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Need help with restaurant for SIL's 50th b-day.

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My husbands sister is coming to visit from New York and we would like to take her out and celebrate her birthday. Looking for both good food and someplace fun and I am just drawing a blank. Going to Slanted Door one night so Asian is probably out, no sushi, and probably not Italian. I was thinking Kokkari, but can't get a reservation.

Any ideas? Price doesn't really matter, looking more for fun SF vibe than super upscale. Also, will have people coming from both Marin and the East Bay.

Would appreciate any input. Thanks in advance!

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  1. How many people & when? I recently had a great meal at Chez Papa Bistrot, a smallish yet lively restaurant located in a charming block on Potrero Hill. Or perhaps the newer, more cosmopolitan version at Chez Papa Resto...haven't been.

    One of my favorite restaurants is Gitane, but probably not for more than 6 people & have to book early. Great vibe, cocktails, & food.