I am looking for a restaurant with a private dining room that can accommodate at least 40 guests for a sit-down dinner. This is for a Friday evening in mid-October. The ideal location is in the Financial District or SOMA. I would prefer to be close to The Palace Hotel if possible.
This is for a university alumni event - guests will be of various ages. I would like something that is fun, on the trendy side, but not suited for only the young/hipster crowd. Budget isn't too much of a concern but I don't want/need an extremely high-end restaurant.
I am planning this from Chicago and I am not very familiar with the area. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.