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Getting a table for six isn’t much of a problem anywhere in San Francisco given a little advance notice, but try getting a table for nine or twelve or fifteen. Now that Bucca di Beppo is gone, that’s not always an easy task unless you know where to look, especially if you’re trying to book on a weekend.

SF is home to a lot of private dining rooms, but not all are created equal. And many local restaurants are going to require food and beverage minimums and set menus when you’re booking a large party, so you may as well get the most bang for your buck if you (or your company) is shelling out two grand for dinner.

Below is a curated list of options ranging from small restaurants like Octavia that offer a special chef’s table, to big restaurants like Park Tavern and Foreign Cinema with special rooms that accommodate dozens of guests. Some you’ll have to book weeks in advance while others, like Rosa Mexicano downtown, accept parties of 12 via OpenTable, for those times when you need to take the whole team out for dinner at the last minute.

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1. August 1 Five

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524 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 771-5900
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Still a new kid on the block with its bright interior and modern take on Indian cuisine, August1Five has options for bigger parties, sometimes on short notice. Tables for parties of seven or more can be had same day by emailing or calling 415.771.5900, and with more notice the restaurant can accommodate up to 30 people in a semi-private area, or there are single-table options for groups of eight to 14. Large groups come with prix fixes of $65 per person food minimum at dinner, and renting the semi-private room will come with a $5,000 food and beverage minimum. (And unlike many Indian restaurants around town, this one has a full bar.)

2. Boulevard Restaurant

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1 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-6084
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Nancy Oakes’ 24-year-old bastion of California-French cuisine cuisine can’t be beat for its plum Embarcadero location and reliably delicious food — now overseen by chef de cuisine Dana Younkin. Groups of eight to 14 can lay claim to the cozy wine vault and its semi-private table, though any group over four people is asked to call ahead for reservations. This is a perfect place for a group dinner especially around the holidays, and especially when the group includes older, out-of-town guests who have no patience for the no-tablecloths trend.

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3. The Cavalier and Marianne’s

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360 Jessie St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 321-6000
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Where else in San Francisco can you dine in a private salon themed after a Rolling Stones album cover? That would be Marianne’s, the cozy, Ken Fulk-designed back room at The Cavalier that has its own small bar and entrance and plays host to occasional late-night events, and which doubles as a rentable space for up to 20 seated guests. The Cavalier also has another room, dubbed the Wine Stables, with a more buttoned-up equestrian theme that seats up to 26, and at long tables in the main dining room the restaurant can host a group of up to 40. Prix fixe menu options include the excellent Scotch egg, and the ribeye steak with beef dripping chips.

4. Flour + Water

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2401 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-7000
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The coziest of the private dining options offered by Ne Timeas Restaurant Group (which also offers private tables at the Central Kitchen space upstairs in the “Test Kitchen,” and at Salumeria) the Dough Room at Flour & Water has been a popular private-party choice for the last five years. The room is literally used by chef Thomas McNaughton and the pasta-making team for rolling out and cutting pasta during the day, and at night it becomes a candle-lit oasis in back of the main restaurant for up to 16 people. The four-course, family-style menu starts at $98 per person, with options for an additional pasta course ($7 per person) and wine pairings ($55 per person), and a food and beverage minimum of $1,250 on weekends, and the entire month of December.

Dough Room at Flour + Water
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5. Foreign Cinema

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2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 648-7600
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At this point in its evolution, Foreign Cinema is well known as a destination for big group get-togethers, birthdays, and wedding receptions. And unlike many restaurants in the city that are not in hotels, this place boasts huge dining spaces and multiple options to accommodate groups of nearly any size. You can book tables here of up to 10 people, at prime hours, on OpenTable, and with some notice they can accommodate larger groups in the main dining room as well. The Director’s Table, overlooking the patio and featured film of the evening, seats 12; the mezzanine over the main dining room seats up to 40; and the Gallery just behind the patio seats up to 60. Food and beverage minimums vary by room, but for instance it starts at $3,000 for the mezzanine.

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6. House of Prime Rib

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1906 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 885-4605
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One of the city’s most charmingly old-school of old-school haunts — with a perennial spot on Michael Bauer’s Top 100 — the House of Prime Rib makes for a great celebration meal any time of the year. Tables for eight can be found via OpenTable, though not always at prime time, and you can call ahead to reserve space for larger groups — they will take groups of 10 maximum on weekends, and larger parties can be accommodated by calling ahead Monday through Thursday. (And, FYI, Willie Brown’s favorite table in the glass-enclosed wine cellar is reserved only for the owner and his guests.)

