What's Happening at the Symphony

Ready for a date night? We have your answer:

Don’t Break the Bank: Classy Winter Date Night Pairings in San Diego:

Are you and your squeeze tired of yet another Movie Night? Have you dined at the same restaurant chain in San Diego so many times it feels broken?

Even on a tight budget, Date Nights in San Diego don’t have to be the same old routine every weekend. The San Diego performing arts and dining communities are alive and thriving, and contrary to popular belief, won’t break the bank when paired together for a memorable night in America’s Finest City.

Read on for a preview of three date night pairings and helpful hints on stretching your dollar in downtown San Diego!




Pairing One:
The Grant Grill and The Art Of Music 
Saturday, November 14, 2015 – 8pm
Approximately $105 for dinner, the show, and parking for two.

Guest Conductor Johannes Debus joins the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with The San Diego Museum of Art for an incredible evening exploring the long-standing duet of the visual and musical arts, with tickets starting at just $20 each. Before enjoying an evening both visually and aurally stimulating, dine at The Grant Grill on Broadway! The Zagat winning eatery serves up exceptional cocktails and seasonal menus, with entrees ranging in price $12-42. As a special perk, show your ticket to the server and receive 20% off of your dining bill pre-concert!

Pairing Two:
The Saltbox Restaurant and Jazz Piano Masters: A Tribute to Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum and Bud Powell 
Saturday, January 23, 2016 – 8pm
Approximately $81 for dinner, the show, and parking for two.

A night celebrating the greatest Jazz musicians to have ever tickled ivories and enjoying excellent American Cuisine for under $100 is not to be passed up. First, start your evening by dining at the Saltbox in the Hotel Palomar. With a 10% discount for being a guest at The Jacobs Music Center, menu prices range from $6-28 per entrée, and the dining experience celebrates the tastes of San Diego. Dishes we recommend are the Goat Cheese Fondue, Fattoush and the Market Fish seasonal catch with zucchini pappardelle! Inside Copley Symphony Hall, Jazz Piano takes the center stage with guest artists Joshua White, Helen Sung and Eric Reed lighting up the keys with the sounds of the Masters during the golden era of mid-century Jazz: Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum, and Bud Powell.

Pairing Three:
Stout Public House and Ben Folds 
Saturday, February 6, 2016 – 8pm
Approximately $70 for dinner, the show, and parking for two.

The ultimate Indie and Budget Conscious Couple’s Date Night Pairing: Ben Folds and The Stout Public House. Begin the night with Ben Folds performing his three-movement Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, described by Folds as “proudly and overtly derivative.” In addition to his groundbreaking Concerto, Folds also brings to the program his infectious alternative songwriting accompanied by live Orchestra during the evening. Concert tickets start at $20, and this performance is one night only! Post-concert, dine at the Stout Public House: San Diego’s alternative neighborhood Irish pub. Entrees range from $6-14, and with your concert ticket, you’ll receive 15% off your total purchase, including alcoholic beverages! The Stout has an enviable range of beers wines and spirits, along with Irish comfort-food selections such as Chicken Pot Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, and Guinness Stew.

Helpful tips:
Parking downtown: Not a nightmare. We promise.
Parking downtown is daunting for many San Diegans, but there are plenty of economical options around The Jacobs Music Center! While there are a few alternate surface lots surrounding JMC, the Parking Palace on 6th and Ash Street will run you only $5.00 to park covered for an entire evening out! Also, the parking garage is within a two-minute walk to the Jacobs Music Center, and less than a 10 minute walk to all of our featured restaurant pairings.

Are you a student?
The Jacobs Music Center offers student rush tickets for only $10 on the evening of the concert. Simply show your valid student ID to our Box Office, and you’ll receive world-class entertainment for about the cost of a movie ticket!

Don’t rent a tuxedo.
The Jacobs Music Center does not have a dress code, and the stereotype of ball gowns and black ties is totally outdated: just dress for a nice night out on the town, and be comfortable.

Share Article
Back to all posts