Families and friends will gather around the table next Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving, a tradition that dates back to the historic first Thanksgiving meal in 1621.
From sumptuous buffets to sumptuous 4-course meals, the local restaurants offer rich Thanksgiving dishes made with all ingredients. To help you plan your vacation, here’s our guide to San Diego Thanksgiving Day 2017. Reservations are required unless otherwise stated.
The Thanksgiving buffet at Estancia La Jolla includes turkey with honey and thyme glaze, prime rib, chilled seafood, and two glasses of sparkling wine, mimosas or cocktails for adults aged 21 and over. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm November 23, 9700 N. Torrey Pines Blvd., La Jolla. $ 75 per adult; USD 35 per child. (858) 964-6516.
The Decoy Dockside serves an extensive Thanksgiving buffet with all the traditional extras. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 23. 1035 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos. 55 USD per person; $ 19 per child. (760) 621-0909 or lakehousehotelandresort.com/holiday
The Vessels Restaurant + Bar at Kona Kai Resort & Spa serves a traditional holiday buffet with options like butternut squash, roasted baby root vegetables, whipped Yukon Gold potatoes, and traditionally roasted turkey. Non-traditional offerings include New England clam chowder, crispy barbecue baby ribs, lobster rolls, and Black Angus prime rib roast from 1855. 11am to 6pm Nov. 23, 1551 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego. USD 59 per adult; $ 19 per child under 12 years old. (619) 221-8000 or Resortkonakai.com
The all-day buffet in the Westgate Hotel’s Le Fontainebleau Room features a carving station with six options, including free-range turkey and honey-glazed ham. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 23, 1055 Second Ave., San Diego. $ 89 per adult; 40 USD per child 4-12; free for children under 3 years. (619) 238-1818 or westgatehotel.com
The Parc Bistro-Brasserie offers a Thanksgiving menu with choices for every discerning palate. Main courses include organic roast turkey, short ribs of bourguignon, and filet mignon. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. November 23. The prices vary. 2760 Fifth Ave., San Diego. (619) 795-1501 or parcbb.com
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa’s Thanksgiving Buffet features a carving station of slow-roasted traditional free-range turkey breast and thigh ham from Diestel Farms, as well as citrus-glazed tavern ham. 1 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. November 23, 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe. $ 130 per adult; USD 55 per child under 11 years of age; free for children under 3 years. (858) 759-6246.
Marina Kitchen offers a farm-to-table Thanksgiving buffet of roast turkey, toasted Brandt New York beef, and Cinderella pumpkin risotto. 1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. November 23. 333 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego. $ 48 per adult; $ 12.99 per child under 12 years old. (619) 699-8222.
Fixed price menus
Chandler’s Restaurant and Lounge offers a three-course meal featuring a selection of Diestel Farm herb-crusted turkeys, premium pepper-crusted beef tenderloin, local catch dusted with porcini mushrooms, and delicata pumpkin farro noodles. 11 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. November 23. Cape Rey Carlsbad, 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad. The prices vary. (760) 683-5500 or chandlerscarlsbad.com
The Thanksgiving meal at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar consists of a mixed turkey breast with roasted herbs, turkey broth and fresh cranberry, orange and cinnamon sauce with a homemade sage brioche bread filling. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. November 23. 380K St., San Diego. From $ 40 per person. flemingssteakhouse.com
AR Valentien at the Lodge at Torrey Pines celebrates the flavor of the season with a four-course meal put together by Chef Jeff Jackson. Lunch: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner: 4pm to 10pm, November 23rd. $ 110 per person; $ 130 with free flowing sparkling wine; USD 55 per child under 12 years old. (858) 777-6635 or lodgetorreypines.com
Pacifica Del Mar serves a variety of holiday classics like roast free-range turkey and prime rib. Noon to 9 p.m. November 23. Turkey starter: USD 49 per person; other appetizer choice: $ 59 per person. A children’s menu is available. (858) 792-0476 or pacificadelmar.com
Bleu Boheme’s three-course menu features entrees with turkey from the Diestel Family Ranch, roast king salmon, and braised Angus beef cheeks. A Thanksgiving-inspired pumpkin pie martini with absolute vanilla vodka, pumpkin spice liquor, kahlua, butterscotch liquor and half and half is $ 14. Noon to 8 p.m. November 23. $ 59.95 per person; $ 19.95 per child under 12 years old. (619) 255-4167.
