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Jan 10, 2011 12:02 PM

Rehearsal dinner in SF (22 ppl)

Hello fellow food lovers!

I'm looking to do my rehearsal dinner in SF. We have a large party of 22. With that large of a party, most nice places either require a partial buyout (crazy money), or have a minimum limit of 2 grand or so for their private rooms.

So... What I am looking for:
- Good food
- Space able to accommodate 22 people without buying the place out.
- Ballpark pricetag of 50 dollars per person
- Nothing too exotic... (American, French, Italian, Brazilian, etc. all viable options)

I'm already looking at Foreign Cinema and Espetus (Brazilian steakhouse) and options, but would love to hear if anyone else has good suggestions for locations.

Thanks in advance!!!!!!

Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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  1. One way to start with a request like this is to go to Open Table to their banquet and private room section (don't search by the number in your party) and see what restaurants can accommodate you, and see which ones sound good to you, and then come back so we can advise you among them. I will say that I've had good experiences in the private rooms or as big parties at Lulu and at Town Hall (not sure how many both of those restaurants require, or what the price level is).

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

    3 Replies
    1. re: JasmineG

      Thanks. I'll keep browsing through Open Table, but Lulu looks quite promising!

      1. re: Cramhole

        OTOH, While I thought the food was good when I had a large group (around 20) at Lulu, it was WAAYYY too noisy: they seated us right in the middle of the main room and talking was basically impossible. Most of the party did not enjoy it for that reason. My advice if you decide on them, would be to insist on the space to the side (I don't think they have an actual private room?) and if they won't guarantee it to you (in writing) be wary: on a busy weekend night you may not be able to have a conversation. (I'd visit whatever restaurants you are thinking of using, to take a look at the space).

        1. re: susancinsf

          Ah, yes, when I was at Lulu with a large party we were in the room on the side (I thought it was a private room, but maybe not?). If you can't be in that space, I would also be hesitant, it's a very loud restaurant.

    2. Incanto has a private room (although I think a party of 22 would be a squeeze), food is consistently excellent, and staff is very accommodating. Worth a call to explore.