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Thanksgiving Feast at Herb and Wood.
Thanksgiving Feast at Herb and Wood.
James Tran

Where to Dine In or Get Takeout for Thanksgiving in San Diego

You can find more than just turkey on this year’s Thanksgiving menu.

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Thanksgiving Feast at Herb and Wood.
| James Tran

As Thanksgiving approaches, there’s much to be thankful for including an increasing array of dining options in San Diego‘s sunny SoCal locale, located on the Indigenous lands of the Kumeyaay people. With chefs infusing their California take on the holiday as well as being inspired by a range of global cuisines, Thanksgiving menus around town range from classic dishes to creative spins on the standards.

Whether you’re gathering for a festive restaurant dinner or feasting with family in the comfort of home, there are plenty of choices for this special occasion meal including prix fixe or buffet brunches and dinners along with takeout extravaganzas that come with foolproof cooking and heating instructions.

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Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

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There are a few options at the Omni La Costa resort to take care of those Thanksgiving cravings while enjoying the winter decor festooning the grounds. The chef’s Thanksgiving brunch features carved meats along with a seafood bar and a children’s buffet while Bob’s Steak and Chop House will be serving a prix fixe dinner menu showcasing prime cuts from its Midwestern purveyors.

Mille Fleurs

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Mille Fleurs will be hosting a three-course prix fixe menu from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Executive chef Harrison Axel will feature options like Distel Farm turkey as well as the iconic lobster salad while executive pastry chef “Papa” Moussa is whipping up profiteroles and pumpkin crème brulee. The meal will be priced at $105 per adult and $43.50 per child.

Outdoor dining area at Mille Fleurs.
Outdoor dining area at Mille Fleurs.
Lucianna McIntosh

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

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Executive chef Christopher Gentile helms the Thanksgiving feast which includes a raw bar, carving station, and dessert bar. On the property, there’ll also be family-friendly activities, such as a petting zoo, carriage rides, and bounce houses. The cost is $195 per adult, $55 for kids 11 and under, and free to kids under three. The restaurant also offers Thanksgiving to-go packages, which can be picked up on November 22.

Dining in the wine room.
Dining in the wine room.
Rancho Valencia

Ranch 45 Local Provisions

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The Solana Beach restaurant and butchery will prep your feast for you with items like prime rib, smoked turkey legs, and Cornish game hen as well as traditional sides and desserts. Orders should be placed before November 19 at 4 p.m. for pick-up on Wednesday, November 22. 

Thanksgiving feast at Ranch 45
Thanksgiving feast at Ranch 45.
Chris Costa

Adelaide

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This Del Mar restaurant with views of the Pacific Ocean is hosting a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with new chef Larry Monaco’s seafood inflections on the traditional meal. Highlights include a carving station, a raw bar, and a variety of traditional desserts. The cost is $170 per adult. 

oysters, fish, bread
Dinner spread with oysters and fish.
Adelaide

Addison

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San Diego’s (only) crowned three-starred Michelin restaurant is presenting an eight-course menu, featuring chef William Bradley’s California gastronomy with highlights like caviar with apple, scallops, and dry-aged duck. The experience is $450 per person with seatings from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Addison Restaurant.
Eric Wolfinger

A.R. Valentien

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At the Lodge at Torrey Pines, executive chef Kelli Crosson will be fixing up a three-course prix fixe meal with dishes that include duck pate, turkey, black cod, or sticky toffee pudding. Seatings are available from noon to 6:30 p.m. and the meal is priced at $150 per adult and $80 per child. 

Dining terrace at A.R. Valentien.
Dining terrace.
A.R. Valentien

Sandpiper Wood Fired Grill & Oysters

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Along with the regular Sandpiper menu, executive chef Marty Fay is offering an a la carte Thanksgiving menu. Available after 4 p.m., highlights include turkey breast with dark meat roulade and sharable traditional sides like green bean casserole. Pre-packaged meals can be ordered two days in advance for take-home festivities. 

The Marine Room

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Acclaimed executive chef Mike Minor is whipping up a Thanksgiving dinner with traditional favorites and seafood specialties. A four-course prix-fixe menu will be available between noon and 7 p.m. for $165 per person with an optional wine pairing priced at $75 per person. 

