Sunny San Diego is a great destination to explore along the Pacific Coast Highway during Thanksgiving. Although you won’t be experiencing the typical fall weather, you can still enjoy a nice Thanksgiving meal at some local restaurants that make you feel right at home. You can choose to dine in or take home these delicious meals and make Thanksgiving a little easier this year.
Our favorite restaurants are worth checking out during Thanksgiving while you’re in San Diego.
L’Auberge Del Mar
- Address: 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar CA
Not only will you get a delicious meal at L’Auberge Del Mar, but you’ll also be greeted with an incredible view. Take in the ocean while enjoying an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving buffet at L’Auberge. There will be signature seafood options on top of a traditional meal. Dive into pumpkin bisque with crab fritters, prime rib roast, glazed salmon, and more. Adults cost $165 per person, and children are $80.
Great Maple La Jolla UTC
- Address: 8675 Genesee Ave, Suite 1200, San Diego CA
Thanksgiving brunch will be available at the Great Maple La Jolla UTC. Their brunch will feature signature cocktails and a three-course turkey option that you can also pick up and bring home. Meals start at $44.94 and include butternut squash bisque, roasted turkey, and pumpkin pie.
The Hillcrest location of the Great Maple will also host a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner for $75 per person. The sit-down dinner will include a mixed squash soup, roasted turkey with thyme stuffing and pistachio toasted sea scallops.
Giuseppe Restaurant and Fine Catering
- Address: 4901 Morena Blvd, San Diego CA
With Giuseppe Restaurant, you can dine in or pick up your traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Their Thanksgiving dinner will include hors d’oeuvres, roasting squash, cranberry-orange relish, organic quinoa, mashed potatoes, and more. They also have a wide range of dessert options, so there will be a little bit of something for everyone.
Et Voila! French Bistro
- Address: 3015 Adams Ave, San Diego CA
Et Voila! will give their try at a traditional Thanksgiving meal but with a Francophile twist. The three-course prix fixe menu includes smoked salmon, roasted beef prime rib, and a dark chocolate mousse with raspberry coulis. Dinner costs $60 per adult and $25 for children.
- Address: 4033 Goldfinch St, San Diego CA
Cardellino will offer a pickup on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving for anyone who feels like leaving the cooking to the pros. Their pickup will include a turkey, roasted brussel sprouts, sausage stuffing, and cookie butter ice cream. The turkey needs to be cooked when you pick the order up, but everything else will be ready to go.
- Address: 2760 Fifth Ave, San Diego CA
Sit down and enjoy a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner at Parc Bistro from 11 am to 8 pm. Dinner is $65 per person and includes turkey, lamb, salmon, mashed potatoes, and champagne. They will offer fun and unique appetizers and, of course, end with a delicious pumpkin mascarpone pie.
- Address: 1195 Island Ave, San Diego CA
Get a Mediterranean twist on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner over at Callie. Their fun dinner will include a Lebanese muhammara, pumpkin carmelle with amaretti crumble, Moroccan lamb, or a requisite turkey with Tuscan sage sausage. Their dessert will consist of Turkish rice pudding or pumpkin cheesecake, which will set you back $90 per person.
Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine
- Address: 435 Fifth Ave, San Diego CA
If you’re looking for a unique twist on Thanksgiving, Lionfish has it. Their dinner will include country-fried turkey cutlets with buttermilk biscuits, red-eye gravy, and fried farm eggs. Dinner will start at $25 per person, and you can enjoy a seasonal cocktail with your meal.
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
- Address: 2150 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego CA
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse will have a plethora of fantastic holiday favorites for your Thanksgiving. Their carving station will offer turkey and roasted tri-tip; you can get clam chowder, brown sugar sweet potato with marshmallows, and green beans. You can check out the seafood bar with Maine lobster claws, oysters, and scallops. Dinner will run for $72 for adults and $24 for children; children under 5 are free.
- Address: 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego CA
Addison’s is a two-star Michelin restaurant that will be open on Thanksgiving for an eight-course meal. Their glamorous meal will include coffee-roasted duck, pumpkin gnocchi, and smoked salmon with autumn flavors. Dinner is $385 per person, with the option of having a wine pairing. Dinner will begin at 5 pm and goes until 8:30 pm.
Sandpiper Wood Fired Grill and Oysters
- Address: 2259 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla CA
Sandpiper will have an incredible menu on Thanksgiving that includes slow-roasted turkey, prime rib, smoked turkey collard greens, cornbread and sausage stuffing, and pecan pie. Everything will be served a la carte and can be batched together to serve a group of four. Dinner starts at $115, and you have the choice to pick up if you order before Tuesday.
The Marine Room
- Address: 2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla CA
Get a spectacular view of La Jolla Shores at The Marine Room. Their holiday menu includes rainbow beet salad, coconut harissa kabocha squash soup, wagyu beef cheek, turkey, and whipped potatoes. Reservations are always recommended for Thanksgiving dinner.
George’s at the Cove
- Address: 1250 Prospect St, La Jolla CA
George’s at the Cove hosts a three-course prix fixe menu in their Ocean View Room. Dinner includes roasted turkey, sausage and chestnut stuffed leg, potato puree and more for $85 per person. Their regular menu will also be available, and for dessert, you can choose from bourbon pecan and brown butter apple crumb pie for pre-order.
Serea Coastal Cuisine
- Address: 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado CA
The historical Hotel del Coronado offers a three-course Prix fix tasting menu on Thanksgiving at Serea. Dinner will feature duck tajin and chocolate profiterole puff, lobster and late harvest corn chowder, slow-roasted and lightly smoked turkey, and roasted two-pound lobster. Dinner is $95 per person, $30 for children and kids under three will ear free.
- Address: 800 Seacoast Dr, Imperial Beach CA
Sea180 has its own three-course Thanksgiving meal, which includes roasted turkey, chile relleno, or surf and turf. Dessert includes pumpkin pie and sweet potato sticky buns. Their entire menu can be viewed online, and dinner starts at $59.95 for adults and $12.95 for children.
San Diego is the perfect place to visit during Thanksgiving and get incredible unique experiences with different cuisines while you’re there.