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bornie Oct 30, 2012 05:58 AM

to accommadate 20 or so,, for a dinner business function... Appreciate your input!!

Wayfare Taveren
Scala's Bistro
Bluestem Brasserie
Morton's Steakhouse
Cafe Claude

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    jaiko Oct 30, 2012 05:53 PM

    We liked Bluestem for lunch and my foodie brother from LA had a terrific dinner there during the madness that is OracleWorld. But you'd have to ask if they have a private room, the main-floor dining room is very attractive but wouldn't work for that large a party.

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      goldangl95 Oct 30, 2012 01:15 PM

      Cafe Claude would be tough. It's pretty small and it's not business function efficient.

      Wayfare would be the safest (assuming you have the budget). It's a celebrity chef restaurant, has lots of good standards, has cocktails etc. The menu is self-explanatory.

      I think Perbacco would be the winner if the group is open to a smaller menu and ingredients they may have to ask about (e.g. chowhound types).

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      1. re: goldangl95
        CarrieWas218 Oct 30, 2012 02:42 PM

        I have done events at Perbacco for 20 - it is tight and not very comfortable (it really tops out at 18). Barbacco, however, can accommodate 20 a little easier...

        Kokkari is another spot that works well for 20 and is quite nice.

        1. re: CarrieWas218
          Robert Lauriston Oct 30, 2012 08:47 PM

          Perbacco has two private rooms, stated capacity 18 and 40, and they can seat groups of up to 75 on the mezzanine.


          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            CarrieWas218 Oct 31, 2012 07:27 AM

            That's what I indicated; they have squeezed 20 into that space for 18 and it was uncomfortable.

            1. re: CarrieWas218
              Robert Lauriston Oct 31, 2012 08:12 AM

              Right, but they have other rooms where they can handle 20 and more.

      2. Robert Lauriston Oct 30, 2012 08:39 AM

        Drop Morton's, go to Alfred's, Harris', or House of Prime Rib, I'm pretty sure they can all handle groups that size.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          zin1953 Oct 30, 2012 11:22 AM

          I'm sure they could, and it would be a less corporate/more personal experience. Good suggestions, Robert.

          1. re: zin1953
            Robert Lauriston Oct 30, 2012 11:47 AM

            Alfred's in particular is a local treasure.


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          BAnders Oct 30, 2012 07:50 AM

          I attended a business lunch at Wayfare Tavern last year, with about 30 people. They put us upstairs at a long banquet table and served salads individually and then the rest of the meal on platters, family style. They have the kind of food that lends itself to this setup. I'd rank it among one of the better business function meals I've had. I have not been to similar functions at the other places you list. Perbacco and Cafe Claude are my favorites on your list in terms of food, but I have no sense of how they would be for your purposes.

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          1. re: BAnders
            calumin Oct 30, 2012 08:15 PM

            I would say Perbacco could be best in terms of food but not sure if they can handle 20 people, and they are probably the most expensive.

            Aside from that Wayfare Tavern is probably next best on your list. The upstairs room can handle 20 and they have very good food.

            The only one to take off your list for sure is Morton's. Haven't been to Bluestern and I never hear anything good or bad about Scala's Bistro.

            The food at Cafe Claude is good but I think Wayfare Tavern would be better for a business dinner.

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            zin1953 Oct 30, 2012 06:22 AM

            Doesn't depend -- at least in part -- on budget?

            -- Wayfare Tavern is good, not great, but it would be fine for a business function.
            -- Scala's would work, too. Again, food good, but IIRC, the chef has changed since I was last there.
            -- Bluestern (never been there).
            -- Morton's is a chain steakhouse . . . they are, I'm sure, set up to do business dinners, but it's not going to be an only-in-SF function.
            -- Love Perbacco, and they have a private dinning room perched over the kitchen.
            -- Café Claude can be fun, but a) it's been years since I've been there, and b) I'm not sure about doing a business dinner there.

            Just my 2¢. Probably worth far less. Keep the change . . .

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