Thanksgiving Dinner Destinations

San Diego Food FindsFor visitors and locals alike these restaurants are sure to provide unforgettable evenings offering both traditional Thanksgiving buffets with favorites like roasted turkey and herb stuffing, to three and four-course dinners with unique savory and sweet selections.

Tidal at Paradise Point Resort & Spa | Mission Bay

Gather at Paradise Point Resort & Spa’s signature restaurant, Tidal, right on the shores of San Diego’s Mission Bay for a coastal dining experience this Thanksgiving. Chef Dan Tangalin welcomes you to taste a festive three-course Thanksgiving dinner with optional wine pairings. Seasonal savory menu highlights include apple and walnut salad, butternut squash soup, brown sugar brined free range turkey, maple leaf duck breast, apple cider-coriander glazed pork cheeks, and more followed by delectable desserts such as pumpkin mousse. Reservations are recommended and available from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Adults $65, wine pairings $25, kids $32) with vegetarian and kids options available. To make a reservation call, 858.490.6363.

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Desserts You’ll Fall For This Season

Woodstocks Cinnabread

Woodstocks Cinnabread

As the seasons change and the summer heat disappears, there’s one thing that is sure to keep brightening everyone’s day… dessert! Every meal should be concluded with something to satisfy your sweet tooth so here are our six stunning dessert recommendations to make this upcoming fall as sweet as can be.

Whether they’re carved, painted or made of plastic, pumpkins will surely be found everywhere as fall approaches… especially on your plate! Ignore the traditional pumpkin pie and head over to barleymash in the Gaslamp for their Pumpkin Crème Brulee served with brown butter cream cheese, whipped cream and chocolate-dipped pumpkin seed brittle.

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Local Chefs Feature Tasty Regional Cuisine


Jaime Chavez, Javier Plascencia, Patrick Ponsaty, Alberto Morreale

In San Diego, one-of-a-kind eateries go above and beyond to bring truly authentic cuisine from around the world to America’s Finest City. You’ll be transported to Mexico, Chile, France and Italy after seeing four of San Diego’s most notable chefs with rich cultural back stories that have contributed to some of the best local bites from around the world.

South America

Taking inspiration from the rich cultures of Latin America, Sirena Cocina Latina welcomes guests to venture down the Baja coast and beyond with exquisite, protein-packed plates created by Chilean chef, Jaime Chavez. Chef Chavez comes from a long lineage of Chilean bakers, went to Chile’s oldest culinary university and was iconic Chef Montse Estruch’s apprentice at Spanish Le Cingle Restaurant. Each item on Sirena’s menu is made with locally-sourced ingredients, contributing to the freshness of hand-crafted dishes such as Octopus, Tiraditos, Tostadas and Ceviches.

Built on the roots of generations of Mexican families, Bracero Cocina de Raiz transports its guests to an authentic Mexican kitchen right down to the home-made tortillas.  Renowned executive chef and owner, Javier Plascencia, is no stranger to south-of-the-border tastes having being called the “Figurehead of Baja Cuisine” and “Master of the New Tijuana.” His Bracero menu is just as authentic as his background, featuring refined plates rooted in tradition such as Shrimp & Bone Marrow Sopes and Carrot Aguachile.

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Flavors of Fall Specials


Rustic Root

With San Diego Restaurant Week approaching on September 25 – October 2, we’re sharing following local dining destinations offering special menus. Locals can delight in flavors of fall, prix-fixe menus and more from these restaurants in downtown up to North County.

Rustic Root | Downtown San Diego, CA

Experience a dynamic menu of flavorful American cuisine at Rustic Root in the heart of the Gaslamp District. The special San Diego Restaurant Week menu spotlights signature dishes created with unique and tasty twist. A selection of appetizers includes truffle cheese toast, salmon tartar and the rustic wedge; entrees such as potato chip crusted sea bass and rustic shepherd’s pie; and dessert options of caramelized lemon poundcake and chocolate lava. This special menu is $40 with the option of adding a $15 wine pairing per person. Full menu, here.

1500 Ocean at Hotel del Coronado | Coronado, CA

During San Diego Restaurant Week enjoy a delectable three-course dining experience at Hotel del Coronado’s signature restaurant, 1500 Ocean. The three-course menu prepared by Chef de Cuisine Meredith Manee will feature an epicurean adventure that pairs the bounty of the sea and San Diego farms with herb and vegetables from Hotel del Coronado’s beachfront garden. The all encompassing dining experience spotlights California Coastal cuisine and will be paired with boutique wines, a spectacular ocean view, and a dazzling sunset. Dinner at 1500 Ocean during San Diego Restaurant Week is $50 per person and an additional $40 with wine pairings, not including tax or gratuity. For reservations please call 619.522.8490 or visit

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Wine And Dine At These Unique Eateries

fig-tree-cafe-pacific-beachWith all of the distractions from everyday life coming from our technology-driven society, sometimes it’s nice to enjoy a meal with friends and not have to worry about the extra background noise. These San Diego restaurants have it covered and provide the perfect ambiance for you to enjoy a meal without any TV screens announcing the latest news or big-game score. Venture into these unique eateries and enjoy some quality time with friends, savor the dishes in front of you and raise a glass to TV-free dining.

