Hotel Restaurant

Horton Grand Afternoon Tea


Assorted Seasonal Flavors served with Mixed Berry Preserves,
Lemon Curd, and Whipped Cream

1st Course

(Assortment of Finger Sandwiches)
Smoked Salmon with Lemon and Dill Cream Cheese Puff
Southern Chicken Salad on Toast Points
Cucumber, Tomato and Basil Bites
Ham and Cheese Puff with Spicy Dijon
Mediterranean Skewer Scotch Egg

2nd Course

Assorted Petit-Fours
Seasonal Napoleon Pastry
Chocolate Covered Strawberries

$32.00 per person

Loose Leaf Tea By White Lion Tea
Each teapot serves 1-2 people

Organic Strawberry Fields
(Scented green tea) Hunan Province, China – green tea, Papaya & Strawberry pieces.

Ginger Snap Organic
Pungent with warm aromatic ginger sweet orange and cooling mint add the
perfect balance to this classic infusion.

Lemon Soufflé
White tea leaves and tart, juicy lemons refined with vanilla and caramel essences.

Cranberry Hibiscus
Whole cranberries, hibiscus petals, elderberries, and black currants are blended with Rooibos “Red Tea” for a berry sensation that is crisp, tart, and bursting with flavor. This tea is fabulous iced with a fresh slice of orange.

Apple Cider Organic
Apple bits fresh from the orchard combined with green tea, rooibos “Red Tea,” and spices to create a tempting, calorie free rival to the real thing. Naturally low in caffeine. Try it Iced!

White Ambrosia
Rare white tea leaves are laced with sweet toasted coconut and juicy pineapple.
It’s like having a vacation in a cup!

Vanilla Dolce
Premium black tea paired with a double dose of vanilla to create a creamy, luxurious tea that will win you over even before the first sip. It may be vanilla, but it’s anything but plain.
Try it Iced!

Earl Grey with Lavender
This classic blend of fine black tea gains complexity and character from the clean, lightly floral flavor of lavender and is scented with the citrusy, natural Italian oil of bergamot.

Moroccan Mint Organic
This famous Middle Eastern blend of tightly rolled Formosan gunpowder tea
and peppermint create a refreshing cup. Great iced.

Prices are exclusive of 20% service charge and 8% tax.
Menus are subject to change without prior notice.


Eat Well, Celebrate Love: All In a Day’s Work for This SD Chef

imagejpeg_0When it comes down to it, food and cooking is really all about love. For San Diego’s Chef Nelson De Leon, that statement couldn’t be more true.

A longtime resident, Chef Nelson De Leon has been been cooking up magic in San Diego’s restaurant scene for over 25 years. He started out in the restaurant business as a busboy and waiter, and has worked hard ever since to gain the hands-on kitchen experience and culinary training that has enabled him to grow into the fine chef he is today.

Chef Nelson De Leon’s experience throughout San Diego at places like the famed local favorite Morton’s Steakhouse has enabled him to hone excellent culinary skills. But his extensive experience also gives him the ability to plan creative, enticing menus, organize and cook for banquets and catering events, direct an entire catering staff, and create memorable, meaningful experiences for those who enjoy the meals he crafts.

All of this serves him well in his role at the Horton Grand Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter. As the catering chef for one of San Diego’s longest-standing and most highly regarded hotels, Chef Nelson is personally responsible for the deliHorton-Grand-cuisinecious cuisine eaten at special events–most notably weddings–that take place here.

Through his love of food, Chef Nelson has the joy of creating special memories for lovebirds who choose the Horton Grand Hotel as the perfectly elegant and classy wedding venue. Bride, groom, and guests enjoy savory entrees like grilled lemon and herb salmon and filet mignon with shallot-wine sauce, or get their fill of slow-roasted turkey and herb-crusted pork loin from the buffet. Creative, sophisticated combinations like brie and curried apple filo make mouths water as guests toast, chat, and enjoy the merriment of the occasion. Full, satisfied bellies perfectly match full, happy hearts.

“The secret ingredient is always love,” says Chef Nelson. “I am blessed not only because I get to cook, create, and do what I love, but also because I have the important job of contributing to one of the most special days of anyone’s life. I take great responsibility in that, and am overjoyed when I know that the bride, groom, and all their guests are savoring the food that the team and I have prepared for them,” he added.

As caHorton-Grand-cuisine2tering chef for the Horton Grand Hotel, Chef Nelson also creates quite a spread for breakfast and luncheon events. A love for both sweet and savory flavor profiles makes it easy for him to whip up everything from fluffy belgian waffles and caramel apple blossoms to beef encroute and mouthwatering dill potato salad.

