One of the most frequently asked questions by readers is which La Jolla restaurants have private dining space for meetings, parties and events. The answer is that there are a lot of very good options to choose from. As restaurants are constantly updating, do call to verify occupancy numbers and minimum requirements if any of these places appeal to you.
Aloha Sushi Lounge
The back area cabanas can be reserved and accommodate up to 50 people seated and 75 for cocktails. They have a special banquet menu featuring sushi and Hawaiian favorites, as the name implies. The menu is moderately-priced for the location with a very casual ambiance.
- Address: 7731 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
- Phone: (858) 551-5000
- Website: alohasushilounge.com
Amaya La Jolla
The private Wine Cellar Room can accommodate up to 12 seated guests while the Private Dining Room seats up to 28. Larger groups can reserve the bar and lounge area for up to 66 guests or the entire patio for up to 118 guests. The food here is American favorites with Mediterranean influences, and bound to impress. It’s the sister restaurant to Amaya at The Grand Del Mar.
- Address: 1205 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
- Phone: (858) 750-3695
- Website: amayalajolla.com
This charming beach cottage restaurant dates back to 1894 and hosts small gatherings with a very intimate vibe… like you’re actually in someone’s home. The West Veranda room is a covered porch with plastic curtains that can be raised or lowered. Either way, the view of La Jolla Cove is spectacular and tables can be put together to seat up to 20. The main dining area and patio are also available to hire out and seat up to 100 people.
- Address: 1235 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037
- Phone: (858) 454-7393
- Website: brocktonvilla.com
An ocean view seafood restaurant, Crab Catcher has several private dining options. The outdoor patio seats 50 while the Vineyard Room seats 60, the Cabernet Room seats 30 and the Chardonnay room seats 18. Brunch, lunch and dinner banquet menus are available online but you’ll need to call for more room specifics as they aren’t listed online.
- Address: 1298 #3A, Prospect St, CA 92037
- Phone: (858) 454-9587
- Website: crabcatcher.com
Located at the top of Hotel La Jolla in La Jolla Shores, newly-renovated CUSP has an amazing panoramic ocean view. The private dining room has meeting capabilities and seats 30 or holds 45 for cocktails. However, CUSP caters the events around the hotel so you could even use the Hiatus patio around the pool on the ground level for up to 200 guests. There’s also the hotel’s Starlight Room which can seat 80 or hold 150 people for cocktails.
- Address: 7955 La Jolla Shores Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
- Phone: (858) 551-3620
- Website: hotellajolla.com
Another of my personal favorite fine dining restaurants, Eddie V’s offers private dining in the Prospect Room (24 guests seated, 40 for cocktails) or the V Lounge with deck (52 guests seated, 100 for cocktails). Both the main dining room and Waterfront Terrace are available for larger parties of up to 150 people each. Floor plans are normally available online, however, they are being revised at the moment so I am not sure if these numbers will change. The menu is mostly steak and seafood with amazing sides. The views are also spectacular.
- Address: 1270 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
- Phone: (858) 459-5500
- Website: eddiev.com
George’s At The Cove
This is my go-to recommendation when people ask where they should eat in La Jolla, especially if they’re just visiting. The food is reliably outstanding in taste and presentation due to Chef Trey Foshee’s creative genius. Your best bet is to call with your specifics because they can be so flexible with space and menu. To give you an idea, available spaces include George’s Bar (34 guests seated on bar stools and 56 seated at tables), Prospect Room (34 guests) Village Room (23 guests), Pacific Room (18 guests) and even the entire dining room or Ocean View room (108 guests). Some rooms can even be combined.
- Address: 1250 Prospect St, San Diego, CA 92037
- Phone: (858) 454-4244
- Website: georgesatthecove.com
Herringbone doesn’t offer totally private dining but you can buy out the entire restaurant or reserve just the front patio area. There’s also a semi-private loft area that seats up to 22. It’s sort of the happening place right now so planning an event here signals how hip you are. Plus, the food and decor is fantastic — it’s one of Brian Malarkey’s restaurants, after all.
- Address: 7837 Herschel Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037
- Phone: (858) 459-0221
- Website: herringboneeats.com
Iberico Spanish Bistro
A new tapas-style restaurant with the area’s first gin bar, Iberico has a private room that can handle up to 60 people with live music by request. A restaurant buyout for 200 people is also available.
- Address: 909 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
- Phone: (858) 454-1958
- Website: ibericobistro.com
The Marine Room
Another truly special venue literally set in the sand of La Jolla Shores Beach, The Marine Room is romantic and just completely special. When the tide is high, the ocean actually splashes on the windows. It’s a sure way to impress your guests and a AAA four-diamond restaurant. There’s a new totally-private Seahorse dining room that seats 50 but portions of the restaurant can be split up. The Spindrift Room seats 68, the Southend with bar area (includes both the Seahorse Room and Spindrift Room) seats a total of 132, the Terrace seats 42 and the Northend of the restaurant seats 108. Request a proposal online.
- Address: 2000 Spindrift Dr, San Diego, CA 92037
- Phone: (858) 459-7222
- Website: marineroom.com
NINE-TEN, located in the historic Grande Colonial Hotel, boasts a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list and amazing cuisine. The restaurant itself is quite intimate, however, reserve space in some of the hotel’s banquet rooms for a NINE-TEN catered event. The Parlor Room seats 16, the La Jolla Room seats 40, the Sun Room seats 60 and the Grande Terrace seats 50, while overlooking the pool. All have a European flair, but despite the Prospect location there is no ocean view. It won’t matter though.
- Address: 910 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
- Phone: (858) 964-5400
- Website: nine-ten.com
Never go here without ordering the Cutting Board as it’s one of the best charcuterie and cheese boards in town. But, for private dining they have an intimate private dining room that seats up to 16 people with the option to include audio/visual equipment. An entire restaurant buyout is available.
- Address: 1044 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037
- Phone: (858) 551-7575
- Website: whisknladle.com
Where Have You Booked An Event In La Jolla?
Do let me know if I’m missing your favorite spot from this list and what your experience was like booking an event at any of these venues. I’ll keep this list updated.
Photos are used courtesy of George’s at the Cove and CUSP.