The Best Private Dining Rooms in San Francisco
The Ken Fulk-designed Wine Vault at Boulevard (Courtesy of @blvdsf)

The Best Private Dining Rooms in San Francisco

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Want to treat your family, friends, or coworkers to something 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 most unique 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 fast.


The moody private dining room at Beretta's Mission location.(Courtesy of @berrettasf)

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: 8-20

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

Capacity: 18-40

The SoMa shrine to steak has a few options for exclusive gatherings. The Board Room can seat 20 in a space with exposed brick walls, a flatscreen TV, and Japanese screen doors to separate it from the main dining room. The Mezzanine, which overlooks the restaurant from the second floor, can accommodate up to 18 guests. Larger parties (25-40) 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

Capacity: contact Angler for info

Trendy seafood spot Angler's 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 that accommodates up to 40. At their newer NoPa location, their floral wallpapered event space also has space for up to 40 for seated dinners or standing cocktail receptions. // 1199 Valencia St. (Mission), berettasf.com


The Celentano Room at Che Fico(Courtesy of @chefico)

Birdsong

Capacity: 10-20

Birdsong, the Michelin-starred restaurant known for serving a refined twist on the briny, earthy flavors of the Pacific Northwest, 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. For longer receptions, 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. While there, be sure to check out the onsite museum and glass showroom bakery. // 160 Jefferson St. (Fisherman's Wharf), boudinbakery.com


Boulevard

Capacity: 14-64

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

Capacity: 22-55

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 a subtle rock and roll vibe best suited for evening cocktail-fueled parties. Marianne's can seat up to 22 guests for dinner or host up to 50 for standing receptions. // 360 Jessie St. (SoMa), thecavaliersf.com and mariannessf.com.


Che Fico

Capacity: 16

Want to host your family or office holiday soiree in one of SF's most-buzzed-about restaurants? 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. (NoPa), chefico.com


The garden patio at Fiorella's Richmond location(Courtesy of @fiorellaitalian)

Del Popolo

Capacity: 40-50

Don't be fooled by the somewhat-gritty Tenderloin address or 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. But because this is a hotel, there are nearly endless options of private rooms and seating arrangements for private events, including the Rickhouse Room, which doubles as a boardroom during the day and is available for hosted dinners adjacent to the terrace. // 12 Fourth St. (SoMa), dirtyhabitsf.com


Elda

Capacity: contact Elda for info

This Mission cocktail spot 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


EpicSteak

Capacity: 15-120

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. //369 The Embarcadero (Embarcadero), epicsteak.com


Fiorella

Capacity: 19-60

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. If you're Tenderloin-bound, Fiorella's parklet seats up to 34 and at their Sunset location, the entire rooftop can be your playground. // 2339 Clement St. (Outer Richmond), fiorella-sf.com


The Tiki Lounge at Leo's Oyster Bar(Courtesy of @leosoysterbar)

Flour + Water

Capacity: 14

By day, the Dough Room at chef Thomas McNaughton's beloved Italian resto serves as the prep area for F+W's kitchen. By night, the room transforms into an intimate dining experience where you'll feel like you're having dinner in the kitchen of a (very skilled) friend. There's also the Test Kitchen, an intimate space that seats up to 10. //2401 Harrison St. (Mission), flourandwater.com


Foreign Cinema

Capacity: 60-100

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 three venues for special events: Overlooking the main dining area, the semi-private mezzanine has room for up to 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. Their newest event space, Amate Terrace, a cozy, tiled area past the courtyard, seats up to 18. // 2534 Mission St. (Mission), foreigncinema.com


Greens

Capacity: 60-100+

Vegetarians need not feel limited when it comes to selecting the menu at Greens, the long-standing Fort Mason mainstay that celebrates plant-based fare. The private Bay Room is available for parties of up to 75, and has a snazzy view of the Golden Gate Bridge. In the Outdoor Pavillion, there's space for up to 60 for a seated meal or more than 100 for a standing reception. 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


Leo's Oyster Bar

Capacity: 14-50

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 closest friends when you buy out the modern Argentine steakhouse's mezzanine . //2518 Mission St. (Mission), lolindasf.com


The Salesian Room at Original Joe's(Courtesy of Original Joe's)

