Island Prime and C-Level, 880 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, 1–7 p.m. VU
Jordan (JRDN), 4551 Ocean Boulevard, Pacific Beach, 858-270-5736. Indoor-outdoor oceanside dinner, feet can touch the beach on the patio, three-course turkey dinner, $45, kids $21, 3–8 p.m. KA, VU
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, $30, kids $14, 12:30–9 p.m. KA, VU
Metropolitan San Diego
Bertrand at Mister A’s, 2550 Fifth Avenue, Uptown, 619-239-1377. A spectacular view and a three-course dinner with many choices, including roast Diestel natural turkey, $55, kids’ menu $20–$25, 1:30–8 p.m.
Bice, 425 Island Avenue, Gaslamp, 619-239-2423. Five-course family-style dinner, partly Italian, partly American, with generous communal pasta course (can be vegetarian entrée) and several entrée choices, including turkey stuffed with pancetta, chestnuts, berries. Adults $50, kids up to 15 free with purchase of one adult prix fixe, noon–8 p.m. VE
Cosmopolitan, 2600 Calhoun Street (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, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. prix-fixe dinner, $34.95, kids $14.95, numerous choices for every course (turkey is breast only, but there’s duck-leg confit). KA, VU
El Fandango, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 2734 Calhoun Street, 619-298-2860. Whole turkey and trimmings, $25 per person for four or more, kids TBA, you take home the leftovers; singles and smaller groups get entrée plates for $25 each, noon–7 p.m. KA, VU
US Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway, Downtown, 619-744-2077. Lavish champagne buffet in Grand Lobby, beautiful room with live jazz, $67, seniors $57, kids $24, seatings noon–4 p.m. Grant Grill offers a gala tasting menu, including chestnut-sausage stuffed turkey leg, five courses for $85, noon–7 p.m.
Hob Nob Hill, 2271 First Avenue, Bankers Hill, 619-239-8176. Three-course prix fixe with roast turkey (light and dark), plus other choices, $22–$24, 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Dinners also available for takeout.
Imperial House, 505 Kalmia Street (at 6th Avenue), Uptown, 619-234-3525. Three-course dinner near Balboa Park, many entrée choices, including light and dark turkey, $30, kids $20, 1–6 p.m.
Inn at the Park, 525 Spruce Street (5th Avenue), Hillcrest, 619-291-0999. A jolly atmosphere with sing-along show tunes from the piano bar; three-course T-day spread with four entrée choices, including light or dark turkey or vegetarian, $36, kids half price, with seatings at 3, 5, and 7 p.m. VE
Lael’s Restaurant, Manchester Grand Hyatt, One Market Place, Downtown, 619-358-6735. Huge buffet includes sushi, free-range turkey, volcanic salt–crusted roast beef, $65, seniors $45, kids $25, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
McCormick and Schmick’s, Omni Hotel, 675 L Street (at 6th Avenue), Downtown, 619-645-6545. Three-course prix fixe $24, kids $8, or à la carte, 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
The Prado, House of Hospitality, Balboa Park, 619-557-9441. Three courses in beautiful park setting and garden patio, with a glass of champagne, five entrée choices, including turkey breast and leg roulade, and a vegetarian pumpkin risotto $50, kids $13, includes beverage, 3–8 p.m. VE VU
Sally’s, Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, Downtown, 610-358-6740. Prix-fixe four-course dinner, $45, three courses for $40, kids $15; regular menu also available, 11:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. VU
San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, 619-557-3964 (call 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.). Sit-down dinner at Albert’s, $38, $14 kids, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Buffet at Treetops, $43, kids $16, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Zoo admission for non-members is extra. Reservations required. KA, VU
Vela, San Diego Bayfront Hilton Hotel, 1 Park Boulevard at Harbor Drive, 619-564-3333. Indoor-outdoor venue with bayfront view, brunch buffet, $70 (with bottomless booze), kids $15, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Westgate Hotel, 1055 2nd Avenue, Downtown, 619-557-3655. Le Fontainebleau champagne buffet, $65, kids $32.50, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (last seating at 5:00 p.m.); Westgate Room, four-course prix fixe, $59, kids TBA, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Coronado and South Bay
Café La Maze, 1441 Highland Avenue, National City, 619-474-3222. Prix-fixe three-course turkey dinner in historic old steakhouse, $17, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Coronado Boathouse 1887, 1701 Strand Way, Coronado, 619-435-0155. Prix fixe with traditional turkey entrée (light and dark), $35, kids $15, in casual bayfront setting, 2–8 p.m.
Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, 619-522-8490 and 435-6611. Holiday buffets in both the Ballroom, noon–4 p.m., and the gorgeous Crown Room, noon–6 p.m., $90, kids $38. Ice-skating rink outdoors (price not covered in dinner). KA VU
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, 4000 Coronado Bay Road, Silver Strand, Coronado, 619-424-400 x6300. Mistral features chef Patrick Ponsaty’s spectacular three-course prix fixe for $49 (plus regular fall menu), 5–9 p.m. Market Cafe offers a champagne buffet (with “chocolate fountain” for the youngsters) from 1–5 p.m., $59, kids $29. KA VU
Peohe’s, Ferry Landing Marketplace, 1201 First Street, Coronado, 619-437-4474. Waterfront view, tropical decor with waterfalls, turkey dinner with all the trimmings (dark and light meat), $28, kids $11, 11 a.m.–9:00 p.m. KA VU
East County and Far East
Note: Most casinos are in this area and serve lavish T-day dinners in their various venues. Barona (888-722-7662) and Viejas (619-445-5400) are especially known for good food at reasonable prices. Phone for details, hours, and policies regarding children.
Andiamo, 5950 Santo Road, Tierrasanta, 858-277-3501. Three courses, $26, kids $15, 4–9 p.m.
Terra American Bistro, 7091 El Cajon Boulevard, La Mesa, 619-293-7088. Three-course prix fixe, $35 (kiddie meals TBA), seatings at noon, 2:30, 5 p.m.
Pine Hills Lodge, 2960 La Posada Way, Julian, 760-765-1100. Buffet, with seatings at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m., $40, kids $25.
Rongbranch Restaurant, 2722 Washington Street, Julian, 760-765-2265. Roast-turkey dinner (light and dark), $22, kids $16, à la carte also available, noon–7 p.m.
Most restaurants offering prix-fixe meals include a fish entrée among the choices, and buffets have lavish seafood bars. Top farm-to-fork restaurants (e.g., 1500 Ocean, A.R. Valentien, George’s Modern, Kitchen 1540, Mille Fleurs, Mistral) may be able to accommodate vegetarians with something splendidly meatless; call to inquire (and/or reserve) ASAP. Buffets typically offer numerous meatless choices, but strict vegans need be cautious as ’tis the season for heaps of cream among the greens. Whole Foods has a vegan feast (for one) to go.