My brother will be visiting from the East Coast and celebrating his 50th birthday while he is in San Francisco next month. His wife would like to surprise him with an nice meal at a good restaurant. Here's the catch, they will also be bringing their 3 children, boys ages 5, 8 and 12 to dinner. I've been single so long I can't remember when I've had to consider kids as part of the reservation. So I'm looking for a place that is family friendly, not too exotic for kids' tastes, good quality but doesn't require a second mortgage on the house (moderately priced I guess would be most accurate), and that will hopefully be a special meal for a big occasion.
We'll have a car so location is not an issue. I'd love to hear some recommendations since you guys seem to really know your stuff.