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Where To Order Special Occasion Takeout in San Diego

When celebrating, consider these alternatives to eating out

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The pandemic has put a damper on eating out, even more so when it’s a celebratory occasion. With restaurants open for limited indoor seating or outdoor dining, many have also upped their takeout offerings. If takeout is more to your comfort level, several restaurants are offering elegant takeout meals that you can enjoy at home or your spot of choice.

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1. MARKET Restaurant + Bar

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3702 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 523-0007
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Ordering takeout from Market is as close as you’ll get to eating at the restaurant where each dish incorporates seasonal ingredients. Takeout is a three-course chef’s tasting menu and includes a choice of starter, entree and dessert. Plan accordingly— ordering three days in advance is required.

2. International Smoke

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3387 Del Mar Heights Rd #0100
San Diego, CA 92130
(619) 331-4528
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Chef Michael Mina’s Del Mar restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining at last report but if you’re not prepared to eat anywhere except home, the restaurant’s to-go brunch, lunch and dinner options are worth ordering. One standout is the family feasts dinner available for two people or up to eight, and includes your choice of barbecue classics, East-meets-West cuisine, plant-based dishes or restaurant favorites.

Smoked St. Louis-style ribs and cornbread from International Smoke Courtesy photo

3. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

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8970 University Center Ln
San Diego, CA 92122
(858) 535-0078
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Included in Fleming’s regular takeout menu is their special “Flemings for The Family,” a three-course meal for four or more people. Starting at $60 per person, each meal includes choice of salad, entree, two sides and dessert. There’s also a gluten-free menu.

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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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The La Jolla landmark is back open for outdoor dining but the restaurant is still offering several takeout options, including a weekly three-course dinner available Thursday through Saturday. Customers can choose from a variety of entrees, which come with bread and cheese, a salad, and dessert. Bottles of wine can also be purchase. A family-style meal that feeds three to four people is available on Sundays and features a main course, salad, side dishes, and dessert.

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5. Hanna's Gourmet

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2864 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 280-5600
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Since the start of the pandemic, Hanna’s Gourmet has been offering dinner solutions to enjoy at home and there are a few rotating options that can qualify as special occasion meals. Examples include white wine-braised chicken, mirin-glazed salmon and the restaurant’s famous carrot cake, available by the slice or whole. Weekly pickups are on Sundays.

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6. SOICHI

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2121 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 677-2220
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Enjoy an leisurely omakase experience in the comfort of your own home. Soichi’s special omakase includes seven courses — appetizers, sashimi, chawanmushi, grilled fish, nigiri sushi, soup, and ice cream for $100 while a nigiri-based omakase features an appetizer, 12 pieces of nigiri, soup, and ice cream for $75. The Adams Avenue sushi bar is also offering 10% off on sake and wine ordered online.

7. Tribute Pizza

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3077 North Park Way
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 450-4505
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Look beyond Tribute’s pizza menu and straight to the grill options if you’re looking for something special. Available Friday-Sunday, the restaurant serves up wood grilled items like honeynut squash, chicken wings, porchetta, wild Mexican shrimp and farmers market veggies. Tack on some cocktails to-go and you have yourself a full-fledged meal appropriate for any special occasion.

8. Cesarina

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4161 Voltaire St
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 226-6222
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If a special lunch is in the plans, Cesarina has you covered. This Italian Point Loma hotspot takes the work out of planning with a special lunch for two or four people. Choose between a light, family-style lunch that includes salad, your choice of pasta, dessert and an option to add drinks for an additional cost.

9. Juniper & Ivy

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2228 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 269-9036
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Juniper & Ivy’s “comfort food to-go” changes from week to week and can be available for a party of one up to six. Paste entrees have included braised short rib and Swiss cheese ravioli. Suggested wine pairings and batch cocktails can be included for an additional cost.

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10. Kettner Exchange

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2001 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 255-2001
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Consider Kettner Exchange’s market boxes as special occasion meals you can have for one meal or spread out for several days. Previous menu items have included summer proscuitto soup, Thai shrimp salad kit and a pork shoulder rice bowl kit, along with a host of other ingredients for you to use at your leisure.

11. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

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901 Bayfront Ct Suite 105
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 272-5060
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Del Frisco’s meal kits require some effort at home but for the home cook, there’s little to no prep. Choose from a steak or salmon dinner for two, complete with salad, two sides, dessert and add-ons like truffle butter and lobster tail.

12. Top of the Market - San Diego

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750 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-4867
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Top of the Market offers weekly takeout specials specific to each day. Mondays are pasta ($19), Tuesdays are lobster ($29) and Fridays are fish fry for two ($39).

13. Huntress

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376 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 329-4868
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At-home chefs wanting to put their own flourish to restaurant meals should consider Huntress’ dinner packages. From Asian-inspired salmon to the roasted chicken meal, each one requires a little bit of cooking and/or heating up. Orders must be placed by 11 pm on Wednesdays for a Friday afternoon pickup.

14. Nobu San Diego

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207 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 814-4124
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Outdoor dining is currently available at this Gaslamp establishment but you can get almost the same experience at home with their takeout dinner. Choose from faves such as their famous black cod with miso, Japanese waygu and even nigiri. Pickup or delivery is available.

