Thanksgiving Dining San Diego Style

Thanksgiving Dining San Diego Style
International Smoke (courtesy photo)

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and while some locals plan to spend the day in the kitchen, many San Diegans will let the pros handle the cooking.  

Primavera Ristorante will celebrate full hearts and full stomachs with its second annual Thanksgiving dinner from 2 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28. The three-course prix fixe menu will be priced at $69.95 per person. Choose from all-natural turkey breast roulade, filetto mignon e gamberetti, and much more.  A specialty cocktail, the Pumpkin Spice White Russian, made with Kahlua, vanilla vodka and pumpkin spiced cream, will also be available.

barleymash: This Gaslamp District spot for delicious bites will be hosting a three-course Thanksgiving dinner beginning at 2:00 p.m. The first course consists of your choice of butternut squash soup, house salad or Caesar salad. The main course is Andouille Stuffed Turkey Roulade, with garlic mashed potatoes, brown ale biscuit stuffing, Brussels sprout casserole and roasted baby carrots. For the third course, chose between Spiced Apple & Raisin Bread Pudding and Sweet Potato and Pecan Pie, topped with vanilla Chantilly cream. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling or emailing Lizzie@barleymashsd.com for more information.

Date: Thursday, November 28th

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Price: $45 per person

Louisiana Purchase: Kick-off the Thanksgiving feast early during Louisiana Purchase’s Friendsgiving Chef’s Table, taking place on Tuesday November 19th. With dinner beginning at 7:00 p.m., get ready to enjoy an evening filled with friends sharing Chef Quinnton “Q” Austin’s take on Thanksgiving from the Bayou. If you have any dietary restrictions, please make a note when you purchase tickets, which can be done by clicking here.

Date: Tuesday, November 19th

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Price: $100

The Duck Dive

Celebrate Thanksgiving at the beach with The Duck Dive’s $15 Traditional Turkey Dinner with pumpkin pie, which will be served all day long (until supplies run out). Through November, PB’s premier beach lounge and eatery will also be holding a Holiday Toy Drive, with all donations going to the Foster Kids of San Diego and the Polinsky Center. In exchange for bringing in a new unwrapped toy, you will get a Jameson Irish Coffee, a combination of Jameson Whiskey, hot coffee and fresh cream float, sprinkled with ground nutmeg. $1 From each cocktail on Duck Dive’s holiday featured menu will be donated to San Diego Foster Angels.

Date: Thursday, November 22nd

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Price: Varies

Address: 4650 Mission Boulevard, San Diego CA 92109

Backyard Kitchen & Tap is celebrating Turkey Day with their “Let’s Get Basted” Thanksgiving Eve Party on November 27th, featuring $5 Truly Cans and $6 Wild Turkey Shots, plus a DJ spinning from 10:30 p.m. – close. Recover from those Wild Turkey Shots on Thanksgiving Day with Backyard’s Turkey Day buffet, complete with Red Bliss Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Gravy, Bacon & Herb Stuffing, Turkey Legs and Breasts, Green Bean Casserole, Bread Rolls, Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows and Pumpkin Pie. The buffet is priced at $27.50 for adults and $13 for children age 12 and under.

Feast all month long at Breakfast Republic with a plate of Stuffing Hash, showcasing a dreamy intermingling of breakfast sausage, bacon, sweet potato, onions, arugula, eggs and brioche crumble, or indulge your inner pumpkin-spice lover with their Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, flipped to perfection with pumpkin pancake batter and infused with a sweet spice swirl, cream cheese frosting and pumpkin spice caramel. Perk up with their Ginger Spice Latte, and discover a rich blend of gingerbread flavor notes with a double shot of espresso and milk, all topped with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon, or sip your way to a happy holiday with their Blueberry Lavender Mimosa, which exudes blueberry and lavender flavors cradled by brut bubbles.

Gorge on all of your Turkey Day favorites at Bub’s @ the Beach this Thanksgiving, and enjoy their Turkey Dinner Plate, priced at $12 and touting a hearty serving of turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, cranberries and a dinner roll, plus Fuego’s famous stuffing waffle. Be sure to wash it all down with their November BurrrBerry Bliss cocktail, delivering crisp flavors indicative of the season with muddled blueberries, Skyy Blueberry Vodka, Triple Sec and fresh-squeezed lemon.

