Che Fico's Celentano Room is intimate, a little quirky, and guarantees some of the best pizza and pasta this side of Italy. (Courtesy of Che Fico)

The Best Private Dining Rooms in San Francisco

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Want to host your family, friends, or coworkers for something a bit more special this holiday season?

Take your party on the road to one of San Francisco's best restaurants, where pro teams are ready to do all the cooking and cleaning for you, in spaces with ambience you likely just can't achieve at home. In a city stacked with dining-out options, there are no doubt hundreds of exclusive spaces you could rent, but we've curated the uniquest of the bunch, no conference rooms here. Reserve a string-lit urban patio, a glamorous formal dining room, a kitschy tiki lounge, or a craft cocktail bar and start making some holiday memories.


Just be sure to make reservations early—these spots book up.

Grab your group for a huddle in the too-chill Garden at Del Popolo. (Courtesy of the restaurant)

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

Capacity: 60

The upscale Hayes Valley mainstay has a private dining space with a separate entrance, its own bar, coat room, and restrooms. Decorated similarly to the main restaurant with dark wood, paintings, and old-school charm, the menu offers French fare and a raw bar. // 398 Hayes St. (Hayes Valley), absinthe.com


ABV

Capacity: 14-20

The cleanly decorated Mission gastropub dedicated to simple and delicious food and drinks allows you to rent out their upstairs bar for cocktail tastings and food pairings. // 3174 16th St. (Mission), abvsf.com


Alexander's Steakhouse

The SoMa shrine to steak has a few options for exclusive gatherings. The Board Room, the smallest of the trio, can seat 20-25 in a space with exposed brick walls, a flatscreen TV, and Japanese screen doors to separate it from the main dining room. The Mezzanine, meanwhile, overlooks the restaurant from the second floor and can accommodate up to 30 guests. Larger parties (40-70) will love the Wine Library, where you can rock out with your own sound system and bar while surrounded by floor-to-ceiling displays of the restaurant's finest vintages. // 448 Brannan St. (SoMa), alexanderssteakhouse.com


Angler

Trendy seafood spot Angler's tiny taxidermy-filled bar. aka the Game Room, acts as a hip private dining room for small parties. You and your guests will bump elbows with a life-sized bear while sipping signature cocktails and diving into such oceanic fare as roasted giant octopus and California king crab. // 132 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero), anglerrestaurants.com


Beretta

Capacity: 40

One of the Mission's most beloved spots for craft cocktails and pizzas, Beretta has a private dining room downstairs with an upscale cozy vibe thanks to wall sconces, exposed brick, and dark wood wainscoting. // 1199 Valencia St. (Mission), berettasf.com


Birdsong

The Michelin-starred restaurant known for serving a refined twist on the briny, earthy flavors of the Pacific Northwest, Birdsong has two private dining options. Starling, the smaller of the two, has rustic-chic decor and seats up to ten. Merlin, meanwhile, can host a flock of 20 and also houses a glass, walk-in meat locker and lounge space. Parties can opt for a beverage reception with canapés before the seated meal. // 1085 Mission St. (SoMa), birdsongsf.com


Boudin

Capacity: 32-40

Can't resist the kitsch of Fisherman Wharf's OG Boudin Bakery? Reserve the PDR with a tiled fireplace and view of the bay; be sure to check out the onsite museum and glass showroom bakery. // 160 Jefferson St. (Fisherman's Wharf), boudinbakery.com


Boulevard

For groups in want of something classic San Francisco, chef Nancy Oakes' Boulevard is a top choice for special occasions and private parties (especially in light of chef Traci Des Jardins' Jardiniere having closed earlier in 2019). For invitation-only fetes, there are two options here: Seating 14, the Wine Vault has European charm with a vaulted stone roof and Boulevard's wine selection lining the walls. Or, you can pack the whole extended family (up to 64 guests) into L'Avenue, where the art was inspired by the Oakes' first restaurant, L'Avenue. // 1 Mission St. (Embarcadero), boulevardrestaurant.com


