Where to Eat and Celebrate Thanksgiving in San Diego This Year
20 places to get your Turkey Day fix.
If we’ve learned anything in 2020, it’s that, despite all the craziness surrounding us, we can still be thankful for our family and friends. While Thanksgiving won’t look quite like it has in the past, we’ve still got options, and San Diego's restaurants are stepping up with safe outdoor dining, plus plenty of at-home meal kits to please even the pickiest diners. So let’s all take a moment to reflect on the good things we’ve experienced this year and hold our loved ones close to us, even if it’s at a masked, six-foot distance. Here are our picks for a Thanksgiving to remember:
Taste an entire Thanksgiving dinner in every bite with Slater's 50/50’s Thanksgiving Burger, a one-third-pound turkey patty topped sky-high with brioche stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, and garlic-sage aioli on a honey wheat bun. Wash it down with a Pumpkin Pie Milkshake made from vanilla ice cream, pumpkin puree, graham cracker crust, a mound of whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel and a mini slice of fresh pumpkin pie on top. Both items are available now through November 30th.
Cost: $16.99 for the burger, $11.99 for the shake.
How to order: Reserve an outdoor table via Yelp or order pickup online. Delivery is available via DoorDash, UberEats, PostMates and GrubHub.
The Vineyard Rose
Dine among the vines at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant, cozily nestled in the South Coast Winery Resort and Spa in Temecula. They’re serving your favorite Thanksgiving flavors beginning with a special edition brunch that offers all their customary items plus traditional slow-roasted turkey breast with whipped potatoes, herb stuffing, yams, balsamic-glazed Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce and gravy, Rolling Hills Bananas Foster pancakes and more, served from 10 am to 3 pm. Thanksgiving dinner will be available from 5:30 pm till 9 pm and features favorite dishes such as pan-roasted salmon with roasted pee wee potatoes, haricots verts, and heirloom tomato marmalade or slow-braised short ribs accompanied by mashed potatoes, broccolini and red wine reduction. Of course, a traditional turkey dinner and accompaniments is also available, along with specialty cocktails like Old Sage’s Fashioned made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, and you’ll want to sip Wild Horse Peak Merlot, Wild Horse Peak Meritage or Syrah, Sans Chêne Chardonnay, or other award-winning selections from their cellar. Carry-out Thanksgiving meals for parties of four, eight, or more include slow-roasted turkey breast with whipped potatoes, herb stuffing, yams, balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts, and cranberry sauce and gravy. Pumpkin pie with bourbon cream and pecan pie are available at an additional charge.
Cost: Prices vary for brunch and dinner, Thanksgiving Dinner for Four To-Go is $99. Pies are $30.
How to order: Reservations for brunch or dinner are required via OpenTable or by calling (951) 719-8356. Pre-orders for takeout dinners must be placed by noon on Tuesday, November 24 by calling (855) 318-3956 or emailing email@example.com for pickup on Thursday, November 26, from 11 am to 2 pm.
Take the stress out of cooking for carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans by serving up Thanksgiving side dishes from Cafe Gratitude, including maple-miso Brussels sprouts, French lentil and butternut squash loaf, cranberry-roasted butternut squash, and Garnet yams. You’ll have dessert covered too with their raw and gluten-free pumpkin, chocolate cream, and apple pies. Throughout November, they’ll offer two special dishes featuring their signature inspired names and the best flavors of the season; “I am Thankful,” a shaved kale and radicchio salad with persimmon and pomegranate, and ‘I am Community,’ a warm rosemary butternut squash dip with radicchio-garlic confit, caramelized red onion, and focaccia crostini (gluten-free option available).
Cost: Sides range in price from $12-$35.
How to order: Order online for pickup or for delivery through DoorDash.
