Let’s talk turkey about taking a cooking break this year and eating out at one of these San Diego restaurants that’s sure to leave you stuffed! From bountiful buffets to five-course meals we’ve found the best spots that make room for little eaters. So, scroll down and gobble up our information, you’ll be thankful you did.

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1. Rancho Bernardo Inn

Come to the main ballroom for the traditional Thanksgiving buffet and stay for the petting zoo and pony rides. You’ll love eating your favorite traditional dishes, your little pilgrims will dig into the kid’s buffet. Call early—this event sells out.

Hours: 11 a.m-3 p.m
Cost: $75/adult; $35/children

17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr.
San Diego, Ca

Online: ranchobernardoinn.com


2. San Diego Zoo
Come and walk with the elephants then eat out at the Treetops buffet. Celebrate the Zoo’s 100th Anniversary with your family on this special day. If you’d rather a sit-down dinner with a waterfall view, Albert’s is also serving a three-course feast. What could be better than little zookeepers saying goodnight to the orangutans after a fulfilling Thanksgiving meal?

Treetops Buffet

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $46.95/adult; $18.95/child; free for children under three (plus Zoo admission)

Albert’s Restaurant
Hours: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $40.95/adult; $14.95/children; free for children under three (plus Zoo admission)

2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, Ca
Online: sandiegozoo.org/thanksgiving

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3. Chandler’s Restaurant
Feast on a delicious five-course Prix menu along Carlsbad coast this Turkey day. Chandler’s restaurant has a special children’s menu and the wait staff is very family-friendly. You’ll love the fact you can sit inside or outside and enjoy the ocean view (it’s right across the street!)

Hours: 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $59/adult; $24/child; free for children under 4

Hilton Resort
1 Ponto Rd.
Carlsbad, Ca
Online: chandlers/happening

4. California Bistro Buffet, Hyatt Aviara
Park for free and explore the beautiful view at this California bistro. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation and your little eaters will love the expansive buffet complete with a special half-pint dessert table. Your family will be spoiled with a turkey carving station and seafood buffet.

Hours: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $89/adult; $32/children; free for children under 6

7100 Aviara Resort Dr.
Carlsbad, Ca
Online: aviara.park.hyatt.com

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5. Bobeau, La Mesa
Your little acorn will perk-up at the special menu just for them while you enjoy a down-to-earth Thanksgiving meal. When done eating, kids can head out back and play in the cool school bus and chalk up the walls. You’ll get to eat a more leisurely dinner and delectable dessert.

Hours: 2-7:00 p.m.
Cost: $43.95/adult; $13.95/children

8384 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa, Ca
Online: bobeau/thanksgiving

6. Coastal Kitchen, Hilton Del Mar
You don’t have to come over on the Mayflower to enjoy this locally-sourced (there’s a garden by the restaurant) and harvested buffet. You’ll gobble up the fresh turkey and ham while your little pumpkin eats until stuffed. A nice outside area gives space for little runners.

Hours: 2-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $49/adult; $25/children; free for children under 5

15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, Ca
Online: hiltondelmar/dining

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—Nikki Walsh