The holidays are here and on many people’s wish list is a top notch holiday party venue – someplace memorable and intimate for your group lunch or dinner. While upscale hotels are always an option, with their banquet rooms and catering menus, a number of restaurants also offer private dining space. Here are seven superb private dining room choices in San Francisco for your upcoming holiday gathering.
- Bistro Boudin
Bistro Boudin is one of the top places in the City by the Bay for a private event, where the private dining room provides guests with the quintessential San Francisco experience. This historic restaurant’s intimate private dining room has waterfront views and includes a private fireplace. Specially designed menus are available for seated events of up to 32 guests or receptions up to 40.
Boulevard offers refined American fare from renowned chef Nancy Oakes at a fashionable Embarcadero address. The restaurant’s private dining room sits in the middle of its wine cellar and is an intimate experience for groups of 8 to 14 guests.
- Foreign Cinema
Foreign Cinema is a unique experience on any occasion, but groups events here are unforgettable. This Mission District restaurant serves California-Mediterranean fare and has several options for groups. There is space for private events with up to 350 guests as well as intimate string-lit courtyard dinners with seating for 12. Adjacent to the courtyard table sits a vintage 33mm projector that plays classic films.
- Harris’ Restaurant
Harris’ Restaurant is an acclaimed San Francisco steakhouse that is known for its wood-paneled dining room, live jazz bar, and high-quality steaks. Harris’ offers several choices for private events. It’s “Board Room” has a large circular table that seats 12, while “The Library” can seat up to 20. The “Skylight Dining Room” has a capacity of 72 for a seated dinner.
Jardinière is a San Francisco French restaurant that has attained local fame for its “Impossible Burger,” which is a vegetarian burger that is made to look and taste like the real thing. Gimmicks aside, the restaurant has an elegant atmosphere, full French menu, and several top shelf choices for group events. Their “Wine Room” can seat up to 15 people and their “Franklin Room” as many as 50.
Palio is a Financial District staple that has been serving fine Italian food to San Francisco residents for more than 25 years. The restaurant boasts a changing seasonal menu and a professional staff that delights its guests every time. Palio has several options for medium-sized groups. Their “6 Enoteca della Douja” room can host 40 guests and features a private bar as well as a 200 square foot mural. The “San Pietro Room” has a capacity of 50 guests and has floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a small private patio.
Qunice is San Francisco fine dining at its best. This Financial District restaurant features California Contemporary Cuisine, with a mix of both Italian and French dishes that celebrate the seasonal bounty of the region. Quince was the only San Francisco restaurant to join the three-star Michelin club for 2017. Their small private dining rooms offer seating for small parties of 12, with a larger room that seats up to 20 guests.