Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, Carmel Valley, 858-314-2030. Addison: à la carte or seven-course taster menu $150, $285 with matched wines, no kiddie prices, 5:30–10:00 p.m. Amaya: three-course meal noon–8:00 p.m., $65, $100 with wine. Manchester Salon: buffet, $85, $40 kids, 11:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Kitchen 1540 at L’Auberge Del Mar, 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858-793-6460. In newly renovated setting, chef Paul McCabe’s three-course prix-fixe dinner, $49, $24 kids, noon–8:00 p.m.
Mille Fleurs, 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, 858-756-3085. Four-course dinner by renowned chef Martin Woesle, call for price (expensive), 1:00–7:00 p.m. Reserve ASAP; this one always fills up early.
Pacifica Del Mar, Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino Del Mar (at 15th Street), Del Mar, 858-792-0476. Chef Chris Idso’s three-course dinner, choice of entrées, $38–$48, kids $16, noon–9:00 p.m.
Pamplemousse Grille, 514 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, 858-792-9090. Chef Jeffrey Strauss' magnificent four-course dinner with choice of entrées, $55, kids $24, 2:30–7:00 p.m.
Rancho Valencia, 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858-759-6216. Four-course meal with several entrée choices in beautiful surroundings, $78, kids half-price, toddlers less, noon–7:30 p.m.
Red Tracton’s, 550 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, 858-755-6600. Traditional Thanksgiving dinner $30 per person; whole turkey carved at table for $35 per person ($27 kids) for tables of four or more (reserve five days ahead), seatings at 2:00, 4:00, 6:30 p.m.
Savory, 267 North El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760-634-5556. Chef Pascal Vignau’s three-course à la carte meal with choice of entrées, $39.50–$46, 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Bernard’O, 12457 Rancho Bernardo Road, Rancho Bernardo, 858-487-7171. Tasteful live music, lovely room, super-chef Patrick Ponsaty’s à la carte menu (turkey entrée, $20), three-course dinner, $35–$40 plus tip, tax, bev; regular kiddie menu available, 1:00–7:30 p.m.
Rancho Bernardo Inn, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive (at Rancho Bernardo Road), 858-675-8500. Aragon Ballroom buffet brunch, $66, kids $25 (including free pony ride!) to age 14, a famously lavish spread, 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Veranda Bar and Grille, 858-675-8555, three-course meal, $46, kids $25, 11:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m. El Bizcocho, 858-675-8550, four courses, $75 adult, $110 with matching wines, kids $25, 2:00–8:00 p.m.
Wild Animal Park, Nairobi Pavilion, 760-738-5055 (call 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.). Buffet dinner $43, kids $18 (aged 3–11), seatings at noon and 3:00 p.m. Reservations required. Free entry to park for members; nonmembers must pay regular admission.
La Jolla and Golden Triangle
A.R. Valentien, Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858-777-6635. Beautiful spot, fabulous food: chef Jeff Jackson’s three-course holiday dinner, $75, kids $30, noon–9:00 p.m.
Estancia La Jolla, 9700 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858-964-6500. À la carte breakfast 6:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Prix-fixe three courses, $49, $75 with wine, kiddie menu à la carte, 2:00–8:00 p.m.
George’s at the Cove, 1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla, 858-454-4244. À la carte menu of chef Trey Foshee’s seasonal specials in the California Modern dining room, entrées alone, $26–$44; more casual, moderately priced menu with a view at theOcean Terrace, 1:00–9:00 p.m.
Jack’s La Jolla, 7863 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-456-8111. Chef Tony DiSalvo’s à la carte menus with Thanksgiving specials, expensive. Ocean Room 3:00–7:00 p.m.; Viaggio 4:00–8:00 p.m.
La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect Street (at Herschel), La Jolla, 858-454-0771. Mediterranean Room buffet 1:00, 4:00 p.m. (sold out for 6:30 p.m.), $69, $35 kids. Call for details on Whaling Bar and Grill and Sky Room.
Marine Room, 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, 858-459-7222. Chef Bernard Guillas’s à la carte holiday menu with a close-up ocean view and adventurous cuisine, expensive, noon–7:00 p.m.
Nine-Ten, Grande Colonial Hotel, 910 Prospect Street, La Jolla, 858-964-5400. Chef Jason Knibb rides the range at a three-course Thanksgiving menu with a choice of entrées, $49, kids $25, 2:00–8:00 p.m.
Sante, 7811 Herschel Avenue, La Jolla, 858-454-1315. Regular menu with T-Day specials at local Italian favorite, three courses about $50, 11:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Torreyana Grille, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, 10950 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858-450-4571. Lavish holiday buffet, $54 including glass of champagne, kids $24, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Bahia Resort Hotel, 998 West Mission Bay Drive, Mission Beach, 858-539-7635. Champagne brunch buffet in ballroom, $40, kids $20, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., with a free cruise on a sternwheeler.
Baleen, Paradise Point Resort, 1404 Vacation Road, Mission Bay, 858-490-6363. Brunch buffet in charming resort setting bedecked with monkey-theme decor, $68, kids $28, noon–7:00 p.m.
Humphrey’s by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619-224-3577. Champagne brunch with a marina view and live jazz, $50, kids $17, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Island Prime, 880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619-298-6802. Chef Deborah Scott’s three-course menu in scenic setting, $50, kids $13, two-hour time limit for eating, 1:00–7:00 p.m.
Jordan (JRDN), 723 Felspar Street, Pacific Beach, 858-270-5736. À la carte oceanside dinner, upper moderate to expensive, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Red Marlin, Hyatt Hotel, 1441 Quivira Road, Mission Beach, 619-221-4810. Buffet $39, kids $15 (with optional special kiddie buffet), 4:00–8:00 p.m.
Thee Bungalow, 4996 West Point Loma Boulevard, Ocean Beach, 619-224-2884. Three-course dinner in cozy cottage, entrée choices including duck, turkey, sirloin, bass, $50, kids $15, 1:00–8:00 p.m.
Mission Valley and the Mesas
94th Aero Squadron, 8885 Balboa Avenue, Kearny Mesa, 858-560-6771. Traditional buffet including a glass of champagne, plus eggnog and fruit punches, in a fab faux-farmhouse with airport view, $28, kids $14, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Metropolitan San Diego
Bertrand at Mister A’s, 2550 Fifth Avenue, uptown, 619-239-1377. A spectacular view, and chef Stéphane Voitzwinkler’s three-course dinner, $55, kids’ menu $20–$25, 1:30–8:00 p.m.
El Fandango, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 2734 Calhoun Street, 619-298-2860. Whole turkey and trimmings, $27 per person for three or more, you take home the leftovers, noon–5:00 p.m.
Imperial House, 505 Kalmia (at Sixth Avenue), uptown, 619-234-3525. Four-course dinner by Balboa Park, many entrée choices, $30, kids $20, 1:00–7:00 p.m.
Inn at the Park, 525 Spruce Street (Fifth Avenue), Hillcrest, 619-291-0999. A jolly, gay atmosphere (in all senses of the word) with sing-along show tunes from the piano bar and a T-day spread for $29 (no kid price), with seatings at 2:00, 5:00, and 7:00 p.m.