Thanksgiving Dinners in San Diego


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In San Diego, there are plenty of options for taking the stress out of preparing Thanksgiving dinner, so you can focus on spending quality time with family and enjoying a delicious meal.

Head to the Buffet

The Shores is serving heaps of food, beachside, for your Thanksgiving feast. On the menu: bourbon brined North Carolina turkey, rosemary crusted prime rib, and a bounty of savory appetizers and sides. For dessert, there's pumpkin pie, butterscotch bread pudding, vanilla cheesecake and more. 11:30-7 p.m. $44 for adults, $22 for children ages 6-12, $4/year for children under 5

Lael's Restaurant in the Manchester Grand Hyatt is a great place to fill your plate (and repeat as necessary) with tasty eats from a multitude of food stations, including free-range turkey, sushi, and seasonal desserts, plus complimentary champagne. 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $64.95 for adults, $45 for seniors, $25 for kids 5-12.

The Hotel del Coronado's Crown Room and oceanfront Ballroom will host a spectacular Thanksgiving buffet with live music. After enjoying a worry-free meal in such a classy spot, it'll be tough to go back to cooking your own bird. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. $89.50 for adults, $38.50 for children ages 6-10, and free for children 5 and under.

Pine Hills Lodge in Julian is another excellent option for a big Thanksgiving feast. Fill your plate with brown sugar and honey-glazed ham, roast turkey, two types of dressing, and plenty more, including pumpkin pie and warm cobbler. Seatings at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. $40 per person, $24.95 for kids 10 and under.

The Hotel del Coronado's Crown Room and oceanfront Ballroom will host a spectacular Thanksgiving buffet with live music. After enjoying a worry-free meal in such a classy spot, it'll be tough to go back to cooking your own bird. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. $89.50 for adults, $38.50 for children ages 6-10, and free for children 5 and under.

La Costa Resort has two options for your Thanksgiving feast: an afternoon-evening buffet and a 3-course Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving Buffet 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. $65 for adults, $27 for kids 5-12 (kids under 5 eat free).Thanksgiving Dinner 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. $39 per person.

California Bistro & The Argyle Steakhouse at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort are both serving a Thanksgiving brunch, featuring a carving station with slow roasted free range turkey, an omelet station, and even sushi and sashimi. 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at The Argyle Steakhouse; 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at California Bistro. $85 for adults, $42.50 for kids 10-12, $21 for kids 9 and under.

Turn Turkey Day into Date Night

Vivace Celebrate Thanksgiving, Italian style, with a 4-course set menu, featuring an antipasto and pasta course, followed by turkey, and finishing with hazelnut cake. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. $75 per person.

Pacifica Del Mar is serving a special 3-course Thanksgiving menu, with plenty of options for appetizers, entrees, and dessert. For a small premium, step outside the norm and try something new, like sugar spiced salmon or grilled swordfish... two lighter options that make it easier to scarf down a decadent dessert like chocolate pecan pie (with a little less guilt). 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. $38-$49 per person.

Bertrand at Mr. A's is a good bet for a gourmet Thanksgiving meal that will satisfy even the pickiest of palates. The three-course prix-fixe meal includes 4 different entree options (oven-roasted "Diestel" turkey, sea bass, short rib, or prime rib), plus an appetizer and dessert. 12:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. $59.59 for adults, $25 for children (traditional Thanksgiving turkey with pumpkin pie)

BICE is offering discerning diners the option for traditional turkey, or an innovative presentation, stuffed with pancetta, berries, and chestnuts (among other options on their special Thanksgiving menu). The meal includes an appetizer, soup or salad, pasta (served family style), a main course, and dessert.12 p.m. - 9 p.m. $49.99 per person.

George's California Modern has a selection of seasonal starters and entrees for carnivores and vegetarians alike, plus a robust selection of cocktails. Turkey is an option, but with braised lamb shank on the menu, it may be a good time to take a break from the bird. Prices vary by dish, most entrees are around $30.

Terra American Bistro is offering a prix fixe dinner, starting with soup or salad, with your choice of entree (including options like rosemary and thyme roasted turkey, prime rib, pork chop, or fish), ending with a dessert trio. Seatings at noon, 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. $35 per person (children's packages and take-out also available).

Cohn Restaurants including BO-Beau, 333 Pacific, Island Prime/C-Level and The Prado are all offering 3-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner menus ($39.95-$49.95 per person, $12.95 for kids 12 and under).

South Coast Winery's 4-course Thanksgiving gourmet dinner menu includes hearty dishes like butternut squash soup, braised short rib, and pumpkin pie for dessert. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. price varies depending on entree choice. Kid's meals available for $17.

Cater It!

The Wild Thyme Company can set you up with everything you need for a Thanksgiving feast, including fresh cornbread stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin chocolate cheesecake. Roasted turkey brast (with lemon and thyme) and honey-ginger glazed ham is also available.

The French Gourmet has turkeys big enough to feed 28 people (yikes, that's a lot of dishes!), plus complete turkey dinners that come with 12 oz. of white and dark turkey, bread stuffing, veggies, mashed potatoes and gravy, and even a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert. Done and done. For just over $100, you can feed a family of 4 with no fuss. While you're at it, why not order an extra pie like chocolate peanut butter and start a new tradition.

Elijah's has one of the best deals in town. For $100, you get enough food to feed 10 people. The meal includes a 14-16 pound turkey, plus gravy, cranberry sauce, 2 sides, and a pie. Beef brisket, prime rib, and vegetarian options are also available.

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