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Sharon S. Jan 11, 2008 01:29 PM

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.

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    TMTM Jan 13, 2008 02:51 PM

    Try Sozai in Sunset - Japanese Izakaya (Tapas). http://www.sozaisf.com Parking is hard, but we parked around andronico's on 14th. (there's huge parking lot) or Lincoln. Very reasonable price. Since it's tapas, you can try a lot of things - wemen seems to like it.

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      gtchow Jan 13, 2008 10:20 AM

      i think TWO, at 2 hawthorne lane, could be an option. big menu with lots of options (several items like the pizzas/pastas in the right price range), cocktails, and (relatively) easier parking than some other parts of SF. and i believe they have valet.

      1. susancinsf Jan 12, 2008 07:47 AM

        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).

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/452479

        http://www.ramblastapas.com/

        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....

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        Ramblas Tapas
        557 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. bbulkow Jan 11, 2008 08:58 PM

          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.

          1. Lori SF Jan 11, 2008 04:04 PM

            There is a public lot (metered) at Mission and 21st

            Limon come to mind as well
            Andalu maybe

            1. lucymom Jan 11, 2008 03:27 PM

              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.

              1. JasmineG Jan 11, 2008 01:48 PM

                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.

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                  goingoutagain Jan 12, 2008 01:05 PM

                  Aziza has valet parking some nights, and there is a public metered lot on Geary one block east. I think it would be a fabulous girls night out place, I am going to organize some of my friends while I'm thinking about it!

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                    dinnerout Jan 12, 2008 01:37 PM

                    We recently had a smaller group at Aziza and it was wonderful, but way outside the price range OP has in mind. Probably due to cocktails! (Not that I would dream of leaving them out!)

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                      laurenb Jan 12, 2008 05:31 PM

                      for parties of 8 they make you do a 4 or 5 (I forget) set menu around $45 per person without booz! I thought that was incredibly expensive though I do love the place.

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                        Carrie 218 Jan 13, 2008 02:04 PM

                        It is five courses and for the amount of food you get for $45, I think it is one of the best deals in town.

                  2. pane Jan 11, 2008 01:40 PM

                    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.

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                    Range
                    842 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

                    Coco500
                    598 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

                    Foreign Cinema
                    2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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                      laurenb Jan 11, 2008 07:40 PM

                      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)

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                        susancinsf Jan 12, 2008 07:54 AM

                        Unless you stick to happy hour, I think Scott Howard will end up being outside the price parameters; I know it will be if drinks are included in that $30 figure. It was also very noisy last time I was there, as was LuLu, where I also think costs would add up quickly.

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