The Big List Of Thanksgiving Celebration Specials From San Diego’s Restaurants
Everything about 2020 is feeling a bit upside down, and a traditional Thanksgiving celebration may not be in the cards. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it!
Luckily, San Diego eateries are offering some festive Thanksgiving specials that give us all something to be grateful for. Whether you’re feeling traditional or a little adventurous…there is something for everyone.
Pacific Beach AleHouse and Backyard Kitchen & Tap
Pacific Beach AleHouse and Backyard Kitchen & Tap will both offer a three-course Thanksgiving feast, priced at $31.95 or $36.95 per person if you upgrade to their Prime Rib option, plus kids can get their own meal priced at $17.95! Menu items include Roasted Kabocha Squash Bisque with crispy shallot and rosemary oil, as well as your choice of Deep-Fried Turkey Breast, Pineapple and Clove-Glazed Ham, Fried Turkey Leg, Impossible Vegan Meatloaf with mushroom gravy, or 10-oz. Herb-Roasted Prime Rib with au jus and creamy horseradish – all of which are served with persimmon apple sausage stuffing, whipped Yukon gold potato, sage gravy, cranberry-orange relish, brussels sprouts with balsamic glaze and a dinner roll.
Featured dessert options include Roasted Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Dark Chocolate Pecan Cobbler and Vegan Apple Cobbler. Family packs will also be available for purchase, complete with Kabocha Squash Soup, California Golden Salad, dinner rolls, four pounds of protein – Ham, Turkey or Meatloaf – plus Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Cranberry-Orange Relish, and one dessert of your choice, all priced at $149.95 and equipped with enough food to serve parties of four to six. Upgrade to their Prime Rib option priced at $195.95 if you’re feeling fancy this Thanksgiving!
Farm-to-neighborhood eatery located on Park Boulevard is ready to give your Thanksgiving a Sicilan twist showcasing dishes from Executive Chef Marco Provino. Pre-order your dinner to enjoy at home, with a take-out menu that includes Turkey, Sweet Corn, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing + Cranberry Sauce with ordering options available from 2-10 people, ranging in price from $65-$200. Add-ons include Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Lobster Lasagna and Traditional Lasagna. Guests can also dine on the restaurant’s beautiful al-fresco patio or indoor dining room and enjoy a Thanksgiving Menu for $55 per person and $25 per kid, available Thanksgiving Day from 4PM to 10PM.
The 3-course menu will include Antipasti options like a Pumpkin Squash Sage Ravioli, Butternut Squash Soup, Main Course dishes including Turkey, Short Ribs over Polenta and Dessert including Apple Pie a la Mode with ice cream or Limoncello Cake. Rusticucina will also be open for brunch on Thanksgiving Day from 9Am to 3PM with a special Turkey Benedict. Pre-orders can be made by calling the restaurant and reservations for dine-in can be made here.
Cater to your family’s taste buds with Ranch 45’s completely a la carte Thanksgiving pick up menu. Fully customize your Thanksgiving feast with choices from herb-crusted prime rib and smoked turkey leg to smoked Cornish game hens, roasted broccoli with parmesan and garlic, olive oil smashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, apple pie or carrot cake. The Solana Beach butcher shop and eatery will be accepting orders up to 48 hours in advance. Take some of the heat out of your kitchen with a little help from Ranch 45.
Turkey sandwiches aren’t just for the days following Thanksgiving and turkey leftovers. Why not enjoy a FRESH turkey sandwich before the holiday hits? Head over to Leucadia’s favorite sandwich shop, Moto Deli, and pick up the crowd pleasing Turketta Sandwich ($12) made with house smoked turkey breast, bacon, avocado, mostarda and moto spread on squaw bread. You can enjoy the sandwich out on Moto Deli’s expansive outdoor patio which is outfitted with heaters, with a beer in hand. Or, get it to go and take it to the beach for a picnic or to the comfort of your own home.
Madison on Park
To start off your Thanksgiving meal, neighborhood gem Madison on Park offers a Mediterranean and Southern California-inspired menu including the new Harvest Salad ($14) made with roasted butternut squash, spinach, corn, brussel sprouts, bacon, gouda, and golden balsamic vinaigrette. The salad can be enjoyed at the restaurant for dine-in Tuesday – Sunday from 5:00pm to 9:30pm, or is also available for takeout or delivery to be enjoyed at home.
