We're trying to find a good spot for a midweek dinner in the Gaslamp to take 10 scientists to dinner in December. Probably ethnic, as we'd like to keep costs down. Within easy walking distance of the convention center. Only real criteria is it needs to be ok for 10 people whose tastes we don't really know (although most are university professors and are generally ok with standard ethnic) and that the set up be quiet enough that people can talk.
Red Pearl Kitchen
Royal India - read some not-so-great things on this board, ??, but indian would probably be a safe choice.
I'd love to hear your recommendations.