Eat, Drink & Be Merry At San Diego’s Most Festive Restaurants And Holiday Pop-Up’s

As the holiday season approaches, San Diego transforms into a magical wonderland filled with twinkling lights, festive decorations, and a feeling of joy in the air. Not only does our coastal city itself transform over the holidays, but our restaurant scene decks their halls in holiday joy as well! From warm and cozy Christmas-themed cocktail specials to complete transformations and seasonal pop-ups- here are our favorite places to eat, drink and be merry this season in San Diego!

Miracle on 30th at Polite Provisions (11.3 miles)

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Over in North Park you’ll find Polite Provisions, one of the most anticipated and popular restaurant transformations during the holidays that locals look forward too each year! This classic cocktail bar that embraces the holiday spirit with open arms each year with their Miracle on 30th festive pop-up. Sip on expertly crafted seasonal cocktails that will warm your heart and soul. From a Rum Runner to a Jungle Bird, Polite Provisions has you covered when it comes to holiday libations. The cozy and vintage-inspired atmosphere is the perfect place to enjoy a spirited night out with friends.

4696 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116

Sippin’ Santa at Grass Skirt Speakeasy (0.5 miles)

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As Sippin’ Santa transforms this Pacific Beach tiki-themed speakeasy into a winter wonderland each holiday season, it becomes part of a county-wide holiday pop-up phenomenon, enchanting bars across the United States. The Grass Skirt offers a cozy, fun, and truly memorable space. With abundant booth seating, warm fire features, and whimsical theatrical effects, this tiki paradise becomes a festive feast for all the senses, making it the perfect Christmas escape for you this holiday season!

910 Grand Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Humphrey’s SoCAL Dining & Music (7.7 miles)

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Humphrey’s SoCAL Dining & Music — located within our sister property Humphreys Half Moon Inn — is the perfect place to celebrate the holidays in true San Diego style. Located just down the road from us on nearby Shelter Island, this cozy café combines delectable coastal cuisine with the best in local live music performances. Their holiday-themed dinners, featuring fresh seafood and seasonal ingredients, are complemented by the mesmerizing bay views. So, grab dinner, and stick around for the show!

2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106


Nolita Hall (9 miles)

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For a casual and vibrant holiday dining experience, head to Nolita Hall in Little Italy. This lively spot combines the upbeat energy of a beer hall and a pizzeria with an undeniably fine-dining ambiance, creating an atmosphere of cheer and merriment. Their holiday-themed menu offerings make Nolita a must-stop, and the festive decorations will help you to feel right at home. So, gather your friends and family for a fun and memorable evening’s repast.

2305 India St, San Diego, CA 92101


Queenstown Public House (9.7 miles)

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Step into a real-life gingerbread house at Queenstown Public House in Little Italy! This annual tradition transforms their charming home-turned-restaurant into a festive spectacle, providing the perfect backdrop for memorable pictures. Don’t miss out on the delightful combination of great food and holiday-themed cocktails that make this experience truly special! Enjoy a seasonal cocktail special while you visit like a Queen’s Tiki or a Berry Blast!

1557 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101


Mister A’s (9.5 miles)

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Elevate your holiday experience at Mister A’s, an iconic San Diego restaurant known for its breathtaking views and exceptional cuisine. Perched atop a skyscraper, this restaurant offers panoramic vistas of the city and the shimmering San Diego Bay. During the holidays, Mister A’s adds a touch of magic to its menu, featuring seasonal dishes and festive cocktails. Savor dishes like roasted duck breast with a fig and port reduction, and pair it with a craft cocktail as you bask in the dazzling city lights.

Mister A’s, 2550 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103


InsideOUT (9.9 miles)

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Discover the enchanting holiday oasis at InsideOUT in Hillcrest, where the festive magic comes alive through their amazing Christmas decorations. Immerse yourself in a unique holiday experience that elevates the spirit of the season. This year, their Holiday Oasis begins November 24th, and will run until January 6th, 2024! Make sure to stop this holiday season to bask in the enchanting holiday oasis experience!

1642 University Avenue San Diego, CA 92103

The Prado at Balboa Park (11.4 miles)

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Located within San Diego’s most treasured green space, The Prado located in Balboa Park, is a fine-dining gem that marries history, culture, and delectable cuisine. The restaurant’s enchanting setting is beautifully decorated during the holidays, making it an ideal place for a festive fête. The seasonal menu is a culinary masterpiece every year, featuring dishes masterfully crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy holiday classics with a Southern California twist, such as roasted turkey with chipotle cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie with Mexican chocolate. The Prado is the perfect place to indulge in holiday dining adventure. Before indulging in a delightful dining experience, immerse yourself in the festive spirit at December Nights in Balboa Park on Dec. 1 and 2. As the City of San Diego’s largest holiday festival, this free, family-friendly event unites San Diegans to revel in the lights, sounds and attractions. 

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101


Raised By Wolves (8.6 Miles)

Raised by Wolves

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Take a break from the holiday shopping frenzy at UTC Mall and venture into a hidden gem speakeasy experience at Raised by Wolves. With an extensive selection of spirits, their mixologists craft holiday cocktails that are not only visually stunning but also irresistibly delicious, adding a touch of magic to your seasonal escape.

4301 La Jolla Village Drive, 2030 | San Diego, CA 92122


Craft & Commerce + False Idol (9.8 Miles)

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Nestled within Craft & Commerce, this tiki-speakeasy undergoes a magical winter wonderland transformation. With each passing year bringing a new and exciting theme, stay tuned for the unveiling of this year’s holiday festivities!

675 W Beech St, San Diego, CA 92101

Xmas Bar- Holiday Pop-Up (10 Miles)

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Located in the former ‘Tin Roof’ bar in Gaslamp, the venue is set to transform into ‘Good Night John Boy,’ a 70’s themed disco bar, restaurant, and night club in early 2024. But before its grand opening, get ready for the holiday season as it debuts as ‘Xmas Bar‘—a Christmas-themed bar and restaurant offering an over-the-top Christmas experience until Christmas Day. Indulge in holiday-inspired spins on classic cocktails, seasonal shots, and festive menus before it temporarily closes for the New Year and reopens as Good Night John Boy.

401 G St, San Diego, CA 92101

Feast Festively at Pacific Terrace

San Diego’s holiday dining scene is a delightful mix of traditional and innovative, where you can savor seasonal dishes in enchanting settings. So, as you plan your holiday visit to San Diego, be sure to include some of these restaurants in your itinerary. Of course, Pacific Terrace is the perfect base camp during your culinary quest! We’re conveniently close to every eatery featured here. Plus, our fantastic rates and comfort-first accommodations (including private balconies overlooking the ocean and on-site breakfasts at Terrace Café) make us a destination unto ourselves. Take a look at our Special Offers Page to book your visit, then savor the season’s culinary delights. Happy holidays, and bon appétit!