Join Executive Chef Kevin Templeton and the barleymash crew for a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner on their heated outdoor patio. Start with butternut squash soup, house or Caesar salad, followed by andouille-stuffed turkey roulade, garlic mashed potatoes, Wild Turkey-brown butter gravy, brown ale biscuit stuffing, Brussels sprout casserole, roasted baby carrots, and habanero-cranberry jelly. Choose between chocolate chip bourbon pecan pie and caramel Dutch apple pie for dessert. Pair the dinner with an optional Wild Turkey Flight, featuring Longbranch, Master’s Keep Cornerstone Rye, and hand-selected Master’s Keep Revival. Also available is a to-go family meal package for four to six people that includes turkey, sides, and a full pie, as well as the Wild Turkey Flight option at an additional cost.
Cost: $45 for the three-course dinner, $50 for the Wild Turkey pairing, $149 for the at home family dinner.
How to order: Stop by for patio dining or order the to-go family meal at least 48 hours in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juniper & Ivy
Let Chef Anthony Wells take care of your Thanksgiving dinner with Juniper and Ivy At Home. The to-go turkey dinners are nearly sold out, but you can also order a luxurious USDA prime rib roast with all the traditional sides or, when dining for two, an elegant free-range local chicken option. If you love cooking the turkey but don’t want to hassle with all the sides, all family-style accompaniments and whole pies are available a la carte and serve six to eight people, along with suggestions for optional cocktail, wine, and bubbly pairings. Meals come securely packaged with Chef’s storing and heating instructions.
Cost: $12 and up for sides, $475 for a full prime rib feast.
How to order: Pre-order for pickup between November 23–25 via Tock
Pacific Beach AleHouse
Enjoy Thanksgiving and gorgeous ocean views at Pacific Beach’s sister restaurants Pacific Beach Ale House and Backyard Kitchen & Tap. Both offer a three-course Thanksgiving feast starting with roasted kabocha squash bisque drizzled with crispy shallot and rosemary oil, followed by your choice of deep-fried turkey breast, pineapple and clove-glazed ham, fried turkey leg, Impossible vegan meatloaf with mushroom gravy, or upgrade to a 10-ounce herb-roasted prime rib with au jus and creamy horseradish. All come with persimmon apple sausage stuffing, whipped Yukon gold potatoes, sage gravy, cranberry-orange relish, Brussels sprouts with balsamic glaze and a dinner roll, plus dessert options of roasted pumpkin bread pudding, dark chocolate pecan cobbler or vegan apple cobbler. Family packs for four to six diners are also available for purchase, complete with kabocha squash soup, California golden salad, dinner rolls, four pounds of protein—ham, turkey or meatloaf—plus stuffing, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cranberry-orange relish, and one dessert of your choice.
Cost: $31.95-$36.95 for the three-course dinner, $149.95-$195.95 for the family pack.
How to order: Make reservations or order the family pack by calling the appropriate venue.
Herb & Sea is celebrating Thanksgiving with their coastal Californian riff on a classic Thanksgiving menu. The three-course dinner will feature starters such as Kuri pumpkin soup and duck confit, with main options like herb- and citrus-marinated turkey and plancha-seared branzino. Dessert choices include pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate Cremeux. Each meal is also served with a variety of sides, which includes crème fraîche mashed potatoes, traditional stuffing, cranberry-orange chutney, green beans and crispy onions, and Parker house rolls. A three-course children’s menu will also be available. The restaurant will be open from 3 pm to 7:30 pm.
Cost: $69.95 per person, $29.95 for children.
How to order: Reservations are highly recommended and can be made via OpenTable.
