Need a place for a small party - 15 people or so
Please provide more information:
How much do you want to spend per person? Does that include drinks? That alone can jack up a price. Don't forget 25% plus is added with tax and tip
Are you OK with prix fixe?
When is this? May-June is graduation heavy so choices may be scarce. Which day of the week?
Are you ok with ethnic eats? Korean / Chinese are often v good options for larger groups.
Without knowing any of this, check out:
Garden at Trestle on Tenth
$40/person is difficult for a party that size, as many otherwise fairly economical restaurants require a more expensive prix fixe. For example, Supper, which usually would cost about $30 for dinner, charges a prix fixe of, I believe, $75 for groups larger than, perhaps, 8. So keep that in mind. Had you not nixed Asian cuisines, I could have easily recommended good Chinese banquet places within your budget. But try calling them and 'inoteca (either branch would be fine).