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San Diego Thanksgiving Guide 2016

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


Thanksgiving Dinner


Nothing says five-star restaurant quite like an eight-course feast. Guests will enjoy a “parade of dishes” from culinary master Chef William Bradley including Salt-Baked Salmon, Iberico Ham Tartine, and more. Make your reservation now for this epic dining experience.
Date: November 24
Time: 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Price: $225 per guest
Address: 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego

A.R. Valentien

Enjoy a feast to remember with Executive Chef Jeff Jackson’s four-course prix fixe menu. The special menu will feature the finest seasonal ingredients and you can add free-flowing sparkling wine to your meal for an additional $20 per guest. Advanced reservations highly recommended.
Date: November 24
Time: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Price: Adults $105 | Children $55
Address: 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla

AVANT at Rancho Bernardo Inn

In picturesque North County, Rancho Bernardo Inn offers three festive dining options to provide the perfect fit for your family. AVANT, the Inn’s signature restaurant, will be serving a specialty three-course dinner including roasted turkey breast, winter squash caponata, and more. Or enjoy a complete holiday buffet in the Aragon Ballroom from 11 a.m until 3 p.m. The Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant will offer a traditional turkey special in addition to the regular menu for guests and locals who want to celebrate all day long.
Date: November 24
Time: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Price: Adults $70 | Children $35
Address: 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego


Executive Chef Jonathan Freyburg will be preparing a three-course Thanksgiving feast featuring classic holiday dishes as well as exclusive specialty dishes such as house-made basil pappardelle and seafood bouillabaisse. Side dishes are shared with the table and children’s options are available.
Date: November 24
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Price: $50 per guest
Address: 417 W. Grand Avenue, Escondido

Café Gratitude

Café Gratitude is bringing its annual Thanksgiving Day event to San Diego. Historically, an all-volunteer staff takes over the duties at the restaurant on Thanksgiving Day to serve a free pre-set, organic plant-based Thanksgiving meal on a first come, first served basis. The menu includes raw pecan, cranberry, and apple stuffing, red lentil holiday loaf, mushroom gravy, and more.
Date: November 24
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Price: Free
Address: 1980 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy

Catamaran Resort Hotel

The Catamaran Resort Hotel offers guests a dinner with a view—and cruise! The Thanksgiving buffet is served in the hotel’s upstairs banquet rooms, offering stunning views of Mission Bay. The surf and turf menu features carving stations with roast turkey, roast pork, and cold poached salmon. After dinner, all guests can enjoy a complimentary cruise across Mission Bay.
Date: November 24
Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Price: Adults $54 | Children $25
Address: 3999 Mission Boulevard, San Diego


Add a touch of sophistication to the classic Thanksgiving meal this year by ordering from Giuseppe’s Pronto Delivery Service. The service features unique Italian appetizers such as the Sonoma Apple Chicken Sausage and Truffle and Parmesan Mashed Potatoes. Thanksgiving classics are also available to order.
Date: Order in Advance for November 24 Pick Up
Address: 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla

Grant Grill

Have your pick with Thanksgiving dinner at the Grant Grill in the historic US Grant Hotel. Enjoy an intimate four-course turkey dinner or indulge in a bountiful Thanksgiving buffet with a variety of classic seasonal offerings including roast turkey and prime beef ribs eye. The buffet also includes savory fall sides, decadent desserts, and live music in the Presidential Ballroom.
Date: November 24
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $89 | Children $39
Address: 326 Broadway, San Diego

The Grill at Torrey Pines

Gather with friends and family at The Grill’s newly revamped and expanded patio for a three-course Thanksgiving meal. The menu will feature farm-fresh produce and proteins from the outdoor rotisserie. Reserve your seat for an exclusive view of the iconic golf course. A la carte options will be available.
Date: November 24
Time: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Price: Adults $65 | Children $35
Address: 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla

Hello Betty Fish House

This year, let Hello Betty do all the holiday dirty work with a special Thanksgiving breakfast menu starting at 10 a.m., featuring “Betty’s Benny’s.” Then from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., Chef Jared Hill will be offering riffs on Thanksgiving dinner classics, including an O-Side Turkey Reuben and a Turkey Day Hot Brown. Enjoy a bottomless Bloody Mary bar and bottomless mimosas. Walk-ins only.
Date: November 24
Time: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Address: 211 Mission Avenue, Oceanside

