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San Diego Thanksgiving Guide 2014

Where to dine out, order catering, buy pies, and turkey-trot your way through the holiday
Thanksgiving Grand Buffet at US Grant

By Kristin Agnes and Paige Pollock

Buffets, Tastings, Prix Fixe, and More

La Jolla

A.R. Valentien

A three-course brunch menu or a sit-down Turkey dinner are both provided alongside a lovely ambiance at A.R Valentien.

Pricing: $95, Adults; $45, Children under 12.

Date, Time & Location: Thurs, Nov. 27th @ 12-4PM (Brunch) or 4-10PM (Dinner). The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 North Torrey Pines Rd. (858) 777-6761.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Open for the first time on the Thanksgiving holiday, Eddie V’s will offer its full menu in addition to a traditional turkey entrée with every seasonal side you love. Bonus: special pricing on Roederer Champagnes by the bottle and by the glass.

Pricing: Adults, $32; children (14 years & under), $15

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 1270 Prospect Street, (858) 459-5500

Brocton Villa

On La Jolla Cove, The Brockton Villa will be open for business on Turkey day—offering their usual favorites and a few holiday specials.

Pricing: will vary, depending on order.

Date, Time & Location: Thurs, Nov. 27th @ 8AM-2PM. 1235 Coast Blvd. (858) 454-7393.

George’s California Modern

The holiday menu at George’s will be enhanced with a Thanksgiving special of free-range turkey breast, leg confit, mushroom stuffing, butternut squash, potato puree and more.

Pricing: Pricing upon request.

Date, Time & Location: Thurs, Nov. 27th @ 3PM-8PM. 250 Prospect St. (858) 454-4244

The Marine Room

Reserve a table at the elegant seaside icon and dine on entrees like Sage Pomelo Brined Sonoma Turkey Breast.

Pricing: Main courses range from $36 to $45.

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27th @12PM-7PM. 2000 Spindrift Dr. (866) 644-2351

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San Diego Thanksgiving Guide 2014

San Diego Thanksgiving Guide 2014

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

BiCE Ristorante

BiCE Ristorante, located in the Gaslamp District, will offer an elegant prix-fixed Italian menu with a fall-inspired flare. Each meal comes with the choice of appetizer, main course, and dessert.

Pricing: $45 Adults, $21 Children.

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27th @5-9:30PM. 425 Island Ave., Gaslamp (619) 239-2423

Westgate Hotel

Options abound at the luxurious Westgate Hotel. Chose between a refined, four-course Thanksgiving dinner in the Westgate Room (Starting @ 11:00AM; $62 Adults, Children [12 and under, half off]). A holiday buffet is served in the Le Fontainebleau Room (11AM-6PM; $69 Adults, Children [12 and under])

Location: 1055 Second Ave. (619) 557-3655.

Marina Kitchen

Tradition with a twist is served from Executive Chef Aron Schwartz, at the hip restaurant inside the Marriot Marquis San Diego Marina. An organically crafted Thanksgiving dinner, including butternut squash soup, pumpkin risotto and golden mashed potatoes fill this scrumptious menu.

Pricing: $48 Adults, $12.99 Child (12 and younger). *$20, for an additional wine-pairing menu, specially created by award-winning sommelier, Joshua Orr.

Special event: One of this month’s “Wine Wednesday” themes is “Great Wines for Thanksgiving” (November 19)

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27th @1:30PM-7PM. 333 West Harbor Drive, 619-699-8222

Mister A’s

Centrally located and boasting a stunner of a view, Mister A’s is a great locale for families to gather. Their Thanksgiving menu offers a wide-ranged selection of an appetizer, main course and dessert.

Pricing: $59.50 per person.

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27th. 12:00PM-close. 2550 Fifth Ave. 12th Floor. (619) 239-1377.

US Grant

Take the relatives to this historic and iconic hotel downtown. An array of savory flavors, sweet treats and live music is provided at the annual Thanksgiving Grand Buffet.

Pricing: $87, Adults; $65, Seniors; $35, Children.

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27th @12-4:15PM. 326 Broadway; (619) 232-3121.

The Prado

A three-course menu, full of rich flavors and traditional trimmings is served at the beautiful Balboa Park dining locale. Give thanks and indulge in the menu options varying from oven-roasted turkey breast to saffron lemon risotto.

Pricing: $49.95 Adults, $12.95 Children (12 and younger).

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27th @1-7PM. 1549 El Prado; (619) 557-9441.

