Whether looking for a traditional spread with all the trimmings, some turkey-friendly plant-based fare, or a takeout feast that simply requires warming up at home, step away from the stove and make Thanksgiving Day extra special by securing reservations (or placing an advance order) at one of these San Diego restaurants instead. Also featured this year, a handful of Friendsgiving options all being held a week or so before the actual day itself.Read More
Where to Eat on Thanksgiving Day in San Diego
Treat yourself and let the real pros handle the cooking
1. Chandler's Restaurant & Lounge
Tuck into warmed buttered sea-salt rolls with fig cinnamon goat cheese followed by a pepper-crusted prime beef tenderloin, plus choice of seasonal dessert at Chandler’s Carlsbad. Chef Teri’s three-course Thanksgiving feast will be served from 1 to 7 p.m. and costs $55-64 for adults and $24 for a children’s turkey dinner and dessert (ages 4-12). Reservations available online.
2. AVANT Restaurant
Led by talented chef de cuisine Christopher Gentile, Rancho Bernardo Inn’s signature restaurant AVANT will be serving a three-course Thanksgiving menu from 2 to 7 p.m. on November 28. Seasonal garden-to-table highlights include a cognac pumpkin soup and hazelnut cheesecake. Priced at $85 for adults $40 for children; view the menu online and make reservations here.
Helmed by executive chef Christopher Haas, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe’s signature restaurant Morada will be serving a special Thanksgiving buffet on November 28. Seasonal offerings between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. include a carving station, chef’s offering, salads and fresh seafood, cheese, charcuterie, and crudités, plus assorted cookies, pastries, and pies. The cost is $95 for adults and $38 for children under twelve.
4. Ranch 45
Solana Beach’s provisional eatery has an extensive holiday to-go menu of soups, sides, proteins, and desserts for a delicious take home Thanksgiving dinner that’s ready to serve — without breaking a sweat. There’s French onion soup, roasted root vegetables, smoked Cornish game hens, and herb-crusted prime rib, plus three different pies including sweet potato with vanilla whipped cream.
5. A.R. Valentien
Those looking for upscale dining on Turkey Day might check out A. R. Valentien at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. From 12 to 10 p.m., executive chef Jeff Jackson and staff are serving a three-course lunch based around that week’s seasonal ingredients in the elegant dining room overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf Course. Reservations can be made online or by calling (858) 453-4420.
6. George's at the Cove
Expect creative modern updates to the traditional Thanksgiving favorites at George’s. Standouts from the three-course dinner include the lamb carpaccio with harissa yogurt and free-range Diestel turkey breast with mushroom stuffing. Dinner costs $75 (vegetarian and vegan options available upon request) with additional wine pairings for $38. View the entire menu and make reservations online.
7. JRDN Restaurant
Enjoy Thanksgiving by the beach feast with executive chef David Warner and the JRDN team’s three-course, locally sourced dinner featuring seasonal favorites. Reservations are available from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and pricing is $45 to 55 per person and $25 for children 12 years and under. Make reservations online or by calling (858) 270-2323.
Chef Andrew Reyes has curated a special Thanksgiving buffe, highlights of which include a hand-carved Peking free-range turkey with bourbon soy glaze, hoisin gravy and taro stuffing. Dessert options include a warm Asian pear bread pudding and pumpkin-spiced cheesecake. Served from Noon to 6 p.m. and priced at $74.95 for adults and $34.95 for children reservations can be made online.
9. Bleu Bohème
Kensington’s intimate French bistro is putting a Gallic spin on things with its three-course menu. Priced at $65, it includes Diestel Family Ranch turkey prepared two ways, including “confit” style legs and thighs with pommes puree and a savory wild mushroom bread pudding, and white wine gravy.
10. Farmer's Bottega
Turkey Day classics, including Julian apple pie served with vanilla ice cream, will feature alongside in-house specialty dishes at this three-course farm-to-fork Thanksgiving feast. Hosted from 4 to 9 p.m. and priced at $60 per person, there is a $20 three-course kid’s menu too, and optional wine pairing for $15.
