No grande dame hotel is complete without a sterling restaurant, and the Grant’s serves fine dining along with civil rights history. As the place for San Diego’s male power brokers to do business in the 1950s and ’60s, the restaurant banned female patrons until after 3 p.m. In 1969, a group of local women attorneys successfully staged sit-ins until the rule was abandoned; the original “MEN ONLY UNTIL 3:00 P.M.” plaque remains as a reminder of their achievement.
The Grant Grill is no slouch in the culinary department, either. It’s a AAA Four-Diamond establishment, and its specialty is mock turtle soup, which it has served for decades.