Christmas And New Year’s Dining Destinations

Imagine not having to clean up after a delicious holiday feast. Give yourself the gift of someone else’s culinary expertise this holiday season – reserve your family a table at one of these San Diego restaurants that will be cooking up on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner. 

An Italian Christmas at Giardino

Try something new this Christmas, and gather around the tables at Giardino. Chef Marco Provino has created a 3-course menu for $35, which includes items like Pear Salad, Lobster Ravioli, Veal Parmigiana and a slice of house panettone. Reservations for Giardino: (619) 825-7112.

Cusp Dining & Drinks

Chef Ingrid Funes has prepared a three-course menu at Cusp, available on Christmas Day from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meal starts with a selection of starters like Apple and Pear Humboldt Fog Salad with candied walnuts and apple puree or Lobster Bisque. Comfort favorites follow, with entrees such as Duo of Duck: roasted duck breast, duck ravioli, caramelized cabbage, apple and sherry port reduction, and Lamb Rack with smoked mashed potatoes, duxelle mushroom and truffle sauce. Seasonal desserts round-out this dinner out, including Apple Tart Tartin with vanilla bean ice cream. Dinner is $65 per adult and $35 for kids. Cusp is also open for dinner and drinks on Christmas Eve.

Pacifica Del Mar

A special prix fixe menu by Chef David Burke includes dishes worth gathering for. Start off with chef’s Smoked Artichoke Soup or Acorn Squash Salad. Move on to entrees like Free Range Turkey, Brisket, or Rack of Lamb. Each entree comes with corn bread, garlic mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts. Finish with a dessert, including Burke’s Pumpkin Tart. Pacifica will be open from 12pm-9pm on Christmas Day. The 3-course menu will be $59 per person.

The Westgate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dining

Jingle and mingle while indulging in a four-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel in the charming Westgate Room. Dinner will be served starting at 5 p.m. on December 24 and at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day. The price is $69 per person plus tax and gratuity.

The Westgate Christmas Day Holiday Buffet: Eat, drink and be merry on Christmas Day and enjoy the Westgate’s award-winning buffet in the enchanting Le Fontainebleau Room from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The price is $89 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Guests may reserve their holiday dining experience by calling (619) 238-1818 or online here and selecting the preferred option. Those wishing to extend their stay at The Westgate are invited to reserve a room at

Decoy Dockside

‘Tis the season to celebrate on the lake! Leave the cooking to the pros this holiday as Decoy welcomes you to our table Christmas Eve & Christmas Day for a festive feast.

Get in the holiday spirit with the Christmas Eve brunch with free flowing champagne from 9 AM – 2 PM. The cost is $39 for adults and $18 for children. Feel jolly (and full) after the Christmas Eve & Christmas Day three-course dinner from 3 PM – 8 PM. The cost is $60 for adults and $30 for children.

Reservations can be made here.


Make your spirits bright after dining at JRDN, a contemporary steak and seafood restaurant positioned right on the Pacific Beach boardwalk. Bring your appetite and enjoy a three-course holiday meal prepared by Executive Chef David Warner while watching the sun set on the Pacific. The cost is $45 per person and reservations can be made here.


Skip the hassle of cooking on Christmas Eve and make your way to Bencotto in the heart of Little Italy. Known for producing over 400 pounds of pasta per week, this is the ideal location for an authentic Italian meal that will leave you feeling in the holiday mood. A must-try is the new Gnocchi ripiene al brasato AKA large gnocchi filled with braised beef. Bencotto will only be open on Christmas Eve, reservations are not required but are suggested and can be made here.


Looking for somewhere to take your out-of-town visitors for brunch on Christmas Eve? Look no further. Monello is taking their famous Cheese Wheel to a new level by making it available for visitors during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The weekly brunch special, Monello Brunch Cheese Wheel, varies with different pastas tossed in the cheese wheel and then paired with poached eggs and other breakfast delicacies on top. Monello will only be open on Christmas Eve, reservations are not required but are suggested and can be made here.

