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San Diego Thanksgiving Guide 2015

Where to dine out, order catering, buy pies, and turkey-trot your way through the holiday


Thanksgiving Buffet at US Grant

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinners, Buffets, Prix Fixe, and More


San Diego

The US Grant Hotel

Executive Chef Mark Kropczynski showcases a traditional lunch buffet of Thanksgiving favorites paired with seafood specials.
Pricing: $98 for adults; $78 for seniors; $48 for children 12 and under
Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 11:30 AM- 3:30PM; The US Grant, 326 Broadway, downtown; (619) 744-2039 *Reservations Required

Westgate Hotel

Charcuterie and cheese, smoked fish, and stuffed savory meats are just a few of the stations offered at Westgate Hotel’s all day Thanksgiving buffet, held in the opulent Le Fontainebleau Room.
Pricing: $69 for adults; $29 for children
Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 11 AM-6 PM; 1055 2nd Avenue, downtown; (619) 238-1818

Mister A’s

Enjoy specially crafted meals (and equally special views) with Mr. A’s three-course, American cuisine Thanksgiving menu.
Price: $62.50 for adults; $20 for children
Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 26 noon-8:30 PM; 2550 5th Avenue, Bankers Hill; (619) 239-1377

Indigo Grill

Add some spice to your Turkey Day with a Latin-inspired three-course Thanksgiving feast. Offerings include Herb Roasted Turkey with warm mushroom stuffing and shrimp maize tamales with warm garlic butter sauce.
Price: $44.95, adults; $12.95, children
Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 1-7 PM; 1536 India St, Little Italy; (619) 234-6802

Bo-Beau Kitchen & Bar

Enjoy a cozy, French bistro inspired dinner with BO-Beau kitchen + bar. A few favorites include rib-eye and brown butter gnocchi. Top off this indulgent holiday meal with their warm bourbon pecan pie.
Price: $41.95 for adults; $12.95 for children
Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 3-8 PM; 4996 W. Point Loma Boulevard, Point Loma

Crown Room at the Hotel Del Coronado

What’s better than an elegant Thanksgiving dinner buffet including roasted butternut squash, green bean casserole, and turkey gravy? Live musical entertainment to accompany this feast.
Price: $120 for adults; $45 for children
Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 26; Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado; (619) 522-8490

Vigilucci’s Ristorante

Enjoy an Italian-infused Thanksgiving with traditional carved turkey breast and an exquisite assortment of delicious pastas to showcase the Italian way.
Price: $37 for adults; $14 for children 12 & under
Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, noon-8 PM 1300 Orange Ave #200, Coronado; (619) 522-0946

Bleu Bohème

With a three-course meal, guests start off with a choice of fall inspired soups and salads. The main course offers a variety of meat and fish preparations including fresh herb-roasted turkey. Don’t miss the holiday drinks including pumpkin pie martinis.
Price: Adults: 58.95, Children: 16.95
Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 1-8 PM; 4090 Adams Avenue, Kensington; (619)255-4167

The Prado

The Prado as will serve a up an intimate three-course menu, including maple-braised turkey, red wine braised beef, and baby carrot onion risotto.
Price: $54.95 for adults; $12.95 for children.
Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 1-7 PM; 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park; (619) 557-9441


Celebrate Thanksgiving with beautiful bayfront views, butternut squash soup, herb roasted free range Sonoma turkey, spiced pumpkin pie, and more!
Price: $44.95 for adults; $12.95 for children.
Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 1-7 PM; 880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island; (619) 814-1300

Bali Hai

A San Diego favorite for over 50 years, Bali Hai will be serving their specialty Thanksgiving Day buffet with a Polynesian touch. Options include a feature of entrees, sides, soups, salads, and dessert.
Price: $45 for adults; $18 for children 6-12; children 5 and under eat for free.
Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 11 AM-7PM; 2230 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island; (619) 222-1181

Vessel at Kona Kai Resort

Enjoy a culinary twist on traditional Thanksgiving cuisine at the beautiful Kona Kai Resort & Spa. Menu items include New England clam chowder, a ceviche and oyster bar, and pan-roasted wild salmon. 
Price: $59 for adults; $24 for children (12 & under)
Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 5:30- 9 PM; 1551 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island; (619) 221-8000

Humphrey’s Restaurant

Combine your traditional Thanksgiving brunch with beautiful San Diego views, and top it all of with bottomless mimosas and an ice cream sundae bar.
Price: $64.95 for adults; $19.95 for children 4-12
Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 9 AM- 4 PM; Humphreys Restaurant; 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island; (619) 224-3577


La Jolla

The Shores Restaurant

Beautiful beachfront views, a delicious “served all day” menu, and some fresh-from-the-bakery treats, comprise this Southern California-style Thanksgiving.
Price: $49 for adults; $29 for children
Time, Date, Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 9:30AM-7 PM; 8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla; (858) 456-0600

Seasons 52

Join Seasons 52 for some fresh family farm, turkey dinner. Dinner features all the trimmings with the option to add seasonal cocktails.
Price: $ 27.90 for adults; $12.90 for children
Time, Date, Location: Thursday, Nov. 26; 4505 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, (858) 450-1252; 789 West Harbor Drive, The Headquarters at Seaport Village, (619) 702-0052

Eddie V’s

Eddie V’s is offering an exquisite turkey dinner with all the traditional trimmings.
Need more to be thankful for? Their full menu will also be available.
Price: $36 for adults; $15 for children
Time, Date, Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 11 AM- 8 PM 1270 Prospect Street, La Jolla; (858) 459-5500

