christmas dinners san diego
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8 Restaurants Whipping Up Fa-La-Lavorful Christmas Dinners in San Diego

Skip the Cooking This Year and Indulge in These Multi-Course Meals!

With the most wonderful time of year right around the corner, we all are in need of some Christmas spirit, and what better way to celebrate the holiday season than with a holly jolly dinner? San Diego may be famous for its sunny skies and pristine surf, but it’s also home to some of the finest dining experiences in California, which you can enjoy at its best on Christmas Day itself! So have yourself a merry little Christmas with our lineup of San Diego Restaurants serving decadent Christmas dinners.


20Twenty at The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at The Westin Carlsbad! This Christmas, don your holiday best and head on over to The Westin Carlsbad’s 20Twenty for dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve, guests can enjoy 20Twenty’s full menu, plus a prime rib special! On Christmas Day, the restaurant will offer a three-course menu from 4-9 p.m. with dishes like lobster bisque, prime ribeye roast and compressed pear salad. And if Christmas dinner didn’t sell you already, The Westin Carlsbad’s Holiday Nights surely will! On Dec. 4 and 18, gather your family and friends and sled on over to Holiday Nights for a sleigh full of Christmas fun, including holly trolley rides, cookie decorating, photos with Santa and more. And with the purchase of any event, each adult receives a $2 beer and a free kids entree at 7 Mile Kitchen for your little helpers!

Location: Carlsbad


Ranch 45

48Credit: Ranch 45Santa Claus is coming to town! His first stop is at Ranch 45 to pick up smoked turkey legs, roast butternut squash soup and an assorted cookie box brimming with ginger molasses cookies. Whether you want to dine in or pick up Christmas dinner to go, Ranch 45 has you and your gang of Santa’s helpers covered. From Christmas classics like green beans almondine and pecan pie to Ranch 45’s famous BBQ brisket, dash through the snow and straight to this San Diego gem for a Christmas dinner like no other.

Location: Solana Beach


Ponto Lago at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa

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Baby, it’s cold outside, so head to Ponto Lago at Carlsbad’s Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa for a specialty four-course Christmas feast that will surely warm you up! This Christmas Day, find your seat for this chef’s special meal filled with Christmas classics and family-style servings. Ponto Lago is also offering a Christmas Day brunch with specialties including buttermilk spiced crispy quail, hamachi crudo, rosemary rubbed prime rib and a dessert bar sure to make even the Grinch smile!

Location: Carlsbad


Covewood at San Diego Mission Bay Resort 

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Hurry down the chimney and into Covewood at Mission Bay Resort for a specialty handcrafted Christmas dinner. On Christmas Day, sit back, relax and enjoy dinner with a waterfront view at this San Diego bay favorite. Renowned Chef Roy Hendrickson’s prix fixe holiday menu is brimming with all of the classic fixings with a combination of multicultural flavors designed to please everyone in your party. For $75 a person and a family-friendly atmosphere, Christmas at Covewood will surely be hit this year.

Location: Mission Bay




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‘Tis the season for something toasty, and at ARLO, air-dried Christmas goose and spiked brown butter eggnog cocktails are just a reservation away! On both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, book your table at ARLO to experience a curated Christmas menu brimming with holly jolly dishes and drinks. Chef Josh Mouzakes’ creative and multicultural holiday menu makes for an extra special Christmas dinner.

Location: Mission Valley


Lakehouse Hotel and Golf Resort

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Grab your mittens and let it snow at Lakehouse Hotel and Golf Resort’s Igloo Dining Experience, where you and your buddies can huddle inside one of the property’s illuminating igloos. This one-of-a-kind experience includes a charcuterie board, two bottles of wine and a dessert board for up to eight people for $400. To book your Christmas dining experience, click here! And if two snow-filled hours aren’t enough for you, Lakehouse Hotel and Golf Resort’s Winter Wonderland also features ice skating and dazzling light displays to make the most out of your holiday.

Location: San Marcos


A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

We’ll be waiting underneath the mistletoe at A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, where you and your family can enjoy a prix fixe multi-course meal from renowned Executive Chef Kelli Crosson in the timbered indoor-outdoor dining room on Christmas Eve! The restaurants will also offer a prix fixe multi-course meal on Christmas Day from Executive Chef Jeff Jackson. Make this year one for the books with an irresistible holiday dinner overlooking the The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ beautiful golf course!

Location: La Jolla

Provisional Kitchen at Pendry San Diego

Pendry San Diego
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There’s no place like home for the holidays, except at Pendry San Diego’s Provisional Kitchen. This Christmas, gather the kids and celebrate together at Provisional Kitchen for a festive three-course meal. From dishes like lobster bisque and ravioli doppio to a gingerbread Christmas log for dessert, Chef Brandon Sloan’s curated menu will truly exceed your expectations. And if you happen to stay at Pendry, make sure you check out the hot chocolate cart in the lobby; you can also enjoy the Chef’s daily selection of Christmas toppings to pair with your hot cocoa!

Location: Gaslamp Quarter

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Noelle Dahl graduated from Sonoma State University in 2020 with a BA in English. Currently living in Huntington Beach, Noelle spends her days throwing pottery, combing the beach for seashells or planning her next adventure.




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