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Dec 13, 2008 07:48 AM

Round and round we go: circular tables for 13?

Hi Hounds:

Today's question -- where would you send someone who needs a table for 13 but doesn't want a rectangle/separate tables? This is for a holiday party on Jan 3. They did Chinese last year (round tables a no brainer) but were hoping for a bit more ambiance this year (especially in the lighting department). I thought of Quattro on Fourth for a corner table though we stopped going a year and a half ago when the quality seemed to take a severe dip. I'm otherwise drawing a blank.

If you can think of somewhere that would be willing to put tables together to make a big square, that would work too. The idea is for everyone in the group to be able to converse relatively easily with everyone else across the table space.

Budget is $30-40 a head plus wine/beverages. Cuisine is pretty open.


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  1. Tough one. All I can think of is Cioppino's/Enoteca -- but their larger tables are rectangular. Hapa on Robson has IIRC a round table on the left may be a bit small (IIRC). It might seat 13 snugly.

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    1. re: fmed

      We had seven at the round table at Hapa when I visited in July. There was definitely space for more, and we were able to talk easily, so I'd say it would be worth a call to ask what the maximum number is they can sit there. Other than the potential of being too small, I think it meets the request perfectly.

      1. re: susancinsf

        Thanks, susan, for clarifying the Hapa situation.

    2. In my opinion, a round table for 13 doesn't afford one any more ease in conversation than a rectangular one. You can't talk to the people across from you without shouting. At a rectangular table you can chat comfortably with about 6 people and that would be about the same as a round table.

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      1. re: sarah galvin

        I kind of agree, sarah, but 'tis not I organizing. I think I would go for two round tables of 6 or so, myself...

        1. re: grayelf

          Thomson's lounge at the Hyatt Regency downtown has a big round table right in front of the fireplace. I'm sure you could squeeze in 13. We had 10 comfortably. The food is ok and within your budget.

          1. re: SpudMurphy

            Thanks, Spud! I'll relay the option...

            1. re: grayelf

              Thanks again for your input. I spoke to my friend yesterday who said that she opted to contact Flamingo on Cambie and they were able to accommodate her group perfectly by annexing a part of the restaurant using movable walls. It was a great solution, giving them a cosier, semi-private feeling. She also reported that the ten-course set meal was excellent and very good value at $24 per person. Staff were helpful and understanding about the space requirements and the need to keep the menu interesting without being too adventurous (whole crab was one course though!). She was most pleased.