Whatever side of the equation you happen to be on, if a large group comes into a restaurant that's not prepared to accommodate them, it's a nightmare for everyone.
For other diners expecting a quiet, intimate setting, there's nothing more upsetting than the entrance of a big crowd. And if the restaurant itself is not set up for large groups, it only makes matters worse. Chairs and tables have to be dragged together, multiple food orders can easily be mishandled or forgotten altogether, and what was once a restaurant is now a three-ring circus.
And for the large group, it might be the most disappointing. If you're traveling with many people, you already have the stress and complexity of trying to juggle multiple expectations and plans. If a group that is already stressed-out gets mean stares from other diners, not to mention getting even hungrier from incompetent service, well, a trip can really start to unravel.
That's why we've put together a list of restaurants that specialize in large groups. If your group is interested in the cutting edge of California cuisine, Nopa is an excellent choice. If it's a fog-less San Francisco day or night and your group wants to eat outside, the Foreign Cinema has a wonderful outside dining area.
Whatever your preference, pick one of the restaurants on our list and keep your group - and everyone else at the restaurant - happy.