San Diego’s Best Rehearsal Dinner Locations vol. 4
Dine and Devote: Volume 4
Our Dine and Devote series got such a great response, I wanted to go ahead and continue it with some more rehearsal dinner location ideas. Apparently I am not the only one who loves reading and talking about the great dining options we have here in San Diego!
For Volume 4 of the series, I wanted to focus on some hotels that are hidden (and not-so-hidden) gems in terms of dining. Everyone thinks of these locations for the wedding itsself, but they really can be great for the rehearsal dinners as well. And the bonus is that your wedding party can then get rooms at the ones that are hotels together for the night, using the hotel as a jumping off point for all the excitement to come the very next day!
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe: Rancho Santa Fe
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe went through a complete renovation recently, with $12 million poured into restoring and updating this iconic hotel. Morada, the new on-site restaurant, opened in July of last year and features locally sourced Californian cuisine. It overlooks the terrace and pays homage to The Inn’s roots, with a name that even hails from the word Lilian Rice anointed the space with in 1923, translating into “house of many rooms”. The menu is forever evolving, with a commitment to fresh and local ingredients brought to you by Chef Allison, and the space itself is cozy and welcoming – perfect for the setting you are hoping to achieve for your rehearsal dinner.
Rancho Valencia: Rancho Santa Fe
Also located in Rancho Santa Fe, the Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa opened in 1989, taking up space on 45 acres of gardens and olive groves. This Mediterranean inspired resort features two dining locations; Veldora and The Pony Room. While both are manned by Chef Eric Bauer and committed to providing locally sourced cuisine, they offer up two distinctly different dining experiences. Veldora provides you with views of the valley while offering up Coastal Ranch cuisine, with a menu that boasts seasonal ingredients and delicious pairings. The Pony Room is more of a rustic experience, with locally brewed craft beers and 100 tequilla options on the menu. The food is fresh and plated in unique and appealing ways, with Old World furnishings and enlarged windows creating an ambiance that is often only further enhanced by the live music you can expect to find on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
La Valencia Hotel: La Jolla
Since 1926, the La Valencia Hotel has been a go-to hot spot visited by celebrities and adored by wedding planners. With breathtaking ocean views, this location offers up sophistication and class, along with three different dining experiences to choose from. Café la Rue just opened its doors in January of this year, serving Modern European Cuisine in a casual bistro setting. The Med is option number 2, located on the 7th floor and overlooking the ocean and gardens while serving New American cuisine. And the La Sala Lobby Lounge is where you want to go if a relaxed atmosphere with live music is your goal.
The Prado: Balboa Park
Built in 1915, The Prado at Balboa Park is a National Historic Landmark which was renovated and reopened in 2000. The historical integrity of the building was maintained, and the 22,000 square feet of space includes lush gardens and plenty of options for hosting a celebration of any kind. Dining at The Prado promises fresh American cuisine, a full bar, and the romantic and classy atmosphere you may be seeking. You and your party can dine both indoors and outdoors, choosing from a full menu that is sure to please everyone.