Essential Eateries
There is nothing that compares to a savory meal at the end of a long day at a convention or business meeting. Or better yet, there’s no experience quite like an event hosted in a premier dining facility. BMPs have no shortage of wonderful restaurants to choose from when it comes to peppering their yearly itinerary with fabulous dining events for their clients in San Francisco. The local industry covers a diverse array of cuisines and culinary styles, making it possible for planners to accommodate the tastes of even their most particular clients.

From 5-star culinary establishments to well-known favorites to new hot spots, the San Francisco restaurant scene has it all. Given the depth and richness of the local market, it was hard for the team at Meetings & Events San Francisco to come up with a single list of restaurants to recommend. However, we think you’ll find the mentioned facilities in this article to be a solid sampling of what can be found in the Bay Area when it comes to fine dining establishments.

New on the Scene
There’s always a buzz worthy restaurant or two that’s opening in the San Francisco area. One such venue is Anchor and Hope Fish House. Known for its formal-meets-casual vibe, the restaurant is located in a renovated, turn-of-the-century mechanics warehouse. Although dubbed a seafood-shack, patrons can be seen dining in suits and blue jeans alike. The cuisine is prepared by Boston native Chef Sarah Shafer who brings a unique, yet, traditional take on seafood entrees to the restaurant.

Also creating much buzz is the restaurant known as the Conduit. Awarded the Best Newcomer award by 7x7 San Francisco Magazine, the Conduit has become a favorite of trendy restaurant goers. The interiors have a minimalist and modern ambiance complemented by a delicious selection of contemporary American cuisine. Diners at the Conduit enjoy an excellent wine list featuring more than 125 selections.

If a meeting planner’s goal is to hold an event at a restaurant then Serpentine just might fit the bill. Priding itself on honest food and classic cocktails, Serpentine offers food worthy of the highest praise from the city’s most practiced connoisseurs. The restaurant has a large space available for private party reservations, giving planners the perfect setup for their group to eat while they meet.

On-site Events
In keeping with the eat while you meet theme, there are many restaurants that give BMPs the option of booking flexible event space. One of the most well-known of these meet-and-eat restaurants is the Carnelian Room. The restaurant is located on the 52nd floor of the famed Bank of America Center providing stunning views of the surrounding city.

There are 13 private rooms and suites available for rent and an additional two rooms on the 51st floor. The rooms range in capacity from six to100 people for dinners and six to 200 people for receptions. Some of the rooms may be combined to accommodate parties larger than the single room capacities. For meetings that include a presentation, the A.P. Giannini Auditorium is also available for rent. The auditorium space includes full audiovisual support and catering.

The Carnelian Room also boasts a team of professionals that can assist with all aspects of the meal including personal menu customization, entertainment and audiovisual requirements. The team even includes an onsite florist for maximum visual impact. The recommended attire for the Carnelian Room is casual -elegant with jackets recommended for gentlemen.

Like the Carnelian Room, The Delancey Street Restaurant is also known for being able to accommodate large parties. There are three options for diners to choose from in addition to the main dining room. The Boardroom has seating for 45 guests in a warm and elegant atmosphere. Fine renderings of wildlife adorn the walls while large windows offer a view of the Bay and the well-groomed gardens. The Southwestern Room offers seating for groups of up to 20 and features Native American art with a Taos-style ambiance. For larger events of up to 250 people, the Private Club provides the same first-rate amenities combined with a versatile space for elaborately designed parties.

Gordon Biersch is another excellent dining facility that offers extensive event space. The restaurant is located on San Francisco’s historic waterfront, offering stunning views of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. However, it is not the views that people find most appealing about Gordon Biersch, it’s the beer. The onsite brewery handcrafts superb ales and lagers worthy of quenching any thirst. Gordon Biersch can accommodate large party gatherings of up to 500 people.

Dietary Staples
San Francisco has a bevy of restaurants that have come to symbolize the city to a degree only matched by the Golden Gate Bridge. The restaurants located on the famed Fisherman’s Warf are some of the most well-known as well as some of the best seafood restaurants in the country. Alioto’s, one of San Francisco’s oldest restaurants, is a culinary landmark famous for its cioppino. Built in 1925, the restaurant is still owned and operated by the Alioto family and most of its staff has been employed there for more than 20 years. Further incentive to try Alioto’s includes its capacity to accommodate parties of 18-50 people, not to mention that its prime location on the end of a pier guarantees diners gorgeous waterfront views.

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