Make your way to Mission Hills for a three-course farm-to-fork Thanksgiving dinner at Farmer’s Bottega, hosted from 4 – 9 p.m. and priced at $50 per person. The robust menu will feature a selection of the restaurant’s specialty dishes intermingled with Turkey Day classics, including items such as Burnt Carrots, prepared with local avocado, red onion, cilantro and feta, all tossed in citrus thyme vinaigrette, Butternut Squash Ravioli, topped with brown butter sage and fresh parmesan, and Julian Apple Pie served with vanilla ice cream. Wine-o’s can enjoy a wine pairing for only $15 more. Be sure to bring the kids along for a $15 three-course kids menu!

With locations in La Mesa, Bay Park and Little Italy, Farmer’s Table will offer a special three-course Thanksgiving menu from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., featuring seasonally inspired dishes and Turkey Day favorites, including Pumpkin Soup, infused with autumnal ingredients, followed by hearty classics such as their Roasted Turkey Plate, complete with mashed potatoes, gravy, string beans, corn and cranberry sauce, and an offering of sweet indulgences like Pecan Pie topped with creamy vanilla ice cream. Pricing is $42 for adults and $18 for children.

Dine at Coronado’s Feast & Fareway this Turkey Day, and enjoy prime views and an expertly plated Thanksgiving Day dinner along the Coronado Golf Course. Idyllic for families seeking a traditional Thanksgiving meal, this picturesque dining destination will feature a plateful of all the classics from 2 – 6 p.m. Protein options includeRoasted Turkey, Prime Rib and Fish, accompanied by a selection of Mashed Yams, Mashed Potatoes or Mac ‘n’ Cheese, plus a variety of vegetable options, including Green Bean Casserole, Roasted Carrots and Brussels Sprouts. Pricing is $45 for adults and $15 for kids. If a Turkey Day brunch is on the docket, rest assured the location will offer their regular breakfast/lunch items from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Delight in seasonal offerings at one of Fig Tree Café’s three locations in Pacific Beach, Hillcrest and Liberty station, and treat your taste buds to their Thanksgiving Pie Mimosa Flight, complete with blueberry pie, strawberry rhubarb pie, apple pie and cherry pie tasters, or get your caffeine buzz from their Peanut Butter Cup Mocha, concocted from a double shot of espresso, mocha, rich peanut butter flavor and milk, all topped with whipped cream plus a chocolate and peanut butter drizzle. Quell your seasonal cravings with their Cranberry, Pumpkin & Walnut French Toast, bestowing a plateful of pumpkin brioche infused with cranberry, raisins and walnuts,  all cooked in their house vanilla custard, and topped with fall spice glaze and candied walnuts.

Get hoppy this Thanksgiving at Pacific Beach AleHouse, and delight in a three-course dinner priced at $31.95 for adults and $17.95 for children. The menu will feature first course options such as Roast Kabocha Squash Bisquewith shallot and rosemary oil, as well as California Gold Salad tossed with toasted almonds, feta, gold raisins and dried apricots in garlic basil vinaigrette. Play it safe this Thanksgiving and let Pacific Beach AleHouse do the deep-frying when you order their Deep Fried Turkey Breast as your entrée, or indulge in Pineapple and Clove Glazed Ham, Fried Turkey Leg or the Impossible Vegan Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy. If you’re hankering for a plate of ribs, be sure upgrade your order to the Prime Rib Dinner priced at $36.95! Satisfy that sweet tooth with one of their decadent dessert options including Roasted Pumpkin Bread Pudding with cinnamon cream glace, Dark Chocolate Pecan Cobbler with vanilla ice cream, or Vegan Apple Cobbler with salted caramel.

Join Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas for their pre-Turkey Day Friendsgiving Party , which will feature live music from 7 – 10 p.m. and a DJ spinning from 10 p.m. – close, plus $5 well drinks starting at 10 p.m., $8 Sweater Weathercocktails, and the option to donate a canned food item to receive a drink ticket for a one-cent Sweater Weathercocktail. Start Thanksgiving Day off right with brunch from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., featuring Pumpkin Pancakes and $15 Bottomless Mimosas, followed by dinner specials available from 2 – 8 p.m., showcasing Lemon & Herb Turkey Breast Dinner which also includes your choice of Brandied Cherry Goat Cheesecake or Pumpkin Pot de Crème. Vegans can delight in Vegan Meatloaf with Heirloom Tomato Glaze which includes Chia Seed Pudding with Bruleed Banana for dessert. Both options are priced at $26.95, and pair effortlessly with their cocktail special,Smoke & Mirrors, brimming with Smoked Black Tea Toki Whiskey, roasted butternut syrup and black walnut bitters.

