Arterra, San Diego Marriott Del Mar, 11966 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley, 858-369-6032. Three-course prix fixe featuring turkey or rib-eye steak, $30–$35, kids’ menu $10, plus limited à la carte menu, 3–8 p.m.
Dining Room at The Inn, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 858-756-1131. Huge brunch buffet in beautiful setting, $60, kids $24, under 5 free, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. VU
Aviara, 7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad, 760-603-6800 for all restaurants. Brunch buffets at Argyle Cafe (on golf course), 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; California Bistro 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; $85, kids $42.50, toddlers $21. Argyle dinner (including turkey breast and stuffed leg roulade), 5–8:30 p.m., $38 (à la carte menu also available). At elegant Vivace Restaurant, deluxe four-course menu, plus regular menu, $75, kids TBA, 4–8 p.m.
Grand Del Mar, 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Carmel Valley, 858-314-1900. Addison: prix-fixe feast $165 ($290 with wines), no kid price, 3–8 p.m. Amaya (858-314-2727), three-course meal noon–8 p.m., $70, $95 with matched wines, $30 kids’ menu. VU
Kitchen 1540 at L’Auberge Del Mar, 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858-793-6460. Chef Paul McCabe’s three-course prix fixe, several selections, including dark and light meat free-range turkey, $65, $32 kids, noon–8 p.m.
La Costa Resort, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, 800-854-5000. Legends Bistro buffet 11 a.m.–5 p.m., $65, kids $27. Dinner, prix-fixe turkey, $39, 5–10 p.m. BlueFire Grill, three-course prix fixe, $45, 5–10 p.m. VU
Mille Fleurs, 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, 858-756-3085. Chef Martin Woesle’s three-course dinner includes a turkey entrée, both light and dark, $59,50, plus exquisite à la carte additions, 1–7 p.m.
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, with numerous choices, $39 for organic free-range roast turkey (white and dark), $49 with other choices, kids $15, noon–9 p.m.
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, 2–8 p.m.
Rancho Valencia, 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858-759-6216. Buffet $79 (with champagne $87), kids $29, beautiful setting, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. VU
Red Tracton’s, 550 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, 858-755-6600. Reserve early — fills up! Traditional Thanksgiving dinner, $34 per person (including dark meat); whole turkey carved at table for $38 per person ($27 kids) for tables of four or more (reserve five days ahead), seatings 2–6:30 p.m.
Savory, 267 North El Camino Real, Encinitas, 760-634-5556. Chef Pascal Vignau’s three-course meal with choice of entrées, $34.50–$42,50, 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 5–8 p.m.
Bernard’O, 12457 Rancho Bernardo Road, Rancho Bernardo, 858-487-7171. Tasteful live music, lovely room. New chef Vincent Viale (from Tapenade) offers three courses for $32.50, kids $14.50, 11:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. VU
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 a.m.–3 p.m. Veranda Bar and Grille (858-675-8555), three-course meal, dark turkey by request, $50, kids $25, 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. El Bizcocho, four courses, $75, $110 with matching wines, kids $35, 2–6 p.m. KA
San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Nairobi Pavilion, Escondido, 760-738-5055 (call 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.). Buffet dinner $46, kids $16 (ages 3–11), seatings at noon and 3 p.m. Reservations required. Free entry for members; non-members pay regular park admission. KA, VU
La Jolla and Golden Triangle
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 TBA, noon–9:00 p.m. Golfer’s Grill, three-course meal $45, 4–10 p.m., craft-beer tasting $10; lunch à la carte. VU
Elijah’s, 8861 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla, 858-455-1461; 2638 Del Mar Heights Road, Del Mar, 858-259-4880. Three-course turkey dinner $20, kids $13, open 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
George’s California Modern, 1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla, 858-454-4244. À la carte menu of chef Trey Foshee’s seasonal specials, entrées $28–$48 (including free-range roasted breast and braised leg), 1–9 p.m. VU
La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect Street (at Herschel), La Jolla, 858-454-0771. All venues (except for the Sky Room, which will be closed), buffet, seatings at 1, 3, and 6 p.m., $75 adults, kids $38.
Marine Room, 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, 858-459-7222. Chef Bernard Guillas’s à la carte holiday menu, close-up ocean view and adventurous cuisine, free-range turkey breast entrée, $32, noon–7 p.m. VU
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 free-range turkey breast, leg roulade, $55, $75 with wine, kids $18, 3–8 p.m.
The Shores, 8110 Camino del Oro (at Avenida de la Playa), 858-456-0600. Newly upgraded food and wine served overlooking the beach, buffet $44, kids (6–12) $22, or $4 per year under age 6; optional children’s buffet, 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Easy beach access for restless little ones. KA, VU
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, noon–6 p.m.
Baleen, Paradise Point Resort, 1404 Vacation Road, Mission Bay, 858-490-6363. Buffet in charming indoor-outdoor resort bedecked with monkey-themed decor, bayside fire pit, three courses, $35 (dark turkey included), kids TBA, 5–10 p.m. KA, VU
Red Marlin, Hyatt Hotel, 1441 Quivira Road, Mission Beach, 619-221-4810. Buffet $36, kids $18, in scenic indoor-outdoor waterside venue, 5:30–10 p.m. Ask for parking directions when reserving, to avoid long walk from front entrance. VU
BO-Beau, 4996 West Point Loma Boulevard, Ocean Beach, 619-224-2884. The Cohn Restaurant Group’s remake of Thee Bungalow offers roast turkey breast, four other choices, in a three-course meal for $40, kids $13, 3–8 p.m.
Humphrey’s by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619-378-4281. Champagne buffet with a marina view in the dining room and live jazz in the lounge, $50, kids $20, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. VU