Semi-private space for birthday party in San Diego?
I'm planning a birthday party in San Diego (anywhere from downtown upto La Jolla) for a group of 15 or so at 8 pm. I would love to find a place that has a semi-private area/room so that we don't have to scream at each other to hear anything, a full-bar, yummy and inexpensive food for those who would like to eat but don't feel obliged to order food. Would like to avoid pretentious places, if possible. Would appreciate any recommendations!
Jasmine, on Convoy St., has semi-private rooms. It's relatively inexpensive, and they do have a full bar. Definitely not pretentious. They specialize in Hong Kong-style Chinese food, and some of their food is quite good. Some people prefer Emerald for that style of food, but Jasmine is outfitted to set up numerous semi-private rooms. I've always had tasty meals there.
I think Pacifica Del Mar has a private room. You might want to give them a call. Sibicca may also have one, but I am not a huge fan of their food. It's a little longer up in Del Mar, but easy freeway access (versus La Jolla which takes a little work to get into sometimes). Not sure if they meet the "inexpensive" criteria but it was a shot! I am sure you will get lots of suggestions if these don't work for you.