Are you ready to be catered to this Thanksgiving rather than do all the catering yourself? Thankfully, there are plenty of San Diego restaurants that will take care of all the fixings for you. Even better, if you’re not in the mood for turkey, there are other options. Here are 10 San Diego restaurants worth spending the holiday at.
The Marine Room will be open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with plenty of decadent dishes to give you a stress-free holiday. Guests can expect traditional twists such as the double barrel ale brined free-range turkey breast. Or perhaps, you want something more adventurous such as the rose Harissa spiced Maine diver scallops or the black muscat braised Colorado lamb Osso Bucco. Top off your meal with a five-spiced pumpkin torte or salted caramel cheesecake. For more information or to make reservations, go to marineroom.com/menus#thanksgiving-day.
What’s a Thanksgiving in San Diego without a view of the Pacific Ocean? The Shores in La Jolla will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a traditional Thanksgiving feast. The buffet will include a variety of dishes such as a sesame crusted albacore tuna, citrus brined Carolina Tom turkey, herb crusted local seabass and wild berry ricotta cheese blintz. Desserts such as pumpkin and pecan pies, apple spiced bundt cake and more will also be offered. For more information, go to theshoresrestaurant.com/menus#thanksgiving-day-buffet.
Carlsbad’s 20|Twenty will deliver a feast you won’t want to miss. Located inside the Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa, guests can expect a Thanksgiving buffet complete with whipped potatoes, slow-roasted free-range turkey, traditional cornbread stuffing, and pumpkin and pecan tarts. The restaurant will be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, go to 20twentygrill.com/menu/.
San Diego-favorite The Winery will offer a fresh Thanksgiving meal from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests can expect dishes such as a maple-glazed free-range turkey, king salmon, flat iron steak and Maine scallops. For dessert, step outside of the traditional holiday and have some chocolate cake! For more information or to make reservations, go to thewinerylajolla.com/menus/thanksgiving-day.
The Westgate Hotel
The downtown hotel will offer two different Thanksgiving options to guests. A Thanksgiving buffet complete with traditional dishes and bottomless house wine and champagne will be available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A four-course meal will also be offered in the Westgate room with classic meals from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, go to westgatehotel.com/things-to-do/hotel-events/.
Looking for another oceanfront experience this holiday? Check out JRDN in Pacific Beach where you’ll find a three-course meal this Thanksgiving. The restaurant, which will be open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., will offer a locally-sourced dinner featuring fresh favorites. For more information or to make reservations for Thanksgiving dinner, go to t23hotel.com/play/events/thanksgiving/.
Head over to Del Mar for a Thanksgiving feast that will leave you full for the rest of the year. International Smoke, which will be open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., will host a buffet featuring smoked turkey, fresh fish and shrimp, ribs and a dessert station. For more information, go to internationalsmoke.com/.
Enjoy downtown this holiday with a meal at Jsix where Chef Steve will ensure your holiday stress goes away. The chef will offer a fusion of holiday classics and unique twists including Parker house rolls, maple Bourbon brined turkey breast, chorizo cornbread stuffing, buttery mashed potatoes, charred brussel sprouts and a Chef selection of seasonal desserts. BONUS: a portion of the proceeds will benefit nonprofit No Kid Hungry. For more information, go to https://jsixrestaurant.com/.
Enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with a view of Lake San Marcos. North County’s Decoy will offer dishes such as turkey, braised short rib, crispy pork belly and a Scottish salmon. Do you really want to melt your holiday stress away? The gorgeous eatery will also offer wine pairings. For more information, go to lakehousehotelandresort.com/thanksgivingmenu/.
Are you looking for something completely different this Thanksgiving? Try Zinqué for a French meal you won’t forget! The bistro offers French cuisine including authentic Parisian bread imported from the famous Poilâne Bakery in Paris, classic cheese and charcuterie selections and more European delights. The restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight. For more information, go to lezinque.com/.
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