Holiday Dining and Events

The Lodge Torrey Pines
The Lodge Torrey Pines

It’s true…the other reindeer would never let poor Rudolph join in their reindeer games, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on festive holiday dining and events. From belting out carols in your ugly sweater to watching Christmas classic movies, there are tons of fun happenings to look forward to this year.

A.R. Valentien

Christmas Eve promises to be scrumptious at A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Enjoy a prix fixe four-course meal from renowned Executive Chef Jeff Jackson in the timbered indoor-outdoor dining room overlooking the 18th hole of Torrey Pines Golf Course.

  • December 24, 2018 | 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
  • Starting at $115 per person or $135 with free-flowing sparkling wine; $60 under 12

The Grill

Spend Christmas Eve at The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines and nosh on a three-course meal that’s sure to delight the entire family. Sweeping views of the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course and options for drink pairings will keep you feeling merry and bright.

  • December 24, 2018 |10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Starting at $60 per person, $75 with beer pairings and $85 with wine pairings; $35 under 12

A.R. Valentien

Make Christmas Day unforgettable with a prix fixe four-course meal at A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines from renowned Executive Chef Jeff Jackson. Savor the flavors of the season while sipping on a sparkling wine and enjoying views of gorgeous Torrey Pines Golf Course.

  • December 25, 2018 | Noon – 10:00 p.m.
  • Starting at $115 per person or $135 with free-flowing sparkling wine; $60 under 12

The Grill: Indulge in a three-course meal featuring the smoky flavors of The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ more casual restaurant, The Grill, featuring sweeping views of the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course. Beer or wine pairings will be available to complete your scrumptious meal.

  • December 25, 2018 | 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Starting at $60 per person, $75 with beer pairings and $85 with wine pairings; $35 under 12.

BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant, located at 2202 4th Ave., will serve up a quintessential Christmas Eve entrée, smoked ham, and a specialty cocktail available exclusively on Monday, Dec. 24. The holiday entrée, priced at $24.95, includes house-smoked ham topped with apple cider glaze and served with smashed yams and roasted root vegetables. Dad Ate The Cookies, inspired by the Christmas Eve tradition of leaving treats for Santa, is made with rye whiskey, lemon juice, orgeat and cassis and topped with house-made whipped cream and cookie crumbles, available for $11.50. BANKERS HILL will be open from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, with reservations available by calling 619.231.0222 or online at www.bankershillsd.com.

Bleu Bohème, located in Kensington at 4090 Adams Ave., will celebrate Christmas Eve with a three-course prix fixe holiday dinner and cocktail, available exclusively on Monday, Dec. 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. Created by owner and executive chef, Ken Irvine, Bleu Bohème’s Christmas Eve menu will be priced at $65 per person. A specialty cocktail will also be available for the celebration, priced at $12. Seating for the dinner is limited and reservations are encouraged by calling 619.255.4167. Additional tax and gratuity may apply.

The Westgate Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dining: Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel will prepare a four-course prix fixe menu available in the elegant Westgate Room. Dinner will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. on December 24 and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day. The price is $69 per person plus tax and gratuity.

The Westgate Christmas Day Holiday Buffet: Gather with friends and family to indulge in The Westgate’s Christmas Day Holiday in the beautiful Le Fontainebleau Room from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The price is $89 for adults, $40 for children ages 4-12, and complimentary for children 3 and under, tax and gratuity not included. Guests may purchase bottomless house wine and champagne for an additional $20. Guests may reserve their holiday dining experience by calling (619) 238-1818. Those wishing to extend their stay at The Westgate are invited to book a room at www.westgatehotel.com.

Christmas Dinner at Osetra: Whether you’re dreaming of tasty Christmas favorites or feeling thankful for fine and flavorful dishes, Osetra Seafood & Steak’s Christmas Dinner menu is the perfect fit for you and your family to enjoy your time together without getting messy in the kitchen. Osetra has crafted a full three-course menu for $54 per person or a four-course menu for $69 per person with entrees including the Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Ravioli, New York Strip, Cioppino, and Surf & Turf, a filet with three jumbo shrimp in a truffle bordelaise sauce. Enhance your evening with add-on Ossetra Caviar and a Bottle of Moet Chandon!