7 Mile Kitchen
Count on Chef Julian Quiñones for a delicious, three-course Thanksgiving dinner on 7 Mile Kitchen’s expansive outdoor patio. Start with either butternut squash soup with toasted pepitas and crème fraîche or harvest apple pecan salad with goat cheese, arugula and honey ginger vinaigrette, followed by sage and thyme-roasted free-range turkey, cornbread stuffing, buttermilk mashed potatoes, buttered green beans, maple-glazed ham, orange-cranberry chutney and giblet gravy. For dessert, indulge in pumpkin pie with Chantilly cream. A smaller-portioned children’s feast is available. If you’d rather cook at home, ditch the lines at the grocery store and pre-order Chef Julian’s hot and ready Thanksgiving dinner to-go. Sized for either six or twelve people, the family meal includes everything in the three-course menu but the soup.
Cost: $55 for the three-course dinner, $18 for children, and $185-$360 for the to-go dinner.
How to order: Make a reservation for patio dining via OpenTable or place your order for the to-go family meal via Brown Paper Tickets by November 20 for pick up on November 26.
Chef Brad Wise does the cooking for you with Thanksgiving To-Go, featuring both classic holiday dishes and some of his family favorites. Expect juicy oven-roasted turkey, smashed red potatoes, Italian sausage stuffing, truffled mac and cheese, winter green salad with pears, goat cheese, spice almonds, and pomegranate dressing, and more. Have a sweet ending to your meal with Pastry Chef Jeremy Harvill’s apple bread, a pint of Mr. Trustee caramel swirl ice cream, and caramel apple crisp. You’ll also receive a 12-ounce bag of Cardellino’s house-blend coffee beans and a recipe for a cranberry-infused cocktail to sip from Beverage Director Frank McGrath.
Cost: $295 for two to eight people, with leftovers.
How to order: Order via Toast by November 19 for pick up between 9 am to 12 pm by November 26.
Enjoy a farm-to-fork three-course prix fixe dinner, along with a special menu for kids under ten at Farmer’s Bottega this Thanksgiving. Choose from savory appetizers and entrees like pumpkin soup, baby kale salad, a classic roasted turkey plate and their signature pork chop, plus garlic mashed potatoes, braised radicchio, and a dried apricot balsamic reduction. Dessert include peach cobbler, pecan pie, and more.
Cost: $65 for adults, $20 for children under 10.
How to order: Make a reservation via OpenTable.
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Thanksgiving meets classic Southern California cuisine at Greenfinch at Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa. Feast on 24-hour brined turkey with giblet gravy, traditional stuffing and cranberry chutney, and sides and desserts that include pumpkin pie and pecan-chocolate bread pudding between 1 pm and 7 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Or you can pick up your Thanksgiving dinner instead—it feeds four and features 24-hour brined turkey and giblet gravy, seven different sides including Bourbon-roasted sweet potatoes and grilled asparagus with lemon dressing, and two desserts.
Cost: Priced a la carte at Greenfinch, and at $240 for the family dinner.
How to order: Make reservations for Greenfinch or order the family dinner online via OpenTable.
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so fuel up for a day of cooking (and eating) with one of Snooze’s Thanksgiving Meal Kits, enough for four to six people. Two options are available; a Thanksgiving egg casserole kit and a pumpkin brioche French toast bake kit, with fresh fruit salad, mixed greens with tomatoes, parmesan, spiced pepitas and Dijon citronette, plus a pack of Snooze’s signature Tenderbelly Bacon. All ingredients, recipe cards, and directions for heating and baking are included, along with a Gratitude Card, so you can pay forward the gift of a free pancake at Snooze, and Gratitude Breakfast Conversation Starters, to spark meaningful discussions around the table. Kits are available from November 16 until November 27 for next day pickup at all Snooze locations. There are no Sunday or Thanksgiving Day pickups.
How to order: Kits can be ordered by calling your local Snooze.
Choose your own menu with Ranch 45’s completely a la carte Thanksgiving dinner that includes herb-crusted prime rib, smoked turkey leg or smoked Cornish game hens, roasted broccoli with parmesan and garlic, olive oil smashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, apple pie or carrot cake, and more.
Cost: Ranges from $3–$35 per item.
