Whether it’s a business meeting, a baby shower or a night out with friends, it’s always nice to know which North County San Diego restaurants have private event space to accommodate a large group of people.
(Del Mar to Oceanside)
When only the best will do, book Le Grand Table at Addison, rated by Forbes.com as one of the “Top 10 Chef’s Tables” in the country. La Grande Table accommodates up to 12 guests who experience a personalized menu by Chef William Bradley, and wine pairings for each course selected by the sommeliers. Addison’s elegant Private Dining Room seats 60 and overlooks the golf course. The exquisite menu consists of local ingredients and contemporary French influences. Often ranked San Diego’s best restaurant, it is also Southern California’s only Five-Star/Five Diamond restaurant. Addison is located in The Grand Del Mar (drive a bit past the main lobby entrance to find it).
Amaya has two private dining spaces, one that seats 30 and the gorgeous wine room that seats 12. Stepping into the larger private dining space is like being welcomed into someone’s luxuriously-furnished living room with a lit fireplace and Mediterranean-inspired decor. It will be hard to keep your eyes off the hundreds of bottle of fine wines in the cellar stocked by Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning Sommelier, Jesse Rodriguez. The fine dining menu consists of American favorites with Mediterranean influences. Amaya is located in The Grand Del Mar not too far from the lobby.
Located inside the Marriott Del Mar, Arterra has multiple options for Private Dining. For a cozy feel choose The Living Room, seating up to 25 people, it’s ideal for showers. The Great Room has a large fireplace as its central focus which creates a warm ambience (accommodates 30 guests, 60 reception style). The Vintage Room seats up to 18 in a contemporary dining space for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Outdoor Lounge is a contemporary space that can host a full reception with room for 200-400 guests.
4. Il Fornaio
Italian favorite Il Fornaio in Del Mar Plaza offers a variety of event options. The small private dining room seats 10 while the Tuscan Room seats 11-24 and opens to a charming patio view. The Cocktail Piazza patio seats 40 and takes full advantage of the spectacular Pacific Ocean views. Larger parties of up to 100 may want to consider the Main Piazza, which boasts the same ocean backdrop. Check the website for a 360° look at each space.
5. Pacifica Del Mar
Pacifico Del Mar has five spaces perfect for your next event including the Private Reserve (45 guests seated, 65 for cocktails), Breeze Cafe (70 guests seated, 80-100 for cocktails), Wine Room (12 guests seated amid fine wine), Pacifica’s Patio (120 guest seated, 150 for cocktails) and The Gallery (65 guests seated, 75 for cocktails). The striking view of the Pacific Ocean is fitting for one of San Diego’s best seafood restaurants.
6. The Fish Market Del Mar
Specializing in mesquite broiled fresh fish, The Fish Market has a warm, casual, family atmosphere. Fred’s Room is a private space that can seat up to 14. The Back Room is available for larger functions and can seat up to 60 guests.
7. MARKET Restaurant + Bar
Offering seasonal locally grown produce and the finest meats and fish, Market hosts a fresh and unique dining experience. A recently renovated Private Dining area can seat up to 24 guests. Semi-private options are also available.
8. Searsucker Del Mar
Searsucker is a hip place to host an event because of the coastal-cool vibe and menu full of modern twists on American favorites. The glass-enclosed private dining room seats up to 44 guests, though there’s a sliding wall to divide the room should you need less space. They can do tasting menus, unique cocktail pairings, lunches, small plates & more.
9. Ruth’s Chris Del Mar
Ruth’s Chris is a traditional steakhouse with an upscale menu and classic atmosphere. The Torrey Pines Room is for groups up to 30. The Mezzanine Room boasts sunset ocean views, media and can entertain up to 100 guests.
10. Cucina Enoteca
Cucina Enoteca is dedicated to using locally sourced, organic produce and sustainable ingredients. Serving Italian favorites with a modern twist, this contemporary space offers family-style dining menus, assistance with wine pairings, and personalized printed menus. The Patio can host 12-75 guests, while the Glass Dining Room can accommodate up to 100 guests. The restaurant is also available for complete buyout with a 250 person capacity.