  • Date: Monday, December 24th & Tuesday, December 25th
  • Price: $54 per person menu or $69 per person menu
  • Address: 904 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
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Christmas Dinner at Route 29: Inspired by the fine fare and ambiance of Napa Valley, Route 29’s farm fresh food and iconic wine country vibes make for an exciting and elevated setting for your holiday celebrations. Featuring wood, iron and copper décor, an open kitchen design and artfully-prepared cuisine, Route 29’s Christmas Dinner menu offers something for everyone this year. Sink your fork into a full three-course special menu including an app, entrée and dessert per person with selections such as a rich burrata jar, surf & turf lobster with a petit filet, crispy halibut, pan-seared scallops, duck in transition and more, finished off with your choice of buddino, limoncello cake or chocolate mousse.

  • Date: Monday, December 24th & Tuesday, December 25th
  • Price: Price based on entrée selection
  • Address:  644 Fifth Avenue, San Diego
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A Very Carnitas’ Christmas
Sunday, December 9 & 16 from 4-7 p.m.

The Embarcadero Shack is pulling out all the stops for the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. Ideally situated along the parade route, Carnitas Snack Shack will have entertainment for the whole family on Sunday, December 9 and Sunday, December 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. Little ones can enjoy hot chocolate and peppermint soft serve, while adults can imbibe festive cocktails. Additional fun features include complimentary ornament decorating, gourmet popcorn, corn hole and giant Jenga, a photo station and live music by Mike White.

Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Indulge in festive fare on Christmas Day with the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa’s holiday buffet. Take in breathtaking views of Mission Bay from the a second-floor ballroom while enjoying holiday flavors, including scrumptious carving stations, main courses, sides, salads and desserts. A children’s buffet ensures little ones have plenty to feast on, and live entertainment will be provided throughout the afternoon by the jolly Dickens-style Christmas Carolers.

  • * No sternwheeler cruises due to low tides.
  • December 25, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • $60 Adults, $25 Children (5-11), Free (under 5)

Bahia Resort Hotel

Celebrate Christmas Day at the Bahia’s holiday brunch buffet. Enjoy views of Mission Bay from the Bahia’s ballroom while feasting on holiday flavors, including carving stations, main courses, sides, salads and desserts. Additional features include a children’s buffet, a visit from Santa and his sleigh and live piano entertainment throughout the afternoon.

  • * No sternwheeler cruises due to low tides.
  • December 25, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • $54 Adults, $25 Children (5-11), Free (under 5)

Santa Visits the Little Italy Food Hall/Sunday, December 16 from 12-2 p.m.

Santa will visit the Little Italy Food Hall on Sunday, December 16 from noon to 2 p.m. and will be available for festive photos with guests of all ages in front of the Piazza della Famiglia fountain, just outside the entrance to the food hall. Guests who show a same-day receipt from any Little Italy Food Hall vendor are invited to take photos with Santa for free. Bonus: on the menu during December adults will find an assortment of wintry cocktails like the Signora Pomegranate (photo attached).

Holiday Bowl Brunch
Monday, December 31

America’s largest balloon parade, the Holiday Bowl Parade, is right around the corner and Carnitas’ Snack Shack Embarcadero is ideally situated along the parade route! On a mission to keep parade goers full and satisfied, Carnitas Snack Shack will open early at 9 a.m. and offer a variety of special breakfast items created in celebration of this much-loved holiday event.

Giardino – casual east county gathering

Try something new this Christmas, and gather around the tables at Giardino. Chef Marco Provino has created a seasonal menu full of holiday classics and Italian favorites. The a la carte menu is available both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and includes items like Orange & Cranberry Salad, Roasted Duck Airline-style, Butternut Squash Ravioli, Lobster alla Griglia and Nutella & Pistachio Tiramisu.

  • Reservations for Giardino: (619) 825-7112
  • 8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA

Cusp Dining & Drinks – impressive dinner and views

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 Burrata & Serrano Ham and Potato Leek Soup. Comfort favorites follow, with entrees such as Pan Roasted Filet Mignon and Duo of Duck: half roasted duck breast and duck raviolo. Seasonal desserts round-out the meal, including White Chocolate Bread Pudding. Dinner is $65 per adult and $35 for kids. Cusp is also open for dinner and drinks on Christmas Eve.

