I am a NYer looking for tips on SF restaurants for 3 nights of family gatherings in mid-November (Thurs-Sat).
Here are some criteria we're working with:
-The number of people will vary a bit from night to night. Thursday will probably be about 10, Friday the largest at maybe 14, and Saturday perhaps as few as 6 or 8. As for time 7 or 7:30 is ideal.
-Price per head for food shouldn't exceed $40 (drinks, tax and tip are extra).
-Location isn't a huge factor. Our hotel is in Pacific Heights. Walking distance would be lovely but it's not essential. We've got a couple of older folks that probably won't walk anyway. (I don't have the sense that Pacific Hts has a lot of options, but maybe things have changed since I was last there).
-As for cuisine we're pretty flexible. I'd say one night should be something like Vietnamese or Thai. One maybe Italian or Mediterranean/Cal/American.
-We don't need a private room, but a place that's not super loud would be nice.
-I've been to a few of SF's greatest hits like Zuni, Delfina, and Slanted Door. I think others would love these (and the chance to go to the Ferry Bldg). Are all out of our price range for food? Also what are their policies on group reservations?
Many thanks for any tips!