There are some restaurants that really know how to treat groups well, or have the right space to accommodate them.

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July 17, 2018

San Francisco Restaurants That Are Perfect for 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.

China Live (644 Broadway)
China Live is an interactive culinary and cultural destination in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown, offering an in-depth exploration of Greater Chinese gastronomy. China Live is more than just a restaurant or grocery store. It features a serious array of offerings that you can spend hours exploring. Here’s what you’ll find: Oolong Cafe, the Market Restaurant, Eight Tables By George Chen, Bar Central, Cold Drinks Bar, a Marketplace and 88 Banquet and Event Space.

Dirty Habit Restaurant (12 Fourth St.) 
They call it the “intimate hideaway.” Located of the fifth floor of the Hotel Zelos, Dirty Habit is the perfect place for sociable drinking and American dining. Known for their mysteriously-named cocktails, like the “Giggle Water,” “About That Night,” and “Squashin’ Feelings,” this hideaway will definitely become you & your guests’ new Dirty Habit. 

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 customized menus. Don’t miss the Indonesian corn fritters, lapsang souchong tea deviled eggs, braised lamb noodles, and shaking beef on the pan-Asian menu.

Fogo de Chao Churrascaria (201 Third St.)
Fogo de Chao is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized in fire-roasting high-quality meats utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco. Whether you're looking for a nice dinner or want to host a private event, Fogo De Chao can accommodate. Fogo De Chao has large reception rooms, smaller rooms, and even private tables near the main dining area, if the energy and action of the restaurant is your preference.

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.

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 cuisinecocktails, deep wine list, and jaw-dropping décor will make it a meal to remember.

International Smoke (301 Mission St.) 
If you’re looking to indulge in dishes inspired by many parts of the world, this is the place to be. Their BBQ-filled global menu (crafted by award-winning chef Michael Mina and lifestyle guru Ayesha Curry) and extensive list of cocktails, wines and spirits is a winning combination that will keep the entire group’s taste buds satisfied from start to finish. 

One Market Restaurant (One Market St.)
Since 1993, One Market has become the standard for sophisticated dining in the city. The current incarnation features the award-winning farm-to-table food of Chef Mark Dommen. The restaurant features an open exhibition kitchen with a special “Chef’s Table,” a wood-fired grill, private dining rooms, and a luxurious bar.

Original Joe's (601 Union Street)
Original Joe's is located in the heart of the historic North Beach District, overlooking Washington Square Park, a mecca for natives, tourists and culinary aficionados alike, serving the purest of Italian-American fare. A local favorite for over 80 years, it boasts an ambiance of deep-rooted history and sense of tradition which is borne out the minute diners walk in the majestic doors (and be sure to check out the photo gallery for a glimpse of Duggan family ties to the city).. With three unique and dynamic private and semi-private spaces Parkside Cafe, Salesian Room and Tony Bennett Room, Original Joe's serves as the idyllic backdrop for an intimate gathering of 10, to a grand celebration of 280 people.

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).

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.

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.

White Chapel (600 Polk St.)
White Chapel is a celebration of the wonder of gin. Featuring the largest gin selection in North America, and a carefully chosen cocktail menu that celebrates the history and traditions of this amazing spirit. Far from its reputation as a painfully serious spirit, our offerings showcase gin's versatility and lively approachability with a selection of drinks that are bound to please.


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