Food & Drink
Take your concert experience to the next level!
Perhaps most recognizable as the first winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars and his recurring role as guest judge, celebrity chef Richard Blais is a successful chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, he went on to train at The French Laundry, Daniel, Chez Panisse and el Bulli.
Blais makes frequent appearances on Food Network and may be seen in the upcoming Top Chef spinoff, Top Chef Amateurs. He is the James Beard Award-nominated author of Try This at Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate, as well as his second cookbook, So Good. In addition, Blais hosts "Food Court,” a high-energy, gameshow-style podcast, which is climbing the charts in both the comedy and culinary worlds.
Chef Richard Blais returns with a special Blais by the Bay pre-order menu! Pre-order is available in the Marina and San Diego Row sections. Orders must be placed by 4pm the day prior to the event. Come early to enjoy your meal as service will stop when the concert begins in order to not disturb other patrons.
As you enjoy the sights and sounds of The Rady Shell from the Parkside section, you can also try our in-seat dining service with one of our partners, URBAN KITCHEN. Their talented culinary team will have local seasonal dishes available throughout the year, which can be ordered right at your seat by scanning the QR code on the mini-table.
Just announced! Blais Picnic Boxes are now back on the menu in the Parkside section! Beverage service will also be available to order upon arrival with your server to complete an inclusive dining experience.
Check out our marketplace that features a wide selection of options from Urban Kitchen to create the perfect evening, including beer and wine.
Take advantage of ordering as you arrive by placing an order at the self-ordering kiosks or from your mobile device for pickup at Urban Kitchen. We will text you when your order is ready!
Kitchens for Good cart service will offer a selection of soups including a daily vegan option.
Wicked Popcorn will fill your savory and sweet tooth with freshly popped buttered popcorn and that perennial local favorite, kettle corn at their cart!
Achilles Coffee, a local San Diego favorite, will be available at the Marina section only for cool bayside nights!
Cali-Cream's sweet ice cream treats, baked goods and hot chocolate are the perfect "cherry on top" for your Rady Shell evenings!
The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, through its expanded culinary program The Shell Provisions, offers a wide variety of fresh, locally-sourced options ranging from casual to upscale. Our partners feature some of San Diego’s most talked-about favorites, including Chef Richard Blais, Urban Kitchen, Biga, Lola 55, Kitchens for Good, Wicked Popcorn and Cali-Cream. Chef Blais returns with an updated “Blais by the Bay” pre-order menu for the Marina and San Diego Row sections. Blais Picnic Boxes are available for pre-order in the Marina, San Diego Row and Parkside sections. In addition to all of the above, a limited "on-site" menu will be available from your seats in the Marina, San Diego Row and Parkside sections. In addition to these choices, tacos, pizza, burgers, salads and vegetarian, vegan and Mediterranean specialties will be available in the Prebys Plaza Dining Pavilion and Market from our local partners.
Ensuring that all concertgoers have a safe and enjoyable experience at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park is our top priority. For the safety of guests, and to expedite security checks and timely entry of the many guests we are expecting in our new venue, outside food and drinks are not permitted inside The Rady Shell. (Exceptions will be made for medically prescribed food/drink.) In an effort to reduce waste, guests are welcome to bring one empty reusable plastic or aluminum water bottle for San Diego Symphony performances only. Bottles can be filled at water refill stations inside the venue. Glass bottles are not permitted. The Rady Shell’s food program – The Shell Provisions – offers an impressive range of local specialties for some of San Diego’s finest eateries. New state-of-the-art kitchens and dining spaces will make dining with your friends and family at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park a memorable tradition.
Chef Richard Blais has created a new menu for pre-ordered dinners and Blais Boxes. You must pre-order dinner no later than 4pm of the evening prior to your concert. Pre-ordered dinners ( “Blais by the Bay” ) will be delivered to guests seated at tables in the Marina or San Diego Row sections. Blais Picnic Boxes will be delivered to guests in the Marina, San Diego Row or Parkside sections. Follow this link to pre-order from The Shell Provisions!
Note: you will need to set up a separate account (i.e. non-Symphony) with Shell Provisions to place these orders. Once you make your food/drink selections and confirm them in the Cart (look for the "Bag" logo at the upper right), you'll be asked to login or (on your first order) create your new account. Before you select food and drink, you will be asked for your general seating section and your performance date; after you have selected your food and drink, you'll be asked for your exact seat location and preferred delivery time. You will have the option of setting your card as the "default" payment method on your first order going forward. All orders will generate a confirmation e-mail that will come from Shell Provisions (not the San Diego Symphony).
(Note: please do not contact the Symphony Ticket Office about food pre-orders; they will have no information to help you! For support please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Sorry, no. The Rady Shell is a cashless environment. The box office and the food vendors take all major credit and debit cards.