Flagship Cruise

Award-winning executive chef Brian Gist has created a 3-course gourmet menu including all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings. Guaranteed a satisfied belly, and beautiful San Diego Bay views. Spend the holiday on the sea.

Pricing: $59.50 Adults, $37.50 Children (4-12yrs).

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27th. Boarding @12:30PM. Cruise: 1PM-3PM. 990 North Harbor Dr. 800-44-CRUISE (27847).

Hornblower Cruise Buffet

An entire Thanksgiving Dinner buffet is provided on the Hornblower Yacht, welcoming family and friends for a 2.5-hour cruise around the San Diego Bay. With each course served comes a different, breathtaking view.

Pricing: $88 Adults (discounts for children, seniors and military).

Date, Time & Location: Friday, Nov. 28th. Boarding @ 2:30PM; Cruise 3:30PM-6:00PM; 970 N Harbor Dr. (619) 686-8715.

Hotel del Coronado

The oceanfront Ballroom and magnificent Crown Room both feature an elegant buffet dinner full of traditional trimmings and musical live entertainment. 1500 Ocean, Sheerwater and ENO restaurants will also be offering seasonal menus.

Pricing: $110 Adults, $42 Children.

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, November 27th. Hours vary. 1500 Orange Ave. (619) 522-8490.

Town & Country Hotel 35th Annual SD Jazz Festival

This year, the annual San Diego Jazz Fest just so happens to fall over the Thanksgiving holiday. Swing by to liven up the holiday and enjoy a variety of traditional jazz tunes from all over the United States.

Pricing: $15-$45

Date, Time and Location: Wednesday 26th-30th; 500 Hotel Circle N. (619) 297-5277.

Bali Hai

Herb-rubbed turkey, papaya-glazed ham and macadamia salmon are a few of the featured entrees served at Bali Hai’s Thanksgiving buffet. Sides, salads and desserts are also provided.

Pricing: $36 Adults, $16 Children (6-12), Children (5 and under—free)

Date, Time & Location: Thursday Nov. 27th @11AM-7PM. 2230 Shelter Island Dr. (619) 222-1181.

Mimi’s Café

Mimi’s Thanksgiving Feast To-Go is a great option that will also send four meals to children in need through the partnership with Children’s Hunger Fund—a fantastic option for those looking to give and receive.

Pricing: will vary, depending on order—$89.99 ‘Feast’ (serves 8-10); $42.99 ‘Just the Sides’ or ‘Brunch’ (serves 8-10).

Date, Time & Location: Thurs, Nov. 27th.  For more information, to order online & locations near, visit the website.

Humphreys Restaurant

Humphreys Restaurant on Shelter Island will be providing a delectable Thanksgiving buffet, featuring free range organic turkey along with a large variety of seafood and, of course, bottomless mimosas.

Pricing: $59.95 for adults, $19.95 for children 4-12

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, November 27, 11 AM–4 PM. 2241 Shelter Island Dr. 619.224.3577.

North County

Rancho Bernardo Inn

The Rancho Bernardo Inn is offering three holiday feasting options: 1) Thanksgiving at the Inn event, a traditional buffet with live music and a petting zoo, held in the Aragon Ballroom; 2) A three-course meal at Avant; or 3) A traditional turkey special available for lunch or dinner at the Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant.

Pricing: Thanksgiving at the Inn: $68 Adults, $35 Children; Avant: $70 Adults, $35 Children; Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant: Prices vary.

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27th. Thanksgiving at the Inn: 11-3PM; Avant: 2-7PM; Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant: Breakfast buffet 6am-11AM, Lunch 11:30-4PM, Dinner 5-10PM. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr. (888) 976-4417.


Feast away and be grateful for “not having to do the dishes, Chandler’s has it covered.” The restaurant is serving up a three-course meal including a starter, choice of entrée and desert.

Pricing: $55-57 Adults, $24 Children (12 years and under). **Optional wine-pairings an additional $20.

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27th @11AM-7: 30PM. 1 Ponto Rd. (760) 683-5500.

La Costa Resort

The Poinsettia Ballroom offers a lavish Thanksgiving dinner including a carving board of ham and turkey, a fun tapas bar, kids corner and more. Save your appetite.

Pricing: $71+ Adults, $29 +Children, Kids under 5 eat free & Members get a 20% discount.

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27th @11AM-5PM. 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd. (800) 854-5000.

Mille Fleurs

Known for their farm-fresh cuisine and topnotch collection of wines, Mille Fleur’s thanksgiving spread will impress. Chose between a prix fixe or the a la carte menu. Reservations required!

