19 Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in San Diego
There are many dining options available in the San Diego area that will be open on Thanksgiving Day. These options range from casual to exceptional dining experiences. Here are our seven suggestions for getting fed on the holiday, no cooking required!
1.Pacific Beach AleHouse
In addition to their regular menu, Pacific Beach Alehouse will be offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner. This feast will include a soup or salad, a delicious main course including all the fixings, and an excellent dessert to top it all off. This is an excellent option for families who want to enjoy Thanksgiving on the beach and not in the kitchen. Located on 721 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA 92109 (858) 581-2337
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2. Seasons 52 San Diego
Seasons 52 has a special Thanksgiving Day menu that starts at 11 am. Seasons 52 also has great pricing for this festive feast. Prices are $27 for adults and $13 for kids. The menu includes all of the classic dishes such as roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, cranberry relish, and more.
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3.Green Dragon Tavern and Museum
The Green Dragon Tavern and Museum has an annual Thanksgiving Day buffet. Their prices are slightly higher, but the feast includes all the classic dishes, as well as house dishes, made desserts!
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Cosmopolitan Restaurant also has an annual Thanksgiving Day buffet. Reservations are required, but you can enjoy your traditional Thanksgiving meal on their garden patio or inside the dining room. There are four seating windows for this buffet that begin at 11:30 am, 2 pm, 4 pm, and 6 pm.
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5.Bo-beau Kitchen and Bar
Bo-beau Kitchen and Bar provides a French-inspired three-course Thanksgiving dinner. The dinner includes options such as ribeye, gnocchi, and pecan pie. A plus to dining at Bo-beau is that they have kid-friendly options such as steak frites and chicken tenders. Seating is between 4 pm and 8 pm.
Crest Cafe is a great budget option for a Thanksgiving Day feast at only $22-$25 per person. They will have all the family favorites such as chocolate pecan pie and maple sage butternut squash.
For a fine dining experience on Thanksgiving Day, try Mille Fleurs. This French restaurant has an annual Prix Fixe Thanksgiving menu. In past years, menu options have included lobster bisque, mushroom soup, pumpkin risotto, roasted turkey, and pear tart. This is an excellent option for families who want traditional options as well as some more adventurous dishes. The Thanksgiving menu is pretty extensive and includes dishes that everyone will enjoy.
These are just a few of the many great dining options in San Diego that can be enjoyed on Thanksgiving Day. Nothing is better than being able to have an excellently cooked meal without the stress of preparing it yourself. Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy friends and family and eating out gives you more quality time to do so. Happy Holidays!
This article was [updated] for November 2019 since its original publish date. Written By B.G. Barnes
Thanksgiving dinner is a hectic holiday. Making a traditional Thanksgiving meal requires a myriad of lengthy preparations, hours cooking and late nights washing dishes. For those who would rather spend their Thanksgiving with their families and not their stovetops, going out to dinner is an easy alternative. But which restaurants are open, and which restaurants serve an elegant Thanksgiving meal?
Compiled below is a list of Thanksgiving dining options in San Diego.
8) The Prado
1549 El Prado, San Diego | (619) 557-9441 | Website
The Prado (full review) is located in the heart of Balboa Park, just a short walk from the main museums and attractions in the area. The restaurant is serving a 3-course Thanksgiving dinner from 1pm-7pm.
Classic Thanksgiving dishes like oven-roasted turkey breast, butternut squash soup, and gingerbread spice cake. In addition, The Prado will offer some of their routine favorites like their red wine braised beef short ribs. The Prado is using separate prefixed menus for adults and for kids: $54.95 for adults and $12.95 for children 12 and under. The menu is currently available on their website.
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9) L’Auberge Kitchen 1540
Kitchen 1540 (full review) restaurant in Del Mar is located only a few blocks away from the ocean and housed inside L'Auberge Hotel. L’Auberge is offering a 3-course prefixed menu that largely departs from the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. For patrons who want to venture away from the stereotypical Thanksgiving cuisine, this is a fantastic choice. Prices for dinner is $79 per adult and $39 per child.
10) Rancho Bernardo Inn
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr | (855) 574-5356 | Online
The Rancho Bernardo Inn has 2 different restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinners. The Aragon Ballroom is featuring an early dinner buffet from 11am-3pm complete with both cold and hot Thanksgiving classics. The Aragon Ballroom allows patrons to undergo the classic Thanksgiving tradition of eating as much as they want. The price is $72 for adults and $35 for kids.
