Thanksgiving 2016 is less than two weeks away, but there’s no need to panic. There are plenty of great ways to celebrate the holiday in San Diego, from special restaurant menus to artisan take-out turkey.
Here are Times of San Diego’s top ten picks for Thanksgiving dinner without the hassle of a major cooking and cleaning experience.
Coronado Classic — The classic Thanksgiving dinner out in San Diego is at the historic Hotel Del Coronado. An expansive buffet features house-made charcuterie, lobster and crab mac & cheese, Pacific Northwest oysters with pomegranate mignonette, cherry glazed ham and duck confit, and traditional slow-roasted free-range turkey with green beans, rainbow carrots and candied sweet potatoes. Desserts include pumpkin pie and cranberry and cream cheese bread pudding. Dinner begins at noon and costs $110 for adults and $43 for children in the oceanfront ballroom, and $125 for adults and $45 for children in the stately Crown Room. There’s no charge for children under 5.
Thanksgiving on the Fairway — Thanksgiving dinner will be served overlooking the famous Torrey Pines golf course at the A.R. Valentien restaurant and the The Grill at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. The prix fixe menu at the the craftsman-style restaurant is $105 for adults and $55 for children under 12. At the informal grill, the price is $65 for adults and $35 for children under 12. Dinner is served at both from noon to 10 p.m. and reservations are recommended.
Mission Bay View — Tidal at Paradise Point Resort & Spa is serving, a festive three-course Thanksgiving dinner with a view overlooking Mission Bay. The menu includes apple and walnut salad, butternut squash soup, brown sugar brined free-range turkey, maple leaf duck breast and apple cider-coriander glazed pork cheeks. Seatings are available from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The price is $65 for adulsts, $32 for children.
Five Diamond Luxury — At the top end is San Diego’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant, Addison at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Chef William Bradley is offering an eight-course, classic French feast including salt-baked salmon with ginger plus cranberry confiture, Iberico ham tartine with chestnut veloute plus buerre a la bourguignonne, and a caramelized apple tart with vsop ice cream. It’s $225 per person and will be served from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
California Modern in Escondido — Bellamy’s will offer a three-course Thanksgiving feast prepared by Executive Chef Jonathan Freyburg. The menu features classic Thanksgiving dishes including turkey and herb stuffing, as well as specialty dishes including house-made basil pappardelle, seafood bouillabaisse and a grilled king beef ribeye. Dinner is $50 per person.
Artisan Market — Make shopping for your Thanksgiving dinner as much fun as the main event. At the new Liberty Public Market you can put together a take-home feast with selections from 30 artisan tenants. Roam the colorful market and pick out free-range turkeys, fresh fish, Thanksgiving-themed pastas, gourmet pies, wine, cheese, sides and everything else. All vendors are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Thanksgiving in a Church — The Abbey, a former Episcopal church in Bankers Hill, is the setting for a unique Thanksgiving buffet. Dinner is served from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. while a jazz band performs.The price is $59 for adults with discounts for children, seniors and military.
Country French Thanksgiving — Bleu Boheme in Kensington is celebrating Thanksgiving with a three-course, prix-fixe menu. Entrees include Diestel Family Ranch turkey from Sonora prepared two ways with the breast roasted with fresh herbs and the legs and thighs “confit” style, fresh root vegetables, pommes puree, savory wild mushroom bread pudding and white wine gravy; king salmon pan seared with saffron risotto croquettes, fresh spinach and finished with lobster sauce; boneless short rib braised with a blue cheese-red wine sauce, roast garlic mashed potatoes and haricots verts; and parmesan dumplings, Brussels sprouts, black kale, roasted mushrooms and white wine sauce. The price is $58.95 for adults, $16.95 for children.
Downtown Feast — You can celebrate Thanksgiving in the classic yet sophisticated downtown ambiance of The Grant Grill. This all-encompassing, traditional Thanksgiving buffet includes a variety of seasonal offerings from carved roasted turkey breast with chestnut apple stuffing to roasted prime beef ribeye with creamy horseradish, chilled seafood, savory fall sides, and delectable desserts including warm pumpkin pies, cheese cakes and more. Reservations are available from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The price is $89 for adults and $39 for children.
Skyline View — Bertrand at Mister A’s is serving Thanksgiving dinner with a commanding view. The landmark San Diego restaurant is open for holiday dining from noon to 3 p.m. and again from 4:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. The special Thanksgiving menu is $67.50 per person. Reservations are essential.
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