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5 Excellent San Francisco Restaurants for Private Dining

Great food and jaw-dropping scenery make these upscale spots ideal for wining, dining and wowing a group.

It’s no secret that San Francisco’s culinary star shines bright, making private dinners a great way to break bread with important clients or VIP attendees. With locally sourced ingredients, impressive views and exceptional service, these restaurants specialize in private dining experiences that are sure to hit the spot.

Epic Steak (369 Embarcadero)

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The name says it all. Everything about this waterfront restaurant is epic, from the prime cuts to the sweeping Bay Bridge views. The upstairs Bay Room & Terrace can accommodate a seated dinner for 60 or a cocktail-style reception for 120, and even comes with a dedicated kitchen and chef for each event. The downstairs Enclosed Piazza can seat 40, with the glittering San Francisco Bay for a backdrop.

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana (Pier 1 1/2 on the Embarcadero)

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Whisk your guests away to Peru without leaving the Embarcadero at La Mar Cebicheria Peruana. Spaces include the stunning 150-person Patio (perfect for sunset Pisco Sours), the intimate Cebiche Lounge, or the Meson Del Chef, a semi-private chef’s table that can accommodate 22 guests for an exquisite tasting menu experience.

Credo (360 Pine St.)

Every aspect of Credo is handmade, from the rustic Italian cuisine to the one-of-a-kind tables crafted from found wood. Private events get the personal touch, too; menus are completely customizable, and the restaurant can be reserved for a full or partial buyout with various styles of service. The Archive, Credo’s sleek downstairs dining room, has hosted national political figures and top executives, so the seasoned staff knows a thing or two about discretion and excellent service.

One Market (1 Market St.)

Whether you’re hosting a casual cocktail party or an intimate sit-down dinner, One Market has it all. Located a few steps from the Embarcadero, One Market features award-winning farm-to-table cuisine, an open exhibition kitchen and three sophisticated private dining rooms. The Club Room and Atrium Room each accommodate 40 seated or 60 standing, and can be combined to double the capacity. Wine & Wall, a 150-guest gallery space, is a perfect way to give attendees a taste of California’s celebrated varietals. 

Waterbar (399 Embarcadero South)

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Delight your guests with some of San Francisco’s finest and most sustainable seafood, from raw bars to clambakes and family-style dinners of lobster and Dungeness crab. The entire second floor is dedicated to private dining, with a separate kitchen, full bar, outdoor terraces and a 60-seat bayfront dining room with wall-to-wall windows offering dazzling water and skyline views your guests will remember long after the meal.

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