I posted a few weeks ago, but now the focus has changed... I'm an SF Chowhound in charge of planning a lil bro's grad dinner. We've decided to look for a place that can seat a group of 6 - 15 ppl and won't be hard to get to if we need to drive (as some folks will be unfamiliar with the area). The parents, who will be footing the bill, have suggested maybe a nice upscale buffet place... we've been to the Todai along Westwood and agree it was a horrible experience and we've never been back (we know really authentic Asian cusine). But if its buffet, we won't have to worry about last minute guest list changes and scheduling around everybody. There was a buffet we tried a few years back that we liked... at some hotel right by Universal Studios, but too far to drive.
If there are no good buffet places, then are there any recs for really good food, places that maybe wouldn't mind a last minute change in number of people or time change, and that HAVE PARKING?