I am planning a business dinner in June in SF and the stakes are high. I need some 'Hound help! I am looking for a restaurant downtown with a comfortable space, good service, and great food.
Details: All guests are from out-of-state and sophisticated food-wise. It doesn't have to be New Mexican cuisine, though I would prefer continental or fusion to Asian or Italian. This won't be the attendees' only night out in SF; they will be able to try other local places during the trip.
I'd like to do entrees that go up from $25, so something more formal than, say, The Shed.
A pretty view or something on a nice patio would be bonus. Full bar would be nice but beer/wine only is acceptable if all other factors are good.
It doesn't have to be a completely private room as we won't actually be doing any business; this dinner is strictly social in nature. But I don't want us to have to shout over one another either.
I have read all the threads on Santa Fe, but am worried about out-of-date information.
I am considering all of the following:
Fuego: Many of the guests will already be staying here, so it's easy to get people into. But how is the atmosphere? Any input on Fuego's dinner? I've only seen mention of brunch.
Pink Adobe: I am interested in the private apartment they offer for groups... but have heard mixed reviews on the food and service lately.
Coyote Cafe: Can't get a good sense of what people think now that Eric DiStefano has taken over.
Santacafe: Looks good from the website... but any experiences there in a big group?
La Casa Sena: The outdoor seating looks enchanting, and the menu looks like a nice upscale Southwest. How's the courtyard at night?
Geronimo: I am reluctant because I don't want stuffy. I want the perfect dinner experience, something that looks like I put thought into it without simply throwing money at the event. Does Geronimo say "casual elegant evening with colleagues" or "just picked the biggest 'name' in town"?
Luminaria: Haven't been since it was Baleen. What is notably different? I remember thinking that the outdoor seating (in the shadow of the chapel and the bell tower) would be lovely for a large group but maybe they've rearranged all that since the re-do.
Or, am I missing something else wonderful?
Thanks in advance for your counsel. I don't plan an important meal anymore that I don't check the boards here first.
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