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Recommendations Needed for 30th Birthday Dinner

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otzou Feb 15, 2012 02:18 PM

I'm looking for a restaurant to host my 30th birthday dinner for a group of probably 8-10 people. Here are some things I'm looking for:

- Good food: I'm not particular on the type, but want something delicious. I will after all be doing Frances and TFL within two weeks of this dinner, so I want something that will stand up.
- Not terribly expensive: ~$20-25 per entree, ~$10-12 for drinks
- Location: Definitely in the city, probably getting drinks at Rye in the TL afterwards, so somewhere relatively close to there would be great. If not, Mission and SOMA would be my preferences, but really looking for any good options wherever they may be.

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    ceekskat Feb 17, 2012 10:43 AM

    Zero Zero may be fun for a birthday dinner.

    1. chefj Feb 15, 2012 02:23 PM

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/769745
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/831016
      or http://www.chow.com/search?query=+Bir...
      May be of help.

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        otzou Feb 16, 2012 11:23 AM

        Thanks for passing those along. I had actually already seen those postings, but am not a big fan of Prospect, 25 Lusk or La Mar, so was hoping for new recos.

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          rubadubgdub Feb 16, 2012 02:23 PM

          Bar Agricole could fit the bill although I don't know if they can accommodate 8-10, so you'll have to check. The food is tasting great and they have a serious cocktail program which may make heading out afterward for drinks unnecessary. What don't you like about Prospect, La Mar?

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            otzou Feb 16, 2012 02:50 PM

            Thanks for the Bar Agricole reco, I'll have to check that out.

            I think La Mar charges too much because of the location and views, neither of which really matter to me since I live right by the water anyway. I thought the food at Prospect as just not that spectacular, so even though the meal was on the company dime, I felt like we had overpaid. It was back when Ravi Kapur was still the chef though, so maybe things have changed.

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