SF Dinner for 9 people on Tuesday - not too pricey
I have relatives in town and they are staying near the wharf. There will be nine of us meeting up for dinner on Tuesday. My first thought was Fog City or Catch. Any suggestions? It's been a while since I have eaten out with a group in SF. I'm trying to not break the bank either.
So my Dad's twin sisters, their husbands and our family descended on McCormick & Kuletto's for a long overdue get together. All of us are adults ranging from my son who will be 20 this year to I'm guessing about 75. The atmosphere at the restaurant is nice - fancy but not stuffy. The view was great even with a foggy night. We were able to see across to Sausalito/Tiburon, Angel Island and Alcatraz and watch the sky change color as the sun went down. One of the Aunts spent a long time staring at the people swimming in the bay and being amazed by it. I have to admit, I don't know how anyone actually does do that. Too cold for me.
The service was attentive but not overly. I have a food allergy and the waiter not only checked the two dishes I asked about but checked on all of the salmon dishes and a couple of other specials just in case I had decided I'd like a different one.
As for the food, I'd give them 3 1/2 stars. I was not able to eat the crab and shrimp cake appetizers we had so I can't rate them but my son loved it and they disappeared off the table.
I had the Clam Chowder as a starter and it was average - nice and creamy but not a knock out. There was a good balance of clams and potato but I still needed to add my oyster crackers to it.
I chose the Grilled Wild Salmon with corn pudding cake and cherry tomato salad. The fish was a little over cooked for my tastes, but then I like my fish very rare so I can't complain about that and I didn't tell them how I wanted my fish done. The corn pudding was yummy but the tomato salad was a little too vinegary but otherwise tasty.
My son had the Mahi Mahi and since I had asked about that dish I knew I could taste it. It was done very well and I would get it if I go again and it is offered. It was breaded in Macadamia nuts and served in a milky sauce with plantains as an accompaniment. I enjoyed the small piece he gave me and he licked his plate clean.
Other dishes ordered were Fisherman's Stew (a little of everything from the sea including a crawdad that neither of the people who ordered it knew how to get into - I told them to rip it in half and pretend it is a little lobster); grilled scallops and vegetables; penne pasta with salmon; tilapia in a nut crust with fruit salsa and rum sauce; and Petra sole in bread crumbs with mashed potatoes on the side. Everyone enjoyed their dishes and overall it was a satisfying meal. The menu changes daily and the fish tasted fresh. No one ordered wine but they had a nice selection of wines by the glass as well as bottles.
Overall I would recommend it for a group gathering. I wouldn't come here on a "date" but for a group like this, it was appropriate and everyone found something that satisfied their particular tastes.
Thanks for the nice report. There's usually just one line mentions. It was always a good place to take business clients ... nice room and view and the food was good if not outstanding. Glad it worked out for your group.
McCormick & Kuleto's
900 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
I like taking friends and/or family to South Park Cafe - great food & ambiance at a very reasonable price.
They can usually accommodate small groups on weekday nights, from the Wharf it is a nice drive along The Embarcadero (Ferry Building, Bay Bridge ...) - and parking along South Park is usually easy at night.
South Park Cafe
108 South Park, San Francisco, CA 94107
re: Ruth Lafler
Town's End is not open on Mondays and won't return phone calls until after 7:30 am on Tuesdays. I looked on Open Table and it says "Not Available" whatever that means.
I'm now thinking Waterfront, Ana Mandara, Le Colonial, McKormick and Kuletto's or Il Fornaio. Not as cheap as I wanted, but all are easy access for the older crowd as far as parking and I'm sure they will find something on the menu they will eat and not have stomach issues with. Would love feedback on it if you have any. It's been a while since I've been to any of them.
re: Robert Lauriston
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Looking at Open Table I find quite a few places that might work for us.
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