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Exciting birthday dinner restaurant? In the spirit of Zuni

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BeatriceB Jun 4, 2011 05:22 PM

Hello,
I wanted to ask for your help in finding a good place for 10 people In SF this Saturday; I was looking for somewhere with food/ambiance along the lines of Zuni, Pizzaiolo's garden, Foreign Cinema. If there's somewhere that you've been in the city that's been particularly memorable I'd love to hear. Thank you!

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Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Pizzaiolo
5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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

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  1. bbulkow RE: BeatriceB Jun 4, 2011 05:23 PM

    What about prospect?

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      BeatriceB RE: bbulkow Jun 6, 2011 11:10 AM

      I like Prospect, but I'm worried there's not much for vegetarians in the group. Thank you for this

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        bbulkow RE: BeatriceB Jun 8, 2011 12:45 AM

        Zuni is terrible for vegetarians.
        Are there other constraints you have not mentioned?

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        Zuni Cafe
        1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

    2. steve h. RE: BeatriceB Jun 4, 2011 05:24 PM

      The private room in the back at A16?

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        BeatriceB RE: steve h. Jun 4, 2011 05:33 PM

        I think a private room is a good idea in case our party gets lively. But civilized!

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          steve h. RE: BeatriceB Jun 4, 2011 06:02 PM

          It's a glass-enclosed room just off the back. Sort of a greenhouse. I've dined there. Feel free to get rowdy, the room is damn-near soundproof. You'll like it.

          Edited to add: staff will check on you with reasonable frequency if you need drinks, whatever.

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        ceekskat RE: BeatriceB Jun 6, 2011 12:42 PM

        You can look at Opentable to see what's available & go from there. I noticed NOPA had availability for 8 people (not for 10) at 6%3

        p.m...you may want to call to double check.

        http://nopasf.com/

        OSA on Fillmore has availability but looks like only DAT (dine about town) menu may be available. Call to check.

        http://www.dosasf.com/fillmore_menus.htm

        nother spot is Serpentine - been about 2 yrs. but enjoyed their gnocci when I went. Very good drinks.

        http://www.serpentinesf.com/

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          ceekskat RE: ceekskat Jun 6, 2011 12:48 PM

          aargh, edit is messing up.

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            BeatriceB RE: ceekskat Jun 6, 2011 12:58 PM

            Thanks, this is really helpful. I checked Opentable, I was hoping more for recommendations of places people have really enjoyed rather than what's available; I think at this point I'd have to get lucky and hope for a cancellation.
            I understand re: the edit function. My post was autocorrected to "I'm the spirit of Zuni"

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            Zuni Cafe
            1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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              pane RE: BeatriceB Jun 7, 2011 02:49 PM

              How about the back room at Bar Bambino, or their patio? I had a birthday dinner 3 or 4 years ago; the ambience is lovely. I haven't been back since the menu change, though.

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              Bar Bambino
              2931 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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          sfwork RE: BeatriceB Jun 7, 2011 08:08 PM

          Bar Agricole has this semi-subterranean private dining room that seems really fun. And while I find the food good, I think their drinks are fantastic.

          Also really fun new place is Zero Zero -- great pastas and pizzas you can split.

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          Bar Agricole
          355 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

          Zero Zero
          826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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