TRUST Restaurant

TRUST Restaurant serves up seasonable and shareable plates that will make you feel merry & bright. New seasonal dishes include the Pork Shoulder with kale, rutebega, Tasso sauce, golden raisin, red beans and rice puff. Save room for dessert because you will want to devour the Bourbon Custard served with vanilla oak sorbet, toffee, orange and cherry. TRUST Restaurant will only be open on Christmas Eve. Reservations are not required but are suggested and can be made here.

Hundred Proof

Hundred Proof is the ideal casual spot to gather with your friends and family this holiday season. Classic menu items include the Deviled Eggs with crispy chicken skin, pickled shallot and chives. The Truffle Mushroom Mac N’ Cheese is the ultimate comfort dish with bone marrow, Gouda and thyme. Don’t forget about the boozy signature milkshakes and try the New Mexican Hot Chocolate Milkshake with cinnamon, cayenne and churro bites on top. Hundred Proof will be open on Christmas Eve and seating is first come, first served. It is closed on Christmas Day.

Pacific Beach Fish Shop

Bring in a new, unused and unwrapped toy ($5 or greater) to Fish Shop’s Pacific Beach location the week of December 4th and get a free daily special taco during their ‘Toys for Taco’s Toy Drive’. The toy drive will be benefitting Local Pacific Beach Charities.

Date: December 4 – December 10
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Price: N/A
Address: 1775 Garnet Avenue, 92109

Encinitas Fish Shop

Bring in a new, unused and unwrapped toy ($5 or greater) to Fish Shop’s Encinitas location the week of December 11th and get a free daily special taco during their ‘Toys for Taco’s Toy Drive’. The toy drive will be benefitting The Encinitas YMCA.

Date: December 11 – December 17
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Price: N/A
Address: 1010 S. Coast Highway 101, 92024

Pacific Beach Shore Club

Come celebrate Christmas at PB Shore Club! Don your best holiday onesie or Christmas pajamas on Christmas day for half-off all drinks, including beers, wine and cocktails.

Date: December 25
Time: 5:00 p.m. – close
Price: Free
Address: 4343 Ocean Boulevard, 92109

Park 101

Get in the holiday spirit with Park 101’s holiday movie nights! On December 6th, bring the whole family to watch the holiday classic, Home Alone. Those who are 21+ can stay to watch Nightmare Before Christmas. On December 13th, guests of all ages can enjoy watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and those 21 and older can stay for a showing of Christmas Vacation.

Date: Wednesday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 13
Time: 4:00 p.m. – close
Price: Free
Address: 3040 Carlsbad Boulevard, 92008

Park 101

Come to Park 101 to meet and take photos with Santa during their holiday movie night on December 20th. Bring the whole family for dinner and watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas. After the movie ends, Park 101 will play A Christmas Story for those who are 21+.

Date: Wednesday, December 20
Time: 4:00 p.m. – close
Price: Free
Address: 3040 Carlsbad Boulevard, 92008

Tavern at the Beach

Let’s Get Elf’d Up Holiday Party at Tavern in Pacific Beach’s holiday party on Wednesday, December 13th. After this party, you are sure to be one step closer to getting added to the Naughty list! They will collect unused, unwrapped toy donations for ‘Toys for Tots San Diego’ and offer half-off drinks from 9:00 p.m. to close. You can also bring in an unused, unwrapped toy donation to Tavern throughout the month of December.

Date: Wednesday, December 13
Time: 9:00 p.m. – close
Price: Free
Address: 1200 Garnet Avenue, 92109

Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas

Join Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas for their Christmas Night Retro Ski Lodge Party from 9-11 p.m. Snag your ticket, grab your earmuffs, and don your finest retro jumpsuit for a festive Christmas party complete with endless House Beer lager until the keg is gone, tray passed appetizers a la 1970’s, and special holiday treats. Tickets are required upon entry, so be sure to get yours today! For those looking to skip the struggle of holiday cooking, the restaurant will also be open for brunch on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day starting at 9 a.m. and will offer dinner between 5-10 p.m. on both evenings. Ski Lodge Party tickets available for purchase at the restaurant for $15 in advance, $20 at the door, or $15 at the door if dressed for theme.

Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp

Head to Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp on Christmas Eve to catch the Seahawks vs. Cowboys game, and enjoy gameday specials including $3 Bud Light on draft, $4 Pacifico on draft, $9.95 Wings, and brunch until 2 p.m. Home of the Dallas Cowboys Fan Club, Union Gaslamp is the Christmas Eve destination for Cowboys fans to celebrate!

Pacific Beach AleHouse

San Diegans can quell holiday cravings with food specials at Pacific Beach AleHouse on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! The three-course prix fix menu will include a first course selection of Harvest Salad or Clam Chowder, followed by your choice of 10 oz Herb Roasted Prime Rib, prepared with cumin, mapled-glazed yams, roasted brussels sprouts, baby carrots and au jus, or Butternut Squash Tagliatelle, made with sage brown butter, goat cheese and toasted pepitas. Dessert will include either Caramel Apple Cheesecake or Egg Nog Crème Brulee. $25.95 per person; reservations suggested.

Breakfast Republic

Throughout the month of December, all Breakfast Republic locations will be offering food and drink specials honed for the season! Try their Butter Pecan French Toast, made with brioche bread, creamy butter caramel filling and butter-glazed pecans, or their Honey-Glazed Ham Bennie, made with brown sugar honey glazed ham, poached eggs and cranberry hollandaise. Pair these with a Frosted Mocha, made with espresso, Monin Frosted Mint, mocha mix and whipped cream, garnished with a sprinkle of mocha mix and a mint leaf, or a White Cranberry Mimosa, infused with white cranberry juice, Prosecco and garnished with a rosemary sprig and cranberry.

Fig Tree Café

Head to Fig Tree Café for their new December drink specials, including a creamy Eggnog Latte, infused with the classic vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg flavor notes characteristic of the seasonal beverage, and their DecemberBellini Mimosa Flight, a lineup of Lavender, Peach, Raspberry and Pomegranate mimosas that are perfectly suited to the holiday season.

Address: Pacific Beach, Hillcrest, Liberty Station


In celebration of the holiday season, Tajima’s Mercury location will be offering $1 off craft cocktails and $1 off select craft beers from New English Brewing Co. and Stone Brewing Co. all December long! Craft cocktails include theirBlack Vine, made with Tito’s vodka, Giffard Crème de Mure, yuzu juice and simple syrup, Tokyo Buck, crafted from Iwai whiskey, Giffard Crème de Fraise des Boise, ginger beer and fresh lemon juice, and Hare of the Dog, prepared with Suerte tequila reposado, ramen broth, tomato juice, yuzu juice and Sriracha, among others!

Address: 4411 Mercury Street, Suite 110, Kearny Mesa


The Duck Dive

Get the party started early on New Year’s Eve at Pacific Beach’s premier neighborhood beach lounge, The Duck Dive. Head in for brunch and kick off the celebration at their ‘Rosé All Day’ party. From 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., ring in the new year at Duck Dive during their ‘Glitter & Gold’ Party. Bottle service and booth seating will be available with a reservation, but there will be no cover to get into the bar. Duck Dive will have a photo booth to help you remember the night for years to come! They will also hand out Hair of the Dog vouchers all night at the door, which give guests a free Bloody Mary during New Year’s Day Brunch the next day.

