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10 Best Private Dining Rooms


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In-laws from Ohio, friends visiting from D.C., local buddies with no place to go, plus a holiday party for your staff of 50: Your table for six feeling tight yet? Not to worry — we’ve found the 10 best private dining rooms in San Diego that will have you feeling right at home around the holidays, without the cleanup.

Decidedly elegant yet cozy too, the private dining room at Tapenade goes beyond Francotastic with a welcoming oval table with room for 18. Red velvet curtains shield your party, while a gorgeous iron chandelier casts golden light on the classic French dishes for which chef Jean-Michel Diot is known. ­tapenaderestaurant.com.

At Diane Powers’ Casa de Bandini. There are fresh tortillas made all day, traditional Spanish architecture and enough space to hold your family reunion. The Back Room, complete with carved wooden chairs, seats 75 of your favorite people, while the lush patio averages 50. $250 site fee. ­casadebandini.com.

The hip barn-inspired dining room at Whisknladle features a giant sliding wooden door and Edison lights, with room for 16 to feast family-style. Choose two to three appetizers, entrées (such as the roasted leg of lamb that takes two days to prepare), sides and desserts, and have each course (or every dish) paired with wine. Minimums of $500 for dinner and $400 for lunch. ­whisknladle.com.
A wine cellar wall, framed signed vinyl from Van Halen, plus a secluded patio. Sounds like a posh residence, but it’s actually the private dining room at Blanca. Nestled behind the bar and equipped with an iPod hookup, the room seats up to 22 people. $700 food and beverage minimums. dineblanca.com 

The sophistication of the Grande Colonial Hotel combined with the fresh dishes of chef Jason Knibb from Nine-Ten makes the Parlor Room a perfect setting for special occasions. Detailed molding flanks the cozy space, which holds 16 for a sit-down dinner. Food and beverage minimums are $700 to $900. nine-ten.com.

Red Pearl Kitchen boasts three private-dining choices: The Gold Room, adorned with mosaic tiles, seats 12, while The Red Room seats four in a quaint space. Located in the kitchen, the Chef’s Table seats 12 and has a $45-per-person menu that features chef Chad Cranford’s special selections. Hot pots and coconut mojitos do a holiday make. ­redpearlkitchen.com.
Polished dark wood and photos of fishermen set the stage for a private affair at Truluck’s. This seafood haven has space for up to 48 in the private dining room, with two 60-inch monitors (ideal for a slide show) and private patio with crystal fire pit. Food and beverage minimums $1,750 for lunch and $3,500 for dinner. ­trulucks.com.

For a wine-tasting cocktail party or formal sit-down decadence, Bacchus Wine Market has space for 20-100. Step downstairs from the bustle of the Gas­lamp into a wine wonderland, where customization is the key. From bubbly to red, cheese pairings to plated dinners, Bacchus has no rules. ­bacchuswinemarket.com.

Strings of blue lights, French cane chairs and a garden setting make the patio at Jaynes Gastropub a dreamy locale for private events. Customize a special menu with everything from passed apps to Baby Jayne sliders. Room for 38 people — and with plenty of heaters, no need to worry about chilly evenings. No site fee.  ­jaynesgastropub.wordpress.com.

Be in the club — without the shoulder rubbing — in Stingaree’s private room, where glass walls and a 12-person table. Intimate yet voyeuristic, the space allows guests to explore the global cuisine created by chef Antonio Friscia while keeping the music below dance level. $500 site fee. stingsandiego.com.

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