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San Juan Bautista - Need area recommendation for large group lunch

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Voyageur767 Aug 13, 2013 01:55 PM

Group of about 50 traveling to San Juan Bautista next year and need to do some advance planning. Would appreciate some recommendations for low to mid-range restaurants that would be able to handle a lunch. Thanks!

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    villadeste92 RE: Voyageur767 Aug 15, 2013 04:31 PM

    Jardines and Dona Esthers come to mind. Both basic Mexican food. Jardines has a full bar and outside seating on a pretty patio. If you don't have to be in San Juan proper look at a restaurant called The Grove located about 20 minutes away towards the Hollister area. I had lunch there today and really enjoyed it. Prices were reasonable and the space was large and beautiful with inside and outside seating. Restaurant is affiliated with a winery so wine tasting is available .

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      Melanie Wong RE: villadeste92 Aug 15, 2013 05:31 PM

      I had lunch at the previous incarnation, Cedar House, a year ago.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/628965

      The restaurant venue, now the Grove, is huge. And the most memorable part was the outdoor space. Attractive plantings, waterfall and other very nice patio features. I was told it was a popular wedding space.
      http://lealvineyards.com/

      What did you order for lunch at The Grove?

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        Melanie Wong RE: villadeste92 Aug 15, 2013 05:45 PM

        What did you order for lunch at The Grove? Does it still have a wood-fired oven for baking bread and pizza?

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          villadeste92 RE: Melanie Wong Aug 15, 2013 06:38 PM

          i had the shrimp po boy and a cannoli. Both were very good. Yes, they do still have the wood burning oven and they offer a variety of pizzas and baked goods. The inside and outside spaces are beautiful. They serve breakfast on the weekend, coffee and pastries on weekdays. Check out their website for menus and directions. Worth a special trip or a stop by if you are in the area.

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            Melanie Wong RE: villadeste92 Aug 15, 2013 06:45 PM

            Ah ha, here's the correct website for the restaurant. Thanks.
            http://www.lealvineyardsgrove.com/

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