The Ultimate Guide to
La Jolla Weddings: Wedding Day Meals

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Where to Have Your Rehearsal Dinner in La Jolla

Table set up for rehearsal dinner
Table set up for rehearsal dinner

There are great options for La Jolla restaurants to host your rehearsal dinner.

Think about the most important factors to consider:

  • Desired ambience (Whether that’s more formal, more laid-back, etc.)
  • Party size (How many people do you expect to attend?)
  • Budget (What is the ideal amount to spend?)

These elements in mind, and any others that may be important (like having an ocean view or a sizable wine list), here are top recommendations for restaurants in La Jolla for rehearsal dinners.

Bar at Herringbone in La Jolla
Dining area in Herringbone Restaurant

Herringbone

The highly-acclaimed Herringbone restaurant in downtown La Jolla offers private dining rooms, perfect for a rehearsal dinner. Your guests will enjoy the farm to sea specialties, inspired by top chef, Brian Malarkey. (He has been on the Food Network, featured on the Travel Channel, won as mentor on ABC’s The Taste and more.) It’s a restaurant ideal for those who appreciate high quality of fresh seafood that is paired with seasonal produce.

Book your rehearsal dinner in advance by calling the restaurant: 1-858-495-0221. Learn more about this option for private dining in La Jolla.

Couple dancing at their wedding
Wedding ceremony set up at the Marine Room in La Jolla
Large wave hitting the exterior of the Marine Room in La Jolla

Marine Room

The Marine Room is not only a great wedding venue in La Jolla. It is a decadent option for your rehearsal dinner. Located almost directly on the water, the oceanic location lends itself to breathtaking views and incredible seafood.

You and your guests can enjoy this high-end cuisine at one of the private or semi-private rooms:

  • Restaurant Buyout (The entire restaurant for up to 230 guests)
  • Terrace (Semi-private area up to 46 guests. View of Pacific Ocean, Torrey Pines cliffs and La Jolla Cove)
  • Northend (Panoramic views, Up to 108 seats)
  • Seahorse Room (Fully private area, Up to 56 guests)
  • Spindrift Room (Semi-private up to 70 guests)
  • Southend (Private event space, up to 120 guests)

Find full description of each of these spaces and submit a request for a proposal at this Marine Room private events page.

People talking at wedding rehearsal dinner
Interior dining area at George's by the Cove
Outdoor patio at George's by the Cove in La Jolla

George’s at the Cove

This award-winning restaurant, famous for both food and service, specializes in planning private events. George’s at the Cove is nestled in La Jolla’s downtown and overlooks the Pacific, an ideal high-end venue for those who seek an ocean view.

You can expect:

  • 3 levels of private event space, with both indoor and outdoor options.

To select from different menu options, including:

  • California Modern Group Dinner – Elegant appetizers, salads, entrees and more that each attendee can select separately.
  • California Modern 3 Course ($100)
  • Includes 3 courses, 2 glasses of wine, tax + gratuity
  • California Modern 4 Course ($125)
  • Includes 4 courses, 2 glasses of wine, tax + gratuity
  • Terrace & Level 2 Group Dinner (Group Bistro Dinner)
  • A more casual, budget-forward option
  • Add on extra special touches, such as valet parking and a specialty cocktail created for your event.

Learn more or inquire about booking a wedding reception in La Jolla here.

Interior dining area at Whisknladle in La Jolla

Whisknladle

This highly acclaimed La Jolla restaurant has multiple private dining options, including a private dining room that can host up to 16 guests. Known for its high quality cuisine and fantastic service, this is perfect for an intimate rehearsal dinner that has a focus on delectable, seasonal and farm-to-table foods.

Some top perks: Romantic and dim lighting. Low-level of noise. The view is onto a downtown Jolla Village Street, fun for people watching.

Exterior of Eddie V's in La Jolla
Interior seating and bar at Eddie V's in La Jolla

Eddie V’s La Jolla

Each reserved private party at Eddie V’s renders:

  • A personal event coordinator
  • Custom menu
  • Assistance with wine pairing
  • Valet parking and more

The Eddie V’s managers will guide you through the multiple venue options, including private and semi-private. Known for seafood and steak, it’s a high end restaurant ideal for true food lovers. Learn more or start the process to booking your rehearsal dinner in La Jolla.