11. Pamplemousse Grille
Pamplemousse offers an upscale dining experience inspired by French Country Kitchens. Chef and Owner Jeffrey Strauss will assist with planning the perfect menu and the restaurant also helps navigate the extensive wine selection. The Wine/Conference room has media and can seat parties of 14, with a choice of a la carte dining or a custom menu ($1000 minimum). The Cow Palace is a large Private Room and can seat up to 45, the Chef will create a custom menu with you ($1500 minimum).
12. Red Tracton’s
This classic steakhouse just renovated its secluded Triple Crown room, which seats up to 60 guests in a combination of booths and tables. The Starlight Terrace patio dining room seats 40 comfortably and has a self-contained bar. Both rooms can be used simultaneously for larger events.
13. Pacific Coast Grill
Reserve the entire downstairs ocean front patio (30 guests seated, 50 for cocktails) for an unforgettable reception. Choices also include the upstairs patio (46 guests seated, 70 for cocktails), a private dining room that seats 12, or buy out the entire restaurant (220 guests). As you might imagine, the restaurant serves Pacific cuisine ranging from mussels to sushi.
14. Solterra Winery & Kitchen
A working winery, Solterra is a fresh and modern space located on Hwy101. They offer three distinct dining areas for Private Events. Solterra has two patios that cater to small, intimate groups, and the Barrel Room that will hold up to 160 guests. An attentive and friendly staff will assist in menu selection and wine choices.
15. Bistro West
For true farm-to-table dining, book Bistro West. Produce and herbs are cultivated from the property’s nearby farm. The menu includes everything from woodfired pizza (even the sauces is homemade) to seared ahi. The new West Room seats 50 guests but can accommodate 80 for cocktails. Design elements include a water-filled bubble wall, 122-inch diagonal screen with state of the art connectivity and eclectic wine cabinet. The freshly renovated patio is also available for 22 guests (30 for cocktail receptions). Buyout available with event coordinator and private menu.
16. West Steak and Seafood
Another West Village property, West Steak and Seafood also sources its produce from their local farm. A formal, modern atmosphere makes this a good option for daytime events. Available from 8am-3pm (100 person, sit down), also available for buyout.
17. Argyle Steakhouse
The Argyle is an elegant and upscale space overlooking the beautiful Park Hyatt Aviara golf course. Private events can choose from variety of menus including hors d’oeuvres and seasonal farm menus. The Library offers seating up to 50 people. A semi-private dining area is also available and seats up to 14.
18. Vigilucci’s Seafood and Steakhouse
Ocean views, Italian inspired prime steaks, and excellent seafood, make Vigilucci’s a great choice for private events. Reserve the Ocean-Front Patio (40 seated) or the elegant Private Cellar Room (32 guests seated, 40 for cocktails).
19. Paon Restaurant and Wine Bar
A cozy restaurant in Carlsbad Village. Organic meats and locally sourced organic produce are served in a traditional French manner. A Private Dining room with media will seat up to 20 guests. The Wine Bar will accommodate 30-50 guests. For parties greater than 50 guests the Outdoor Patio is covered and has heaters for colder nights.
20. Hacienda de Vega
Hacienda de Vega serves authentic Mexican food in a rustic setting modeled after Colonial Mexican Haciendas. The Private Room has media and can seat up to 35 guests. The Outdoor Patio has umbrellas for day events and markets lighting and heaters for night. The patio can host up to 100 guests with custom menus and buffet available.
21. 333 Pacific
A member of the Cohn Restaurant Group, 333 Pacific has a variety of space available depending on your group size. The contemporary restaurant boasts spectacular ocean and beach views, but the more intimate dining spaces do not. View 360° virtual tours of each space on their website. The menu is primarily steak and seafood with other California favorites sprinkled in. Choose from the Ocean Wine Room (36 guests seated, 45 for cocktails), Pacific Boardroom (16 guests seated, 35 for cocktails), Ocean View Terrace (62 guests seated, 75 for cocktails) or an entire restaurant buyout for seated dinner up to 230 guests.
