In Chosen By Chewse, Eats

With quirky, tiny coffee shops and hole-in-the-wall sandwich shops on every corner of SF, it can be hard to find a restaurant that can accommodate large groups. Whether you’re hanging out with friends and family for lunch, celebrating a special occasion, or taking the office out for a treat, use this guide to help you find the best fit for your group.

1. Bamboo Asia – 41 Montgomery Street

Bamboo Asia offers authentic Asian cuisine from Vietnam, India, and Japan, in a large, spacious store front.

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Why it’s good for groups:

It has three different cuisines and a fantastic variety that will please everyone in your group. Bamboo Asia features counter service, so don’t worry about messing around with splitting the bill!

2. Bayshore Taqueria – 300 Bayshore Blvd

Although the location can be a bit of a hike for most city-dwellers, it’s well-worth the trip. Bayshore Taqueria serves delicious authentic Mexican food–from burritos, to tacos, to salads and kids’ quesadillas, there’s something for everyone, at a very reasonable price.


Why it’s good for groups:

The outdoor seating area is spacious and dog-friendly (so you don’t have to leave your little buddy at home). Bayshore Taqueria often has specials and discounts, like $4 Happy Hour and $1 tacos on Tuesdays! The food is filling and satisfying, so feeding a big crew doesn’t have to break the bank.

3. Black Bark BBQ – 1325 Fillmore Street

You don’t have to travel out of the West Coast for incredible BBQ. Black Bark BBQ features a mouth-watering variety of meats, and is sure to impress your out-of-town friends when they surprise visit you all at once.

Black Bark BBQ

Why it’s good for groups:

The restaurant is spacious, with communal tables and bar seating, and offers a large variety of meat entrées, sides, and drinks to please everyone. The portions are generous and with so many sides, there are tons of ways to customize a meal that the whole team will love.

4. Hot Spud – 2460 Mason Street

Okay, maybe Fisherman’s Wharf isn’t your ideal neighborhood for a group meal, but honestly, among tourist traps and street artists, it’s a glowing gem of hot potato goodness. Hot Spud specializes in making your baked potato dreams come true.

Hot Spud

Why it’s good for groups:

The location is large and ordering is easy and fun. Everyone can choose their own toppings and bond over the novelty of their personalized baked potatoes. This simple comfort food is guaranteed to please most dietary restrictions. They’re gluten-free and can be made vegan!

5. Schroeder’s – 240 Front Street

You don’t know a good group meal until you’ve had a good German meal. Schroeder’s serves up authentic German cuisine in a gorgeous historic hall, and your beer even comes in a boot glass!


Why it’s good for groups:

The communal tables are set up for large groups and the space begs for a great rowdy atmosphere, almost like Oktoberfest. And if the size isn’t accommodating enough, they even have a large private room that can host 200+ people!

6. Beretta SF – 1199 Valencia Street

Beretta is a a trendy Italian restaurant for light and heavy eaters, and offers a huge variety of pizzas, pastas, and drinks. It’s excellent for celebrations and for special occasions.


Why it’s good for groups:

The large communal seating is very accommodating but extremely intimate as the lights dim and the room fills with candle light. For even larger, more special events, Beretta features a private room for up to 40 people, available for booking by phone.

7. Shanghai Dumpling King – 3319 Balboa St or 696 Monterey Blvd

Shanghai Dumpling King is known as one of the best dumpling and dim sum spots in the city. Go and taste for yourself, with endless options for veggies and meat-eaters alike, the King is sure to impress.

Shanghai Dumpling King

Why it’s good for groups:

The interior is large and spacious, and most tables have Lazy Susans (YES!) to make sure everyone gets a taste of everything. The menu is easy to follow and everyone will have fun mixing and matching dim sum, dumplings, and noodles.

So fear not, valued organizers of outings. Whether you’re going for a quick meal with the whole team or taking a special crew out to dinner, there’s a spot in the city just for you!

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