Thanksgiving Dining in San Diego

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A.R. Valentien
(The Lodge at Torrey Pines) will all serve traditional turkey with all the fixins’ as well as Cornbread Pecan Stuffing and other standout entrées, sides and desserts. See menu here.

Oceana Coastal Kitchen (Catamaran Resort) and Dockside 1953 (Baja Resort) (turkey will be Apple Cider and Citrus-Brined) will also host lavish Thanksgiving Champagne Brunches with a scrumptious spread of holiday buffet favorites. And the best part: included with brunch is complimentary admission to a special Thanksgiving Family Cruise on Mission Bay aboard the majestic William D. Evans sternwheeler.  

Arely’s French Bakery in Clairemont is making sure one of Thanksgiving’s vital components goes above and beyond: pie. Clairemont’s go-to French eatery and patisserie will be dishing out hundreds of pies for pick up including Banana Cream, Apple, Pumpkin, and Pecan with 24 hour notice. The restaurant will be open until 3:00 pm Thanksgiving Day for pickups of all kind, including their seasonal pumpkin spice croissants, fall leaf gingerbread cookies, turkey shortbread cookies, créme brûlée, baguettes for the holiday dinner table and so much more. 

Gaslamp’s barleymash will be offering both a dine-in, three-course meal at $54.95 per person ($25 for kids) starting at 3:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, as well as to-go meals. For dine-in, the first course consists of choice of house salad, Cesar salad, or squash soup, second course is Andouille Stuffed Turkey Roulade with Wild Turkey brown-butter gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, biscuit stuffing, corn pudding, farmhouse vegetables and habanero cranberry jelly, and dessert is your choice of Dutch Crumb Apple Pie or Pumpkin Swiss Roll.

Don’t want to cook at home? Have a Friendsgiving to go to? barleymash to-go meals are created for six to eight people for $300, and consist of Andouille Stuffed Turkey Roulade and Brown Butter Gravy, your choice of two sides with options that include Chorizo Corn Pudding, Potato Gratin, Mac n Cheese, Vegetable Casserole or Brussel Sprout Casserole, and your choice of dessert between Dutch Crumb Apple Pie or Pumpkin Swiss Roll. Food items will contain cooking or reheating instructions on the package. Orders need to be placed by Wednesday, Nov 15 and pick-up will be on Wednesday, Nov. 22 between 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. Please place orders via email at

Black Radish, North Park’s French-inspired intimate eatery, is opening their doors for families this Thanksgiving. Their moody restaurant space boding couch booths, deep leather chairs, and farm house tables is the perfect environment to cozy up with loved ones and practice gratitude this Thanksgiving. Join them from 1:00 – 6:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day with seatings available for families from two to 16. Priced at $99 per person, with an optional five-course wine pairing for an additional $49, individuals are invited to indulge in this seasonal culinary masterpiece that is sure to make one thankful. 

This Thanksgiving, PB’s Duck Dive will be serving Traditional Turkey dinner and a Prime Rib dinner. Traditional Turkey dinner will be $42, and includes Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, seasonal vegetables, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. The Prime Rib Dinner is $51, and consists of Prime Rib with horseradish cream, mashed potatoes, seasonal veggies, and pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving dinner service will be 11am – close, while supplies last, and reservations are encouraged for groups of 4 or more. Duck Dive will also be serving fall-inspired libations throughout the day. Reservations can be made by calling Duck Dive at (858) 273-3825.

George’s at the Cove, with Chef/Partner Trey Foshee, Executive Chef Masa Kojima, and Pastry Chef Aly Lyng at the helm, presents a family-style Thanksgiving dinner in the restaurant’s enclosed Lower Level dining room that offers floor-to-ceiling views of the La Jolla coastline. For $85 per person, guests will enjoy roasted turkey breast, sausage-and-chestnut-stuffed leg, potato puree, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, mushroom stuffing (made with sourdough), roasted brussels sprouts, fall salad (apple, kale, almonds, medjool dates, lemon vinaigrette), Parker House rolls, and pecan pie for dessert. Reservations are available from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. In addition, George’s rooftop Ocean Terrace and open-air Level2 will feature regular menu service, along with a turkey special, from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. 1250 Prospect Street

For those seeking the ultimate Thanksgiving meal without lifting a finger, San Diego’s favorite soul food restaurant Louisiana Purchase in North Park is taking catering orders now through November 16 for a November 22 pick-up. Their Thanksgiving Holiday Pack contains two stuffed turkey legs, two sides of your choosing, cornbread, and Louisiana Purchase's sought after Garlic Cheddar Biscuits. Stuffed Turkey Leg options include Crawfish Monica, Crab Mac, and Dirty Rice (pork) that triumph the average Thanksgiving Turkey. For those who argue sides are the most important part of the meal, they can choose between Brussel Sprouts, Collard Greens, Louisiana Purchase’s house Red Beans N Rice, Yams (with or without marshmallows), Dirty Rice, Smoked Gouda Mac N Cheese, Cornbread Dressing, and of course Cranberry Sauce. Link for orders here

Hillcrest’s favorite farm-to-table restaurant RustiCucina is opening its doors for gratitude all November. Starting November 1st and leading up to Thanksgiving, RustiCucina will donate $1 from every Cheese Wheel Pasta to local organization Father Joe’s Village, which works to prevent and end homelessness. RustiCucina is known as one of the pioneers who brought the now-iconic tableside Cheese Wheel Pasta to San Diego, tossing any of your favorite pastas in an enormous 36-month aged parmesan cheese wheel. Also starting November 1st through November 15, RustiCucina has a special offer for those willing to make a difference in the community. By acting as a drop-off location for Toys for Tots donations, customers who donate a new, unwrapped toy will enjoy a free dessert! Choose from a tastebud tantalizing list that includes Crème Brulee, Tiramisu, Limoncello Cake, Cannoli, and Molten Chocolate Cake.  

Mission Beach’s Sandbar will be serving a Thanksgiving Plate, priced at $14. All items are made in house, and the plate includes Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Green Beans, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, and Pumpkin Pie. The plate will be available all day on November 23, while supplies last! 

Sandpiper Wood Fired Grill & Oysters and its Executive Chef Marty Fay present an a la carte Thanksgiving dinner beginning at 4:00 p.m. that includes turkey (breast with dark meat roulade, gravy, cranberry sauce) and shareable sides for 3-4 people of garlic mashed potatoes, traditional stuffing, baked mac ‘n cheese, green bean casserole, and Parker house rolls. Regular menu items will also be available, including slow-grilled prime rib, Wild Isles salmon, wood-fired carrots, brussels sprouts, and its famous skillet corn cake. Featured desserts are slices of pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and banana pudding. Pre-packaged meals are also available for pre-order by calling ahead at least two days prior. 2259 Avenida De La Playa

Calling all runners at the O'side Turkey Trot. From 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Q&A Restaurant & Oyster Bar is thrilled to serve holiday athletes and cheerleaders alike their delectable Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches, refreshing Fruit Bowls, and celebratory bottomless espresso martinis and mimosas. For race cheerleaders, Q&A is located alongside the 5K track and is a short 3 blocks away from all finish lines welcoming runners and loved ones alike to cheers to another successful turkey trot and excellent Thanksgiving.  

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