This chic bistro welcomes food-lovers from far and wide to enjoy American fare fused with French influences. Bellamy’s, a hidden gem in Escondido boasts a modern yet relaxing atmosphere featuring specialty cocktails, specials and nightly live music. This finely crafted food captures the farm to table concept and features dishes like the Baked Goat Cheese Crottin complete with baby beet salad, watercress and porcini soil and cocktails like the Watermelon-Cilantro Margarita, sure to awaken your senses. Unwind at this unique eatery and groove alongside live entertainment and creative cocktails.

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Dreaming of Ice Cream

Westroot Beer Float

Westroot Beer Float

Remember the days when you’d beg your mom and dad to buy you double scoops of your favorite ice cream? Well now you can relive those sweet moments and cool off at one of these hotspots and beat the heat with a tasty treat.

Shake it on over to Encontro in North Park for an unforgettable ice cream adventure with cups full of deliciousness. Sit near their large windows that look out onto University Ave and dig into one of their hand-crafted shakes made with ice cream from their neighbors, Hammond’s. Even the pickiest of sweet teeth will be satisfied with their wide-selection of flavors such as churro, salted caramel, banana brownie fudge, cheesecake chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and build-your-own.

Newly opened WESTroot, has a float of a different kind! Sugar, caramel and butter all combine to make one mouth-watering treat, the WESTroot Beer Float! Get your sweet tooth ready for a melody of root beer, caramelized popcorn and popcorn ice cream… yes, that’s a thing!

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Explore Newly Crafted Menu Items

Common Theory Public House

Common Theory Public House Kalbi Skewers

In San Diego there are talented chefs and kitchens taking on the challenge for fresh ideas and newly crafted plates. Grab a friend or two and go on an adventure exploring the city’s hottest creations from menus that are hot off the stove!

Set sail to Sirena Cocina Latina where their executive chef, Jamie Chavez, is putting his flavor-filled travels to good use.  With seafood, premium meats and local farms being expertly utilized, up-and-coming Chef Chavez has added a classy selection of appetizers, raw bar items, salads and entrees to the menu. One prized plate is the Po’ Boy Chilean Tenderloin, served with thick-cut French fries and with caramelized onions, a sunny side egg and green pebre atop the flawlessly grilled beef tenderloin.

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Chic Bistro Gets A Facelift

Bellamy's BistroSomething new has sprouted at Bellamy’s Restaurant, an Escondido gem. This chic bistro utilizes seasonal ingredients for an ever-evolving, farm-to-table menu filled with robust flavors. Now, it has breathed life into a recently revitalized space that will celebrate the timeless tastes of upscale, modern California-French cuisine.

Fine dining and an atmosphere to match can now be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike in a newly remodeled space, placing Bellamy’s first in its class among North County eateries. After partnering with San Diego-based Solc Interiors for the new design, the restaurant is ready for a grand unveiling. Bellamy’s enhanced interior reflects a mixed style, with mid-century modern and industrial touches throughout. After stepping through the door, a community-style, reclaimed walnut table lures diners in for a conversation among friends, or a fine family dining experience. It’s just the place to capture a view of your meal coming to life in the demonstration kitchen. Custom-designed pieces are the focal point here, with walnut tables throughout, luxurious oversized booths beneath smoked mirrors, a glistening chandelier and a rejuvenated exposition bar with leather-wrapped and studded accents.

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Eat Farm To Table In San Diego

Eat Farm To Table In San DiegoHonor the farmers who provide the freshest products straight to the tables of your favorite restaurants. According to the San Diego Farm Bureau, San Diego County has the 12th largest farm economy among more than 3,000 counties nationally. Farming also adds $5.1 billion annual value to our economy. So whether you’re in the mood for a delicious brunch or a freshly made dinner, the following eateries make sure to shop locally by buying their food from family-owned locations around San Diego County.

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Fall Flavors At Bellamy’s

Bellamy'sEscondido’s neighborhood gem, Bellamy’s, has spiced up its menus with autumn-inspired dishes. This farm-to-table dining experience is highly regarded for its modern California cuisine with French influences. Diners can now pair natural, fulfilling dishes with fall flavors. Stop by the restaurant for lunch or dinner and see why food lovers from across San Diego are traveling to North County for a taste!

Bellamy’s seasonal menu was envisioned and brought to life by French Master Chef Patrick Ponsaty. Inspired by his family’s heritage and classical French training, Chef Patrick has established a reputation for providing simple, yet intensely flavorful Modern French cuisine. He brings his Master French Chef title from the Paris-based Association des Maîtres Cuisiniers de France and 15 “Best Of” or “Top 10” awards to Bellamy’s. Bellamy’s offers diners a one-of-a-kind farm-to-table dining experience, serving the most robust flavors of every season and takes pride in supporting local North County farmers, wine makers and sustainable fishermen.

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Devour Oodles of Noodles

Oodles of Noodles San Diego

Mac n’Cheese at The Cellar

If you love pasta, there’s good news coming your way. Mark your calendars because Tuesday, October 6th is National Noodle Day. Make sure to celebrate the holiday by slurping down large bowls with oodles of noodles. A popular comfort food staple, there are many types of pastas to discover. Here are San Diego’s top restaurants that will help you choose your favorite noodle.

In the Gaslamp district, barleymash will take you back to when you were younger. Their barleymacs are upgraded takes on our childhood favorite that are a base of cavatappi noodles, poblano beer-cheese sauce, pepper jack beer-cheese sauce, three-cheese blend and panko bread crumbs intensified with additional toppings. If you’re feeling indulgent, choose the Duck, Duck Goat that is covered in a spiced duck confit, crispy duck skin, goat cheese and a baby arugula balsamic-Jäger drizzle.

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