So I have to set up a celebratory business dinner for eight people and have been given a tight budget ($60/pp, which has to include tax and tip). I've learned from past dinners that when left to their own devices, people will order a soup, salad, appetizer, entree, and dessert - which makes a menu with $30 entrees that seems reasonable turn into a $80 dinner before drinks. So I'm trying to find a place that either has a prix fixe menu, or entrees in the $15-25 range so I'll still fall in budget after all the extras are ordered. Restaurant ambiance should be nice enough that it doesn't scream "BUDGET!" when people walk in, as this is supposed to congratulate people for their hard work over the past year.
I'm open to suggestions up and down inland East Bay - Walnut Creek to San Ramon/Pleasanton area. My current ideas are as follows....perhaps those of you out there can recommend/deny one of these or have another suggestion?
Piatti's in Danville
Stacey's in Dublin
Simply Fondue in Livermore - afraid I'll make the men miserable with this choice
Bighorn Grill in San Ramon
Salvatore's in Walnut Creek
Thanks so much!!