We have a past work team that typically goes out for a group dinner once or twice a year. There's a pretty wide range of tastes, so a place that lets everyone order off the menu usually works best.
We've been to Brava Bistro, Cilantros, and Parker House with groups of 12 -16 in recent history, but this year it looks like we might be 18 or 19. We'd like to keep trying new places, but many now seem to require formal catering/event planning with set menus and prices per head.
I know the kitchens prefer to be able to prepare in advance, but since we only get together a couple times a year we'd be just as fine having another drink and catching up if we had to wait for staggered service.
Central to the downtown area would be best, but other areas could work. Venues with space for one large table, and prices comparable to the restaurants above would also be preferred. Any suggestions?