A photo of salmon cones with Ora king salmon belly, coriander, lime, kaluga caviar
Salmon cones with Ora king salmon belly, coriander, lime, kaluga caviar.
The Marine Room

George's at the Cove

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This year, George’s at the Cove is serving a family-style Thanksgiving dinner in its lower-level dining room with highlights like sausage-and-chestnut-stuffed leg and mushroom sourdough stuffing for $85 per person. The Ocean Terrace and open-air Level 2 will offer the regular menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., as well as the turkey prix-fixe menu.

Thanksgiving pies at George’s at the Cove.
Thanksgiving pies.
George’s at the Cove

La Valencia Hotel

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The landmark Pink Lady will host a three-course prix fixe menu, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Highlights include pumpkin bisque, lobster tail, turkey, and pumpkin pie. Prices are $130 per adult and $40 to $60 for children 12 and under.

View of the restaurant’s patio dining
View of the restaurant’s patio dining.
La Valencia

Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering

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Chef Giuseppe Ciuffa is putting together a full Thanksgiving dinner menu for delivery or pick-up at his Morena Boulevard catering kitchen. Choices for hors d’oeuvres include roasted squash skewers and lobster salad. Side dishes include Giuseppe’s cranberry-orange chutney or mashed potatoes. Of course, there’s the ever-important turkey, all roasted and carved, to simplify the presentation. Choose from a range of desserts from pumpkin pie to Giuseppe’s carrot cake. 

Paradisaea

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The Bird Rock restaurant will be open, serving a California twist to the traditional Thanksgiving meal. The prix fixe meal will showcase seasonal fare, which can be nicely paired with their popular cocktails like their expresso martini or the Jewel, made with gin and dragon fruit.

Dishes at Paradisea.
Dishes at Paradisea.
James Tran

JRDN Restaurant

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From noon to 8 p.m., this Pacific Beach waterfront restaurant will host a three-course dinner from its new chef, Jerry Ranson. Dishes like pomegranate pork belly, turkey, and puff pastry apple pie are a few of the options to choose from. Prices hover around $70 depending on the main entrée. 

Thanksgiving feast.
Thanksgiving feast.
JRDN Restaurant

Oceana Coastal Kitchen

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Executive chef Paul Arias took over the Catamaran Resort kitchen after moving over from the sister restaurant, the Grill at Torrey Pines where he was chef de cuisine. Daytime diners can opt for the champagne brunch buffet and a complimentary steamboat cruise. For dinner, a three-course dinner at $80 per person features choices like crab cake, turkey, and pumpkin cheesecake. 

Et Voilà! French Bistro

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One of the best French restaurants in the area is paying tribute to the American holiday with a lovely Francophile twist to amp up the classics. The three-course prix fixe menu includes choices of smoked salmon with shaved cured egg yolk, turkey served two ways, and pecan and cranberry tart. The meal costs $70 for adults.

A photo of dark chocolate mousse with ginger-cinnamon cookie and raspberry coulis
Dark chocolate mousse with ginger-cinnamon cookie and raspberry coulis.
Helen I. Hwang

The Wise Ox Butcher & Deli

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Chef Brad Wise (TRUST, Cardellino, Fort Oak, Rare Society) is handling Thanksgiving from his Wise Ox butcher and sandwich shops in North Park and La Costa where you can order a Diestel turkey. Pick up extras like rib roast, sausages, and pork butter. Of course, Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a holiday pie from the executive pastry chef Jeremy Harville. 

Pumpkin pie and apple crumble pie from the Wise Ox.
Pumpkin pie and apple crumble pie from the Wise Ox.
Kimberly Motos

Louisiana Purchase

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This North Park soul food restaurant will be preparing Thanksgiving Holiday Packs for pick up on November 22nd. Customers can choose options like stuffed turkey legs with crawfish, yams with or without marshmallows, and collard greens. 

