Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in San Diego & Chef Meals to Take Home (2020)

San Diego hotel restaurants and their amazing chefs have put together creative menus and even some opportunities to take a prepared feast home with you in this most uncommon year. I’ll keep this list of where to have Thanksgiving dinner in San Diego updated as I hear about even more great ideas, which I’m sure will be hitting my inbox in the coming weeks.

Where to Have Thanksgiving Day Dinner in San Diego

Make a reservation for Thanksgiving lunch or dinner or, better yet, check-in to one of the best hotels in San Diego.

Hotel del Coronado

Two restaurants at Hotel del Coronado, a top beachfront hotel in San Diego, are serving special Thanksgiving dinners.


The outdoor patio at Serea restaurant in Coronado Island.The ocean is to the right! (Photo courtesy of Hotel del Coronado)

If you envision Thanksgiving dinner in San Diego involving al fresco dining and ocean views, Serea delivers. The sea-to-table restaurant is offering a three-course menu featuring seared tuna tatouche, white truffle winter squash bisque, slow-roasted and lightly smoked turkey, mountain berry apple crumble, and more.

Enhance the meal further if you like with family-style options, including whole roasted two-pound Baja striped sea bass, beef tenderloin roast, and whole roasted spaghetti squash. Choose indoor or outdoor seating.

  • Thursday, November 26, from 3-9 p.m.
  • $125/adult and $45/children (ages 4–10), children under 3 are complimentary
  • Make reservations online.

Crown Room

A lavish buffet at the Crown Room at Hotel del Coronado.A Crown Room buffet during normal times, but you can still see how beautiful this room is. (Photo is courtesy of Hotel del Coronado)

An elegant Thanksgiving dinner will be offered this November 26 in the historic Crown Room, with three lavish courses set to feature all of the favorite, traditional trimmings from a prix fixe menu.

Guests will be seated at socially distanced tables for the 90-minute dinner. Thanksgiving Day also marks the launch of Holiday at The Del, which will include a winter wonderland-themed display on Windsor Lawn. 

  • Thursday, November 26
  • Make reservations online (they are not yet available, so check back soon)
  • Price: $125/adult and $45/children (ages 4-10), children under 3 are complimentary

Pendry San Diego

Thanksgiving dinner in San Diego at Pendry San DiegoThanksgiving dinner at Provisional (Photo courtesy of Pendry San Diego)

Chef Brandon Sloan has put together a delicious 3-course prix fixe menu at Provisional, Pendry San Diego‘s restaurant-marketplace. Courses include a choice of butternut squash soup; date, bacon, and goat cheese tart; or brown butter gnocchi with smoked duck breast, celery root, and apple. The next course selections include braised snake river farms short rib and persimmon mustard glazed salmon with sunchoke puree, crispy sunchoke, and sorrel. Finally, choose a fall dessert: roasted vanilla apple or pecan cream pie.

  • Thursday, November 26 (seating begins at 3 p.m.)
  • Price: $85/adult and $25/children ages 3-12.

Rancho Bernardo Inn

Reservations for Thanksgiving Day dinners at the lovely Rancho Bernardo Inn can be made on OpenTable (parties larger than 8 people need to contact the hotel directly).


The rustic/modern interior at Avant restaurant in Rancho Bernardo.

On Thanksgiving Day in San Diego, guests can experience a specialty four-course lunch or dinner menu of Thanksgiving classics with an elevated twist at Rancho Bernardo Inn’s signature restaurant, AVANT. Diners will have three or four choices per course that include the likes of juniper-marinated beef tartare, potato leek soup, Diestel turkey roulade, Snake River Farms wagyu strip, and, of course, pumpkin pie.

  • Thursday, November 26, from 2–7 p.m.
  • Price: $90/adult and $40/children


Outdoor lounge and dining area at Veranda (Photo courtesy of Rancho Bernardo Inn)

Veranda is also offering a three-course prix fixe menu with several first-course and dessert choices. Still, the heart of the turkey day meal is the main of herb-roasted turkey breast with trimmings like chestnut and pancetta stuffing, glazed heirloom carrots, truffle whipped Yukon potatoes, and apple cider gravy.

  • Thursday, November 26 from 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m. (last seating is at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Price: $65/adult and $40/children

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Chef Joshua picks greens in the resort garden.  Chef Joshua in the Garden at Rancho Valencia Resort.

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa capitalizes on its 49 lush acres, beautiful and expansive Croquet lawn, and serene outdoor spaces to host family-style Thanksgiving dinners. Guests can look forward to socially-distanced crafts for kids, live music, and an exquisite Thanksgiving menu.

  • Reservation details coming soon
  • Price: $125/adult and $60 for children ages 10 and under

Prepared Chef Meals for Dinner at Home

If you’re not ready to eat out or would prefer to skip cooking this year, have no fear. San Diego chefs will send you home with full Thanksgiving dinners or even just pumpkin pies.


Here’s your chance to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal cooked by six of San Diego’s most renowned chefs — in the comfort of your own home. They’re bundling together a delicious turkey day feast for guests to take home, including pumpkin or pecan pie to-go.

Delight in turkey and side dishes from the following chefs:

  • Chef Brandon Sloan (Pendry San Diego): A porchetta-style turkey stuffed with roasted garlic and herbs
  • Chef Jojo Ruiz (Lionfish / Serẽa Coastal Cuisine): Spiny lobster and raja “tamales.”
  • Chef Chris Gentile (AVANT at Rancho Bernardo Inn): A yakitori French beans, porcini, and winter truffle gravy dish
  • Chef Brad Wise (Trust): Beet and chicory salad dressed with burnt orange vinaigrette
  • Chef Mark Schmitt (Fort Oak): a Hearth Grilled winter vegetable and puffed quinoa dish
  • Chef Crystal (Wayfarer)

The special is priced at $250 and serves 4. A $50 donation will give back to the San Diego Food Bank. Pre-order by Nov. 23 and pick up at Pendry San Diego by Nov. 25 (3-9 p.m.) or Nov. 26 (7 a.m. – 9 p.m.).

Pies from Provisional

If you just need a pie, no problem. Pre-order and pick one up from Provisional Restaurant at Pendry San Diego. *Pre-order 9-inch to-go-pie by Nov. 21 and pick up at Provisional on Nov. 25 or 26 between 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., priced at $35 each; pre-order form here.

Rancho Valencia Full Meals

Rancho Valencia will also be offering a full a la carte meal prepped, cooked, packaged, and ready to reheat at home. You can pre-order through the resort’s website (link to come) with pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Standout offerings that come oven-ready and with heating instructions include canapés, starters and soups, turkey, short-rib, sides, sauces, and complete with various pies and desserts.

Hotel del Coronado Meals for 10-12

If your family runs on the larger side or if you crave leftovers for days, Hotel del Coronado chefs are happy to step in. Pick up large meals that feed 10-12 at Sheerwater on November 25 between 4–7 p.m. We’re talking about traditional favorites that include a whole roasted turkey, sour cream mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, cornbread stuffing, gravy, cranberries, and more. The price is $725. Check back for ordering information as it’s not yet available.

Trust me, this list of where to have Thanksgiving dinner in San Diego will grow in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!