Outdoor patio at Piatti in La Jolla

Piatti

This Italian restaurant in La Jolla has a great deal of experience in hosting rehearsal dinners. They offer multiple menu options to accommodate different budgets and a wide selection of wines, making it a highly customizable restaurant.

Piatti La Jolla also has event coordinators who can work with you on the details of your rehearsal dinner to ensure all runs seamlessly. Get more details here.

Indoor dining area at Osteria Romantica in La Jolla

Osteria Romantica

This Italian restaurant is nestled in La Jolla Shores and is lit up at night with twinkling lights, helping foster a wonderful ambience. Osteria Romantica offers a semi-private room to host your private rehearsal dinner; it can hold up to 30 people. Your guests will enjoy selecting from an in-depth wine list and variety of authentic Italian dishes, such as gnocchi, braised lamb and many seafood-based dishes.

Exterior of the Cottage in La Jolla
Interior dining at The Cottage in La Jolla

The Cottage

Reserve a rehearsal dinner at The Cottage, where private events can be booked any time after 2:30 pm. September through May, you can reserve the entire restaurant. During summer, this La Jolla venue invites people to reserve sections or all of The Cottage dining room or garden patio. (The garden patio can host up to 75 diners; the dining room is able to accommodate 50.)

Menu options: Order from the regular menu or, if you have a party of 20 people or more, the General Manager will work with you to help create a special menu of dishes to be served and selections of beer and wine.

Head to The Cottage website to book your private rehearsal dinner in La Jolla.

Grass grass at Estancia Hotel in La Jolla

Remember to reference the La Jolla hotels: The hotels listed at the top of this document as wedding venues can also host rehearsal dinners. If you are already having your wedding at a La Jolla hotel; booking your rehearsal dinner there can be a great option to make planning that much easier. The wedding planner at the venue can include the details for the rehearsal dinner in your package.

Day After Wedding Brunch in La Jolla

Wedding table centerpiece with pink and white roses

It’s become common practice for the bride and groom to enjoy time with their closest family and friends with a brunch the morning (or afternoon) after the wedding. A lovely place with good food and enough room to host a small to large group size.

Here are our top recommendations for post-wedding brunch in La Jolla.

French toast with strawberries and bananas from the Cottage in La Jolla

The Cottage

This La Jolla restaurant is best known for breakfast and lunch, making brunch the perfect go to. Sit on the patio to enjoy the fresh air, where there is plenty of seating for a large-sized group. (There is indoor seating, as well, should the weather grow chilly.)

French toast with fruit from Brockton Villa in La Jolla

Brockton Villa Restaurant

Enjoy a beautiful view of La Jolla Cove the day after your wedding. This venue is mostly outdoors, making for a great ocean breeze. It has a variety of brunch options, both savory and sweet, including the award-winning Coast Toast – a French toast souffle with a hint of orange.

Exterior of Cody's Cafe in La Jolla

Cody’s La Jolla

Cody’s La Jolla is known for it’s great breakfast food and its wide variety of mimosas and champagne cocktails, featuring unique flavors like pomegranate. This is an ideal place for anyone who has a pup they’d like to bring; it’s a dog-friendly restaurant.

Exterior of Shorehouse Kitchen in La Jolla

Shorehouse Kitchen

This La Jolla Shores restaurant is great for the couple who loves Eggs Benedict; there are five types to choose from! It has a wide range of both hearty meat and vegetarian options, providing diverse options for a large group. Shorehouse Kitchen is very dog-friendly; they even have a doggie menu that includes honey cured bacon bits and grass fed beef.)

Some top perks: Romantic and dim lighting. Low-level of noise. The view is onto a downtown Jolla Village Street, fun for people watching.

Exterior of Richard Walker's in La Jolla

Richard Walker’s Pancake House

If you are a couple truly passionate about pancakes or waffles, this is the venue for you. It is a more casual dining experience, perfect for a laid-back morning.

Interior dining at Whisknladle in La Jolla

Whisknladle

Enjoy an elegant post wedding brunch at the award-winning Whisknladle. It’s a seasonal menu that is fairly concise, offering a smaller number carefully selected options. (This makes it perfect for groups that have a hard time choosing between too many entrees!)

Interior dining at Piatti in La Jolla

Piatti

Have a group that prefers savory over sweet? For an Italian style and predominantly savory meal, we recommend Piatti for a wedding brunch.

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