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Rehearsal Dinner in SD area (Del Mar) for 60

Hi, my fiance and I are looking for a place to host our rehearsal dinner. Our wedding is in Del Mar, and a lot of people will be staying there. But we don't mind it being within about 15 miles of Del Mar. We would prefer Italian. A private room is a must that can hold about 60 people (majority from the Midwest). We have already contacted Il Fornaio in Del Mar but it was too pricey. We are hoping to stay below $40/person before alcohol.

Thanks for any recommendations!!! Oh, and it's not till next July so we shouldn't have to worry about things already booked up!

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  1. Trattoria il Trulli in Encinitas has some of the best Italian food in the area, but it's small, so you would probably have to rent out the restaurant. I have no idea how much that would cost, but you should give them a call. It would be a charming place for a rehearsal dinner.

    1. You are going to have a hard time finding a place in Del Mar that will hold 60 people for under $40/pp w/o alcohol. Your best bet is to either raise your budget or look outside of Del Mar.

      Try Piatti's in La Jolla--they are more moderately priced and have good food. No private room but they have a nice outdoor patio.

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      1. re: daantaat

        I don't think the patio at Piatti's can hold 60. Saw a shower there on Sat and it held 40 MAX. But beautiful venue.

        1. re: foodiechick

          Thanks for the ideas. Yeah, being in Del Mar isn't a big thing, I just don't want people to have to drive really far if they are staying in Del Mar, so thats why I said within about 15 miles. But really we are open to location...probably not South of downtown though or North of Carlsbad.

          1. re: foodiechick

            I'd agree on the patio. It's been a while since I've eaten out there and suspected 60 was pushing it but threw it out just in case.

        2. I had my rehearsal dinner at Buca di Beppo, and we were very pleased with the accomodations for the large party, the food, and tab. The wine selection isn't great, though. I'm not sure where the closest one to the DM area would be, I know there is one in Mira Mesa, which is inland. You could always check their website.

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          1. re: ginael

            We considered this and I was planning to go to the Encinitas/Carlsbad location to check out the room. Did you have a private room? The girl on the phone told me it was private but didn't have doors. I am just worried about the noise level. We want to do a slide show and toats and I want everyone to be able to hear.

          2. You might try Osteria Romantica in la Jolla Shores.. It would fit your budget.. They do have a back dining room that might hold 60... not sure.. We did a party for twenty there and they did large platters for us..

            agh you should also try Venice in the UTC area.. I bet they would accommodate you.....very busy for lunch,because of where there are,, not so for dinner.. very good food..

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            1. re: butterbutt

              Thank you, I will check both of those out!

            2. wolfgang puck opened a new restaurant in san diego yesterday. It is connected to the La Jolla playhouse. The place is called Jai, and it appears to be a Asian fusion place, I guess like his Chinois places. They do have private rooms. Obviously I have not eaten there and it does not appear that they have a website up as of yet, but you may want to check it out.