Pricing: $65 Prix Fixe, pricing will vary for a la Carte.

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27th @1:30-7:30PM. 6009 Paseo Delicias; (858) 756-3085.


Executive Chef Jarrod Moiles and his culinary team at Rancho Valencia are preparing a festive buffet, topped with live music and decadent desserts.

Pricing: $110 Adults, $45 Children (11 and under), Children (5 and under—free).

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27th @1:00-6PM. 5921 Valencia Circle; (866) 233-6708.

The Grand Del Mar

The Grand Del Mar has a variety of options for those who are looking to eat well. A Thanksgiving Tasting with Chef William Bradley’s, exquisite French-inspired seven courses at Addison (Thursday, Nov. 27th from 4:30-8PM–$185, $295 with wine pairing) Reservations secured at 858-314-1996.

A Prix fixe, Three-course Dinner, is served midday until evening from Chef Matthew Sramek at Amaya (Thursday, November 27th from 12:30-8 PM—$85 or $125, with wine pairings; $30 per child, 12 & younger). Reservations secured at 858-314-1996. 5300 Grand Del Mar Court. San Diego, CA 92130.

Pacifica Del Mar

Three-courses, alongside the regular menu will be available at one of Del Mar’s most popular dining locales.

Pricing: $40, Turkey; $50, any other Entrée.

Date, Time & Location: Thurs, Nov. 27th @12-9PM. 1555 Camino Del Mar; (858) 792-0476.

Buca Di Beppo

Multiple San Diego County locations are offering a turkey dinner paired with popular Italian favorites.

Pricing: $30 and under.

Date, Time & Locations: Thurs, Nov. 27th @11AM.

Carlsbad: 1921 Calle Barcelona. Carlsbad, CA 92009—(760) 479-2533; Mira Mesa: 10749 Westview Parkway. San Diego, CA 92126—(858) 536-2822; Downtown San Diego: 705 6th Avenue. San Diego, CA 92101—(619) 233-7272.


The French Gourmet

Enjoy your time on Thanksgiving outside the kitchen. The French Gourmet has been catering in the San Diego area since 1979 and they cook all of their meals fresh daily in their San Diego French restaurant and La Jolla bakery. (Croquembouche, anyone?)

Pricing: Prices vary on content on party size.

Location & Phone: 960 Turquoise St. (858) 488-1725.


Elijah’s in La Jolla is offering a stress-free holiday option: a Thanksgiving meal that can be picked up or delivered to your door. If you’re not a turkey person, you can opt for a beef brisket, ham, or prime rib dinner. Also, a free-range California grown turkey is available on request.

Price: Prices vary, starting at $120 and party size.

Location & Phone: 8861 Villa La Jolla Dr. (858) 353-5528.

Marie Callendar’s

Choose either bird—turkey or ham—this Thanksgiving that comes inclusive with all of the necessary holiday trimmings. Also included is a one-of-a-kind Marie Callendar’s pie to enjoy after the feast.

Pricing: Prices vary on content on party size.

Location & Phone: Locations in San Diego, Chula Vista, and Escondido.

Waters Fine Foods & Catering

With the full Thanksgiving On-The-Go menu from Waters, you can pick and choose what you’d like to add to your table this year. Waters is offering snacks, sides, turkey, dessert – even the wine!

Pricing: Varies depending on selection

Location & Phone: Orders must be placed by 4PM on Friday, November 21 and picked up after 2M on Wednesday, November 26. Orders may be placed at the Bay Park (619.276.9336), Solana Beach (858.509.9400) or Downtown (619.696.7555) locations.

Whisknladle Hospitality

Hosting Thanksgiving but not in the mood for cooking? Whisknladle Hospitality is offering a full take home turkey dinner. The menu feeds 8 people and includes everything from cornbread stuffing to pumpkin pie.

Pricing: $280

Location & Phone: Contact [email protected] or 619.415.7101 for more info and to order.

Sweet Treats


Pastry chef, Vivian Hernandez-Jackson, combines her classical French training with her flavorful Cuban roots to create a delectable menu. How does pumpkin flan, pecan tart or cheesy herb scones sound? Deadline for orders is 9AM on Monday the 24th, pick-up by 5PM Wednesday.

Pricing: Cakes range from $28-55.

Location & Phone: 4820 Newport Ave. (619) 523-2020.