The Cavalier

Another winner in the stable of restaurants run by Anna Weinberg and team and designed by Ken Fulk and co., The Cavalier, inside Hotel Zetta, has several options for private events including a full restaurant buyout. But for our money, there's no cooler spot in town to secretly gather your nearest and dearest than Marianne's, the once invite-only and passcode-protected salon set behind the main restaurant with its own back alley door. Inspired by Marianne Faithfull, the space has beautifully worn furnishings, plenty of candlelight, a private bar, and subtle rock and roll vibe best suited for evening cocktail-fueled parties. Marianne's can seat up to 20 guests for dinner or host up to 50 for standing receptions. // 360 Jessie St. (SoMa),thecavaliersf.com and mariannessf.com.

Hip urbanites dine at Central Kitchen. (Courtesy of the restaurant)

Central Kitchen

Capacity: 32-45

The paint is purposefully peeling off the walls in the industrial-hip upstairs private dining room of Central Kitchen, where rusted single-pane windows overlook 20th Street in the Mission. The space is open for cocktail events as well as seated dinners prepared with seasonal local ingredients by chef Thomas McNaughton's team. // 3000 20th St. (Mission), centralkitchensf.com


Che Fico

Capacity: 16

Want to host your family or office holiday soiree in SF's most-buzzed-about restaurant? Reserve the Celentano Room, where Che Fico's signature mixed-print tiles and a wall lined with the albums of Italian singer Adriano Celentano lend an intimate, convivial feeling. Plus, what could be more festive than sharing signature pastas and blistered Neapolitan pizzas with your peeps. // 838 Divisadero St. (Fillmore), chefico.com


Del Popolo

Capacity: 40-50

Don't be fooled by the somewhat-gritty Tenderloin address or by the cavernous industrial interior at Del Popolo: The adjacent Garden, designed just for private events, feels both intimate and celebratory. In good weather, the dining is al fresco, but if conditions warrant, socializing and dining can take place in a heated tent. // 855 Bush St. (TenderNob), delpopolosf.com


Dirty Habit

Capacity: Up to 500

Situated on the fifth floor of downtown's modernist Hotel Zelos, Dirty Habit is best known for its rooftop patio lounge warmed by fire features and comfy couches. Because this is a hotel, there are nearly endless options of private rooms and seating arrangements for private events. The Rickhouse Room, which doubles as a boardroom during the day, is available for hosted dinners adjacent to the terrace. // 12 Fourth St. (SoMa), dirtyhabitsf.com


Elda

The Mission's hot new cocktail bar with Caribbean bites has a quirky mezzanine-level private bar, Cheeky's, with a tropical theme, colorful tables, and a checkerboard floor perfect for your next lively get together. // 3198 16th St. (Mission), eldasf.com


Epic Steak

Capacity: 60-120

Situated above this masculine waterfront steakhouse, the Bay Room has floor-to-ceiling windows and its own mezzanine for unobstructed views of the bay, plus a devoted kitchen and chef for events. // 369 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero), epicsteak.com

Farallon's Sevruga Room is an elegant space for fancy dinners. (Courtesy of the restaurant)

Farallon

Capacity: 96

If you're looking for an on-trend spot to host a holiday bash, steer clear of Farallon, which has been all glitz on Post Street for over 20 years. If, however, you're looking to host a mature crowd in a traditional format with whimsical flourishes (the glass jellyfish chandeliers, the underwater murals, and tropical plants), this seafood mecca is for you. Decorated like the ballroom of an ocean liner of yore, the Beluga Room seats 96 for dinner. For smaller parties, try the prettily paired-down Osetra Room (up to 32 guests) with views of Union Square, or the Sevruga Room (16 guests) with a candlelit fireplace and hand-blown glass aquarium. // 450 Post St. #4 (TenderNob), farallonrestaurant.com


Fiorella

Capacity: 35-40

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie on the string-lit garden patio at Fiorella's original Richmond location, it will be amore. Don't worry about the fog—heat lamps (and heaping plates of pasta) will keep you warm. // 2339 Clement St. (Outer Richmond), fiorella-sf.com


