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IfOnly Team
2 years Ago

When IfOnly’s Culinary Director Michael Murphy says he has the answer to stress-free holiday entertaining, you listen carefully and take notes.


As a giver of fabulous parties and of excellent restaurant recommendations, Michael is sharing 20 of his favorite SF spots for celebrating out; each adventure is unique, good for groups, and under $100 per person, promising a lot of jollies for the price. Currently not on IfOnly’s site, consider these experiences off-the-menu offerings and exclusively available through our concierge.


To book any of the revels below, kindly email concierge@ifonly.com or call 415-376-4640.


Idea No. 1 Go to the Swiss Alps without leaving town: Have a fondue party in the lodge-like setting of Pacific Heights restaurant Matterhorn.


Idea No. 2  Take high tea with bubbles and bites while perched on the fifth floor of Neiman Marcus’ restaurant Rotunda.


Idea No. 3  Learn to mix the boozy fruit punch known as the Pimm’s Cup while popping deviled quail eggs at The Cavalier.


Idea No. 4  Master the art of making fresh tortillas and salsa with a little patience, practice, and guidance from Chef Andrea Lawson Gray, the author of Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes.


Idea No. 5   Wash down an assortment of pinxtos with artisan-crafted gin and tonics at Michael Chiarello’s tapas restaurant Coqueta.


Idea No. 6  Host the world's most gourmet pizza-making party at Michael Tusk’s authentic Italian eatery Cotogna.


Idea No. 7  Watch flour and water magically transformed in a two-part pasta lesson and lunch at Mission’s iconic California-Italian pioneer Delfina.


Idea No. 8  Sink into the most private booth of Tyler Florence's eatery Wayfare Tavern for fried chicken and other tasty morsels. 


Idea No. 9  Keep it classy at Original Joe’s with a cocktail demo led by a tuxedoed mixologist paired with savory fare inspired by the Mad Men era.


Idea No. 10  Keep it low-key with a weekend brunch at the Mission’s most charming alfresco spot, the patio at Foreign Cinema.


Idea No. 11  Throw a party at Park Tavern with bar bites and demos from the restaurant’s friendly mixologists.


Idea No. 12  Tipple Campari libations in the delightful company of San Francisco Chronicle’s restaurant critic Michael Bauer.


Idea No. 13  Pub and grub inside a national park at the craft-beer sanctuary Sessions in Presidio — and take in views of the Golden Gate Bridge over flights and bites.


Idea No. 14 Praise another kind of holy trinity: burgers, bourbon, and beer at the restaurant Dirty Habit hidden away on the fifth floor of Hotel Zeloes.


Idea No. 15  Skip Chinatown and head to South Beach's Yank Sing for a bespoke dim sum lunch.


Idea No. 16  Sit on the dock of the bay while treating your favorite vegetarians (and reluctant vegetarians) to a seasonal meal at the seminal meat-free restaurant Greens.


Idea No. 17  Visit a real-life chocolate factory in the heart of the Mission for a private tasting and tour of Dandelion Chocolate.


Idea No. 18  Embark on a cheese education with wine and beer pairings at Mission Cheese.


Idea No. 19  Tell tequila to move over and get to know mezcal, the small-batch spirit hailing from Oaxaca and other regions in Mexico, with Mezcalistas blogger Susan Coss.


Idea No. 20  Reserve a tapas and paella party atop Russian Hill at the cozy neighborhood Spanish spot Zarzuela.

Photo courtesy of Park Tavern

Photo courtesy of The Cavalier

Photo courtesy of Wayfare Tavern

Photo courtesy of The Cavalier