Best Group Dining in San Diego

August 29, 2017

Coronado and San Diego are well known for their incredible range of delicious and fun dining options. If your team is in town for a training program, you are in luck. We have found five San Diego restaurants that welcome groups and provide an amazing dining experience.


Rustic Root

535 5th Avenue, San Diego CA 92101


Rustic Root is the only restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter to boast a rooftop dining area, with jaw-dropping views of the neighborhood. The cuisine is dynamic rustic American, meaning you will be treated to many of your old favorites with a dash of innovation.

Menu highlights include stuffed squash blossoms, roasted duck breast, seasonal vegetable risotto with truffle oil, and applewood smoked bacon mac ‘n cheese. Yes, our mouths are watering too!

If your team is in the mood to celebrate (perhaps the end of a successful training program) you may wish to take advantage of Rustic Root’s private dining options, which can accommodate up to 125 guests seated in the downstairs dining room and up to 50 seated or 140 standing on the rooftop patio.

Reservations for up to 20 people can be made online, and for larger groups, email to save your spot. Be sure to specify if you prefer the rooftop or dining room.


Old Spaghetti Factory

275 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101


The decor of the Old Spaghetti Factory fits right in with the charming, historic ambience of the Gaslamp Quarter. A long-time favorite of many, Old Spaghetti Factory knows how to handle groups—especially hungry ones!

Fabulous lunch deals are offered every day of the week, including Old Spaghetti Factory’s famous three-course meals which come with fresh-baked bread, a hearty main dish, salad or soup, and their famous spumoni ice cream for dessert.

The athletes in your group may be pleased to know that Old Spaghetti Factory offers a special gluten-free menu and also provides detailed allergen and nutrition information on their website to help you choose meals that will ensure all members of the team are able to train at their absolute best.

The Gaslamp location offers a banquet space that accommodates 25-75 people and has a special private dining menu to make ordering a cinch.


PrepKitchen Little Italy

1660 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101


A quick stroll from Broadway Pier ferry landing through San Diego’s charming Little Italy will bring you to Prepkitchen Little Italy where the brunch, lunch, and dinner menus feature seasonal comfort food including handmade pasta and locally-sourced meat, poultry, and seafood. Our favorites are the legendary bacon-wrapped dates, patatas bravas, chilaquiles, and green curry mussels.

Happy hour is from 3-5 p.m. every day and features a selection of mouthwatering tapas, craft cocktails, wine, beer, and glasses of sangria—each for just $5.55.

For large groups or a special event, a private dining area seating up to 26 people is available. 


Vin de Syrah

901 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101


For a unique dining experience, we recommend Vin de Syrah wine parlor. It’s NYC Meatpacking district meets Parisien brasserie meets Alice in Wonderland. With oversized plush chairs and a subterranean woodsy feel, Syrah will make you feel like you really have disappeared down a rabbit hole.

The menu features a variety of savory charcuterie and cheese boards and bites designed for sharing. Popular choices are the hummus trio, smokey salmon crostini, and the cheese and chocolate board. The impressive wine list offers several by-the-glass options and Syrah’s entertaining sommeliers will happily help you choose the perfect accompaniment to your food.

Syrah is popular, so we recommend going early to beat the crowds, and groups larger than 10 may call ahead to reserve a spot.


Tin Fish Gaslamp

170 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101


Tin Fish Gaslamp is THE place to go for fish and chips in San Diego. Their delectable menu features an array of seafood options including oyster po’boys, crab cakes, and calamari, and an extensive selection of fish including salmon, seabass, mahi mahi, tilapia, swordfish, and more.

Tin Fish Gaslamp is ideal for groups thanks to walk-up style ordering at the counter, which enables each person to order what they like without the hassle of splitting up a bill. 

Located just steps from Petco Park, Tin Fish is an ideal location for a bite to eat before or after a Padres game. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating, and the food can be easily packed for takeaway if your group would like to enjoy a picnic together on the grass overlooking the bay.


Getting There 

Getting to downtown San Diego from Coronado is a breeze thanks to fast and reliable ferry service across the bay. The 15-minute voyage provides magnificent views of the San Diego skyline and Coronado Bridge. Passengers alight at two locations: The Convention Center, from which you can easily explore the Gaslamp District on foot, and Broadway Pier, which is right on the doorstep of Little Italy.  

If you haven’t secured your slot yet, let us help you organize your team’s next training program in Coronado with one of our Swim & Stay packages. We take care of the details so you can focus on training and enjoy your visit to Coronado and San Diego.