House of Prime Rib

7. Mister Jiu's

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28 Waverly Pl
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 857-9688
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Chef Brandon Jew’s inventive and classy Chinatown banquet spot was built with group dining in mind, complete with custom wood tables with built-in Lazy Susans and a modern spin on Peking duck. Tables of all sizes are harder to get here since the place landed its Michelin star, but a month or so out you can find midweek tables for eight online. (The maximum lead time on reservations here is 60 days.) Given how comfortable the eight-tops are for groups of seven to eight, it’s best not to attempt to dine with a larger group until they open the upstairs banquet area, which should be sometime in 2018.

8. Octavia

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1701 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 408-7507
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The best bet for impressing a gang of food-loving friends is booking the chef’s table at Octavia. The table, down some stairs in back of the kitchen, seats 12, and what it lacks in ambience (you’re surrounded by prep equipment and ovens), it more than makes up for in the air of exclusivity and cool. The Michelin star-level food, from Melissa Perello and chef de cuisine Sara Hauman, is always flavorful and inventive; it recently earned three stars from Eater critic Rachel Levin. The group format comes in several waves of food, and costs $90 per person, with a $1200 minimum — there are also wine pairing options at different levels, ranging from $40 to $80 per person.

Chef’s table at Octavia
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9. Park Tavern

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1652 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 989-7300
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The brasserie menu and general bustle of North Beach’s Park Tavern is well suited to lively group dinners, in particular the cafe space at the front of the restaurant which seats 14 in a semi-private area. Upstairs there’s also the Eden Room, which is sort of like the more gilded cousin to Marianne’s at sister restaurant The Cavalier, bedecked with chandeliers and chinoiserie — and that seats up to 50 for a private event. Those smoked deviled eggs and the beef tartare are always crowd pleasers.

Eden Room at Park Tavern
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10. The Progress

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1525 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 673-1294
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Adventurous eaters around town already know about The Progress, the next-door sister restaurant to State Bird Provisions with a similarly internationally inspired menu. There are several options for groups of different sizes, starting with the rad round 10-seat Balcony table, located up a set of stairs at the back of the restaurant overlooking the kitchen. There is also the Mezzanine at the front of the space, which seats up to 12 and is a bit more private, and both of these options allow diners to set a menu based on the day’s actual menu. For larger groups, there’s the spacious and bright Workshop space (also upstairs), which can accommodate up to 36 for a seated dinner and has some more restricted menu options. That starts at $88 per person, with options to add passed hors d’oeuvres and extra courses.

Upstairs at The Progress
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11. R & G Lounge

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631 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 982-7877
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When you want salt and pepper crab for a whole crew, Chinatown mainstay R&G Lounge has you covered with large tables in the regular dining room, a range of banquet menu options and a private dining room that can seat up to 120 people at 10-person tables. The menu options range from $40 to $87 per head, charged by the table (starting at $398 for 10 people), and the $468 option gets you the crab along with nine other dishes. It may, in fact, be the best bang for your buck in town if you’re trying to treat a big group.

R&G Lounge
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12. Rosa Mexicano

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30 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 874-4300
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With its top-notch, made-to-order guacamole and easy downtown location, Rosa Mexicano makes for an easy holiday or celebratory dinner for coworkers especially -- and it’s not impossible to score reservations online on short notice for groups up to 12. For really large parties, this enormous space has options for 26 to 90 people, with parties between 50 and 90 accommodated on the patio. You can check out the various menu and open bar options here.

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13. Schroeder's

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240 Front St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 421-4778
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This massive German beer hall in the heart of the FiDi welcomes large parties, especially those in the 10-16 range. Dinners of bratwurst and burgers can be had in the semi-private dining room in back for up to 12 people, while more boisterous gatherings of 6 to 16 people can be accommodated up front by the bar at large, beer-hall-style tables. Schroeder’s is a great option for beer lovers, obviously, but there’s also a full bar, and the food is pretty solid ever since the 2014 makeover — but it should be noted this place has been around since 1893.

Schroeder’s Patricia Chang

14. Spruce

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3640 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 931-5100
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Spruce’s private dining areas have boasted some celebrity guests over the years including Barack Obama, and this tony Laurel Heights spot has always been a magnet for power players. The space feels especially comforting around the holidays, and the three private dining areas book up in advance. There’s the windowless Shiraga Room with its own separate entrance, which seats up to 14; the bright Library Room at the front of the restaurant, which seats up to 20; and the Laurel Room which seats 30 to 40 people, though the upper end of that spectrum requires rental chairs and an extra $500 fee. And, of course, dinner here doesn’t come cheap, with minimums starting at $1,500 for mid-week, going up to $3,750 for the Laurel Room in the Month of December.

