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Aug 19, 2009 04:21 PM

Dinner for 40 in San Diego

My son is getting married in January. Can anyone suggest a place for a very casual meal for some family. About 40 people, casual, relatively inexpensive. Thanks

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  1. Hmmmm.....

    Well, you will definitely want a place that is accustomed to handling large parties....

    The Prado in Balboa Park

    I will get rotten tomatoes for this one, but Buca De Beppo in the Gaslamp is inexpensive, and is designed to handle a large crowd.

    The Fish Market on Harbor, and for that matter, Anthony's on Harbor.

    1. Where is he getting married? You don't want to have 15+ cars looking for parking after driving 30 minutes...

      1. Cathy brings up a good point on parking.
        I'll throw in Tender Greens in Liberty Station..excellent food for about $12+ pp..they have a large parking lot.
        Pizza Nova is really good too.

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        1. re: Beach Chick

          Tender Greens is a good idea. I saw a notice they will be closed on August 22 for a private party and thought that would be a nice place with great food for a celebration..

          I was more thinking getting married in Escondido or La Jolla or Balboa Park and then getting only suggestions for places to eat in downtown...

          1. re: Beach Chick

            I forgot about Pizza Nova! I'll second that suggestion. Their menu is very appropriate for family style dining.

            1. re: Dagney

              The Point Loma location has a nice second floor room that is just right for private parties. Nice view from up there too.

              1. re: sdnativa

                Thanks to everyone for the wonderful suggestions.