Best Places For Thanksgiving in San Diego
Thanksgiving is a day centered around good food and good company, which is probably why nearly one-fifth of Americans say it’s their favorite holiday. Turkey Day gives us a chance to gather with loved ones, give thanks, and kick off the holiday season.
But Thanksgiving can also be an overwhelming day, especially if you’re the one hosting the holiday for your family. Planning a menu, buying costly ingredients, coordinating cooking times, and getting your home ready for guests can be stressful, making the day more busy than special.
Why not take this year off?
If you’re in need of a break, or just looking to spice up your family’s Thanksgiving this year, we’ve got good news: Many restaurants in San Diego offer incredible Thanksgiving Day menus. Dine out for Thanksgiving and let someone else do all the work—all you’ll need to do is show up with your loved ones and enjoy a delicious meal together.
Keep reading for the best San Diego restaurants hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year—then pick up the phone and make a reservation for your family today. You’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy a stress-free holiday.
These restaurants will be serving more conventional Thanksgiving fare, perfect for families who love classic dishes and want to dine out for Thanksgiving:
Have an elegant Thanksgiving at The Del with gourmet food and live entertainment. The Del creates an impressive buffet with every kind of meat, fish, and poultry imaginable, a “Coronado Cornucopia” of appetizers, and over 20 different desserts.
Scripps AMG tip: Resist the urge to overeat by sticking to small portions. Instead of filling up multiple plates to bring back to your table, start and finish one small plate before you go back for seconds.
Gaze across the water at Coronado and downtown San Diego from this celebrated pair of Harbor Island Cohen restaurants. With their three-course menu, each person can select an appetizer, entree, and dessert from tasty options like butternut squash soup, turkey, filet mignon, and mascarpone apple crumb cheesecake.
Scripps AMG tip: After dinner, take a walk along the water with your family. Walking after eating has been shown to help with digestion.
Thanksgiving with a Twist
These restaurants serve twists on classic options, giving you a chance to try something new for Thanksgiving:
Shelter Island’s Bali Hai fuses Southern California and Polynesian tastes. Their Thanksgiving buffet has traditional dishes like turkey, candied yams, and pumpkin pie as well as different choices like Kahlua braised dark turkey meat, island-style macaroni salad, and pumpkin seafood chowder.
Scripps AMG tip: Buffets are great for sampling new foods, allowing you to try just a spoonful of anything you’re curious about!
Who says you can’t have Mexican food on Thanksgiving? Enjoy Thanksgiving in Old Town at Cafe Coyote. Order a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or opt for Mexican dishes while still getting your turkey fix: they’ll be serving turkey tacos, burritos, and tostadas.
Scripps AMG tip: Cafe Coyote is a great budget-friendly Thanksgiving option!
George’s at the Cove’s Thanksgiving menu offers modern, fall-inspired California cuisine that you probably wouldn’t have at the family dinner table, making it the best choice for more adventurous eaters. An added bonus: sweeping views of the La Jolla coastline.
Scripps AMG tip: George’s Thanksgiving menu has great fish options, a healthier choice than red meat or carb-based dishes.
Whatever your plans are for Thanksgiving, we hope you enjoy a happy and healthy holiday.