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San Diego Restaurants Offering Christmas Takeout Meals

Leave the holiday cooking to these local spots

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Restaurant dining this December looks like most of 2020: dining outdoors where possible and getting takeout or delivery. This holiday season, local restaurants are ramping up their offerings up with special menus for Christmas as well as Hanukkah. There are feasts with traditional roast turkey or ham as the centerpiece as well as modern twists on festive meals.

This curated map isn’t an exhaustive list, so we encourage you to contact your favorite spot and inquire about their holiday celebration menus. Our local restaurants need your support more than ever.

Note: This map will be updated throughout the month. Map points are not ranked.

Some restaurants have outdoor seating, while others continue to offer takeout and/or delivery only; check each eatery’s hours and mode of operation before you visit. This should not be taken as endorsement for on-site dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the County of San Diego website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

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5921 Valencia Cir
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
(858) 759-6216
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Order by December 18, 5 pm to celebrate Christmas with Rancho Valencia’s “Holiday To-Go” feast. Highlights include prime beef tenderloin, nueske roast and glazed ham, lobster bisque, truffle mac and cheese, apple cranberry frangipane tart and more, along with a selection of wine pairings. Order online for Christmas Eve pickup.

2. A.R. Valentien

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11480 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 777-6635
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A.R. Valentien is offering Christmas curbside pickup for your holiday celebration. The holiday prix fixe menu features potted dungeness crab, winter tabbouleh, waygu brisket, herb-roasted salmon, chocolate trifle and more. Minimum order is for two people and cost is $95 per person. Orders must be placed by December 18 for Christmas Eve pickup.

3. Urban Plates

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8707 Villa La Jolla Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 263-0818
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Urban Plates is serving up a traditional turkey feast and three-course meal available this holiday season. The turkey dinner ($129) serves 6-8 people and includes herb roasted cage-free turkey breast, mushroom stuffing, gravy, cranberry relish, artisan bread, roasted Brussels sprouts and choice of potatoes. The three-course holiday meal ($75) feeds 4 people and includes a choice of protein (chimichurri grass-fed steak, sustainable salmon, grilled cage-free chicken), choice of salad, choice of 2 sides, artisan bread, and 6 cookie assortment. Order online.

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4. George's at the Cove

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1250 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-4244
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George’s at the Cove has a special three-course Christmas dinner for takeout. Cost is $40-60 per person and includes choice of prime rib or vegetable pot pie, baby beet salad and yule log. Add-ons are available.

5. Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering

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4901 Morena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117

Select your holiday meal from a host of a la carte items. Highlights from the holiday menu include classic items like carved turkey breast, Chesapeake blue crab cakes, chilled jumbo shrimp, a selection of quiche and more. Quantities are limited and phone orders must be placed by noon on December 18 for pickup or delivery on December 24.

6. Oceana Coastal Kitchen

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3999 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 539-8635
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Oceana Coastal Kitchen has a takeout options for Christmas Day. Takeout is tailored as a family feast featuring winter greens salad, roast ham, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts with bacon and chocolate mousse. The to-go feast is $35 per person and only offered in multiples of two.

7. DZ Akins

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6930 Alvarado Rd
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 265-0218
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San Diego’s beloved institution is offering Christmas and Hanukkah dining options. The Christmas dinner is a whole holiday feast and includes a roasted ham or glazed ham filled out with stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean almondine, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and rolls all starting at $199. A Hanukkah individual meal, available for dine-in or takeout, includes latkes, stuffed cabbage rolls, roast chicken or brisket, and a sufganiyot, for $22.95. There’s also a full Hanukkah feast for $229.50.

8. Café Bahia

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998 W Mission Bay Dr
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 539-7635
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Bahia Resort Hotel’s takeout options includes a traditional carved turkey, cabernet-braised short ribs or Scottish grilled salmon as part of its three-course prix fixe menu. Cost is $49 for adults or $29 for children.

9. Pop Pie Co.

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4404 Park Blvd suite a
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 501-4440
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If you’re planning to serve pie for the holidays, Pop Pie is baking up seasonal flavors. Red chili pork tamale pie and apple cranberry with ginger crumble will be sold alongside the regular menu.

