What’s cooking for Thanksgiving at San Diego County restaurants

Callie Restaurant in East Village will be serving a prix-fixe Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 25.
(Kelly Wood )

After doing mostly takeout dinners for Thanksgiving last year, many San Diego County restaurants are going big for turkey day this year, offering both takeout and in-house menus and special events beginning next week and running through Nov. 26. Here’s a look at some of the options:

Chefsgiving 2021 at the Pendry Hotel takes place on Nov. 18.
(Pendry Hotel)

Pre-Thanksgiving event

Chefsgiving at the Pendry Hotel: Get an early start on your holidays with a chef’s collaboration dinner to benefit the San Diego Food Bank at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Pendry’s Provisional Kitchen in the Gaslamp Quarter. Participating chefs will prepare their favorite Thanksgiving dishes for the family-style meal. Participating chefs are Brandon Sloan of Provisional; Jojo Ruiz of Lionfish and Serea; Chris Gentile of Avant; Crystal White of Wayfarer Bread; Davin Waite of Wrench & Rodent and The Plot; and Clément Le Déoré of Desserts by Clement. Tickets are $150, of which $30 goes to the Food Bank. 550 J St, San Diego.

Takeout options

Barbusa: This Little Italy restaurant will offer a take-home, traditional four-course Thanksgiving feast with Sicilian-style pasta options, including pasta al forno and baked ziti. A meal for four costs $199. Pre-orders will be taken by phone through Nov. 23 by phone at (619) 238-1917 or by email to PJ Busalacchi (subject line: “Thanksgiving order”) at Meals can be picked up from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 24 and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 25. 1917 India St, San Diego.

Barbusa will serve a Thanksgiving dinner with Sicilian pasta options.
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Black Angus: The family steakhouse chain is offering family meals to go as well as dine-in service on Thanksgiving day. The take-home meal, which offers a turkey, seven sides and pie, is available in sizes for four people, $99.95, eight people, $199.95, and 12 people, $299.95. The in-house meal will feature the same menu priced at $24.99 for adults, $10.99 for children. Local location details at

Cardellino: This Trust Restaurant Group location in Mission Hills will serve a take-home multicourse classic Thanksgiving menu that serves six to eight people for $325. Meal will include dishes from various Trust restaurants, including beet salad from Fort Oak, stuffing from Wise Ox, coffee from Trust Restaurant, and an 18- to 20-pound turkey. Orders can be made online. Pickup hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 24. 4033 Goldfinch St., San Diego.

International Smoke, Del Mar: This international barbecue and wood-fire restaurant will be doing both a takeout meal and an onsite dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Dishes include curry pumpkin soup, persimmon salad, maple roast turkey and a chef’s “horn of plenty” filled with mini desserts. Dine-in is $88, or $30 per child. Take out meal, which serves four, is $320. Pre-orders required by Nov. 21 for pickup 2-5 p.m. Nov. 24 or 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 25. One Paseo, 3387 Del Mar Heights Road, Building 1, San Diego. (619) 331-4528.

Juniper & Ivy: A holiday feast designed to serve six to eight people includes a brined and trussed turkey ready for baking, seven sides and a whole miso pumpkin pie, as well as seasoned cocktails. Price is $330. Only 25 meals will be prepared for pickup from 2 to 8 p.m. Nov. 24. 2228 Kettner Blvd., San Diego. Order at

Turkey and sides at Juniper & Ivy restaurant.
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Ranch 45: This Solana Beach restaurant and meat market is taking preorders through 4 p.m. Nov. 21 for a Thanksgiving menu with options that include herb-crusted prime rib, smoked turkey legs and smoked Cornish game hen, as well as side dishes and desserts. 512 Via De La Valle, Suite 102, Solana Beach.

Seasons 52: This La Jolla-area restaurant is offering both a dine-in and a take-home Thanksgiving Green Box dinner, offering a lighter take on the usually heavy meal with oven-roasted turkey, cranberry relish, mashed butternut squash and mini pumpkin pie dessert. The $175 boxes serve four to six people and can be picked up on Nov. 24 or 25. 4505 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego. Reserve at

Smokey & the Brisket: This La Mesa restaurant will offer a takeout seven-course turkey dinner orders with preorders accepted through Nov. 18. Cost is $120 for four to six people or $230 for eight to 12. There will also be a smoked turkey roast dine-in menu for $35 per person on Thanksgiving Day. 5465 Lake Murray Blvd, La Mesa.

STK Steakhouse San Diego: A traditional turkey dinner is being offered both in-house and for takeout Nov. 25 through 28. Dishes include roasted free-range turkey, two kinds of potatoes and cranberry orange chutney. Dine-in is $59 for adults, $29 for children. Takeout dinner for two is $119. 600 F St., San Diego. (619) 354-5988.

Turkey roulade at STK Steakhouse San Diego for Thanksgiving.
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Terra American Bistro: This Rolando-area restaurant will be offering an “everything but the bird” Thanksgiving takeout package offering all the side dishes and desserts to serve a family of four, but not the turkey. Includes salad, three-cheese potatoes, three vegetable sides, stuffing, rolls, pumpkin tarts and ginger spice cookies for $119. All dishes can also be ordered a la carte. Orders accepted through Nov. 20. 7091 El Cajon Blvd. (619) 293-7088.