Try some of Chef Nelson De Leon’s culinary creations by booking a special event at the Horton Grand Hotel. The classic Victorian-style building set amidst the bustling Gaslamp District is complete with an elegant New Orleans-style courtyard, ballrooms, restaurant/bar space, and other on-site meeting venues. Pack your bags–the hotel has incredible accommodations for an overnight stay as well!

Legendary Chef Meets Iconic San Diego Institution

Horton Grand Hotel After leaving a trail of cities mouthwatering after him, Chef Ken Haupt has settled down in San Diego for the time being, and the culinary scene has certainly changed for the better.

Originally from San Francisco, Ken received his formal training at Le Cordon Bleu California Culinary Academy, which is one of the top culinary institutions in the nation. Within San Francisco he worked his magic at Roy’s and Yoshi’s. Always on the lookout for a new adventure, Ken moved to Sacramento where he worked at the world renowned Thai/Vietnamese restaurant – Lemongrass. Though he was quite young, he was chosen to open up Lemongrass’s first restaurant extension. After deciding corporate management wasn’t his cup of tea, he worked at Kru, and then opened up Red Lotus. Eventually Ken was brought on as chef at Sacramento’s oldest restaurant – The Broiler Steakhouse.

Ida Bailey RestaurantSeeking new scenery, and a warmer climate, Ken picked up and headed south to America’s Finest City. Upon arrival to San Diego he began working at Cowboy Star, which was awarded Southern California’s best steakhouse award. After his stint there, Ken began working at Kettner Exchange, which was awarded San Diego’s Best New Restaurant.

Those were all just appetizer gigs for Ken, who has now began his entree – Chef at the Horton Grand Hotel’s Ida Bailey Restaurant. Not only is the Horton Grand Hotel one of the oldest and most elegant hotels in San Diego, it’s also historic, and has been present throughout the many chapters of the Gaslamp’s colorful history. Not just anyone is skilled enough to navigate a restaurant with such a strong historical context, while keeping at pace with the tastes of modern times.

“Live life according to what makes you happy, as cliche as that may sound,” says Ken Haupt. “I always cook with happiness with the hope that, after just one bite, people can taste happiness, whether they’re aware of it or not.”

Ida Bailey’s has been an iconic Gaslamp institution for quite some time, and under the tutelage of a chef with an immense amount of experience, it will be exciting to see what comes out of the kitchen!

You have the opportunity to taste the excellence yourself any day of the week either by making a reservation of trying your luck with with a walk-in. The menu is excellent everyday, and look out for some exquisite events on the horizon that will be absolutely incredible.

Father’s Day is just around the corner, which will be a perfect opportunity to both celebrate dad’s, and taste Ken’s creations.

Some Things Get Better With Age. A Spirited Revival has Begun

Palace Bar Horton Grand Hotel Fermented grain mash. That doesn’t sound remotely appetizing, but those three little words actually create an entire world, lifestyle even, around a delicious liquid. A liquid that has been celebrated, prohibited, and revitalized over the course of history. We’re talking whisky, or whiskey depending on your preference.

It’s commonplace within San Diego to hear about wine and craft beer, but whisky? Oh yes, whisky is quickly becoming the hottest drink around town, and it’s no surprise that whisky bars are popping up all over to accommodate the developing thirst.

Scotch, bourbon, Tennessee, rye, Irish… what’s the difference? With whisky popping up all over the place, it’s a good idea to know some basic facts about the differences among whisky’s. That way, next time you order a drink, you won’t have to pretend like you know what you’re talking about, you’ll be a whisky pro.

Scotch is simple whisky produced 100% in Scotland, from malted barley.

Bourbon is made from a grain mixture, with at least 51% from corn, and must be made in the U.S.

Tennessee, if you can’t already guess, is a bourbon that must be made in the state of Tennessee. What makes Tennessee so special? Not sure, except they make excellent whisky.

Rye, is made with rye, but the Canadians, who were the first to make the stuff, didn’t set particular rules about it, so there are few regulations. In the U.S., it must have at least 51% rye in it.

Irish whisky is produced in Ireland, but other than that has no real rules concerning its development, so there’s much diversity among the drink.

