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suggestions for group dinner or drinks/appy near Moscone Center

Hi there! First off, I have to thanks this board for the fantastic eating I did based on suggestions here for a trip I did a couple years ago. Favourites included Incanto, Delfina, Swan's for oysters, Bar Tartine (and bakery), Myth, and (especially) Chez Panisse.

I will be back soon for a conference and am looking for places to have a couple group (~15ppl) events - either dinner or drinks with appies. Ideally the location would be walking distance from the Moscone Center, and be moderately priced (entrees within $20). The group ranges from about mid-20s to mid-30s, so probably somewhere more casual and fun. I had been thinking about Myth, but have found out they're closed. Aziza sounded interesting but is a bit far.

I'd love your suggestions. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Annabelle's, across the street from Moscone, is a comfortable place, well suited to groups and has good, it not great food in your price range.

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    Annabelle's Bar & Bistro
    68 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

    1. Thirsty Bear is a brew pub with good tapas -- you can just have them for snacks, or you can make a meal out of them. The atmosphere is definitely fun and casual, and it's just a couple of blocks from Moscone.

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      Thirsty Bear Brewing Co
      661 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

      1. Anyone been to Orson these days? That would be a great choice.
        http://www.orsonsf.com/

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        Orson Restaurant
        508 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

        1. I like Ducca - the apps are great for sharing and if the weather is nice they have a great outdoor area. Large wine and spirits list.

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          Ducca
          50 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

          1. I second both the Annabelle and Thirsty Bear recs, with the caveat that TB is very noisy/has a higher "hip" factor. Annabelles is more of a white-tablecloth restaurant than TB. If you want fun, then choose TB over Annabelles.