Mister A's

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With a spectacular view of the city skyline in Banker’s Hill, Mister A’s will be hosting a prix fixe Thanksgiving meal with roasted Diestel Farm turkey, prime rib, and house-made tagliatelle. For a lighter alternative, diners can choose from the menu, featuring sea bass or lobster feuillete. Pair with a bottle from their extensive wine list. 

Festive meal
Festive meal at Mister A’s.
Lucianna McIntosh

Juniper & Ivy

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Continuing a tradition that started in 2020, Juniper & Ivy is offering its Thanksgiving at Home option, a traditional Thanksgiving meal designed to feed six to 10 guests that includes a pre-brined, pre-trussed turkey with cooking instructions from chef Anthony Wells as well as heat-and-serve sides such as chestnut stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin pie. Pre-order the holiday package and pick it up from the Little Italy restaurant on Wednesday, November 22 along with optional beverage pairings like batched cocktails and sommelier-curated four-packs of wine.

Thanksgiving sides.
Thanksgiving sides.
Juniper & Ivy

Herb & Wood

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In Little Italy, executive chef Carlos Anthony adds his own flair to the traditional Thanksgiving spread. Dine on a four-course meal with favorites like turkey, swordfish or sticky toffee date cake. The restaurant is open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. with meals priced at $92 per adult and $38 per child. Or take home a feast for eight, including a truffle-rubbed turkey. 

Thanksgiving feast
Thanksgiving feast at Herb & Wood.
James Tran

The Desmond

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Chef Jason Neroni is offering a three-course meal at the Gaslamp location. Pick selections like Moroccan meatballs, turkey roulade, and chocolate budino. There’s also a to-go Thanksgiving feast for $40 per person with a four-person minimum.

Change the tradition up with Tara Monsod’s Filipina-American spin on the Thanksgiving meal. Highlights include ube pandesal, Szechuan broccolini, kare kare and red bean tart. Seatings run from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., priced at $110 per adult and $42 per child.

Charred broccolini with szechuan ginger oil.
Charred broccolini with szechuan ginger oil at Animae.
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barleymash

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The energetic Gaslamp restaurant will be hosting a three-course meal with selections such as andouille stuffed turkey roulade and pumpkin Swiss roll. Prices run $54.95 per adult and $25 per child with seating beginning at 3 p.m. Friendsgiving to-go meals for six to eight people can also be ordered by November 15. 

Thanksgiving dishes.
Thanksgiving dishes.
barleymash

If you’re looking for a creative Mediterranean twist to Thanksgiving, check out chef Travis Swikard’s holiday menu. The four-course dinner allows customers to select from highlights including Lebanese muhammara, turkey with sausage, or lamb shank tagine. End the dinner on a sweet note with pumpkin cheesecake. The cost is $90 per person with an optional $55 wine pairing.

A man wearing an apron holding a platter with a roasted turkey.
The portions at Callie are no joke.
Kelly Wood

Huntress

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The steak and whiskey restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter will be celebrating Thanksgiving with additional menu items like truffle turkey and pumpkin agnolotti. Leave room for their famous Magic Mushroom dessert and celebrate with pours from their extensive whiskey collection and flights from their Kavalan Whiskey Cart. 

Magic Mushroom dessert.
Magic Mushroom dessert at Huntress.
Sam Wells

Serea Coastal Cuisine

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Helmed by chef JoJo Ruiz, Serea is serving Thanksgiving in its waterfront restaurant anchoring the historic Hotel Del Coronado. His sustainable seafood-focused dishes will be on hand, along with traditional plates like smoked turkey.

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Sugar-dusted treats at Serea.
Serea Coastal Cuisine

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

There are a few options at the Omni La Costa resort to take care of those Thanksgiving cravings while enjoying the winter decor festooning the grounds. The chef’s Thanksgiving brunch features carved meats along with a seafood bar and a children’s buffet while Bob’s Steak and Chop House will be serving a prix fixe dinner menu showcasing prime cuts from its Midwestern purveyors.

Mille Fleurs

Mille Fleurs will be hosting a three-course prix fixe menu from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Executive chef Harrison Axel will feature options like Distel Farm turkey as well as the iconic lobster salad while executive pastry chef “Papa” Moussa is whipping up profiteroles and pumpkin crème brulee. The meal will be priced at $105 per adult and $43.50 per child.