Hotel del Coronado

Give thanks this Thanksgiving at one of the most iconic beachfront hotels, the Hotel del Coronado. Celebrate the holiday with a lavish feast and live entertainment in the oceanfront Ballroom and magnificent Crown Room.
Date: November 24
Time: 12 p.m.
Price: Ballroom Adult $110 | Crown Room Adult $125 | Children $43-45
Address: 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado


Enjoy Thanksgiving in true San Diego style—at the beach! JRDN at Tower 23 Hotel in Pacific Beach is serving up a three-course menu. Guests will be able to choose from six different appetizers including a Raw Bar Platter. Entrées include Stuffed Turkey Breast, Thick Cut Herb Roasted Prime Rib, Pan Roasted Salmon, and a Half Roasted chicken. Make a reservation.
Date: November 24
Time: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Price: $55 per guest
Address: 723 Felspar Street, Pacific Beach

La Cocina Que Canta at Rancho La Puerta

Rancho La Puerta is hosting Spanish Culinary Week, a week-long event filled with holiday-inspired meals, demonstrations, and classes. Chef Denise Roa of La Cocina Que Canta is bringing together two of Spain’s top female chefs, Doña Clara Maria Amezúa and Gabriela Llamas, for this incredible experience. The week will end with a Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday with a different course prepared by each of these female chefs.
Date: November 19-25
Address: Carretera Tecate-Tijuana K.M 136.5, Rancho la Puerta, 21520 Tecate, B.C., Mexico

Liberty Public Market

Instead of the overcooked bird, dirty dishes, and boxed wine, hosts can skip the stress and head to Liberty Public Market, where the nearly 30 artisan tenants and in-market restaurant Mess Hall are crafting a take-home feast fit for a locavore’s dining room table. From free-range turkeys and gourmet pies, to wine suggestions, sides and everything in-between, Liberty Public Market is your one-stop shop for all things holiday-inspired.
Date: Every Day | Not open on Thanksgiving Day
Time: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Price: Varies
Address: 2820 Historic Decatur Road, Liberty Station

Manchester Grand Hyatt

Indulge all day at the Manchester Grand Hyatt with a Thanksgiving buffet at Seaview and holiday specials at Sally’s Fish House & Bar. Seaview’s Thanksgiving Day Buffet offers more than just your classic holiday repertoire with a raw seafood bar, delicious desserts, and more. Sally’s Fish House & Bar will be offering a Grand Breakfast Buffet from 6:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. and will reopen at 5:30 p.m. with a special Thanksgiving menu in addition to its regular menu.
Date: November 24
Time: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $69.95 | Children $32

Mille Fleurs

Dress up the whole family to enjoy a relaxed, yet elevated Thanksgiving dinner at Mille Fleurs. The three-course meal offers options for every guest from the classic Oven-Roasted Turkey with Brussels Sprouts and Mashed Potatoes to Seared Sea Scallops or Musquee de Provence Pumpkin Risotto. The restaurant is also the perfect child-friendly option featuring a menu for children under 12.
Date: November 24
Price: Adults $69.50 | Children $24
Address: 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe

Miss B’s Coconut Club

Miss B’s Coconut Club is hosting their first Caribbean inspired turkey dinner. Expect to find traditional Thanksgiving dishes with a Caribbean edge, with a tremendous amount of pies for dessert, all for $15 per guest. Wash it all down with Miss B’s beer, wine, and cocktail specials.
Date: November 24
Time: 3 p.m.
Price: $15 per guest
Address: 3704 Mission Boulevard, Mission Beach

Mister A’s

Take in the San Diego skyline as you enjoy a three-course meal from Mister A’s! It will be a dinner you won’t forget featuring course selections such as Traditional Lobster Bisque, Roasted “Diestel” Turkey, and Almond and Parmesan Crusted Sea Bass. Finish off your meal with Pumpkin Strudel with Chai Ice Cream, Honey Roasted Pear Pavlova, or any other decadent dessert options.
Date: November 24
Price: $67.50 per guest
Address: 2567 Fifth Avenue, San Diego