Craft & Commerce
Little Italy’s Craft & Commerce knows that sides are what make-or-break your Thanksgiving meal, and their Buttermilk Biscuits are up to the challenge. The perfect southern-style side to complement your turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy, the Buttermilk Biscuits are served with honey butter and fruit preserve, allowing you to customize your savory to sweet ratio. Available daily, the biscuits can be enjoyed during dinner from 4:00pm to 10:00pm, and as part of Craft & Commerce’s weekend brunch (10AM – 2PM) in the Biscuits and Gravy, and as part of the Breakfast Board.
Mustangs & Burros
While turkey is the obvious star of the show on Thanksgiving, it wouldn’t be anything without the supporting roles of delicious sides. Located at the beautiful Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, Mustangs & Burros has got your greens covered. Try their Crispy Brussels Sprouts ($11) made with balsamic glaze, cotija and crushed chilies.
Pho Ca Dao
San Diego’s neighborhood Vietnamese kitchen located in the heart of Mission Valley, features an expanded menu from the other Pho Ca Dao & Grill restaurants, offering a full bar program with a variety of specialty cocktails. The PHO-Get Me Not is crafted with Rum, OJ, Pineapple, Coconut, Ginger, Star Anise, a fall flavored cocktail with a Vietnamese twist using many of the spices that are in Pho. Reinforcing the restaurant’s devotion to honoring Vietnamese culture, this drink pairs well with the restaurant’s various Pho offerings, offering a unique addition to any Thanksgiving dinner straight from the Huynh Family.
Not feeling the traditional “American” food typically served on Thanksgiving? Why not add a Mexican flare and enjoy some Rajas con Crema from La Puerta, we are in San Diego after all. A delicious Mexican staple, the dish features sweet corn kernels simmered in a sauce made with cream and cheese.
Dine Out or at Home with 7 Mile Kitchen
Whether you plan to dine out or stay home, leave Chef Julian Quiñones in charge of the cooking this Thanksgiving. 7 Mile’s socially-distanced dine-in three-course menu features options for the whole family. Adults can start with a choice of Butternut Squash Soup with toasted pepitas & crème Fraiche or Harvest Apple Pecan Salad with goat cheese, arugula and honey ginger vinaigrette. The main course features holiday classics including Sage and Thyme Roasted Free Range Turkey, Cornbread Stuffing, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Green Beans, Maple Glazed Yam, Orange Cranberry Chutney and Giblet Gravy.
For dessert, indulge in Pumpkin Pie with Chantilly cream. Little ones can enjoy a full feast of their own including a House Salad with ranch dressing to start, a Traditional Turkey Dinner with sliced Turkey Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Gravy. Dessert will include
Pumpkin Pie topped with whipped cream. 7 Mile’s Three-Course Thanksgiving Dinner is priced at $55 for adults and $18 for children. Reservations will be available for Thursday, November 26 from 12PM to 6PM.
Pricing for a small Turkey Family Feast is $185 + tax and feeds up to six people. Pricing for a large Turkey Family Feast is $360 + tax and feeds up to 12 people. Place your order by November 20 and pick up on November 26 between 12PM and 4PM. at 7 Mile Kitchen at 5420 Grand Pacific Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008. To reserve your socially distanced table or to pre-order your To-Go Turkey Family Feast, call (760) 827-2514 or visit here.
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Situated on 10 acres between San Diego’s seaside villages of La Jolla and Del Mar, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa has two different offerings for Thanksgiving. For those looking to escape to an hacienda-style retreat and be hosted rather than host, Greenfinch Restaurant at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa will be offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a Greenfinch twist from 1PM – 7PM on Thanksgiving day.
Indulge with a 24-hour brined turkey with giblet gravy, traditional stuffing and cranberry chutney. Plus, enjoy traditional sides and desserts including pumpkin pie and pecan-chocolate bread pudding with vanilla anglaise. Or, for those that’d prefer to enjoy a delicious meal in the comfort of their own home, they can opt for the family style Thanksgiving to-go which serves four people, costs $240 and includes turkey and gravy, seven different sides and two desserts.
The Gluten Free Baking Co.
If anyone with food allergies is joining you for Thanksgiving, look no further than The Gluten Free Baking Co. The North Park bakery is offering everything from your traditional Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie (made gluten free of course) to other items also made gluten free like Pasta, Multigrain Dinner Rolls, Stuffing Mix, Quiche, Mini Banana Bread Loaves and so much more. Additionally, if you want to bake your own pie at home but are having trouble finding an allergen-free pie crust, The Gluten Free Baking Co. is also selling Vegan Pie Crust Dry Mix and Vegan Frozen Pie Crust (bottom crust ONLY). Order online at least three days in advance and choose your pickup location.
