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18 Picturesque San Diego Restaurants for Your Wedding Day

Make sure the celebration includes good food

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Couples looking to tie the knot in San Diego have plenty of options, though there is nothing worse than bad wedding food. Luckily, there’s a vast array of local restaurants with unforgettable food that are also able to host the entire event. From ballrooms equipped for large groups to hotel restaurants geared for more intimate gatherings, lovebirds can celebrate their nuptials almost any way they please.

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The Seabird Resort

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With a venue that faces the glistening Pacific, Seabird captures the beachy California wedding vibe. The menu includes seasonal produce picked up during chef Kurtis Habecker’s weekly visits to the Oceanside Farmer’s Market. He uses local purveyors like Rodney Kawano Farms and JR Organics for dishes like white soy-cured salmon and porcini crusted filet mignon.

Wedding banquet venue at Seabird Resort
The Seabird Resort.

Adelaide

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With a spectacular vista overlooking the Pacific, guests will find themselves dazzled by the view and the creative, mouth-watering dishes from executive chef Nick Green, which are available in L’Auberge’s private event space. His dishes are inspired by his recent explorations of Baja and culinary experience at a Michelin three-star Japanese restaurant. 

Salad at Adelaide.
Helen I. Hwang

Addison Restaurant

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Nestled in the romantic Italianesque Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Addison, the city’s first Michelin two-star restaurant, is available for a buy-out, comfortably seating 80 guests. Renowned chef William Bradley offers a bespoke menu for the special day, highlighting his celebrated Southern Californian cuisine. 

Exterior of Addison Restaurant
Addison Restaurant.

Golden Island

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Inside the standalone restaurant is a cheery, bustling atmosphere with a stage and dance floor as main features. The restaurant can accommodate up to 350 people with a Chinese banquet-style menu including whole steamed fish and fried rice. 

Lodge at Torrey Pines

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Getting married while overlooking the 18th hole of the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course, high above the ocean bluffs, invokes a magical feeling, even for the non-golfer. Since chef Kelli Crosson was recently promoted from chef de cuisine to executive chef of A.R. Valentien, she’s been adding special farm-to-table touches to the wedding banquet menu. 

lodge torrey pines
Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Royal Banquet

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With a choice of the Diamond Hall or the Royal Hall, each with a capacity of 250 people, the wedding couple and their families don’t need to pare their guest list by much. Royal India’s kitchen provides Indian gourmet fare, as well as Italian, Afghan, American, and Mexican cuisine. 

Royal Banquet.

Caroline's Seaside Cafe by Giuseppe

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For the ultimate seaside wedding, this casual La Jolla café is the backdrop for an elegant beach wedding. Giuseppe Fine Catering works with the venue for setups that range from family-style to interactive live-action tasting bars. 

caroline’s
Caroline’s Seaside Cafe.
Candice Woo

The Marine Room

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Celebrity chef Mike Minor has been making a welcome splash with his perfect egg (sous vide-poached egg topped with caviar) and tuna tartare cones at the 80-year-old La Jolla restaurant, famous for its front-and-center view of high tides crashing against its windows. Up to 230 wedding guests can celebrate with the couple in one of the most dramatic dining rooms you can find. 

Aerial view of The Marine Room at high tide in La Jolla, California
The Marine Room.

Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar

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If you’re looking for a more boutique setting for your nuptials, acclaimed chef Jason Knibb of the Michelin-recognized restaurant caters to three private dining rooms along with the option to buy out the restaurant itself. The Sun Room accommodates 60 guests to warm themselves in front of a cozy fireplace while looking out over the Pacific Ocean and the Grande Colonial Hotel pool. 

Restaurant with banquet tables and fireplace
NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar.

Jasmine Seafood Restaurant & Express

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Look no further than Jasmine for the largest Chinese banquet venue with the capacity to accommodate up to 500 guests. The traditional ten-course wedding meal includes specialties like Peking duck, sauteed lobster, and red bean puree with lotus seed.

