November 18th, 2016 at 12:30 pm


A Thanksgiving meal surely brings family and friends together – except for those who spend lots of time in the kitchen and then serve everyone else. So why not let a great chef and top-notch servers take care of everything while dining out? That way, everyone at the table can relax, and enjoy the food and each other’s company.

San Diego offers plenty of Thanksgiving choices, whether an intimate meal for a two or a groaning board for a gregarious group.


Modern and comfortable, KITCHEN 1540 at L’Auberge Del Mar seaside resort blends energy and intrigue with a convivial dining atmosphere. The seamless flow from the bar to the dining room and outdoor patio spaces offer guests the perfect mix of experiences.

Savor Executive Chef Nathan Lingle’s three-course Thanksgiving choices. The traditional holiday meal includes Heritage turkey, sage bread pudding, maroon carrot, pole bean, cranberry compote, and whipped potato. Other options are Skuna Bay salmon, beef tenderloin, and smoked eggplant tortellini.

Price: Adults $89, children under 12 $39; $25 for additional wine pairings

Seating Times: 3, 5, and 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day

RSVP: 858.793.6460

Address: 1540 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Seaview Restaurant: At the Thanksgiving brunch buffet, enjoy holiday favorites or treat yourself to tasty items like Alaskan king crab, prime rib, sushi, risotto, and much more. Finish the meal with an assortment of desserts like mini pies, Crème Brule, and macaroons.

Price: Adults $69.95, children 6-1 $32, 5 and under free

Time: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day

RSVP: 619.358.6735

Address: 1 Market Place, San Diego, CA 92101

Sally’s Fish House & Bar: Special Thanksgiving dinner featuring cider brined turkey breast, pan gravy, brown sugar glazed ham, maple-pecan butter, Boursin cheese smashed potatoes, caramelized onions, wood fire-roasted asparagus, rainbow baby carrots, chestnut stuffing, and cranberry-orange chutney.

Price: $32, with wine pairing $40

Time: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day

RSVP: 619.358.6740

Address: 1 Market Place, San Diego, CA 92101

Hotel del Coronado

Give thanks and celebrate at The Del’s exquisite Thanksgiving dinner in the oceanfront Ballroom or magnificent Crown Room. The elegant buffet is a lavish feast with all the trimmings and live musical entertainment. The resort’s holiday programs also kick off on Thanksgiving weekend.

Ballroom Dinner:

Price: Adults $110, children 6-10 $43, under 5 free

Time: 12 to 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day

Crown Room Dinner:

Price: Adults $125 for adults, children 6-10 $45, under 5 free

Time: 12 to 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day

RSVP: 619-522-8490

Address: 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118

Coasterra Modern Mexican

Enjoy the dazzling water and city views at San Diego’s premier bay-front dining destination. The delectable three-course menu offers a free-range Sonoma turkey dinner or 8-ounce center-cut filet mignon, served indoors or on the patio.

Price: Adults $54.95, kids $13.95

Time: 11 to 7 p.m.

RSVP: 619.814.1300

Address: 880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

The Abbey on Fifth Avenue

The Abbey, Hornblower Yachts’ on-land venue, offers a rare, refined uptown option for Thanksgiving. Enjoy an elaborate seasonal buffet, decadent desserts, and live jazz entertainment. Originally built as an Episcopal church, this elegant 1910 landmark is San Diego’s only remaining Classic Revival structure. Thanksgiving dinner includes a full brunch buffet featuring seasonal dishes and a welcome glass of chilled champagne. Select from maple-brined breast of turkey, sage crusted and served with candied jalapeno and cranberry relish, or slow-roasted prime New York strip steak, creamed horseradish sauce, and port wine au jus.

Price: Adult $59, children 4-14 $35.40, under 3 free

Time: 3 to 5:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day

RSVP: 800.668.4322, ext. 8

Address: 2825 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92103

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