My daughter is returning to San Diego to get married next December. We have a family who will expect really good food. She wants a view of the water. There will be about 100 to 125 people. We could do a restaurant or rent a space and have it catered. Church is in bay park, so we'd like to be in the general area, south of La Jolla, near bay or down town. Shelter island, etc.
Any ideas on restaurants or locations with catering? We love Waters. Anywhere with a view that would let us use them? Any other suggestions that would get us started would be appreciated!!
I've been in wedding planning mode for the last six months or so (having our reception at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park with Alchemy catering in November).
Restaurants with views (that also do a lot of weddings): Bali Hai, Candelas on the Bay, JRDN/Tower 23
I think the Mission Beach Women's Club and San Diego Rowing Club are both on the bay and very flexible as to catering.
I went to a lovely wedding catered by Waters at the Martin Johnson House (Scripps Institute), but it is an outdoor-only venue, which may not be good for December. If you love Waters, I might suggest contacting them to see if they have venue suggestions.
One other thing: it gets dark early in December, so if it's an evening reception, you may want more of a bay/city view, instead of looking out onto the dark ocean.
The Darlington House in La Jolla is a lovely setting for a wedding and/or reception. No water view but beautiful old house and gardens. Can easily accommodate 100-125
Here's an oddball suggestion (surprise oddball from ME??):
Yes, it's ugly on the outside. But the bay/marina view is nice and it's probably less expensive than other venues- which means you can create your own atmosphere.
Waters is great. If I were doing a catered event, I'd also check Creative Concepts Catering. The owner is one of the best chefs I've met, and all on the down-low. Not a "superstar name brand" but very high quality food and no ego BS.
I don't know where he is money-wise, but he'd be on my A list.
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I would second Marina Village. My wife and I got married there because we also wanted a foodie wedding and weren't going to pay the ridiculous premiums for sub-par food elsewhere.
Pros: on the water, relatively affordable, easy and ample parking, no limits on caterers or alcohol.
Cons: a little run down, but getting creative with decor can help with that.
I'd recommend Scripps Seaside Forum. You can't get much closer to the water. When I got married there three years ago they had a long list of approved caterers. I believe Waters was on there.