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Help! Last minute private event--10 people, Wed 6/4

Megbeck May 28, 2014 01:38 PM

Hi all:

I need help putting together a last minute private event (next Wed, 6/4) and thought I would pick the brains of our local chowhounders.

We have a group of 10 for a celebratory professional event. So, not too stodgy, but it needs to be quiet enough that we can converse comfortably. To give an idea of what we are looking for in terms of ambience/pricepoint, our first thought was Whisknladle, but their private room is booked for that night.

Other criteria include:
--private room preferred, but if there is a quiet nook where we could be seated, that would also be fine
--La Jolla village or vicinity (we are all UCSD affiliates), but would be willing to drive a bit.
--beer and wine preferred
--there are a few vegetarians in the group, so there need to be non-meat options

Any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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  1. Fake Name RE: Megbeck May 28, 2014 08:44 PM

    I'd be looking at Piatti.

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      MrKrispy RE: Megbeck May 28, 2014 09:07 PM

      If you get desperate and need to leave the La Jolla area, check with Waypoint down in North Park...they have a small back room that is very private. Not sure about pricing and such, just saw it last time I was there and they mentioned it on Facebook.

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        DoctorChow RE: MrKrispy May 28, 2014 11:40 PM

        Or Tidal at Paradise Point. Very noisy in the open bar area at happy hour, but they have a private room (with a door you can close if need be) that might work for your group.

      2. Beach Chick RE: Megbeck May 29, 2014 08:17 AM

        Estancia Resort
        LJ Shores restaurant..oceanfront patio
        Cusp at the top of Hotel La Jolla

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          CampySD RE: Megbeck May 29, 2014 10:29 AM


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            eatemup RE: Megbeck May 29, 2014 12:11 PM

            Cowboy Star's private room would be an excellent fit. Bit of a drive.

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              Dagney RE: eatemup May 29, 2014 07:20 PM

              Same area and drive: Cafe Chloe and Athens Market.

              Left field idea for the same area and drive: Fogo De Chao. Their salad bar is enough to keep a vegetarian busy for hours. They have several areas that can be sectioned off for large parties.

            2. stevuchan RE: Megbeck May 29, 2014 12:42 PM

              Whisk n' Ladle has a nice private room, it's in the village, has a good beer and wine selection (better cocktails) and also veg options.

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                Fake Name RE: stevuchan May 29, 2014 01:50 PM

                "our first thought was Whisknladle, but their private room is booked for that night."

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                  Beach Chick RE: Fake Name May 29, 2014 05:31 PM

                  You sure don't miss much with that one eye. .

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                littlestevie RE: Megbeck May 29, 2014 03:53 PM

                Amaya because you could probably have the whole restaurant to yourselves! But in all seriousness have you looked at the private room at AR Valentine?

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                  daantaat RE: Megbeck May 29, 2014 10:33 PM

                  Kitchen 1540
                  George's at the Cove
                  AR Valentien

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                    sf415 RE: Megbeck May 30, 2014 01:30 PM

                    Again, a bit of a drive, but the wine room at Marina Kitchen inside the Marriott Marquis is really lovely--I had my wedding reception in Marina Kitchen's private room last weekend and it was awesome. The chef and som are very nice people and extremely flexible.

                    I've also thrown parties at the large table at Cucina Urbana and my guests have always loved it. The restaurant is noisy, but that area is quieter.

                    Have fun!

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