10. Tamales El Mexicano

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3602 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 459-1085
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It’s not the holidays without tamales and this spot is ramping up their inventory. Sweet or savory tamales to order include chicken, piña, strawberry and raisin, and chicken with red salsa.

11. Cardellino

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4033 Goldfinch St
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 600-5311
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Chef Brad Wise is prepping individual prime rib dinners to-go on Christmas Eve. Each meal includes a 12 ounce slice of prime rib, mixed greens salad, truffle mashed potatoes, green beans almandine, horseradish cream and jus. Dessert add-ons by Pastry Chef Jeremy Harville like apple crisp for two and festive pints of Mr. Trustee ice cream are also available for takeout. Each dinner portion is $45. Orders must be placed online by December 21 for pickup from Cardellino on December 23 from 3-6 pm.

12. Parc Bistro-Brasserie

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2760 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 795-1501
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Parc Bistro-Brasserie has a choice of three holiday packages available for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Choose from coq au vin ($100), baked salmon en croûte ($125) or fillet mignon Wellington ($150). All packages are made to serve two people and include a whole French baquette, baked brie, mashed potatoes, French green beans, and Buche de Noel. Bottles of wine will also be available for 25% the regular price.

13. Juniper & Ivy

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2228 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 269-9036
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Juniper & Ivy is offering takeout available for Hanukkah and Christmas. Available December 11-13, the Hanukkah meal serves 6-8. The package includes a choice of beef brisket bourguignon or everything-crusted salmon along with challah, knish, matzo ball soup, noodle kugel and sufganiyot, all for $240. The Christmas meals will be available December 22-24 and includes a family-style beer or tuna wellington, sides and dessert. Cost is $155 for two people or $350 for six.

14. Herb & Wood

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2210 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 955-8495
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Order your Christmas Eve meals for groups of 2, 4, 6 or 8 from Herb & Wood. The restaurant’s menu features American Waygu wood-fired sirloin, apple-cider braised pork belly and Herb Pesto White Beans, and cranberry apple crumble with house butter. Cost is $65 per person and orders will be accepted until December 20.

15. Cafe Gratitude San Diego

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1980 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 736-5077
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If a plant-based Christmas is your plan, consider Cafe Gratitude’s family-style meals. The a la carte menu includes dishes like cranberry roasted butternut squash and garnet yams, maple miso Brussels sprouts or persimmon and pomegranate salad. End Christmas on a sweet note with desserts like Tuscan apple cake mocha cheesecake. All dishes are available for preorder online. Place your order by December 20 for pickup on December 23.

16. Operacaffe

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835 Fourth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-6538
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Operacaffe is offering a taste of Italy for Christmas. The four-course meal for two is $38.99 per person with an option for seafood- or meat-based menu. The Christmas seafood menu features insalata di mare, linguine allo scoglio, cod mediterrano and torta al limone. The Christmas meat menu includes crostino de polenta and funghi, Caesar salad, sinco di agnello and torta al cioccolato.

17. STK Steakhouse

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600 F St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 354-5988
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STK Steakhouse is offering a special takeout menu for Christmas along with the regular items. Order ahead to enjoy a free range turkey breast special served with cornbread stuffing, green beans, sweet potato mash, corn pudding, confit fingerling potatoes, old school gravy and cranberry orange chutney. Cost is $50, $100 for two people. Tack on apple pie (available by the slice or whole) for additional cost.

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18. Las Cuatro Milpas

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1857 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 234-4460
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This Barrio Logan institution won’t be open on Christmas but call ahead for their tamales to enjoy this holiday. A dozen tamales is $21.

19. Villa Manila

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500 E 8th St
National City, CA 91950
(619) 477-8512
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This National City restaurant is offering a Filipino-centric holiday meal to-go. Prices start at $80 for the Boodle Box that includes fried chicken, lechon kawali, grilled tilapia, sauteed boy choy, garlic shrimp, lumpia, pancit, veggies and rice. A la carte items like bibingka, halaya and buko pandan salad are also available.

