Thanksgiving in San Diego

Thanksgiving at The Med Restaurant at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla
Thanksgiving at The Med (courtesy photo)

One of the tastiest holidays of the year, a sunny Thanksgiving in San Diego is right around the corner.  Leave the cooking to someone else. Choose a venue with ocean views, traditional meals, and new favorites. There’s even Thanksgiving To-Go!

Giardino (Lemon Grove)

Order Thanksgiving to-go at Giardino. The quaint Italian restaurant will be closed for regular dinner, but will be offering traditional and Italian-inspired dishes to-go. Head to their website to check out their menu, 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 and more. Open 12pm-9pm. The menu is $51/pp for those who choose turkey as an entrée, and $61/pp for those who choose any other entrée. Kids menu available. www.PacificaDelMar.com858-792-0476

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 soups and salads, Wild Mushroom Pappardelle, and Winter Heirloom Carrots. The buffet will be available from 2pm-8pm for $89 per adult, and $39 per child (12 and under). Children under 5 years old are complimentary. Reservations required. https://www.lavalencia.com/dining/the-med

Café La Rue (La Jolla)

For those seeking breakfast before the big meal, or simply opt to indulge differently, try Café La Rue. The streetside café will be offering breakfast from 7am-10:30am, with options such as Brioche Cinnamon Roll, Soyrizo Scramble and Carne Asada Benedict. Café La Rue will be serving items off their lunch and dinner menus from 10:30am – 9pm, which will feature signature items like their Iberico Toast Stone fruit, Pizzas and Steak Frites. https://www.lavalencia.com/dining/cafe-la-rue.aspx

The  and the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa are celebrating with delectable buffets and live entertainment, accompanied by breathtaking views of Mission Bay.

Bahia Resort Hotel

Thanksgiving at the Bahia Resort Hotel showcases views of Mission Bay, live piano entertainment, and festive fare—including two carving stations, additional entrées such as salmon, pork loin and butternut squash ravioli, as well as savory sides and a wide array of traditionally seasonal desserts.

Thursday, November 22 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$54 per person, $25 for children 5-11, Free under 5

Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Diners are treated to vistas of Mission Bay and live piano music at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa’s annual Thanksgiving buffet—with roasted turkey and mustard-crusted pork, as well as a fully stocked seafood station and decadent desserts.

Thursday, November 22 | Noon – 4 p.m.

$60 per person, $25 for children 5-11, Free under 5

Advance reservations are recommended for both events.

Bleu Bohème will honor Thanksgiving traditions with a gourmet three-course holiday dinner and specialty cocktail exclusively on Thursday, Nov. 22 from noon to 8 p.m. Created by owner and executive chef, Ken Irvine, Bleu Bohème’s specialty three-course menu will be priced at $59.95 per person, with a children’s menu available for $19.95. A specialty cocktail will also be available for the holiday. Reservations may be made by calling 619.255.4167. More information can be found at www.bleuboheme.com.

Cafe 222, located at 222 Island Ave., will offer a featured sandwich throughout the month of November that’s an ode to classic Thanksgiving recipes and holiday flavors: the Sloppy Seconds sandwich. Inspired by Thanksgiving leftovers, Cafe 222 proprietor Terryl Gavre created a sandwich that combines the holiday’s most popular dishes into one sandwich. Sloppy Seconds is made with roasted turkey, Brie cheese and cranberries between two slices of white bread, priced at $12.95 and served with a choice of Caesar or Cafe 222’s signature chopped salad. Cafe 222 is open daily at 7 a.m. with lunch service available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Primavera Ristorante will open its doors for a new family tradition—offering the restaurant’s first-ever prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner, available exclusively on Thursday, Nov. 22 from 2 to 8 p.m. Created by Executive Chef Alfredo Canedo, Primavera’s specialty Thanksgiving menu will be priced at $69.95 per person. A specialty cocktail will also be available for the celebration. Reservations and more information about Primavera Ristorante are available on the website and by calling (619) 435-0454.