Head to Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp this Turkey Day for a three-course menu priced at $29.95, which will feature options such as Butternut Squash Bisque infused with chipotle coconut crema, pepitas, pumpkin oil and fried sage,Smoked Turkey Breast served with truffle mashed potatoes, sausage sage sourdough stuffing, green bean and wild mushroom succotash, and vanilla spiced cranberry sauce, and Pumpkin Pie, among other delectable menu items. Savor their Thanksgiving specialty cocktail, the Apple Pie Mule, comprised of bourbon, ginger beer, apple bitters, cinnamon and a Granny Smith green apple garnish.

Soak in ocean views this Thanksgiving at Waterbar in Pacific Beach, as you dig into their Traditional Turkey Dinnerpriced at $21.95, available from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. The dinner includes carved turkey breast and braised dark meat, accompanied by cheddar mashed potatoes, green beans, chicken sausage stuffing, homemade gravy, cranberry sauce and a dinner roll. Other specials available that day will include The “Next Day” Sandwich, packed with turkey (white and dark meat), cranberry sauce, leftover stuffing, lettuce, tomato and gravy-soaked bread, all served on white bread, as well as their Everything But the Turkey Bowl, prepared with chipotle black beans, crispy onions, green beans, roasted corn, cheddar mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, cranberry sauce and a dinner roll. Thanksgiving isn’t complete without something sweet to end the meal, so be sure to order a slice of Pumpkin Pie or Glazed Yams!

Bleu Bohème, located in Kensington at 4090 Adams Ave., will celebrate Thanksgiving by offering a decadent three-course prix fixe holiday dinner and specialty cocktail, available from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28. Created by owner and executive chef, Ken Irvine, Bleu Bohème’s specialty menu will be priced at $65 per person, with a children’s menu available for $19.95. A limited-edition cocktail will also be available for the celebration. Reservations may be made by calling 619.255.4167. More information is available at www.bleuboheme.com.

Mezé Greek Fusion: Mezé Greek Fusion will offer guests Greek twists on traditional Thanksgiving dishes with its featured Mezé Greek Buffet, priced at $25.99 per person. Dishes will include: Greek turkey; mashed potatoes; seasonal vegetables; fiery feta mac ‘n cheese, made with penne pasta, kasseri, cheddar, fiery feta and pita crumbs; Greek salad made with romaine lettuce, red onion, English cucumber, Roma tomatoes, Kalamata olives, feta cheese and house vinaigrette; and hummus, among other items. The buffet, as well as the regular menu, will be available from 3 to 10 p.m. More information and reservations are available by calling 619.550.1600 or online at www.gaslampmeze.com. Available Thursday, November 28th.

El Chingon: El Chingon, located at 560 5th Ave., will celebrate a “feliz Día de Acción de Gracias” with its signature RITMO party, a special Latin event featuring reggaeton, Spanish trap, Latin Top 40’s and hip-hop music. Guest DJs, including local DJ Dynamiq, will set the mood, performing sets throughout the evening from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. More information is available by calling 619.501.1919 or online at www.elchingon.com/ritmo. Available Thursday, November 28th.

International Smoke  (Del Mar) 

·       Thanksgiving Eve: Kick off the holiday with an all-day happy hour at International Smoke’s vibrant bar. Enjoy bottomless rosé, a special fall cocktail and festive appetizers. 

·       Thanksgiving Day:  

    • Dine In (12 p.m. – 7 p.m.): The expansive ‘Thanksgiving Feast’ buffet will feature Smoked Turkey, a Fish Station, serving Court-Bouillon Poached Shrimp Cocktail and Grilled Verlasso Salmon, a Ribs and Meat-carving Station, serving American Style BBQ RibsBrown Sugar and Chili Prime Rib, and a Dessert Station featuring assorted fresh desserts. The restaurant will also serve up spins on traditional Thanksgiving sides, including Smoked Sweet PotatoesMac & Cheese and Apple Caramelized Fennel Stuffing. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available upon request. Children’s menu will be offered for kids from ages 4 to 10. Price: $70 (adults), $35 (kids age 4-10).   
    • Take Out: Not looking to dine in? International Smoke has you covered with their Thanksgiving to-go menu. Enjoy turkey and special fixings including Cornbread with Thai Curry ButterLow and Slow Smoked Turkey with Chef’s Gravy and Chef’s Fall Pie. Orders need to be received 72 hours in advance and will be available for pickup on Thanksgiving Eve or Thanksgiving morning. 
  • Black Friday through Sunday: Relax after Black Friday shopping with brunch at International Smoke. Enjoy fall flavors, bottomless drinks options and the chef’s version of a leftover turkey sandwich (while supplies last). Diners can also experience International Smoke’s new fall cocktail menu with inventive beverages like the tequila-based Shape Shifter and the bourbon drink Curry Up Now. These specials will continue throughout the weekend.   

