Hi all, we're looking for restaurants in San Francisco that can accommodate a group of between 120 and 150 people for a wedding reception, probably through a buyout. If the restaurant has a separate space or patio that could be used for the ceremony beforehand, that would be a bonus. The event will probably take place in late 2011 or early 2012. For budget we're thinking up to $150 per person if that includes venue fees, rentals, and food costs. We know our options would increase if we looked in the East Bay or on the Peninsula, but we'd really prefer to stay in San Francisco if possible.
1) Suggestions for a restaurant that can do a buyout for a group of our size? Some examples of places we personally like in SF are Nopa, Marlowe, Cotogna, Zero Zero, Mission Chinese Food...
2) Does anyone have price comparisons for the costs when considering a lunch buyout versus a dinner buyout? We are willing to consider lunch if that means we can have our event at a place where we'll feel confident about the food being awesome.
Thanks in advance for your advice!