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Private Dining Spaces in San Diego That'll Give Your Dinner Party a Stylish Boost

It’s true, we do take up every offer to celebrate with friends—especially when it involves great food and drink at an incredible restaurant. And with San Diego’s ever-growing dining scene as our playground, the options are endless for an exquisite evening meal with friends or family. For when you want to take your weeknight Happy Hour or weekend get-together up a notch, we’ve gathered the very best restaurants, wine bars and breweries around town to host you and your crew. From formal sit-down dinners to relaxed cocktail hours on the patio, here are our top picks to host your private dinner in San Diego. Cheers!

Reporter: Erica Nichols

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Sidebar at The Roselearn more

This South Park wine shop’s extended gathering space is ideal for every kind of dinner party (and was our venue of choice for last year’s holiday party!). The Spanish Colonial warehouse sets the tone for an intimate evening of great wine, food, and conversation with up to 40 guests.
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Campfire Restaurantlearn more

This Carlsbad staple celebrates communal dining the old-fashioned way—around a campfire. The indoor-outdoor concept is perfect for your evening meal and the menu offers a variety of live-fire dishes to make everyone in your party happy.
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Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Stationlearn more

    In the world of beer gardens, there’s no better place to hang with your crew than Stone Brewing. The famed beer company’s Liberty Station digs is the ideal venue with both grand indoor and outdoor spaces to host a laidback get together.
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    Loews Coronado Bay Resortlearn more

    In addition to its jaw-dropping, shimmering water views, Loews Coronado amazes with plenty of space and good eats to host your guests for a fabulous evening. Dine on coastal-inspired dishes, sip on craft cocktails and cheers to dining in an exclusive room with a view!
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    Puesto at the Headquarterslearn more

    You had us at gourmet tacos. Puesto is a local favorite with creative tacos (including a monthly special they select from customer contributions) and a fun, vibrant space to host your group. Outside there is plenty of lounge seating around fire pits and indoors, find your nook in the industrial-chic multi-level main venue.
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    Four Seasons Residence Club Aviaralearn more

      One look at the Four Seasons Residence Club and you’ll see why the esteemed hotel has such a world-class reputation. Off the main dining room, host your nearest and dearest in their private, sunlit dining space, fit for up to 32 people and complete with dreamy views of the surrounding landscape.
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      Juniper and Ivylearn more

      Top Chef Richard Blais created Juniper and Ivy all for celebrating with friends over great eats.  An open floor plan with cozy accents, the restaurant is ideal for groups of all sizes, with a private, semi-private and outdoor dining area to choose from.
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      Kettner Exchangelearn more

      This Little Italy staple boasts two levels of celebrating, with both indoor and outdoor spaces to eat, drink and be merry with your closest. The design gives subtle nods to the city’s bay and nautical history while incorporating more industrial, contemporary elements to give the restaurant an urban feel.
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      Viewpoint Brewing Co.learn more

      What’s better than a cold craft beer? A cold craft beer with a view. This Del Mar hangout delivers on both accounts with next-level brews and a scenic location overlooking the San Dieguito Lagoon. Gather your friends on their spacious patio or inside among their inviting, industrial ambiance.
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      Madison on Parklearn more

        Past its unassuming bright blue door, Madison on Park opens up to an awe-inspiring world of next-level design and delicious eats. Vaulted cedar ceilings, stylish lounge areas, and cozy dining space? Yes, please!
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        Farmer and the Seahorselearn more

        Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey’s Torrey Pines concept brings a menu inspired by local farmers and fresh catches from the Pacific. Depending on your group’s size, there are a few places to dine together, including a private room, main dining area, and a breezy outdoor patio.
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        CUCINA enoteca Del Marlearn more

        The California-inspired Italian restaurant captures the carefree whimsy of open-air eateries in a cool bohemian ambiance. Nosh on classic Italian dishes with a modern twist in their main dining area or expansive outdoor space—all dishes are served family-style for a true sit-down family dinner.
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