Pacifica Del Mar – ocean view holiday dining

A special prix fixe menu by Chef Chris Idso includes dishes worth gathering for. Start off with chef’s Pear Endive Salad, Butternut Squash Soup with spiced apple crème fraiche. Move on to entrees like Free Range Turkey, Slow Cooked Angus Prime Rib, or Seared Atlantic Sea Scallops. Finish with a dessert, including Idso’s Chocolate-Pecan Tartlet or Blackberry Sorbet. Pacifica will be open from 12pm-9pm on Christmas Day. The 3-course menu will be $65 per person.

THE MED at La Valencia – elegant and tasteful dining with a view

Gather at THE MED and indulge in three delightful holiday courses garnished with ocean vistas, seasonal music and sweet treats. The menu consists of dishes such as Local Spiny Lobster Bisque, Lamb Sugo Pappardelle, Pumpkin + Truffle Risotto and Cranberry Cheesecake. The menu is available both Christmas Eve & Christmas Day at THE MED. Cost is $95 per person with wine pairing for an additional $45 | $49 for children 12 and under.

  • Reservations for THE MED
  • 1132 Prospect St. | La Jolla, CA

Curadero – casual downtown eats and drinks

Curadero is perfect for those wanting a solid holiday meal or drink without all the fuss. On Christmas Eve, guests can head to Curadero’s bar for all night happy hour starting at 3pm. That’s bites – like tacos and chicharrones – starting at $3, and cocktails starting at $8. On Christmas Day, take advantage of their Taco Window in the Arriba Room from 5-10pm, which makes the perfect post family hangout.

1047 5th Avenue | Downtown San Diego

Celebrate Christmas in the Gaslamp District at Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp, and delight in their Prime Rib Specialplated with horseradish crème fraiche, potato fondants, jumbo asparagus and port wine demi-glaze, as well as theirLobster “Cappuccino,” a rich lobster bisque prepared with tarragon foam and shrimp chip, and finally their Yule Log, a decadent Bailey’s sponge cake made with coffee buttercream, dark chocolate ganache, meringue and mulberry gel.

Stop by Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for all-you-can-drink mimosas from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., plus special holiday-themed menu items in addition to their regular menu offerings offered all day.

Head to Backyard Kitchen & Tap in Pacific Beach on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for their Prime Rib Special, priced at $31.99 and accompanied by horseradish crème fraiche, potato fondants, jumbo asparagus and prepared with a port wine demi-glaze, in addition to Backyard’s full menu, all of which will be available on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., and on Christmas day from 11:30 a.m. – close.

Pacific Beach’s ocean-front dining destination, Waterbar, will celebrate the holiday with special menus curated for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, touting specials such as their Christmas Roast, prepared with horseradish cream, homemade gravy, herb-roasted marble potatoes and glazed carrots, and a Pillsbury crescent roll served with cultured butter, Glazed Yams, steamed and glazed in brown sugar, and their vegetarian option, Everything But the Turkey Bowl, packed with chipotle black beans, roasted broccoli, roasted corn, cheddar mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, cranberry sauce and a Pillsbury crescent roll. Finish on a sweet note on Christmas Eve with their Yule Log, prepared with rich chocolate cake, vanilla cream cheese frosting, toasted meringue, crushed peppermints, chocolate glaze, Nutella snow and hazelnut ice cream. Specials will be available on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Primavera Ristorante, located at 932 Orange Ave. in Coronado, will celebrate Christmas Eve with a decadent prix fixe Italian feast, available exclusively on Monday, Dec. 24. Primavera’s specialty Christmas Eve menu will be priced at $75 per person. A specialty cocktail will also be available for the celebration, priced at $14.  Seating for the dinner is limited and reservations are encouraged by calling 619.435.0454. Additional tax and gratuity may apply. More information is available at www.primavera1st.com.

