The Don Room at El Cortez opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1927, nestled atop San Diego’s prestigious Cortez Hill, this carefully restored landmark has been hosting San Diego ‘s finest events for nearly 100 years.

The Don Room at El Cortez opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1927. Nestled atop San Diego’s prestigious Cortez Hill, this carefully restored landmark has been hosting San Diego’s finest events for nearly 100 years. Deemed the best San Diego Historic Venue, the Don Room and Terrace is a top choice for special events. The classic and stunningly beautiful octagon shaped Don Room with 24k gold leafed ceiling, is an ideal setting for events and flexible to most any format. Adjoining the Don Room is a 10,000 square foot outdoor Terrace. The area comes alive with exquisite lighting, and our first class bar service offers drinks to delight and warm the spirits. Whatever the occasion our pre-determined layouts offer ease when planning your special event!

The Don Room

Events at El Cortez represent attention to detail well considered and carefully planned. We offer the finest and most experienced event services to keep you stress-free and able to focus on other matters regarding your function. Food and beverage is important to the success of an event, and we offer a wide array of options. Signature drinks using both alcoholic and alcohol free ingredients are presented with a lively twist. Our preferred caterers have been carefully chosen for their experience and approach to their unique use of ingredients. Chefs who focus on menus that are local, and organic with focus on seasonality are those with whom we most love to work! Set an exciting mood for your San Diego wedding or special event with the lively sounds from one of our preferred disc jockeys, and enlist the services of one of the many professional photography artists recommended by our Don Room experts. We also provide recommendations for invitation experts, floral designers, and other vendors to make your event a true expression of your unique style!

The Terrace

The Terrace at El Cortez provides 10,000 square feet of unobstructed outdoor space for your guests to mingle and chat as they delight in the ambiance of its urban fireplace. If it is your wedding that brings you to El Cortez, the fountain is a popular focal point where couples join in marriage under a grand, vine covered gazebo. Décor may include an arbor, a rose lined path of topiary and hurricane candles are often used to light a romantic path. The Terrace has also been used for a winter themed event with man-made snow and accented with beautiful blue lighting. Whatever your theme, allow our venue to serve your dream event!

Contact The Don Room Today

Known as one of the most beautiful wedding venue locations in San Diego, The Don Room promises an event to remember! When you book your event we ensure that everything is perfect, and guarantee that even the most discerning guest on your invite list will enjoy a fun and memorable time. Contact The Don Room now to get started!


“I fell in love with the Don Room when I saw a video at the Bridal Bazaar. I knew this is where I wanted to get married and my dream came true. Kathi & Jessica were helpful. If you’re looking for a classy & beautiful venue, Don Room at the El Cortez is the one.”


“What’s not to love?! The Don Room was so incredibly beautiful! We fell in love with it the moment we walked in. Kathi helped us with the different options, days, times, prices etc. She was very nice and always quick to return my calls and emails with any questions I had. The room is perfect for weddings. I’d highly recommend having your wedding there!”