Jsix : Join Jsix on Nov. 28th and let Chef Steve do the cooking for you. The three-course family-style menu will feature a fusion of the holiday classics and unique twists. A portion of the proceeds will benefit No Kid Hungry. Price: $55 (Children 6 and under eat free). (11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.) 

Slater’s 50/50: Known for its unconventional burger mashups and ‘slaterized’ creations, Slater’s 50/50 offers Turkey Day all month long with the reintroduction of its fan-favorite THANKSGIVING BURGER! This ‘movable feast’ is an entire Thanksgiving dinner that puts the whole holiday in your hands, featuring a 1/3 lb. turkey patty piled high with brioche stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, and a garlic & sage aioli on a honey wheat bun. The Thanksgiving Burger is available for $13.99 now through November 30 at all 11 Slater’s 50/50 locations, including Point Loma and San Marcos.

Mille Fleurs: For an elegant farm-to-table Thanksgiving meal, Mille Fleurs has prepared an outstanding 3 course prix fixe menu. With selections like Squash Soup made from locally-sourced produce, Oven-Roasted Mary’s Farm Turkey, and a slice of Pecan Pie for dessert, you can share a delicious Thanksgiving meal without the hassle of cooking. Show your thanks to your loved ones and to local farms by dining at Mille Fleurs. Prix fixe menu can be found here

  • $74.50/pp — Prix Fixe Menu Only
  • Open 12:30pm – 7pm

Mister A’s: This Thanksgiving, treat yourself to the high-end Thanksgiving feast that you deserve. Mister A’s has put a gourmet touch on all of the classics such as Butternut Squash Soup, Multicolored Beet Salad, Roasted Fresh & Organic Diestel Farm Turkey. With a belly full of delicious food and Mister A’s incredible view of San Diego, how could you be anything but thankful?! Prix fixe menu can be found here.

  • $79.50/pp  — Prix Fixe Menu Only
  • Dinner service from 12pm-3pm + 4:45pm-8:30pm

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern: For a relaxed, prep-free holiday, head to Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern. At Jimmy’s, all your loved ones, of all ages, will find something to dig into this Thanksgiving. In addition to the Thanksgiving Turkey and Prime Rib prix fixe, holiday menu items include Kale Salad, Roasted Butternut Squash, and Truffled Chestnut Soup. Jimmy’s cooking Thanksgiving this year, and your whole family’s invited! 

  • Thanksgiving menu available (Nov. 27-30th)
  • Thanksgiving Prix Fixe available on Thanksgiving only — Diestel Free-Range Turkey Dinner ($44); Prime Rib Dinner ($50)
  • Open 11 am – 8 pm

The Oceanaire: Dine downtown this year with The Oceanaire. In addition to their regular menu offerings, a special Thanksgiving prix fixe is available. With extended holiday hours, The Oceanaire invites you to come in and stay awhile. 

  • Regular menu and prix fixe option available 
  • Open 1 pm – 8 pm 

Cafe Gratitude: For vegetarians and vegans who can’t stand the idea of a rubbery Tofurkey, Cafe Gratitude is ready to serve you and your loved ones! Simply place your order off the special Thanksgiving catering menu by November 25th and pick up between 1-10 pm on Wednesday November 26th. Menu options include Roasted Maple Miso Brussel Sprouts, Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Shitake Grave, a classic Pumpkin Pie – all plant based, of course. Thanks to Cafe Gratitude, you can check Thanksgiving off your to-do list. More details and the full Thanksgiving menu can be found here

The Westgate Hotel: The Westgate Hotel offers two experiences for family and friends to feast. On Thursday, Nov. 28, the Traditions of Thanksgiving Buffet will be in the charming Le Fontainebleau Room. Seating is from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the buffet is $99 per person; $40 for children ages 4-12; and complimentary for children under the age of 3. Guests may add bottomless house wine or champagne for an additional $20. Tax and gratuity are additional.

For those seeking a more formal atmosphere, The Westgate Hotel will also offer a four-course prix fixe menu in the grand Westgate Room, highlighting the time-honored classics of a Thanksgiving dinner. Seating is from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and the cost is $79 per person; $40 for children ages 4-12; and complimentary for children under the age of 3. Tax and gratuity are additional. Daily Westgate Room menus will also be available. Seating is limited, and reservations for Thanksgiving dining can be made by calling (619) 238-1818 or by visiting https://www.westgatehotel.com/things-to-do/hotel-events/.

