food & drink ·
Published January 19, 2023
The Best Restaurants for Group Dinners in San Francisco
Feed the whole crew at one of these SF dining spots! 👨👨👧👧🍽️
by San Francisco Bucket List
With over 4,500 places to eat in the 7x7 city, San Francisco is a foodie paradise. There’s something for everyone with a renowned lineup of Asian cuisine, Dungeness crab, fresh sourdough, and so much more.
The only downside? Finding a spot that can seat the whole crew.
That’s why we've rounded up the best restaurants where you and ten or more of your friends, family, or pickleball crew can chow down together. We’ve got you covered with spacious patios, large tables, and delicious shareable food from dumplings to scallops!
For soul food favorites, Little Skillet is the go-to spot. In January 2014, they opened a food counter within the neighboring bar, Victory Hall, where crowds happily clamor over craft beer, cocktails, and crispy chicken late into the night. The addition of brunch on the weekends was a natural evolution.
Where: 360 Ritch Street
For more information on Little Skillet.
Experience an award-winning Cantonese menu filled with delicious salt and pepper Dungeness crab, Peking duck, garlic steamed Maine lobster, and signature house cocktails. R&G is perfect for group dining, with circular tables for large parties and family-style sharing.
Where: 631 Kearny St
For more information on R&G Lounge.
The elegant Boulevard, located on the Embarcadero waterfront, is a magic mix of stunning Bay views and refined American fare (think: beef tartare and sea scallops). Their inky blue dining room can accommodate up to 12 guests, and private dining events are available for 10-150 guests. Cocktail party groups will love the ambiance created by the artisanal mosaics, ironwork, and hand-blown glass surrounding the bar.
If you have a smaller crew, we highly suggest a walk-in at the first-come-first-serve Chef’s counter. You’ll receive an à la carte menu and watch the chefs work their magic.
Where: 1 Mission St.
For more information on Boulevard.
Located in the Mission District, Hawker Fare serves delicious Lao Isaan street food, along with a full bar and tiki drinks. Bring the crew and eat family style in this upbeat tropical atmosphere, and don’t forget to check out their secret bar upstairs. Reservations are open for groups of up to ten and are usually available the day of. Private events for up to 80 are available in the upstairs bar and lounge.
Where: 680 Valencia Street
For more information on Hawker Fare.
Serving boot-glass beers since 1893, this vintage German beer hall has delicious bratwurst, schnitzel, and smashed potatoes—plus tons more of contemporary and traditional German fare—all ready for you in their sultry, mural-lined, clubby dining room. And at 5,000 sqft, Schroeder’s can happily host most any group size. From a 275-guest cocktail party to an intimate dinner for 10 to a happy hour with the whole team—Prost!
Where: 240 Front St
For more information on Schroeder’s SF.
Good Good Culture Club
For a vibey, youthful (or forever young) group—perhaps one supporting the dismantling of unfair pay systems and employee wellbeing—we have just the spot for you. Good Good Culture Club is a splashy new spot with diverse Asian bites and high employee pay (no tips here).
GGCC accommodates parties of up to 16 indoors and 7 outdoors. Snag a teal booth on the breezy rooftop deck among leafy palms, or sit in the dining area, where guests clink cocktails within the neon walls and listen to Drake and E40 pour in from the speakers. The restaurant draws from the team’s range of backgrounds (Laos, Filipino, Thai, and Japanese), creating small and highly shareable plates filled with spicy, sweet, and umami-heavy flavors.
Where: 3560 18th St
For more information on Good Good Culture Club.
One of our favorite parts of the SF dining scene is the prevalence of fusion restaurants. Located in the Kimpton Alton Hotel in Fisherman's Wharf, ABACÁ is a contemporary Filipino-Californian restaurant created through generations of family recipes. Grab a spot in their airy dining room and get one of the uber-creative dishes (like pork skewers with banana BBQ sauce, salmon kinilaw, and chorizo-stuffed squid) to share.
Where: 2700 Jones St
For more information on ABACÁ.
Flour + Water
This spacious, rustic-chic setting can easily accommodate large groups and serves high-quality, hand-crafted pasta that may or may not induce a food coma. If your group is celebrating, you can order wine and champagne from a menu full of micro-producers from Italy and California.
P.S. Feeling more casual? Everything at Yellow Moto Pizzeria (formerly Flour + Water Pizzeria, and from the same team) is under $20.
Where: 2401 Harrison St
For more information on Flour + Water.
Pull up a chair in the string-lit, glass-ceiling patio and enjoy the finest dinner-and-a-movie experience out there at Foreign Cinema. A projection of cult-favorite movie classics provides the entertainment, and an evolving menu gives seasonal ingredients starring roles in luxe dishes like seared tuna and duck breast.
Where: 2534 Mission St
For more information on Foreign Cinema.
For a contemporary, buzzy Mexican restaurant with a great happy hour, Flores is the place. And thanks to its prime Marina/Union Street location, it’s the perfect spot for groups to grab a bite before a night out.
The menu is full of traditional Mexican dishes and flavors sourced from family recipes with delicious Agave and Tequila flight options to wash it all down. Make a dinner reservation for up to 9 people, or book an event for larger groups.
Where: 2030 Union Street
For more information on Flores.
Delarosa is an all-day gathering place serving rustic Roman (thin crust) pizza, antipasti, eclectic beers, and fresh craft cocktails in SF's Marina and FiDi neighborhoods. Lengthy communal tables and spacious floor plans easily accommodate large group walk-ins, and the casual atmosphere is perfect for long conversations and group hangs.
Downtown location: 37 Yerba Buena Ln
Marina Location: 2175 Chestnut Street
For more information on Delarosa.
Burma Love is the contemporary younger sister to the local favorite, Burma Superstar. An expansive dining room can accommodate all your friends or co-workers, and a separate bar area helps squeeze large groups in at the last minute.
Their menu boasts a delicious selection of noodle and rice dishes, curries, wok-tossed meats and veggies, and an intriguing tea leaf salad you need to try.
Where: 211 Valencia St
For more information on Burma Love.
4505 Burgers and BBQ
If there’s one thing SF restaurants do right (there are many), it’s an emphasis on farm-to-table eating and fresh ingredients. 4505 is a BBQ spot run by a butcher that partners with farmers and ranchers to produce the highest quality BBQ from animals raised humanely.
4505 serves a variety of grass-fed smoked meat sandwiches, plus vegetarian options and one of the best breakfast sandwiches in the city. Seating is open at their long wood tables in their no-frills outdoor patio, making it easy to come through with a group of 5-10.
Where: 705 Divisadero St
For more information on 4505 Burgers & BBQ.
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