I'm looking for a restaurant to have a work cocktail party for around 30 people (no sit down dinner, just drinks and apps). I'm assuming we would need a private room so everyone can mingle but a nice space off to the side would work as well.
My office is on Lake Merritt so one idea is Lake Chalet, though I think their service is awful. A few other ideas are Pican or Ozumo, but I'm hoping for something a little different (we go there all the time). (Luka's is great btw but I'm looking for a place that's a little nicer.)
If not some place close by in Oakland, then somewhere in the Financial District in SF since our out of town guests will be staying there anyway and it's close to BART. A few ideas are Americano, MarketBar, but again, looking for something a little different. Ideas? As for price range, I think something comparable to one of those places I've listed.