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Irish Food Restaurant for Rehearsal Dinner?

funmarysf May 14, 2008 02:41 PM

My fiance is Irish and his family wants to have our rehearsal dinner at an Irish Restaurant or Pub. Is there something in San Francisco that is Irish and serves good food and has nice atmosphere. This will be for 20-50 people, so a private room would be most preferable. Also, this is a pretty nice crowd... the wedding is big and very formal.

Thanks for any advice in advance!!

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    napawinegirl Jun 4, 2008 03:34 PM

    Johnny Foleys had a great private room / bar downstairs. Also if you are looking for great food try Libertys out in the Mission - great food and smaller venu.
    Liberty Irish Bar & Restaurant
    998 Guerrero St
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    (415) 282-6789

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      Atomica Jun 7, 2008 02:57 PM

      The one on Guerrero is called The Liberties. If the OP liked the formal feel of the private room at Johnny Foley's, I don't predict she'd be impressed at all with The Liberties. I did have an excellent burger there for lunch this week, but the menu in general is very dull. It's a good neighborhood place for a burger and a beer--nothing more.

      Liberties Irish Bar & Restaurant - closing
      998 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. re: Atomica
        Calvinist Jun 7, 2008 06:25 PM

        Atomica is right about The Liberties. It's a quite nice neighborhood place -- handy for a good Sunday brunch alternative, but not too fancy. It's a bar with good food.

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      NoeMan May 29, 2008 12:06 PM

      Any verdict?

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        funmarysf Jun 4, 2008 12:06 PM

        Nothing for sure yet... but we did go to look at the Private Room at Johnny Foleys and loved the privacy and more formal feel of the place. We'll have to go try the food at both Foleys and OReilly's to see which we prefer.

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          NoeMan Jun 4, 2008 04:25 PM

          Did you see the Holy Grail ?? Not O'Reilly's Bar is North Beach, but The Holy Grail on Polk (same owner). It either was a former church (or funeral home) with beautiful stained glass. To me you can't get more formal than that. But I love Foley's too, I just think the food at the Holy Grail will win you over. Pls keep us posted, it will be good to hear how things go either way.

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            Joan Kureczka Jun 4, 2008 05:50 PM

            The stained glass came from a church in Ireland. The space was formerly Maye's Oyster House.

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              NoeMan Jun 5, 2008 02:49 PM

              I knew about Mayes. What was it before it was Mayes ???

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                weem Jun 7, 2008 08:07 PM

                Wasn't it some sort of Italian place for a while? Or was that Mayes? (The Mayes sign is still on the building.) I remember dining there just before it was O'Reilly's' when it was some sort of Ethiopian establishment, and they'd obviously changed the menu, but not the decor, so there were still photos of Frank Sinatra and so forth on the wall.

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              grishnackh Jun 5, 2008 03:49 PM

              I was at O'Reilly's Bar a few weeks ago and the food has gone seriously downhill. I would not recommend it.

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                NoeMan Jun 6, 2008 11:20 AM

                Not recommending the bar (which is in North Beach) but the restaurant Holy Grail on Polk Street

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          barndog May 15, 2008 12:29 PM

          For our wedding we had our rehearsal dinner at Johnny Foley's in their private room, and it was perfect.

          Johnny Foley's Irish House
          243 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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            wolfe May 15, 2008 12:31 PM

            I have a little problem with the menu. They have fries at least 4 ways but no colcannon

          2. wolfe May 14, 2008 03:18 PM

            You're welcome

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              funmarysf May 14, 2008 03:22 PM

              thanks... edited...

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              NoeMan May 14, 2008 02:51 PM

              I'd go for O'Reilly's Holy Grail. They'll reserve for a private event and the atmosphere and food will be excellent.


              O'Reilly's Holy Grail
              1233 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA

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                chutney May 29, 2008 04:50 PM

                i second o'reilly's holy grail on polk street - food is excellent with modern twists on traditional!

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                  wolfe May 29, 2008 05:14 PM

                  And O'Reilly's does have colcannon on the menu.

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