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Fit for Foodies
By Meg McGuire | Photo: Coasterra photo by Luna Photo; The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon photo by Bleu Cotton Photography | January 27, 2016
With a focus on locally sourced ingredients and top-notch design, Golden State restaurants rank high on the list of desirable wedding venues. Here, we highlight California’s finest eateries for pairing magnificent receptions with a world-class culinary experience.
880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, 619.814.1300
About Set on Harbor Island with sweeping views of downtown San Diego, this brand-new Mexican eatery offers five event spaces, including an expansive floating barge.
Stats & Standouts Accommodating up to 500 guests, the unique Harbor Float Event Center is the space to book. With a bar, a bridal suite and an oversize deck, it’s wedding-ready.
Packages Due to the large variety of space options, combined with date and head-count variables, the cost of Coasterra is priced upon request. Meet with the on-site event planners to discuss details.
Nearby Attractions The Coronado Ferry runs every 15 minutes between downtown and Harbor Island. What better way to arrive in style while scoping out the sights?
7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla, 858.459.0221
About Designer Thomas Schoos created the sweeping interior of this seafood eatery, which combines rustic woods with impressive outdoor elements such as 100-year-old olive trees.
Stats & Standouts The main dining room seats up to 150 guests for dishes such as albacore poke and Alaskan halibut by chef Brian Malarkey. Couples have the option of splurging on a fresh oyster bar (from $150).
Packages Starting at $30,000, the buyout includes a three-course, customizable dinner in addition to beer, wine and cocktails.
Nearby Attractions Only a few blocks away from the Pacific, the restaurant is within walking distance of La Jolla Cove—a perfect backdrop for photo-ops.
3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 949.760.0331
About Steps away from Big Corona Beach, this spot exudes a romantic European feel. Owned by the proprietors of Lawry’s, the resto’s prime rib will be the star dish of the reception.
Stats & Standouts Couples can choose from the English-inspired greenhouse, patio or garden, all of which hold up to 150 guests for a daytime affair, or 100 for an evening event.
Packages While individual spaces have no rental fee, food and beverage minimums range from $2,500 to $10,000. It is possible to reserve all three areas (price upon request).
Nearby Attractions Only five minutes away, the Crystal Cove lifestyle center is a perfect place for a drink prenuptials. Order a margarita at Javier’s or a martini at Maestro’s Ocean Club.
THE RANCH RESTAURANT & SALOON
1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, 714.687.6320
About Known for country music and top-notch steak, this OC spot is a great fit for a fun-loving duo. The rich interiors and dramatic lighting make for a welcoming environment.
Stats & Standouts At 53,000 square feet, The Ranch, located in an unassuming tower in Anaheim, consists of a main dining room, saloon and event space, all of which fit up to 450 guests.
Packages Opt to buy out both the restaurant and the saloon to create the ultimate experience of dinner and dancing. Priced upon request, packages are available, depending on the date.
Nearby Attractions Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza are a short drive away, but the nearby beaches in Newport are not to be missed. Disneyland is also around the corner.
176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.777.3711
About Wolfgang Puck’s iconic Beverly Hills staple is ideal for any glamorous couple looking for award-winning cuisine and an extraordinary space to match.
Stats & Standouts The resto can comfortably seat up to 340 guests, or as many as 500 for standing receptions. With a retractable roof, the patio is the obvious spot for the dance floor.
Packages Spago works with the bride, groom and wedding planner to create a signature event which starts at $45,000 and includes food, drinks, china, linens, silver and glassware.
Nearby Attractions Prior to the ceremony, friends and family can shop on Rodeo Drive, grab a glass of wine at Wally’s Beverly Hills or treat themselves to a facial at Spa Montage.
TWENTY FIVE LUSK
25 Lusk St., San Francisco, 415.495.5875
About Located in the SOMA district of San Francisco, this contemporary eatery is fitting for the foodie bride and groom who are planning a modern, minimalist wedding.
Stats & Standouts Depending on set-up, the space can hold 200 for a seated meal or up to 400 for a standing reception. Chef Matthew Dolan works with couples to create their ultimate dishes.
Packages Weekend buyouts start at $35,000 and include food, drinks, staffing, plates and stemware. Choose a three- to five-course menu with wine pairings.
Nearby Attractions Located in the museum district, Twenty Five Lusk is around the corner from the MOMA and the gorgeous Yerba Buena Gardens.
470 Pacific Ave., San Francisco, 415.775.8500
About Rated No. 3 in the city by Zagat, this high-end, prix-fixe restaurant is apt for a duo looking to have a serious culinary experience on their big day.
Stats & Standouts A standing reception with small plates and canapes can fit 100, while an intimate dinner can seat up to 75. Chef Michael Tusk’s classic dish is his decadent caviar brioche.
Packages Couples can reserve the restaurant starting at $25,000, which includes passed hors d’oeuvres and a four-course menu. Alcohol charges are based on consumption.
Nearby Attractions Just a few steps away, the historic Jackson Square has myriad art galleries, antique shops and small boutiques. Grab a drink at one of the cafes before the fete.
THE GIRL & THE FIG
110 W. Spain St., Sonoma, 707.933.3000
About Set in Sonoma, this classic resto has been a wine-country essential for the last 18 years. Chef John Toulze’s farm-to-table fare pairs perfectly with the region’s fine wines.
Stats & Standouts From late spring to early fall, 140 guests can be accommodated both inside the eatery and on the patio. During cooler months, the resto tents the patio for warmth.
Packages A flat fee of $30,000 includes exclusive use of the restaurant, passed apps, a three-course dinner, a cheese and charcuterie station, and a half bottle of wine per person.
Nearby Attractions With more than 400 wineries and 50 parks in the area, guests’ activities can range from elaborate wine tastings to hiking to visiting the impressive redwoods.