1. August 1 Five

524 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

Still a new kid on the block with its bright interior and modern take on Indian cuisine, August1Five has options for bigger parties, sometimes on short notice. Tables for parties of seven or more can be had same day by emailing or calling 415.771.5900, and with more notice the restaurant can accommodate up to 30 people in a semi-private area, or there are single-table options for groups of eight to 14. Large groups come with prix fixes of $65 per person food minimum at dinner, and renting the semi-private room will come with a $5,000 food and beverage minimum. (And unlike many Indian restaurants around town, this one has a full bar.)

524 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102

2. Boulevard Restaurant

1 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Boulevard
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Nancy Oakes’ 24-year-old bastion of California-French cuisine cuisine can’t be beat for its plum Embarcadero location and reliably delicious food — now overseen by chef de cuisine Dana Younkin. Groups of eight to 14 can lay claim to the cozy wine vault and its semi-private table, though any group over four people is asked to call ahead for reservations. This is a perfect place for a group dinner especially around the holidays, and especially when the group includes older, out-of-town guests who have no patience for the no-tablecloths trend.

1 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

3. The Cavalier and Marianne’s

360 Jessie St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Where else in San Francisco can you dine in a private salon themed after a Rolling Stones album cover? That would be Marianne’s, the cozy, Ken Fulk-designed back room at The Cavalier that has its own small bar and entrance and plays host to occasional late-night events, and which doubles as a rentable space for up to 20 seated guests. The Cavalier also has another room, dubbed the Wine Stables, with a more buttoned-up equestrian theme that seats up to 26, and at long tables in the main dining room the restaurant can host a group of up to 40. Prix fixe menu options include the excellent Scotch egg, and the ribeye steak with beef dripping chips.

360 Jessie St
San Francisco, CA 94103

4. Flour + Water

2401 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Dough Room at Flour + Water
Ne Timeas Restaurant Group

The coziest of the private dining options offered by Ne Timeas Restaurant Group (which also offers private tables at the Central Kitchen space upstairs in the “Test Kitchen,” and at Salumeria) the Dough Room at Flour & Water has been a popular private-party choice for the last five years. The room is literally used by chef Thomas McNaughton and the pasta-making team for rolling out and cutting pasta during the day, and at night it becomes a candle-lit oasis in back of the main restaurant for up to 16 people. The four-course, family-style menu starts at $98 per person, with options for an additional pasta course ($7 per person) and wine pairings ($55 per person), and a food and beverage minimum of $1,250 on weekends, and the entire month of December.

2401 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110

5. Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Foreign Cinema Foreign Cinema

At this point in its evolution, Foreign Cinema is well known as a destination for big group get-togethers, birthdays, and wedding receptions. And unlike many restaurants in the city that are not in hotels, this place boasts huge dining spaces and multiple options to accommodate groups of nearly any size. You can book tables here of up to 10 people, at prime hours, on OpenTable, and with some notice they can accommodate larger groups in the main dining room as well. The Director’s Table, overlooking the patio and featured film of the evening, seats 12; the mezzanine over the main dining room seats up to 40; and the Gallery just behind the patio seats up to 60. Food and beverage minimums vary by room, but for instance it starts at $3,000 for the mezzanine.

2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

6. House of Prime Rib

1906 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109
House of Prime Rib

One of the city’s most charmingly old-school of old-school haunts — with a perennial spot on Michael Bauer’s Top 100 — the House of Prime Rib makes for a great celebration meal any time of the year. Tables for eight can be found via OpenTable, though not always at prime time, and you can call ahead to reserve space for larger groups — they will take groups of 10 maximum on weekends, and larger parties can be accommodated by calling ahead Monday through Thursday. (And, FYI, Willie Brown’s favorite table in the glass-enclosed wine cellar is reserved only for the owner and his guests.)

1906 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109

7. Mister Jiu's

28 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108

Chef Brandon Jew’s inventive and classy Chinatown banquet spot was built with group dining in mind, complete with custom wood tables with built-in Lazy Susans and a modern spin on Peking duck. Tables of all sizes are harder to get here since the place landed its Michelin star, but a month or so out you can find midweek tables for eight online. (The maximum lead time on reservations here is 60 days.) Given how comfortable the eight-tops are for groups of seven to eight, it’s best not to attempt to dine with a larger group until they open the upstairs banquet area, which should be sometime in 2018.

