Christmas Day Dining at Dockside 1953

Delight in festive fare on Christmas Day with a delicious champagne brunch buffet! Guests are treated to a mouthwatering spread of bakery and breakfast offerings, made-to-order omelets and waffles, classic dishes such as carved prime rib and ham, and decadent dessert options. Brunch attendees also enjoy a complimentary holiday cruise featuring Santa, carolers, hot cocoa, a cash bar, and activities for kids.

For evening celebrations, reserve your table for a three-course prix fixe dinner with an optional wine pairing. Entrèe choices include surf and turf, grilled Kurobuta pork chop, and steelhead trout. Whether you dine during the day or evening, make memories with your loved ones during these special dining experiences at the Dockside 1953.

For additional questions, please call us at  (858) 539-7634

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Dine, Cruise and Be Merry

Top off your holiday meal this season with a memorable sightseeing cruise on the waters of Mission Bay complete with holiday music, carolers, and Santa Claus! Featuring treats like espresso coffee bar, hot cocoa, assorted holiday cookies, and a cash bar, this festive voyage is the perfect way to spend quality time with friends or family. Complimentary to dining attendees.

Brunch Cruises: 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Dinner Cruises: 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. | 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

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*Reservations required and all guests must have ticket, regardless of age. Outside food or beverage not permitted. Reservations are limited, subject to availability, are not guaranteed until confirmed, and may change based on other factors. Cruise ticket good for December 25, 2023 only, subject to availability, inclement weather, and other factors. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Must be 21+ with valid photo ID to consume alcohol. Hotel reserves the right to refuse service based on applicable laws. Christmas Champagne Brunch + Cruise may not be combined with any other discount offers, specials, promotions, value added programs or rates. Christmas Champagne Brunch + Cruise package have no cash value, are not redeemable or refundable for cash, no additional value/credit will be given if cruise ticket is unused, and may be canceled, modified, or discontinued at any time.

A portion of the event's proceeds benefits Mama's Kitchen, a San Diego nonprofit that provides medically tailored meals to individuals and families vulnerable to malnutrition due to critical illness.

Christmas Day Champagne Brunch Menu

December 25, 2023  | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Holiday Buffet Favorites at Dockside 1953

$110+ Adult | $55+ Children (5-12) | Complimentary (Under 5)

Bakery Station

Cranberry, Pumpkin, and Blueberry Muffins

Orange-Cranberry Tea Bread, Zucchini Tea Bread

Assorted Croissants, Scones, Danish, Parker House Rolls

Breakfast Station

Fresh Sliced Fruit
Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Pineapple, Grapes, Berries

House Granola
Greek and Strawberry Yogurt

Santa Barbara-Smoked Salmon
Sliced Tomatoes and Cucumbers, Capers, Lemon, Herbed Whipped Cream Cheese, Mini Plain and Everything Bagels

Oysters on the Half Shell, Shrimp Cocktail
Chipotle Cocktail Sauce, Lemons

Breakfast Action Station

Made-to-Order Eggs and Omelets

Made-to-Order Waffles
Maple Syrup, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Chips, Fresh Berries, Whipped Butter

Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Sausage

Salad Station

California Cheese and Charcuterie Board
Fig Jam, Dried Fruits and Nuts, Crackers, Crispy Baguettes

Winter Chopped Salad
Arugula, Roasted Butternut Squash, Cranberries, Pears, Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Roasted Cauliflower Salad
Golden Raisins, Curry Yogurt Dressing

Christmas Favorites

Carved Rosemary and Garlic-Crusted
Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus

Carved Bone-In Ham
Root Beer Clove Glaze

Pan-Seared Steelhead Trout
Creamy Leek Sauce

Roasted Pork Loin
Caponata Sauce

Garlic Whipped Potatoes

Baked Mac and Cheese

Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots
Toasted Pecans

Roasted Vegetable Medley


White Chocolate Raspberry Yule Log

Chocolate Ganache Yule Log

Holiday Cookies, Sweets, Pastry Shop Treats

Christmas Day Dinner Menu

December 25, 2023  | 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

3-Course Christmas Dinner at Dockside 1953

$80.00+ Per Person | Wine Pairing +$20

First Course (choice of one)

Salad Noel
Spoon Spinach, Tangerines, Candied Pecans, Pomegranate Seeds, Feta Cheese, Apple Cider Dijon Dressing
Pairing: Firestone Riesling, California

Mushroom Velouté
Sautéed Mushrooms, Garlic, Herbs, Crème Fraîche
Pairing: Talbott “Sleepy Hollow Vineyard” Chardonnay, Santa Lucia

Main Course (choice of one)

Surf & Turf
Petite Beef Filet and Pan-Seared Scallops, Gruyère Potato Au Gratin, Roasted Asparagus, Cabernet Jus
Pairing: Daou Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

Grilled Kurobuta Pork Chop
Creamy Polenta, Roasted Heirloom Carrots & Brussels Sprouts, Balsamic Cherry Gastrique
Pairing: Belle Glos “Clark & Telephone” Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

Steelhead Trout
Fondant Fingerling Potatoes, Toasted Almonds, Red and Green Grape Salad, Citrus Beurre Blanc
Pairing: Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast


Chocolate Yule Log
Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Ganache
Pairing: J Vineyards “Cuvée 20” Brut, Russian River Valley

A 3% kitchen appreciation fee will be applied to all food and beverage items and shared 100% with our kitchen employees. We believe they should share in the success of the restaurant and strive toward delivering the best guest experience possible. This helps us attract and develop our culinary talent, rewards excellence, encourages creativity, and elevates the expectations for our entire team. We hope you feel its positive impact every time you dine with us. 

Please alert your server to any food allergies before ordering. The current sales tax will be added to the price of all food and beverage items served. For parties of 6 or more, a mandatory service charge of 20% (plus current sales tax) will be added to your bill. WARNING: Consuming raw or undercooked meat, eggs, poultry, seafood, or shellfish may increase your risk of contracting a foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions. California State Law prohibits the service or provision of alcoholic beverages, including beer and wine, to anyone under 21. The hotel reserves the right to discontinue or not serve alcoholic beverages to any customer or guest. WARNING: Drinking distilled spirits, beer, coolers, wine, and other alcoholic beverages may increase cancer risk and, during pregnancy, can cause birth defects. 

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