There are some great places for a memorable Thanksgiving dinner in Orange County, California. You can dine at an elegant resort, enjoy turkey with an ocean view, or go for a brunch buffet.
Many of these restaurants all have traditional turkey dinner on the menu for Thanksgiving 2018. Many offer uniquely southern California fare and offer a range of choices. Reservations are strongly recommended, if not mandatory.
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If you want to get away for the day or the weekend, the Monarch Beach Resort, a AAA Five Diamond resort in Orange County, has a full weekend of Thanksgiving activities. The Dana Point Turkey Trot run, sponsored by the resort is held from 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and takes place in Dana Point Harbor.
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Brunch at AVEO Table + Bar
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Menu at AVEO Table + Bar
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Dinner at Bourbon Steak Orange County
Address: 1 Monarch Beach Resort North, Dana Point
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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel will host a "Thanks-for-Giving Buffet" from 12 noon to 4 p.m. benefitting a local charity. The buffet will include traditional Thanksgiving favorites. The cost is $129 per person.
The resort restaurants include Raya. featuring Pan-Latin coastal fare and ocean views, enoSTEAK highlighting prime beef and local produce, and their oceanfront lounge, 180blũ, for cocktails and small plates.
Address: 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point
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If you want to forgo the turkey and opt for seafood or steak, both Mastro's Ocean Club in Newport Beach and Mastro's Prime in Costa Mesa will be open for Thanksgiving. Mastro's is known as a high-end steakhouse and diners will order from their a la carte menu. You'll relax in this casually elegant setting with white tablecloths and upscale decor.
Addresses: Mastro's Ocean Club
8112 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach
633 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa
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Splashes Restaurant with an ocean view at the Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach will host a four-course prix fixe traditional Thanksgiving menu for lunch or dinner. The regular menu will not be available. The first seating will be 12 noon - 4 p.m and 4 - 8 p.m. for the second seating.
It's a casually elegant setting with the sea just 25 feet below. Dine watching the waves roll in. Splashes is known for fresh and local cuisine.
Address: 1555 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna BeachContinue to 5 of 10 below.
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Vue at Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point offers a special Thanksgiving menu with an ocean view from 1:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Vue is known for Italian cuisine at this Dana Point restaurant. On other days they serve an array of authentic pizza and pasta along with fresh seafood and an extensive wine list. Contemporary indoor and outdoor seating with ocean views enhances your experience.
Address: 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point
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Orange Hill offers a sumptuous Thanksgiving buffet on Thursday, November 22, 2018, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Roast turkey, prime rib, crab legs, a sushi action station, traditional trimmings, and bottomless mimosas will be featured.
The price will be $75 Adults and $35 for children 5 - 12 years of age.
Uniquely situated in the hills of Orange County, Orange Hill offers sweeping views of Catalina Island, Downtown Los Angeles, Disneyland's magical fireworks show, and the California coastline.
Address: 6410 E. Chapman Ave, Orange
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The Winery offers a three-course Thanksgiving menu for turkey day with a choice of five starters and entrees including maple-glazed free-range turkey, salmon, flatiron steak, shrimp or a maple-glazed pork chop and three dessert options.
A Little Buddies children's menu is available for kids 12 and under. Price is: $64.99 per person for adults (excludes tax/gratuity)
With breathtaking views of Newport Harbor, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar offers contemporary California regional cuisine in a hip, vibrant setting.
Address: 3131 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach
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Silver Trumpet will put on an elaborate Thanksgiving brunch buffet and a more traditional prix fixe Thanksgiving Dinner in the evening. Wine pairings will be available.
Silver Trumpet is lakeside eatery serving local cuisine in a sophisticated windowed-dining room with outdoor patio.
Address: 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa MesaContinue to 9 of 10 below.
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Tangata Restaurant at the Bowers Museum offers a Thanksgiving buffet on November 22 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Guests will receive a complimentary ticket to the Bowers Museum for use on a future visit. $55 per adult, $28 per child (10 and under). Price excludes tax and gratuity.
The menu includes all the traditional Thanksgiving items plus more such as the planked-herbed crusted salmon entree.
The museum itself will be closed on Thanksgiving.
Address: 2002 N.Main Street, Santa Ana
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Mrs. Knott's Chicken Restaurant offers a Thanksgiving Champagne Buffet that includes Mrs. Knott's fried chicken in addition to turkey and all the trimmings. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Season Passholders receive a discount. Park tickets are not required. 3 hours free parking with validation is available in the Marketplace parking lot.
Address: Knott's Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park