28 Waverly Pl
San Francisco, CA 94108

8. Octavia

1701 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94109
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Chef’s table at Octavia
Octavia/Instagram

The best bet for impressing a gang of food-loving friends is booking the chef’s table at Octavia. The table, down some stairs in back of the kitchen, seats 12, and what it lacks in ambience (you’re surrounded by prep equipment and ovens), it more than makes up for in the air of exclusivity and cool. The Michelin star-level food, from Melissa Perello and chef de cuisine Sara Hauman, is always flavorful and inventive; it recently earned three stars from Eater critic Rachel Levin. The group format comes in several waves of food, and costs $90 per person, with a $1200 minimum — there are also wine pairing options at different levels, ranging from $40 to $80 per person.

1701 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94109

9. Park Tavern

1652 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Eden Room at Park Tavern
Park Tavern

The brasserie menu and general bustle of North Beach’s Park Tavern is well suited to lively group dinners, in particular the cafe space at the front of the restaurant which seats 14 in a semi-private area. Upstairs there’s also the Eden Room, which is sort of like the more gilded cousin to Marianne’s at sister restaurant The Cavalier, bedecked with chandeliers and chinoiserie — and that seats up to 50 for a private event. Those smoked deviled eggs and the beef tartare are always crowd pleasers.

1652 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

10. The Progress

1525 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Upstairs at The Progress
Patricia Chang

Adventurous eaters around town already know about The Progress, the next-door sister restaurant to State Bird Provisions with a similarly internationally inspired menu. There are several options for groups of different sizes, starting with the rad round 10-seat Balcony table, located up a set of stairs at the back of the restaurant overlooking the kitchen. There is also the Mezzanine at the front of the space, which seats up to 12 and is a bit more private, and both of these options allow diners to set a menu based on the day’s actual menu. For larger groups, there’s the spacious and bright Workshop space (also upstairs), which can accommodate up to 36 for a seated dinner and has some more restricted menu options. That starts at $88 per person, with options to add passed hors d’oeuvres and extra courses.

1525 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

11. R & G Lounge

631 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108
R&G Lounge
James F./Yelp

When you want salt and pepper crab for a whole crew, Chinatown mainstay R&G Lounge has you covered with large tables in the regular dining room, a range of banquet menu options and a private dining room that can seat up to 120 people at 10-person tables. The menu options range from $40 to $87 per head, charged by the table (starting at $398 for 10 people), and the $468 option gets you the crab along with nine other dishes. It may, in fact, be the best bang for your buck in town if you’re trying to treat a big group.

631 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108

12. Rosa Mexicano

30 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Rosa Mexicano

With its top-notch, made-to-order guacamole and easy downtown location, Rosa Mexicano makes for an easy holiday or celebratory dinner for coworkers especially -- and it’s not impossible to score reservations online on short notice for groups up to 12. For really large parties, this enormous space has options for 26 to 90 people, with parties between 50 and 90 accommodated on the patio. You can check out the various menu and open bar options here.

30 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

13. Schroeder's

240 Front St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Schroeder’s Patricia Chang

This massive German beer hall in the heart of the FiDi welcomes large parties, especially those in the 10-16 range. Dinners of bratwurst and burgers can be had in the semi-private dining room in back for up to 12 people, while more boisterous gatherings of 6 to 16 people can be accommodated up front by the bar at large, beer-hall-style tables. Schroeder’s is a great option for beer lovers, obviously, but there’s also a full bar, and the food is pretty solid ever since the 2014 makeover — but it should be noted this place has been around since 1893.

240 Front St
San Francisco, CA 94111

14. Spruce

3640 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Spruce’s private dining areas have boasted some celebrity guests over the years including Barack Obama, and this tony Laurel Heights spot has always been a magnet for power players. The space feels especially comforting around the holidays, and the three private dining areas book up in advance. There’s the windowless Shiraga Room with its own separate entrance, which seats up to 14; the bright Library Room at the front of the restaurant, which seats up to 20; and the Laurel Room which seats 30 to 40 people, though the upper end of that spectrum requires rental chairs and an extra $500 fee. And, of course, dinner here doesn’t come cheap, with minimums starting at $1,500 for mid-week, going up to $3,750 for the Laurel Room in the Month of December.

3640 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118

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