Unwrapping Delight: North County San Diego’s Top Holiday Dining Spots

Holiday Cheer

The holiday season is upon us, and North County San Diego is ready to dazzle your taste buds with a feast fit for the occasion. From lavish buffets to festive take-out options, we’ve curated a list of the best holiday dining experiences to ensure your celebrations are filled with culinary delights.


  • Adelaide at L’Auberge Del Mar: A Santa-Worthy Feast
    • Location: 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar

Dive into the lap of luxury at Adelaide’s Christmas Day buffet at L’Auberge Del Mar. Indulge in a feast featuring a raw bar, prime rib, lamb, and more. Afterward, relax with a post-feast nap under a poolside cabana or enjoy a lemongrass spa session at Spa L’Auberge.

  • Matsu: Karaage Night Extravaganza
    • Location: 626 South Tremont Street, Oceanside

Celebrate Christmas Eve at Matsu with a six-course meal of traditional Japanese fried chicken and strawberry shortcake. Sip on selections from Matsu’s extensive sake list for a perfect holiday night.

  • The Pony Room at Rancho Valencia: A Buffet with Festive Activities
    • Location: 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe

Revel in a Christmas Day buffet at The Pony Room with live music and family-friendly activities like horse-drawn carriage rides and cookie decorating.

  • 20|Twenty: Prix Fixe Dinners in Carlsbad
    • Location: 5480 Grand Pacific Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Enjoy prix fixe dinners at 20|Twenty, featuring choices like lobster bisque, barramundi, and prime rib for an exquisite holiday dining experience.

  • Herb & Sea: Key West Christmas Eve
    • Location: 131 W D St, Encinitas, CA 92024

A four-course festive meal with options like crab claws, tropical fruit salad, and pineapple-glazed ham.

  • Temaki Bar Sushi: Merry Maki Menu
    • Location: 575 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Offering a Merry Maki menu with sushi rolls and a menu with holiday specials!.

  • Fairmont Grand Del Mar: Winter Wonderland Dining
    • Location: 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, CA 92130

Explore holiday teas, ice skating, and dining options at the Amaya restaurant with four-course feasts, Nutcracker holiday teas, or a Christmas Day buffet in the Manchester Salon.


  • The Plot
    •  Location: 1733 South Coast Highway, Oceanside

A renowned eatery established in Oceanside, California, this award-winning restaurant takes pride in crafting delectable, gratifying, and occasionally innovative dishes that are exclusively plant-based. 

  • Allmine
    • Location: 119 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Offering a special take-home menu with party-sized lasagna bolognese, duck a l’Orange, and more.

  • Ranch45
    • Location: 512 Via De La Valle, Suite 102, Solana Beach

Ranch 45 in Solana Beach has your Christmas feast covered with a delectable selection of San Diego’s finest meats and treats.


This holiday season, let North County San Diego’s culinary scene be the highlight of your celebrations. Whether you choose a lavish buffet, festive take-out, or a prix fixe dinner, these dining spots promise to make your holidays merry and delicious. Secure your reservations and treat yourself to a culinary journey that captures the spirit of the season.