JRDN at Tower23
Gather with your friends and family to celebrate the holidays at JRDN right on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach. Enjoy a Christmas Eve Dinner prepared by Executive Chef Dave Warner. In addition to all of the JRDN staple dishes, Chef Dave will be offering a Christmas inspired Prime Rib dinner special on Monday, December 24. Save the cooking for JRDN this year. On Tuesday, December 25, enjoy a three-course holiday inspired Christmas dinner prepared with all of your holiday favorites. Pricing is $44-60 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Pricing does not include tax and gratuity. Reservations for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day can be made by calling 858.270.2323.

  • 723 Felspar St.
  • San Diego, CA 92109

Monello
‘Tis the season of eating. There’s no better way to celebrate than with a Christmas Eve dinner at Monello in Little Italy. Known for their cheese wheel pasta, Monello will be serving up both a pasta and risotto for their holiday specials. The Christmas Eve specials will be a Cheese Wheel Spaghetti with Pesto and Guanicale and a Cheese Wheel Risotto with Spinach and Bone Marrow. Reservations are recommended. Monello will be closed on Christmas Day.

Bencotto
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at Bencotto in Little Italy. Gather with friends and family for a Christmas Eve dinner. Bencotto will be serving up a Spaghetti with Pesto and Guanicale in a parmogiano bowl as their holiday special. Reservations are strongly recommended. Bencotto will be closed on Christmas Day.

TRUST Restaurant

TRUST Restaurant will serve its mainstay a la carte menu of urban, rustic shareable plates and celebratory craft cocktails on Christmas Eve. Enjoy seasonal selections including Warm Baby Root Vegetables with quinoa, aged manchego, red onion, farro, smoky yogurt, tarragon, pistachio; 22 oz Meyer Ranch Bone-in Ribeye with radish butter, cipollini onions, blue cheese fingerling potatoes; and Maple Pecan Crème Brulee with poached pear and mascarpone crème. Sip on the Last Fall a fig infused holiday libation made with rum, green chartreuse, luxardo maraschino cherries and lime. TRUST Restaurant will be open Christmas Eve from 5pm to 10pm; closed on Christmas Day. Reservations are strongly suggested.

Hundred Proof

Feel jolly with Stephen Kurpinsky’s new holiday themed libations at Hundred Proof. Feel like you are in a Winter Wonderland when you sip on the Cherry Cola Slushie with Bounty St. Lucia Spiced Rum, Amaro Montenegro, Lime, Coca Cola and Cherry. Mele Kalikimaka is not just the Hawaiian way to say “Merry Christmas” but is also one of Hundred Proof’s exclusive cocktails made with Holiday Rum Blend, Cold Brew, Passion Fruit, Coconut Cream, Lime, Pineapple, Cinnamon and White Chocolate. What’s the holidays without an Ugly Sweater Party? This cocktail includes Hamilton’s Jamacian Blonde Rum, Real Mccoy 3yr, Butter, spices and Nostalgia. Hundred Proof will be open on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day.

Mezé Greek Fusion

Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, Mezé Greek Fusion will debut its new seasonal cocktail inspired by Greek mythology, “Merry Medusa,” available through the month of December. Created by beverage director Ryan Andrews, Merry Medusa is made with Ketel One vodka, a house-made pomegranate reduction, freshly squeezed lemon juice and St. Elizabeth allspice dram. The specialty cocktail is priced at $13. Reservations may be made by calling 619.550.1600 or on the website at www.GaslampMeze.com.

Kick off the holiday season with Park 101’s Home for the Hoppydays December beer competition, which will run all month long. Check out the Carlsbad, family-friendly spot for the first two weeks of December to vote on your favorite in matchups like Mission’s Guava IPA vs. Modern Times Orderville. The third week of the month will be a battle between the winners and during the last week, $5 pints of the final winner will be available! Park 101 will also be showing family holiday movies, such as Polar Express and Muppet Christmas Carol, every Wednesday in December.

Both Woodstock’s Pizza locations will be making spirits bright with Naughty or Nice Pint Nights, where beer fanatics are strongly encouraged to sport their ugliest Christmas sweaters. The pizza joint near SDSU will be holding their event on Thursday, December 13th from 5:00 p.m. to midnight. 3 Punk Ales Brewing Co. will be poured and those who come in their sweaters will get the $3 glass fee waived for the evening. The Pacific Beach location’s event will be Friday, December 14th and will feature Sierra Nevada, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Naughty or nice – which list are you on this year?!

