Looking to be hosted instead of hosting Thanksgiving this year? Look no further than these 20 dining destinations looking to give the ultimate holiday to remember. From indulgent prix-fixe menus to hot and ready-to-be-served to-go meals, the following are the top places to enjoy Thanksgiving in California.
Blue Streak Restaurant
With a menu curated by Executive Chef Chris O’Connell, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel invites guests to celebrate Thanksgiving by the beach with a festive dinner at its signature dining destination, Blue Streak Restaurant. The family-style feast will be offered from 1 to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and will feature a traditional turkey meal with cornbread, stuffing, baked yams, arugula salad and more. The dinner is $95 per adult and $35 for children ten and under. Reservations are required. To learn more about Thanksgiving at Blue Streak Restaurant, visit resy.com.
A Thanksgiving buffet awaits your loved ones at the Tangerine Room at The Westin Anaheim Resort. The day-long buffet, taking place from 12 to 8:30 p.m., will feature a menu with elevated holiday favorites like a maple-sage slow-roasted turkey, a coffee-rubbed New York strip, a seafood tower, and indulgent sweets like the maple glaze pumpkin cake, cinnamon rolls and vanilla bean scones. The buffet is only available on Thanksgiving day for $79 per adult and $40 for kids 12 and under. To learn more about Thanksgiving at the Tangerine Room, visit tangerineroom.com.
The Ranch at Laguna Beach invites guests and locals to celebrate Thanksgiving in true California fashion. The resort’s signature Harvest restaurant will be open for the holiday, offering dinner from Executive Chef Kyle St. John. The menu will offer a fine selection of holiday fare, including herbs and produce freshly harvested from the resort’s own garden. Guests will savor farm-fresh menu items alongside Thanksgiving classics à la carte, such as free-range roasted turkey breast, potatoes, sage stuffing, seasonal garden vegetables, cranberries and pumpkin cheesecake and apple pie for dessert. The California Thanksgiving dining will be available from 5:30 to 10 p.m. To learn more about Thanksgiving at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, visit theranchlb.com.
Give thanks at the Shores Restaurant in La Jolla, located just steps away from the sandy beach. Guests can fill their plates with tasteful options from a buffet menu, including a brown sugar-roasted butternut squash soup, linguini pasta and crab mac and cheese. A carving station will also be available with slow-roasted farm prime rib and stuffed brined turkey. For your little ones, a lineup of mac and cheese, chicken nuggets and sweet treats is available. The buffet will be available from 12 to 7 p.m. on Turkey Day, priced at $72 per adult and $36 for kiddos ages 6 to 12. To learn more about Thanksgiving at Shores Restaurant, visit theshoresrestaurant.com.
The iconic Marine Room in La Jolla is inviting guests to spare the trouble of holiday cooking and enjoy a lavish Thanksgiving four-course prix-fixe menu instead. The meal, taking place from 12 to 7 p.m., will include an indulgent lineup featuring mains like the herb-brushed turkey, braised wagyu beef cheek or filet mignon and sweet bites like the matcha panna cotta or spiced apple pie. The California Thanksgiving dining experience is set for $150 per person. To learn more about Thanksgiving at the Marine Room, visit marineroom.com.
Give thanks to good company and locally sourced ingredients while dining at 20|Twenty Restaurant in Carlsbad. The local restaurant is offering a specialty menu in honor of the holiday, with a lineup of seasonal items. From 1 to 8 p.m. guests can enjoy bites like savory spinach and frisee salad, slow-roasted free-range turkey, pan-seared Verlasso salmon and a fall harvest coconut curry. To balance the savory plates, sweets like the pumpkin or chocolate pecan pie will be served to finish the meal off. The dinner is $89 per person. To learn more about Thanksgiving at 20|Twenty, visit 20twentygrill.com/menu.
Spend Thanksgiving relaxing with family and friends and leave the cooking preparations to the Gelson’s culinary team with a holiday dinner that can be picked up hot and ready and enjoyed at home. From main courses, a la carte sides, desserts and even cornucopia arrangements, Gelson’s has prepared all the Thanksgiving fixings, including roasted turkey, spiral glazed ham and spicy salmon mains with complementing side dishes featuring mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, stuffing, cornbread and more. Guests may also select indulgent seasonal dessert options like Gelson’s Pumpkin Pie or Sea-Salted Caramel Swirl Cheesecake. Prices vary depending on your items of choice but begin at $50 for dinner mains. Orders to enjoy the dining experience must be placed by Nov. 22 and picked up between Nov. 20 and Nov. 27. To learn more about Gelson’s Thanksgiving dinner, visit gelsons.com.
