OK, so my family will be in San Diego for Xmas/New Year. One thing we will be celebrating is my parents' 50th wedding anniversary.
We'd like to go to dinner at a very nice restaurant. However, we're not looking for a super-high end experience, both because it would be largely wasted on all of us, but also because we'll have my brother's four and seven year old children with us. There would be seven of us at dinner (including the kids).
The kids are pretty well behaved, generally pretty able to keep it together for a couple of hours. But still, it would be better to go to a place that, if not specifically designed to be kid-friendly, is at least likely to be more kid-tolerant while still offering food that everyone would agree was in keeping with a once-in-a-lifetime experience (for instance, perhaps it is in a setting where perhaps an uncle could take the kids for a stroll while they wait for their entree -- not necessary, but perhaps a consideration). Or perhaps a place with a seating arrangement that would offer some privacy?
And perhaps a restaurant where I could talk to them ahead of time about perhaps a special 50th-anniversary desert or something.
We'll be staying in Mission Bay, but for this we'd be willing to travel for the right place.
Ideas, etc, greatly appreciated.