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May 12, 2014 09:50 AM

Work lunch in SF for under $30

My work is planning a celebration lunch for 10 people. Half of the group is flying up from LA so it should be somewhat special, easy to get to from Oakland airport and maybe even a little touristy. But here's the kicker - it needs to be under $30 including non-alcoholic drinks and tip. (I know that's tight in SF but we're technically a non-profit.) Any ideas?

I'm a little out of the loop for cool places to go in SF but was thinking maybe Boudin in Fisherman's Wharf or even Park Chalet in Ocean Beach? (Ocean Beach is a little far from Oakland Airport but if it's a nice sunny day might be nice.)

They are not flying into SFO based on the airport they are flying out from. They are not the Mexican food in the Mission or Chinese food in Chinatown or Clement kind of crowd....with the low budget I am even thinking Taylor's at the Ferry Building might be hard but probably doable...

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. Why would Gott's (formerly Taylor's) be hard on a $30 per person budget?

    Are everyone taking public transportation or is validated parking a consideration?

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      You're right, it's not. I should have proof-read and clarified my thought.

      I was thinking it would be nice to have more of a sit down vs order at the counter burger place, but Gott's is also not your average burger and the Ferry Building is a pretty touristy/SF location.

      And luckily, transportation and parking is not part of the budget.

      1. re: calalilly

        The only things about Gott's that seem above average to me are the location and the prices.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          The thing with Gott's is that a bacon cheese-burger with fries will cost you about $13 before tip and taxes, and it will be mediocre. The inside of the place is like a prison cafeteria. The outside patio is nice, but very dependent on the weather and the seating is the no-loitering kind. Right across the street at Americano, you can have a far superior burger for maybe $5 more in a boutique hotel with comfortable seating both inside and outside. Table service, full bar, etc. Not a fan of Gott's.

    2. Here's Robert's post on Centouno for lunching near Jack London Square in Oakland:

      In San Francisco, North Beach has Sotto Mare. Seating for 10 might be a challenge?

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      1. re: Cynsa

        If Oakland is OK, Bocanova would be a great choice, they're good for groups. Jack London Square is touristy and more likely to enjoy nice weather than the Ferry Plaza.

      2. What about Yank Sing? I usually get out of there for under $30 - but I stick with the steamed items and pork buns. I'm not sure how expensive some of the other stuff is.

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        1. re: farmersdaughter

          Some of the items at Yank Sing are very expensive, e.g. Peking duck is over $5 per slice.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Thanks for the suggestions. The group wants SF vs Oakland, no Chinese or Mexican food....tough crowd. =)

            1. re: calalilly

              Lunch near Union Square or in the neighborhoods?

              Here is Zazie's menu served until 2 pm on nice patio in Cole Valley:

              Amber India is off Market Street on Yerba Buena Lane; nice setting

        2. Porcellino might work.

          Or Arlequin, beautiful garden in the back.