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Casual restaurant/lounge with good vegetarian food, drinks for bday gathering

A friend's birthday is next Wednesday, and I'm trying to choose a spot for our group. I'm looking for a spot that:

1) Is in San Francisco

2) Has good food, particularly some good veggie options (bday girl is vegetarian)

3) Has a lounge/bar area with casual seating, so people can come and go....probably there will be 8-15 people total, but not all necessarily at the same time. So looking less for a sit-down meal, and more for a place where people can order as they want to...good drinks (i.e. cocktails) would be a plus, but not 100% necessary

This friend really likes Nopa....if they had a lounge, then it would be perfect (but they don't). I was thinking maybe the Alembic could work too? But I haven't been there. Another idea is Jasper's near Union Square, but again, I haven't been there. Any other ideas that could fit the bill?

Thanks!
Dave MP

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Does Barbacco have tables or a lounge where you could just pop in? Or would we need to make a reservations. My impression was that it was the latter....

      1. re: Dave MP

        Oh, right, Barbacco started taking reservations.

    2. Alembic is small and doesn't seem to be a good fit for your fluid 8 to 15.

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      1. re: Cynsa

        Okay, good to know. I think Jasper's might be in the lead at the moment. Has anyone been recently?

        I'd still love other ideas too

      2. B might work. It's usually not busy, probably due to the rooftop location. Good cocktails, good food.

        http://www.bsanfrancisco.com

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Hmm, cool idea! Definitely an interesting option. Thanks!

          1. re: Dave MP

            http://blogs.sfweekly.com/foodie/2009...

            if not B, then B44 has a paella Hortelana for the b'day gal
            or, 1300 on Fillmore
            or, Farmer Brown?

            http://www.jdvhotels.com/dining/sanfr...
            Chambers Eat+Drink has Bar Bites and Sides for the birthday vegetarian

            1. re: Cynsa

              B44 has a full bar? That would probably work really well.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                perhaps not a full bar... "We’ll help you choose the perfect bottle of wine from our extensive Spanish list, or you can pick out your new favorite drink from our house specialty cocktail menu..." http://b44sf.com/

        2. I recommend it a lot, but it's because it serves these type of purposes. La Mar has plenty of seating and so can accommodate groups/flexible parties, has cocktails. ..the only thing that is iffy is how veggie friendly it is.

          1. Maybe Thirsty Bear though not sure how busy they will be next week due to DAT.

            Don't know about seating arrangement but heard food & atmosphere is good at Zero Zero.

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            1. re: ceekskat

              Zero Zero's a good fit except that the bar might be too full, similar to Nopa.