Jsix serves a family-style three-course meal inspired by Anthony Sinsay’s whimsical take on traditional Thanksgiving turkey breasts with citrus. 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. November 23. 616 J St., San Diego. 45 USD per person; Children under 10 are free. Reservation not required. (619) 531-8744.
Cusp Dining & Drinks’ Thanksgiving meal begins with a selection of amuse-bouche for the table, followed by starters and entrees that end with seasonal desserts. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., November 23. 65 USD per person; $ 35 per child under 12 years old. (858) 551-3620 or cusprestaurant.com
The Bistro 39 offers its guests a selection of roasted turkey breast with brown sauce or slowly roasted Prime Rib Au Jus and horseradish sauce as well as two side dishes. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., last seats at 8 p.m. November 23. 3939 Ocean Bluff Ave., San Diego. $ 31.99 per person; $ 16.99 per child 12 and under. (858) 720-9500.
The Farmer’s Table serves seasonally inspired dishes like pumpkin soup, roast turkey platter, and pumpkin pie. A children’s menu with a selection of mac and cheese dishes, mini turkey platters or Bottega burgers is offered. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. November 23. 8141 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. $ 40 per adult; $ 15 additional wine pairing; USD 15 per child under 12 years old. (619) 724-6465.
The Grant Grill offers a four-course menu with a choice of roast turkey breast, veal osso buco or Scottish salmon. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. November 23. The US Grant, 326 Broadway, San Diego. $ 97 per person; $ 35 additional premium wine pairings. (619) 744-2039.
Farmer’s Bottega offers homemade dishes mixed with Thanksgiving classics like seared carrots, butternut squash ravioli, and Julian apple pie. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. November 23. 860 W. Washington St., San Diego. 40 USD per person; $ 15 additional wine pairing; Children’s menu available for $ 15 per child. (619) 458-9929 or Farmersbottega.com
Osetra Seafood & Steaks Thanksgiving Dinner offers a choice of four main dishes: hand-carved turkey breast, New York steak, lamb osso buco and a selection of market-fresh fish from the chef. 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 23, 904 Fifth Ave., San Diego. $ 49.95 per adult; $ 23 per child. osetraseafoodandsteaks.com
The Addison at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar offers an 8-course Thanksgiving-inspired tasting menu created by Relais & Châteaux Chef William Bradley. 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. November 23. $ 235 per person; $ 200 additional wine pairings. 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego. (858) 314-1900 or fairmont.com/san-diego/dining/addison
Mission Brewery is holding a small business happy hour on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in support of Saturday’s small business. Buyers can buy beers at half price and also have the option to purchase shares in the brewery. Visit wefunder.com/missionbrewery for more information. 1441 L St., San Diego. (619) 544-0555 or missionbrewery.com
The San Diego Coffee Training Institute has announced that it is expanding its training lab at Cafe Virtuoso in Barrio Logan. The lab, which will be completed by the end of the year, offers professional barista and coffee roasting classes for the community and the Specialty Coffee Association’s certifications. The nonprofit will be holding a party at the cafe to mark the groundbreaking for construction and to raise funds to buy an espresso machine and other necessary equipment for the lab. Tickets are priced at $ 20 upfront and can be purchased online at bit.ly/2iXkgC2. Tickets are also available at the door for $ 25. Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 1616 National Ave., San Diego.
Smashburger, a quick, casual eatery better suited to a burger, opens its doors at Harrah’s Resort in Southern California on Monday, November 27th. The menu includes typical burgers, side dishes and milkshakes as well as the exclusive Harrah’s Resort SoCal Funner burger with peanut butter, banana and bacon. Succulent hand-spun shakes, fountain drinks and craft beers are on offer. Harrahs Resort Southern California, 777 Harrahs Rincon Way, Funner. smashburger.com or harrahssocal.com