Pamplemousse Grille, 514 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, 858-792-9090. Chef Jeffrey Strauss’s three-course dinner with choice of entrées (free-range turkey includes light and dark meat), $55, kids’ price variable, 2:00–7:00 p.m.
Park Hyatt Aviara, 7100 Four Seasons Point, Carlsbad, 760-603-6800 for all restaurants. Brunch buffets at Argyle Cafe (on golf course), 10:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. and California Bistro 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., $85, kids $42.50. Argyle dinner (including turkey breast and stuffed leg roulade), 5:00–9:00 p.m., $38, plus $9 dessert. (À la carte menu also available.) Vivace Restaurant, deluxe four-course menu, $75, kids $38, 5:00–800 p.m.
Rancho Valencia, 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858-759-6216. Four-course meal in beautiful setting, with several entrée choices including turkey, $68, kids half price, 11:00 a.m–9:00 p.m.
Red Tracton’s, 550 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, 858-755-6600. Reserve early — fills up! Traditional Thanksgiving dinner $31 per person (including dark meat), whole turkey carved at table for $36 per person ($27 kids) for tables of four or more (reserve five days ahead), seatings 2:00–7:00 p.m.
Savory, 267 North El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760-634-5556. Chef Pascal Vignau’s three-course meal with choice of entrées, $39.50–$46, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m., including dark and light meat rosemary-roasted turkey and trimmings (e.g., artichoke-andouille stuffing), or beef tenderloin; à la carte regular menu with holiday specials available 5:00–8:00 p.m.
333 Pacific, 333 North Pacific, Oceanside, 760-433-3333. Three-course prix-fixe, $50, kids $14, stuffed turkey breast and five other choices. Seaside view, 1:00–7:00 p.m.
Bernard’O, 12457 Rancho Bernardo Road, Rancho Bernardo, 858-487-7171. Tasteful live music, lovely room, à la carte menu ($20–$28 entrées), 12:30–7:30 p.m., three-course prix-fixe menu $29.50.
Rancho Bernardo Inn, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive (at Rancho Bernardo Road), 858-675-8500. Aragon Ballroom buffet brunch, $55, kids $25 (including free pony rides and petting zoo!) to age 14, a famously lavish spread, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Veranda Bar and Grille, 858-675-8555, three-course meal, dark turkey by request, $46, kids $25, 11:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m. El Bizcocho, four courses, $75 adult, $110 with matching wines, kids $25, 2:00–8:00 p.m.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Nairobi Pavilion, 760-738-5055 (call 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.). Buffet dinner $40, kids $15 (ages 3–11), seatings at noon and 3:00 p.m. Reservations required. Free entry for members; non-members pay regular park admission.
La Jolla and Golden Triangle
Adobe Restaurant at Estancia La Jolla, 9700 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858-550-1000. Brunch buffet, $22.95, and à la carte, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., with optional free-range turkey entrée. Prix-fixe three-course dinner, $52, kids $25.50, 5:00–10:00 p.m.
A.R. Valentien, Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858-777-6635. Chef Jeff Jackson’s three-course holiday dinner with options for every course (including dark meat), beautiful setting, $75, kids $30, noon–9:00 p.m. Golfer’s Grill, three-course meal $45, 4:00–10:00 p.m., also lunch à la carte.
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 dining room, entrées $28–$48 (including free-range roasted breast and braised leg), 1:00–9:00 p.m.; casual, moderately priced menu (including gobbler) in George’s Bar, 4:30–7:00 p.m.
La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect Street (at Herschel), La Jolla, 858-454-0771. Mediterranean Room buffet, seatings 1:00–6:00 p.m., $75 adults, kids $38. Sky Room, four courses (many choices) $95, no kiddie price, 3:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Marine Room, 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, 858-459-7222. Chef Bernard Guillas’s à la carte holiday menu with a closeup ocean view and adventurous cuisine; turkey breast entrée $31, noon–7:00 p.m.
Nine-Ten, Grande Colonial Hotel, 910 Prospect Street, La Jolla, 858-964-5400. Chef Jason Knibb’s three-course Thanksgiving menu with a choice of entrées including turkey leg, $55, kids $18, 3:00–8:00 p.m.
The Shores, 8110 Camino del Oro (at Avenida de la Playa), 858-456-0600. Newly upgraded food and wine (overlooking beach), with buffet $41, $20.50 kids 6–12, or $2 per year under age 6; optional kids’ station buffet, 10:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Torreyana Grille, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, 10950 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858-450-4571. Lavish holiday buffet, $67, including glass of champagne, kids $19, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Beaches and Bays
Atoll at Catamaran Resort, 3999 Mission Boulevard, Mission Beach, 858-488-1081. Brunch buffet, live music, $43 adults, kids $21, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. with free sternwheeler cruises until 5:45 p.m. Café offers à la carte dinner with seasonal dishes, 5:30–10:00 p.m.
Bahia Resort Hotel, 998 West Mission Bay Drive, Mission Beach, 858-539-7635. Champagne brunch buffet and live music in Ballroom, $40, kids $20, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., with free sternwheeler cruises. Café Bahia offers à la carte dinner with seasonal dishes, 5:30–10:00 p.m.
Baleen, Paradise Point Resort, 1404 Vacation Road, Mission Bay, 858-490-6363. Buffet in charming indoor-outdoor resort bedecked with monkey-theme decor, bayside firepit (s’mores, anyone?), $50 (including glass of wine), kids $23, noon–7:00 p.m.
Bo-Beau, 4996 West Point Loma, Ocean Beach, 619-224-2884. The Cohn Restaurant Group’s remake of Thee Bungalow offers roast turkey breast or braised leg in a three-course meal for $40, $13 kids. Call for hours.
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, hours TBA.
Island Prime and C-Level, 800 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619-298-6802. Chef Deborah Scott’s three-course menu in scenic seaside setting, six choices (including turkey breast), $50, kids $13, 1:00–7:00 p.m.
Jordan (JRDN), 4551 Ocean Boulevard, Pacific Beach, 858-270-5736. À la carte brunch 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.; indoor-outdoor ocean-side dinner, three courses, $45, kids $20–$24, 3:00–9:00 p.m.
Red Marlin, Hyatt Hotel, 1441 Quivira Road, Mission Beach, 619-221-4810. Buffet $45, kids $22, $3 for age 4 and under, in scenic indoor-outdoor waterside venue, 4:00–9:00 p.m. Ask for parking directions when reserving, or face long walk from front entrance.
Mission Valley and the Mesas
94th Aero Squadron, 8885 Balboa Avenue, Kearny Mesa, 858-560-6771. Traditional buffet including one glass of champagne in a fab faux-farmhouse with airport view, $29, kids $14, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Metropolitan San Diego
Bertrand at Mister A’s, 2550 Fifth Avenue, uptown, 619-239-1377. Spectacular view, and a three-course dinner with many choices including roast Diestel natural turkey, $55, kids’ menu $20–$25, 1:30– 8:00 p.m.
Cosmopolitan, 2600 Calhoun (at Juan Street), Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 619-297-1874. Three-course feast in restored stately hotel with huge patio, fire-pits, $49, kiddie menu $5, 5:00–9:00 p.m.