I've been tasked with selecting a restaurant for a 10-15 person celebratory dinner. All (including me) are out-of-towners, and most are from the Midwest or the east coast. Here are the constraints:
1) Walking distance from the Wilshire Grand Hotel (Wilshire and Figueroa).
2) Under $100/person, including wine and tips.
3) American or European cuisine, or Americanized pan-Asian. The more Californian, the better.
4) (bonus points) Private dining room or separated dining area, but not essential.
What's the best food available within these constraints? A quick check of the board suggested Blue Velvet or Cafe Pinot. Patina seems to be pricier than this budget. I could push the constraints a bit ($110/person? very short cab ride?) if that would get us the perfect place.
If you know San Francisco well, I would think about someplace comparable to Kokkari, TWO, or Perbacco -- really solid quality, familiar enough for unadventurous eaters but imaginative enough for the more adventurous, and good service.
Thanks in advance for your advice!