This Thanksgiving, guests can enjoy a Thanksgiving Day Buffet at the Lakehouse Hotel & Resort’s signature dining spot, The Grill. The buffet costs $70 per adult and $25 for children under 12, with seating from 12 to 5 p.m. The fare lineup includes staples like holiday carved meats, seafood, salads, sides and desserts while enjoying live music from 12 to 4 p.m. To learn more about Thanksgiving at The Grill, visit opentable.com.
The health-conscious and forward-thinking culinary pros at Urban Plates have secured turkeys to provide guests with prepared Thanksgiving meals this year. The San Diego spot is offering a reheatable option in addition to a ready-to-eat option for those looking to experience Thanksgiving in the comfort of their homes. The heat-at-home option starts at $169.95 and includes antibiotic- and hormone-free herb-roasted cage-free turkey breast, mushroom stuffing, gravy, cranberry relish, artisan bread and the choice of two sides. This turkey feast must be pre-ordered by Nov. 20 and picked up by Nov. 23. The ready-to-eat option is available in a single-serving plate ($23.95) or a family meal that serves four ($99.95). Both meals include herb-roasted turkey breast, stuffing, roasted Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes and more. These meals are available for pick-up on Nov. 24. To learn more about Thanksgiving with Urban Plates, visit urbanplates.com/thanksgiving/.
Recently opened in Carlsbad, Polo Steakhouse will be offering a specialty menu on Thanksgiving Day along with a limited a la carte menu. The meal, curated by Executive Chef Judd Canepari of La Valencia, will be available from 2 to 8 p.m. featuring a holiday menu with specials like the stuffed turkey breast with pecan and tart cherry stuffing, candied acorn squash, cranberry turkey demi and seasonal vegetables. To learn more about Thanksgiving at Polo Steakhouse, visit polocarlsbad.com.
For those looking to be hosted rather than be the host, Valentina, a Euro-style bistro in San Diego, is serving a traditional Thanksgiving feast along with their signature dishes, including fresh oysters, steak tartare, steak frites and more to be paired with wine and bubbles. The menu will only be available on Thanksgiving Day from 12 to 7 p.m. for $65 per person. To learn more about Thanksgiving at Valentina, visit restaurantvalentina.com.
Herb & Sea
Gather your loved ones to celebrate and give thanks at the chic Herb & Sea for a holiday to remember. The coastal spot will be offering a prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu from 1 to 7 p.m., featuring starters including steelhead crudo, kuri squash soup and oysters rockefeller, as well as mains like the traditional turkey confit with mashed potatoes and cranberry-orange chutney, in addition to classic holiday sides like sourdough herb stuffing and Parker House rolls. Finish the meal on a sweet note with a pumpkin tart or an apple crumble pie made by Executive Pastry Chef Laura Warren. The meal is $87 per adult and $38 per child. To learn more about Thanksgiving at Herb & Sea, visit opentable.com.
With a meal curated by Executive Chef Tara Monsod, Animae in San Diego is offering a not-so-traditional holiday lineup featuring a selection of sophisticated dishes like Animae’s signature caviar shrimp toast and tuna crispy rice. After four indulgent courses, the meal will come to a sweet end with a choice of a Chocolate Taiyaki Mousse Bar or the Pear & Hojicha Roll Cake. The limited-time menu offerings will only be available on Nov. 24 for $130 per adult. To learn more about Thanksgiving at Animae, visit opentable.com.
San Diego’s Ranch 45 is catering to your family’s taste buds with a completely a la carte Thanksgiving pick-up menu. The customizable feast will feature main courses like the herb-crusted prime rib, smoked beef tenderloin and whole grilled Brandt tomahawk. Sides include staples like mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, mac and cheese, gravy and more. Be sure to save room for dessert and try the pecan pie, apple crisp or pumpkin cheesecake. The meal must be picked up by Wednesday, Nov. 23. Prices vary depending on your meal but start at $100. To learn more about Ranch 45, visit ranch45.com.
Located inside of San Diego Mission Bay Resort, Covewood, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, is welcoming guests and locals alike to a family-style feast from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The meal will include traditional favorites, desserts and a three-course kids menu. Covewood’s meal is priced at $75 per adult and $25 per child. To learn more about Thanksgiving at Covewood, visit google.com.