The Avant restaurant has a 3-course Thanksgiving menu of classics like turkey breast, as well as upscale foods like the Avant’s prime rib roast. The Avant is also serving Bavarian mulled wine to adults over 21. The price is $70 for adults and $35 for children 12 and under.
11) Chart House
2588 S Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff, CA | (760) 436-4044 | Online
The Chart House restaurant is located by the ocean in Cardiff along the South Coast Highway. The Chart House will be offering a turkey dinner, as well as their usual assortment of seafood, steaks, and prime rib. The Chart House’s special Thanksgiving menu is currently to be announced.
1205 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA | (760) 745-7777 | Visit website
Located off of the 15 in Escondido, Vintana is an upscale restaurant known for its seafood. Vintana is serving a 3-course prix fixe dinner from 1pm-7pm on Thanksgiving. Patrons will be able to choose between traditional Thanksgiving dishes such as organic roast turkey and Vintana’s usual choices like their macadamia and coconut-crusted sea bass. The full menu is currently available online. Vintana’s prefixed menu is $54.95 for adults and $12.95 for children.
13) Pamplemousse Grille
514 Via De La Valle, Solana Beach | (858) 792-9090 | Website
The Pamplemousse Grille is a French-inspired restaurant located on Via de la Valle in Solana Beach. This restaurant is serving a 3-course prix fixe meal from 2pm-8pm on Thanksgiving. This menu will include all of the traditional Thanksgiving foods, such as free-range turkey, cranberry relish, and mashed potatoes. Thanksgiving dinner at the Pamplemousse Grill is $75 per person.
14) Island Prime
880 Harbor Island Dr | (619) 298-6802 | Online
Island Prime is a seafood restaurant located on Coronado Island. They are serving a 3-course Thanksgiving dinner from 1pm-7pm. The menu features some of their normal items, such as their black and white sesame salmon, as well as traditional Thanksgiving foods. Adults can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner here for $59.95 per adult and $12.95 per child. The menu is currently available online.
15) Omni La Costa Resort and Spa
2100 Costa Del Mar Rd, Carlsbad | (760) 438-9111 | Online
The Omni La Costa Hotel The Vue restaurant at the Omni La Costa will offer both their usual menu and a 3-course prefixed menu for the Thanksgiving holiday. If patrons choose the Prix fixed menu, it is $38 per person. Bistro 65 will be serving Thanksgiving dinner from 5pm-9pm. The menus for both The Blue Fire and Bistro 65 are currently available online.
16) Bertrand at Mister A’s
2550 5th Ave #406, San Diego | (619) 239-1377 | Online
Bertrand at Mister A’s is an upscale restaurant near Balboa Park that serves modern American cuisine. This restaurant offers a unique view of the San Diego skyline and the bay. Bertrand at Mister A’s is offering a 3-course prix fixe meal for $79.00 per person.
17) The Shores
8110 Camino Del Oro | (858) 412-0721 | Online
The Shores Restaurant is located in the La Jolla Shores Hotel. The Shores is offering a varied menu for Thanksgiving, including citrus brined turkey, pineapple brown sugar ham, and spinach quiche. The Shores are open early, from 10:30-7pm, so they are a great option for those interested in dining early. The Shores is charging $68 per adult and $39 per child.
18) The Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave, Coronado | (619) 435-6611 | Online
The Del Restaurant at the Hotel Del Coronado is offering 4 buffet meals we will only be going over 2 of them. The first buffet will take place in the oceanfront Ballroom from 12:00 pm to 6:30 pm and is $140 per adult and $50 per child with views of the holiday magic IceSkating by the Sea®. The elaborate buffet will feature all of the traditional trimmings. The second buffet we recommend is the Crown Room and is $120 per adult and $45 per child. Unfortunately sold out this Thanksgiving. Both buffets will feature live music. At this time, neither menu is available online.
19) The US Grant Hotel
326 Broadway, San Diego | (619) 232-3121 | Online
The US Grant Hotel is located in downtown San Diego, and they are offering two different dining options. In the Presidential Ballroom, they are offering an early buffet from 11:00 am-3:30 pm complete with soups and salads, seafood, and a traditional carving station. The buffet will be accompanied by live music. It is $95 per adult, $85 for Seniors, and $45 for children 12 and under. For reservations call 619 744 2046
The US Grant is also offering a 4-course prix fixe dinner at $95 per or $140 with their Wine Pairing person at the Grant Grill. The Grant Grill will be serving dinner from 4:30 pm-8:30 pm, and it includes a roasted turkey entree. Thanksgiving dinner menus are available online. Call for reservations at 619-744-2077