Wedding banquet at Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
Wedding banquet at Jasmine Seafood Restaurant.

ARTIFACT at Mingei

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Balboa Park’s latest culinary option, ARTIFACT, at the revamped Mingei International Museum is a sleek modern setting designed by architect Jennifer Luce of LUCE et studio. The airy indoor dining space combined with the outdoor Neeley Courtyard allows up to 148 guests. The restaurant’s dishes are inspired by the museum exhibits with an emphasis on herbs, spices, and ancient cooking methods.

Artifact Restaurant at Mingei
ARTIFACT.
Kimberly Motos

For a historic Spanish California vibe, Prado in Balboa Park is a beautiful option in the spacious hacienda-style courtyard or tree-lined amphitheater with a soothing fountain. The venue can accommodate anywhere from 40 to 500 guests. Menu highlights include Spanish dishes like Prado Paella.

Wedding banquet at Prado.
Prado.

Coasterra

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Modern Mexican cuisine dominates this elegant oceanfront dining space with a floating deck and dramatic views of the San Diego Bay and Coronado Island. Up to 300 guests can celebrate with the wedding couple and indulge in specialties like adobo carnitas tacos.

Bride and groom at Coasterra
Coasterra.

Tom Ham's Lighthouse

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For the nautically-minded couple, the historic working lighthouse on Harbor Island is an ideal setting. Every seat in the expansive dining area and outdoor terrace has a gorgeous view of the San Diego Bay and Coronado Island where up to 230 guests can enjoy their seafood-centric menu.

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse.

Garibaldi

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An orange Vespa signals the entrance to Garibaldi Restaurant in the Intercontinental Hotel. Guests wind their way around the kitchen to an outdoor patio with views of the Waterfront and the USS Midway and an underwater-themed indoor dining space. Named after the California state fish and Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi, Southern Italian cuisine and beers are menu highlights.

Garibaldi.
Kimberly Motos

The Guild Hotel

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This downtown historic hotel, built in 1924, was remodeled as a romantic boutique hideaway in 2019. A quaint, urban courtyard can host 140 while the Poppy Ballroom with an adjoining garden space can seat 335 people. The Guild Bar’s menu includes European dishes like grilled Spanish octopus and prosciutto cotto & manchego croquette.

 

Acclaimed Filipina-American chef Tara Monsod has been shaking up the restaurant scene with Asian fusion cuisine and triple-seared wagyu steak. Couples can celebrate in the whimsical Art Deco space designed by Los Angeles design firm, Bells + Whistles. The main restaurant, available for a buyout, can host 175 and the adjoining private event space, NIMA, holds 75 reception-style guests.

Nima event space at Animae
Nima event space at Animae.

Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine

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Celebrated chef Jojo Ruiz helms Lionfish, which anchors the Pendry Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter. In addition to two spacious ballrooms, the restaurant is available for buyouts along with an upstairs private dining area. His dishes focus on sustainable seafood with oyster, ceviche, and sushi display options.

Lionfish Restaurant Dining Area
Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine.

The Seabird Resort

Wedding banquet venue at Seabird Resort
The Seabird Resort.

With a venue that faces the glistening Pacific, Seabird captures the beachy California wedding vibe. The menu includes seasonal produce picked up during chef Kurtis Habecker’s weekly visits to the Oceanside Farmer’s Market. He uses local purveyors like Rodney Kawano Farms and JR Organics for dishes like white soy-cured salmon and porcini crusted filet mignon.

Wedding banquet venue at Seabird Resort
The Seabird Resort.

Adelaide

Salad at Adelaide.
Helen I. Hwang

With a spectacular vista overlooking the Pacific, guests will find themselves dazzled by the view and the creative, mouth-watering dishes from executive chef Nick Green, which are available in L’Auberge’s private event space. His dishes are inspired by his recent explorations of Baja and culinary experience at a Michelin three-star Japanese restaurant. 

Salad at Adelaide.
Helen I. Hwang

Addison Restaurant

Exterior of Addison Restaurant
Addison Restaurant.

