Best SF restaurant for a crab feast
I am organizing my best friend's rehearsal dinner in SF for a party of 50 (locals and visitors). I'd like to find a great place to have a crab feast (Oct 24 dinner date), it being a San Francisco quintessential experience. Looking for a restaurant that can:
1. accommodate big party with private room
2. Serve GOOD local Dungeness crab
3. Be somewhat casual
4. Preferably in the city
This may a tall order, but I thought I'd give it a shot. What I'm NOT looking for is a banquet, sterile sort of environment or chain.
Unfortunately, local fisheries crabs will not be quite in season yet, though you can probably get them from not too far away, at a premium. Asian (Chinese or Vietnamese) places probably have some good (including private room) options, if you have nothing against garlic and ginger.
It's not the perfect time for Dungeness, but if you are willing to spend the money you can have the roast crab at Thanh Long out near the ocean in the Sunset, and while you're at it the fabulous garlic noodles. This is a Vietnamese restaurant that has been serving these dishes at the same location for over 30 years.
I believe they have banquet rooms. If they don't, their other restaurant, Crustacion (sp?) on Polk does, but I like the food and feel at Thanh Long much better.