20. Tito's Deli

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1985 National Ave #1115
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 795-4271
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Tito’s Deli is taking order for Puerto Rican-style pasteles. The deli will be selling pork, veggie and more. Cost is $45 for a dozen. Coquito will also be available. Place an order by December 19 by calling or visiting the website.

1. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

5921 Valencia Cir, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Order by December 18, 5 pm to celebrate Christmas with Rancho Valencia’s “Holiday To-Go” feast. Highlights include prime beef tenderloin, nueske roast and glazed ham, lobster bisque, truffle mac and cheese, apple cranberry frangipane tart and more, along with a selection of wine pairings. Order online for Christmas Eve pickup.

5921 Valencia Cir
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

2. A.R. Valentien

11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

A.R. Valentien is offering Christmas curbside pickup for your holiday celebration. The holiday prix fixe menu features potted dungeness crab, winter tabbouleh, waygu brisket, herb-roasted salmon, chocolate trifle and more. Minimum order is for two people and cost is $95 per person. Orders must be placed by December 18 for Christmas Eve pickup.

11480 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037

3. Urban Plates

8707 Villa La Jolla Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
Urban Plates

Urban Plates is serving up a traditional turkey feast and three-course meal available this holiday season. The turkey dinner ($129) serves 6-8 people and includes herb roasted cage-free turkey breast, mushroom stuffing, gravy, cranberry relish, artisan bread, roasted Brussels sprouts and choice of potatoes. The three-course holiday meal ($75) feeds 4 people and includes a choice of protein (chimichurri grass-fed steak, sustainable salmon, grilled cage-free chicken), choice of salad, choice of 2 sides, artisan bread, and 6 cookie assortment. Order online.

8707 Villa La Jolla Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037

4. George's at the Cove

1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037

George’s at the Cove has a special three-course Christmas dinner for takeout. Cost is $40-60 per person and includes choice of prime rib or vegetable pot pie, baby beet salad and yule log. Add-ons are available.

1250 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037

5. Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering

4901 Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117

Select your holiday meal from a host of a la carte items. Highlights from the holiday menu include classic items like carved turkey breast, Chesapeake blue crab cakes, chilled jumbo shrimp, a selection of quiche and more. Quantities are limited and phone orders must be placed by noon on December 18 for pickup or delivery on December 24.

4901 Morena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117

6. Oceana Coastal Kitchen

3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Oceana Coastal Kitchen has a takeout options for Christmas Day. Takeout is tailored as a family feast featuring winter greens salad, roast ham, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts with bacon and chocolate mousse. The to-go feast is $35 per person and only offered in multiples of two.

3999 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109

7. DZ Akins

6930 Alvarado Rd, San Diego, CA 92120

San Diego’s beloved institution is offering Christmas and Hanukkah dining options. The Christmas dinner is a whole holiday feast and includes a roasted ham or glazed ham filled out with stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean almondine, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and rolls all starting at $199. A Hanukkah individual meal, available for dine-in or takeout, includes latkes, stuffed cabbage rolls, roast chicken or brisket, and a sufganiyot, for $22.95. There’s also a full Hanukkah feast for $229.50.

6930 Alvarado Rd
San Diego, CA 92120

8. Café Bahia

998 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

Bahia Resort Hotel’s takeout options includes a traditional carved turkey, cabernet-braised short ribs or Scottish grilled salmon as part of its three-course prix fixe menu. Cost is $49 for adults or $29 for children.

998 W Mission Bay Dr
San Diego, CA 92109

9. Pop Pie Co.

4404 Park Blvd suite a, San Diego, CA 92116

If you’re planning to serve pie for the holidays, Pop Pie is baking up seasonal flavors. Red chili pork tamale pie and apple cranberry with ginger crumble will be sold alongside the regular menu.

4404 Park Blvd suite a
San Diego, CA 92116

10. Tamales El Mexicano

3602 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

It’s not the holidays without tamales and this spot is ramping up their inventory. Sweet or savory tamales to order include chicken, piña, strawberry and raisin, and chicken with red salsa.