11. Louisiana Purchase
Louisiana Purchase is another restaurant doing a fun Friendsgiving with its Chef’s Table on Tuesday, November 19. Dinner begins at 7 p.m., dish-wise, be prepared to enjoy Chef Quinnton “Q” Austin’s take on a Thanksgiving from the Bayou. Seats are limited; tickets cost $100 and are available online.
12. Mister A's
Incredible views of San Diego and gourmet spins on classics, like lobster bisque, a multicolored beet salad, and roasted organic Diestel farm turkey? It’s got to be Mister A’s. The storied San Diego restaurant’s high-end Thanksgiving dinner, which is served from 12 to 3p.m. with a second seating from 4:45 to 8:30 p.m., costs $79.50 per adult. View the prix fixe menu and make reservations online.
13. Herb & Wood
Celebrate Thanksgiving in style with a three-course prix fixe menu at chef Brian Malarkey’s Little Italy showstopper. Available from 4 to 8 p.m., it costs $65 with course highlights including a kuri pumpkin soup, prime rib served family with all the trimming, and pecan pie. An optional wine pairing is available for $25 and a separate children’s menu for $16. Reservations can be made online.
14. Cafe Gratitude
Place orders for Cafe Gratitude’s special Thanksgiving catering menu by November 25 and pick up between 1 and 10 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26. Dish options include roasted maple miso Brussels sprouts, a French lentil and butternut squash loaf, garlic mashed potatoes and shitake gravy, plus classic pumpkin, pecan or apple pies.
15. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
Let Del Frisco’s do the carving this year. The swanky Texas steakhouse will be rolling out a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner with a prix fixe menu featuring Thanksgiving favorites like slow-roasted turkey breast and seasonal desserts alongside favorites like the wagyu beef sampler. Pair with award-winning wines for a memorable Thanksgiving experience. Get more details or make reservations online.
16. Luca Restaurant & Bar
Executive chef Justin Vaiciunas of pretty all-patio restaurant Luca at The Guild has pulled out all the stops in his $60 three-course prix fixe menu. Course options range from the roasted red peppers with whipped goat cheese and fig jam starter to a gingerbread spiced short rib entrée with creamy polenta and roasted root vegetables. For dessert, there’s a cherry and chocolate bread pudding and eggnog crème brûlée.
17. You & Yours Distilling Co.
Get the gang together for an evening of cocktails, wine, and a family-style menu on Thursday, November 21, when the East Village distillery will be hosting a Friendsgiving Dinner. Priced at $75, dig into turkey roulade, cornbread stuffing, autumn squash and kale salad, and Provisional Gin chocolate pecan pie from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Check out the menu and buy tickets online.
18. Provisional Kitchen
Provisional Kitchen’s three-course prix fixe menu features a sunchoke bisque with speck ham, red wine glazed beef short rib entrée, and apple-pear tart with cinnamon ice cream among other delights. Priced at $85 for adults (with an optional $30 wine pairing) and $25 for children under twelve, it’s available from 4 to 10 p.m. on November 28. Take a look at the full menu and make reservations online.
19. Vessel Restaurant + Bar
Alongside Kona Kai Marina views executive chef Roy Hendrickson’s festive Thanksgiving buffet at Vessel Restaurant + Bar will feature traditional dishes like heritage roast turkey and traditional stuffing, plus lobster rolls, ceviche, and chilled seafood, among many other dishes. Served family style from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 29 it’s priced at $75 for adults and $25 for children under 12.
Head to the Crown Island for ALBACA’s Thanksgiving Feast on November 28. Dishes cover salads, soups, and sides to a mariscos shack with fresh shucked oysters and ceviches. From the carving station, a maple rubbed prime rib or slow-cooked turkey breast, from the grille a local seasonal fish or made to order Impossible Waffle with micro vegetables. It’s priced at $75 for adults and $30 for children under 12.