SANTA!!!! I KNOW HIM! Cass Street Bar and Grill, a PB local favorite for over 50 years, will be hosting ELF Trivia on Thursday, December 13th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Relieve the fun and laughs of the 2003 hit movie and answer fun questions about Buddy the Elf, all while sipping local brews like Ballast Point Sculpin or Stone Enjoy By. Themed trivia nights at Cass Street are extremely popular, so each team (which can have up to five members) must purchase one ticket, which is $16 and can be bought here.

If Christmas caroling is your favorite part of the holiday season, don’t miss ginger’s Ugly Sweater Karaoke on Tuesday, December 18th! Belt out your favorites like Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You or Jingle Bellswhile decked out in your most hideous seasonal sweater. ginger’s, which is located just underneath barleymash at the corner of Fifth and Market, is a trendy and intimate cocktail bar where guests can escape the hustle and bustle of the Gaslamp District. Sip martinis like The Cosmo, an original martini made with a mix of Skyy Citrus Vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime and cranberry juice, or choose from their selection of wine and cocktails. You can also order bites from barleymash’s menu!

December is a great time to watch feel-good Christmas Movies and The Duck Dive is featuring a lineup you won’t want to miss out on! During the first three Mondays in December, the PB premier beach lounge and eatery will be showing How the Grinch Stole Christmas (12/3), Home Alone 2 (12/10) and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (12/17). Movies begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. and guests can enjoy complimentary popcorn and $5 Build-Your-Own-Mules during the film. You can also munch on appetizers like wings or the oh-so-tasty DD Spinach Dip, with artichoke, poblanos, chorizo and pepper jack cheese.

Dust off that ugly Christmas sweater you’ve been neglecting all year long or don your finest 1980’s couture for Betamaxx’s 80’s Christmas and Ugly Sweater Party taking place at Music Box on December 21st. Best known for their high-energy performances packed with non-stop, nostalgia-filled ‘80’s cover hits, Betamaxx is ready to celebrate the season with an unforgettable performance that merges holiday cheer with ‘80s flair. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are priced at $16 – $35.98.

Ugly Sweater Night at Barrel Republic: There’s nothing like frosty beer to get you into the holiday spirit! Luckily, the elves at Barrel Republic have you covered this season with a selection worthy of Santa’s personal stash. To kick off your holiday festivities in honor of National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, Barrel Republic will be giving you 10% off your tab all day long at each of their Pacific Beach, Carlsbad and Oceanside locations for sporting your most hideous Christmas sweater while you sip and savor.

  • Friday, December 14th
  • 1261 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach
  • Price: A la carte
  • Address: 1261 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach, CA 92109
    215 N Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
    2961 State St., Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Jalisco Sleigh Ride at Jalisco Cantina: Oceanside’s most festive cocktail haven is serving up a one-of-a-kind drink for the holidays! Celebrate the season with the Jalisco Sleigh Ride, courtesy of brilliant Bar Manager Amy DeLee. Made with house-made eggnog, Califino Reposado tequila, crème de cacao and a topping of grated cinnamon and nutmeg, there’s no better way to warm up on these cold December nights than with this drink in hand!

  • Date: All December long!
  • Price: $10
  • Address: 213 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
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Rady’s Children’s Hospital Fundraiser at Woodstock’s Pizza: ‘Tis the season for giving, and Woodstock’s Pizza is stepping up to the plate! On December 14th, Woodstock’s is hosting a month-long fundraiser and one-day Toy Drive event benefitting Rady’s Children’s Hospital! From 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, December 14th, Woodstock’s Pizza in Pacific Beach will be accepting toy donations at their in-store “gift tree” to be given to Rady’s Children’s patients and the Ronald McDonald House. Check the Rady’s Foundation Donation page for a list of do’s and don’ts for gifts! With a toy donation and purchase of any item at Woodstock’s, customers will receive a free regular Cinnabread dessert pizza as a sweet treat! Dress to impress in your holiday best and stick around for a Naughty and Nice Friday Night Pints, starting at 7:00 PM with half-priced pints of Sierra Nevada and photos with Santa.

