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, several selections including dark- and light-meat turkey, $54, kids $24, noon–8:00 p.m.

Mille Fleurs, 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, 858-756-3085. Chef Martin Woesle’s four-course dinner includes dark- and light-meat turkey, $55, plus à la carte choices, 1:30–7:00 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, choice of entrées, $38 (for turkey) up to $49, kids $15, 1:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Pamplemousse, 514 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, 858-792-9090. Chef Jeffrey Straus’s magnificent four-course dinner with choice of entrées (turkey is breast only), $55, kids $25, 2:00–7:00 p.m.

Rancho Valencia, 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858-759-6216. Four-course meal from hotsy-totsy new chef, with several entrée choices, including whole roast turkey, in beautiful surroundings, $75, kids half-price, toddlers less, noon–8:30 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 at 2:00, 4:30, 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, 11:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m., including dark- and light-meat turkey; à la carte regular menu available after 3:30 p.m.

333 Pacific, 333 North Pacific, Oceanside, 760-433-3333, three-course prix fixe $50, $70 with matched wines, kids $14; mushroom-stuffed turkey breast roulade and five other choices, seaside view, 1:00–7:00 p.m.

North Inland

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 ($20–$28 entrées), 1:30–7:30 p.m.

Rancho Bernardo Inn, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive (at Rancho Bernardo Road), Rancho Bernardo, 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.

Wild Animal Park, Nairobi Pavilion, 760-738-5055 (call 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.). Buffet dinner $40, kids $15 (age 3–11), seatings at noon and 3:00 p.m. Reservations required. Free entry for members; nonmembers 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. À la carte breakfast 6:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Brunch 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., with optional free-range turkey entrée. Three-course prix fixe, $48 (kiddie price TBA), 4:00–11:00 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 four options for every course (including dark meat), beautiful setting, $75, kids $30, noon–9:00 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 dining room, entrées mainly $30 and up; more casual, moderately priced menu in George’s Bar, 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m., or lunch on the Ocean Terrace, 11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect Street (at Herschel), La Jolla, 858-454-0771. Buffets at Ocean View Terrace, Whaling Bar, Mediterranean Room, seatings at 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, $75 adults, $28 kids. Sky Room four-course prix fixe $95, 5:00 p.m. (later seating sold out); à la carte lunch 11:00–2:00, including $42 turkey entrée (light and dark).

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; 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 light and dark turkey, $52, kids $18, 3:00–8:00 p.m.

Sante, 7811 Herschel Avenue, La Jolla, 858-454-1315. Regular menu with T-Day specials at local Italian favorite, à la carte three courses about $40 including roast turkey entrée, 11:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

The Shores, 8110 Camino del Oro (at Avenida de la Playa), La Jolla, 858-456-0600. Newly upgraded food and wine overlooking beach, with buffet $41, $19 kids 7–12, or $3 per year; optional kid-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, $58 including glass of champagne, kids $20, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Atoll at Catamaran Resort, 3999 Mission Boulevard, Mission Beach, 858-539-8635. Brunch buffet, live music, $43 adults, kids $21, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. with free sternwheeler cruises until 5:45.

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.

Baleen, Paradise Point Resort, 1404 Vacation Road, Mission Bay, 858-490-6363. Hot new chef’s buffet in charming indoor-outdoor resort bedecked with monkey-theme decor, bayside firepits, $68, kids $28, noon–7:00 p.m. Casual, lower-priced Barefoot Bar and Grill, 858-274-4630, serving an à la carte menu including turkey entrée; call for details.

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/ C-Level Lounge, 880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619-298-6802. Chef Deborah Scott’s three-course menu in scenic bayside 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. (usual dishes); indoor-outdoor oceanside dinner, three courses, $45, kids $25, 3:00–8:00 p.m.

Red Marlin, Hyatt Hotel, 1441 Quivira Road, Mission Beach, 619-221-4810. Buffet $42, kids $21 (with optional special kiddie buffet) 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.

Thee Bungalow, 4996 West Point Loma Boulevard, Ocean Beach, 619-224-2884. Three-course dinner in cozy cottage, four entrée choices (including turkey breast, duck), $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 one glass of champagne in a fab faux-farmhouse with airport view, $29, kids $14, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

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millerowski Nov. 11, 2009 @ 3:01 p.m.

Thanks for the exhaustive list!--a necessary addition to the refrigerator art. And special thanks for listing the establishments serving the dark meat of the beloved bird. However, after considering each restaurant, I was, finally, exhausted, and figured that roasting a hen, mashing up some taters, and steaming some brussels sprouts is not such a chore, plus there are the leftovers! I do highly recommend the prix fixe meal at El Bizcocho, though. With wine pairing and live piano melodies flowing, the exquisite cuisine is magic. And then, after an optional Remy Martin, a room at the Inn...


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