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Top 5 Thanksgiving Dinner Destinations

By Kirk Mattu | Photo by Brent Worley


This year, leave the pressure of turkey prep to San Diego’s finest chefs and book a Thanksgiving reservation at one of these elevated eateries, where three-course feasts and stocked buffets await.
Executive Chef Jonathan Freyburg Bellamy’s Escondido
Bellamy’s in Escondido will offer a three-course feast prepared by Executive Chef Jonathan Freyburg.
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1. Bellamy’s
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Want to feast early? Opt for Bellamy’s mid-day delight. Starting at 11:30am, chefs Patrick Ponsaty and Jonathan Freyberg will kick off the three-course menu ($50 per person) with a light butternut squash soup with toasted pepitas, followed by an all-star main course featuring herb stuffing, potato puree, sage gravy, cranberry sauce and more. Leave room for dessert––a pecan tart and pumpkin pie serve as the unforgettable end to the meal. 417 W. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760.747.5000,

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2. Blue Bohème
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Paging Paris! Give Thanksgiving a French twist at Blue Bohème with Chef Ken Irvine’s delectable three-course spread ($59 per person). Kick off the evening with the chef’s famed charcuterie board complete with housemade duck pate, garlic sausage and select vegetables. Then, keep the party going with boeuf au roquefort (a boneless short rib braised in a blue cheese-red wine sauce alongside a garlic mash). For dessert, indulge in the mascarpone, goat and cream cheese cake with a port wine-pear sauce. Wash it all down with a pumpkin pie martini ($12) with a graham cracker-crusted rim or a glass of Joseph Drouhin’s 2016 Beaujolais Nouveau ($7). 4090 Adams Ave., San Diego, 619.255.4167,

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3. Kitchen 1540
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At the posh L’Auburge Del Mar, expect an exquisite dining experience from the gourmet menu at Kitchen 1540. Chef Nathan Lingle’s three-course offering ($89) traverses refined seasonal cuisine and holiday comfort food. Start with the Sierra Gold Bellini with caviar, quail egg and creme fraiche, followed by the Skuna Bay salmon with a lemon chimichurri, and the dark chocolate and fig trifle for dessert. 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.259.1515, 

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4. Mister A’s
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With views of the bay and the city from any table, Mister A’s is an unforgettable place to spend a holiday dinner with family. Its traditional three-course meal option ($68 per person) highlights Turkey Day favorites like a roasted turkey with gravy entree. For dessert, the pumpkin strudel with chai ice cream and milk chocolate bourbon caramel is not to be missed. Feeling adventurous? Toss aside tradition and opt for the lobster bisque starter, followed by the prime rib main with Yorkshire pudding (additional $10), and the honey roasted pear pavlova for dessert. 2250 Fifth Ave., San Diego, 619.239.1377, 

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5. Vessel Restaurant and Bar
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Head to the marina for a luxe evening at Vessel Restaurant and Bar. The coastal restaurant, situated within Konai Kai Resort and Spa, has prepared a tantalizing buffet of holiday dinner essentials ($59 per person). Roasted turkey, candied yams, cornbread cakes and many more favorites await. Happy Thanksgiving! 1515 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, 619.221.8000,