Thanksgiving Feast by the Beach at JRDN

Feast by the beach at JRDN this Thanksgiving. On Thursday, November 22, from 12 pm to 8 pm, holiday classics will be served via a three-course prix-fixe menu. Pricing is $45-$55 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Pricing does not include tax and gratuity. Reservations for Thanksgiving can be made by calling (858) 270-2323 or visiting here.

A.R. Valentien 

Celebrate Thanksgiving at The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ signature restaurant, A.R. Valentien, and enjoy a prix fixe four-course meal featuring the tastes of the season. Indulge in fare from renowned Executive Chef Jeff Jackson in the timbered indoor-outdoor dining room overlooking the 18th hole of Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Thursday, Nov. 22 | Dinner seating: 4-10 p.m.

$115 per person and $60 for children under 12

Reservations can be made HERE

 LodgeTorreyPines.com | 858.777.6635

The Grill 

Savor the smoky flavors of the outdoor rotisserie at The Lodge’s more casual restaurant, The Grill, on Thanksgiving. Cozy up for a three-course meal with beer or wine pairings complete with sweeping views of the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Thursday, Nov. 22 | Dinner seating: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Starting at $60 per person, and $35 for children under 12

Reservations can be made HERE

LodgeTorreyPines.com | 858.777.6641

Advanced reservations are highly recommended for both events.

Traditions of Thanksgiving at The Westgate Hotel

Gather around the table and give thanks with your friends and family this Thanksgiving at The Westgate Hotel. On Thursday, November 22, starting at 11:00 a.m., a four-course prix fixe dinner featuring the classic and beloved flavors of the holiday will be served in the charming Westgate Room. The cost is $69 per person; $40 for children ages 4-12; and children under the age of 3 are complimentary. Tax and gratuity are additional. Daily Westgate Room menus will also be available.

A Thanksgiving Holiday Buffet will also be offered in the exquisite Le Fontainebleau Room, and Westgate Room and the experience will include live music for all to enjoy. Seating will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the cost is $89 per person; $40 for children ages 4-12; and children under the age of 3 are complimentary. Tax and gratuity are additional.

Pricing for the Thanksgiving Holiday Buffet excludes alcohol, but guests may add bottomless house wine or Champagne for an additional $20. Seating for both dining experiences is limited, and reservations are highly recommended. Reservations for Thanksgiving Day dining can be made by calling (619) 238-1818 or visiting here.


With locations in both La Mesa and Bay Park, 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 flavor notes, 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 $20 for children, plus the option to add a wine pairing for only $15 more.

Head Mission Hills for a three-course farm-to-fork Thanksgiving dinner at Farmer’s Bottega, hosted from 4 p.m. – 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. Bring the kids along for a $15 three-course kids menu.

Foodies and beer aficionados alike can head to Pacific Beach AleHouse for a prix-fixe menu curated to include everyone’s favorite Turkey Day classics priced at $28.95 for adults and $15.95 for children. Treat yourself to a festive three-course meal, including Roasted Butternut Bisque, Deep-Fried Turkey Breast, Pineapple & Clove Glazed Ham, Smoked & Fried Turkey Leg, and the option to order their Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner, plated with “Impossible” meatloaf topped with mushroom gravy, Earth Butter whipped potatoes and balsamic glazed brussels sprouts. Top it all off with either Classic Pumpkin Pie or Dark Chocolate Pecan Cobbler. Kids can also enjoy their own three-course meal on this special occasion. Be sure to make your reservation before they’re all gone!

Head to the bustling Gaslamp District for Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp’s three-course Thanksgiving Day feast priced at $28.95, paired with the location’s lively atmosphere and gameday spirit. Be sure to get there early to watch the Cowboys vs. Redskins game starting at 1:30 p.m. Make your reservation today!

