It’s time to celebrate thanks and express gratitude with family, friends and loved ones, spoil yourself. This year, forgo the menu planning this year and make reservations. That’s right, there are quite a few top chefs in Orange County who have created one-of-a-kind culinary masterpieces for you and your party to enjoy. Pulling out all the stops, restaurants are preparing tantalizing traditional Thanksgiving dinners complete with all of the fixings and mouthwatering sweet treats for you to enjoy.
Waterline Newport Beach
1221 West Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Perched just above the Newport Harbor, families will embark on a culinary adventure this Thanksgiving as they experience this time honored tradition along the waterfront. To celebrate, Waterline Newport Beach is offering a special four-course menu which includes: house corn bread with maple butter and butternut squash soup with hazelnut cream; pumpkin spice cured salmon, cucumber, radishes and watercress; and a choice of citrus marinated turkey breast, oyster stuffing and cream of mushroom with turkey jus; filet of beef, bone marrow condiment, potato dauphinoise, green bean and cranberry gastrique; or buttermilk bread crusted sea bass, turkey jus, spelt risotto and baby kale. And last, but not least, a sweet potato cake, cranberry coulis, spice tuile and creme fraiche ice cream or pecan bar, coffee cremeux, milk chocolate cousse and salted caramel for dessert.
686 Anton Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Get ready for an exceptional three-course prix-fixe menu featuring both traditional and modern takes on your favorite holiday cuisine. Pinot Provence is serving up Smoked Ham Hock Terrine with Pear & Saffron Purée; scallops with sautéed bloomsdale spinach, pear onions; duo of lamb with lamb loin, lamb shoulder, Cannellini beans, pumpkin pie with dried fruit compote, red wine reduction; shaved pears, and toasted brioche; roasted squash, and salsa verde; braised Swiss chard, and lam jus; Brioche crostini and pepitas this Thanksgiving Day. $45 for 3 courses; $19 for children 10 and under.
2002 N Main St
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Celebrate the “holiday of giving thanks” with friends and family inside the Bowers Museum for buffet style service. Tangata, or “mankind” in the tribal Maori language of New Zealand is highlighting a bountiful spread in the 160-seat restaurant located in the Mission-style courtyard. Guests can expect to dine on Roasted Free Range Turkey with Slow Roasted-Bourbon Brined; Kabocha squash soup with toasted and spiced pépitas; red wine braised short ribs with braised Swiss chard; apple pie with spiced golden apples, and brown butter crust; hand-carved, and sage gravy; caramelized shallots, and natural jus; lobster coconut bisque with clams, lemongrass, flan; corn purée, brussels sprouts, Romesco Sauce, and Basil Oil. $46 for buffet; $19 for children 10 and under
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
21500 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Come enjoy free flowing champagne for the “Turkey Tales” menu in the Vista Ballroom where you will bask in a Thanksgiving harvest filled with a wide range of seasonal appetizers, traditional entrees and carefully designed side dishes divided into “chapters”. The Intro begins with Blue Point Oysters & Mignonette, Jumbo Shrimp, House Smoked Salmon and Miniature Bagels; Chapter One through Eight include a compilation of house salads and “True to the Season” fruit display; Chipotle pumpkin soup with flame roasted corn, potato, bell pepper and cilantro creme fraiche; house-made biscuits, Poached Tangerine Slices and Winter Fruit Compote with a selection of cheeses; buttermilk and herb marinated roasted tom turkey, garlic-herb encrusted prime rib of beef, brown sugar-mustard brush baked ham with an orange clove glaze and farmers’ market “dry harvest” apple cobbler with warm caramel sauce.
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Chef Marc Johnson has prepared an elevated dining experience this Thanksgiving with a creative priced fixe dinner at Oak Grill. The four-course meal includes selections like slow roasted butternut squash soup with banana bread croutons or baby kale and charred pear salad; a second course of pumpkin ravioli with sage brown butter or fall vegetable risotto with port gastrique, with a main course choice of a traditional turkey plate with cornbread fennel stuffing; coastal seared Atlantic salmon with Swiss chard, roasted beets and beurre blanc; or grilled filet mignon. Those with a sweet tooth with be overwhelmed with the dessert choices of classic pumpkin pie, dark chocolate pudding or pecan pie donut sundae. $85 per adult, with an option of wine pairings for an additional $25. A separate children’s menu is also available.
