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May 24, 2013 05:06 AM

SF Dinner Restaurants for Business Group

Hello all,

I am headed to San Francisco in August for a meeting with about 20 - 25 international colleagues. We'll be staying about 2 blocks east of Union Square Park, and need dinner ideas for 3-4 evenings.


Prefer locations that are within easy walking/public transport distance from the hotel; would be willing to drive 1 evening for something unique.

Have 1 person with seafood allergy (will eat at locations serving seafood but need to avoid restaurants that are primarily seafood) and 1 who is gluten-free.

Most of our colleagues come from western Europe, China, and Japan. Looking to provide one nice steakhouse meal, a good mexican/latin inspired restaurant, and am open to suggestions for the rest. Would love to find a winery or craft brewery within an hour drive that serves a meal with a tasting of their products.

Am looking to spend about $75/pp (not including drinks/wine). Can be somewhat flexible on that.

Prefer a location with a private room so that our group can carry on conversation easily.

So far, am considering the following and would appreciate feedback or additional suggestions:

Wayfare Tavern
Mateo's Cocina Latina

Thank you in advance for any help - will definitely report back when we've returned!

An East Coast Chowie

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  1. Alfred's is a great local steakhouse. It's about a mile / 10-12 blocks from that location.

    Absinthe, Wayfare, and Perbacco are all solid choices for a group that size.

    It's very rare for a winery to serve meals, zoning in agricultural districts generally prohibits it. Etoile at Domaine Chandon's a rare exception.

    There are brewpubs with restaurants but I don't know of any around here where both the food and the beer are good.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thank you, Robert - Alfred's looks like a place that our group will enjoy. Hoping that I can make Etoile work out, as I know several in the group would really enjoy getting out to a winery.

    2. Recommendation: For a group that size, book quickly - the few restaurants that have rooms to accommodate groups that size will book up very quickly.

      And Robert is a bit incorrect on the wineries that serve meals... A lot of them have private dinners but you have to work through the local caterers to know which ones are able to accommodate the private events. Many, many wineries host dinners in their caves (this was my job when I lived there). Wine Country Catering, Elaine Bell Catering, and Melissa Teaf catering could all direct you to such wineries. The biggest problem for is that it is a little more than an hour-drive to any of these locations.

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      1. re: CarrieWas218

        Many wineries will host catered events, but could a group of 25 get an event catered for $1875 ($75 a person)?

        1. re: Robert Lauriston


          I have personally organized catered events at a downtown winery for under $75 a person...

        2. re: CarrieWas218

          Carrie, thanks for the recommendations - am planning to book ASAP. If Etoile doesn't work out, will consider the catering approach!

        3. I would strongly recommend adding Zare at Flytrap to your list. It's in the same "greater FiDi" area, the food is very international, and they have a second room that should do about 20. They'd consider this more of a partial buyout than a private room, but the general price would likely be in your range. I took some Japanese colleagues there and it was well received.

          Benefit, since you mentioned alcohol, is a very solid and interesting bar program (like Absinthe, which is well placed on your list).

          I haven't tried Mateo's - I live way to far south to get up to Healdsberg often. I can't think where else to recommend for you in SF proper doing similar food at that level. There used to be a few places (that one on 2nd, forget the name) but I think they've all closed.

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          1. re: bbulkow

            bbulkow - thanks for the rec. Zare is on my list of places to try after my group leaves, as I've decided to stay in the city for a few extra days.

          2. Ended up getting bookings at Absinthe, Perbacco, and Etoile at Domaine Chandon. Will report back in August!

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