Holiday | San Diego Thanksgiving Dining and Events

San Diego Thanksgiving Dining and Events

Father Joe’s Thanksgiving Day 5K

From turkey trots to turkey feasts (and don’t forget the pie)—we’ve rounded up the best places to celebrate Thanksgiving in San Diego.

San Diego Run for the Hungry 5K & 10K
Nov. 26. Walk, jog or run through downtown San Diego on Thanksgiving before indulging in all the feasting with the 13th annual Run for the Hungry. The race kicks off at Horton Plaza mall and ends at the Broadway Circle Turnaround. Bring your dog for an additional $10. All proceeds from the race are given to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and other hunger-relief programs at Jewish Family Service of San Diego. 7 a.m. 324 Horton Plaza, downtown.

Father Joe’s Thanksgiving Day 5K
Nov. 26. Join 10,000+ participants and spectators for the 14th annual Thanksgiving Day run through Balboa Park. The course begins at the San Diego Museum of Man, winds through the iconic Balboa Park and ends in a post race festival with live music, a beer garden and a costume contest. Don’t forget to pick up one of the famous Father Joe’s Thanksgiving pies at the race as they sell out quickly! 7:45 a.m. 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park.

San Diego South Bay Turkey Trot & Food Drive
Nov. 26. Choose to run the 5K, 10K or 15K at the 2nd annual Thanksgiving Day Run. Participants are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to race day to benefit the Salvation Army as they distribute food to those who need it. The races begin at 8 a.m. at Rohr Park, 4250 Sweetwater Rd., Bonita.
Westgate Hotel
Enjoy the special holiday with all the Thanksgiving traditions at The Westgate Hotel’s four-course dinner, or indulge in the Thanksgiving Holiday Buffet in the Le Fontainebleau Room. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 1055 Second Ave., downtown, 619.557.3655.

Bleu Boheme
Showcasing a decadent prix fixe dinner, Bleu Boheme welcomes guests to enjoy three courses from the kitchen of Ken Irvine, including choice of starters, entrees and desserts as well as wine and cocktail specials. The menu features dishes such as pumpkin-hominy soup, turkey breast roasted with fresh herbs or this served “confit” style, king salmon, and warm gingerbread with strawberry confiture and caramel ice cream. Try the Thanksgiving-inspired pumpkin pie martine with Absolut vanilla vodka, pumpkin spice liqueur, kailua, butterscotch schnapps and half and half served with crushed graham cracker rim. 4090 Adams Ave., Kensington, 619.255.4167.

Hornblower Cruises
It’s easy to be thankful when observing the beauty of America’s Finest City while cruising aboard a Hornblower yacht and enjoying their traditional buffet feast.The 2.5 hour cruise offers stellar views of the San Diego bay, a glass of champagne or sparkling cider upon boarding, full traditional Thanksgiving buffet with all the fixings and a DJ entertainer accepting music requests. $92/pp. Boarding at 2:30 and 3 p.m. 1800 North Harbor Dr., San Diego Marina,

Rancho Valencia’s signature restaurant Veladora showcases the bounty of the season as Executive Chef Jarrod Moiles crafts a full Thanksgiving buffet from the finest local fare. Enjoy live music, decadent desserts and the posh atmosphere of the gorgeous dining room. $115/pp. 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.759.6246.

Pacifica Del Mar
Pacifica has created a three-course, seasonal feast set to the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Warm up with starters like roasted Cinderella pumpkin soup or roasted farmers beet salad. Dig into hearty dishes and signature staples like rosemary rubbed turkey with all the trimmings and beef tenderloin with blue cheese crust, heirloom potato, green beans and carrots. End the dinner with a slice of Pacifica’s homemade pumpkin pie. The meal is $45/pp with the turkey entrée and $55 for other choices. 12-9 p.m. 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.0467.

Farmer’s Bottega
Satisfy your hunger pains all day long at Farmer’s Bottega in Mission Hills. The restaurant is featuring breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and serves dinner from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Those wishing to skip the traditional turkey can opt for signature dishes such as oxtail ravioli, buffalo filet, rack of lamb and flat iron pork. 860 West Washington St., Mission Hills, 619.458.9929.

The North County crowd can enjoy the three-course Harvest dinner at Bellamy’s in Escondido. Master Chef Patrick Ponsaty has prepared a special Thanksgiving menu featuring French inspired standouts such as slow-roasted pumpkin soup, foie gras torchon, slow-roasted local turkey, honey glazed bone-in ham, vegetarian fettuccine, lemon and orange blossom cheesecake and traditional pumpkin pie with vanilla sauce. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $60/pp. 417 W Grand Ave., Escondido, 760.747.5000.

Brian’s 24
Nov. 27. The “restaurant that never sleeps” is open Thanksgiving day. Set in the heart of the Gaslamp quarter, Brian’s copper-clad kitchen, mahogany bar and crystal chandelier create a cozy atmosphere. Enjoy food from their full menu from breakfast until dinner, including their famous omelets, New York Steak, and everything in between. 828 6th Ave., Gaslamp District. 619.702.8410.

Cafe Gratitude’s Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie

Cafe Gratitude
Avoid the holiday stress of baking the pies and pick up an organic, raw and vegan pie from Cafe Gratitude to serve at the festivities. Offerings include the “Irresistable” raw coconut cream pie, raw pumpkin pie and raw pecan pie. Orders must be placed by 10 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22. 1980 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.736.5077.

Sugar & Scribe Bakery
Nov. 26. Don’t forget about the post feast sweet fix, and pick up your pies from Sugar & Scribe Bakery. With dozens of sweet options to match any palette, the bakery is the perfect stop for that pumpkin, apple or pecan pie. Visit the bakery at the original shop in Pacific Beach, or at its new location in La Jolla. 1420 Garnet Ave, Pacific Beach or 7660 Fay Ave, La Jolla. 858.274.1733.

Le Parfait Paris
Before heading to the Thanksgiving party, impress family and friends and swing by Le Parfait for their famous Thanksgiving tart made with sugar crust, pumpkin spice biscuit covered by pumpkin spice ganache and topped with mascarpone whip cream and pecans. Online orders must be placed one day before Thanksgiving and a limited number available on Thanksgiving day from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. as supplies last. 555 G St., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.245.4457.

True Food Kitchen
Everyone knows Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without pie to round out the meal. Try something unique with True Food Kitchen’s squash pies available whole Nov. 13-25. Thanksgiving pies must be ordered by Nov. 22. The vegan pies are not only decadent but absolutely delicious. 7007, Friars Rd. #394, Fashion Valley Mall, Mission Valley, 619.810.2929.

Julian Pie Co.
Even if you can’t make it all the way up to Julian to pick up one of their deliciously famous pies, many local groceries and markets carry both freshly baked and frozen, unbaked pies. Just get there early as the goods sell out quickly! Various locations. For a full list of where to buy, click here.


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