Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in San Diego This Year

20 places to get your Turkey Day fix.

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If living through a global pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we can always be thankful for our family and friends. While we’re all still adjusting to the new normal, San Diego's restaurants are stepping up with a slate of spectacular Thanksgiving feasts in all sizes and price ranges, plus plenty of at-home meal options to please even the pickiest diners. So let’s take a moment to reflect on the good things we’ve experienced this year and support our local hospitality industry. Here are our picks for a Thanksgiving to remember:

The Duck Dive

Pacific Beach

Celebrate Turkey Day at the beach and let Duck Dive take care of the cooking. Their Traditional Turkey Dinner Plate comes with all your favorites, including juicy turkey, savory stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, green beans, and a delicious piece of pumpkin pie, all for an affordable $25. They’ll be open from 9 am–10 pm, and the turkey dinner will be available while supplies last.
Cost: $25
How to book: Seating is available on a first-come basis.

Arlo
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ARLO

Mission Valley

This Thanksgiving, ARLO will be serving up Chef Josh Mouzakes’ inventive, three-course prix fixe menu. Festive dishes include a bleu cheese gougére amuse, a smoked turkey meatball with gruyere cheese, carrot caper slaw and naan bread, turkey breast and prosciutto with smoked potato, cornbread stuffing raviolo and cranberry heart of palm puree, or turkey thighs and chestnuts with butternut squash, gruyere parsnip gratin, and black truffle gravy. Cap off the feast with ARLO apple pie or smoked dulce de leche crème brûlée. In addition to the three-course menu, a number of regular menu dishes will also be available. View the full menu online.
Cost: $65 for the three-course Thanksgiving menu, other items vary.
How to book: Reservations can be made online.

Available for Reservations

Mister A's

Bankers Hill

Celebrate Thanksgiving while you enjoy stunning views of the city at Mr. A’s. Their fine dining prix fixe menu offers more options than most, including robust classics like fresh-roasted, organic Diestel Farm turkey and slow-roasted Brandt Farm prime rib with chef Stephane Voitzwinkler’s creative interpretations of flavors of the season, like butternut squash agnolotti, wild and tame mushroom risotto, and Superior Farm lamb chops with rosemary jus. For those craving lighter, less traditional dishes, Mister A’s also offers a Hill Farms beet salad, oven-roasted Atlantic Dover sole, and their famous Maine lobster salad. End your meal on a sweet note with executive pastry chef Erin Steidley’s quartet of enticing desserts such as pumpkin creme brulee, cranberry brioche bread pudding, and apple almond tart. See the full menu online.
Cost: $89.50 per person. Upgrades and optional dishes run +$8.50-14.50.
How to book: Reservations are required and can be made online.

Available for Reservations
International Smoke
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Michelin-starred chef Michael Mina and celebrity entrepreneur/television host Ayesha Curry bring the star power to your Thanksgiving feast with both dine-in and take out options. Small plate starters include luscious curry pumpkin soup (with an optional lobster upgrade), Parker House rolls, a refreshing persimmon salad with Midnight Moon lomo and roasted cauliflower skewers, tahina, pomegranate, and pistachio. The main course hits all your Turkey Day cravings—Diestel Farms maple-roasted turkey, Yukon mashed potatoes, sauteed haricot verts, focaccia sage stuffing, giblet gravy and port wine citrus cranberries. The traditional horn of plenty comes to life at dessert with chef’s assortment of petit fours and fall harvest sweets. The whole Thanksgiving dinner is also available as a takeout meal, and many dishes are (or can be made) dairy or gluten-free and vegetarian or vegan. View the full menu online.
Cost: $88 per person, $30 for children to dine in. $320 for a takeout package for four people.
How to book: Reservations are required and can be made via SevenRooms. Dinner to go can be ordered via Tock. Pre-order is required by Sunday, November 21 to pick up on Wednesday, November 24 between 2–5 pm or Thursday, November 25 between 10 am–1 pm.

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Callie

East Village

Chef Travis Swikard and his team share the best of everyone’s holiday favorites while putting their own take on the classics. Their four-course, family-style Thanksgiving Feast showcases dishes like homemade pumpkin ravioli, free-range Diestel Farm turkey with Tuscan sage sausage and brown butter cranberry sauce, braised Moroccan lamb shank, slow-baked salmon, and pumpkin cheesecake mousse as a sweet finish. As a bonus, everyone takes home a turkey sandwich to enjoy the next day. A two-course menu will be available for children ten and under and an optional wine pairing is available. Check out the entire menu online.
Cost: $80 per person, $35 for children ten and under. $50 for optional wine pairing.
How to book: Reservations can be made via Tock.

