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Feb 24, 2011 07:53 AM

Lunch near Giants stadium

Hi everyone, I'm arranging for a large group to go to a Giants game this spring, and I'd like to put together a nice meal for our group beforehand. Somewhere near AT&T Park, with good food and drink... "Private" dining isn't so important, but we're looking for a place that would have a good atmosphere and support a group of 16 or so people.

Many thanks! Go Giants!

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  1. Any budget guidelines, or genre preferences?

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    1. re: BernalKC

      Looking for something semi-upscale - this is a celebration outing. Preference probably for California cuisine, but open, really, to anything that's high quality with a fun joyful atmosphere.

      For budget, we're probably looking at around 50$ a head for lunch. Plus drinks.

      I like this idea of Lefty's, though, too.

    2. When we go to SF to support our Padres, we stay with the team at the St. Francis hotel and then head across the street to Lefty O'Doul's which is tradition for food and drink before and after the game.
      Lots of players hang out there after the game...good times.
      Can't wait for Opening Day!

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      1. re: Beach Chick

        Ironside is close by and would probably fit your needs:

        1. re: Scotty100

          Ironside felt to me like a business-district sandwich shop / cafe. Not a very festive atmosphere.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Would disagree. They have a great happy hour and the mezzanine area would be perfect for a group of 16. Lunch everytime i've been there has had a nice buzz.

            1. re: Scotty100

              It might be different at lunch, but I made plans to meet a friend at Ironside for happy hour one day and the atmosphere was so un-bar-like that we went to Ozone instead.

              Ozone's pretty nice (former Jack Falstaff) and has decent Thai food, could be a good choice.

              Ozone Thai Restaurant & Lounge
              598 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

      2. Zuppa has a large community table which, I think, would hold 16 people and I would guess you could reserve it. I don't know whether they have a full bar or not.

        Orson is also a thought.

        564 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

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        1. re: bobpantzer

          Sorry, I forgot, Orson is no longer open for lunch.

        2. Semi-upscale is the tricky part. Here are some random ideas:

          Momo's is the iconic place for party atmosphere near the ballpark. Gordon Biersch, Tres Agaves, and Paragon are others. Public House is in the ballpark.
          A little more downscale is 21st Amendment. Beer is better than food, I think.
          Ironside seems kind of tiny for 16 people.
          Further afield is Skool, which is fun.
          If you were doing a night game, Alexander's might be a good choice for dinner.

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

          760 2nd St., San Francisco, CA 94107

          Gordon Biersch
          2 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

          Public House
          24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94101

          1725 Alameda St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          1. I just discovered Marlowe and they have great lunch sandwiches. Their burger and fried chicken sandwich were great! Issue is that they really only have ONE long table w/ bench seating that would fit your group of 16. Definitely reserve ahead of time and request that long table. Yelp the restaurant for the pics. You'll see. Small n cozy place.

            If you really want to go for semi-upscale I am sure Waterbar or Epic Roasthouse could accomodate your large party easily. Boulevard and One Market is an option too, but you'd have to take the N or T line to AT&T.

            Go Giants!!!

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

            Epic Roasthouse
            369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

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            1. re: Keesey

              I have a bit of a problem reconciling spending $50 per person plus drinks for lunch at a semi-upscale place with going to a baseball game. The former would seem to suggest places like One Market or Boulevard, but I would probably feel out of place in those places if I was dressed in Giants gear. I think Waterbar is an excellent suggestion since it's somewhat upscale but they are also used to lots of Giants fans stopping by before and after games. And if you don't want to walk to AT&T, there is a N/T-line stop across the street.