Inexpensive Private Dining - SF... or nearby
A good friend is coming back in town to propose to his girlfriend and is looking for a venue to hold a small (10-12 persons) engagement party. His initial specifications were: restaurant with a private dining room, great food (preferably Italian or steak), with a view, in SF proper... and range of $30-50pp (lower side of that scale preferred). Given those parameters, I told him how very skeptical I was that it could be done. So he's willing to budge on the view and the restaurant being in SF proper. Can anyone suggest a restaurant with a private dining area and great food on a Sunday evening in that price range? He's quickly running out of time to come up with something.
How private is private? I've been to the Buckeye Roadhouse in Mill Valley for a privateish party. There is an upstairs loft type area that can be reserved. Although there are people downstairs, it's relatively private. The food is pretty good and they have steak. No idea on price.
Alioto's in Fisherman's Wharf has a private room. Personally have only been there for the private room with one of the owners kids, so can't vouch for their regular food. Again, no idea on price.
Thanks for the replies so far. I'm also assuming Alfred's won't open for such a small group, but I'll pass on the info nonetheless. Mill Valley might also be a bit too far, since most people are going to be coming from the South Bay, so the limits would probably be SF, Peninsula, and perhaps Berkeley/parts of Oakland/Alameda. I'm thinking that although private dining room would be preferrable, private-ish area would work in a pinch. I'll also pass on the info about Alioto's.
If you are coming from the South Bay, you might want to consider La Costanera in Montara (between Half Moon Bay and Pacifica); they have an outdoor area right on the beach as well as a sunken lounge area with an ocean view. I've been eating here a lot lately and they aren't getting a big crowd on Sunday evenings so while not necessarily a private room, I'm sure they would be willing to sequester an area for a group of ten and there is a 95% chance you'd be alone.
Try Left Bank in Menlo Park or Donato Enoteca in RWC...we frequent & enjoy both of these restaurants for casual, neighborhood meals. Food & service are solid and consistent. Went to a wine tasting function at Donato & they did a nice job with pizzas, cheese & house made(?) prosciutto.
These are not high dining, but it sounds like you may be runing out of time, so I'll suggest a couple places that are inexpensive, have 'rooms in the back' that you may be able to take over, and that are open Sundays.
Not fantastic but good enough that I go regularly...
-- Sausage Factory (castro, italian)
-- suppenkuche (hayes valley, german)