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Cotogna - large party question

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Sharon S. Nov 11, 2011 01:35 PM

I tried to make a reservation for a department holiday dinner in Dec. for 7 people the other day. I had heard good things about Cotogna and really wanted to try it. They said they could accomodate 7 of us at their large table, but that it would be a minimum of $750 for the table. I thought this was pretty outrageous (I am not sure how you could spend that much for 7 people). Am I the only one that thinks this was a bit extreme? Needless to say I am on the hunt for another place for our celebration.

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Cotogna
490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: Sharon S. Nov 11, 2011 01:48 PM

    That's their communal table, which seats eight? ten? $750 is probably how much they would expect to gross if they used it in the usual way. Try Barbacco.

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    Barbacco
    230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    1. CarrieWas218 RE: Sharon S. Nov 11, 2011 02:19 PM

      Sorry - I don't think that is extreme.

      It is typical for a restaurant to tack on the 18% or more up-charge for parties over six and with food, tax, tip and alcohol, I think a little over $100 person is about the going rate.

      Also, it is the holidays and a lot of people make multiple reservations for large tables for parties and then don't show up at the last minute. Sad, but true -- and it ruins it for the rest of us that are trying to arrange holiday parties. But that is the way of the restaurant industry.

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