Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together over a big meal and celebrate the good things in life. For this November 26, we have rounded up 18 local San Diego eateries that will give you something else to be thankful about - not having to cook! Visit one (or more) of these eateries that will be serving great food and even better memories this Thanksgiving, without the added stress of preparing the bird!
Whether you are looking for the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner or to please the whole family with a wide range of choices, we can all agree on something… let someone else cook for you! Give Thanksgiving “the bird” this November 26 and let one of these 18 great San Diego locations take care of dinner!
If the family is craving a Thanksgiving breakfast, lunch or dinner, Farmer’s Bottega is the place to be! This Mission Hills eatery will be open 8am-3pm for breakfast and lunch, and 4:30-9:30pm for dinner. Their full menu offers non-traditional, but equally as filling Thanksgiving eats such as Oxtail Ravioli, Buffalo Filet, Rack of Lamb and Flat Iron Pork (just to name a few!).
Have a Thanksgiving dinner under the sea at Sirena Gourmet Latin Seafood Restaurant. From 4-8pm they will be offering their extensive menu that includes south-of-the-border specials such as Grilled Octopus and Braised Scallops. Executive Chef Jaime Chavez will also be including a Pumpkin Mousse dessert in honor of the Thanksgiving meal.
How many times can you say you were served by the Best Chef of France on Thanksgiving? Now you can with Bellamy’s three-course Harvest Dinner! From 11:30am-5pm, Master Chef Patrick Ponsaty will be serving up a three-course meal per person with a choice of one item per course. There will be a single pre-fix menu offered, which includes options for vegetarian and gluten-free courses. Pricing is set at $60 per person and corkage at $25 per bottle with a limit of two bottles per table.
Start your Thanksgiving Day at the beach with Pacific Beach AleHouse and delight in their savory Prefix Thanksgiving Menu in addition to their regular menu. This three-course dinner begins at 11am and will feature treats the whole family will enjoy. For starters, choose between their Lobster Bisque, Caesar Salad and California Golden Salad. Make room for the main course of Deep Fried Turkey Breast or Baked Honey Ham served with persimmon apple sausage stuffing, mashed sweet potato and turkey gravy, cranberry orange relish and bacon toasted almond green beans. Cap the dinner off with Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Whipped Cream. The best part about it (besides not having to cook)? The dinner is only $22.95 per person!
Looking for an extensive Thanksgiving menu that will please every member of the family? Stop by Brian’s 24 where they will be serving their full menu from breakfast to dinner, all day long. From one of their many omelets to their New York Steak, Brian’s will be opened all 24 hours of Thanksgiving to feed your every craving.
Downtown with the family? Head to barelymash for an unforgettable Thanksgiving dinner in a modern, gastro-pub setting. Starting at 2pm the Gaslamp favorite will be hosting a turkey dinner…barley style! Expect all of the regular players of a traditional Turkey Day dinner, without the hassle of having to prepare it all yourself! Sit down with a brew and relax as they serve you and your loved ones for just $39 a person.
Executive Chef Martin Gonzalez, of Acqua Al 2 will be cooking up a delightful meal for guests as they give thanks on November 26. Highlights from the menu include backed eggplant with homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmesan; Insalata di mare with shrimp, calamari, crab, romaine lettuce and saffron paprika dressing; Prosciutto stuffed turkey breast with fontina au gratin, sage, asparagus and truffle oil; grilled New York steak on a bed of focaccia with arugula and orange glaze; and a Chef's choice tasting for dessert. The three-course Italian meal has a cost of $50 and reservations start at 5pm.
After a Thanksgiving Day spent on the sand, The Duck Dive has the perfect Thanksgiving dinner to refuel you and your family or friends. Opening at 5pm, this local beach joint will be serving 2-4-1 Thanksgiving Dinners. Not to mention they will also be offering their full menu for the picky eaters in the clan.
Hillcrest’s Uptown Tavern is pulling out all the stops this Thanksgiving. Opened from 6pm-2am, Uptown will be featuring a special Turkey Day menu with some unusually delicious twists including Herbed Turkey Sliders with cranberry sauce and garlic aioli fries, Brown Sugar and Stout Glazed Ham with savory bread pudding and sautéed veggies, and lastly Carrot Cake Waffle with maple syrup cream cheese frosting and spiced walnuts.
Calling all football fanatics! You’ll be happy to hear that your favorite hub to catch all of the games will be open on Thanksgiving. True North Tavern will be opening their doors at 5pm for Thanksgiving celebrating and game-day watching. Take a seat, order food and watch the Turkey Day game that starts at 5:30pm on one of their 25 wide-screen TVs.
