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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in San Diego

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Eddie V's - Seaport District restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3706)
$50 and over
Seafood
Downtown / Gaslamp
About the restaurant
Eddie V's Prime Seafood is a luxury dining destination known for the seafood flown in from pristine waters around the world, as well as its premium hand-carved steaks. Dishes are artistically prepared and feature an ever-changing array of seasonal seafood, along with critically acclaimed prime center-cut steaks broiled to perfection. The restaurant's award-wining wine list, which has been recognized by Wine Spectator, has more than 300 wines curated by Eddie V's very own Advanced Sommelier. In the V Lounge, guests can sip classic and creative cocktails, and enjoy signature appetizers against a backdrop of live music trios.
Top review
Gracevip
Dined on Apr 10, 2024
Every time I come it’s consistently great! We love coming here for happy hour. Our server Martin was attentive and cheerful. Keep up the great food and service.
A photo of Grove Steakhouse at Viejas Casino restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1686)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Alpine
About the restaurant
The Grove Steakhouse has been awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award. Resplendent with luxurious décor and a warm, inviting atmosphere, The Grove offers classic and contemporary cuisine for the definitive gourmet experience. Relax in calming ambience while you’re pampered by our world-class service. Our attention to detail and gourmet selections will make your dining experience a pleasure long remembered. Experience an exciting new menu, which includes an array of tantalizing entrées and desserts that are sure to satisfy and inspire you to return again and again.

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michb1218vip
Dined on Apr 7, 2024
The best service from every level! Always warm and welcoming. Food is also excellent and the new location is beautiful!
A photo of PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1893)
$31 to $50
French / American
Carlsbad
About the restaurant
Paon restaurant offers California cuisine with French Cafe influences. Beautiful patio dining, elegant Art Deco in intimate dining setting. Private dining available in handsome club environment. Paon chef features seasonal, locally grown organic produce for the palates of fine food lovers from all over the world. Spotlighting organic prime meats, game and fish prepared with traditional French sophistication. Beautiful lounge with old Hollywood feel and relaxing French music. The patio in a Downtown Carlsbad Village atmosphere. Paon's knowledgeable and attentive staff looks forward to creating an exceptional experience.
Top review
BenjaminB
Dined 5 days ago
PAON is the best restaurant in the North County. Consistently great food and service make it the go to place.
A photo of Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1450)
$31 to $50
Brazilian Steakhouse
Downtown / Gaslamp
About the restaurant
Rei do Gado has the only Mesquite charcoal grill in San Diego with authentic Churrascaria serving San Diego since 1999. Dining at Rei do Gado, you will experience authentic Brazilian vibe with our premium meat selections, seafood options, fresh salad & hot dishes, heavenly desserts, and our signature drinks.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
I love this place since I visit San Diego is mi first stop .the salad bar and ,Picaña is the best and all food.💯 satisfied.
A photo of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Mission Valley restaurant
4.6
4.6 (36)
$30 and under
American
Mission Valley
About the restaurant
Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.
Top review
Premonsdaydinpvip
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
Our server was amazing! The pizookie desserts were our favorite!
A photo of Seaview restaurant
4.4
4.4 (334)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown / Gaslamp
About the restaurant
'California coastal' sophisticated and comtemporary design with views of the courtyard and marina set the tone for a delightful dining experience. Join the family for a relaxing meal on our outdoor patio while planning another exciting day of activities in America's Finest City. The spacious setting of our indoor tables allows you to easily convene with colleagues or entertain a client while enjoying Seaview's Grand Breakfast Buffet.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 23, 2024
The bottomless mimosa were definitely worth the price! Great breakfast options as well!
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Chula Vista restaurant
4.3
4.3 (206)
$30 and under
Chinese
Chula Vista / Bonita
About the restaurant
We are an Asian & Chinese restaurant offering dine-in, takeout, to-go, delivery, and catering. Make a reservation online to dine in. Order Asian and Chinese food delivery, takeout, and catering online or through the P.F. Chang's mobile app. Let us cater the perfect feast for you - corporate office catering menus are also available. P.F. Chang's offers a variety of signature Asian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mongolian, and Chinese food dishes including Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Pad Thai, Signature Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Mongolian Beef, Chang's Spicy Chicken, and Pork and Shrimp Dumplings. Order online for sushi delivery and takeout. Many gluten-free and vegetarian menu items are available. Try our seasonal cocktails and seasonal menu items.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Apr 1, 2024
We went for lunch, and the food options were sufficient, catering to every taste. However, during our visit, they were promoting their Happy Hour, but we found the menu options to be very limited. I wish they would consider returning to the Happy Hour offerings they had a couple of years ago, as they were fabulous. Apart from that, it is a great place, and the food is tasty. Enjoy!
A photo of Downtown Sushi restaurant
4.3
4.3 (15)
$30 and under
Sushi
Downtown / Gaslamp
About the restaurant
Welcome to Downtown Sushi, a restaurant nestled in the heart of downtown San Diego, where Chef Andy crafts a symphony of flavors that dance on your palate. Our star attraction is the Premium Sashimi, which showcases the finest slices of fresh, sourced seafood.

The Love Roll, Fire Roll, and Tower Roll are a testament to Chef Andy's creativity in pushing the boundaries of traditional sushi.

Our exclusive Sake Flame appetizer is an irresistible burst of flavors that will set your senses ablaze. For a main course that amazes you, savor the Ribeye Furaipan, a perfectly grilled ribeye with a touch of Japanese flair.

We embrace the spirit of hospitality, welcoming both walk-ins and reservations. Our VIP groups are treated to an elevated dining experience. We accept various forms of payment, including credit cards, cash, and Apple Pay, making your experience more convenient.

Join us from Sunday through Wednesday, 4:30 pm to 10 pm, or on Thursdays th

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Everything is so so GOOD!!! I love downtown sushi, I can’t wait to come back.
A photo of Above Ash restaurant
3.9
3.9 (142)
$30 and under
Global, International
Little Italy
About the restaurant
Race You to the Rooftop! Above Ash Social is an intimate, welcoming rooftop bar on the 16th floor and rooftop of Carte Hotel. With glorious sunset views of San Diego cityscapes, relax near one of our fire pits and enjoy local focused beverages of every kind, from beer and wine to craft cocktails.

Sign off a great day with a hand-crafted cocktail and delectable shared bites. Offering daily Happy Hour from 4pm to 6pm with discounted drinks and shareables.

Age Policy: Above Ash welcomes guests 21+ only after 10pm. All ages are welcome at our lobby restaurant, Watercolors, located on the first floor.

Top review
Magaly11
Dined on Apr 8, 2024
Everything was amazing. We have come to this place before for drinks only but it look they have a new menu which has a great selection of everything we will be coming back. Service was great as well.
A photo of La Conde - San Diego restaurant
3.8
3.8 (531)
$30 and under
Mexican
Downtown / Gaslamp
About the restaurant
Latin American cuisine with a fusion of eclectic plates and amazing mixology.
Top review
NikkiB
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing service, the food was decent, great music & vibe!
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