The holidays are just around the corner — or have already begun for some communities — plus there are always weddings, birthday parties, or other shindigs afoot. That’s why knowing top-tier spots where you can rent a big table, room, or patio is just smart. Take a look at these 14 restaurants and bars perfect for a soiree or casual gathering in San Francisco.Read More
14 Eye-Catching Private Dining Rooms in San Francisco
For cocktail receptions or seated formal dinners, there’s a room for you
This Ghirardelli Square Mexican restaurant is ideal for enjoying a view of the Bay while throwing a shindig of really any size. Groups as large as 60 can take over the taco haven with various private rooms and offerings available. The restaurant has outdoor dining options, to boot. Event inquiries at the al pastor and ceviche go-to can be made online.
Dalida already has views of the Presidio and the water to dazzle guests before dinner, but the private dining room will also give guests a sense of the outdoors throughout their meal. With hand-painted wallpaper from Oakland artist Emily Parkinson, the room veers into garden territory with florals climbing up the walls. Really, the top-tier restaurant from chefs Laura and Sayat Ozyilmaz is worth visiting for decadent dishes including a lovely slow-cooked lamb. For pricing and availability, visit the Dalida website.
Considering how massive China Live is — encompassing two restaurants, a bar, and a market all in one building — it’s perhaps no surprise that there are handful of options for hosting private events. The Gold Mountain Lounge is a smaller private dining space, while Space*88 on the third floor can host truly giant events with up to 825 guests. For pricing and more details, check the China Live website.
Boulevard’s Wine Vault can house up to 12 guests for a fully private meal with a highly adaptable set price menu consisting of three courses or more. It’s a truly unique space, designed by none other than Ken Fulk, with dark wallpaper and rich gold accents. Diners sit among walls lined with bottles of wine. To book an event, reach out through the restaurant website.
The Vault Garden
The Vault Garden hosts groups inside covered and heated tents with views of the massive outdoor space. Semi-private and private setups are available for up to 60 guests. The menu remains meaty with options including seared scallops, roasted chicken, and steak frites. Learn more on the restaurant’s website.
Located at the Hotel Kabuki in Japantown, Nari serves a sophisticated menu of Thai cuisine that’s punctuated with bright, bold flavors from chef Pim Techamuanvivit. The restaurant’s main dining room is lush and dripping with plants, but the private dining space is a peaceful oasis with a bank of windows and cool blue walls. Nari can be reserved for parties up to 24.
This family-run Vietnamese fine dining enclave is perfect for many things: Bun cha, pho, and late-night craft cocktails. But, relevantly, the business is also home to the Felix, a subterranean dance floor and lounge that’s bookable for private parties online. The max capacity is 70 guests, and the cost to rent the space depends on the day of the week.
The Progress recently underwent a renovation, and with the new look comes an updated, light-filled private space dubbed the Workshop situated above the main dining room. The space accommodates 40 seated diners or standing room for 50; there are also some extra details that come with a private event such as personalized menus, florals, and a chef appearance. To book an event, diners can reach out through the Progress website.
Fans likely know that chef Mourad Lahlou’s eponymous FiDi stunner has a handsome private dining room, but it’s a lesser-known fact that the chef’s more casual Richmond District restaurant also has space for your next event. The modern Moroccan restaurant can host up to 32 guests in this separate space off the back dining room. For more information and pricing check the Aziza website or email email@example.com.
Up to 14 diners can take over the upstairs Celentano Room at Che Fico, the Italian restaurant that took over a former garage on Divisadero. With red-and-white tile flooring, Italian magazine covers papering the walls, and exposed concrete, it’s a stylish space for a small event. Check the Che Fico website for pricing and more.
There aren’t many private dining options in the Sunset, so a private rooftop makes Fiorella’s Ninth Avenue outpost all the more appealing. Up to 70 guests can take over the full rooftop, or smaller parties of up to 34 guests can take the semi-private upper rooftop deck for a meal of antipasti, pizza, pasta, and cocktails. Menus and pricing are available on the restaurant website.
On Market Street and conveniently located next to transit stops — including San Francisco’s bike path the Wiggle — Copas offers Mexican and Spanish food, including oily tuna tostadas that are scintillating, crunchy dreams. Moreover, the restaurant offers a number of private dining options including large tables for 12 and a private room for 16; pricing depending on the package.
Chef Brandon Rice’s restaurant Ernest has a captivating dining room with its tall ceilings and large-scale windows, but this serene, intimate event space sits away from the bustle of the main room. The room is adjacent to the kitchen, with a table that seats up to 14 people. Interested parties can reach out to Ernest for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a seat at Foreign Cinema's "director’s table" for an evening of sophisticated California-Mediterranean fare and a view of the romantic, string-lit courtyard below. Adjacent to the table sits a vintage 35 mm projector which plays out classic films beneath the translucent canopy. Foreign Cinema can be reserved for up to 12 guests with various packages and pricing.