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I'm planning a celebration dinner for a large group, about 10 people. Two of the places I was considering are Firefly and The Blue Plate. I'm not from San Francisco, so looking for any advice on the two spots. I think the general style of food, price range and vibe of both restaurants would work for my group from what I can tell from reviews and websites. But I was hoping for the CH perspective on the menus especially, and also how well you think a group of ~10 people would work at either of the places. Thanks!

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  1. I haven't been to Blue Plate yet, though it has been on my list for far too long. But Firefly is a very solid place, I love it with groups because it seems to make everyone very happy, the food tastes exactly as it should from how it is described which I think can be a huge virtue. That said, the largest group I have been with was 7 - but I think they can easily tuck you into either the lower or upper window area and it would work well. Perhaps someone else has an idea about Blue Plate, though I know they have an outdoor patio, so that might be a good place for your group.

    1. Haven't been to Firefly but have been to Blue Plate.

      My take on BP is they have the "scene" down for the 'hood and all that. Hip, urban, the requisite funk, a bit moody (low lighting), nice but semi-tortured staff a la Mission artsters.

      The food is solid with a few nice touches but a bit pricey for what it is, high end Americana comfort food. Entres seem to average in the low 20s. For some fun, I think it works...decent nice beer selection. Definitely recall groups as opposed to dates. Wouldn't go as a regular. Not sure about 10 people..but there is a back room of sorts. Just ask if they can take a party of ten.

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      1. re: ML8000

        Spot on report for Blue Plate, ML8000. Good quality food, but not really worth the price. Plus, the place is rather cramped for two, let alone ten.

      2. It's been awhile since I've been to both, but they're both solid neighborhood restaurants that are charming. But I don't remember them being able to accommodate a group as large as 10. So definitely call to find out. If this is a celebration closer to the warm weather months (not sure when that is in San Francisco these days) then Blue Plate might be able to accommodate with outdoor seating in the garden.

        1. I find them both competent if not especially interesting food (I'd say the same about Nopa). Neither seems like a good place for a group of 10 though.

          Do you have other criteria for what you're looking for? I was at Lolo the other night in the front room and there was a group of 10 that seemed very happy. It's far more adventurous food though.

          1. I would have to agree that tho Firefly is a great neighborhood joint, I doubt if 10 people would be very comfortable having a celebration there. Including the small bar i don't think they seat more than 50 and that might be a stretch.Save it for a smaller party of 4-6

            1. I was at Firefly just maybe 2 weeks ago and they have this one really long table in the room to the left of the door. I think 10 could fit.

              1. I like both places, but here are my thoughts. I think for a group of 10 that Firefly would be my choice because of the noise factor at the BP. The BP tends to be very noisy, and also it is laid out as a series of narrow rooms so I'm not sure that 10 would comfortably fit (although if the weather is mild the outdoor patio is a very pleasant spot). The food is excellent at both places, but tends to be unrelently rich at the BP (nothing wrong with that, but I can only treat myself to it in limited doses). The menu at Firefly is a bit more varied and lighter fare is more available.