Fun SF restaurant for a group of 12 twenty somethings
I'm looking for a fun, lively restaurant for a group of 12 of us all in our twenties to go out at this Saturday. The group will be a mix of guys and girls, we'll be dressed up in club attire and dresses and are looking for something that's not too expensive. We really are interested in a fun environment where we can be somewhat loud and all sit together at the same table. Type of cuisine is open. We all like American, Italian, Steakhouse, Seafood, Japanese, etc. Any suggestions??
You might consider El Mansour, a moroccan place with low cushions and a set menu, out near clement and 32nd.
Good for large parties, and fun. They have belly dancers as well.
One problem might be, the low seating may not be great if you are super dressed up, but since you are young you should be flexible too, eh?
An advantage is that the seating allows for changing places and mingling.
And two possible disadvantages,  there is wine and beer but not a full bar, and  there can be a lot of birthday parties, so you might hear happy birthday sung by the staff like 2-4 times on a saturday night.
But I love the joint nonetheless, great for dates and parties of the size you will be...
re: Robert Lauriston
Another inexpensive fun,lively place for 20ish people is Steps of Rome Caffe( not the trattoria which is more formal)The staff is half Italian and half not.The waiters and baristas are cute,flirty and sing,dance and interact naturally with the customers.They love you to get loud with them.The female staff are bella and smiling.It's a bit like being in a Fellini movie while there.The food,though not destination worthy is tasty.Crab ravioli,fresh seafood, vodka tomato cream sauce,carpaccio,pasta carbonara, and chocolate profiteroles to name a few.Although in a touristy area and alot of the clientele are from all over the globe,this is one of the few bay area places that captures the spontaneous flavor/ momentum and "let happen" that places in Italy do,as opposed to the contrived posers that most Italian bay area restaurants are that serve overpriced,what I grew up on eating called peasant food,not tasty and no vibe in the place,cause the servers don't get the Italian spirit.I've searched out some of the music they play when in Italy.They are open 'till 2am weekdays and 3am weekends.Cash only.They have an elevated area in the back where they could easily seat all 12 of you together.Again I am recommending this as a fun place,for 20 something people on a budget.
Steps of Rome Caffe
348 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
re: casalbore spirit
...that's part of the fun.Although probably part of their jobs at S of R in SF,in Italy it's the norm and part of the culture(and I feel charm).I'm not talking about Suzanne Pleshette eating at tourista spots in Piazza Navona in "Rome Adventure" and spouting"Grat-zee-ah.I also included that the female staff are molto bella and all staff have a sense of making a fun experience for the patrons.I suggested this place for 20'ish folks looking for lively fun and tasty,inexpensive food as Italian was on their list.There are many other possibilities in SF.
hmm...if you haven't made a reservation you may be in trouble for "hip/trendy" places and getting all 12 of you at one table will be tough....some thoughts
- slanted door
- mamacitas (marina)
- house (north beach)
- americano bar (hotel vitale)
- le colonial
- restaurant lulu
- Osha Thai or Ko Samui & The Monkey...
I love Kokkari but it's not cheap and at this point chances of an open table are slim unless you guys are interested in 9 or 9:30 pm reservation...
I just went to Kokkari and they have large tables in their back room (near the Kitchen, not the private room). Their food is Greek- lamb, squid, roast fish, amazing feta. The food is pretty great, you can get a bunch of appetizers to share $8-13) or a few apps and mains ($15-25). The best thing is that it is really loud and fun. When I am there I tend to be amazed at how much fun everyone around me is having. Make a reservation.