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


Mourad

Capacity: 10-40

Chef Mourad Lahlou's homage to his Moroccan homeland has a wealth of private dining spaces to lend your event some North African flavor. The smallest of the bunch is the Alcove, a semi-private nook that seats up to 10. The Boardroom, an intimate space with A/V capabilities, and the Lounge, a communal table set in the lively bar, can seat up to 20. Up to 40 can take over the Mezzanine, which has a birds-eye view of the kitchen below. // 140 New Montgomery St. (SoMa), mouradsf.com


Noosh

Capacity: 20

In Farsi, the word Noosh means "lovely," and Pac Heights spot—dressed in the blue, white, rustic pale wood, and blown glass of the Mediterranean seaside—is. The Mezzanine (seats 20) 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 also seats 20 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 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


Original Joe's

Capacity: 30-40

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 theTony Bennett Room (30-34), Art Deco mermaids swim across aqua tiled walls, and the window gazes out onto Washington Square Park. //601 Union St. (North Beach), originaljoessf.com


Ragazza's heated gazebo in the Lower Haight(Courtesy of Ragazza)

Pabu

Capacity: 25-105

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. For larger parties, check out the Hikyaku Room or the Garden Atrium. //101 California St. (Financial District), michaelmina.net


Perbacco Ristorante & Bar

Capacity: 18-70

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. The upper-level Mezzanine can host up to 75 for a seated meal or 120 for a standing reception. //230 California St. (Financial District), perbaccosf.com


Penny Roma

Capacity: 32-45

Classic-cool Mission-Potrero Italian spot Penny Roma's private upstairs dining room, The Upstairs, hosts up to 32 for an indulgent chef's choice tasting menu experience. For a more casual experience, they can do a 45 guest standing reception with cheese, salumi, and crudite snack boards. // 3000 20th St. (Mission-Potrero), pennyroma.com


Prospect

Capacity: 50-65

Prospect, another hit from Boulevard's chef Nancy Oakes 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

Capacity: 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 can enjoy cozy, garden dining in the Italian restaurant's weatherproof, heated gazebo. // 311 Divisadero St. (Lower Haight), ragazzasf.com


The Kimono room at Restaurant Nisei(Courtesy of @restaurantnisei)

Restaurant Nisei

Capacity: 8-40

Chef David Yoshimura's Russian Hill ode to his Japanese-American heritage has a private dining room worthy of its sleek decor. The Kimono room, so named for the elegant white-and-gold crane kimono that watches over its communal dining table, seats up to 20. For larger parties, book the adjacent Bar Iris for cocktails and canapés for up to 40. // 2316 Polk St. (Russian Hill), restaurantnisei.com


Roka Akor

Capacity: 16

Separated from the main dining room by glass walls with a view of the central robata grill, Roka Akor's private dining room pairs fresh fish with A/V hookups and a six-foot projection screen for parties paired in Jackson Square. //801 Montgomery St. (Jackson Square), rokaakor.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. // 531 Divisadero St. (NoPa), souvla.com


Spruce

Capacity: 12-40

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 18), the Shiraga (up to 12), and the Laurel (40). // 3640 Sacramento St. (Presidio Heights), sprucesf.com


Private dining at Trick Dog in the Mission(Courtesy of @trickdogbar)

The Progress

Capacity: 10-48

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, which 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. The Mezzanine, a semi-private space above the dining room with windows looking out over Fillmore Street, seats 11 to 18 guests. Their largest dining room, The Workshop, located upstairs between sister restaurants State Bird Provisions and The Progress, is a private space designed in mid-century modern style that has space for up to 48. 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 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. The space 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. Both the private dining room and semi-private patio see their fair share of festive occasions, with space for up to 40 (80 standing) in the former and 50 (seated) in the latter. //342 Howard St. (SoMa), townhallsf.com


Trick Dog

Capacity: 35-45

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 (for up to 35) and second-floor Mezzanine (for up to 45), both of which have large windows, an ever-rotating art collection, and more. // 3010 20th St. (Mission), trickdogbar.com


Quince

Capacity: 16

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. Savor the freshest local ingredients imaginable (many of them sourced from the Tusks' own Bolinas farm) in the West Private Dining Room, which can seat 16 inside its brick walls with a view to one of the city's finest wine cellars. // 470 Pacific Ave. (Jackson Square), quincerestaurant.com

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