Bake Sale Café & Bakery

Interested in baking your own pies this holiday season, with a little help from master chefs? The newly established Bake Sale Bakery in the heart of East Village is offering classes this fall to help you sharpen your kitchen skills. Each class is led by owner Terryl Gavre or the bakery’s head baker, Kathleen Baran. Easy as Pie? focuses on the techniques of baking the perfect holiday pie. In Jam Session, you will cook up some jams and chutneys to accompany the Thanksgiving turkey.

Pricing: Pies Classes cost $75.

Location & Phone: 815 F St.; (619) 515-2224.

Easy as Pie?: Nov. 4 @ 6-8:30PM. | Jam Session: Nov. 18 from 6-8:30PM.

Betty’s Pie Whole

Betty’s has you covered this Thanksgiving with a variety of both sweet and savory pies. You could literally serve the entire holiday meal in pies. Done and done.

Pricing: Slices begin at $5.95; Whole pies $24-$30.

Location & Phone: 155 Quail Garden Dr., Encinitas; (760) 230-6781.

Carlsbad Danish Bakery

Pick up a Thanksgiving cake, tray of cookies or French and Danish pastries from one of Carlsbad’s most beloved bakeries.

Pricing: Available upon request.

Location & Phone: 2805 Roosevelt St. (760) 729-6186.


Pick from an assortment of pies, including these holiday selections: fresh blackberry, green apple, minced meat, pumpkin, and sweet potato.

Pricing: Prices vary

Location & Phone: 3711 Sports Arena Blvd., Point Loma (619) 224-4454.

Elizabethan Desserts

Elizabethan Desserts is the place to go for a wide range of seasonal treats. Choose between pumpkin cake pops, caramel apple cheesecake, pumpkin spice cake whoopee pies, and autumn sugar cookies. Elizabethan Desserts also creates pies with crumb, lattice, and drizzled chocolate toppings, making these pies almost too pretty to eat…almost.

Pricing: Individual pies: $5.95; Whole pies: $20-$28

Location & Phone: 114 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas (760) 230-6780.

Extraordinary Deserts

One thing is for certain: the desserts from Extraordinary are just that. Now, choosing between the lemon meringue and triple chocolate mousse may be the tricky part. Good luck!

Pricing: Prices vary.

Location & Phone: Balboa: 2929 Fifth Ave., (619) 294-2132; Little Italy: 1430 Union St., (619) 294-7001.

Julian Pie Company

Planning ahead this holiday season? Julian Pie Company sells freshly baked pies to enjoy on-the-spot, as well as frozen unbaked pies that can be warmed up at the perfect celebratory moment. Choose between traditional and Dutch piecrusts and a variety of fall flavors, including unique tastes such as peach apple or strawberry apple. If you prefer smaller treats, enjoy apple cider donuts or apple-nut bread.

Pricing: Pies: $15.95-$17.95

Location & Phone: 2225 Main Street, Julian (760) 765-2449; 21976. Highway 79, Santa Ysabel; (760) 765-2400

Mom’s Pie House

Mom’s is infamous in Julian because of their hands-on window displays of the pie-making process and their deliciously baked treats. Some fall treats include: pies, apple dumplings, sticky buns, apple-nut bread, caramel apples, and apple cider. Stop by to purchase your holiday pie or order online.

Pricing: Pies bought in-store: $14.95-$15.95

Location & Phone: 2119 Main Street, Julian (760) 765-2472. 4510 Highway 78, Wynola; (760) 765-2264.

Michele Coulon Dessertier

Michele Coulon is creating a variety of fall-flavored pastries to enjoy in the crisp fall weather. Choose from a mix of internationally inspired baked goods, including: caramel apples, Finnish pecan clouds, Kougloff, Belgian chocolate pecan scones, pumpkin cheesecake, or traditional American pie.

Pricing: Vary according to dessert

Location & Phone: 7446 Fay Ave. Suite D, La Jolla; (858) 456-5098.

Sugar & Scribe Bakery

These preservative-free pies are baked full of flavor and spice. The menu is seasonal to ensure the freshest ingredients from local organic growers (when possible). With unique options such as pear and gooseberry or green bean, parsley, and brie, you can enjoy a fresh taste of flavor at your table. Gluten-free options are available and must be ordered 3 days in advance. Reservations for holiday pies are recommended.

Pricing: Bite-sized: $1.50-$2; Individual-sized: $5-$6; Family-sized: $15-$25; Gluten-free: $18-$22

Location & Phone: 1420 Garnet Ave., San Diego; (858) 274-1733.