Pacifica Del Mar

Pacifica has created a three-course, seasonal feast set to the stunning views of the Pacific. Sit back and enjoy Thanksgiving classics with a twist. Warm up with starters like Butternut Squash Soup, dig into hearty dishes like Free Range Turkey and Slow Cooked Prime Rib, and end dinner with a Salted Caramel Pots de Crème or Berry Cobbler.
Date: November 24
Time: Noon 9 p.m.
Price: Starting at $49
Address: 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar


Start off this three-course Thanksgiving dinner with Duck Confit and Endive Salad or a Wild Baja Shrimp Cocktail. The main course is filled with selections such as Classic Honey Glazed Bone-in Ham, Slow Roasted Turkey, and Wild Sturgeon. And end on a delectable note with a Pumpkin Tart with Cheese Cake Ice Cream.
Date: November 24
Time: 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Price: $55 per guest
Address: 6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe

Thanksgiving Jazz Champagne Buffet

San Diego’s annual Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza is here for its 39th year. Want to combine it with Thanksgiving dinner? Stop by for their Thanksgiving Jazz Champagne Buffet.
Date: November 24
Time: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Price: Adults $40 | Children $16
Address: 500 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley


Wow your out-of-town guests with a coastal dining experience this Thanksgiving. On the shores of Mission Bay, Tidal offers a festive three-course menu featuring options such as Butternut Squash Soup, Apple and Walnut Salad, Brown Sugar Brined Diestel Turkey, and Apple Cider-Coriander Glazed Pork Cheeks. Finish your meal with a classic fall dessert. Reservations recommended.
Date: November 24
Time: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Price: Adults $65 | Children $32
Address: 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego

Veladora at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Veladora Executive Chef Jarrod Moiles has crafted a Thanksgiving Buffet with festive favorites for a unique Coastal Ranch fête. Buffet highlights include roasted pumpkin bisque, gourmet mac & cheese, chilled seafood, and the classic roasted turkey. Reservations recommended.
Date: November 24
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $125 | Children $55
Address: 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe


Sweet Treats for the Whole Family

Bottega Americano

Although closed on Thanksgiving Day, Bottega Americano is baking up pies to perfection. Pick up one of our seasonal pies: Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan, or Nutella to impress your dinner guests this year. Pie orders require 72-hours advanced notice.
Date: November 20-23
Price: Starting at $22
Address: 1195 Island Avenue, East Village

Curious Fork

Pastry chef Sonja Knowles has a way with her gluten free pies. This Thanksgiving, the Curious Fork is offering an array of options including Apple, Dutch Apple, Cranberry Apple Crumb, Pumpkin, Blackberry, and a Pecan Pie. Whole pies are $19.99 and orders must be placed by November 20 for a pickup date through November 23.
Date: November 20-23
Price: Starting at $19.99
Address: 512 Via De La Valle, Solana Beach

Extraordinary Desserts

At Extraordinary Desserts, Master Pastry Chef Karen Krasne is offering her Extraordinary Pumpkin Cheesecake, a creamy cheesecake made with pumpkin, spices, a touch of cranberry, and a buttery ginger cookie crust to help celebrate Thanksgiving. Come in for a slice or take it home!
Date: November 22-23
Price: $64 for the full cake | Serves 16-20 people
Address: 1430 Union Street, Little Italy; 2929 Fifth Avenue, Bankers Hill

Le Parfait Paris

Impress your Thanksgiving guests with holiday éclairs from Le Parfait Paris in the Gaslamp Quarter. The spin on the classic dessert includes pumpkin and ginger puree, a pecan whipped cream, and candied pecan and marshmallow. Place your order by November 23 for pickup on Thanksgiving Day.
Date: November 24
Price: $25 per éclair | Serves 5-6 people
Address: 555 G Street, Gaslamp Quarter


Turkey Trots

There is no way to feel guilty about the indulgent dinner if you do a Thanksgiving morning run. Lucky for us, San Diego has a Turkey Trot in every county this gobble season.

Coronado 5K Turkey Trot

November 24
Tide Lands Park

Encinitas Turkey Trot

November 24
Coast Highway 101

Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K

November 24
Spreckels Pavilion, Balboa Park

O’side Turkey Trot 5K & 10K

November 24
Oceanside Civic Center

Rancho Valencia Turkey Trot

November 24
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

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