22. Oceanside Broiler
Overlooking Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside Broiler offers a Seafood and Steak Menu in a casual setting. Four different banquet spaces are available: The Fish Tank Dining Room can accommodate 20-40 guests, The Private Dining Room sits 25-70 guests. Overlooking the harbor, The Front Patio (seasonal), fits 15-24 guests, and The Lanai Outside Patio/Bar (seasonal), which has drop windows and heaters can fit 40-100 guests.
23. Bagby Beer Company
If you’re looking for a casual option with a fun and hip atmosphere, Bagby is the place for you. Dedicated to making almost everything in house you’ll find craft beer, cocktails and an excellent menu. The Private Dining room can seat up 18 comfortably and has media access. No space fee, however, there is a food and beverage minimum.
(Rancho Bernardo to Escondido)
24. The Cork & Craft
This modern industrial space is a winery, brewery and restaurant. The Library can host 45 people seated and 65 people reception style. For a semi-private option there is the Patio, which holds up to 30 guests. The menus are all seasonal and custom.
Considered one of the best-kept secrets in San Diego, AVANT at the Rancho Bernardo Inn has three sizable event spaces perfect for parties and intimate gatherings. The three spaces are called La Taberna (50 guests seated), El Biz (18 guests seated) and the AVANT Kitchen (12 guests seated). Each room is distinctly different in character. La Taberna overlooks the golf course where El Biz has a fireplace and a floor to ceiling stained glass wall in amber and red hues. Book AVANT Kitchen for intimate interaction with the Chef including a specially-prepared menu. The restaurant draws inspiration from wine country dining.
26. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido
The Stone Brewery World Bistro and Garden can suit larger parties with the Bistro at 50 seated guests and the garden at up to 100 seated and 150 for cocktails (you can have chef-attended stations, buffet and more options). The extensive catering menu is online and rest assured that the beer will be outstanding. There is also a Liberty Station location with similar event space.
Farm to Table, French Influenced, California Cuisine. Bellamy’s is a unique upscale restaurant in Escondido. The Back Private Dining Room can hold to 30 guests.
28. Hacienda de Vega
Hacienda de Vega serves authentic Mexican food in a lush setting modeled after traditional Mexican Haciendas. The Private Patio is lit with market lighting and has heaters for 25-40 guests (custom mini-menu service). The Garden is a larger outdoor area, with a pond and can hold up to 250 guests (custom mini-menu or buffet style for larger groups). The River Lounge, a 21+ space comes complete with palapas, fireplaces and TVs, lounge style seating for groups of 25-100 (appetizers only). The Private Casitas are another 21+ option with cabanas and private televisions, ideal for 10-40 guests (appetizers only).
29. Vintana Wine + Dine
A member of the Cohn Restaurant Group, Vintana has an award winning chef and unique location on top of a Lexus dealership. The space is contemporary, sophisticated and flexible, offering many Private Dining options for groups of 15-1,500! The Crown Point and Delta Ridge meeting rooms include media and can host 12-45 guests. Inside the restaurant is the Private Dining Room for 52 guests. Outdoors you’ll find The Moonlight Veranda (350 seated/300 reception) and Starlight Terrace (250 seated/200 reception). There is also Panoramic Point, for 30 guests or less. Vintana also has two reception spaces, Crystal Ridge and Sunset Heights, that seat 160 guests/170 reception.
30. Old Spaghetti Factory
Family friendly, the Old Spaghetti Factory in San Marcos is located conveniently of Hwy78. Offering a 3-Course banquet menu with bread, salad and dessert, it’s a great place for celebrations. 25-75 guests.
31. Decoy Dockside
Decoy, on Lake San Marcos, offers a New American menu in a contemporary atmosphere. The Cellar is a private room with media that can host up to 22 guests. Also available for buyout for up to 300 guests.
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