18420 Von Karman Ave.
Irvine, CA 92612
If you want a traditional Thanksgiving dinner without having to sweat in a hot kitchen, Prego has the perfect solution. Here you will find a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all of the holiday favorites (including pumpkin cheesecake for dessert) served family style. For those of you who want to pair the perfect wine with your dinner, a selection of house wines are available for just $4.50 a glass. The cost for the feast is $36 for adults and $15.50 for children 10 and younger. Prego’s regular menu will not be available on Thanksgiving and reservations are suggested.
The Clay Oven
15435 Jeffrey Road
Irvine CA 92618
Looking to stay in, but serve something a different and exciting this year? Consider Tandoori Turkeys with all the fixings from Chef Geeta Bansal. Skinless turkeys marinated in a special spice mix and prepared in a mesquite-fired clay oven at high heat guaranteeing to keep the meat moist, flavorful and juicy — the only way it should be served. Sides include: Spice Infused Basmati Rice, vegetables and cranberry chutney. But don’t stop there, seasonal a la carte sides are available as well. The spinach and Paneer, cumin sweet potato, pumpkin achari, smoked eggplant bhartha, and okra are sure to make your guests very happy. To round everything up, make sure to include an array of naans and the kheer (rice pudding.) Orders must be placed before noon on Sunday, November 23. $74.95 Serves 6.
The Summit House
2000 E. Bastanchury Road
Fullerton, CA 92835
When you arrive at this restaurant, you’ll see why it is called The Summit House, as it looks like you’ve just arrived at someone’s house for dinner. A charming restaurant to have your Thanksgiving dinner, The Summit House will offer a limited menu for the occasion. Start with one of three salads or a butternut-squash soup. Available entrees include prime rib, halibut, pork chops and roast turkey with all the trimmings. Four desserts are also available, including a pumpkin cheesecake and a three-chocolate torte. The Summit House will be open from 11:30am to 8pm on Thanksgiving.
2100 W. Oceanfront
Newport Beach CA 92663
If you’re looking for a place to take a Thanksgiving date, 21 Oceanfront promises perfection. This year, reservations are available between 2pm and 8pm for $59 per person and include options like calamari fritti, a winter salad with cranberries, goat cheese and candied pecans, a traditional Caesar salad, as well as entree’s like their herb roasted free range turkey, a prime flat iron steak, a grilled Scottish salmon and more. For dessert, choose between pumpkin pie, a chocolate chip pecan pie or a warm apple tart. A children’s menu is also available for just $20 per child (ages 2-10), which includes sliced turkey, chicken tenders, or pasta marinara as well as garlic mashed potatoes or french fries.
1025 E. Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92805
While one of the reasons to go out for Thanksgiving dinner is because you don’t want to cook, another reason to go out for Thanksgiving dinner is to eat things you wouldn’t normally prepare at home. This year, The Ranch in Anaheim will be offering a four-course prix fixe dinner that includes some items you wouldn’t normally find on your own table. Starters include items like pork belly marinated for 48 hours as well as entree choices like Texas redfish, pheasant pot pie and prime rib. If you’re not a fan of those selections, do not worry. They’ll still be serving the traditional Thanksgiving turkey as part of the meal. When you’re ready for dessert, you’ll find some of your favorite like pumpkin cheesecake and pecan pie. An optional wine flight is also available. The Ranch serves Thanksgiving dinner from 2pm to 7pm. The cost is $65 per adult and $20 for children.
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19100 Von Karman Ave.
Irvine, CA 92612
Since it is located amid various businesses, Bistango is a place that you could pass without even knowing it. However, you’ll find your reward once you’re inside. A chic place to have your Thanksgiving dinner, Bistango offers a prix fixe dinner with all of the holiday favorites. However, all of those favorites are made with a little twist to give you something different than you would find at home.
Orange County Mining Company
10000 Crawford Canyon Road
Orange, CA 92705
If you want to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner in a place with spectacular views – especially at sunset – then Orange County Mining Company is the place to go. It’s basically the Orange County equivalent of Mullholland Drive in Los Angeles because it allows you to overlook a lot of Orange County. Another reason to go here is that your dinner options aren’t limited. With a full menu available on Thanksgiving, bring the family and enjoy great food with great views.
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