Date: Sunday, December 31
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Price: No cover
Address: 4650 Mission Boulevard, 92109

The Smoking Gun

Celebrate the New Year at the Gaslamp’s most happening cocktail bar and restaurant, The Smoking Gun. Voted 2017 ‘Best New Bar’ by a recent poll, you’re sure to enjoy everything about it. The Smoking Gun will host a New Year’s Eve Purple Rain Party, where all guests are encouraged to wear purple attire. A DJ will spin tunes while guests dance it up in their best purple outfits. Inquire with the bar about the available party package, including a champagne toast and Spill the Beans voucher to help with your hangover the next day.

Date: Sunday, December 31
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Price: $40
Address: 555 Market Street, 92101

Osetra Seafood & Steaks

Whether you’re dreaming of tasty holiday favorites or feeling thankful for fine and flavorful dishes, Osetra Seafood & Steaks’ Christmas Dinner menu is the perfect fit for you and your family to enjoy the memorable time together. For your choice of $49 or $59 per person, Osetra has crafted two full three-course menus with entrees including the Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Ravioli, New York Steak, Cioppino, and Surf & Turf, a filet with three jumbo shrimp in a truffle bordelaise sauce. This night will be both magical and delicious!

Date: Monday, December 25th
Time: 4:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.
Price: $49 per person menu or $59 per person menu
Address: 904 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Music Box

Ring in the New Year with local legends, Little Hurricane, as they treat America’s Finest City to a medley of down-and-dirty blues and an appreciation for unique and vintage equipment. Voted Best New Artist in 2010, Little Hurricane has carved out a place in the blues wheelhouse to cater to the genre’s enthusiasts, making this performance the perfect way for blues aficionado’s to celebrate the new year! Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show begins at 9:30 p.m. Tickets available for $37 advanced / $42 day of show.

Pacific Beach AleHouse

Dust off your flapper dress and grab your pearls for Pacific Beach AleHouse’s New Year’s Eve Roaring 20’s Party! Attendees will be able to enjoy specialty cocktails, such as their All That Razz and The Bee’s Knees, in addition to endless jams spun by DJ Grim all night long! $10 cover charge per person.

Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp

Fuel up for a day of New Year’s Eve festivities at Union Kitchen & Tap’s Gaslamp location with brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and return that night for a live DJ from 7:30 p.m. to close, accompanied by a midnight champagne toast and plenty of party favors suited to the occasion. A special chef-curated menu will be available from 5 p.m. to midnight and will feature Brown Butter Seared Scallops, made with coconut pumpkin sauce, acorn squash hash, spiced pepitas, pomegranate and tempura squash flowers, 28 Day Dry Aged Ribeye, prepared with Cajun crab croquette, asparagus tips and sauce choron, and Tomahawk Ribeye (serves two), served with potatoes fondant, morel mushrooms and bourbon peppercorn demi, in addition to select items from Backyard’s regular menu. Be sure to treat yourself to their New Year’s Day brunch that’s sure to aid in your hangover recovery!

Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas

Head to Encinitas’ charming coastal community for Union Kitchen & Tap’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. Don your finest masquerade garb and soak in the decadent atmosphere, complete with a champagne bar featuring Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label & Rose, and Dom Perignon by the glass. This event has limited pre-sale tickets for $15 and offers free admission for any reservations starting at 8:30 p.m., so be sure to get yours before they’re gone! The price of admission includes one masque, a glass of champagne and a commemorative souvenir.

Backyard Kitchen & Tap

Join Backyard Kitchen & Tap in Pacific Beach for their Fire and Ice New Year’s Eve bash! Featuring a Dinner and Party Package that includes a three-course dinner, glass of champagne, free coat check and VIP line privileges, this special shindig is the place to be for a proper New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests will also enjoy a live performance by DJ Who and Paulo Da Rosa from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Return on New Year’s Day for a brunch of champions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., including Hair of the Dog Breakfast Shots, $16 bottles of house champagne and a hangover goodie bag. Be sure to grab a card for 20% off of all New Year’s Day brunch food items! Tickets available at the restaurant prior to the event for $20 pre-sale, $30 at the door / $39.95 Dinner & Party Package (reservations recommended).