Where to Host Client Dinners in San Francisco

Six years of San Francisco living, working and socializing has opened wide the culinary doors for me and my fellow transplants. Now, if you’ve been here before, you know that this city offers an eclectic array of cuisines with each establishment known for their unique decor and ambience, at a wide range of prices. This short list is just the tip of the iceberg. But if you're looking to give your clients and colleagues the full “wine and dine” experience, check out these places in SoMA and in the Financial District.

The Hania Room at Kokkari is located separately from the main dining area. The warm wood accents and rich tapestry evoke nostalgic feelings of being in a wine cellar. Get ready for the most savory, mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine in the Bay Area. (Financial District)

The Press Club private dining room can accommodate 20 seated guests and parties of up to 50 for reception style events. The menu, created by the Taste Catering team, is inspired by fresh, organic fruits, produce and dairy from Napa Valley and Sonoma County. (SoMa)

FANG Restaurant features a sublime experience in their Glass Dining Room, offering family style pre-fixe menus. The father and daughter duo behind this establishment, Peter Fang (of House of Nanking fame) and Kathy Fang, bring seasonal Chinese cuisine to the table. (SoMa)

Hakkasan’s Jade Room features a green, private room complete with a lazy Susan for sharing meals with your table mates. Executive Chef Ho Chee Boon, a Michelin-starred chef with over 24 years’ experience, is at the helm. Come here for contemporary twists to conventional Cantonese cuisine. (Union Square)

The Butcher’s Room at Trou Normand is a bright, airy room situated in the center of the restaurant that seats up to 12 people. Executive Chef and head butcher, Salvatore Cracco, hails from Bar Agricole; he has amassed a treasure trove of of salumi and pates paired with craft cocktails. (SoMa).

Saving the best for last...

The Boardroom at Alexander's Steakhouse is the smallest of private rooms in this restaurant. Exposed brick walls and gorgeous custom shoji screens marries modern with tradition. Their interpretation of the classic American steakhouse with hints of Japanese influence is a dining experience you absolutely cannot miss. This is a meal that you'll remember for many years. (SoMa)

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