Flour + Water

Capacity: 16

By day, the Dough Room at chef Thomas McNaughton's beloved Italian resto serves as the prep area for F+W's kithen; by night, it room transforms into an intimate dining experience where you'll feel like you're having dinner in the kitchen of a (very skilled) friend. // 2401 Harrison St. (Mission), flourandwater.com


Foreign Cinema

This Mission mainstay was designed for parties, with its outdoor movie screen, string lights, and reputation as the go-to place for celebratory brunches. Of course, Foreign Cinema also excels at dinner and drinks, and the restaurant has two venues for special events: Overlooking the main dining area, the semi-private mezzanine seats 40-50; meanwhile, the restaurant's art space, Modernism West Gallery, can host 60-100 and has its own surround sound system and full bar amid a collection of rotating art. // 2534 Mission St. (Mission), foreigncinema.com


Greens

Vegetarians need not feel limited when it comes to selecting the menu at Greens, the recently renovated Fort Mason mainstay that celebrates plant-based fare. The private dining room is available for brunch and dinner parties and has a snazzy view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Greens will also ensure that every aspect of your party planning goes smoothly, with a range of recommendations for event partners including bands, photographers, DJs, florists, and designers. // 2 Marina Blvd, Landmark Building A (Fort Mason), greensrestaurant.com


Hakkasan

Union Square's swank Cantonese restaurant is ready for you to show off with two private dining rooms: The Jade Room (seats 12) is the color you'd expect, with a large central table and a lazy susan for sharing meals with your guests. if you're planning to blow it out, the Dragon Room (28-40) is a semi-private space separated from the restaurant by a translucent gold metal screen; it's open for cocktail parties or dinners. // 1 Kearny St. (Union Square), hakkasan.com

Leo's Oyster Bar

Big Night Restaurant Group doesn't do anything small—and even the petite private dining spaces inside Leo's Oyster Bar feel entirely grand. Ladies who lunch will especially delight in The Hideaway (28-50), a "retro-glam cocktail lounge" with tropical wallpaper, vintage flourishes, and ever-flowing Champagne. The Tiki Lounge (14-20) is a kookier spot for entertaining thanks to bamboo walls, a weatherproof thatched roof, and mismatched art. // 568 Sacramento St. (FiDi), leossf.com


Lolinda

Capacity: 80-125

Nothing says it's a party like heaps of wood-grilled meats and shareable small plates such as yucca fries, croquetas, empanadas, and ceviches. Dig into all this with 100 or so of your closes friends when you buy out the mezzanine at this modern Argentine steakhouse. // 2518 Mission St. (Mission), lolindasf.com

A private urban patio at Marlowe. (Courtesy of the restaurant)

Marlowe

Capacity: 16

No one puts on a party like restaurateur Anna Weinberg, who had the sense to turn the little space that once housed the restaurant's trash bins into a petite patio with a living wall, hanging lights and, most importantly, protection from the weather. Marlowe burgers all around! // 500 Brannan St. (SoMa), marlowesf.com


Noosh

In Farsi, the word Noosh means "lovely," and this newcomer—dressed in the blue, white, rustic pale wood, and blown glass of a Mediterranean seaside spot—is. The Mezzanine (seats 20-40) is accessible via a private staircase and flooded with natural light. This space is designed for lounging, with various nooks and a fireplace calling for cocktails before or after dinner. The Kitchen Table seats 28 in a more classic private dining room; munch on the eatery's signature pita, dips, flatbreads, and more with bustling views to Fillmore Street and Noosh's kitchen. // 2001 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), nooshsf.com


Octavia

Capacity: 12

If you thought dinner at chef Melissa Perello's Octavia couldn't get any better, reserve the Chef's Table in the lower kitchen for a truly memorable, intimate meal. Since it's chef's choice of multiple, seasonal courses—the details will be revealed upon your arrival—all prepared before your eyes, all you have to do is sit back, drink wine, and wait for culinary wonders to magically appear. // 1701 Octavia St. (Pacific Heights), octavia-sf.com

Don't go bouncing off the tufted walls at Original Joe's. (Courtesy of the restaurant)