Palace Bar at Horton Grand Hotel Fantastic, now you’re acquainted with the types, but are you acquainted with the culture? Of course, you could drink whisky wearing whatever you want, in any type of glass, anywhere, but that’s like saying you’re going to drink wine in a mug, while eating pizza in a junkyard. It’s possible, but it doesn’t quite honor the experience the way you could.

Tweed coats, lace gloves, pressed pants, crisp dresses, are among some suggestions for attire. Of course this isn’t the roaring ‘20s anymore, but still, classy is always an elegant choice.

It’s imperative to note, that whisky is not for chugging. Rather, whisky is for leisurely sipping. One’s intention should be to savor each flavor, the way the craftsmen intended. It’s up to you if you prefer to drink your whisky neat, meaning no ice, on the rocks – with ice, or mixed with other liquids. It’s always fun to drink whisky with a whisky stone, basically just one large ice cube that keeps the drink nice and cool, without watering it down due to melting quickly.

That’s quite enough information to get you started, now you just have to pick out a place to go enjoy some whisky.

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough,” well said, Mark Twain.

Well, good thing there’s a never-ending supply of not only good, but excellent, whisky at the Palace Bar. It’s only fitting that the romantically historical Horton Grand Hotel, where the Palace Bar resides, should house a bar befitting its class and style. To go along with the classical ambiance and satisfying drinks, there’s also live music to be enjoyed every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 7-10 p.m. at the Palace Bar. Grab your cigars, don your favorite whisky attire, and join us any night of the week for the ultimate whisky experience.

Not into Craft Beer? No Problem, Craft Cocktails Await You.

Gaslamp Craft CocktailBeer, beer, and more beer. That’s what we’re always hearing about in San Diego, and that’s great… if you love beer. For some of us, there’s a whole lot more to life than good beer. Delicious wine! Right? A good wine is definitely a treat, but what we’re really trying to get at here, is the lesser known world of exquisite San Diego cocktails. Of course, cocktails, as a rule, are not a new concept. Craft cocktails, though, at least in San Diego, are a hot newer trend, and are on the rise. So whether you’re a San Diego local looking for a guide to some of the trendiest cocktail lounges and restaurants, or visiting for vacation or work, we’ve gathered a comprehensive list, in no particular order,  of the most unique, interesting, fun, and even secret, craft cocktail spots in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Palace Bar You can’t go wrong with laid back, yet upscale feel, at this stunning bar featuring over five hundred Scotches and Whiskeys, the largest collection in the Gaslamp. Not only will you have access to a variety of cocktails, there is also live entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 7-10pm.

El DoradoAnother great spot for great cocktails paired with great entertainment. What makes this bar unique is it’s strength in the classic drinks. With so many cocktail lounges focusing on unique and new cocktails, it’s refreshing to find excellently executed classic drinks here.

Cat Eye Club‘60s styled bar featuring mod decor and a dark and intimate setting. You can expect your cocktail to be presented in unique and one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces. They have constant deals on cocktails only to be found on their Facebook page.

Cowboy Star This bar is an ode to the old and fabulous Wild West films and the starring cowboys. This bar embodies what the movie stars would do, after they were done shooting – find a bar, and order a drink. When you enter, you’ll be faced with a kick of Western grit, which will be emphasized further in your drink.

Noble ExperimentIf you’re allowed in, you’ll be presented with a lavish room equipped with a skull-lined wall, crystal chandeliers, and attentive bartenders who will knock your socks off with spectacular cocktails.

Fairweather This is truly a hidden gem. Best described as a relaxed, resort-like oasis on the roof of a building overlooking Petco Park. Venture here and leave your worries outside the door. Take a seat, and order one of the best Mai Tai’s you’ll ever have. Or simply tell the bartender to do his worst, which will be your best, yet.

Zymology 21 Most of us hated chemistry in high school, but this chemistry lab is an entirely new, incredible, experience. Regardless of which drink you order, it will be unique. You can expect your drink to be served in a glass tube or beaker. Shrubs, instead of cocktail mixers, are used, along with organic fermented fruits and vegetables.

Horton Grand Hotel San Diego So as you see, there’s truly something for everyone in the Gaslamp Quarter, when it comes to craft cocktails. No matter your style, there’s a bar with a drink to match. Whether it’s cowboy swag, posh princess, science nerd, or beach bum, this list should hopefully guide you to your cocktail mecca. With excellent weather all year round, there are constantly new bars, cocktail lounges, and restaurants popping up in the Gaslamp, so we’ll keep our eyes, ears, and taste buds on the lookout for the next greatest craft cocktail oasis. If you have any suggestions based on your own findings, please let us know!