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Rancho Valencia, 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858-759-6216. Four-course meal with several entrée choices in beautiful surroundings, $75, kids half price, noon--7:00 p.m.

Temet Grill, Temecula Creek Inn, 44501 Rainbow Canyon Road, Temecula, (951) 694-1000. Thanksgiving dinner, $40, kids $20, 10:00 a.m.--4:30 p.m. A la carte dinner 5:00--9:00 p.m., call for details.

Gold Coast:

J. Taylor's at L'Auberge Del Mar, 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858-793-6460. Chef Paul McCabe's three-course menu with multiple choices for each course is $50, kids $27, 1:00--8:00 p.m. (early seatings already sold out).

Pacifica Del Mar, Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino Del Mar (at 15th Street), Del Mar, 858-792-0476. Three-course dinner, choice of entrées, $36--$47, kids $15, noon--9:00 p.m.

Pamplemousse Grille, 514 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, 858-792-9090. Chef Jeffrey Straus's three-course dinner with choice of entrées, $50, kids' price TBA, 2:00--8:00 p.m.

Poseidon, 1670 Coast Boulevard (at 15th Street), Del Mar, 858-755-9345. A la carte, with turkey entrée, $24, kiddie menu $10, 11:00 a.m.--7:30 p.m.

Red Tracton's, 550 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, 858-755-6600. Next to the racetrack, traditional Thanksgiving dinner, $21; for tables of 4 or more, whole turkey carved at table for $30 per person, kids under 8 free, 2:00--8:00 p.m.

La Jolla and Golden Triangle:

Arterra, San Diego Marriott Del Mar, 11966 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley, 858-369-6032. Chef Carl Schroeder's three-course dinner with local-grown produce, choices for each course, $55, kids $28, noon--8:00 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, $70, kids $35, noon--9:00 p.m.

Elario's Bistro and Sky Lounge, Hotel La Jolla, 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, 858-459-0541. Traditional buffet with a sky-high view, $38, kids $20, including tip and tax, noon--8:00 p.m.

Estancia La Jolla, 9700 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858-550-1000. Chef Jesse Frost (formerly of Prince of Wales) presides over a holiday buffet, $40, kids $25, noon--4:00 p.m.

George's at the Cove, 1250 Prospect Street, La Jolla, 858-454-4244. Special à la carte menu of chef Trey Foshee's seasonal specials in the dining room, very expensive; more casual moderate-price menu on the sea-view Terrace, 1:00--9:00 p.m.

La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect Street (at Herschel), La Jolla. Thanksgiving in three venues. Mediterranean Room and Cafe La Rue, 858-551-3765, four-course dinner, $60, kids $30, seatings at 11:00, 1:30, 4:00, 7:00. Sky Room, 858-551-3744, $85, no kids' price, 2:00--4:30 p.m., jacket required, may be sold out.

Marine Room, 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, 858-459-7222, www.marineroom.com. Chef Bernard Guillas's à la carte holiday menu with a closeup ocean view and adventurous cuisine, very expensive, 11:30 a.m.--7:30 p.m.

Nine-Ten, Grande Colonial Hotel, 910 Prospect Street, La Jolla, 858-964-5400. Chef Jason Knibb rides the range at a four-course Thanksgiving menu with a choice of entrées $46, kids $19, 2:00--8:00 p.m.

The Shores, Sea Lodge, 8110 Camino del Oro, La Jolla, 858-456-0600. Family-friendly atmosphere, buffet $37, kids ages 7--12, $18; under 6, $2 per year, 11:00 a.m.--8:00 p.m.

Top of the Cove, 1216 Prospect Street, La Jolla, 858-454-7779. Three-course turkey dinner with a view, $42, also à la carte menu, 1:00--7:00 p.m.

Torreyana Grille, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, 10950 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858-450-4571. Holiday buffet, $50, kids $18, noon--8 p.m.


