Thanksgiving is just two days away, and many families are looking to enjoy their celebrations at area restaurants. And why not? If laboring all day in the kitchen doesn’t sound like your idea of a holiday, then let the professionals prepare your Thanksgiving meal. Restaurant menus are filled with sumptuous feast offerings and fancy sit-down settings that honor both traditions and innovation. Do remember that most Thanksgiving menus are prix-fixe, which means there’s a set price, with lower rates offered for children. Of course, cost and menu information could change without notice, so contact the venue to confirm details. Also apprise the restaurant of any dietary concerns or restrictions that any in your party may have. More importantly, be sure to call ahead of time to make reservations. If you are wanting to know what are the best San Diego restaurants to go to for Thanksgiving this year, read on for seven recommendations.
The Grant Grill (92101) – Downtown San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter. The US Grant Hotel is a luxury collection resort. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which translates as excellence in its ability to maintain old-style charm and elegance while simultaneously offering modern comforts. The hotel’s top-notch service extends to its restaurant, the Grant Grill, where you’ll be able to sink your tastebuds into plates of phenomenal perfection in texture, technique, and especially taste.
Bleu Boheme (92116) – Kensington. Enter the epicurean oasis that is Bleu Boheme. Thanksgiving is celebrated in this chic spot with French flair, ensuring that its gastronomic offering will entice you to return again and again. This Kensington restaurant gem is certain to host a well-orchestrated Thanksgiving feast full of fresh French flavors and intriguing combinations. Have your senses fully engaged and your palate whisked off to Paris or Cannes here at Bleu Boheme.
Mister A’s (92103) – Bankers Hill. Mister A’s has often been voted the Best Dining With A View, particularly since the restaurant is perched atop the 12th floor of a skyscraper in Bankers Hill. With a spectacular view of the San Diego bay and skyline coupled with its French-American fare, having Thanksgiving here will make the occasion an even more memorable premier dining experience.
Crown Room, Hotel del Coronado (92118) – Coronado. The Hotel del Coronado is a veritable fine dining establishment synonymous with breathtaking vistas and unparalleled savory cuisine. The Crown Room is the jewel of Coronado’s posh community, with the resort immediately setting the exclusive tone for your Thanksgiving celebrations. Moreover, the inspired menu combines gourmet, luxury ingredients with Southern California island-like whimsy, an approachable lightness, and autumn harvest freshness.
Parc Bistro-Brasserie (92103) — Bankers Hill. Add a refreshing twist to your Thanksgiving tradition with delectably deluxe French-American fare that is on offer at Parc Bistro-Brasserie. There’s something for everyone at this elegant spot, where all can gather and give thanks.
The Prado at Balboa Park (92101) — Balboa Park. Do you want an old-world romantic ambiance in scenic Balboa Park? Look no further than The Prado with its outstanding food and impeccable service. Even better, the restaurant is canine-friendly, so if you want Man’s Best Friend to join your Thanksgiving celebrations, you can do so at this award-winning restaurant.
Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant (92110) – Old Town. A multimillion-dollar restoration of this Old Town rarity is noted for its historic charm as an ideal venue to celebrate Thanksgiving for those who have a fondness for establishments rich in character and a storied past. The restaurant is likewise renowned for blending modern tastes with traditional recipes.
BONUS — BUFFETS:
Downtown’s Manchester Grand Hyatt’s Seaview Restaurant (92101). From 11AM to 4:30PM, guests can revel in a traditional Thanksgiving buffet while taking in the sights of the harbor. Situated on the iconic San Diego waterfront, Manchester Grand Hyatt provides guests with a special coastal-inspired dining experience for Thanksgiving Day.
Downtown San Diego’s Westgate Hotel at Le Fontainebleu Room (92101). An all-day buffet is offered this Thanksgiving from 11 AM until 6PM. The Westgate Hotel invites families to celebrate the season of gratitude with the sophistication and utmost style it deserves. Touted as downtown Gaslamp Quarter’s very own Parisian palace , this venue will create a magnificent holiday experience for any Thanksgiving buffet enthusiast.
BONUS – TAKEAWAY MEALS AND CATERING PACKAGES: Do you prefer staying home and just want to pick up the restaurant-made Thanksgiving feast, then throw the boxes to pretend you did all the cooking? Here are a few places that can help you with that plan.
Elijah’s Restaurant and Catering (92111) is heaven-sent when it comes to preparing Thanksgiving so you don’t have to. You’ll save time and still be able to provide your family and guests with a deliciously unforgettable feast. Call to place your order ahead of time.
The French Gourmet (92109) can do all the heavy lifting for you this Thanksgiving. But make your reservations beforehand. Your family’s bountiful banquet can be on order from The French Gourmet with a harvest season menu that’s sure to impress your family and guests this holiday.
Mimi’s Café (various locations) might be a French bistro restaurant, but it also surely impresses with its Take Home Turkey Supper with all the fixings and sides that can feed up to 10 people. Order ahead to ensure your meal is prepared in time for your gathering plans.
Buca Di Beppo (various locations) is well-known for its family-style meals – and this Thanksgiving, it can even prepare a feast fit for your entire family. Sure, Buca di Beppo mainly offers Italian fare, but it is also known for its gargantuan servings. Hence, Buca di Beppo now offers traditional Thanksgiving catering for large families to celebrate the season of gratitude in bountiful style. But make sure to place an order ahead of time.
Terra American Bistro (92115) has gluten-free options in its Thanksgiving Take Home package. What’s more, this award-winning San Diego restaurant brings farm-to-table concept and sustainable agriculture practices to its Thanksgiving catering menu as well, which is why Terra American Bistro’s catering services has been a local favorite each Thanksgiving season.