Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the blessings of the year, appreciate the company of loved ones and, most importantly, a time to pass the turkey gravy and get busy on the beautiful pile of stuffing sitting before you.
For young professionals not going home for the holidays, hard working mothers who deserve a break, and those visiting San Diego to escape winter weather elsewhere, we've researched the best restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner in San Diego.
From the elegant El Bizcocho to the festive Prado, the classic Marine Room, and the casual-chic Maryjane's Coffee Shop, discover the top ten San Diego restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner.
Guests spending Thanksgiving at the Rancho Bernardo Inn can choose from a variety of dining options. El Bizcocho, helmed by newly appointed chef Steven Rojas, offers a four-course menu, including main course choices of Free Range Turkey prepared three ways, Crispy-Skin Alaskan Salmon, and Slow Roasted Rib Eye. In addition to four course fine dining at El Bizcocho, diners will depart with a "Turkey a Go-Go" care package, complete with all the gourmet fixings you need to recreate leftovers at your suite - or FedEx it home to savor the memory. Dinner is served from 2-8pm, $75 per person, $110 with wine pairings. (pictured main)
The stylish restaurant at the Ivy Hotel has prepared a lavish holiday menu, starting with a starter of warm Truffled Chestnut Soup served with Roasted Sweet Breads and paired with E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage Blanc. Next is a Honey Roasted Turkey with Fuji Apple and Chestnut Stuffing served with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Squash, paired with Ramey Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast. The final course is Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Crème Brulee complemented by a richly flavored South Australian Muscat Yalumba "Museum Reserve." Items are offered a la carte from $14 to $24, and wine pairings are $11 to $17 per glass or at a fixed price of $35 for three pours. Dinner is served from 4:30- 9pm. (pictured below)
A decadent Thanksgiving three-course brunch and dinner menu offers Lobster Bisque, Roquefort Cheese Quiche, and San Juan Bautista Mixed Greens as starting options. For the second course, enjoy Muscovy Duck Breast, 8oz. Prime Top Sirloin, Pan Seared Sea Bass, or Roasted Turkey with apple smoked bacon stuffing, farm vegetables, thyme infused au jus, and cranberry orange sauce. For dessert, choose from such options as White Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse, Chocolate Lava Cake, and Crème Brûlée. Dinner is served from 1-8pm, $49.95 for adults, $14.95 for children.
The three-course celebration begins with a complimentary glass of champagne and kick starts with the options of Butternut Squash Soup, Organic Baby Spinach Salad, and Seared Kobe Beef Carpacio. Second course options are Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs, Pan Seared Sea Bass, Juniper Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Wild Mushroom Risotto, and Oven Roasted Turkey Breast with sweet Italian sausage stuffed turkey leg roulade, roasted chestnut stuffing sautéed blue lake beans, whipped potatoes, and bourbon pan gravy. For dessert, try Cinnamon Macadamia Nut Bread Pudding, Chocolate Pecan Pie, or Poached Pear Tart. Dinner is served 3-8pm, $54.95 for adults, $14.95 for children. (pictured left)
This East Village restaurant and lounge has you covered with a full Thanksgiving dinner spread. Enjoy such items as the Chili Brown Sugar-Rubbed Ribeye served with broccolini and tater tots; Pan Roasted Halibut served with pancetta and brussel sprouts; and the Atlantic Salmon served with fingerling potatoes. Your choice of starters, salads, and soups will be available, and the bar will be open until 2am to satisfy your holiday party needs until the late night.
Hotel Del Coronado
The magnificent Crown Room at the Hotel Del Coronado features live musical entertainment and offers an elegant Thanksgiving buffet dinner decked with all the trimmings. Menu items include chilled salads, cheeses, pastas, seafood, fresh roasted turkey, juicy prime rib and decadent desserts. Dinner is served from 12-6pm, $84 for adults, $37.50 for children. (pictured below)
Bertrand at Mister A's
Enjoy a Thanksgiving meal amid sweeping views of downtown. For starters, choose between traditional Lobster Bisque, Black Tiger Shrimp with fresh clams, or Imported Black Truffle Risotto; main course entrées include Fresh Roasted Turkey, Seared Alaskan Halibut or Braised Prime Rib, and for dessert, Pumpkin French Toast and Pecan Crumble are all served warm and bubbly. Vegetarian dishes are also available. Dinner is served from 1-7pm, $55 for adults.
Maryjane's Coffee Shop
The retro-chic café at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego welcomes guest Chef Thomas Borgia and his traditional, three-course Thanksgiving feast. First course selections include a choice of Butternut Squash Bisque with Pomegranate and Sage or a Baby Green Salad with Endive, Spiced Nuts, Pears and Maytag Blue Cheese. A main course of Roast Turkey is accompanied by Borgia's twist on Brioche Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy Green Bean Casserole and Cranberry Sauce. Classic Pumpkin or a warm Apple Pie is for dessert. Dinner is served from 11am-10pm, $28 per person. (pictured left)
La Costa Resort and Spa
Legends Bistro at this stunning North County resort offers a traditional brunch buffet with live musical entertainment. Menu highlights include an iced seafood and smoked fish display, a tapas bar, imported fruits and cheeses, fresh turkey and roast beef from the carving board, and a mountain of desserts. Brunch is served 11:30am-4pm, $58 for adults, $22 for children; reservations are required.
The Marine Room
Offering a Thanksgiving feast from classic trimmings to contemporary cuisine, appetizers include a Scottish Smoked Salmon Salad, Roasted Forest Mushrooms or Almond-Coated Baja Prawns; main course entrées range from Sage Butter-Basted Turkey Breast, Pistachio Butter-Basted Australian Lobster Tail, or Country Meadow Rack of Lamb, and a Five-Spice Pumpkin Pie, Amarula Mocha Cheesecake and a Three-Layered Callebaut Chocolate Mousse introduce the desserts. Dinner is served from 12-7pm, all items are for individual sale; there is no set dining price (for a traditional three-course meal, look to start around $50 per person).
More Insider recommended San Diego restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner include: Island Prime
, Trattoria Acqua
, Red Marlin
at Manchester Grand Hyatt
, Acqua al 2
, 94th Aero Squadron
, and Addison
at The Grand Del Mar