The giving doesn’t stop there – as a food sponsor for Rady’s Children’s Hospital throughout the month of December, both the Pacific Beach and SDSU Woodstock’s locations will be selling $1.00 paper pizza slices to raise funds for the Rady’s Miracle Light program. Woodstock’s Pizza will also be running their Secret Santa delivery program during December, gifting one random $25 gift card in a deliver box each week!

  • Date: December 14th, and all December long!
  • Pricing: Free
  • Address: 1221 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, CA 92019
  • 6145 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115
  • Website

Holiday Wonderland with Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Village: On the hunt for a family event that has it all? Skip the overly-crowded malls and document your priceless holiday memories at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, hosting a holiday wonderland set for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Join the festivities on Sunday, December 9th from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. to take in your annual photo tradition with a side of family fun. Stoke your holiday spirit in the Village Square with some local live music and treats while the kids delight in an enchanting train ride through the center!

  • Date: Sunday, December 9th
  • Price: Free!
  • Address: 13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Parkway, San Diego, CA 92130
  • Website

Live Music & “No Insurance Needed” at Juan Tequila

Raise a glass to the holidays at Juan Tequila, the Gaslamp’s newest upscale Baja-inspired bar and eatery! Stop in for Juan Tequila’s new live music program featuring a different acoustic artist every Sunday through Thursday during December. Complete with chandeliers, club leather furniture, and an intimate “starry” lounge, Juan Tequila’s innovative Baja bar feel explores unique flavor combinations in their aperitif artist-crafted cocktail menu! Capitalizing on seasonal ingredients, the brand new “No Insurance Needed” cocktail shines as a winter toasting libation with rye, apple cider, black walnut bitters, a caramelized absinthe-soaked sugar cube and a topping of ginger snap cookie.

  • Date: All December long!
  • Pricing: $15
  • Address: 535 Fourth Avenue, San Diego
  • Website

Breakfast Republic is getting into the holiday spirit with December food and drink specials such as their Cranberry Mint Mimosa, featuring cranberry with a hint of mint, cradled by brut bubbles, as well as their Candy Cane Mocha, touting a double shot of espresso, peppermint, mocha and milk, topped with whipped cream and finished with a candy cane. Gorge on Holiday Gnocchi, prepared with sautéed potato gnocchi, onion, butternut squash, bacon, fennel sausage, dried cranberries, spinach and parmesan cheese, topped with pesto and served with two eggs any style, or treat yourself to a sophisticated breakfast of champions with Bone Marrow, topped with beef chorizo and quail eggs, and served with black beans, guacamole and corn tortillas.

Stop by Fig Tree Café throughout the month of December for their holiday-inspired Eggnog French Toast, topped with sweet eggnog cream, whipped cream and cinnamon sugar, paired with drink specials such as theirCranberry Mimosa Flight, featuring cranberry pomegranate, cranberry orange, classic cranberry and white cranberry tasters. Perk up with their Nutella Me Ain’t So Latte, crafted from Nutella, a double shot of espresso and milk, and topped with a dusting of mocha and chocolate hazelnut wafer.

Celebrate the holidays SoCal-style at Bub’s @ the Beach with their Holiday Mule, concocted from Blue Red Bull, Crown Apple and a splash of ginger beer, and finished with fresh lime, bitters and a blueberry candy cane. Only available throughout the month of December, you won’t want to miss out on this limited-time creation!

Celebrate the season in timeless fashion at The Westgate Hotel this Holiday season. The Westgate will offer a variety of festive events for every member of the family during December. The hotel will be decked out with lights, tinsel, and all the festive fixings to provide families the most magical experience.

The Westgate Christmas Teas: Cozy up with a cup of holiday cheer in The Westgate’s Bordeaux Room. A melodious harp will accompany a spread of holiday beverages, premium teas, house-made petit fours, and canapés. Christmas Teas will take place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23.

Prices are $50 for adults, $35 for children ages 4-12, and complimentary for children 3 & under, tax and gratuity not included. Guests may reserve their holiday tea experience by calling (619) 238-1818 or by visiting here.

