Experiences For All

Optional Dine Arounds

The CLA Annual Meeting convenes one of the largest gatherings of attorneys across the state. Join a Dine Around to connect with others in an informal and less structured environment.

Thursday, September 21: Dynamic Downtown

San Diego Gaslamp Quarter (District)

Dine with other Annual Meeting attendees at a local restaurant in downtown San Diego. We have made reservations at popular spots in Little Italy and in Gaslamp Quarter.

Friday, September 22: Let’s Go to Coronado!

San Diego beach. Coronado Island, San Diego California USA(opens in a new tab or window)

Take a water taxi to beautiful Coronado Island and dine with other Annual Meeting attendees. We have made reservations at several popular restaurants.

Sign-up information is available in the official event app! If you’ve already registered, you have instructions in your confirmation on how to access the app.

Interested in leading a Dine Around at the Annual Meeting? Let us know at info@calawyers.org.

Ticketed Events

You already know that the CLA Annual Meeting is an extraordinary experience that brings together today’s foremost legal professionals, influential leaders, and visionary thinkers. That said, we still want to make it even more extraordinary! Add these ticketed events to your Annual Meeting registration:

Friday, September 22: San Diego Padres Baseball Game

Take me out to the ball game! Watch the Padres take on the Cardinals at Petco Park and wind down on Friday.

Walk from the Hilton Bayfront to join your colleagues attending for a fun night.

Limited tickets are available only for Annual Meeting attendees — score your own home run by booking yours today.

Saturday, September 23: CLA & CJA Presidents Gala

Presented by California Lawyers Association and California Judges Association, the Presidents Gala is a red carpet kind of night featuring awards, dancing, and more. Culture attire welcomed.

Reserve your Presidents Gala tickets with your Annual Meeting registration or buy separate tickets herePrices go up after September 14, 2023!

Get #gaLAWmorous with us!

Dining & Entertainment

The following are recommendations curated for you by the CLA Programs Committee.

“Reservations Recommended”

San Diego Recommended speakeasies and restaurants/bars, etc. from Jeremy M. Evans

Prohibition San Diego (Gaslamp)
548 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Iconic music and drinks.  See the door that says “Law Offices of Eddie O’Hare”.       

False Idol (Little Italy)
675 W Beech St, San Diego, CA 92101
Tiki bar in Craft & Commerce.  Walk through the coolers. 

Noble Experiment (East Village)
777 G St, San Diego, CA 92101
Inside the Neighborhood restaurant.  Open the wall of kegs.

Youngblood (East Village)
777 G St, San Diego, CA 92101
Also inside the Neighborhood restaurant.  Hottest ticket in town.  $65 all-inclusive cocktail pairing requirement. 

Room 56 (Gaslamp)
831 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Inside the Moxy Hotel.  Accessed through the lobby’s mezzanine library, the bar lies beyond a bookcase. 

Shibuya Nights (Little Italy)
1953 India St Level 2, San Diego, CA 92101
Located inside Cloak & Petal. 

Vin de Syrah (Gaslamp)
901 5th Avenue, San Diego CA 92101
Down the stairs, enter through the door covered in artificial turf.  Dance club for the evening.

Oculto 477 (Old Town)
2414 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
Adjacent to the cemetery, enter this speakeasy through Tajona.

Raised by Wolves (UTC—e.g., not near the hotel)
4301 La Jolla Village Drive, 2030, San Diego, California, 92122
Behind the fire place inside of the clothing store by the same name.  Listed as one of the top 50 best bars in the USA.   

Food + Bars

Camino Riviera (Little Italy)
2400 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

Civico 1845 (Little Italy)
1845 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

Cowboy Star (East Village)
640 Tenth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

The Crack Shack (Little Italy)
2266 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Dobson’s (Gaslamp)
956 Broadway Cir, San Diego, CA 92101

Ironside Fish & Oyster (Little Italy)
1654 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
Terrific good and ambiance. 

Juniper & Ivy (Little Italy)
2228 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Kansas City BBQ (Top Gun (1986) (filming location)
600 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Kettner Exchange (Little Italy)
2001 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine (Gaslamp, at The Pendry Hotel)
435 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Lolita’s Mexican Food (Ballpark Village/Downtown)
202 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Mona Lisa Italian Foods (Little Italy)
2061 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Morning Glory (Little Italy)
550 W Date St Suite #C, San Diego, CA 92101

Pho Xpress (Gaslamp)
1125 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Puesto at The Headquarters (The Headquarters at Seaport Village)
789 W Harbor Dr UNIT 155, San Diego, CA 92101

Underbelly Ramen (Little Italy)
750 W Fir Street, San Diego, CA 92101
(Corner of Kettner & Fir)

Valentines (Gaslamp)
1157 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Great Mexican food.  Late nights good too! 

