The Top 5 Private Dining Rooms in San Francisco

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The Eden Room at Park Tavern
The Eden Room at Park Tavern

Photo Credit: Aubrie Pick

Tis the season for entertaining. Whether you’re hosting a client for a holiday happy hour or family for an intimate Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll need a fabulous place to throw the event. Luckily the Bay Area is filled with awesome event spaces. From winery tasting rooms to hidden speakeasies, there is virtually an event space for every type of celebration. However, when San Francisco’s hautest tastemakers have to plan a dinner party, they usually select from a small list of locations. What are the best private dining rooms for the most successful and memorable soirees? We break them down for you below.

1 Park Tavern

When luxe brands like Vogue and de Gournay need to throw a special dinner in San Francisco, they are most likely to do it at Park Tavern. The private upstairs space is so wildly sophisticated that it has its own name, The Eden Room. In August, the room debuted an entirely new look. The Park Tavern team worked with de Gournay’s wallpaper artists to create a custom chinoiserie pattern on Welsh gold paper. The room also features lighting by Jonathan Adler, vintage artwork, and antique brass fixtures and statues. The resulting space has an extravagant old-world vibe. The space can accommodate up to 50 people for seated meals and 80 guests for reception-style events. When hosting an soirée in the Eden Room, you’ll work with the accommodating Park Tavern team to craft the perfect beverage and food menu. At a recent private dinner, the group enjoyed smoked deviled eggs with bacon and jalapeño, corn soup with coconut, and local halibut with summer squash and fresh chickpea hummus.
1652 Stockton Street San Francisco, CA 94133

2 Tosca Café

Tosca Café is one of San Francisco’s most iconic institutions. The 95 year-old restaurant and bar was a rollicking celebrity hangout in the 80s and 90s. However, in 2014, the space was almost closed. Luckily, New York chef April Bloomfield and restauranteur Ken Friedman bought it and turned the space into its current incarnation as a bustling upscale bar with sensational cocktails/packed restaurant with superb Italian cuisine. The private dining room, which is at the back of the restaurant and is often used as additional seating when it’s overly crowded, can hold up to 20 guests seated and 35 guests standing. It should be noted that when Beyoncé and Jay-Z come to SF, they throw their parties in the back room at the famed Tosca Café.
242 Columbus Avenue San Francisco, CA 94133

3 Quince

There is one invitation that we never turn down: the chance to enjoy Michael Tusk’s cuisine in the private dining room at Quince. The lavish space has an exposed brick wall, glass chandeliers, and interesting contemporary artwork. Glass panel doors seal the room from the rest of Quince and large curtains allow it to become completely secluded. A brick arch doorway leads to the beautiful wine cellar. Much thought and care is placed into the cuisine at Quince and you can expect a Cal-Italian meal that may include housemade tortellini with black truffles, locally-raised squab with pink pearl apples and foie, or côte de boeuf with Japanese eggplant and cranberry beans. The space holds 20 guests for a plated sit-down-dinner and 30 guests for a standing passed-appetizer reception.
470 Pacific Avenue San Francisco, CA 94133

4 Central Kitchen

Above Central Kitchen, the Ne Timeas Restaurant Group’s Mission District eatery, is an industrial chic dining space ideal for culinary adventures. Simply known as “The Upstairs,” the private space can accommodate 32 seated and 45 standing guests. For events at The Upstairs, diners can look forward to a five-course meal by chef Thomas McNaughton that may feature raw halibut crudo, housemade triangoli pasta, and beef short ribs with fingerling potatoes and salsa verde. Note that while Central Kitchen has a wonderful wine list, it does not have a traditional section of cocktails. There are lo-fi libations made with sherry and amaro, but not hard liquor options.
3000 20th Street San Francisco, CA 94110

5 Pabu

Michael Mina’s Japanese eatery, Pabu, has two private dining rooms, Oniichan and Otouto. Each is separated from the restaurant by white and wooden shoji screens that are adorned with historic images of Japanese warriors. Oniichan holds 12 seated and 15 standing, while Otouto is a little smaller, with space for 10 and 12 people, respectively. However, both rooms can become one larger space that has capacity for 22 seated and 30 standing. Pabu’s private rooms are available for lunch and dinner. Whatever meal time you choose, the team of chefs will create a delicious menu of authentic Japanese dishes including sushi, sashimi, and robata.
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