A good friend is visiting from far away. I'd be inclined to go somewhere expensive, but I've invited some friends along who are on a budget. I live on the penninsula myself, so I know almost nothing about the area.
Where can six or seven people eat dinner on a Tuesday night within a short distance of Santa Rosa (Petaluma, Cotati, anywhere else closeby is fine) for about $20 per person? Open to any kind of food (except Thai... my visiting friend goes back to Thailand right afterwards, so she'll probably want something else). Two of the group are fish eating "vegetarians", so a place with non-meat options is good. Prefer an interesting or funky atmosphere that's not too loud but not super quiet or formal either.
Thanks for any suggestions you can make!