Where to Eat in San Diego for the Holidays

December 21, 2016Blog, Things to do

As we all know, the holidays are a time for giving presents and over stuffing ourselves with food, food, and more delicious food. Since some of us shy away from the kitchen especially when the holiday madness ensues, we thought we’d share a few places to eat for the holidays in San Diego. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas, or neither, you’ll find a ton of great restaurant options to choose from the list below.

Whether you’re on the naughty or nice list, here’s a few of our favorite holiday dinners in San Diego:

Solare Ristorante – Christmas Eve Dinner


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The Solare Christmas Eve Dinner will make you feel right at home as you embark on a culinary tasting of Southern Sicily cuisine. Chef Accursio Lota, rated San Diego’s best Chef by San Diego Magazine, will be putting together a menu of authentic Italian family recipes from his Mother and Grandmother’s cookbook. This dinner fEATures 4-courses with a few “surprises” thrown into the mix. Cost is $59+ per person and there’s even room for the kiddos at a reduced price! Make your Christmas Eve Dinner reservations HERE.

George’s at the Cove – Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

If you’re familiar with George’s at the Cove, then you know it’s a staple for fine dining in La Jolla and San Diego in general. The restaurant has multiple concepts and world class Chef’s & Mixologist’s under their wing making this one of the most sought after holiday meals for foodies. With 3 separate dining options: California Modern, Level2, and Ocean Terrace you can find a little bit of something for anyone in your party. The Christmas Eve Dinner (available from 5:30pm-10pm) & Christmas Day Dinner (available from 3pm-8pm) will be hosted by George’s California Modern and fEATure a 3-course menu starting at $65 per person. Items on the menu range from “Fish Taco” & Roasted Sweet Potato apps to Maine Lobster & Roast Jidori Chicken entrees. Finish off the meal with one of their delicious desserts including Milk & Honey Panna Cotta, Whipped Coconut or Warm Chocolate Tart.

Le Parfait Paris – Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Specials

This San Diego Magazine article recently highlighted Le Parfait Paris’s holiday specials including hot mulled wine, Buche de Noel (Yule Log) & Croquembouche, and their infamous eclairs. Note the shift in holiday hours on Christmas Day and be sure to arrive early since they will sell out!

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Eclair bites from the Downtown/Little Italy food tour.

Tidal (Paradise Point Resort & Spa) – Christmas Day Dinner

Enjoy your Christmas dinner like a true Californian when you dine with Tidal at Paradise Point Resort & Spa. Complete with bay front views, beautiful sunsets, and world class cuisine this Christmas dinner is geared toward those who want good food AND a great ambiance to back it. From 3pm-8pm, you can savor a 3-course meal prepared by Chef DJ Tangalin including . Tickets cost $65 per adult, #32 per child, and you can include an optional wine pairing for an additional $25. Space is limited and seats must be reserved ahead of time by calling 858-490-6363.


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The Grant Grill – Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dinner

Celebrate your holiday dinner in true epicurean style with Grant Grill at The US Grant Hotel. Executive Chef Mark Kropczynski, San Diego Wine + Food Festival “Chef of the Fest,” has prepared a special holiday 5-course meal for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Menu options include Roasted Cauliflower soup, Pan Seared Irish Salmon, and Eggnog Bread Pudding – to name a few. Dining hours start at 5:30pm and last until 9pm. Find a full menu list and a link to reserve tickets by heading to their website.


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Red Door Restaurant & Wine Bar – Christmas Eve Dinner

Red Door, who was recently fEATured in The Wall Street Journal, is hosting a traditional holiday dinner and another Mexican-inspired dinner courtesy of Chef Miguel Valdez. The 3-course Mexican-inspired menu will feature gourmet tamales with garden veggies & goat cheese and a duck confit tamale. The traditional menu will fEATure more homey-type dishes like Turkey Soup, Smoked ham, and Holiday Cobbler. Head to their holiday page more information.

Stay tuned for our fEATured blog next week highlighting New Year’ Eve Events and, of course, places to dine before or during the holiday.

Happy Holiday Chomping, Fellow Foodie!


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