Kick off Thanksgiving Day with tasty morning fare at Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas, and enjoy their special Fried Turkey Benedict honed for the occasion, only available from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., followed by the location’s very ownTurkey Dinner, which will include your choice of Honey-Baked Turkey Breast served with cream cheese mashed potatoes, roasted winter vegetables and sausage country gravy, or Grilled Country Ham, prepared with brown sugar pineapple glaze, and plated with slow-cooked collard greens and rosemary roasted sweet potatoes. Be sure to save room for a slice of Pumpkin Pecan Cake!

Grab the family and join Backyard Kitchen & Tap in Pacific Beach from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. for an expansive buffet, priced at $24.95 for adults and $13.95 for children. Delight in time-tested classics as well as traditional dishes with a twist, including Garlic & Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, Smoked Turkey Legs, Chipotle-Pineapple Glazed Ham, Brown Sugar Glazed Sweet Potato, Jalapeño Cornbread Stuffing and Pumpkin Pie, among other delectable specialties crafted for the occasion.

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 SoCo Mule of the Month, priced at $7 and crafted from Southern Comfort Whiskey, fresh lime, bitters and Red Bull Organics Ginger Ale, garnished with a gummy gator.

Get your seasonal fix at Breakfast Republic all throughout the month of November with their Ginger Spice Latte, brimming with rich flavor notes of gingerbread and cinnamon, a double shot of espresso and milk, topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, along with their Turkey Butternut Hash, made with roasted butternut squash, turkey, spinach, warm bechamel sauce, candied pepitas and three poached eggs.

Gorge on Fig Tree Café’s seasonal specials only available in November, including their Thanksgiving Pie Mimosa Flight, touting Blueberry, Strawberry-Rhubarb, Apple and Cherry tasters, in addition to their Triple Pecan French Toast, comprised of pecan cream stuffed French toast topped with butter pecan ice cream and warm pecan caramel.

Park 101

Carlsbad’s Park 101 wants to help make your Thanksgiving gathering as easy, enjoyable and delicious as possible, which is why the family-friendly establishment is offering turkey day catering. They’re already taking orders, so call (760)-434-2217 or email catering@park101carlsbad.com and let Park do all the cooking. There are options for small families (5-7 people) and large families (8-10), both with turkey, salad, your choice of sides, green beans, rolls and more. Park 101 will also take a la carte orders, so you can add more of that Smoked Cheddar Mac N Cheese that everyone will love. A la carte also includes apple or pumpkin pie – yum!

Date: Thursday, November 22nd

Time: Market is open from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., bar and limited menu from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Price: Varies

Address: 3040 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad CA 92008

Miss B’s Coconut Club

Miss B’s Coconut Club, a Mission Beach Caribbean-influenced eatery and bar, will be open throughout the day serving brunch from 9 a.m. – to 2 p.m. Light snacks and beverages will be served the hour prior to when their festive Thanksgiving dinner is served. From 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., guests can enjoy smoked turkey, smoked garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, maple-honey glazed smoked yams, apple-sausage persimmon stuffing, southern style green beans with bacon and garlic parmesan broccoli, for just $18.95. You can also sip island-inspired cocktails and punch bowls! Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Date: Thursday, November 22nd

Time: 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for brunch, 3 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for dinner.

Price: Brunch prices vary, $18.95 for dinner

Address: 3704 Mission Boulevard, San Diego CA 92109

barleymash

This Gaslamp District spot for delicious bites will be hosting a three-course Thanksgiving dinner, and strongly recommend making reservations ahead of time. First course is your choice of butternut squash, house salad or Caesar salad. The main course consists of 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 can be made by calling or email Lizzie@barleymashsd.com for more information.