Pretend you’re on a holiday trip to Europe and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Valentina Restaurant in Leucadia. The European-inspired bistro and wine bar’s outdoor patio transports diners to Spain and France, where they’ll be offering a three course dinner menu for $55 on Thanksgiving day as well as a $15 kids turkey dinner. From 12Pm to 8PM, Valentina Restaurant will be serving delicious turkey-day eats like Yellow Corn Soup (V) with smoked corn, roasted poblano and vanilla bean oil, Chef’s Thanksgiving Plate with dark and light meat turkey, mashed potatoes, herb stuffing, bacon green beans, glazed acorn squash, cranberry sauce, and sage gravy and Traditional Pumpkin Pie with vanilla whipped cream.
Bub’s @ the Beach
Gorge on all of your Turkey Day favorites at Bub’s @ the Beach this Thanksgiving from 9AM to 4PM, and enjoy their Turkey Dinner Plate, priced at $12 and touting a hearty serving of turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, cranberries and a dinner roll, plus Fuego’s famous stuffing waffle!
Under the helm of James Beard Award winning Chef Nate Appleman, the Puffer Malarkey Collective’s Animae will be offering a three-course unconventional Thanksgiving menu. The menu will include offerings such as Milk Bread Shrimp Toast, Shaved Cabbage Salad, Roasted Duck, and Roasted Young Chicken. To complement the menu, each meal will incorporate a variety of sides, including Animae Bao Buns with Miso Butter, Truffled Egg Fried Rice, Adobo Glazed Sweet Potatoes, and Green Beans with Crispy Shallots and Chili Jam.
Dessert options include Pumpkin Shortbread with Lemon Curd, Miso, and Sweetened Condensed Ice Cream and Toasted Jasmine & Vanilla Rice Cream served with Chewy Chocolate, Sesame, Coal Roasted Banana, and Crispy Rice. Animae’s Thanksgiving menu is available for $89.95 per person from 3:00pm to 7:30pm on Thanksgiving Day, and reservations are recommended.
Herb & Wood
Herb & Wood, Chef Brian Malarkey’s Little Italy iconic restaurant, will be offering a three course Thanksgiving Menu from 3PM to 7:30PM on Thanksgiving. Highlights from the menu, which will be available for $79.95 per person, include Fig & Cowgirl Creamery Bleu Cheese Toast, Country Fried Quail, Pink Peppercorn & Sea Salt Crusted Prime Rib, Celery Seed Rubbed Local Swordfish, New Zealand Venison & Dates, and Apple & Pear Pie. The menu will also be served with a selection of classic Thanksgiving sides, including mashed potatoes and stuffing. Reservations can be made via Herb & Wood’s website here, and are highly recommended.
Herb & Sea
Herb & Sea, the Puffer Malarkey Collective’s newest addition in Encinitas, is celebrating Thanksgiving with their Coastal-Californian take on a classic Thanksgiving menu. The three course dinner, which is priced at $69.95 per person, will feature starter options such as Kuri Pumpkin Soup and Duck Confit, with main options like Herb & Citrus Marinated Turkey and Plancha Seared Branzino, and dessert options like Pumpkin Cheesecake and Chocolate Cremeux.
Each meal is also served with a variety of sides, which includes Crème Fraiche Mashed Potatoes & Whipped Butter, Traditional Stuffing, Turkey Thyme Gravy, Cranberry & Orange Chutney, Green Beans & Crispy Onions, and Parker House Rolls with Herb Honey Butter. A three course children’s menu will also be available for $29.95. The restaurant will be open from 3PM to 7:30PM, and reservations are highly recommended.
Vistal, the InterContinental Hotel San Diego’s signature restaurant, will be offering a Thanksgiving dinner for hotel guests and visitors alike. Their turkey plate, which will feature all the Thanksgiving classics, is priced at $32, and is available from 12PM to 8PM on Thanksgiving day. Enjoy your meal while soaking in Vistal’s stunning views of the San Diego bay.
Spend your Turkey Day by the shoreline in Pacific Beach at Waterbar, where you can get your fill of all the holiday favorites with a special three-course dinner priced at $32.95 per person. Featured dishes include Roasted Acorn Squash Bisque with vanilla whipped crème fraiche, fried sage and chili oil, as well as Horseradish-Crusted Prime Rib with peppercorn au jus, and Herb and Garlic Roasted Mary’s Turkey Breast with sage gravy – each served with duck confit cornbread stuffing, roasted garlic and arugula smashed red potato, pan-roasted green beans, a rosemary dinner roll and cranberry sauce. Other sides such as Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushroom Risotto will also be available for an additional $8.95. Sweeten the deal with dessert options such as Pumpkin Tres Leches Cake and Warm Apple Cobbler!
