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My daughter is talking wedding plans down the road, and I realize you have to reserve space up to two years ahead for the Admiral Kidd, not sure on the club at North Island. The church is in Coronado, but several people have told me the food at the club at North island was not very good. Has anybody had, or been to a party, or reception at either of these military clubs?? Just curious about what the food is like, and how the setup looks???? Any info will help us decide what we want to do.

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  1. Over the years, I've been to lots of weddings and receptions, and have been to the O club at NORIS and the Adm. Kidd. The North Island venue, as I recall was bright and pleasant. The Adm. Kidd was fancier, but I thought the North Island venue was nicer (YMMV).

    As for the food, I don't remember either place as being bad, but looking back at all the weddings I've ever attended, I can't think of even one that stands out in my memory because the FOOD was so great, even though I know that some of those folks must've paid a fortune for it. A wedding is a celebration. A glass of decent champagne, a kiss from the bride, a small piece of cake can make up for a ton of rubber chicken. Best wishes, and best of luck.
    . . . jim strain in san diego.

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    1. I attended a wedding at the Admiral Kidd Club a couple of weeks ago. I have lived in San Diego for 30 years and had never been there. It is a nice venue. The wedding was fairly upscale. The apps were run of the mill, and were right out of the Cisco truck. The entree was chicken, and it was memorable: a mystery sauce and an incredible amount of salt. One of the worst things I have eaten in the past decade. Really awful!

      That said, you could probably make it work if you had something like prime rib.

      Hope this helps.

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      1. re: buzznutter

        Good info, I will ask for a taste test at both!

      2. I attended a wedding a few years ago at the Submarine Base at the end of Rosecrans St. in Point Loma. The reception was held in the facility on Ballast Point within the base. It's an indoor/outdoor venue with large deck area right on the bay and a nice seating area inside. It is beautiful and worth checking out if you are still looking around. Dinner was served buffet style and it was very good. I dont recall if an outside vendor provided the food.

        Good luck!

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        1. re: sdnativa

          I will go take a look at the facility! Thanks for the info.

        2. We are attending a wedding at the Adm. Kidd in mid-October, so I can let you know then then how it is! (There is a choice of beef or chicken on the invitation - I am wondering which one to pick??) :-)

          I grew up eating at the Admiral Kidd and North Island Officers Club regularly as a kid, but I haven't been to either in a while. These locations are not places you go for the food - more for the setting and the value (if you are military).

          The set up at the Adm. Kidd is a two story building with a patio right on SD Bay on the lower level. They used to have a restaurant upstairs and the party room below, but I think it is all a banquet facility now. It is a nice looking building and used to be decorated with a nautical theme - nets, and shells, etc. but hopefully they have updated it since then. It has a spectacular view of downtown and the bay.

          The North Island Officers Club is right on the beach on the West side of the Island, and there is a patio almost right on the sand just outside the dining area with large windows facing onto the beach. It is a bit more remote and has no city lights view at night. It was also a bit more "spare" in decor than the Adm. Kidd as I recall.

          You should go look at both of them before deciding. My understanding is the cost savings makes it worthwhile to consider using these facilities if you have access - even if the food isn't that great.


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          1. re: Alice Q

            You are so right about the savings!!! We have the time to wait for the Saturday night as bridegroom has two more years of internship!

          2. All of the military bases in SD have essentially the same food, so that really isn't the deciding factor for most people choosing between sites. That being said, I attended a wedding @ AKC and the prime rib was pretty decent (for wedding food). AKC definitely books up quickly if you're thinking about a Saturday night wedding- this venue actually will do 2 weddings @ a time (one upstairs, one downstairs), so that might not be the ideal setup for those who are seeking a more private spot.

            If your daughter (or you!) is interested in doing a little research, there's a fabulous website for brides planning weddings in San Diego, and both the AKC and North Island are discussed in detail on their discussion board. I'm sure she'll get lots of valuable information: http://members.bridalinsider.com/defa...

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            1. re: jlls

              Thank you for the website!! Putting a wedding together is a HUGH job!

            2. We have been to events at all 3. The AKC has the Postcard views of San Diego, and the outside are is very nice. Great views day and night. We went to a wedding and I remember all of the guests did a giant bunny hop dance on the outside deck with young and older folks.

              THe Coronado O Club is on the sand, with a great ocean view, after sunset, not much to see, but it would make for a great sunset location with the waves rolling. If there are going to be kids, it will allow for and expanded running area to romp.

