Not in the mood to cook this year? Want to be pampered with a gourmet meal instead? Don’t be afraid to admit it! Embrace your Thanksgiving diva and enjoy some of the delicious Thanksgiving meals that locals chefs are whipping up this week!
San Diego Restaurants Serving Delicious Thanksgiving Meals
The gastro-lounge, located in Gaslamp Quarter, will be open on Thanksgiving. The New American menu brings guests fresh and local ingredients. Savor the taste of mushroom and apples ragout in the Potato Dumpling Gratin with a Slow Cooked Brandt Beef Short Rib made with coconut porter and mango barbeque sauce prepared by Chef Simon Dolinky. Enjoy a celebratory drink or two on the rooftop pool bar. Sip and toast from an extensive list of drinks that offers cocktails, beer and wine.
1047 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, California
Finish your feast with sweet treats from Sprinkles.
The original cupcake bakery is serving the EAT Box that contains a unique combination of fall cupcake flavors– cranberry, pumpkin, dark chocolate and the all year round favorite, red velvet. The desserts are made with love and speckled with turkey and maple leaf sugar decorations. No matter how stuffed your guests are, everyone will make more room for these delightful sweets. Show your gratitude to family, friends or co-workers with an edible gift. For a limited time, the EAT box is only available from November 18 to 27 and the bakery will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
8855 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, CA 92037
3. Flavor Del Mar
Bring your appetite and enjoy non-traditional flavors on Thanksgiving with a spectacular ocean view at the pinnacle of the Del Mar Plaza. Share a plate of lobster tempura with Serrano chile, sweet ponzu and cilantro or warm your taste buds with a seasonal soup of butternut squash, marshmallow and brown butter. Savor with the Niman Ranch Pork Chop and finish the meal with the crème anglaise, meringue, spiced shortbread and vanilla gelato in the Pumpkin Parfait prepared by Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski.
1555 Camino Del Mar, 3rd floor, Del Mar, CA
4. Grant Grill
Celebrate the joy and tradition of Thanksgiving in San Diego’s premier welcoming, and sophisticated dinning establishment with the Grant Grill’s Holiday Tasting Dinner. Chef de Cuisine Chris Kurth has created an indulgent Thanksgiving-inspired 5-course dinner, highlighting the finest locally grown, market-fresh produce and innovative, savory fall dishes. Celebrated pianist, Chris Serna, will provide live entertainment throughout your unique Thanksgiving-dining experience. Reservations times are between 12pm and 7pm at $85 per person.
326 Broadway, San Diego, CA
5. US GRANT Thanksgiving Buffet
In addition to The Grant Grill five-course tasting dinner, THE US GRANT is celebrating with a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet, complete with perfectly prepared Holiday favorites. The abundance of enticing buffest stations will satisfy all members of your family and entertainment from a live jazz trio is sure to set the stage for a festive night. From our traditional Meat and Fresh Seafood Stations, which include indulgences such as Roasted Turkey Breast with Chestnut Apple Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, and Herb Gravy and Crab Legs and Crab Claws, Duck Confit and Gouda and Smoked Ham, the options for a satisfying Holiday meal are endless. Seating for this grand buffet dinner are at 12:30pm, 2pm and 3:30pm and prices are $24 for children, $67 for adults and $57 for seniors. Live entertainment will be provided by a jazz trio in the grand lobby from 12-4pm. For more information, visit http://www.usgrant.net/holidays
326 Broadway, San Diego, CA
6. La Valencia
This intimate and charming setting is the perfect backdrop for a memorable Thanksgiving celebration for lunch or dinner. La Valencia is offering a world-class Thanksgiving buffet served in one of the property’s exquisite Ocean View dinning rooms. Executive Chef Lance Repp has designed a menu complete with the finest Holiday favorites, including Whole Roasted Free Range Dietsel Turkey with Traditional Turkey Gravy and Homemade Cranberry, Orange Sauce, Yukon Gold Whipped Potatoes, and Apple, Chestnut and Sage Stuffing. However, the options do not end here as the Chef has also put an elegant spin on traditional Thanksgiving faire, with offerings such as Herb Crusted Whole Prime Rib with a Rosemary au jus Horseradish Crème Fraîche, Pan Roasted Wild Salmon with Crème Spinach and Nutmeg Shrimp Primavera, and a wide assortment of sweets from traditional Pumpkin Pie to a indulgent Cinnamon Brioche Bread Pudding. Seating Times are available between 1:00pm-6:30pm. $75 for adults, $38 for children 12 years and under. For reservations please call 858-551-3761.
1132 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
7. Rancho Bernardo Inn
The warmth and coziness of our world-renowned resort provides a rich Thanksgiving dining experience. Chef Nicolas Bour truly embraced this fall season by creating three unique Thanksgiving menus, which showcase seasonal fresh and local ingredients and are sure to accommodate all preferences:
El Bizcocho is offering a savory five-course Thanksgiving menu. From a first course of Duck and Pistachio Terrine, Pear and Ginger Marmalade, Herb Salad to a main course option of either Heritage Turkey Two Ways, Cranberry Mostarda, Sage Stuffing, Green Beans, Marcona Almonds, with Natural Jus or Hot Smoked Salmon Filet, Parsnip Ravioli, Burgundy Butter, and Micro Cress Salad, guests will experience the culinary genius of Chef Nicolas Bour. Live entertainment by pianist, Jim Melone and a menu designed specifically for children, Thanksgiving at El Bizcocho is a moment for all to enjoy. The five-course dinner from 2:00pm – 8:00pm. The price is $75.00 per adult, $110.00 per adult with wine pairings, $35.00 per child (ages 4 to 14).
We will also be celebrating with a bountiful Thanksgiving Day Buffet in our Aragon Ballroom. For those ready to indulge in the true spirit of Thanksgiving, our buffet will include a plethora of delectable holiday favorites as well as less traditional choices, such as Muscovy Duck Mousse with Port Wine and Chicken & Foie Gras Pate with Pistachio. The abundant Dessert Bar, Children’s Buffet, Petting Zoo, and Pony Rides offer your family with a truly unique and memorable Thanksgiving experience. $55 per adult, $25 per child from 11am – 3pm
Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant
Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant will host a traditional three-course Thanksgiving dinner. From a Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Cream and Pepitas to Slow Roasted Turkey Breast with Crème Fraiche Potato Mousseline, glazed baby carrots, spiced cranberry relish, and natural gravy to Pumpkin Pie with fresh whipped cream, each course is inspired by the ingredients of the season. The three-course Thanksgiving dinner menu is taking reservations from 11am – 9pm. $49 per adult and $29 per child.
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego, CA 92128
Still planning on cooking and wouldn’t DREAM of eating anything but Mom’s stuffing next Thursday? That’s ok too… but might I remind you of a certain Christmas movie which happens to be my favorite (hint: “You’ll shoot your eye out”!). With the holidays, you just never know what disasters may occur in the kitchen. So even for all you Martha Stewarts out there: if your inner Martha just isn’t channeled this year, I’ve got you covered with this list of SD restaurants hosting delicious Thanksgiving meals. Still planning on cooking and wouldn’t DREAM of eating anything but Mom’s stuffing next Thursday? That’s ok too… but might I remind you of a certain Christmas movie which happens to be my favorite (hint: “You’ll shoot your eye out”!). With the holidays, you just never know what disasters may occur in the kitchen. So even for all you Martha Stewarts out there: if your inner Martha just isn’t being channeled this year, or if you face some unforseen kitchen meltdown, locals chefs have got you covered.