Ready or not, the time has come to start planning for the holidays.
It's always important to spread some cheer in the workplace, so we're here to encourage you to look out for your co-workers by throwing the holiday soiree they’ll remember for years to come. San Diego restaurants know how to ring in the holiday spirit, so whether you’re looking for an intimate setting for merely a few or searching for a space that caters to 100 plus guests, we’ve got you covered.
From dueling pianos at The Shout! House in downtown to a floating party aboard a Flagship Cruise and sophisticated soiree at ginger’s lounge, stick with us to plan a holiday experience you'll never forget.
Discover our top ten venue picks for holiday parties in San Diego
The Shout! House: Whether you’re planning a large corporate event or small gathering, The Shout! House is prepared to cater to your every entertainment and budget need this holiday season. With a generous capacity of 275, full venue buyout options, all-inclusive food and beverage packages, and some of the best entertainment in town, you’ll find just what you’re looking for. Treat your group to something special and go big with a hosted bar, catered buffet dining and private dueling piano show entertainment throughout the evening. The Shout! House can provide everything from appetizers to pizza, burgers, pasta and chicken carver and prime rib stations in either tray-passed, sit-down or buffet-style dining. To bring The Shout! House to you, you can also opt for the traveling dueling piano Road Show. The show includes professional sound and lighting as well as the best and most talented dueling piano entertainers. For more information, call 877.603.6071 or visit The Shout! House.
Anthology: Anthology in Little Italy is the perfect venue to host an intimate dinner party for ten or for a 500-person corporate celebration. The chic interior designed with style and luxury is maintained on three levels where guests can enjoy the sounds of jazz, blues, soul and rock musicians. Menu choices include Filet Mignon Tartar, New Zealand Lamb Chop, Ratatouille and more. Even more selections can be found over the dinner or banquet menus. Further enhancements to make your holiday bash sparkle include an on-site event manager, a custom menu, a 17’ x 25’ raised stage, outside marquee for event signage and more. For more information, call 888.398.2895 or visit Anthology.
Flagship Cruises & Events: Flagship Cruises & Events allow guests to indulge in a floating tour of our city’s skyline and marine life. This season, why not make a Flagship Cruise your destination for all of your holiday festivities and fun? The San Diego Harbor is the ideal setting to mingle with coworkers and enjoy a relaxing getaway from the office. Think outside the box and get your next holiday event off of dry land. Nothing says celebration like a private chartered yacht, premium hosted bar, delectable cuisine, exciting entertainment and miles of San Diego skyline as your setting. Company holiday parties can be extremely memorable on the high seas with their holiday cocktail party or perhaps a holiday themed buffet or plated dinner cruise. For more information, call 877.828.1272 or visit Flagship Cruises & Events.
Stingaree: A 2,000 capacity event center, restaurant and nightclub with a national reputation, Stingaree is the ultimate blend of high-style and hot ambiance. The San Diego supper-club is the best place to toast your employees in ultimate style, while remaining on a budget this holiday season. Planners can choose a menu ranging from tray-passed hors d’oeuvres to a five-course wine paired dinner, with an added option to create completely customized menus. For more information, call 866.885.4021 or visit Stingaree.
Tavern+Bowl: Party in style and get your bowl on this holiday season at any of the three Tavern+Bowl locations. At East Village Tavern+Bowl, Eastlake Tavern+Bowl and North County Tavern+Bowl, they go all out with up to 12 lanes of bowling action, ample pool tables, tons of flat screen TVs, food and bar packages, corporate team building opportunities, Powerpoint and DVD capabilities, a wireless mic, booming sound system and an iPod jack. Food packages include the Backyard Grill with hamburger sliders, hotdogs, potato salad and more; the Fajita Fiesta with fajita style chicken and beef, grilled peppers and onions; or the High Roller package with NY strip steak and ahi tuna, garlic mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and more. Book by October 15th and receive a $100 credit. For more information, call 855.875.9806.
Rancho Bernardo Inn: At Rancho Bernardo Inn, you are guaranteed to have the perfect location and outstanding service detailed to your every need. Rancho Bernardo can accommodate your party with catering menus including continental breakfasts, buffet breakfasts, buffet luncheons, wine dinners, plated diners and more. With 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor gathering, a champion golf course, resort spa, casual and fine dining restaurants and professional service, the Rancho Bernardo Inn has endless possibilties. Their Professional Event Planners will help map out your entire event with photography, entertainment, DJ, menu selection, decoration, theme, audiovisual – anything you need to create a truly special occasion. For more information, call 866.928.3859 or visit Rancho Bernardo Inn.
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens: Treat your dedicated employees to a taste of San Diego at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. This out-of-the-box concept provides a refreshing experience within one of San Diego’s most beloved breweries. Stone provides a full-service kitchen and banquet staff, as well as all drink needs no matter the party size. Opt for a microbrewery tour, tasting session, and paired dinner - this package will please any group. Plus, guests will be enchanted on the lit up patio and extensive gardens that surround the brewery. For more information, call 760.471.4999 or visit Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens.
Terrace Restaurant and Bar: Looking to host your holiday party in a cozy, charming location in North County? The Terrace Restaurant and Bar prides itself on working closely with clients throughout Poway and surrounding areas to provide private event services that fit every need. When you’re on the hunt to host an intimate dinner party, the Skyline Room tucked within Terrace makes for a lovely, private place to celebrate. When you need a spacious spot for a business luncheon, the Outdoor Terrace boasts stunning views of the city and the Front Room offers open, airy seating to hold your group. When there are smaller numbers to deal with, guests can mingle in the Fireside Lounge, Peppertree Cigar Patio or the Side Room. Terrace works with their clients to make specific themes come to life, accounting for the food and the details in equipment and amenities. Under the guidance of chef and general manager Michael Mitchem, creativity meets culinary excellence in this family-friendly restaurant. For more information, call 858.748.3484 or visit terracepoway.com.
Burlap: Over in Del Mar, Brian Malarkey’s Burlap restaurant can host all of your holiday party needs. Options are varied; there’s a semi-private group dining spot that can seat up to 10-12 guests and a semi-private “palapa” that can seat up to 8 guests. There’s also the lush wrap-around patio or the entire venue that are available for buyouts. Once you get to the food, many customized menus are available. Take advantage of their clever take on Asian dining and décor. Thomas Schoos’ playful design is a great setting for all things fun. Whether it is an intimate dinner in the kitchy private dining space or a group of tables set aside just for you in our main dining room, the events team can help you plan the perfect event. Extensive menus and creative cocktails will leave an impression on your guests and best of all: Burlap does all the work! For more information, call 866.567.7791 or visit Burlap.
ginger’s Lounge: Below the roaring barleymash restaurant hides a more intimate gathering space. ginger’s in the Gaslamp Quarter offers a seductive escape from the noise above. Inside ginger’s, warm paintings embellish the thick brick walls as dark curtains frame the space. Locals can consider buying-out the ginger’s space for their holiday gathering as the event planning team takes care of the details. Seated dinner can fit up to 50 people and cocktail parties can comfortably fit up to 100. You can expect specialized menus by Executive Chef Kevin Templeton, custom pastries and desserts by Pastry Chef Jessica Di Bona, beer, whiskey or wine pairing by the in-house specialists, a complete audio visual system, lighting, surround sound and PowerPoint capabilities, and even themed décor. For more information, call 877.397.8808 or visit ginger’s.
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