Date: Thursday, November 22nd

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Price: $45 per person

Address: 600 Fifth Avenue, San Diego CA 92101

Cass Street

This laid-back Pacific Beach bar is the perfect place to reminisce of old times with friends after you wrap up Thanksgiving dinner with the family. A local favorite founded over 34 years ago, Cass Street has 24 beers on tap including local Ballast Point Sculpin and Elysian Brewing Company Space Dust. If you need a little post-turkey snack, order the Pan-Fried Potatoes with cheese, after all – calories don’t count on Thanksgiving.

Date: Thursday, November 22nd

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Price: Varies

Address: 4612 Cass Street, San Diego CA 92109

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). From November 1st – Thanksgiving, PB’s premier beach lounge and eatery will also be holding a canned food drive, with all donations being sent to the Jacob Cushman San Diego Food Bank. In exchange for bringing in a canned food donation, you will get a Jameson Irish Coffee, a combination of Jameson Whiskey, hot coffee and fresh cream float, sprinkled with ground nutmeg.

Date: Thursday, November 22nd

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Price: Varies

Address: 4650 Mission Boulevard, San Diego CA 92109

Hidden Fish

If you’re looking to celebrate Thanksgiving in an alternative way, book your reservations and experience an omakase-only sushi dinner. Chef Kappa and the sushi crew at Hidden Fish will be pouring sake and creating unforgettable dishes in an intimate setting.

Date: Thursday, November 22nd

Time: 5 p.m. – close

Price: Varies

Address: 4764 Convoy St. STE A, San Diego CA 92111

Eddie V’s San Diego will be open for the holiday this year, offering its full dinner menu in addition to the Executive Chef’s take on a traditional Thanksgiving meal. In addition to serving its signature dishes, Eddie V’s will also offer Sliced Turkey with Pan Gravy, Baby French Green Beans with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Brioche Sage Stuffing, Roasted Butternut Squash, Cranberry Chutney and Hand-whipped Potatoes for $42 per adult/$15 per child. For dessert, Eddie V’s will offer a Pumpkin Pie With Butter Pecan Ice Cream for an additional $12. Additionally, ask for a Pomegranate mule!

Bleu Bohème: Created by owner and executive chef, Ken Irvine, Bleu Bohème’s specialty three-course menu will include starters such as soupe de citrouille, entrée options including Diestel Family Ranch turkey, and a variety of dessert choices.  Don’t miss a Thanksgiving-inspired Pumpkin Pie Martini!

Price: $59.95 per person, with a children’s menu available for $19.95

Date: Thursday, Nov. 22 from noon to 8 p.m.

Website: www.bleuboheme.com

Osetra Seafood & Steaks

A prominent feature of the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Osetra Seafood & Steaks promises an upscale, exclusive dining experience like no other for your Thanksgiving Dinner this year. Whether you’re dreaming of tasty favorites or fine and flavorful dishes, Osetra’s Thanksgiving Dinner menu is the perfect fit for your festivities. Enjoy a full three-course pre-fixe menu with a selection including butternut squash bruschetta, hand-carved turkey breast, New York steak, handmade pumpkin ravioli, traditional pumpkin pie and more. Top it off with a $5 Pumpkin Spice Martini to cheers to family, friends and gratitude!

Date: Thursday, November 22nd

Price: $49 per guest

Address: 904 Fifth Avenue, San Diego

Website: http://www.osetraseafoodandsteaks.com/

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 a relaxed yet elevated setting for your family Thanksgiving celebration. Featuring wood, iron and copper décor, an open kitchen design and artfully-prepared cuisine, Route 29’s Thanksgiving Dinner menu offers something for everyone this year. Sink your fork into a full three-course pre-fixe menu including roasted butternut squash soup, short ribs, hand-carved turkey with stuffing, rosemary organic chicken, warm apple pie and more for both discerning adults and picky children.

