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Nov 27, 2011 12:02 PM

2 Qs: Dinner for a beef lover & Dinner for 10 -12

I have browsed the board and have gotten a few ideas but will ask anyway.

My son lives in the heart of SF and in a few weeks I will be visiting on a business trip. Will be taking him to dinner on a Saturday night. While I am a foodie with a broad palate, the son is really a beef eating kinda guy with little interest in vegetables beyond potatoes (don't ask me how that happened!) So am looking for some great food that satisfies his need for red meat but has a good broad menu for foodie mom, plus a good wine list. Price range can be on the moderately high side but not astronomical. For example, Boulevard is a bit pricey for this meal.

Also, as for the business trip part - looking for a great place that can handle a party of 10 - 12 with high quality food and a good wine list. The other diners are not foodies like me, so looking for a varied menu that includes some familiar foods. Was thinking Boulevard though the price may be too high for the organizer of the meeting I'm attending. I was thinking Slanted Door but I read that for this size party you can only order 3 different main dishes and it is not that much less expensive than Boulevard. worried about the non-adventurous among us. Was thinking Italian or seafood. Would like to avoid Tadich Grill after reading a number of reviews on this board (am afraid that is where they will pick if I don't come up with anything.) Any suggestions are welcome. Hotel is in Nob Hill.

Slanted Door
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

Tadich Grill
240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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  1. Check out this thread.
    Since Tadich is tough because of the no reservation, I am not one of the nay sayers, look at Sam's Grill.

    1. Your son might like the local Brazilian churrascaria, Espetus. Waiters pass through the place with grilled meat on broad skewers. You flag them down and they slice off pieces for you. All-you-can-eat, festive atmosphere, lots of non-beef options, side-dishes are buffet-style at a "salad" bar (there are hot dishes as well). Their wine list isn't posted, but as I recall it was pretty decent.

      Espetus Churrascaria
      1686 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

      1. One Market is good for a business dinner. Either Sam's or Tadich is iffy for a business dinner, I think. The food is very old fashioned, which is fine if that's what you want and expect, but not necessarily everyone's cup of tea. Plus, you really have to know what to order to have a good meal.

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

        1. My favorite place in the Bay Area to get my red meat fix is at House of Prime Rib. Although I really enjoy a range of foods as well, there's something very cool about a menu that features only one item. The focus pays off in a top notch meal and the festive atmosphere is a throwback in the best way (there is a "chuckwagon" with live coals no less that the chef wheels about the dining room to serve each table!). Sides (salad, yorkshire pudding, creamed spinach, potatoes) are all included and even seconds on meat for $30-35/pp sans drinks. You really need reservations however.