Nestled in the romantic Italianesque Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Addison, the city’s first Michelin two-star restaurant, is available for a buy-out, comfortably seating 80 guests. Renowned chef William Bradley offers a bespoke menu for the special day, highlighting his celebrated Southern Californian cuisine. 

Exterior of Addison Restaurant
Addison Restaurant.

Golden Island

Inside the standalone restaurant is a cheery, bustling atmosphere with a stage and dance floor as main features. The restaurant can accommodate up to 350 people with a Chinese banquet-style menu including whole steamed fish and fried rice. 

Lodge at Torrey Pines

lodge torrey pines
Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Getting married while overlooking the 18th hole of the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course, high above the ocean bluffs, invokes a magical feeling, even for the non-golfer. Since chef Kelli Crosson was recently promoted from chef de cuisine to executive chef of A.R. Valentien, she’s been adding special farm-to-table touches to the wedding banquet menu. 

lodge torrey pines
Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Royal Banquet

Royal Banquet.

With a choice of the Diamond Hall or the Royal Hall, each with a capacity of 250 people, the wedding couple and their families don’t need to pare their guest list by much. Royal India’s kitchen provides Indian gourmet fare, as well as Italian, Afghan, American, and Mexican cuisine. 

Royal Banquet.

Caroline's Seaside Cafe by Giuseppe

caroline’s
Caroline’s Seaside Cafe.
Candice Woo

For the ultimate seaside wedding, this casual La Jolla café is the backdrop for an elegant beach wedding. Giuseppe Fine Catering works with the venue for setups that range from family-style to interactive live-action tasting bars. 

caroline’s
Caroline’s Seaside Cafe.
Candice Woo

The Marine Room

Aerial view of The Marine Room at high tide in La Jolla, California
The Marine Room.

Celebrity chef Mike Minor has been making a welcome splash with his perfect egg (sous vide-poached egg topped with caviar) and tuna tartare cones at the 80-year-old La Jolla restaurant, famous for its front-and-center view of high tides crashing against its windows. Up to 230 wedding guests can celebrate with the couple in one of the most dramatic dining rooms you can find. 

Aerial view of The Marine Room at high tide in La Jolla, California
The Marine Room.

Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant with banquet tables and fireplace
NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar.

If you’re looking for a more boutique setting for your nuptials, acclaimed chef Jason Knibb of the Michelin-recognized restaurant caters to three private dining rooms along with the option to buy out the restaurant itself. The Sun Room accommodates 60 guests to warm themselves in front of a cozy fireplace while looking out over the Pacific Ocean and the Grande Colonial Hotel pool. 

Restaurant with banquet tables and fireplace
NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar.

Jasmine Seafood Restaurant & Express

Wedding banquet at Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
Wedding banquet at Jasmine Seafood Restaurant.

Look no further than Jasmine for the largest Chinese banquet venue with the capacity to accommodate up to 500 guests. The traditional ten-course wedding meal includes specialties like Peking duck, sauteed lobster, and red bean puree with lotus seed.

Wedding banquet at Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
Wedding banquet at Jasmine Seafood Restaurant.

ARTIFACT at Mingei

Artifact Restaurant at Mingei
ARTIFACT.
Kimberly Motos

Balboa Park’s latest culinary option, ARTIFACT, at the revamped Mingei International Museum is a sleek modern setting designed by architect Jennifer Luce of LUCE et studio. The airy indoor dining space combined with the outdoor Neeley Courtyard allows up to 148 guests. The restaurant’s dishes are inspired by the museum exhibits with an emphasis on herbs, spices, and ancient cooking methods.

Artifact Restaurant at Mingei
ARTIFACT.
Kimberly Motos

Prado

Wedding banquet at Prado.
Prado.

For a historic Spanish California vibe, Prado in Balboa Park is a beautiful option in the spacious hacienda-style courtyard or tree-lined amphitheater with a soothing fountain. The venue can accommodate anywhere from 40 to 500 guests. Menu highlights include Spanish dishes like Prado Paella.