San Diego, California 92121
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Why We Like This Place
Okay, so you’ve read the word “Brewery” in the name and you’re ready to turn the page. Don’t do it!—you’ll miss one of San Diego’s surprise special event locations. This place may have a microbrewery somewhere on site, but we never saw it— we were too busy admiring the five and a half acres of beautiful Oriental gardens. Who would have thought that in the midst of the ultra-modern San Diego Tech Center, with its gleaming glass highrises, you’d find such a lush oasis? It was quite a shock—albeit a delightful one—to step into this private world, literally hidden behind dense stands of bamboo and tall hedges. A restaurant with a two-tiered deck at both ends sits right at the edge of an emerald-green pond. Clusters of lily pads float on the still surface, while multicolored koi swim below. The entire site is ringed by a profusion of trees, bushes and grasses; an arched wooden bridge, stone lanterns perched on rocks and a cascading waterfall complete the picture.
The restaurant, designed like the one in Munich’s famous Chinese Pagoda Beer Garden, is filled with natural light from a wall of windows that wrap around three sides. Natural pine beams span the high peaked ceiling, and wooden planters overflowing with greenery bring the garden inside. While most receptions or parties are held in here, ceremonies usually take place on the largest deck. The bride and groom say their vows at the end of the deck, with the gardens as a backdrop. Both decks—shaded by plenty of umbrellas and an occasional tree growing up through the flooring—are also just as popular for outdoor celebrations. A white canopy protects the lower tier of the main deck, and heaters can be turned on if the temperature drops a bit.
Noisy signs of civilization? You won’t find any of them at Karl Strauss’ Gardens. Peace and tranquility reign here, so you might as well just sit down, sip something cool, and watch the koi gently ripple the still surface of the pond.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 0
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 125
- Max. Seated Indoors: 170
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 150
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 200
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 200
- Max. Seated: 325
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The outdoor garden patio can accommodate 125 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Using both indoor and outdoor spaces, the site holds up to 325 seated or 400 standing; indoors only, 170 seated. The private Bonsai Room holds 50 seated or 70 standing.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces accommodate 15–325 seated guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
For weddings, a nonrefundable, nontransferable $1,500 deposit is required to book the site, and the balance is payable 3 days prior to the event. Meals start at $83/person for weddings. In addition to the meal, this pricing includes the wedding cake, colored linens, and disc jockey. Alcohol, tax, setup, security and service charges are additional. For ceremonies, there is a $700 setup fee.
For business functions, a goodwill deposit is required to secure your date. Menus can be customized and start at $25/person for dinners, or $16/person for hors d’oeuvres. Alcohol, tax and service charges are additional. A room rental fee may apply; call for more information.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: front deck
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: CBA
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra charge
Parking: large lots, self-parking
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: Japanese gardens, koi ponds & waterfall
Other: event coordination
Venue ViewsFountain/Water Feature
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: BW provided, no BYO
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, confetti or birdseed
Alternate Info: Carl Straus Brewery Pub