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Aug 18, 2010 12:53 PM

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.