1. MARKET Restaurant + Bar

3702 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014

Ordering takeout from Market is as close as you’ll get to eating at the restaurant where each dish incorporates seasonal ingredients. Takeout is a three-course chef’s tasting menu and includes a choice of starter, entree and dessert. Plan accordingly— ordering three days in advance is required.

3702 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014

2. International Smoke

3387 Del Mar Heights Rd #0100, San Diego, CA 92130
Smoked St. Louis-style ribs and cornbread from International Smoke Courtesy photo

Chef Michael Mina’s Del Mar restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining at last report but if you’re not prepared to eat anywhere except home, the restaurant’s to-go brunch, lunch and dinner options are worth ordering. One standout is the family feasts dinner available for two people or up to eight, and includes your choice of barbecue classics, East-meets-West cuisine, plant-based dishes or restaurant favorites.

3387 Del Mar Heights Rd #0100
San Diego, CA 92130

3. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

8970 University Center Ln, San Diego, CA 92122
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar/Facebook

Included in Fleming’s regular takeout menu is their special “Flemings for The Family,” a three-course meal for four or more people. Starting at $60 per person, each meal includes choice of salad, entree, two sides and dessert. There’s also a gluten-free menu.

8970 University Center Ln
San Diego, CA 92122

4. George's at the Cove

1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
George’s At The Cove Courtesy Photo

The La Jolla landmark is back open for outdoor dining but the restaurant is still offering several takeout options, including a weekly three-course dinner available Thursday through Saturday. Customers can choose from a variety of entrees, which come with bread and cheese, a salad, and dessert. Bottles of wine can also be purchase. A family-style meal that feeds three to four people is available on Sundays and features a main course, salad, side dishes, and dessert.

1250 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037

5. Hanna's Gourmet

2864 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
Hanna’s Gourmet/Facebook

Since the start of the pandemic, Hanna’s Gourmet has been offering dinner solutions to enjoy at home and there are a few rotating options that can qualify as special occasion meals. Examples include white wine-braised chicken, mirin-glazed salmon and the restaurant’s famous carrot cake, available by the slice or whole. Weekly pickups are on Sundays.

2864 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

6. SOICHI

2121 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

Enjoy an leisurely omakase experience in the comfort of your own home. Soichi’s special omakase includes seven courses — appetizers, sashimi, chawanmushi, grilled fish, nigiri sushi, soup, and ice cream for $100 while a nigiri-based omakase features an appetizer, 12 pieces of nigiri, soup, and ice cream for $75. The Adams Avenue sushi bar is also offering 10% off on sake and wine ordered online.

2121 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

7. Tribute Pizza

3077 North Park Way, San Diego, CA 92104

Look beyond Tribute’s pizza menu and straight to the grill options if you’re looking for something special. Available Friday-Sunday, the restaurant serves up wood grilled items like honeynut squash, chicken wings, porchetta, wild Mexican shrimp and farmers market veggies. Tack on some cocktails to-go and you have yourself a full-fledged meal appropriate for any special occasion.

3077 North Park Way
San Diego, CA 92104

8. Cesarina

4161 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107

If a special lunch is in the plans, Cesarina has you covered. This Italian Point Loma hotspot takes the work out of planning with a special lunch for two or four people. Choose between a light, family-style lunch that includes salad, your choice of pasta, dessert and an option to add drinks for an additional cost.

4161 Voltaire St
San Diego, CA 92107

9. Juniper & Ivy

2228 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Juniper & Ivy/Facebook

Juniper & Ivy’s “comfort food to-go” changes from week to week and can be available for a party of one up to six. Paste entrees have included braised short rib and Swiss cheese ravioli. Suggested wine pairings and batch cocktails can be included for an additional cost.

2228 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

10. Kettner Exchange

2001 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Consider Kettner Exchange’s market boxes as special occasion meals you can have for one meal or spread out for several days. Previous menu items have included summer proscuitto soup, Thai shrimp salad kit and a pork shoulder rice bowl kit, along with a host of other ingredients for you to use at your leisure.

2001 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

11. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

901 Bayfront Ct Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92101

Del Frisco’s meal kits require some effort at home but for the home cook, there’s little to no prep. Choose from a steak or salmon dinner for two, complete with salad, two sides, dessert and add-ons like truffle butter and lobster tail.

901 Bayfront Ct Suite 105
San Diego, CA 92101

12. Top of the Market - San Diego

750 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Top of the Market offers weekly takeout specials specific to each day. Mondays are pasta ($19), Tuesdays are lobster ($29) and Fridays are fish fry for two ($39).

750 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

13. Huntress

376 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

At-home chefs wanting to put their own flourish to restaurant meals should consider Huntress’ dinner packages. From Asian-inspired salmon to the roasted chicken meal, each one requires a little bit of cooking and/or heating up. Orders must be placed by 11 pm on Wednesdays for a Friday afternoon pickup.

376 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

14. Nobu San Diego

207 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Outdoor dining is currently available at this Gaslamp establishment but you can get almost the same experience at home with their takeout dinner. Choose from faves such as their famous black cod with miso, Japanese waygu and even nigiri. Pickup or delivery is available.

207 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

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