Breakfast Republic is slinging November food and drink specials perfect for a Thanksgiving Day brunch. Try their Cranberry Vanilla Mimosa, prepared with a sugar rim and brimming with vanilla vodka and cranberry juice, cradled by brut bubbles and garnished with fresh cranberries, or perk up with their Apple Pie Chai Latte featuring espresso, chai, apple cider and milk, topped with whipped cream and an apple slice dusted in cinnamon sugar and crisped to perfection.
Be sure to fuel up with their Breakfast Plank Steak – or in Sweden, plankstek – showcasing skirt steak smothered in béarnaise sauce and served with duchess potatoes, bacon-wrapped asparagus, seared tomatoes and eggs, or Almond Butter French Toast – prepared with a vegan cinnamon batter and served with creamy almond butter, fresh bananas, raspberries and cacao nibs. An innovative take on Swedish almond baked goods, this morning delicacy is designed to pair seamlessly with coffee.
Fig Tree Café
Get your hearty food fix during the month of November at Fig Tree Café with their special Braised Short Rib Dip Sandwich piled high with gruyere cheese, arugula and horseradish aioli served on focaccia bread with au jus, plus a side of French fries or mixed green salad. Pair your sando with their special Apple Pie Mimosa bubbling with brut intermingled with cinnamon and vanilla syrup, topped with apple pie filling and finished with a cinnamon sugar rim.
Get your grab-n-go on this Thanksgiving to hold you over before your big feast at one of Eggies’ locations in Pacific Beach, East Village or Liberty Station. This breakfast sandwich destination is serving up their Turkey Cranberry Eggie packed with a turkey patty, spicy cranberry aioli, applewood smoked bacon, muenster cheese, fried egg and butter lettuce on a brioche bun – only available during the month of November!
The Lemon Grove eatery will be open for its first Thanksgiving, offering an all-day menu from 11Am to 8PM. The menu will feature a la carte dishes and holiday specials. For those who want something traditional, they’ll also have a turkey dinner.
In addition, guests can also pre-order Thanksgiving To-Go, and enjoy in the comfort of their home. Giardino’s family-style menu features a la carte items sized for sharing. Choose holiday inspired favorites to enjoy around your table, like prime rib, butternut squash ravioli, sides and salads. Don’t forget the wine too pair with your meal!
Pacifica Del Mar
The ocean view eatery has remained a holiday staple for decades, and this year is no exception. Make a reservation to enjoy Pacifica Del Mar’s popular Thanksgiving menu. Guests will enjoy a multi-course menu for $65, which includes a choice of starter, like Butternut Squash Soup, and entrée, such as Oven Roast Free Range Turkey with the fixings, Slow Cooked Angus Prime Rib, Zinfandel Braised Beef Shortribs and Pacifica Seafood classics. End on a sweet note with a choice of dessert. Kids 12 and under eat from the kids menu for $20.
Who wouldn’t love to enjoy a menu crafted by Executive Chef Kevin Templeton for Thanksgiving this year?! On November 26st, starting at 2PM, barleymash will be serving up a $45 three-course Thanksgiving dinner with an added Wild Turkey Flight (while supplies last). The first course consists of your choice of butternut squash soup, house or Caesar salad. The main course is Andouille Stuffed Turkey Roulade, with garlic mashed potatoes, Wild Turkey-brown butter gravy, brown ale biscuit stuffing, Brussels sprout casserole, roasted baby carrots, and habanero-cranberry jelly. For dessert, chose between Chocolate Chip Bourbon Pecan Pie and Caramel Dutch Apple Pie. The Wild Turkey Flight, priced at $50, will feature Longbranch, Master’s Keep Cornerstone Rye, and hand-selected Master’s Keep Revival.
For those foregoing the traditional turkey route this year, Tajima is offering a family meal kit that also gives back this holiday season. The interactive meal kit includes edamame and all the necessary ingredients to make the ramen spot’s signature Tajima Ramen including original Tonkotsu broth, uncooked noodles, pork chashu, half ramen egg, bok choy, bean sprouts, green onions, fried garlic, sesame seeds, spices and instructions. For every kit purchased at any of the six San Diego locations, Tajima will donate $5 to Big Table Foundation, an organization created as a support group for hospitality workers.
There is plenty of football action on Thanksgiving Day this year, with games set for the morning, afternoon, and evening! And to celebrate, Corner Chicken has created a family/group meal package, with a portion of proceeds that will be donated directly to Big Table Foundation, an organization developed to be a support group for hospitality workers. Corner Chicken’s meal package consists of four Nashville-style hot Chicken Sliders, two servings of drumsticks and sides – fries, mac and cheese, and kale slaw. This meal package will be available throughout the rest of the year!
