San Diego
3. Animae
Downtown
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Spend your Christmas Eve in one of San Diego’s most elegant restaurants, with a dinner from chef Tara Monsod that highlights Filipino-influenced menu favorites like Som Tam Salad, Chicken Congee, and Kare Kare Short Rib. For dessert, choose between a Mostra Coffee Chocolate Mousse Bar with Taiyaki and the Pear and Hojicha Roll Cake.

5. Rockin’ Baja Lobster Coastal Cantina
Gaslamp Quarter & Oceanside & Old Town
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For the best Christmas deal in town, head to Rockin’ Baja Lobster, grab a pitcher of margaritas, and order their Holiday Bucket. It includes a whole lobster, skirt steak, a crab cluster, Baja-style shrimp, grilled chicken, and grilled corn on the cob, plus you get a guacamole appetizer and all-you-can-eat ranchero beans, citrus rice, warm flour tortillas, and fresh salsas. It’s enough to feed two and you’ll also get a dish of fried ice cream to share. Available December 24-26.
How to book: Reservations can be made via OpenTable after selecting your preferred location. Walk-ins are accepted if space is available.

6. Flagship Cruises
Downtown
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Spend your Christmas Eve or Christmas Day on the sparkling San Diego Bay with Flagship Cruises. Enjoy indoor or on-deck dining that includes a three-course gourmet meal with a Winter Mixed Greens Salad, Grilled Petit Filet Mignon with seared scallops in a lobster cognac cream sauce, rosemary mash potato and green beans almondine, and Apple Caramel Cheesecake for dessert. Vegans and vegetarians can substitute a Roasted Winter Vegetable Stack with roasted acorn squash, heirloom tomato and oyster mushrooms served with a pepita polenta smoked red pepper coulis. Optional starters and an all-you-can-drink premium beverage service are also available for an additional charge.
How to book: Reserve your spot online.

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