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Birthday Pressure: Round Table for 8-10, not Chinese.

sfcitygal Oct 30, 2011 10:35 AM

Dreaded annual birthday dinner is on. I'd like a moderate-upscale restaurant that feels a bit special. It will be a Tuesday evening. Good quality food with entrees $18-$30 range. Ideally, full bar, but not essential. I hate larger table gatherings where you may get seated on the end and stuck talking with only 1-2 people seated beside you. I love round tables since they are more conducive to group feeling and conversation. Are there any restaurants that come to mind....that aren't Chinese??? Ideally, quality Californian, Mediterranean cuisine? For a group of fun, social 40's professionals. Thank you so much for any suggestions.

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    absc Oct 30, 2011 07:10 PM

    Coco500 has a full bar and large round tables. I had a great birthday dinner there several years back.

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    Coco500
    598 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

    1. Robert Lauriston Oct 30, 2011 12:34 PM

      Cesar on Piedmont has a private room with a round table about that size.

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      Bar César
      4039 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        Glencora Oct 30, 2011 12:45 PM

        So does Lalime's, though I haven't seen any reports lately about the food.

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        Lalime's
        1329 Gilman, Berkeley, CA 94706

        1. re: Glencora
          sfcitygal Oct 31, 2011 07:42 AM

          Thank you, I should have specified looking for a restaurant in San Francisco.

      2. JasmineG Oct 30, 2011 12:29 PM

        I know that Kokkari has some round tables.

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        1. re: JasmineG
          Pei Oct 30, 2011 08:18 PM

          I think so too. Piperade has a big square table, and is a very quiet restaurant overall.

          Perbacco has rounds upstairs. We fit 5 easily, you could see if there's anything larger.

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          Perbacco
          230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          Piperade
          1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

          1. re: Pei
            sfcitygal Nov 4, 2011 08:16 AM

            I went and checked out a few of the places. Piperade's table is GORGEOUS! Round and with 8 large leather chairs around it. Really a beautiful spot for a special dinner. That's where I'm heading...and will hope the food and service is "on" for the eve.

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            Piperade
            1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

        2. wolfe Oct 30, 2011 10:49 AM

          L'Olivier, had Dinner a' la Heart very enjoyable.
          http://lolivierrestaurant.com/menu.html
          http://www.chow.com/restaurants/65433...

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