Need private dining room recommendation in San Diego on 5th Ave.
I am planning a party for 30-40 people and will need a place VERY close to the Marriott on 5th Ave. I have gotten a few recommendations from the Marriott but wanted to know what my friends on Chowhound think. .
Here are the places that were recommended:
Lou & Mickeys at the Gaslamp
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Do you have a budget? Does the party need to be fancy, business-oriented or can it be something more casual?
I'm asking because my thoughts wandered towards asking Neighborhood if you can rent out the restaurant for the night (it'll fit 30-40 snugly) and having a great dinner of good burgers and craft beers.
skip Lou and Mickey's. My s.o. ended up there for a biz meeting and was embarrassed that the host chose that place for a high-level gathering.
Donovan's is your best bet on your list. The UTC location does a great job for large dinner meetings.
Lou and Mickey's
224 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
I live in that neighborhood. Your criteria (30-40, VERY close to Marriott on 5th) would eliminate any real special cuisine, but I expect you already knew that.
Chianti / Osteria Panevino: competent Italian but I think you'd have to buy out either place.
Lou & Mickey's: agree it's a pass
Roy's: I like the food and atmosphere there but it's got to be a pass because it's simply not VERY close to your hotel; a 10 minute walk, including crossing busy Harbor Dr.
Jsix: Good choice IF they can accomodate your size
Bertrand @ Mr. A's: too far, probably too expensive and fancy for that size group
There are several chain steak houses that qualify: Donovan's, Flemings and Palm, Morton's. Of those I like Flemings best. Their private room may be too small, though.
McCormick & Schmick's: Seafood, of course, but also meat. Another chain, but they do have an upstairs dining area that could accomodate 35-40; the setting is sleek and upscale.
722 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Donovan's would be a great choice..they have the Mezzanine room that accommodates up to 42 people..
Jsix is another great suggestion at the Hotel Solamar..
McCormicks & Schmicks at the Omni upstairs might work...not enclosed but private.
Maybe the US Grant Hotel, Hilton Bayfront or the Ivy Hotel..
I vote for JSix. They are located in a hotel and might be more accustomed to accommodating a large party. The food AND service are solid.
Bertrand's has a great view, blah blah blah, but the food is grossly overrated.
I don't know of anyone mentioned Morton's, they are expensive, but wonderful.
616 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101