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Town Hall, Michael Mina or Perbacco

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If I had to choose one based on food, ambiance, and the restaurant overall, which one would it be? Its for a large client dinner and we like lively and fun as well as great food.

Plus, these places all can accommodate private seating for large groups.

I have been to Slanted Door a year or so ago. Is it still a good place to go? I remember loving it!

Thanks!

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Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

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  1. I don't think Slanted Door has changed in the last year.

    The three places you listed are all really different from each other. Michael Mina is one of the most expensive restaurants in the City, if that's a factor. How large is your group and what kind of group is it? There have been quite a few comprehensive discussions on this board about places that are good for groups.

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    Slanted Door
    Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      I'm not positive on the number but between 25-35 people... Each of the places above have private rooms or can accomodate. Cost doesn't matter. Thanks!

    2. One of these things is not like the other, and that one is Town Hall. I like the food there, but Michael Mina and Perbacco are both clearly steps above it in food and setting. Also, the private room at Town Hall feels like a big conference room, not a fun space.

      Slanted Door is the same as you would have experienced it, but I think their private room can't accommodate that number.

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      Slanted Door
      Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

      Perbacco
      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

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      1. re: JasmineG

        Yes, I was going to say that the private room at Town Hall is nothing special. A search on Open Table turned up 77 restaurants in SF that can do private dining for a group between 21 and 50: http://www.opentable.com/info/banquet...

        It would really help to know what your real criteria are -- what do you really need to know to make a decision?

        The only thing that jumps out at me about the three places you listed is that they're relatively close together. Is location a factor?

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

        1. re: JasmineG

          The Perbacco private room, if it's the half-curtained room upstairs, is totally unimpressive. Dark, long, narrow, and the curtain thing is silly. If the room hadn't been so disappointing, I would have had my reception there. As it was, we're going with One Market's lovely Atrium room instead, which will accommodate up to 42, seated.

          I did a fairly thorough review of Town Hall, Absinthe, One Market, Perbacco, and Prospect when I was searching for my reception location: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/802678

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          Perbacco
          230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

        2. Perbacco.

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          Perbacco
          230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          1. Perbacco

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            Perbacco
            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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            1. re: whiner

              Perbacco has a glassed-in private room overlooking the kitchen, but it can't accommodate 35 folks. For a party that size, you'd have to use the balcony and it will be frumpy and kind of noisy (but you said you wanted lively and fun).

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              Perbacco
              230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

            2. So both Perbacco and Town Hall were booked. Michael Mina is still in the running. Now we have thrown Waterbar into the mix. Any thoughts on Waterbar? This dinner is an appreciation dinner for clients and we want it to be a lively place with great food so people will want to come. They will all be in town for a conference from all over, and they all enjoy nice restaurants. I will also look into One Market...

              Any other suggestions for a restaurant that has a private room that can accommodate 35-40? I read that maybe Prospect would be a good place?

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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