The Westgate Teddy Bear Teas: A holiday tradition for the entire family, little ones are invited to participate in the Teddy Bear Teas followed by a visit from Santa Claus. Holiday beverages, premium teas, fresh house-made pastries, and desserts will be available. Each child will get a one-on-one with Santa and will receive a keepsake teddy bear. The Teddy Bear Teas take place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and are scheduled for December 1, 2, 8, 9 and daily from the 15 through the 23. Prices are $59 for adults, $39 for children ages 4-12, and complimentary for children 3 & under, tax, ticket fee and gratuity not included. To reserve a Teddy Bear Tea experience visit here.

Daphne’s
Daphne’s, the Mediterranean-inspired concept known for its healthy and nourishing cuisine, is gifting a bonus holiday treat to guests through the month of December. For every $30 purchased in gift cards, Daphne’s is giving guests three $5 Daphne’s Dollars each month in January, February, and March 2019. Valid in-store at all 21 Daphne’s locations across California, including their 8 San Diego County restaurants. For more information, visit www.daphnes.biz.

Farmer Boys
Farmer Boys is offering TWO ways to get rewarded this holiday season. Through December 31, guests who purchase $25 in gift cards will receive a $5 voucher, and those who buy $100 in gift cards will get $25 in vouchers to use on future visits. These holiday deals are available at most of Farmer Boys’ 93 locations throughout California and Nevada, including both Escondido locations.

The EL JEFE at Juan Tequila: Raise a glass to the new year at Juan Tequila, the Gaslamp’s newest upscale Baja-inspired bar and eatery! Complete with a laid-back New York City vibe of chandeliers, club leather furniture, marble tabletops, an intimate “starry” lounge and frequent live music and DJs, Juan Tequila’s innovative Baja bar feel explores unique flavor combinations in their elevated cuisine and aperitif artist-crafted cocktail menu. Capitalizing on seasonal ingredients, the brand new EL JEFE cocktail shines as a winter toasting libation with vodka, Licor 43, a smooth oat milk blend, a garnished candied pistachio rim and a sprinkling of micro-place cinnamon!

  • Date: All month long!
  • Pricing: $14
  • Address: 535 Fourth Avenue, San Diego
  • Website

Monkey King: Monkey King, the Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant located at 467 5th Ave., will ensure guests will have a very merry Christmas with half-priced dishes and drinks all day. Select appetizers include Vietnamese pot stickers, Korean sliced short ribs and orange chicken wings, among others. Monkey King’s Jungle Bird and Salt Collins cocktails are among the libations available, as well as Kona Hanalei draft, Kirin draft and sake. More information and reservations are available by calling 619.359.8897 or online at www.monkeykindsd.com.

El Chingon: El Chingon, located at 560 5th Ave., will put the feliz in Feliz Navidad by offering half-off all entradas, including Chicharrones El Chingon, pork cracklings with house seasoning and chipotle cream; Elote A La Linea, fire-roasted corn on the cobb, cotija, mayonnaise and tajin, with choice to add Flaming Hot Cheetos; and more. Beverage offerings include Dos XX, priced at $3; Patron shots and house margaritas for $5; and more. More information and reservations are available by calling 619.501.1919 or online at www.elchingon.com.

Mille Fleurs is taking the cooking and cleaning out of Christmas with menus sure to please any palate. Savor Christmas Eve with options like steak tartare, butter poached lobster and bûche de noël or join them on Christmas Day for oysters, chestnut ravioli, lamb loin and citrus pavola to name a few. 

Price: Christmas Eve prix fixe: $95.50 per person / Christmas Day a la carte: prices vary 

Address: 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

The Oceanaire: With holiday specials like chicken fried lobster with truffled honey, cheesy grits and hot sauce, Guajillo Antarctic King Salmon serve with a New Mexico and Ahcno Chile puree, black beans, rice and mango salsa and roasted prime rib, The Oceanaire is keeping things merry and bright. Guests can indulge with options from the oyster and raw bar, steaks, scallops, Baja Mako Shark and truffle whipped potatoes or save room for dessert with a seafood chopped salad or salt roasted beet salad. 

Price: varies 

Address: 400 J St, San Diego, CA 92101