Mille Fleurs

Rancho Santa Fe

French fine dining gets a Californian twist at Mille Fleurs, one of North County’s best and most popular restaurants. Executive chef Michael Moritz has curated a three-course prix fixe menu that mixes traditional holiday flavors with the classics that are mainstays of their regular menu. Open with duck confit croustillant en filo dough, black truffle and madeira wine sauce or smoked sturgeon on garden greens with fall vegetables, or upgrade to Maine lobster salad for an additional charge. Main courses range from fresh-roasted, organic Diestel Farm turkey with traditional accompaniments and gravy, to Mille Fleurs’ famous wienerschnitzel. Executive pastry chef “Papa” Moussa brings dessert home with a trio of seasonally inspired selections to choose from, such as pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate profiteroles, and the ginger-spiced crème brûlée. The menu includes a number of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options as well.
Cost: $89.50 per person. Upgrades and optional dishes run +$8.50-14.50.
How to book: Reservations are recommended and can be made online.

Available for Reservations
Slater's 50/50
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Slater's 50/50

Liberty Station

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. If shakes aren’t your thing, there’s 100 rotating taps with beer from all over the world to rock your Thanksgiving. Both items are available now through November 30.
Cost: $17.99 for the burger, $12 for the shake.
How to book: Indoor and outdoor tables are available on a first-come basis. Order pickup online or delivery via UberEats or other apps.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

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 at 11:30 am, with an a la carte menu that offers all their customary items plus traditional fare like butternut squash bisque, slow-roasted turkey breast with herb stuffing, yams, cranberry sauce, gravy, and pumpkin pie.
Cost: Prices vary.
How to book: Reservations for dinner are required online or by calling 951-719-8356.

Available for Reservations
Cafe Gratitude
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Cafe Gratitude

Little Italy

Take the stress out of cooking for carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans by serving up Thanksgiving side dishes from Cafe Gratitude, including cranberry roasted butternut squash and garnet yams, cauliflower mashed potatoes with garlic confit, truffled porcini gravy, maple miso brussels sprouts, pear and pomegranate chutney, French lentil and butternut squash loaf, and persimmon and pomegranate salad. You’ll have dessert covered too with their raw and gluten-free pumpkin, chocolate coconut cream, and baked apple pies. Pies are nine inches and sides serve four to six people.
Cost: Sides range in price from $18-$35, pies are $38.
How to book: Pre-order online by 9 pm on November 21 for pickup on November 24 from 1–9 pm at Cafe Gratitude.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Barleymash

Gaslamp Quarter

Join executive chef Kevin Templeton and the barleymash crew for a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner, beginning at 2 pm. Start with carrot ginger soup, house or Caesar salad, followed by the main course—andouille-stuffed turkey roulade with Wild Turkey-brown butter gravy, plus garlic mashed potatoes, 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. A kid’s menu will be available as well.
Cost: $45 for the three-course dinner, $20 for the kid’s menu.
How to book: Seating is available on a first-come basis.

Juniper & Ivy
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Juniper & Ivy

Little Italy

Let culinary director Anthony Wells take care of your Thanksgiving dinner with Juniper and Ivy At Home. The to-go turkey dinners include a brined and trussed turkey (raw but fully brined, buttered and seasoned with chef's roasting instructions), mashed potatoes and gravy, chestnut stuffing, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts, glazed carrots, Parker House rolls, and whole miso pumpkin pie. The dinner serves six to eight people, and comes securely packaged with Chef’s storing and heating instructions. A limited number of pies will also be available a la carte. Complete the meal with a curated four-pack of wines from sommelier and beverage director Nick Gergen, which includes a choice pairing or a premium pairing.
Cost: $330 for the Thanksgiving dinner, $35 for pies, $100-$150 for optional wine pairings.
How to book: Pre-order for pickup on November 24 via Tock.