20|Twenty: Executive Chef Julian Quiñones and the 20|Twenty team invite guests to gather for a classic, homemade Thanksgiving buffet at 20|Twenty, located in the Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa. The buffet selection includes whipped potatoes, slow-roasted free-range turkey, traditional cornbread stuffing, and pumpkin and pecan tarts. Reservations for 20|Twenty’s Thanksgiving Buffet are available from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28. And pricing is $89 for adults and $30 for children. For more information or to make reservations, please visit http://20twentygrill.com/menu/.

JRDNDig in at San Diego’s favorite oceanfront setting and gather by the sea for a Thanksgiving feast at JRDN in Pacific Beach. On Thursday, Nov. 28, Executive Chef David Warner and the JRDN team invite you to delight in a three-course, locally sourced dinner featuring all of the season’s favorites. Reservations are available from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and pricing is $45-55 per person and $25 for children 12 years and under. To make reservations for Thanksgiving dinner, please call (858) 270-2323.

Zinqué: Change up your Thanksgiving traditions in Little Italy – Zinqué is ready to celebrate the holidays with French flare. The bistro offers French cuisine including authentic Parisian bread imported from the famous Poilâne Bakery in Paris, classic cheese and charcuterie selections and more European delights. The Los Angeles transplant also features a curated, French wine list for everyone to savor. Zinqué is near the corner of Kettner Blvd. and Hawthorn St. and will be open for regular business hours on Nov. 28 from 7 a.m. to midnight.

Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Theatre Box® will welcome San Diegans to celebrate Thanksgiving with a new tradition – its first three-course Thanksgiving feast – offered exclusively beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28. The specialty prix fixe menu is priced at $49 per person. For an additional $10 charge, guests may choose to add the Gobble Gobble Insane Milkshake, made with vanilla ice cream and pumpkin pie chunks, topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, slice of pumpkin pie and a dark chocolate turkey in a chocolate ganache covered mug covered with candy pumpkins. Complete menus, movie showtimes and more information about Theatre Box® is available on the website atwww.theatrebox.com, and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @TheatreBoxSD.

Giardino (Lemon Grove): Order Thanksgiving to-go at Giardino. The quaint Italian restaurant will be open for brunch that morning, offering classics like Cannoli Waffles, Nutella Pancakes and Bloody Mary’s. They will also be offering traditional and Italian-inspired dishes to-go so you can skip the cooking! Head to their website to check out their holiday to-go menus, order ahead of time, and pick up on Thanksgiving. Your family and friends will thank you. www.GiardinoSD.com – (619) 825-7112

Pacifica Del Mar (Del Mar): The ocean view restaurant is a holiday favorite amongst families. Join them for a special 3-course menu, and choose from a variety of holiday classics, like Free Range Roasted Turkey, Prime Rib, Sugar Spiced Salmon and more. Open 11am-9pm. The menu is $55/pp for those who choose turkey as an entrée, and $65/pp for those who choose any other entrée. Kids menu available. www.PacificaDelMar.com – 858-792-0476

THE MED (La Jolla): The Pink Lady is one of the most popular and iconic places to dine on Thanksgiving. A beautiful buffet stocked with a raw bar and carving station will accompany seasonal selections like a carving station with free-range turkey and beef with rosemary wine, bourbon sweet potato casserole, a raw bar and a festive dessert display. The buffet will be available from 1pm-7pm for $94 per adult | $45 per child (age 6-12) | Free for children 5 & under. Reservations required. https://www.lavalencia.com/dining/the-med

Curadero: Looking for a tasteful yet casual meal for Thanksgiving? Curadero is the perfect place to gather over shared plates and incredible cocktails. Start with a selection of daily ceviches to pass around the table. For larger plates, order the Garlic Marinated Shrimp served with a curadero house salad and rice, or Pollo Adobada – Adobo marinated half chicken – with black beans and tostones de platanos. The bar will be offering their new cocktail menu, which features standouts like the tiki-inspired Tourmaline Dream with  Mezcal Mal Bien, Huana Guanabana, lime, spiced red wine reduction and coconut. www.Curadero.com

Cusp Dining & Drinks: Gather at Cusp this Thanksgiving for an ocean view meal the entire family will love. The 11th floor restaurant be offering Chef Ingrid Funes’ entire menu, plus a classic holiday turkey dinner. Choose from dishes like Heirloom Tomato Crostini or Apricot Glazed Crispy Cauliflower to share. Entrees include Rack of Lack Mole Rojo and Cusp Fresh Catch of the Day with chive spätzle, chanterelle mushrooms, asparagus and yuzu beurre blanc. Kids 10 and under will receive a complimentary ice cream with their meal!  Dinner will be served from 2-8pm. We are also open for breakfast and lunch. www.cusprestaurant.com – 858-551-3620