At Mille Fleurs in Rancho Santa Fe, Chef Martin has created a Thanksgiving feast for all with both prix fixe and a la carte menus on Thursday, November 26 between 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Mille Fleurs will offer a traditional four-course menu, priced at $75 per adult and $25 for children, featuring a bowl of Three Mushroom Bisque and salad choice, plus the Oven-Roasted Diestel Farm Turkey served alongside Yukon Gold Potato Puree, Cranberries, Gravy and more. For dessert, Pastry Chef Elisabeth will offer two tempting choices including a Pumpkin Meringue Tart or Apple Fritters served with Cinnamon Ice Cream.
JRDN at TOWER23 Hotel will feature a three course menu that includes choice of Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese lime sauce), Steamed Mussels with chorizo and roasted beets salad. Main course choices include salmon, hanger steak, confit turkey legs and confit turkey legs with side choices of smoked potato puree, mushroom stuffing and honey glazed carrots. To finish off the night, guests have the choice ofpumpkin pie with cinnamon semifreddo and chocolate bread pudding with roasted banana ice cream. Thanksgiving dinner will cost $45 per person.
As the time to gather and give thanks with family and friends is near, Mister A’s invites guests for an unforgettable Thanksgiving feast. On Thursday, November 26 between noon and 8:30pm, Mister A’s will offer a prix fixe menu priced at $62.50 per adult and $20 per child. The special menu will feature a large selection of seasonal dishes like Organic “Diestel” Turkey and Chino Farms Butternut Squash Risotto served alongside all the traditional fixings thoughtfully created by Chef Stephane Voitzwinkler. Thanksgiving will also be the first day in which the holiday lights atop the building shine.
Experience the Tradition of thanksgiving at the Westgate Hotel! Enjoy the traditions of this special holiday in the Westgate Room with a refined four-course dinner including Traditional Free Range Turkey, with sweet yellow corn and stuffing or Slow Cooked Prime Rib with parsnips, Brussel sprouts and potato gratin. Those enjoying the Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner All day Buffet will have many stations to choose from, including charcuterie/cheese, salad, appetizers, smoked fish and caviar and main courses, including a delicious carving station with Free Range Turkey and Prime Rib. The Westgate Room Thanksgiving Menu costs $62 and children 12 and under eat for half off. Le Fontainebleau Room Traditional Thanksgiving Day Dinner Buffet costs $69 plus tax and gratuity.
With autumn’s best produce now available, Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering will make everything for you. All you have to do is pick it up! Created by Chef Giuseppe Ciuffa with the freshest ingredients available, while highlighting the season’s best flavors, your readers’ Thanksgiving is sure to be a great success. The new menu includes expertly prepared Oven Ready Turkey or a Roasted and Carved Turkey, traditional sides like cranberry sauce, spiced butternut squash soup, Traditional Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts. To end the meal, guests can order Pumpkin Bread, Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie just to name a few. Orders must be placed by November 23 and picked up on November 26.
This holiday, Oceanside’s picturesque Hello Betty Fish House is serving up their own take on centuries-old traditions. They’re doing all the dirty work so you don’t have to. From 8am to 3pm on Thanksgiving Day, Executive Chef Jared Hills will be offering riffs on Thanksgiving classics including Turkey Day Hot Brown: Carved Turkey, Sage, Bacon, Lingonberry Sauce and Giblet Gravy served Open Faced on Sourdough; So Cal Turkey Rueben: Corned Turkey Breast, Jack Cheese, Coleslaw, Avocado and Thousand Island Dressing served on Rye bread; and Pecan Pie: Made with Anejo and Agave. To top it all off, Hello Betty will be offering a Bloody Mary Bar and Bottomless Mimosas for $10.
With Thanksgiving sneaking up on us, many of us may not have the time to prepare a feast for our family and friends. There is no need to worry because Café 21’s Gaslamp location will be open and serving a three course Thanksgiving Pre Fixe Menu for $48 per person and also offering a Thanksgiving Takeaway Menu (serving 2-10 people ranging in price from $100-$340). Thanksgiving takeaway meals include one entree, two sides and one dessert. All selections include traditional pan gravy, port wine orange cranberry sauce and handmade rolls. Takeaway orders must be placed before 10pm on Sunday, Nov. 22 and will be ready for pick-up on Thanksgiving.
Bleu Bohème in Kensington will celebrate Thanksgiving by offering a decadent prix fixe dinner from 1 to 8pm. Created by owner and executive chef Ken Irvine, Bleu Bohème’s specialty three-course menu will be priced at $58.95 per person, with a children’s menu available for $16.95. A specialty cocktail and wine special will also be available for the celebration
Whatever you do this Thanksgiving, embrace the spirit of the holiday. Be appreciative, eat well, be kind and generous, and spend time with those you love. And please know that we are thankful for you all and the beautiful city we are so privileged to call home. Thank you, San Diego!!!