Outdoor dining area at Mille Fleurs.
Outdoor dining area at Mille Fleurs.
Lucianna McIntosh

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Executive chef Christopher Gentile helms the Thanksgiving feast which includes a raw bar, carving station, and dessert bar. On the property, there’ll also be family-friendly activities, such as a petting zoo, carriage rides, and bounce houses. The cost is $195 per adult, $55 for kids 11 and under, and free to kids under three. The restaurant also offers Thanksgiving to-go packages, which can be picked up on November 22.

Dining in the wine room.
Dining in the wine room.
Rancho Valencia

Ranch 45 Local Provisions

The Solana Beach restaurant and butchery will prep your feast for you with items like prime rib, smoked turkey legs, and Cornish game hen as well as traditional sides and desserts. Orders should be placed before November 19 at 4 p.m. for pick-up on Wednesday, November 22. 

Thanksgiving feast at Ranch 45
Thanksgiving feast at Ranch 45.
Chris Costa

Adelaide

This Del Mar restaurant with views of the Pacific Ocean is hosting a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with new chef Larry Monaco’s seafood inflections on the traditional meal. Highlights include a carving station, a raw bar, and a variety of traditional desserts. The cost is $170 per adult. 

oysters, fish, bread
Dinner spread with oysters and fish.
Adelaide

Addison

San Diego’s (only) crowned three-starred Michelin restaurant is presenting an eight-course menu, featuring chef William Bradley’s California gastronomy with highlights like caviar with apple, scallops, and dry-aged duck. The experience is $450 per person with seatings from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

A photo of sushi.
Addison Restaurant.
Eric Wolfinger

A.R. Valentien

At the Lodge at Torrey Pines, executive chef Kelli Crosson will be fixing up a three-course prix fixe meal with dishes that include duck pate, turkey, black cod, or sticky toffee pudding. Seatings are available from noon to 6:30 p.m. and the meal is priced at $150 per adult and $80 per child. 

Dining terrace at A.R. Valentien.
Dining terrace.
A.R. Valentien

Sandpiper Wood Fired Grill & Oysters

Along with the regular Sandpiper menu, executive chef Marty Fay is offering an a la carte Thanksgiving menu. Available after 4 p.m., highlights include turkey breast with dark meat roulade and sharable traditional sides like green bean casserole. Pre-packaged meals can be ordered two days in advance for take-home festivities. 

The Marine Room

Acclaimed executive chef Mike Minor is whipping up a Thanksgiving dinner with traditional favorites and seafood specialties. A four-course prix-fixe menu will be available between noon and 7 p.m. for $165 per person with an optional wine pairing priced at $75 per person. 

A photo of salmon cones with Ora king salmon belly, coriander, lime, kaluga caviar
Salmon cones with Ora king salmon belly, coriander, lime, kaluga caviar.
The Marine Room

George's at the Cove

This year, George’s at the Cove is serving a family-style Thanksgiving dinner in its lower-level dining room with highlights like sausage-and-chestnut-stuffed leg and mushroom sourdough stuffing for $85 per person. The Ocean Terrace and open-air Level 2 will offer the regular menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., as well as the turkey prix-fixe menu.

Thanksgiving pies at George’s at the Cove.
Thanksgiving pies.
George’s at the Cove

La Valencia Hotel

The landmark Pink Lady will host a three-course prix fixe menu, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Highlights include pumpkin bisque, lobster tail, turkey, and pumpkin pie. Prices are $130 per adult and $40 to $60 for children 12 and under.

View of the restaurant’s patio dining
View of the restaurant’s patio dining.
La Valencia

Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering

Chef Giuseppe Ciuffa is putting together a full Thanksgiving dinner menu for delivery or pick-up at his Morena Boulevard catering kitchen. Choices for hors d’oeuvres include roasted squash skewers and lobster salad. Side dishes include Giuseppe’s cranberry-orange chutney or mashed potatoes. Of course, there’s the ever-important turkey, all roasted and carved, to simplify the presentation. Choose from a range of desserts from pumpkin pie to Giuseppe’s carrot cake.