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Supper clubs creep into dining scene

Several San Diego supper clubs are on the rise as new dinner hot spots.

Routines are boring, but surprises are not. In the past few years, supper clubs have been popping up throughout the county right under our noses. Kept hush hush, these clubs take guests on a culinary adventure at a secret location with a secret menu. Intrigued yet? If so, take your chance at one of these hidden treasures for a night of excitement and mystery. 

Culinary Hedonism

With a focus on locally-sourced ingredients, Chef Peter and his team provide guests with a six course tasting menu, as well as a pairing of wine, beer or spirit tastings. Each dinner hosts 14 guests at a surprise venue. Reservations are $125 per person, and guests are welcome to bring their own bottle of wine.

Cow by Bear

Although many would not usually opt to have their meal prepared by a bear, this supper club may change their minds. Each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, Bear, an anonymous San Diego chef, provides 14 guests with a surprise five course dinner and a 50-day dry aged ribeye roast entree at a secret downtown location. Bear also pairs each course with a fine wine. Who knew bears were so culinary inclined? Dinner is $175 per person. Read more about Cow by Bear here.

Bear greets guest during the Cow by Bear dinner party. (Rick Nocon)


While many supper clubs pair food and beverages, SoundBite pairs food and music. Each plate in the six course meal is inspired by a song. During the meal, the chef will explain how the song inspired them while the corresponding artist will explain their songwriting process. Guests will then be treated with a live performance of each song. Tickets are $65 per person.

SoundBite brought together celebrated San Diego chefs for a night of feasting and music. (Rick Nocon)

So Diego Tours

Joining So Diego Tours’ wine tasting and brewery tours is a new supper club. Each month, guests will be taken to a San Diego restaurant where they will receive a three course meal and craft cocktail pairing while  being guided through their meal by a nutrition coach. This month, guests were taken to downtown’s Vin De Syrah for an Alice in Wonderland themed evening. Tickets are $100 per person.

Green Flash Brewing Co.

Throughout the year, the brewery teams up with a local restaurant for a night of pairings. Each dinner is five courses and is paired specifically by Green Flash Director of Beer Education, Dave Adams. Memberships for all dinners are sold each year, but individual dinner tickets are also available.

Le Dîner en Blanc

An annual tradition in San Diego, this supper club hosts 2,200 San Diegans dressed in all-white attire at a secret location that’s only revealed mere hours before the event. The catch: there’s typically a 15,000 person wait list, and you are responsible for packing your own gourmet picnic.

Do you know of any other San Diego Supper Clubs? Leave a comment below so it can be added to the list.

1 Comment

  1. Logan Mitchell

    August 4, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Cellar Door! Been hosting meals in their home since 2011.

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