Original Joe's

For a classic taste of Little Italy, take your paisanos to Original Joe's, serving old-school Italian-American food since 1937. In the Salesian Room (accommodates 30-40), pull up a chair at the long table hugged by green vinyl walls where a vintage Joe's sign still bears the scars from the fire that took the first location. Over in the Tony Bennett Room (30-35), Art Deco mermaids swimming aqua tiled walls and the window gazes out onto Washington Square Park. // 601 Union St. (North Beach), originaljoessf.com


Pabu

Capacity: 25

A few years back, when 7x7 was seeking a chicly understated space for a fete where our Style Council honorees could shine, we chose the Combined Warrior Room at Pabu. Sliding paper doors and artwork lend an authentic Japanese atmosphere for enjoying sophisticated sushi and cocktails. // 101 California St. (Financial District), michaelmina.net


Park Tavern

Capacity: 50-60

In the mezzanine overlooking this popular North Beach restaurant, the stylishly lacquered, 900-square-foot Eden Room can accommodate cocktail parties or seated dinners with complete A/V capabilities. A beautiful brass bar and a gallery wall of found vintage artwork make for a posh homey vibe. // 1652 Stockton St. (North Beach), parktavernsf.com


Perbacco Ristorante & Bar

When only the most gracious hospitality will do, Perbacco is a fine choice for lovers of refined Italian fare and wines. The Barolo room (18-25) peeks into the kitchen and houses the temperature-controlled wine cellar. Barbaresco (40-70), meanwhile, is a heavily curtained semi-private dining room located on the mezzanine level. // 230 California St. (Financial District), perbaccosf.com


Prospect

Capacity: 50-60

Another hit from Boulevard's chef Nancy Oakes, Prospect—located at the base of SoMa's Infinity Towers, welcomes well-heeled parties in the Candace Room, which was named for the whaling ship that was excavated from the site during construction. Floor-to-ceiling windows, deep velvet walls, and a private bar and reception area set the scene for exclusive mingling. // 300 Spear St. (Embarcadero), prospectsf.com

Ragazza's heated gazebo redefines the urban patio in the Lower Haight. (Courtesy of the restaurant)

Ragazza

6 minimum

For Lower Haight residents, Ragazza is a neighborhood favorite, whether for quick weekday bites or romantic weekend suppers. Groups of six or more may enjoy cozy, garden dining in the Italian restaurant's weatherproof, heated gazebo. // 311 Divisadero St. (Lower Haight), ragazzasf.com


Roka Akor

Capacity: 16

Separated from the main dining room by glass walls with a view of the central robata grill, the Shisetsu room has A/V hookup and a six-foot projection screen for parties paired with fresh fish in Jackson Square. // 801 Montgomery St. (Jackson Square), rokaakor.com


Scala's Bistro

Get ready to go old school at Scala's, where the Renaissance Room (capacity 60) has Art Deco–style chandeliers and a sepia-toned restaurant mural. In the Wine Salon (seats 30), you'll be surrounded by racks of vintages and European posters. // 432 Powell St. (Union Square), scalasbistro.com


Schroeder's

Capacity: 20

With just a sheer curtain to separate the private dining area from the rest of the restaurant, you'll still feel part of the Schroeder's action. Say prost in authentic fashion thanks to German murals, antique lamps, and rosewood walls that really bring home the German beer hall feel. 240 Front (Financial District), schroederssf.com


Souvla

Capacity: 30-35

Our favorite everyday salad and froyo spot makes for a pretty darn cute place for a party, especially when it's in the backyard at Souvla's NoPa address. Share signature salads and grilled lamb sandwiches with a large group of friends beneath the string lights and heat lamps; smaller groups have the option to rent just the lower deck, while larger groups can take over the whole outdoor space. Planning a party at home or at one SF's public parks? Order up Souvla's special events froyo truck! // 531 Divisadero St. (NoPa), souvla.com


Spruce

Presidio Heights' former auto garage turned posh den for society types who like to pair glasses of bubbly with their Spruce burgers, this Michelin-starred restaurant—with its rich interior and bold black-and-white art—is a no-brainer for special events. Let chef Mark Sullivan prepare a custom menu for your occasion in one of three private rooms: the Library (seats up to 20), the Shiraga (up to 14), and the Laurel room (40). // 3640 Sacramento St. (Presidio Heights), sprucesf.com

Above Churchill's Market Street bar, The Office can be rented for private parties, wedding receptions, and more. (Courtesy of Kelly K.)

