Post # 1
I need help finding a location to hold a rehearsal dinner in San Diego. We are getting married in Point Loma, so I was looking to have the dinner within about 10 miles of Point Loma so my guests don’t have to drive too far. Ideally I would like to find some place with a private room. Our budget is $1,000-$1,500. If anyone can think of places cheaper than that all the better, but that’s our max limit for food. We will have about 30-40 people at the dinner. Thank you!
Post # 2
Open Table has a list or restaurants with private rooms for many cities. You can search by neighborhood, budget, cuisine, number of guests and also check reviews.
Post # 3
I second PP’s suggestion to start with Open Table. However most restaurants don’t do online reservations for such large groups, a private room will generally come with a rental fee, or a food and bev min. I ran into this when planning my wedding dinner, and also several work dinners for our large group. Just things to keep in mind, most of the food and bev mins I ran into were about $2K, then there’s tax and tip as well. Depending on what kind of restaurant/food you’re looking for $1500 may not be realistic for a group of that size in such an expensive area. Good luck!
Post # 4
I’m not sure if they have a Point Loma location, but we had our welcome dinner at BJ’s in La Jolla. We had the entire outside patio and had unlimited pizza, pasta, salad, and sodas for $13 or $14 pp. We had 32 people and even with a small amount of alcohol and tip, we paid right at $600.
Post # 5
Karl Strauss has some set event menus that might work for you. They have a couple locations near where you want to be.
Heres the menu https://www.karlstrauss.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/KSGE-Group-Menu-NOV-2018.pdf
Post # 6
The Bali Hai restaurant on Shelter Island (right near Point Loma) has private rooms and a beautiful patio overlooking the harbor and downtown San Diego. A friend of mine had a birthday dinner in one of their private rooms, and I think she said it was $25 pp including champagne.