Published on March 28, 2016

12 Places to Bring the Crew in SF

One of the best ways to dine out is with a group, but finding a spot to celebrate a promotion, a birthday or even just being together isn’t always easy. Luckily, SF has some awesome restaurants with everything from shareable small plates to large pizza pies, sure to please both visiting family members and your after-work crew.

Here are 12 spots that are great for groups.  


1. PABU (Financial District)

SF - Pabu Photo provided by Pabu.

A great spot for co-workers to come together for a business lunch or team dinner, Pabu offers Izakaya-style dining in a charming space where highlights include an a la carte menu of seasonal Japanese small plates and an eight-course omakase menu that features over 16 types of fresh fish.


SF - Mission Chinese Food Photo provided by Mission Chinese Food.

Ideal for eating family-style with a group of friends looking for a culinary adventure, cult hit Mission Chinese Food delivers fiery, creative takes on American Chinese cuisine in a casual space adorned with festive paper lanterns and a lucky red dragon.


SF - Dirty Habit Photo provided by Dirty Habit.

A perfect place to spend a swanky night out with friends, Dirty Habit, located on the fifth floor of Hotel Zelos, is a swanky, bar-centric eatery with shareable, seasonal New American cuisine. Take a (stylish) seat in the bar area, dining room or deck lounge with a modern fire pit.

4. LORD STANLEY (Russian Hill)

SF - Lord Stanley Photo provided by Lord Stanley. Photo by Mike Norquist.

Great for spending time with family in town or enjoying an evening with your foodie crew, Michelin-starred Lord Stanley crafts local Californian dishes with Asian and European influences, offered as a tasting menu or a la carte. Cocktails, craft beers and curated wines are available to toast with in the sleek two-story space.


SF - Oro Photo provided by Oro.

Oro offers eclectic California fare with their stand-alone dishes and shareable plates perfect for groups looking to enjoy a casual dining experience. Delve into their house charcuterie program, tasting menu of family-style dishes as well as the roster of classic cocktails, Old World wines and a variety of beers.


SF - Town Hall Photo provided by Town Hall.

Great for a family get-together, Town Hall is a bustling New American restaurant with a Southern-inspired menu. Focused on fresh, regional ingredients, the casual yet chic space features soaring ceilings, communal tables and an outdoor patio to enjoy the evening.


SF - Mourad Photo provided by Mourad.

With an elegant atmosphere ideal for double dates or business dinners, Mourad serves California-inspired modern Moroccan cuisine with an extensive wine list. Choose from the main dining room or sleek L-shaped bar, private dining rooms and or the lounge.   


SF - Myriad Gastro Pub Photo provided by Myriad Gastro Pub.

Catch up with friends over dinner at Myriad Gastro Pub, serving globally inspired comfort-food classics with a California twist. Sit back in the cozy eatery over snacks, small plates and entrees, along with inventive sides and desserts, plus a notable collection of craft beers and wines.

9. OLD BUS TAVERN (Bernal Heights)

SF - Old Bus Tavern Photo provided by Old Bus Tavern.

Hang out with your after-work crowd at Old Bus Tavern. The relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant and brewhouse is perfect for enjoying shareable plates of comfort food and craft brews in a communal setting. In addition to house-made beers, local taps and a cocktail menu focus on whiskey, tequila and mezcal to toast with.

10. GIOIA PIZZERIA (Russian Hill)

SF - Gioia Pizzeria Photo provided by Gioia Pizzeria.

Perfect for bringing the family together, Gioia dishes out classic New York-inspired pizza with simple toppings, along with a selection of Italian wines and local craft beers. Committed to seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers, Gioia serves pies, pastas and small plates in an airy, rustic space with a hint of glamour.

11. HECHO (Castro)

SF - Hecho Photo provided by Hecho.

A fitting hangout for a group of friends, Hecho offers a unique twist on traditional Mexican cuisine with nightly dinners and weekend brunch. Order up some mix-and-match tacos, sides, starters or classic entrees in the festive space that features communal tables and a huge bar.


SF - Farmhouse Kitchen Photo provided by Farmhouse Kitchen.

Farmhouse Kitchen is a casual Thai eatery that’s perfect for groups of friends looking to get together over a fun meal. Communal tables and quirky fixtures decorate the airy, rustic-chic space, while the menu spotlights classic dishes and street food crafted with sustainable and locally sourced ingredients.

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