Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in San Diego & Chef Meals to Take Home (2021)

San Diego hotel restaurants and their amazing chefs have put together creative menus and even some opportunities to take a prepared feast home with you in this most uncommon year. I’ll keep this list of where to have Thanksgiving dinner in San Diego updated as I hear about even more great ideas from San Diego restaurants, which I’m sure will be hitting my inbox in the coming weeks.

Where to Have Thanksgiving Day Dinner in San Diego

Make a reservation for Thanksgiving lunch or dinner or, better yet, check in to one of the best hotels in San Diego.

Hotel del Coronado

The Crown Room and Coronet Room at Hotel del Coronado, a top beachfront hotel in San Diego, are serving a special elegant buffet Thanksgiving dinner.

Crown Room (Sold Out – Waitlist)

A lavish buffet at the Crown Room at Hotel del Coronado.A Crown Room buffet during normal times, but you can still see how beautiful this room is. (Photo is courtesy of Hotel del Coronado)

An elegant Thanksgiving dinner will be offered this November 25 in the historic Crown Room. The Del will preapre an elegant buffet featuring a lavish feast set to feature all of the favorite, traditional trimmings from a prix fixe menu.

The resort’s Home for the Holidays season will begin Thanksgiving week. The Del will be celebrating the return of their Skating by the Sea event, along with stunning holiday decor, and thousands of holiday lights.

  • Thursday, November 25
  • Make reservations online (they currently sold out, but there is a waitlist)
  • Price: $175/adult and $75/children (ages 4-10), children under 3 are complimentary

Pendry San Diego

Thanksgiving dinner in San Diego at Pendry San DiegoThanksgiving dinner at Provisional (Photo courtesy of Pendry San Diego)

Chef Brandon Sloan has put together a delicious 3-course prix fixe menu at Provisional, Pendry San Diego‘s restaurant marketplace. For your first course, you will have the choice of Butternut Squash Soup, Chanterelle Mushroom Terrine, or Brown Butter Gnocchi.

The main course menu will feature Roasted Free Range Diestel Turkey, Braised Snake River Farms Short Rib, and Persimmon Mustard Glazed Salmon. Finally, for dessert, you may indulge in Pumpkin Chai Tiramisu, Apple Tarte Tatin, or Chocolate Pecan Pie.

  • Thursday, November 25 (seatings are from 4–10:00 p.m.)
  • Price: $85/adult and $25/children ages 3–12.

Rancho Bernardo Inn

Reservations for Thanksgiving Day dinners at the lovely Rancho Bernardo Inn can be made on OpenTable (parties larger than 8 people need to contact the hotel directly).


The rustic/modern interior at Avant restaurant in Rancho Bernardo.

On Thanksgiving Day in San Diego, guests can experience a specialty four-course lunch or dinner menu of Thanksgiving classics with an elevated twist at Rancho Bernardo Inn’s signature restaurant, AVANT. Diners will have three or four choices per course that include the likes of Duck Confit, Parsnip Soup, Striped Bass, Winter Squash Lasagna, Wagyu Strip Loin, and a selection of desserts to name a few.

  • Thursday, November 25, from 2–7 p.m, reservations required and can be made through OpenTable.
  • Price: $115/adult and $55/children (ages 12 and under)

Veranda Fireside Lounge and Restaurant

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be offered on Thanksgiving day at Veranda. They will be offering both a la carte items and a traditional turkey special as dining options.

  • Thursday, November 25
  • Breakfast is available from 7:30–11 a.m
  • Lunch is available from 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m
  • Dinner is available from 5–8:30 p.m.
  • $45 per person

Aragon Ballroom

Rancho Bernardo Inn will be hosting a 4-course prix fixe menu in their Aragon Ballroom. Enjoy a special holiday meal with fine food and live music. Seating times are by reservation only. Some menu highlights include Roasted Butternut Squash Veloute, Chardonnay-Poached Pear, Wild Mushroom Turkey Roulade, Pumpkin Cheesecake, and much more.

  • Thursday, November 25, seating times are: at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • $95 per adult, $45 for children 12 and under

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Chef Joshua picks greens in the resort garden.  Chef Joshua in the Garden at Rancho Valencia Resort.

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa capitalizes on its 49 lush acres, beautiful and expansive Croquet lawn, and serene outdoor spaces to host family-style Thanksgiving dinners. Guests can look forward to crafts for kids, pony rides, live music, and an exquisite Thanksgiving menu.

  • Thursday, November 25, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., with live music
  • Price: $165/adult and $55 for children ages 11 and under

Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa

If you’re wanting to get away and be hosted rather than host this year, Estancia is your place. Greenfinch Restaurant at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa will be offering a Thanksgiving Day Brunch.

For a more traditional Thanksgiving dinner, head to the Baja-inspired restaurant, Mustangs, and Burros from 4–10 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Reservations are required.

  • Thursday, November 25 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., at Greenfinch; 4 p.m.– 10 p.m. at Mustangs and Burros
  • $85 for adults; Children under 5 are free; Children over 5, their age is their price.

Bleu Boheme

Bleu Boheme is hosting a French-inspired Thanksgiving day dinner. This will be a three-course, prix fixe menu available from 12 noon until 4 p.m.

The menu will feature items such as Pumpkin-Hominy Soup, Fresh Beet Salad, and Crab Croquette for starters. Entrees include Diestel Family Ranch turkey from Sonora, California, Faroe Island Salmon, Beef Short Rib, and Shiitake and Oyster Mushroom Ravioli. Chocolate Mousse, Creme Brulee, and Bread Pudding will round out this exquisite meal.

  • Thursday, November 25, 12–4 p.m.
  • $68.98 for adults, $24.95 for children under 12

Prepared Chef Meals for Dinner at Home

If you’re not ready to eat out or would prefer to skip cooking this year, have no fear. San Diego chefs will send you home with full Thanksgiving dinners or even just pumpkin pies.

CUCINA urbana + enoteca + sorella

Order a Thanksgiving Feast for six or more people from the CUCINA restaurant group. Your order will include a la carte mains, side dishes, and desserts.

You can select from Prime Rib, Cider Honey Glazed Mary’s Turkey, and Baked Pumpkin Rigatoni. You will not only be supplied with delicious food but heating and serving instructions are included as well, to present your guests with a wonderful dinner.

Rancho Valencia Full Meals

Rancho Valencia will also be offering a full a la carte meal prepped, cooked, packaged, and ready to reheat at home. You can pre-order through the resort’s website with pick-up on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

Standout offerings that come oven-ready and with heating instructions include canapés, starters and soups, turkey, short-rib, sides, sauces, and complete with various pies and desserts. Place your order online by November 18 at 5 p.m.

Trust me, this list of where to have Thanksgiving dinner in San Diego will grow in the coming weeks. Stay tuned! And, don’t forget that Christmas dinner in San Diego comes next.

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