My aunt and uncle are visiting for two days next week and would like to make dinner reservations for Thursday and Friday evening. The catch: they have a large group of 8 people.
Anything goes, though visiting from out of town, I would like to offer suggestions for some of the best restaurant options the city has to offer.
I would lean towards upscale and nicer dining over great standards like Lers Ros, though nothing too exorbitant either - they aren't looking for Saison or Coi level service/dining.
While it's not necessarily a work or business related dinner, they're in town attending a law conference at City Hall and will be joined by a group of others, so super formal or Michelin starred 8 course three hour long affairs are obviously out of the question.
That said, price is less a factor than really great food and ambiance. In fact, price is not really a factor at all. They all love to eat well and I've been enlisted to pick their two meals. The restaurants need to be somewhat accessible (not exorbitant tasting menus) as mentioned above, due to the size of their party.
The group supposedly consist of many elderly people, so nothing too loud or trendy. I had initially suggested NOPA (as example) and my aunt loved the reccomendation, but sure enough, it's booked solid.
What are some other great options?
I was considering either Restaurant Delfina or Perbacco for Italian. My aunt tried Zuni because of the proximity to Cit Hall but it was booked as well.
It can be in any neighborhood, as long as it's not way out in like the Sunset or Hunter's Point, or somewhere completely out of the way.
Downtown/Financial District, Nob Hill, North Beach, Mission, Noe, Castro, etc. are all fine.
I should mention that as far as I know, nobody in the group is from California, so I'd lean towards the higher end local farm to table stuff that SF does so well. I would have suggested Frances but no way for 8 people.
I've only been to Waterbar once and had a very enjoyable meal; is that a suggestion that I should make?
I have not been to a lot of newer spots like Boulevard, AQ, Gitane, State Bird, Baker & Banker, etc... Would any of these be places that would rank among the city's best?
Keep in mind again that there's 8 people and we need to be realistic about obtaining reservations for next weekend.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!