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

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

    1. I know that Kokkari has some round tables.

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      1. re: JasmineG

        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

          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. 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

          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

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

        2. 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