The Office at Churchill

Capacity: 120

Set above the Duboce Triangle bar Churchill, The Office is a private bar ready for a good time with a shuffleboard table, three TVs, and plush leather chairs for relaxing. // 194 Church St. (Duboce Triangle), theoffice-sf.com


The Progress

Small groups will love sharing The Progress' gourmet family-style platters by James Beard Award–winning and Michelin-starred chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski. Accessible via a narrow staircase, the second-story Balcony (seats 10) has a view of the stylish dining room but maintains family feels with dinner served atop a round wood table with a lazy susan. In the Workshop (accommodates 36-48), located upstairs between sister restaurants State Bird Provisions and The Progress, a private dining space designed in mid-century modern style has a sleek bar and tables, large windows, and exposed beams. While planning your special meal, you'll work with award winning chefs and bartenders from both of the dining establishments to customize your dream menu. // 1525 Fillmore St. (NoPa), statebirdsf.com


The Snug

Capacity: 34-55

A new favorite in Pacific Heights, The Snug transforms its greenery- and light-filled mezzanine dining space into a perfect party venue, whether you're aiming for a delectable brunch or hearty dinner of comfort fare and craft cocktails. The place is ideal for casual, reception-style affairs and sit-down meals alike. Smaller groups of up to 22 guests can also opt for a semi-private dining experience. // 2301 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), thesnugsf.com


The Vault

Capacity: 24

Housed beneath the Bank of America building in what was once an actual bank vault, The Vault has a sleek, underground dining room complete with luxurious blue velvet chairs and dark floors. A prix-fixe menu is available for both lunch and dinner celebrations. // 555 California St. (Financial District), thevault555.com


Town Hall

Capacity: 40-80

As its name would suggest, SoMa's Town Hall is a longtime gathering space, where exposed brick walls, cream wainscoting, modern art, and large windows make for a familiar space to chow down on such comfort fare as buttermilk fried chicken and biscuits with red pepper jelly. The upstairs dining room and reception area sees its fair share of festive occasions. // 342 Howard St. (SoMa), townhallsf.com


Trick Dog

Capacity: 45

When truly great cocktails are requisite for a proper toast, Trick Dog's got you. The celebrated bar team here is ready to pair their libations with elevated bar bites for large, lively groups in the industrial-chic upstairs space where there are large windows, an ever-rotating art collection, high tables and chairs, and A/V capabilities. // 3010 20th St. (Mission), trickdogbar.com

The heated courtyard patio at Trou Normand has retractable canvas walls for nice weather days. (Courtesy of the restaurant)

Trou Normand

Another top shelf choice for cocktail lovers, Trou Normand also wins for its sophisticated charcuterie plates and stylish SoMa locale. The Butcher's Room (capacity 12-20) centers on a custom-made walnut butcher's block dining table and looks onto the kitchen. Bigger groups will delight in The Patio (52-100+) at 140 New Montgomery, where a steel-and-glass awning allows for an al fresco mood while heat and retractable canvas walls make the space welcoming regardless of the weather. A private bar can be added upon request. // 140 New Montgomery St. (SoMa), trounormandsf.com


Quince

When the occasion calls for an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime meal, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more apropos venue than Quince, Jackson Square's three-Michelin-starred restaurant helmed by Michael and Lindsay Tusk. There are multiple spaces here in which to savor the freshest local ingredients imaginable (many of them sourced from the Tusks' own Bolinas farm): The West Private Dining Room can seat up to 18 inside its brick walls with a view to one of the city's finest wine cellars. Smaller groups (up to 12) can opt for the North and South Rooms. // 470 Pacific Ave. (Jackson Square), quincerestaurant.com

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