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Best Dining Option for party of 9 males (bachelor party)

So a dilemma here as in the middle of July a number of us are meeting up in San Francisco for a bachelor party. I've been a little out of the loop in the dining scene as I've moved down to Los Angeles over a year ago and am in need of suggestions for a delicious dining experience where 9 guys can comfortably have a good meal before embarking on the nights festivities.

The bachelor in question requested something in the range of "semi-classy." Chances are we won't be drinking wine but a good selection of well-crafted cocktails would be a plus.

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  1. My Husband went to Alfred's Steak House for steak and cocktails for his bachelor party. Pricey but very nice, old-world, and classy.

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    Alfred's Steak House
    659 Merchant St., San Francisco, CA 94111

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    1. re: baybritta

      Alfreds has great steak, a bartender who knows what he's doing, and has "guys night out" oozing from every single one of its red leatherette pores. Plus it's conveniently located two blocks away from a number of those traditional bachelor party emporiums.

      The big drawback is they serve you a *lot* of meat. So much so that you may all decide to just groan on home afterwards.

      Maybe consider Waterbar? Good drinks, pricey as all get out, mixed reviews here, but they're situated in what must be the most beautiful spot in the city -- on the Embarcadero more or less directly underneath the bay bridge. Moon, bay, lights on bridge, ships, stunning place for an event.

    2. Beretta would be a good option with plenty to do in the neighborhood after.

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      1. re: tvham

        Beretta looks like good fit. I'm actually looking for something similar for a group of 12 guys except maybe "semi-demi-classy" and more fun/lively.

      2. Some friends of mine went to Harris's for pre-bach party dinner last year. I think they were a group of about 8 and said they were treated very well.

        1. NOPA would be fun, and they have great cocktails, though I'm not sure if they take a party that big, I'd call to ask.

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          1. re: JasmineG

            Their maximum group size for reservations is 8. I called about a group of 9 last week and was told there was no way for me to get a reservation. The only way to get a table is to show up at 5 when they open the bar and hope they'll seat your party at 6pm when dinner starts.

          2. Also consider House of Prime Rib for good food and drinks.