On-site dining

Arlo: This Mission Valley restaurant will serve a $65 prix-fixe dinner menu with options that include turkey breast with prosciutto, smoked turkey meatball and smoked potatoes, as well as a “splash” of Champagne. 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego.

Barleymash: This Gaslamp Quarter restaurant-bar will serve a three-course dinner beginning at 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Optional dishes include carrot ginger soup, Andouille-stuffed turkey roulade, brown ale biscuit stuffing and chocolate chip bourbon pecan pie. Cost is $45 for adults, $20 for children. 600 Fifth Ave., No. 6916, San Diego.

Bleu Bohème: This French restaurant in Kensington will serve a three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu with a French twist from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 25. Price is $68.95 for adults, $24.95 for children under 12. Choices include roasted turkey, beef short rib in red wine gravy, and duck leg confit. 4090 Adams Ave., San Diego.

Callie: Chef Travis Swikard is serving a Thanksgiving Day feast from noon to 7 p.m. at this East Village restaurant priced at $80 for adults and $35 for children ages 10 and under, with free underground parking. Options include Thanksgiving classic dishes and dishes from Callie’s regular Mediterranean-inspired menu. 1195 Island Ave., San Diego. (619) 255-9696.

Duck Dive: This Pacific Beach restaurant bar will offer a “turkey plate dinner” from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, while supplies last, for $25. 4650 Mission Blvd., San Diego.

A Thanksgiving dinner at Eddie V's restaurants.
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Eddie V’s Prime Seafood: Eddie V’s locations are offering a prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner that includes turkey, roasted butternut squash and brioche sage stuffing. Cost is $43 for adults, $15 for children. Dessert of pumpkin pie tartlet with pecan ice cream is $12. 1270 Prospect St., La Jolla; 789 W. Harbor Drive, Suite 158, Downtown.

Farmer’s Bottega: This Mission Hills restaurant will serve a three-course prix-fixe dinner from 2 to 8 p.m. Nov. 25 priced at $70 for adults and $25 for children 10 and under. Dishes include turkey plate, short rib and braised lamb shank. 860 W. Washington St., San Diego. (619). 458-9929.

Herb & Sea: This Encinitas restaurant will serve a Thanksgiving dinner celebrating East Coast traditions from 1 to 7 p.m. Nov. 25 priced at $85 for adults and $35 for children. Options on the menu include Baja shrimp, kuri pumpkin soup, citrus-marinated turkey, red wine-braised short rib and apple pie with cranberry cream cheese ice cream. Herb and Sea, 131 W. D St., Encinitas.

The Thanksgiving feast menu at Herb & Sea sin Encinitas.
(James Tran)

JRDN: This Pacific Beach restaurant is serving an a la carte Thanksgiving-themed menu from noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 25. Dishes include a traditional turkey plate with trimmings, beef tenderloin with peppercorn crust and Bordelaise sauce and pumpkin lobster bisque. 723 Felspar St., San Diego.

Mister A’s: This Bankers Hill restaurant will serve a prix-fixe Thanksgiving Day dinner menu priced at $89.50, as well as a menu of lighter non-traditional options like Maine lobster salad and oven-roasted Dover sole. 2550 Fifth Ave., 12th Floor, San Diego.

Rancho Bernardo Inn: The resort will offer three different Thanksgiving Day meals. A gourmet four-course prix-fixe meals will be offered from 2 to 7 p.m. at Avant for $115 for adults and $55 for children. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus with Thanksgiving-themed options will be served at the Veranda Fireside Lounge and Restaurant. And a four-course prix-fixe menu will be served at four separate seatings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Aragon Ballroom, priced at $95 for adults and $45 for children. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego.

Rancho Valencia: This Rancho Santa Fe resort will offer a Thanksgiving Day buffet on-site, as well as a customizable a la carte “Thanksgiving Feast to Go” option. Specialty dishes include sweet potato and roasted poblano bisque, Brandt Beef short ribs and apple and pear cobbler. Cost for the buffet is $165 for adults, $55 for children ages 3 to 11. 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe.

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina: A three-course dinner will be served in the hotel’s Harbor’s Edge restaurant from noon to 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Cost ranges from $55 to $70 depending on choice of entrees, which include maple butter-herbed turkey, grilled ribeye steak, maple mustard-glazed salmon. 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego. (619) 291-2900.

20|Twenty: This ocean-facing restaurant at the Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa will serve a prix-fixe dinner with both classic dishes and a few modern twists, like a root vegetable quinoa coconut curry and pan-seared true striped bass with romesco sauce. Hours are 12 to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Cost is $98 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under. 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad.

Valentina: This Leucadia European-style bistro will serve a Thanksgiving plate dinner with traditional dishes, as well as its regular menu on Thanksgiving Day. Dishes will include glazed acorn squash, sage gravy and bacon green beans. 810 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas.

Valentina Restaurant in Leucadia will serve a Thanksgiving day dinner.
(Kimberly Motos)