Authentic SF Group Dinner - Financial Dist or North Beach?
A large group of co-workers (10) and I will be dining in SF next week. We're all in town just that one night, at Le Meridien on Battery at the north end of Embarcadero Ctr. Walking distance if possible. The price point should $$-$$$. I'd like the place to be authentic SF, doesn't need to be a current foodie destination and touristy is fine. Any cuisine...
Suggestions? Thanks in advance.
This is a hard one, as you are (I am assuming) coming in from NYC, and the great restaurants the board speaks about that are around the FiDi are "new Italian" (a term I'm making up) which I assume NYC can hold its own,:
- Gitane. I think is a good example of the cuisine, with an interesting Spanish/Portuguese wine list. Didn't blow me away, but a fun cool design and good food.
Maybe Amber India? Though Indian can not be group appealing, and again there may be good high-end Indian restaurants available in NYC
I can't think of a quintessential Californian restaurant, that can host a group, that's in that area...
Can't get much more "authentic San Francisco" than Sam's Grill -- unlike Tadich, they take reservations.
US Restaurant is authentic SF but probably more so in the old location. The new current location however is nicer but still friendly. Still the food is good and there should be plenty of room for 10.
You could also try R&G Lounge (upstairs), very good Cantonese food. Nice environment and business friendly. Lots and lots of business dinners upstairs. I'd also call R&G authentic since Cantonese have been here as long as Italians.
Both are 4-8 blocks from the hotel.