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Looking for a good spot for dinner for large group (30-50)

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mdpilam Aug 3, 2010 10:36 PM

I used to live in the Bay about 5 years ago, but live in LA now (and have since become a pretty big foodie), and I have a friend who has requested my help in finding a good place for a dinner for a group of about 30-50 guys (ages: 18-24). Preference is SF, and nothing too expensive, but not necessarily cheap. In terms of food, I would say it's probably open to all cuisines, but with such a diverse group, a "safer" cuisine would probably be best.

Your help is much appreciated!

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    mdpilam Aug 5, 2010 12:27 AM

    Ok, I'm thinking (after doing a search on all - and then some - of the restaurants on the sfddv.com site) of: Perbacco or Town Hall as my main choices. Backups would be LuLu, Chaya Brassiere, Le Colonial or One Market.

    Thoughts?

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    Perbacco
    230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    Town Hall Restaurant
    342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

    One Market Restaurant
    1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

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      nocharge Aug 5, 2010 02:03 AM

      Of the above, I totally love the food at Perbacco. It's kind of a Financial District place so it may not be a perfect fit for the demographics of your group but still not totally out of whack in terms of the space. Town Hall is a great restaurant, but the private event space is probably better suited for corporate events. It's upstairs but the ambience is pretty mediocre compared to the warm ambience of the restaurant downstairs. One Market is a great restaurant as well in terms of food, but it's probably also on the stuffy side. As for Lulu, Chaya, and Le Colonial, YES, keep them on your list of places to consider for this kind of event, but verify that they can accommodate you in the right kind of settings. Of the three, Lulu is probably the most obvious choice, both in terms of food and location, if the previous events have been held at Thirsty Bear. But if pool tables are more important, these places won't compete very well with Thirsty Bear.

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      Perbacco
      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Town Hall Restaurant
      342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

      One Market Restaurant
      1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

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        mdpilam Aug 5, 2010 10:52 AM

        Thanks alot for the reply. I also meant to include Bix. Where does that rank?

        TIA

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        Bix
        56 Gold St., San Francisco, CA 94133

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          nocharge Aug 5, 2010 11:02 AM

          Bix is a great place, but your group would be a little too young to fit in.

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          Ruth Lafler Aug 5, 2010 04:30 PM

          I agree. I think either Perbacco or Town Hall would be excellent. The atmosphere at Perbacco is a bit more sophisticated, while Town Hall is a bit more casual (although still not that casual). One Market is stuffy and sterile, IMHO.

          Given your group's demographic, I would also look at Tres Agaves.

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          Tres Agaves Restaurant
          130 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107

          Perbacco
          230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          Town Hall Restaurant
          342 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

          One Market Restaurant
          1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

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            mdpilam Aug 5, 2010 05:51 PM

            Thanks. I did try and do some research on Tres Agaves, but couldn't find much on CH...

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            Tres Agaves Restaurant
            130 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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              nocharge Aug 5, 2010 07:34 PM

              Be aware that the atmosphere at the upstairs private dining room at Town Hall is very different from that of the rest of the restaurant. I've been there for corporate events and it's a fairly generic event space without the charm of the restaurant downstairs.

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          Richard C.Spross Aug 4, 2010 07:41 PM

          You might want to try Mezze' in either San Francisco or Oakland. The Oakland location
          occasionally is booked for private events. Mediterranean cuisine, and good drinks, can be
          dressy or causal depending on your preference. Prices range between $16 and $ 26? per
          entree'. Great people and good service.

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          Mezze Restaurant & Bar
          3407 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

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            nocharge Aug 4, 2010 12:19 AM

            There are numerous restaurants that can accommodate large parties and serve food with a reasonably broad appeal, but part of it depends on your price range. For example, Thirsty Bear may appeal to the demographics of your group.
            http://www.thirstybear.com/banquets
            For something a little more upscale and stuffy, but OK for a corporate event, Town Hall has a private dining room seating 40 with a $2000 minimum for food and beverages. But there are lots of options including more upscale ones. As long as you take care to figure out whether the capacity numbers refer to seated or standing, the following might be a good resource.
            http://www.sfpdv.com/

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              mdpilam Aug 4, 2010 06:49 PM

              Thanks for the link; I'll take some time later to go through the different venues and cross-check for food. As an FYI, the previous year's dinners have been held at Thirsty Bear (I've never organized it, but was asked for suggestions since I'm a "Foodie").

              (Also, parking won't be an issue)

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              mlutsky Aug 3, 2010 11:44 PM

              Park Chalet (behind the Beach Chalet) has a comfortable room for a large group. There's also lots of parking.

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