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Vintage Wedding Luncheon

I am getting married and would like to take my guests to a restaurant for a small luncheon afterward. My dress and "theme" is modern vintage...very Madmen. I would love to have a venue for the luncheon that went with my "theme" and had great food. Any suggestions? I am not 100% sure on how many guests there will be but I suppose that depends a lot on the place I choose for the luncheon. Any suggestions would be a major help!

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  1. I had a couple of recommendations, then realized you're looking for a lunch spot. Neither The Pearl or Starlite (my choices to match your theme) are open for lunch, although The Pearl has a Sundary brunch that runs to about 2pm. I've heard it gets loud at brunch, though.

    It's a stretch, but Bali Hai is all about tiki, which is kind of retro-vintagy, and they do serve lunch. Plus, you'll have great views.

    3175 India Street, San Diego, CA 92103

    Bali Hai Restaurant
    2230 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

    1. I had my wedding reception at the La Valencia hotel in La jolla--very old hollywood/CA vintage with ocean views. They have a beautiful lounge area in the back with a huge window overlooking the ocean--you can have lunch there or on the terrace outside.

      1. What about one of the restaurants at the Hotel Del? I've had amazing food at 1500 Ocean and I would imagine that they're used to accommodating big groups.

        1500 Ocean
        1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118

        1. Grant Grill at the US Grant Hotel on Broadway might fit your theme. Lots of leather and wood paneling. May be more of a power lunch place vs. romantic but the food there is good.

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          1. re: JRSD

            I was going to suggest Grant Grill. And it used to be one of the original "Mad Men" type of places (hello, 3-martini lunch) in SD that is still around. "Granted" it has undergone several makeovers, but I still think it reads old-school in the main dining room.

            If you really want a time warp, try Old Trieste on Morena Blvd. But stick with the off-menu, fresh fish of the day. Usually halibut or sea bass sauted in olive oil with garlic and white wine. The place has been around forever and still caters to that Mad Men crowed (including my husband), but that dish is still pretty solid. The rest of the menu, not so much.

            Old Trieste Restaurant
            2335 Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

          2. Too bad Richard Neutra's work didn't spill over on restaurants in SD..
            Bali Hai before the remodel would of worked.
            Grant Grill or La Valencia are the two places that are coming to mind but not really 'modern'.
            If you want to make it a girls trip over to Palm Springs, that is where you'll be in hog heaven with everything mid-century modern.

            1. THANK YOU everyone for your suggestions! I will look into all these places. Also, the actual ceremony is in La Jolla so I am trying to find something closer to that area. But I am loving all the suggestions!

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              1. re: titajoan

                Check out the options at 910 at the Colonial Inn in La Jolla - they have some great spots for a small catered luncheon - including the back patio. It's not vintage modern, but your theme would not look out of place there - it's an older building, etc.

                1. re: Alice Q

                  Yeah, with your theme and location, the choice is between two places:

                  La Valencia
                  the Grande Colonial Hotel http://www.thegrandecolonial.com/

                  1. re: stevewag23

                    and I think the GC will be far cheaper than La V - sa well as easier to deal with and better food.

              2. Have you thought of the "Urban Tea" at Cafe Chloe? The food style/fancy treats with tea is more 'vintage'. www.cafechloe.com

                Also in La Mesa there is a tearoom. http://www.theaubreyrosetearoom.com/

                Tea Upon Chatsworth in Point Loma also has a delightful "High Tea" http://www.cu4t.com/

                The Zodiac restaurant inside Nieman Marcus in Fashion Valley is very reminsicent of when each High End Department store restaurant was a meeting place for 'the ladies'. In fact, it still is. From the cup of chicken consumme and cheese biscuit, along with the hot popover and strawberry butter brought to each table before you order, the food and atmosphere is wonderous. Very 50's. http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/inf...

                Cafe Chloe
                721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

                Tea Upon Chatsworth
                2180 Chatsworth Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107

                Point Loma Cafe
                4856 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

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                1. re: Cathy

                  There is also a tearoom/service at the Four Seasons Aviara which is nice

                  1. re: honkman

                    I didn't know about that one, honkman. Thanks.

                    1. re: honkman

                      Four Seasons is no longer a FS...it is a Park Hyatt Aviara.

                      1. re: Beach Chick

                        As of now there have been no changes in the restaurants and the tea service. However, I think after Labor Day and the summer crowds are gone, the Hyatt may change a few things up.

                        1. re: littlestevie

                          I hope they keep the tea service. My wife was invited there to a baby shower several months ago and really enjoyed the tea service (even though she is normally not so much interested in such acitivities).

                      1. re: Cathy

                        Thanks a bunch for the Cafe Chloe recommendation here, Cathy-- I had to plan a bridal shower in San Diego from Ohio, and it was a huge hit with our group (which included both foodies and picky eaters) when we had brunch there. Everyone kept asking how I'd found it and talking about how delicious it was and what a perfect, pretty setting. So thanks for making me look like a genius to my friends!

                        Cafe Chloe
                        721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

                        1. re: ProfAmy

                          You're welcome, Amy. I am just all smiling and happy for you.

                      2. Thank You again!!! I am still looking into many of these venues!!

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                        1. re: titajoan

                          If in La Jolla my first pick would be La Valencia.

                          There's also Manhattan's - very old school Italian supper club - not sure if they do lunch and it's been ages since I've been so can't vouch for food.