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Could use help for group...including kids & elderly mother ... near Union Square

mtm | Dec 15, 200404:11 PM

considering taking a big group to "White Christmas" just after Xmas. (scored some seats recently) :-)
May try to do dinner beforehand, altho' a bit worried about it adding nothing but stress, for such a group.

We'll add up to about 12-14 in the family...including 4 kids in age (10-14)...and, perhaps two little ones of 5yrs old & 2. Not sure yet about them.

My mother is 81 & doesn't do that great w/tons of noise. Has recently been encountering vertigo too, & may be reluctant to attempt both dinner in the City & the show. And, I really DO want to ensure she can experience this show, as I know she'll love it.
So, I may not try to 'push' her on the dinner part.

We live on the Peninsula, so to her...a City outing is quite a lot to undertake. :-\
I wish she was doing better...feeling better.

Anyway, some ideas of places, follow. Would so appreciate your feedback & thoughts for what might work best...most seamlessly. Need your wisdom here!

1) Scala's at the Sir Francis Drake -- not sure if it's too hard for her to navigate into however, as it's pretty large...and she uses a walker
(I ate here once quite some time ago, for a late night dinner.) It's attractive, however.

2) Puccini & Pinetti - Have never been. Heard it's good for groups & kids? But, is it noisy & huge? Again, a struggle for my mom? Not as nice a 'feel' perhaps as over at Scala's so close to Union Square?

3) Grand Cafe...I peeked in here when we were in town recently & it did seem again, like she'd have to walk a lot to get into it. And, they have little in the way of vegetarian options which my hubby & I need. But, it's pretty, to be sure.

4) My brother mentioned Fino's at the St. Andrew's Hotel that he & his wife loved when they used to live up here. But, I've NEVER seen it mentioned on this Board, when I happen to look anyway. I was there once ages ago & it was very quiet & subdued. Perhaps better noise-wise for my mom, but...would we overrun the place, perhaps? And, the food? How does it compare to these others?

That's about all I've come up with except for very casual stuff close by like Calif Pizza Kitchen or Max's. (probably only doing these if my mom foregoes the dinner part & is brought down later)
CPK works for kids, I know.

Sorry for the novel...but I'd *really* hoped to make this nice for my mom, as she's experiencing increasing problems. (and it's the first time in MANY years we're doing Xmas in the Bay area, as we usually all travel to So. Calif & let *them* host)
;-) Nob Hill could work, too, if you have any favorite spots there.

I'd really like to give everyone a SF feel to their holidays...and hence, my idea about the show.
Thanks again!! :-)

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