Beyoncé and hubby Jay-Z drew much attention to Tosca Cafe’s private dining room when the duo dined out of sight of prying eyes at the North Beach institution following their concert at AT&T Park in San Francisco earlier this month. Whether you’re breaking bread with friends and loved ones or business colleagues, these haute private dining rooms in San Francisco allow diners to feast like kings in seclusion.
Quince, boasting two Michelin stars, features an elegant private dining room for up to 18, just steps above the main dining room. Enjoy Executive Chef/Owner Michael Tusk’s delectable creations while gazing into the vaulted wine cellar through historic brick archways. Glass panel doors and silk drapery provide complete privacy at this Jackson Square restaurant.
Aptly called The Garden Room, the private dining room at Atelier Crenn, where Chef/Owner Dominique Crenn is the first woman to earn two Michelin stars, is where diners can go on a gastronomic journey under full-sized fig trees and a 16-foot skylight in Marina/Cow Hollow. Completely separate from the main dining area’s buzz, this elegant space holds up to 24 and diners can order the five-, seven- or nine-course tasting menu.
Two Michelin star Benu, housed in a historic building in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA district, can accommodate up to 16 guests in its private dining room. James Beard award-winning chef and owner Corey Lee presents menus reflecting seasonality which are custom tailored for each event. A sommelier specially selects wine to complement the dishes.
The Wine Room at Acquerello allows for a truly intimate private dining experience for six to eight guests. Privacy seekers can order from the à la carte menu, opt for a customized dining experience or request a seasonal tasting menu at this Michelin-starred Italian eatery in Nob Hill.
The Slanted Door was already one of the hautest restaurants in San Francisco before chef/owner Charles Phan’s eatery was named James Beard’s Best Restaurant in May. Escape the din in this glass-enclosed private dining room that holds up to 20, boasts beautiful views of Treasure Island and the Bay and where the artworks rotate often.
Gary Danko’s Michelin star restaurant in Fisherman’s Whart is one of the toughest tickets in town. Only a select 10 at a time can experience Gary Danko’s three-, four- or five-course tasting menu that allows for wines to be specially selected to compliment each course by the sommelier.
Kokkari Estiatorio, a favorite of San Franciscans, has a few private dining areas but the most secluded is Hania, located downstairs and completely separate from the main dining area. The room has the feel of a wine cellar with warm wood accents and rich, tapestry carpets. It features a rectangular polished wood table that accommodates up to 10 people comfortably.
Tosca Cafe’s retro decor from its iconic past is on full display in the back private dining room that seats up to 20 and is completely private. New owners Ken Friedman and chef April Bloomfield, who first teamed up to give New Yorkers The Spotted Pig, may be outsiders but they know what San Franciscans like in a combo restaurant/bar.