Available for Reservations
Pacific Beach AleHouse
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Enjoy Thanksgiving and gorgeous ocean views at Pacific Beach Ale House, offering a three-course Thanksgiving feast with either whole herb-roasted turkey or pineapple-clove glazed ham, persimmon apple sausage stuffing, Yukon gold mashed potatoes with sage gravy, California golden salad, roasted Brussels sprouts, cranberry orange relish, dinner rolls, and either pumpkin pie or chocolate pecan cobbler. A prime rib upgrade is available at an additional cost. To-go family packs for four to six diners are also available for pickup.
Cost: $34.95 for the three-course dinner, $41.95 for the prime rib option, $159.95-$239.90 for the take home family pack.
How to book: Make reservations for dine online or order the family pack online via Tock.

Available for Reservations
Herb And Sea
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Herb And Sea

Encinitas

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, vadouvan-spiced pepitas, and crème fraiche, with main options like herb- and citrus-marinated turkey and plancha-seared branzino. Dessert choices include pumpkin and apple pie. Each meal is served with a variety of sides, which includes whipped butter mashed potatoes, rosemary lemon stuffing, cranberry-orange chutney, green beans and crispy onions, and Parker House rolls. A three-course children’s menu will also be available. The same Thanksgiving menus will also be available at Herb & Wood in Little Italy.
Cost: $84 per person, $34 for children.
How to book: Reservations can be made online.

Available for Reservations
Cardellino
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Cardellino

Mission Hills

Chef Brad Wise does the cooking for you with Thanksgiving To-Go, featuring both classic holiday dishes and some of his family favorites. Expect a huge feast, including juicy Mary’s free range organic turkey (raw, but with Chef’s foolproof roasting instructions) hearth-roasted red beet salad, millionaires potatoes, hearth-roasted root vegetables, glazed butternut squash and carrots, curried cauliflower casserole, Italian sausage stuffing, herb gravy, and Parker House rolls. If you still have room, there’s apple crisp and snickerdoodle swirl ice cream for dessert, plus a roasted banana bread loaf and a bag of Trust whole bean coffee for breakfast the next morning.
Cost: $325 for six to eight people, with leftovers.
How to book: Order via Tock for pick up on November 24 between 11 am–2 pm.

Ranch 45

Solana Beach

Choose your own menu with Ranch 45’s completely a la carte Thanksgiving dinner that includes herb-crusted prime rib, smoked turkey legs or smoked Cornish game hens, honey-and-thyme-roasted rainbow carrots, green bean almondine, olive oil smashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, pecan pie or apple crisp, and much, much more.
Cost: Ranges from $10–$150 per item.
How to book: Pre-order your Thanksgiving meal online by 4 pm on November 21 for pickup on November 24 from 10 am to 3 pm.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
The Gluten Free Baking Co.
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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 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 sell vegan pie crust dry mix.
Cost: Varies
How to book: Pre-order online by November 16 for pickup, or stop by the store during business hours anytime.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
Valentina
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Valentina

Leucadia

Even if traveling isn’t in your plans yet, you can still pretend you’re sitting in a chic European bistro at Valentina. They’ll be offering their regular menu all day long, along with chef Jonathon’s Thanksgiving Plate featuring mashed potatoes, herb stuffing, bacon green beans, glazed acorn squash, cranberry sauce, and sage gravy, available for pre-ordered dine in.
Cost: $58 per person for the Thanksgiving Plate, other costs vary.
How to book: Pre-order your Thanksgiving plate online.

Available for Reservations
Bleu Boheme
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Bleu Boheme

Kensington

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 online.
Cost: $68.95 per person, $24.95 for children 12 and under.
How to book: Make reservations online.

Available for Reservations

RustiCucina

Hillcrest

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. Dine indoors or on the restaurant's beautiful al fresco patio and enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu, including antipasti options like pumpkin squash sage ravioli or butternut squash soup, and main course dishes such as turkey with all the trimmings or short ribs over polenta. Desserts include apple pie or limoncello cake.
Cost: $55 per person, $25 for children.
How to book: Reservations can be made online.

Available for Reservations

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 three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner for hotel guests and visitors. It includes all the classic Thanksgiving fixings, such as endive and apple salad and autumn squash veloute to start, entree options including pickle-brined Diestel turkey and mushroom and sweet corn risotto, and dessert options like pumpkin cheesecake, along with an optional wine pairing.
Cost: $75, $35 for children 12 and under. +$35 for the optional wine pairing.
How to book: Reserve your spot online.

Available for Reservations
Mary Beth Abate is a San Diego-based freelance writer by way of Chicago and Los Angeles. Her hobbies include yoga, pickling and fermenting stuff, reading cookbooks and drinking fabulous gin. Keep up with her experiments @MaryBeth_Abate.