7 Private Rooms for Holiday Parties, Birthdays or Whatever You Need
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Next month is basically one big holiday party—from festive office outings celebrating jobs well done to dinners for all the picky relatives in town (we’re looking at you, Uncle Mark) and hey, it’s also your birthday. That’s why we’ve rounded up private venues around the city that can accommodate everything from small family gatherings to large groups for parties of any type. Happy planning.
FOR A SPECIAL FAMILY DINNER: HAKKASAN’S JADE ROOM
The whole family’s coming to town and you already know that Aunt Ruth will have a hankering for Peking duck. Book the private table at Hakkasan with the lazy Susan—so you won’t be embarrassed when a fight breaks out over scallion pancakes.
1 Kearny St.; 415-829-8148 or hakkasan.com
FOR A FRIENDLY GATHERING: THE PATIO AT MARLOWE
Every year you host a birthday party for friends at your place, but right now your apartment is a construction zone (making room for that open kitchen that's perfect for entertaining, of course). The private, weather-protected patio at Marlowe has all the feelings of home—café lights, hanging succulents, a living wall—so you can still play hostess while your place gets its finishing touches.
500 Brannan St.; 415-777-1413 or marlowesf.com
FOR THE COCKTAIL-OBSESSED: RED DOG
Capacity: 10 to 80, depending on room size
Red Dog can accommodate multiple party types—from small gatherings at its communal table to larger groups at the bar or outdoor patio. But the real draw is the booze. Each guest is greeted with a handcrafted cocktail (no waiting in long lines here) and hors d’oeuvres prepared by the chef behind former Ferry Building eatery Il Cane Rosso (RIP).
303 Second St.; 415-692-0211 or reddogrestaurant.com
FOR AN ALFRESCO ATMOSPHERE: THE GARDEN AT DEL POPOLO
Capacity: 30 (seated); 45 (standing)
The Tendernob restaurant beloved for its perfectly blistered oven-fired pizzas has a new space next door reserved exclusively for private parties. The garden’s outdoor patio—with its rustic ivy-covered walls and hanging café lights—caters to alfresco dining. Plenty of red tartan blankets are available to keep legs toasty, and there’s a heated tent for rainy nights.
855 Bush St.; 415-589-7940 or delpopolosf.com
FOR THE START-UP SET: MINA TEST KITCHEN
Guest chefs test new dishes at this R&D lab of sorts, where diners decide what ends up on the menus at Michael Mina restaurants around the country. Groups can rent the space for private parties (and call the shots) when the restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
2120 Greenwich St.; 415-625-5470 or minatestkitchen.com
FOR AN OFFICE FULL OF FOODIES: FORGERY
Floor-to-ceiling windows and exposed brick characterize this historic mid-Market space (it was once a printing press and glassblowing studio), where the emphasis is on stellar food and drink. Expect an expertly curated cocktail list and bites by a chef who cut his teeth at The Restaurant at Meadowood and The French Laundry.
1525 Mission St.; 415-796-2325 or forgerysf.com
FOR REALLY BIG OFFICE PARTIES: THE PEARL
Capacity: Up to 700
From the main floor to the mezzanine to the rooftop terrace, this historic loft-like space in Dogpatch oozes with industrial charm for only the coolest corporate affairs. Highlights include beamed ceilings, skylights, a “living” roof and bespoke installations (like the gilded tree, pictured) by artist Alexis Laurent.
601 19th St.; 415-269-7171 or thepearlsf.com