Vistal, InterContinental San Diego’s signature restaurant, will be offering California Thanksgiving dining for hotel guests and visitors alike. The meal is buffet style, with carving stations, seafood displays, vegan options and a dessert table with staples like apple crumble, pumpkin and pecan pie. The meal will be offered from 2 to 7 p.m. on Turkey Day for $85 per adult and $35 per child. To learn more about Thanksgiving at Vistal, visit resy.com.
Vessel Restaurant + Bar
Kona Kai Resort & Spa is ringing in the holiday season with a Thanksgiving feast at its dining destination, Vessel Restaurant + Bar. The spot is offering specials for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a day-long celebration. The offerings will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can be enjoyed prix fixe for $39 per plate or family-style for $69 for adults, $59 for seniors and $19 for children 10 and under. To learn more about Thanksgiving at Vessel Restaurant + Bar, visit resortkonakai.com/shelter-island-restaurant.
Adelaide at L’Auberge
Located in San Diego County’s Del Mar community, Adelaide is serving up sensational, all-day Thanksgiving Buffet Brunch for the whole family to enjoy. The fare lineup includes pumpkin bisque, fennel glazed salmon, prime rib, seafood displays, carving stations and more. The California Thanksgiving dining experience will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with tickets priced at $165 per adult and $80 per child. To learn more about Thanksgiving at Adelaide, visit google.com.
On Thursday, Nov. 24, from 3 to 9 p.m., Provisional Kitchen, located inside of Pendry San Diego, will be offering a specialty holiday three-course prix-fixe menu filled with all of your favorite Thanksgiving fixings. The turkey dinner will be offered to hotel guests and visitors alike, with pricing at $95 per adult and $30 per child. To learn more about Thanksgiving at Provisional Kitchen, visit pendry.com.
Though closed on Thanksgiving Day, Greens Restaurant in San Francisco is offering a Thanksgiving to-go menu to be placed between Oct. 26 and Nov. 16. The meal is inspired by Chef Katie’s family traditions, offering a lineup of holiday dishes including Tassajara Wild Mushroom Terrine with porcini mushroom gravy; focaccia and sundried tomato stuffing; creamy Brussels sprouts with Shared Cultures wild leek miso soubise, smoked cipollini onions and pecorino; and roasted cauliflower with chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and Northern Indian lemon pickle. To place your order and learn more about Thanksgiving at Greens Restaurant, visit google.com/forms/.
STK Los Angeles
This Thanksgiving, dine with STK at W Los Angeles for a meal featuring roasted, free-range turkey and indulgent sides like maple-baked sweet potatoes, cornbread and sage stuffing. This festive meal is available for dine-in or takeout from Nov. 24 to Nov. 27. To learn more about Thanksgiving at STK Los Angeles, visit STK.com.
Dekkadance at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is offering a traditional yet elevated Thanksgiving brunch boasting opulent versions of your favorite meals. The brunch will be available only on Turkey Day, featuring a selection of hot breakfast items and holiday-inspired bites like the brown sugar glazed bone-in ham, stuffing, autumn sweets and more. Tickets are $100 per adult and $40 for kids 12 and under. To learn more about Thanksgiving at Dekkadance, visit opentable.com.
The Front Yard
The Garland’s signature dining destination, The Front Yard in North Hollywood, is offering an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving feast featuring items like the roasted butternut squash soup, wild arugula salad, Tandoori-roasted turkey with a cranberry yogurt sauce or the smoked prime rib with béarnaise and au jus. Be sure to save room for dessert and try the seasonally-inspired bites like chocolate pecan tarts, pumpkin cupcakes and a banana split station. The feast will be available from 12 to 8 p.m. with tickets per adult for $75 and $35 for kids 12 and under. To learn more about Thanksgiving at The Front Yard, visit opentable.com.
Comedor at La Casa del Camino hotel is taking the stress out of Thanksgiving. Chef Glen Tinsley has crafted a Coastal California-inspired prix-fixe menu, available from 5 p.m. to close on the holiday, and a selection of to-go sides, like roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sourdough stuffing with pork belly and more. Sides can be be pre-ordered by submitting an email through www.comedorlaguna.com by Nov. 21 at noon for pickup Nov. 23 between noon and 7 p.m.