My friend coming to visit from Boston is turning 30, and we have a party of 9 coming to celebrate with us. I'm looking for a restaurant in San Francisco that serves mindbogglingly wonderful food and would provide a great atmosphere for our largish group. I took him to Via Matta in Boston for his birthday a few years back and it absolutely slayed him - something on that level would be perfect.
Zuni was my first choice but only had reservations (for 9 people) at 6 pm, a bit early for us.
I'd really appreciate your thoughts on how to narrow my list!