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San Diego Thanksgiving Guide 2017

Not cooking and need to make last-minute reservations? Check out our round-up of where to dine for the holiday.



Hornblower Cruises & Events
The cruise company is hosting a variety of events for Turkey Day, from a Thanksgiving dinner cruise to an event at the Hornblower’s on-land venue, The Abbey on Fifth Avenue in Bankers Hill, where there will be a buffet, decadent desserts, and live jazz entertainment.
Date: November 23
Time: Varies
Price: $59 and up

Seaview Breakfast Buffet Restaurant at the Manchester Grand Hyatt
Grab a head start in the day by making a trip to this Thanksgiving Champagne Brunch Buffet. Offerings at this bayfront restaurant include a raw seafood bar, seasonal salads, and traditional sides as well as a carving station. There will be a cider-brined turkey, pumpkin gnocchi with pancetta, and a lemon butter red snapper.
Date: November 23
Time: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adult $69.95 | Children 6-12 are $32 | Children 5 and under are free
Address: 1 Market Place, Downtown

At Rancho Valencia, the five-star resort secluded in Rancho Santa Fe, dine on a menu of slow roasted turkey, glazed ham, and a sweet potato casserole alongside a live pasta station, sushi bar, and a seafood display. Come for the food and stay for the live music and games on the resorts croquet lawn.
Date: November 23
Time: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Price: Adult $130 | Children 3-11 are $55 | Children under 3 are free
Address: 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe

Vessel Restaurant and Bar at Kona Kai Resort and Spa
Find classics such as heritage roast turkey, Yukon gold potatoes, and pumpkin cheesecake as well as barbeque baby back ribs, lobster rolls, and Portuguese sausage spoon bread.
Date: November 23
Time: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Price: Adult $59 | Children 12 and under are $19
Address: 1551 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego

The Westgate Hotel
Dine in the Westgate’s Le Fontainbleau Room where chandeliers and luxe European charm greet you for a holiday fete. Find six dedicated stations where a selection of made-to-order crepes, charcuterie and cheese boards, salads, carved meats, and more wait. Stand out dishes include a lamb cheek ratatouille, Ecuadorian bay scallop ceviche, and a sous vide venison mac and cheese. Bottomless house Prosecco or Champagne will be offered for an additional $20. Reservations highly recommended.
Date: November 23
Time: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Price: Adult $88 | Children 4-12 are $45 | Children under 3 are free
Address: 1055 2nd Avenue, Downtown


Multi-course Dinners

Bistro 39
For its three-course dinner choose between two soups and a winter spinach salad for starters. Move on to the second course, a selection between a turkey breast with chef’s brown gravy or a slow roasted prime rib with au jus and horseradish sauce. For dessert guests can choose from an assortment of pies such as pumpkin, apple, and pecan or an à la mode double fudge brownie. Reservations are required and the last seating will be at 8:30 p.m.
Date: November 23
Time: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Price: Adult $31.99 | Children 12 and under are $16.99|
Address: 939 Ocean Bluff Avenue, Del Mar

Blue Bohème
Try the charcuterie board, Angus beef cheeks braised in a blue cheese-red wine sauce, and the crème brulee. And you can spice up the night with their pumpkin pie martini with a graham cracker rim for $14.
Date: November 23
Time: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Price: Adults $59.95 | Children $19.95
Address: 4090 Adams Avenue, Kensington

Hotel Del Coronado
Enjoy Thanksgiving by the sea at The Del where its three-course menu and an additional fourth course ($95) are offered. The menu presents dishes such as a smoked duck breast and pumpkin tart, butternut ravioli, grilled filet mignon, Mary’s organic turkey, and pumpkin roasted sweet potato pie. After dinner head to the sand and enjoy the hotel’s seasonal ice rink.
Date: November 23
Time: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Price: Adults $74 | Children $25
Address: 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado

The three-course meal is served family style. Start with their take on the pumpkin spiced latte with a spiced cognac froth and pumpkin lobster bisque. Segway into the mains with selections of endive and smoked pear salad, citrus roasted turkey breast, wild mushroom veloute among others. For dessert there’s a warm cranberry vanilla cake with vanilla ice cream or a kabocha tart with a pomegranate reduction and vanilla chai whipped cream.
Date: November 23
Time: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Price: Adults $45 | Children 10 and under are free
Address: 616 J Street, East Village

Kitchen 1540
Visit the L’Auberge Del Mar where a mix of tradition and not so traditional meet on their holiday menu. Dishes such as blue Hubbard squash bisque, roasted Heritage turkey with sage bread pudding, beef tenderloin, and a goat cheesecake with pumpkin butter will be on the menu.
Date: November 23
Time: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Price: Adults $89 | Children 12 and under are $25
Address: 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar

Dine in Coronado and go all out Italian at Maretalia. They’ll have a roasted turkey with cornbread stuffing and cranberry orange relish and choose dishes such as the restaurants buratta with prosciutto and grilled radicchio, the butternut squash angnolotti with walnuts and pomegranate, and an olive oil cake with caramelized pears.
Time: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Price: Adults $55 | Children $25
Address: 1300 Orange Avenue, Coronado

Osetra Seafood & Steaks
For starters Ostera has prepared its namesake salad as well as a roasted butternut squash soup. On its main courses find a selection of lamb osso buco, the chef’s selection of market fish, a New York steak or hand carved turkey breast with traditional sides. The dessert menu is stacked with a hazelnut chocolate mousse, apple, or pumpkin pie.
Date: November 23
Time: 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Price: $49.95 | Children 12 and under are $23
Address: 905 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

Provisional at Pendry
The dining space located inside Gaslamp hotel The Pendry, Provisional creates a three-course prixe-fixe menu with a persimmon salad with grilled pear and walnuts as well as a seared ahi tuna. For the second course find a pumpkin risotto, whole branzino, and more as well as four dessert options to cap the meal. Take it next-level with wine pairing for $35.
Date: November 23
Time: 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $68 | Children 3-12 are $25 | Children under 3 are free
Address: 425 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

Rustic Root
Feast on delicata squash and pear soup, smoked Diestel turkey, pan seared Hokkaido scallops, a pecan tart, and pumpkin cheesecake. Head upstairs to the rooftop lounge before dinner to catch the Chargers against the Cowboys at 1:30 p.m.
Date: November 23
Time: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Price: $55
Address: 535 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

Wine down from the rush of Thanksgiving and Black Friday and join a Spirits Dinner. This four-course dinner pairs farm-to-bar crafted cocktails in collaboration with Chef Accursio Lota and four local distilleries.
Date: November 25
Time: 6 p.m.
Price: $68
Address: 2820 Roosevelt Road, Liberty Station

For prime seafood fare and a traditional Thanksgiving meal visit Truluck and it’s select three-course dinner menu. Find a butternut squash soup, followed by a herb roasted turkey breast with giblet gravy, cranberry apple compote, and parmesan mashed potatoes. For dessert a classic pumpkin pie is met with a seasonal twist with its eggnog whipped cream topping. Be sure to take part in their extensive wine list and pair your meal with the Sonoma Coast Martinelli pinot noir for $20 a glass.
Date: November 23
Time: 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Price: Adults $38 | Children $15
Address: 8990 University Center Lane, UTC


Fine Dining

Addison at Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Acclaimed chef William Bradley will craft an eight-course tasting menu for the Relais & Chateaux five-star restaurant. Find their contemporary French menu infused with traditional holiday fare.
Date: November 23
Time: 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Price: Adult $235
Address: 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Del Mar

A.R. Valentine at The Lodge Torrey Pines
Executive Chef Jeff Jackson has crafted a four-course prix-fixe dinner with traditional turkey and fixings and more. Find four to six dining options per course at the farm-to-table restaurant.
Date: November 23
Time: 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $110 | Children 12 and under are $55
Address: 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla

Marine Room
Watch the waves crash and break at this seaside restaurant. Begin the evening with the rose petal advieh-coated wild prawns with harissa aioli, barberry bulgur, and carrot coulis ($19) or the sweet corn coconut blue crab bisque with Virginia Smithfield ham and chayote ($18). For the main dish try the woodchuck pear cider brined turkey breast with Cabot butter mash and cranberry relish ($41). End the evening with the five-spice pumpkin torte with a wildflower gelato ($14).
Date: November 23
Time: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Address: 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla


Healthy Offerings

Cafe 21
Order by November 22 and be able to take away your fully prepared Thanksgiving dinner on the day. Find traditional pan gravy, cranberry sauce, and house dinner rolls along with the turkey for the order. Plus, there’s a Thanksgiving menu, as well as holiday dishes such as turkey sliders ($6), and a sweet potato puree ($4.50).
Date: November 23
Time: 8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Address: 802 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp Quarter

True Food Kitchen
Pick up in store or dine in at this restaurant with organic, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Its seasonal gluten-free squash pie is filled with ripe butternut squash and spiced with ginger, cloves, cinnamon as well as brandy, maple, and coconut. The centerpiece comes with a vegan graham cracker crust and is topped with a vegan coconut milk whipped cream.
Date: November 21-22
Price: $22
Address: 7007 Friars Road Suite 394, Mission Valley

Veggie Grill
At this quick-service eatery find the Thanksgiving plate set with its roasted “turkey,” cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed yams, and cauli-mashed potatoes with porcini gravy and cranberry sauce. Post-Thanksgiving, they’ll be serving their turkey dinner sandwich with gravy, and cranberry sauce served on a roll through December 31 ($10.95).
Date: November 23
Time: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Price: $11.95
Address: 4353 La Jolla Village Drive, UTC

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