V G Donuts & Bakery

VG is infamous for their unique flavors of donuts. This busy bakery is bringing fall flavors to their menu, with items including pumpkin spice cake donuts, chipotle & rosemary spiced nuts, candied nuts, pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies, almond-pear and cranberry tart, and pumpkin spice bloodies with dulce de leche filling and cream cheese topping. Need a pie for the holidays? VG also offers a variety of flavored pies to satisfy all holiday guests.

Pricing: Baked goods prices vary; Pies vary $4.99-$10.99

Location & Phone: 106 Aberdeen Drive, Cardiff-by-the-Sea; (760) 753-2400.

Turkey & Charity

Run for the Hungry

Work off those holiday calories while bettering the community in the San Diego Run for the Hungry event. Proceeds benefit the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and Foodmobile, which annually distribute more than 10 million meals locally and 28,000 hot meals to the elderly and homebound. Be sure to stay after for the Beer Garden sponsored by Manzanita Brewing Co. (21+ and ID required) and the ice skating rink at Horton Plaza.

Pricing: Prices vary depending on course and registration date; Adults $37-$57, Youth $24-$41, Dogs $10.

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27; 10k starts at 7:10am and 5k starts at 8:15am, Broadway Circle at Horton Plaza

Thank You Run

Support two causes with this scenic run: Helen’s Closet, who focuses on care for individuals with ALS, and 4S Ranch-Del Sur Community Foundation. Stick around to enjoy the Post-Race Family Festival, which includes the Karl Strauss Beer Garden.

Pricing: 10k – $50, 5k – $40, Kids 1k – $20.

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27; 10k starts @7:30AM, 5k starts @7:45AM, Kids 1k starts @9AM, 4S Ranch Community Park

Father Joe’s Village Thanksgiving Day 5k

Run along Balboa Park’s breathtaking views on Thanksgiving morning in Father Joe’s Village Thanksgiving Day 5k event. All proceeds help our San Diego homeless neighbors in need. Pies are available for purchase for a well-deserved post-fun treat.

Pricing: Prices vary depending on course and registration date; Adult $35-$45; Youth $25-$33, Children 5 and under are free.

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27th @7:45AM, Balboa Park.

Mama’s Kitchen Pie in the Sky Fundraiser

You can have your pie and eat it, too. By purchasing a pie at Mama’s Kitchen this Thanksgiving, you can enjoy a holiday treat that also benefits our neighbors struggling with cancer or AIDS. 100% of the proceeds go towards the cause, which provides more than 8 home-delivered meals to critically ill individuals. Also, you can purchase a Love-a-Client pie, which will be donated to one of Mama’s Kitchen’s clients.

Pricing: Pies cost $25 each. Purchase orders begin October 6. Last mail-in order date is Wednesday, November 19 and online order date is Sunday, November 23.

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27th. 3960 Home Ave. (619) 233-6262.

YWCA San Diego Thanksgiving Day Drive

Support women in need this holiday season by donating new holiday necessities to the YWCA of San Diego, who serves thousands of children and women each year. By making a donation, you can help the YWCA ensure that individuals in need will receive essential items to enjoy a memorable holiday.

Pricing: $25 gift cards or holiday items

Date, Time & Location: Drop off date is Monday, Nov 24th. 1012 C St. Contact Monique Burley @: (619) 239-0355 {x225}.

Vegetarian Options

Flagship Cruises & Events

Upon request, Flagship’s Thanksgiving menu offers a veggie option of roasted butternut squash ravioli over roasted autumn vegetables.

Pricing: $59.50 Adults, $37.50 Children (4-12yrs).

Date, Time & Location: Thur, Nov. 27th. Boarding @12:30PM. Cruise: 1PM-3PM. 990 North Harbor Dr. 800-44-CRUISE (27847).

Bertrand at Mr. A’s

Vegetarian options are available upon request on the Bertrand at Mr. A’s holiday menu.

Pricing: $59.50 per person.

Date, Time & Location: Thursday, Nov. 27th. 12:00PM-close. 2550 Fifth Ave. 12th Floor. (619) 239-1377.

Jyoti Bihanga

A full holiday menu will be available at Jyoti Bihanga’s vegetarian restaurant.

Pricing: $ will vary.

Date, Time & Location: Thurs, Nov 27th. Holiday hours (available in Nov). 3351 Adams Ave. (619) 282-4116.

San Diego Thanksgiving Guide 2014

Thanksgiving Grand Buffet at US Grant

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