How to order: Preorder your Thanksgiving meal via Cake by 4 pm on Monday, November 23 for pickup Tuesday, November 24 or Wednesday, November 25 from 10 am to 4 pm.
If anyone with food allergies is part of your Thanksgiving, look no further than The Gluten Free Baking Co. The North Park bakery is offering everything from traditional pumpkin pie and pecan pie (made gluten-free of course) to other items also made sans gluten like pasta, multigrain dinner rolls, stuffing mix, quiche, mini banana bread loaves, and so much more. Additionally, if you want to bake your own pie at home but are having trouble finding an allergen-free pie crust, they also sell vegan pie crust dry mix and vegan frozen pie crust (bottom crust only).
How to order: Stop in the shop anytime or order online by November 18 for pickup.
Nobody’s traveling these days, but you can still pretend you’re sitting in a chic European bistro at Valentina. They’ll be offering a three-course prix fixe dinner menu that includes delicious Turkey Day eats like yellow corn soup with smoked corn, roasted poblano, and vanilla bean oil, Chef’s Thanksgiving Plate with dark and light meat turkey, mashed potatoes, herb stuffing, bacon green beans, glazed acorn squash, cranberry sauce, and sage gravy and traditional pumpkin pie with vanilla whipped cream.
Cost: $55 for adults, $15 for children
How to order: Make a reservation via OpenTable.
Joyeux Action de Grâces! Kensington’s favorite French bistro will serve a three-course prix fixe menu and a special pumpkin cocktail for Thanksgiving Day. Starters include pumpkin hominy soup with crispy parsnips and chive crème fraiche, duck pâté and pork terrine, pickled vegetables, olives and Dijon mustard, and more, while entrees feature Diestel Family Ranch turkey prepared two ways—breast roasted with herbs or legs and thighs prepared confit-style, served with fresh root vegetables, pommes puree, savory wild mushroom bread pudding, and white wine gravy. Your choice of four decadent desserts, including warm brioche bread pudding with caramelized apples, raisins, and white chocolate conclude the meal. View the full menu here.
Cost: $75 per person, $24.95 for children under 12.
How to order: Make a reservation by calling (619) 255-4167. Touchless pickup or delivery within two miles is available via DineDirect.
This farm-to-neighborhood eatery located on Park Boulevard is ready to give your Thanksgiving a Sicilian twist showcasing dishes from Executive Chef Marco Provino. Pre-order your dinner to enjoy at home, with a take-out menu that includes turkey, sweet corn, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce with ordering options available from two to ten people, plus add-ons that include apple pie, pumpkin pie, lobster lasagna, and traditional lasagna. Guests can also dine on the restaurant's beautiful al fresco patio and enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu including antipasti options like pumpkin squash sage ravioli, butternut squash soup, and main course dishes such as turkey and short ribs over polenta. Desserts include apple pie a la mode or limoncello cake.
Cost: Take-home dinners range in price from $65–$200, restaurant dining is $55 per person and $25 for children
How to order: Pre-order the to-go meal by calling the restaurant at (619) 310-5291. Reservations for patio dining can be made through OpenTable.
Herb & Wood
Chef Brian Malarkey’s iconic Little Italy restaurant will be offering a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu with highlights like fig & Cowgirl Creamery bleu cheese toast, country fried quail, pink peppercorn and sea salt crusted prime rib, celery seed-rubbed local swordfish, New Zealand venison and dates, and apple and pear pie. The menu will also include a selection of classic Thanksgiving sides, including mashed potatoes and stuffing.
Cost: $79.95 per person
How to order: Reservations are highly recommended and can be made via OpenTable.
Take in stunning views of the San Diego Bay from Vistal, the InterContinental Hotel San Diego’s signature restaurant, where they’ll be offering a Thanksgiving dinner for hotel guests and visitors. Their turkey plate features all the Thanksgiving classics and is available from 12 to 8 pm on Thanksgiving Day.
How to order: Reserve your spot via OpenTable.