Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in La Jolla
Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude, take pleasure in the company of others, and dive into some amazing food; but if you don’t have time this year to cook up a huge meal for your family, or if you just want to spend time relaxing on your holiday, don’t fret–you can still have a great meal and day by trying out some of the excellent restaurants that La Jolla has to offer.
Below is our list of the best La Jolla restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner on November 23rd. Whether you’re a Thanksgiving traditionalist or adventurer, we’ve got something for you.
The Marine Room
With a breathtaking ocean view, the Marine Room is one of our top recommendations for high-class Thanksgiving dining and one of the best restaurants in San Diego. The special menu also offers a wide variety of dishes for the occasion, so if you don’t like turkey, that’s okay! You’ll have plenty of options. Celebrate the day with a mouthwatering center-cut angus steak or Red Walnut Salmon cooked to perfection.
Seating is open from 12:00 to 7:00 pm, but spots fill up quickly. Make sure to make a reservation ahead of time by calling 866.644.2351 or visiting their website.
Nine-Ten (located within the Grande Colonial Hotel) offers an unparalleled dining experience day of the year, November 23rd being no exception. This year they are offering a three-course, prix-fixe meal. In addition to the chefs’ dedication to using only the freshest local products, their innovative and creative style guarantees a unique meal that’s worth the visit. How often can you say you had savory grilled octopus or angelic vanilla mousse cheesecake on Thanksgiving?
Reservations are required, so call (858)964-5400 to grab a spot between 3:30 and 8:30 pm. Meals are $72 per person, or $97 with wine pairings. Children 12 and below get a discounted price of $25.
A. R. Valentien
A.R. Valentien is located in The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla’s world famous five-diamond hotel. If you’re looking for luxury, you’ve come to the right place. The wooden interior and seating overlooking the golf course give this spot the feeling of a high-end country club. This is a great spot for anyone who enjoys a traditional, all-out thanksgiving meal. The Lodge is also a great option for anyone who has family coming in from out of town.
Prices start at $110; $55 for anyone under 12. We recommend you make a reservation, which you can do either by calling (858) 453-4420 or visiting their website.
If you haven’t been to Hotel La Jolla’s Cusp yet, this is the time to go. The menu for this three-course meal includes indulgent dishes such as lobster bisque and braised short ribs. Try the amuse-bouche teaser provided beforehand, but make sure to save room for the s’mores tart. You can enjoy all of this with a nearly bird’s-eye view of La Jolla, since the restaurant sits on the hotel’s highest floor.
Adults pay $65 per person, but it’s $35 for guests under 12. The restaurant will be open for seating 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Reservations are available by visiting them online or calling (858) 551–3620.
The Shores Restaurant
Pick and choose from your favorite holiday treats at The Shores Restaurant (located at La Jolla Shores Hotel)! This buffet is stuffed to the brim with anything you could want–including a pasta bar, cheeseboard, seasonal sides, a full array of baked goods from muffins to pies. Its diverse, all-you-can-eat menu makes it perfect for big groups or picky eaters.
In addition to the fantastic variety, the Shores offers some of the best prices. Adults eat for $58, while children can eat for anywhere from $4-29 depending on age. Food will be served from 10:00-7:00pm. Reservations aren’t required, but for anyone who loves buffets as much as we do, it’s a good idea to secure your spot by calling 866.644.2630 or going online.
George’s California Modern
Are you looking for something a little more “advanced?” California Modern, part of the infamous George’s at the Cove, can help with that. The chefs offer creative takes on Thanksgiving classics. It’s a three course meal, so you can sample a persimmon salad, stinging nettle spaghetti, or beef tartare without having to give up your full turkey dinner. And since George’s is known for their seafood, of course we have to recommend the fish tacos.
Meals are $62 per person, with one choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert. The special menu will available from 3:00-8:00pm. Make a reservation by calling (858) 454-4244 or visiting their website.
Duke’s La Jolla
Sometimes all you want is to relax with your family, breathe in the fresh ocean air, and have a good meal. Duke’s keeps it simple with their Thanksgiving Dinner Special. Children (“Keiki”) can get a smaller version. You get all the goodies and fixings you would if you were at home, but with the addition of stellar patio seating and a view of the waterside cliffs that can’t be beat. Don’t forget to leave room for the pumpkin pie.
It’s also one of the most economical options, especially for big groups or groups with younger guests. Adults eat for $28, and those under 12 eat for $12. Reservations aren’t necessary, but if you’d like to make one you can call (858) 454-5888.
Eddie V takes Thanksgiving dining up a notch. Their prix-fixe turkey platter will cover all the bases of a traditional meal, with a twist. Brioche-sage stuffing and cranberry chutney make this one of our favorites. If you’re not feeling festive, you can always order from the regular menu–no one could blame you for eyeing the Chilean sea bass or lobster tacos at this well-known seafood destination.
Both menus will be served from 11:00-8:00 pm. Reservations are recommended–call (619) 615-0281 or head here.
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