When your tribe is craving sushi, it’s tough to find a place that can seat the whole gang together. Cloak & Petal has you covered—it’s designed with group dining in mind. Host visiting family under C&P’s iconic cherry blossom tree in the main dining room or grab your pals and hit happy hour in its new speakeasy concept area, Shibuya Nights, for $10 specialty cocktails and select rolls, including decidedly non-traditional faves like Face It, You’re Basic (panko shrimp, avocado, krab, tempura crunchy flakes, spicy aioli, sweet soy sauce reduction) or Cesar Chavez and Main St. (shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, avocado, black pepper, tuna, charred jalapeño ponzu, cilantro, habanero). It’s open later than most places, closing at 11 pm Sunday-Thursday and 1 am Friday-Saturday (the kitchen shuts down a half-hour before).
How to book: Book tables up to six via OpenTable. For larger groups, call the restaurant directly at 619-501-5505.
When you want your dinner party to be especially memorable, head to the newly renovated Mr. A's, San Diego’s favorite special occasion restaurant. The view is the first thing you’ll notice, and it’s breathtaking both day and night. During the day you can sit outside on the expanded outdoor lounge area and watch the jets descend to the runway at San Diego International Airport. By night, thousands of sparkling city lights dazzle almost as much as the food. Culinary director Stephane Voitzwinkler artfully blends American, French, and Alsatian influences that straddle between the classics—think rosy pink Duck Breast and Colorado Rack of Lamb—and modern takes on Chickpea Panisse and Georges Bay Scallops. Note that there is a dress code.
How to book: Reservations for parties up to six can be made via OpenTable. For larger groups, call the restaurant at 619-239-1377.
Floor-to-ceiling glass windows, an expansive patio, and dazzling city views make Coasterra perfect for welcoming friends from out of town, family celebrations, and fuss-free holiday dinners. Chef Deborah Scott’s upscale takes on traditional Latin dishes make fine use of her proximity to San Diego’s freshest seafood. Nine unique varieties of margaritas, plus tableside pitchers for the extra thirsty, keep the party going strong. Reservations for parties of up to eight can be made online, but tables of up to 25 can be arranged in the dining room. For special events, plenty of private and semi-private space is available, including the Lanai, the Skyline Terrace and Bar, and the spectacular Harbor Float, a covered outdoor patio that hovers over the water and can accommodate up to 200 guests.
How to book: Reservations for groups up to eight can be made via OpenTable. Book larger parties by calling 619-814-1300 or online.
Animae is the ideal destination for an elevated holiday event or celebration. Under the helm of acclaimed chef Tara Monsod, Animae has a lighter, more Southeast Asian-focused menu. The stunning dining room is inspired by the ancient forest of Yakushima Island, with lush moss green velvet banquettes and heavy drapery sheltering dining nooks along the wall, while playful lighting provides flattering illumination. Custom-tailored menus and specially curated wine pairings are also available.
How to book: Tables for groups up to eight can be reserved via OpenTable. Book larger parties online or by calling 619-432-1225.
Herb & Sea blends contemporary West Coast panache with timeless East Coast tradition. Clean, simple, seasonal fare that celebrates the bounty of the sea as well as treasured classics provide the perfect menu for holiday dinners or family festivities. The airy, modern dining room, full of cozy elements and art deco touches can accommodate parties of up to 10, and the East Coast Room, the Moonlight Deck, a sunlit outdoor patio, or even the entire venue can be reserved for larger groups. Custom-tailored menus and custom sommelier-selected wines are also available.
How to book: Tables for groups up to 10 can be reserved via OpenTable. Book larger parties online or by calling 760-704-8300.
Fusing glamping chic with industrial elements, Campfire’s light-filled dining room and spectacular open kitchen brings the outdoors inside with cozy touches like polished wood panels and lots of twinkling lights. Fire is the star of the menu as well—most dishes have at least one element that’s been grilled, charred, coal-roasted, seared, or smoked over open flame, including the cocktail menu. Parties of up to six are easily reserved online, and groups of seven to ten can be accommodated. For tables over seven, a special, four-course menu is offered at $75 per person, not including tax and tip and prepaid at the time of reservation. It includes one entree each and plenty of family-style starters, sides, and dessert, but not beverages.
How to book: Reserve parties of six or fewer via OpenTable. View the special menu and reserve larger groups here.