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April 25, 2016

Nine Culinary Event Venues in San Francisco

With creative F&B becoming an increasingly important part of an event's success, many planners are turning to culinary venues to make sure the menu really shines. Here are nine culinary venues in San Francisco worth a quick look. 

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PABU (101 California St.)

Renowned Chef Ken Tominaga, in partnership with Michael Mina, has created a modern take on traditional style Izakaya-style Japanese cuisine with PABU. Located at the landmark 101 California space in the Financial District, planners will find a Ramen Bar seating up to 65 people, with an option for a whole restaurant buyout for parties up to 250 guests. 

Visit www.pabuizakaya.com

Crystal Jade (Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 1, Lobby Level)

Serving authentic Cantonese fare, this venue is well-known for its suckling pig preparation. Spaces include the Jade Room (290 sq. ft.) and the Crystal Room (401 sq. ft.), as well as a whole restaurant buyout for 150-700 guests.

Visit us.crystaljade.com

The Hall (1028 Market St.)

For a variety of cuisines, planners may wish to try The Hall in Central Market. This trendy food space has six independent local vendors in a centralized dining hall, a garden room and a happy hour (available for parties up to 50 people). They also offer a venue buyout for up to 100 seated guests (or 200 guests, reception-style). 

Visit www.thehallsf.com

For planners looking to add music and entertainment to their next meeting, there are a variety of new venues:

The Vestry at The Chapel (777 Valencia St.)

In addition to their French/Mediterranean cuisine and house cocktails, the Vestry at The Chapel also offers live music. The historic 1914 building includes a variety of rooms and spaces for up to 80 people, outdoor seating and will also close for private functions. 

Visit www.thechapelsf.com/vestry-restaurant

Verso (1525 Mission St.)

The newly opened Verso in SOMA is available for private events and offers DJs and live performances with a state-of-the-art sound system. Fun fact: NBA All-Star Steph Curry and his wife, Ayesha, recently celebrated their birthdays there.

Visit www.versosf.com

Oasis (298 11th St.)

This cabaret nightclub has 6,000 square feet of space, including the Fez Lounge and Roof Deck Patio. Both can seat up to 100 people. The Main Room has a capacity for up to 600 people. 

Visit www.sfoasis.com

The Dorian (2001 Chestnut St.)

A newly opened restaurant and bar in the Marina District, The Dorian offers classic American fare and craft cocktails amid a Victorian-inspired space. The restaurant has a variety of rooms for parties of up to 80 people.

Visit www.doriansf.com

SPiN San Francisco (690 Folsom St.)

This popular ping-pong social club, originating in New York City and backed by actress Susan Sarandon, is opening in San Francisco in May. With two bars and 19 ping-pong tables, it’s available for private events. 

Visit sanfrancisco.wearespin.com

The Pearl (601 19th St.)

Newly built, this event space offers food and drink catering, lighting and audio/visual services, and indoor and outdoor spaces, including a rooftop farm.

Visit www.thepearlsf.com

Planners looking to book in San Francisco and beyond can find more information in the city's Venue Search tool.

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