Neighborhoods to Visit: Seaport Village, Headquarters at Seaport Village, Coronado, Little Italy, Gaslamp, and East Village are all great areas for food and fun.  South Park, North Park, and the beach areas are great as well, but will 5-10 miles or more from the Hilton Bayfront San Diego hotel.  Taka Restaurant is amazing.

Links for additional information:

Rooftop, Skyline Views, & Other Notables

  • Manchester Grand Hyatt
  • The Nolen (Courtyard Marriott)
  • The Rooftop by STK (The Andaz Hotel)
  • Level 9 (Hotel Indigo)
  • Lumi
  • Altitude Sky Lounge (Marriott)
  • Garibaldi (InterContinental San Diego)
  • Rustic Root
  • Born & Raised
  • Upper East Bar (Kimpton Solamar Hotel)
  • Topside Terrace Kitchen & Bar (Hotel Republic San Diego)
  • Café Sevilla (live music) 
  • Oldest Bars in San Diego: Tivoli & Grill (1864 originally as a boarding house) and The Waterfront Bar & Grill (1933); at Tivoli make sure to see the Wyatt Herb for Mayor portrait to the left and up as you enter.
  • Hodad’s and Rocky’s Crown Pub for hamburgers! 


Ballast Point Little Italy
2215 India St., San Diego, CA

Stone Brewing Tap Room – Kettner
1202 Kettner Blvd #101, San Diego, CA 92101

“San Diego Dining Recommendations from Locals”

By Sabrina Green and Dave Majchrzak

Animae (Embarcadero)
969 Pacific Hwy., San Diego, CA 92132

Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill (Coronado)
1701 Strand Way, Coronado, 92118
Across from the historic Hotel del Coronado

Callie (Ballpark Village/Downtown)
1195 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
Incredible Upscale Mediterranean

Cloak & Petal (Little Italy)
1953 India St, San Diego 92101
Michelin rated Japanese sushi

Coasterra (Harbor Island)
880 Harbor Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92101

Craft & Commerce (Little Italy)
675 W. Beech St., San Diego, CA 92101

Cucina Urbana (Bankers Hill)
505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101

Donut Bar (Downtown)
631 B St, San Diego, CA 92101

Extraordinary Desserts (Downtown)
1430 Union St, San Diego, CA 92101

Fishers (Little Italy)
555 W. Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Greystone Prime Steakhouse & Seafood (Gaslamp)
658 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Harumama Noodles & Buns (Little Italy)
1901 Columbia St, San Diego, 92101
Instagram worthy character buns and great ramen

Herb & Wood (Little Italy)
2210 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

Kingfisher (Golden Hill)
2469 Broadway, San Diego 92102
Michelin Star Vietnamese-French

Little Frenchie (Coronado)
1166 Orange Avenue, Coronado, 92118
Michelin Plate Parisian-style bistro-local favorite

LOLA 55 (East Village)
1290 F St., San Diego, CA 92101

Peohe’s Chart House (Coronado)
1201 1st Street, Coronado, 92118
Stellar steaks and seafood with amazing view of San Diego

Saiko Sushi (Coronado)
116 Orange Avenue, Coronado 92118
Rated top 10 sushi restaurants in San Diego

Solare (Liberty Station)
2820 Roosevelt Rd., San Diego, CA 92106

Best Tacos Close By CLA Annual Meeting/San Diego Hilton Bayfront

  • The Blind Burro-East Village
  • Lolita’s Mexican Food-East Village
  • Roxys Tacos-Downtown
  • El Puerto Seafood by the Park-East Village
  • Coastal Cantina-Gaslamp
  • Tacos el Gordo-Gaslamp
  • Serrano’s Street Tacos & Bar-Gaslamp

Other Activities

Boat Tours

Hypnautic Tours – Catamaran Tours of San Diego Bay

Concerts at Rady Shell at Jacobs Park (walking distance)
September 22 – Creedence Clearwater Revival: Chronicle, Vol. 1
September 23 – Classic Albums Live Performs Led Zeppelin II
Tickets available at:  https://www.theshell.org/performances/list/

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Tourism Bureau – Explore San Diego! Tons more information here.


FRED – San Diego – Ride Service
Catch a ride to/from Petco Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, Waterfront Park with on-demand rides around Downtown San Diego for no more than $9.00 per ride!
App. is here: https://www.ridecircuit.com/ride 
7 days a week:
Monday – Thurs: 7:00am – 9:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 7:00am – 9:00pm
Friday: 7:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 9:00pm

Ferry to Coronado (walking distance)
Flagship Ferry Convention Center Route
Leaves from near Convention Center at :25 and :55 after the hour.
See full schedule here: https://www.flagshipsd.com/ferry-routes/convention-center
Purchase tickets here ($8 each way): https://www.flagshipsd.com/cruises/flagship-ferry

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