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Suggestions please. For twenty out-of-state guests who will be flying here from the East Coast. I am looking for something chic, with ambiance, view etc. Budget is open. Looking for smooth transitions from (civil) ceremony to dinner to possibly dancing afterwards.

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  1. San Diego is a big city. Where will your ceremony be, and will there be transportation for your guests.

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      Thanks for the interest, diva. My fiance's parents consider a chef of a five-star establishment in another state a good friend. Naturally, I would not want to disappoint with my selection. The ceremony will be a simple, civil one. The site has not been determined. I could provide transportation for my guests. I refuse to feed into the commercialism that has come to plaque the bridal industry. This time next year I will probably be living in or around little Italy. I have read about your recommendations of Oceanaire, Modus, Mr. A's, Palm Restaurant, and Market for groups of twenty. I see that the restaurant, Terra, touts that they cater weddings. Perhaps you could point me in the right direction. Thanks.

      1. re: soldiers room

        Mr. A's is a nice venue, and the view is awesome.

        1. re: Josh

          Mr. 's is great for a private event. Penny, their manager can acomodate any need that you would have. I have used them many times and every time they have exceeded my extremly high expectations!

    2. AR Valentien at the Torrey Pines Lodge may be able to do it for you. They have a classy atmosphere with a Craftsman-style architecture with views of the pine trees and pool below. Food is terrific and "should" please the five-star chef.

      Nine-Ten in La Jolla is in The Colonial Hotel. They have private rooms which can hold 20 guests comfortably. No great views from the restaurant itself, but it is near the water and the food is good.

      Arterra at the Del Mar Marriott may be an option, although I haven't been since the chef left to open Market. It had very good food when Schroeder was there. They have a private room that seats about 20.

      Terra's food is good, although I wouldn't put it on par w/ a 5-star restaurant.

      Market is excellent, although you would have to drive elsewhere to do the ceremony and dancing.

      Jack's La Jolla Formal Dining Room has very good food, modernly chic atmosphere. There is an outdoor bar which lends itself to dancing, although it is more of the pick-up, drunken dancing scene.

      1. One additional possibility could be J.Taylor in Del Mar at L'Auberge del Mar.