Spill the Beans
You can celebrate Thanksgiving all month long with Spill the Beans‘ November flavor of the month. Enjoy a freshly baked Autumn Herb bagel, topped with a sweet, yet subtly spicy Cranberry Habanero Cream Cheese. At Spill the Beans, you can mix and match flavors so either can be combined with menu other favorites like the classic Everything bagel, or the Agave & Vanilla Cream Cheese.
Cafe Gratitude San Diego has Fall-inspired Thanksgiving specials to the fill the table all through November. This season, giving thanks and gratitude is more important than ever, so take the stress out of cooking and let Cafe Gratitude do the work for an extra special Thanksgiving Day. Pre-order Thanksgiving sides and pies now on their website here before supplies run out!
Specials include: Cranberry Roasted Butternut Squash & Garnet Yams $30, Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Garlic Confit $25, Truffled Porcini Gravy $15, Maple Miso Brussels Sprouts $35, Pear & Pomegranate Chutney $15, French Lentil & Butternut Squash Loaf $35, Persimmon & Pomegranate Salad $35. The holidays are never complete without dessert and Café Gratitude has everyone covered with their raw and gluten-free Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie, and Baked Apple Pie $25 – also available for pre-order.
La Valencia Hotel
Thursday, November 26, give thanks for good friends, family, and food at La Valencia Hotel this Thanksgiving. Gather in the heart of La Jolla and enjoy holiday favorites prepared by Chef Timothy Ralphs including free-range turkey, delectable desserts and more.
Reservations via OpenTable. Credit card required at time of reservation. Details and menu here. To ensure a safe celebration in accordance with San Diego County guidelines, all dishes will be served a la carte. No buffet options will be served this year. Face masks required on property.
Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner for the whole family at Farmer’s Bottega in Mission Hills. The farm-to-fork eatery will offer a three-course dinner priced at $65 per guest, as well as a specialty kid’s menu, priced at $20 for children under ten. The dinner menu will feature a range of savory appetizer and entrée selections such as the Baby Kale Salad, Pumpkin Soup, a traditional Roasted Turkey Plate, and the signature Pork Chop, which is served alongside garlic mashed potatoes, braised radicchio and a dried apricot balsamic reduction. Save room for dessert with decadent options including Pecan Pie and Peach Cobbler! Dinner hours are from 4 p.m.- 9 p.m., and reservations are strongly encouraged.
Grant’s Coffee Room
Nestled in the heart of South Park, Grant’s Coffee Room will be open 8AM to 1PM on Thanksgiving Day. The community coffee shop, market and eatery, will offer two festive specials available on Thanksgiving and all November long. Stop in for a cup of coffee, and stay for a savory Turkey Cranberry Sandwich served with a fresh chocolate chip cookie, for $12.99. Make it a one stop shop and browse market selections for the perfect dinner pairing, with the Wine and Babka Special—a bottle of wine and freshly made Babka combo for $19.99, available on select wines.
Guests looking to savor a Thanksgiving meal sans the turkey and trimmings, can enjoy traditional Japanese hot pot at Shabu Works. The Mira Mesa destination will be open for lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving Day, with All-You-Can-Eat shabu-shabu selections. Build the perfect hot pot with ingredients such as Wagyu Beef and Lamb Shoulder, alongside handmade noodles and signature soup base flavors. The AYCE lunch menu is priced at $20 per person and $28 for dinner. Dine-in, or take the hot pot experience home, with Hot Pot Home Kits available for pick-up and delivery.
Recently opened, El Cruce+241 is wholly devoted to providing an authentic Baja experience. The Chula Vista restaurant, wine bar, and tap room offers an exclusive selection of wine and beer from the Baja region, available for to-go purchases. Noteworthy selections include beer from craft breweries like Cerveceria Transpeninsular, and wine from prominent Valle de Guadalupe wineries including Corona del Valle and Cava Maciel. Prepare for Thanksgiving festivities with a bottle of wine or signature beer crowler from El Cruce+241, and add some Baja flair to your holiday meal.
Kick-off Thanksgiving week with a festive salad from Grater Greens. The Mission Valley eatery will offer a complimentary turkey bacon topping for the Apple Cranberry Salad, beginning Monday, November 23rd through Wednesday, November 25th. Enjoy a vibrant combination of spinach, granny smith apples, dried cranberries, shaved red onion, candied pecan clusters, and apple cider vinaigrette. Continue to fuel up before and after the hearty holiday with a variety of fresh and nourishing selections available daily.
Stay safe and healthy, San Diego!