Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas in San Diego

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in San Diego.
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Are you a San Diego resident staying home for the Thanksgiving holiday? Or are you one of the lucky visitors who will be in America’s Finest City for the holiday? Then read on for tips on how to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast in San Diego, including the best places to get that turkey. 

You have three main options for Thanksgiving dinner in San Diego: cook it yourself, go out to eat at one of San Diego’s restaurants that are open for the holiday or get your meal catered by a local restaurant or grocery that has such services.

Cook Your Own San Diego Thanksgiving Feast

If cooking it yourself, be sure your turkey is a top pick by heading to one of San Diego’s best places for turkey. Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad will provide you with a freshly butchered turkey straight from Diestel Turkey Ranch. You can also get turkeys from Tip Top Meats pre-stuffed. These turkeys sell out fast so make sure you get one by contacting Tip Top Meats as soon as possible to preorder.

For those who want to just grab their turkey and go without having to worry about pre-ordering, head south to Seaside Market in Cardiff, which has an excellent selection of frozen turkeys.  

Top Catering Options for Thanksgiving in San Diego

Seaside Market also caters for Thanksgiving and has several menu options available. For other catering options, check out French Gourmet in Pacific Beach. It may have “French” in the name, but this eatery and catering company does an excellent job with this American holiday by providing Thanksgiving dinners each year complete with turkey, stuffing, veggies, potatoes, pumpkin pie and more.

San Diego Restaurants to Dine at on Thanksgiving

For those wanting to be served their Thanksgiving meal, you’re in luck as San Diego has a plethora of gourmet restaurants that typically stay open on Thanksgiving. Here are some top choices (be sure to make reservations):

Marine Room: Upscale dining right by the sea. In year's past, the Thanksgiving menu at Marine Room has featured a juniper berry ginger beer brined turkey breast plus non-traditional main entrée choices like lamb, filet mignon, and scallops.

Bertrand at Mister A’s: Enjoy your turkey dinner while taking in sweeping views of the San Diego city skyline from this ritzy rooftop location.

Dini’s by the Sea: A good choice in North County (Carlsbad) with wide ocean views and a Thanksgiving meal that manages to be impressive while staying more budget-friendly than most.

A San Diego Thanksgiving Picnic

If you want to really celebrate Thanksgiving in a San Diego style, opt for a Thanksgiving picnic: pack a turkey sandwich and head to a picnic on the beach. Unconventional? Yes. But you may not care about missing out on a sit-down dinner once you’re surfing the waves or frolicking in the sand with all the extra time you'll have since you won’t be cooking a meal or cleaning your kitchen. Or – put the money you save by not eating out toward a new surfboard…or surf lesson. Thanksgiving in San Diego, indeed!