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7 Exclusive Chef’s Table Dining Experiences in San Diego

Chef’s Table dining experiences in San Diego

Unless a chef was cooking in your home kitchen, you could hardly get more personal than these chef’s table experiences. Chefs cook to impress. Give them that chance by letting them craft you a custom menu and unique dining experience.

By: San Diego Magazine


Neighborhood: Del Mar

Let Chef William Bradley serve up to 12 guests through a seasonal, customized menu at this 5-star, fine dining experience at The Grand Del Mar. The chef’s table includes pairings from the restaurant’s wine list, all orchestrated by a dedicated wait staff for your party.

5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego, CA 92130

Juniper and Ivy

Juniper and Ivy

Neighborhood: Little Italy

Juniper and Ivy Executive Chef Anthony Wells and Chef de Cuisine Masa Kojima create this multi-course omakase-style dining experience. Past dinners have included ribeye crudo with truffle soy and pickled shiitake; lamb belly with rigatoni, parmesan, and poached egg; and sea urchin with sunchoke pudding and aged ham vinaigrette.

2228 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Solare Ristorante

Solare Ristorante

Neighborhood: Liberty Station/Point Loma

Seated at the chef’s table, diners can watch lauded Executive Chef Accursio Lota preparing their dinner. By reservation or walk-ins when the chef is present, this exclusive experience—for two people only—can be made to order in the restaurant’s seasonal Italian style.

2820 Roosevelt Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

A.R. Valentien

A.R. Valentien

Neighborhood: La Jolla

The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ signature restaurant puts on a monthly chef’s dinner. Each iteration of the Artisan Table Guest Chef Series features a new chef with their own theme, created in tandem with the restaurant’s culinary team. The communal meals with a maximum of 40 guests are designed around seasonal ingredients and wine pairings.

11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

Kettner Exchange

Kettner Exchange

Neighborhood: Little Italy

This Little Italy hotspot has a special room for chef’s table events, led by the restaurant’s beverage director, Steven Tuttle. Past chef’s table menus have all included specially sourced ingredients and wine pairings.

2001 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Sally’s Fish House & Bar

Sally’s Fish House & Bar

Neighborhood: Downtown

Six-to-10 guests can interact with Sally’s Fish House & Bar chefs who will tailor a menu and an experience to your needs. Seated at an elegant table meant for these dinners only, guests can simply enjoy the seafood-heavy fare this harbor-front restaurant is known for, or ask for more of an educational experience. You’ll learn a lot, it’s cheaper than culinary school, and probably more fun.

1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA 92101

Charles and Dinorah

Charles and Dinorah

Neighborhood: Point Loma

Amidst the midcentury vibes of the Pearl Hotel’s restaurant in Point Loma, parties of 15 to 30 can book a poolside dinner presented by chef Andrew Santana. Diners may choose the newly rebooted restaurant menu as a starting point for their meal, but chef’s table dinners here often end up as a mixture of on- and off-menu items.

1410 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106

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