3602 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104

11. Cardellino

4033 Goldfinch St, San Diego, CA 92103

Chef Brad Wise is prepping individual prime rib dinners to-go on Christmas Eve. Each meal includes a 12 ounce slice of prime rib, mixed greens salad, truffle mashed potatoes, green beans almandine, horseradish cream and jus. Dessert add-ons by Pastry Chef Jeremy Harville like apple crisp for two and festive pints of Mr. Trustee ice cream are also available for takeout. Each dinner portion is $45. Orders must be placed online by December 21 for pickup from Cardellino on December 23 from 3-6 pm.

4033 Goldfinch St
San Diego, CA 92103

12. Parc Bistro-Brasserie

2760 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Parc Bistro-Brasserie has a choice of three holiday packages available for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Choose from coq au vin ($100), baked salmon en croûte ($125) or fillet mignon Wellington ($150). All packages are made to serve two people and include a whole French baquette, baked brie, mashed potatoes, French green beans, and Buche de Noel. Bottles of wine will also be available for 25% the regular price.

2760 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

13. Juniper & Ivy

2228 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Juniper & Ivy is offering takeout available for Hanukkah and Christmas. Available December 11-13, the Hanukkah meal serves 6-8. The package includes a choice of beef brisket bourguignon or everything-crusted salmon along with challah, knish, matzo ball soup, noodle kugel and sufganiyot, all for $240. The Christmas meals will be available December 22-24 and includes a family-style beer or tuna wellington, sides and dessert. Cost is $155 for two people or $350 for six.

2228 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

14. Herb & Wood

2210 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Order your Christmas Eve meals for groups of 2, 4, 6 or 8 from Herb & Wood. The restaurant’s menu features American Waygu wood-fired sirloin, apple-cider braised pork belly and Herb Pesto White Beans, and cranberry apple crumble with house butter. Cost is $65 per person and orders will be accepted until December 20.

2210 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

15. Cafe Gratitude San Diego

1980 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

If a plant-based Christmas is your plan, consider Cafe Gratitude’s family-style meals. The a la carte menu includes dishes like cranberry roasted butternut squash and garnet yams, maple miso Brussels sprouts or persimmon and pomegranate salad. End Christmas on a sweet note with desserts like Tuscan apple cake mocha cheesecake. All dishes are available for preorder online. Place your order by December 20 for pickup on December 23.

1980 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

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16. Operacaffe

835 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Operacaffe is offering a taste of Italy for Christmas. The four-course meal for two is $38.99 per person with an option for seafood- or meat-based menu. The Christmas seafood menu features insalata di mare, linguine allo scoglio, cod mediterrano and torta al limone. The Christmas meat menu includes crostino de polenta and funghi, Caesar salad, sinco di agnello and torta al cioccolato.

835 Fourth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

17. STK Steakhouse

600 F St, San Diego, CA 92101
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STK Steakhouse is offering a special takeout menu for Christmas along with the regular items. Order ahead to enjoy a free range turkey breast special served with cornbread stuffing, green beans, sweet potato mash, corn pudding, confit fingerling potatoes, old school gravy and cranberry orange chutney. Cost is $50, $100 for two people. Tack on apple pie (available by the slice or whole) for additional cost.

600 F St
San Diego, CA 92101

18. Las Cuatro Milpas

1857 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

This Barrio Logan institution won’t be open on Christmas but call ahead for their tamales to enjoy this holiday. A dozen tamales is $21.

1857 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113

19. Villa Manila

500 E 8th St, National City, CA 91950

This National City restaurant is offering a Filipino-centric holiday meal to-go. Prices start at $80 for the Boodle Box that includes fried chicken, lechon kawali, grilled tilapia, sauteed boy choy, garlic shrimp, lumpia, pancit, veggies and rice. A la carte items like bibingka, halaya and buko pandan salad are also available.

500 E 8th St
National City, CA 91950

20. Tito's Deli

1985 National Ave #1115, San Diego, CA 92113

Tito’s Deli is taking order for Puerto Rican-style pasteles. The deli will be selling pork, veggie and more. Cost is $45 for a dozen. Coquito will also be available. Place an order by December 19 by calling or visiting the website.

1985 National Ave #1115
San Diego, CA 92113

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