The Marine Room

The elegant Marine Room has a little bit of savory something for everyone—whether you opt for their gooseberry glazed barramundi, or stick to a more traditional ginger beer brined turkey.
Prices vary
Time, Date, Location:
Thursday, Nov. 26, noon-7PM; 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla; (858) 459-7222


North County

Coastal Kitchen

Coastal Kitchen at the Hilton Del Mar will serve savory specials like carved roasted turkey with cranberry-orange mint gremolata. Accompaniments include organic red quinoa salad with salt roasted beet and wild rocket arugula.
Price: $47 for adults, $20 for children ages 5-11
Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 2-4 PM; 15575 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar; (858) 764-6057

Addison at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

The five-star eatery will be offering an 8-course pre-selected meal for an elegant evening.
Price: Starts at $215 per person. Wine pairings available for a $150 supplement
Time, Date, Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 5-8 PM; 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Carmel Valley; (858) 314-1900


The restaurant will be offering predesigned plates featuring roasted turkey chestnut and turkey sausage stuffing, wild mushrooms, and thyme gravy.
Price: $38 per person
Time, Date, Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 5:30-8:30 PM; 7447 Batiquitos Drive, Carlsbad; (760) 603-6908

Il Fornaio

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio with a traditional turkey dinner or your favorite Italian dish. Top your meal off with a decadent assortment of Italian wines.
Price: $44 for adults; $18 for children (12 and under)
Time, Date, Location: Thursday, Nov. 26; 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar; (858) 755-8876


AVANT draws on the best of wine country dining. The Thanksgiving menu will offer seasonal starters such as winter squash, herb-roasted turkey breast, and pumpkin mousse.
Price: $70 for adults; $35 for children (12 and under)
Time, Date, Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 2-7 PM; 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo; (858) 675-8550


Make it a sophisticated Thanksgiving celebration at the Vintana Wine + Dine penthouse. Vintana offers a modern California take on Thanksgiving dinner with their three-course holiday menu.
Price: $54.95 for adults; $12.95 for children
Time, Date, Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 1-7 PM; 1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido; (760) 745-7777


Vegetarian Options


Bellamy’s Restaurant and Wine Bar

Mixing flavors of modern California cuisine with French influences, Bellamy’s presents its three-course Harvest Dinner. Many of the ingredients are hand-plucked from a local ranch, so diners can expect the highest quality ingredients. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.
Price: $60
Time, Date, Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 11:30- 5 PM 417 W. Grand Avenue, Escondido; (760) 747-5000

George’s at the Cove

In addition to a menu for meat lovers, George’s menu offers vegetarian options upon request.
Price: $58 per person
Time, Date, Location: Thursday, Nov. 26, 11:30-5 PM; 1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla; (858) 454-4244




Whole Foods Market Del Mar

The gourmet grocer offers a familiar Thanksgiving menu of turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Reserve your turkey online now for easy pick up in store. They offer an assortment of different menus including vegan or vegetarian.
Prices vary
Call (858) 436-9800 for details.

The French Gourmet

Take away the stress of holiday hosting by filling out a simple online order sheet choosing from pre-designed meals, or creating meal combinations of your own.
Prices vary
Call (858) 488-1725 or email catering@thefrenchgourment.com for details.  


For those that would prefer to enjoy Thanksgiving at home without the stress of meal preparations, Elijah’s offers an extensive selection of options, orderable for pickup and delivery.
Price: Starts at $140 for 10-person party
Call (858) 353-5528 for details.

Water’s Fine Foods & Catering

At this Bay Park favorite, choose from an assortment of Thanksgiving classics served alongside free-range organic turkey. Menus include wine pairing options to take the guess-work out of vino hunting.
Prices vary
Call (619) 276-8803 for details.


Sweet Treats


Bake Sale Bakery

The bakery will serve a variety of tasty treats (including pumpkin pie of course) and baking classes available leading up to Thanksgiving. (Bake Sale will close early on Thanksgiving day.)
Location & Phone: 815 F Street, East Village; (619) 515-2224

Extraordinary Desserts

Whether it’s pumpkin cheesecake, blood orange ricotta cake, or caramelized apple croissant bread pudding, Extraordinary Desserts has something for everyone’s Thanksgiving sweet tooth.
Location & Phone: 2929 5th Avenue, Bankers Hill and 1430 Union Street, Little Italy; (619) 294-2131 and (619) 294-7001

Sugar and Scribe Bakery

Holiday pies are a specialty at this Food-Network-Famous bakery. Flavors include pumpkin, pecan, triple berry, and more for $15 per pie. Gluten-free pumpkin pie is also available for $25!
Location & Phone: 7660 Fay Avenue, La Jolla; (858) 274-1733


Charity Events


Encinitas Turkey Trot 5k/10k

Run along the Pacific Coast Highway before sitting down to your afternoon feast. Donations support the North County Community Services Food Bank. There’s also a costume contest if you’re feeling extra festive.
Date & Time: November 26, 7:30 AM
Price: $44 (5K), $54 (10K)

Father Joe’s Village Thanksgiving Day 5k

This 14 annual family fun run takes more than 10,000 participants through Balboa Park. Proceeds going to Father Joe's Villages.
Date & Time: November 26, 7-10AM

San Diego Run for the Hungry 5k/10k

The run, benefitting the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank and food assistance programs from Jewish Family Service of San Diego, starts and finishes at Horton Plaza, with a course that travels by Petco Park, the Convention Center, and Broadway Circle. Runners age 21 and over can stop by The Local for a post-race $3 pint of beer.
Date & Time: November 26, 7 AM
Price: $45 for adults, $35 for youth

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