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August 19, 2015

10 Remarkable San Francisco Restaurants That Do Group Dining

There are some restaurants that really know how to treat groups well, or have the right space to accommodate them. Since we’re in San Francisco, it’s also a good opportunity to try a banquet-style menu at many of our Chinese (and pan-Asian) restaurants.

Dosa on Fillmore (1700 Fillmore St.)
This upscale and vibrant South Indian spot is built for group dining, with special group menus to make it extra-easy (the Fillmore location is more spacious and better for groups). Don’t miss the Kerala fish moilee.

Town Hall (342 Howard St.)
There’s nothing quite like getting a group together in this celebratory Southern spot, which always has high energy, partially fueled by its excellent Sazeracs. The fare is hearty, offering notable dishes like Faith’s cheese toast, juicy fried chicken, and cornmeal fried oysters. Share the butterscotch and chocolate pot de crème for dessert.

M.Y. China (845 Market St., 4th Floor)
Don’t let the address in the Westfield Centre deter you. This Chinese restaurant from Martin Yan (and other local restaurant partners) is all about quality, from handmade noodles to dim sum to Peking duck. The variety of banquet menus offers a true feast for your party (and the large tables make it easy, too).

Hakkasan (One Kearny St.)
If you’re rolling with a bigger budget, book your group into one of the private rooms here. The elevated Chinese cuisine, cocktails, deep wine list, and jaw-dropping décor will make it a meal to remember.

Wayfare Tavern (558 Sacramento St.)
This updated American tavern from Tyler Florence has multiple levels, and the food and space are fun for groups (there are spacious booths on the street level). It’s known for one of the best burgers in town, as well as their rather fantastic deviled eggs, fried chicken and complimentary popovers.

Butterfly (Pier 33, The Embarcadero)
Right on the waterfront, this restaurant knows how to take good care of groups. Chef Rob Lam makes crowd-pleasing Cal-Asian dishes like their Kalua pig in lettuce cups, fried whole fish, chicken clay pot, and Peking duck.

Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission St.)
One of the most atmospheric venues in the city, this Mission pioneer has a huge patio where they screen films on the back wall while you dine. The industrial chic interior still impresses after 15-plus years. The Cal-Med menu includes quality charcuterie, oysters and if you’re lucky, it sometimes lists their incredible fried chicken.

R&G Lounge (631 Kearny st.)
This reputable Cantonese restaurant is famed for its fried salt and pepper crab (or go for the garlic and hot pepper version). The menu is full of dishes built to share, including the R&G special beef, minced seafood in lettuce cups, fried rice, and a whole lot more (your server will make recommendations).

398 Brasserie (398 Geary St.)
Right by Union Square, this casual brasserie has a menu that groups can happily navigate, from the shared cheese and salumi boards to bone marrow, and then there’s the fantastic cote de boeuf (big enough for three). www.398restaurantsf,com

E &O Asian Kitchen (314 Sutter St.)
A spacious location convenient to Union Square and downtown, you’ll find many options for groups here, from the private rooms to the customizable menus. Don’t miss the Indonesian corn fritters, lapsang souchong tea deviled eggs, braised lamb noodles, and shaking beef on the pan-Asian menu.

Marcia Gagliardi writes a popular insider weekly e-column, tablehopper, about the SF dining and drinking scene, get all the latest news at Follow @tablehopper on Twitter and Instagram for more SF finds!

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