great but they do have valet. The setting and theme and food will suit your group however.
Range would be very difficult to park and IMO it isn't worth a long trek for.
Scott Howard has very well priced food ($12-$14) but small plates geared toward ordering 4 courses which gets you in the end on price. Great decor, large enough for you ladies to have some fun in as well and a few good large tables. They offer valet parking which I don't think is more than $10.
Restaurant LuLu is a bit more traditional but also good for large group and not so bad on the parking (and very convenient for East Bayers)