The Atoll, Catamaran Resort Hotel, 3999 Mission Boulevard, Mission Beach, 858-539-8635. Brunch buffet, $40, kids $18, 11:00 a.m.--3:00 p.m., includes complimentary paddle-wheeler cruise to Bahia and back. Dinner à la carte (no cruise), turkey $20, kids $12, 5:30--8:30 p.m.

Bahia Resort Hotel, 998 West Mission Bay Drive, Mission Beach, 858-539-7635. Champagne brunch buffet in ballroom, $35, kids $15, includes complimentary paddle-wheeler cruise to the Catamaran Resort and back, 11:00 a.m.--3:00 p.m. Dinner (no cruise) in café, $20, kids $12, 5:30--10:30 p.m.

Baleen, Paradise Point Resort, 1404 Vacation Road, Mission Bay, 858-490-6363. Buffet side dishes, sit-down entrées in charming resort setting, $59, kids $27, 11:00 a.m.--7:00 p.m.

Bali Hai, 2230 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619-222-1181. Family ambiance, traditional buffet, $25, kids $15, age 6 and under $8, 11:30 a.m.--7:30 p.m.

Blue Pearl Cafe, The Dana on Mission Bay, 1770 West Mission Bay Drive, Mission Bay, 619-222-4198. Special à la carte menu, marina view, turkey entrée $19, kids turkey or lobster ravioli $11, noon--8:00 p.m.

Harbor's Edge, Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619-692-2255. Holiday buffet, $33, kids $16, 5:00--10:00 p.m.

Humphrey's by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island, 619-224-3577. Champagne brunch with a marina view, $40, kids $16, 11:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m.

Island Prime, 800 Harbor Island Drive, 619-298-6802. A "C-Level" view and chef Deborah Scott's three-course menu, $50, kids $10, 1:00--7:00 p.m.

Islandia Coastal Grill, 1441 Quivira Road, Mission Beach, 619-221-4810. Four-course dinner, $40, kids $19, 2:00--7:00 p.m.

Jordan (JRDN), 4551 Ocean Boulevard, Pacific Beach, 858-270-5736. Chef Victor Jimenez' three-course dinner with four entrée choices, dining room can seat parties of up to 16, $26, no kid price, 1:00--8:00 p.m.

Kaiserhof, 2253 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard (West Point Loma Boulevard), Ocean Beach, 619-224-0606. Four-course dinner with entrée: choice of turkey, goose, or sauerbraten; bottomless beer glasses; $22--$28, 2:00--8:00 p.m.

Thee Bungalow, 4996 West Point Loma Boulevard, Ocean Beach, 619-224-2884. Three-course dinner in cozy cottage, numerous festive entrée choices including goose, $39, kids $25, 1:00--8:00 p.m.

Tom Ham's Lighthouse, end of Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619-291-9110. Convivial buffet $23, kids $15, $8 under age 7, 11:30 a.m.--9:00 p.m.

World Famous, 711 Pacific Beach Drive, Pacific Beach, 858-272-3100. Right on the boardwalk, all-day à la carte brunch, moderate, 11:30 a.m.--8:00 p.m.

Mission Valley and the Mesas:

Butcher Shop Steakhouse, 5255 Kearny Villa Road, Kearny Mesa, 858-565-2272. Holiday buffet with turkey, prime rib, etc., $25--$30, kids $15, 11:00 a.m.--8:00 p.m.

94th Aero Squadron, 8885 Balboa Avenue, Kearny Mesa, 858-560-6771. Traditional buffet in a faux farmhouse with airport view, $25, kids $13, 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 Stephan Voitzwinkler's three-course dinner, $49, kids menu $13, 2:00--6:00 p.m.

Buster's Beach House, 807 West Harbor Drive, Seaport Village, 619-233-4300. Waterfront location, à la carte menu, turkey entrée $17, kids' plate $8, noon--8:00 p.m.

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