              The Sub base is very nice with a great view out to the ocean from Point Loma. I was there for a Sunday day wedding and it was hot and we were uncomfortable, it made for a lot of grumpy guests. It is very pretty however. I would bet a later afternoon/early evening wedding would be nice, you would have ocean and downtown views.

              We got married on the Berkely, it is do it yourself. We had a caterer that we wanted and that was a great place, with great views. They provided the space, the rest is up to you. The views are great from the deck.

              Good Luck.

              1. I think I am qualified to comment becuase I actually got married at the Admiral Kidd Club almost exactly six years ago (just after they remodeled). First, I don't remember much about the food, except that no one complained and I didn't go hungry. Second, what is great about all San Diego's navy bases is that they have the best locations and charge the same price or even less than you would pay for a bland hotel ballroom in Misson Valley. Every out of town guest will be stunned by the views at Admiral Kidd, the Sub Base or on Coronado. Food won't be memorable, but the location will be. If your concerned about food, they aren't your best bet, and you can pay 5x more for the same view at a major resort with maybe better food.
                I have been to all of the navy bases, and I do think Admiral Kidd has the best location, particularly for a late afternoon or evening event. Good luck getting a date there, but I truly think that's the best place in SD for any wedding, all things considered.

                1. I love Admiral Kidd. I've been to weddings and had my debutant ball there. The food is great. The beef is tender, juicy, and flavorful. The chicken is just chicken. Everything else is pretty standard. It's a great deal since you can pretty much count on paying about 5x more anywhere else for the fare. There is always more than enough, the view is to die for at night, especially with a softly lit room and your guests won't be rushing to the closest mcdonald's afterwards grumbling about how you cheaped out on them for food. The only bad thing about that place is the parking. If your guests do not have a DoD decal and military id they will have to park in the parking lot across the street and take a shuttle over. It can be a bit inconvenient, but it's not that bad. Another thing, they don't have much of a selection colorwise for table settings, so try and get the closest one to your theme.

                  1. Hey,
                    I'm getting married next spring and we've been looking at the Admiral Kidd, Oceanview, and Island Club (North Island). Decided on the Admiral Kidd. The food will be pretty much the same whichever one you decide since the menu options are the same wherever you go. Was at a wedding at the Island Club a couple of months ago...they had the buffet. I had the beef and it was good.

                    Here is a rundown of the pros/cons of the 3.

                    Admiral Kidd:

                    Pros- GREAT location/view, excellent wedding coordinator staff, flexible on the minimum number of guests for the wedding packages, large dance floor, easy access to base...by the time you host the wedding there will be a brand new major hotel right across the street

                    Cons- Smaller room (think it can hold up to 120/130) that has columns throughout (but when decorated up they aren't as much of an eyesore, dance floor has walls on two sides

                    Oceanview (Subbase)

                    Pros- Great deck and room, good view, I liked the room layout the best at this site, especially if you are having outdoor seating at the reception

                    Cons- It can get damp and temps can get cold in the evening depending on time of year, Staff is nice but didn't return phone calls as promptly as Admiral Kidd, difficult access to get to the club (tip of Pt Loma and then >2 mile shuttle ride from the front gate and right now you have to pay $200 for the shuttle for the evening), a little less flexible on the packages than Admiral Kidd, lack of lodging near the reception site

                    Island Club (North Island/Coronado)

                    Pros-Nice Island feel/location...you are closer to the church. Large room (capacity 150?)

                    Cons-The location... lack of lodging near the reception site (unless you are eligible to book the Navy Lodge), just like the Subbase you need to take a shuttle >2 miles from the front gate (except this one is free), the room color (coral/blue combo in one of the rooms), staff didn't seem as eager to please as the other locations, not very flexible on the wedding packages (minimum of 150 guests)

                    Here is a link to the info packet all three of them use:
                    Hope this helps. If you have any other questions please let me know.

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                    1. re: sarfow

                      Sarfow, thanks so much for the information. I think Admiral kidd is going to be the place. We went to see it, and the upstairs room looks large enough for 150-200 for a sit down. A bit seedy, but my friend who is a florist said she will be able to dress it up. I think beef will be the choice, and we will just wait for a Saturday night. Thanks again.

                    2. Admiral Kidd can definitely hold around 200. I coordinated a wedding there that was set for 220, and it wasn't overly crowded.

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