Date: Thursday, November 22nd

Price: $45 per adult | $25 per child

Address:  644 Fifth Avenue, San Diego

Website: https://www.route29restaurant.com/

Lazy Hippo

Start your sweets consumption early with the most important meal of the day! Wake up with a Thanksgiving treat to begin your day of festive feasting at this charmingly whimsical downtown breakfast cafe. With the purchase of any breakfast item of your choice from Breakfast Enchiladas to Chicken & Waffles and more, receive a free indulgent Cinnamon Roll Pancake with your order!

Date: Thursday, November 22nd

Price: Free

Address: 416 Third Avenue, San Diego

Website: https://www.lazyhippobreakfast.com/

Woodstock’s Pizza

Fuel up for your Black Friday shopping with a fan favorite post-Thanksgiving feast. After slaving away in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, take the hassle out of Black Friday with an online order at Woodstock’s Pizza! Featuring flavorful pies, fresh ingredients and daily-made, hand-tossed dough, Woodstock’s top pizzas from the Kickin’ Carnitas to the All ‘Choked Up will be 10% off online orders on Black Friday. The fun doesn’t stop there – get in the spirit of Cyber Monday on the 26th with 25% off online orders to feed your shopping frenzy!

Date: Friday, November 23rd & Monday, November 26th

Price: à la carte

Address: 6145 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego
1221 Garnet Avenue, San Diego

Website: https://woodstocksca.com/

JSix Friendsgiving: Escape your in-laws and bring your besties for an ultimate Friendsgiving at JSix! The restaurant serves up a three course family-style menu including turkey, bacon and apple stuffing, buttery mashed potatoes, seasonal favorite pumpkin spiced lattes, desserts and more desserts and pumpkin lobster bisque. Even more, the restaurant ups the ante by offering a portion of the proceeds to No Kid Hungry. Now, what better way to give thanks than this? Reservations highly encouraged.

Price: $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity)

Location: East Village

Date: November 22, 3pm-8pm

Address: 616 J St, San Diego, CA 92101

Locale Kitchen & Lounge at Viejas Resort & Casino: Locale Kitchen & Lounge, recipient of the prestigious 2018 OpenTable Diners’ Choice award, offers a traditional Thanksgiving feast with some fun twists. Classic menu items such as turkey and mashed potatoes are on the menu along with spiced cranberry sauce, blue corn muffins and Mom’s deviled eggs. Bonus, if you’re hanging around the resort for the weekend, Locale is also offering a ‘Day after Thanksgiving Sandwich’ Friday-Sunday.

Price: $25

Location: Viejas Casino & Resort

Date: November 22, 1-9pm

Address: 5000 Willows Road, Alpine, CA 91901

OB Surf Lodge: For those looking for an alternative to turkey this Thanksgiving or need a warm-up before the main event look no farther than the OB Surf Lodge brunch. Sink your teeth in to some savory foodie favorites like sweet potato hash, brie stuffed French toast, crab cake benny, and fried chicken biscuit. For those wanting to feast in the comfort of home surrounded by friends and family the restaurant has made its full brunch menu available for easy take out.

Price: A la carte

Location: OB Surf Lodge

Date: November 22  9am-3pm

Address: 5083 Santa Monica Avenue, San Diego, CA 92107

20|Twenty at The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa | Carlsbad, CA
Early risers can enjoy a bountiful breakfast buffet from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while those looking to give thanks later in the day can celebrate with a lavish dinner buffet from 2-8 p.m. Menu highlights include sweet potato salad with maple bacon and scallions, slow-roasted free-range turkey, garlic and rosemary prime rib, traditional corn bread stuffing, whipped potatoes, pan-seared salmon, and more. Round out the evening with decadent desserts such as pumpkin and pecan pie, vanilla bourbon bread pudding with crème anglaise, and cheesecake topped with assorted fresh berries. With a heated terrace, expansive coastal views and spacious indoor seating, 20|Twenty offers a casual, yet elegant holiday dining experience. Reservations can be made online or by calling 760-827-2500. Pricing: $85 for adults | $30 for children. **Twenty|20 will be closed from 12:30-2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. 
Address: 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008