Thanksgiving dining guide
Whether it's a grand buffet you need to satisfy your holiday hunger or a traditional turkey plate with all of the trimmings – just like Mom used to make, there's a wide variety Turkey Day dining options in Orange County.
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Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar
Enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner in Downtown Disney. Catal is offering a three-course dinner featuring decadent entrees: slow-roasted cider brined turkey, grilled veal skirt steak, slow-roasted prime rib, and bucatini pasta. Dessert choices include apple pie, pumpkin and hazelnut religieuse and warm pumpkin cake. Dinners-to-go is also available, however the order must be put in at the Uva Bar. No over-the-phone orders. Reservations are recommended. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Adults: $35; Children: $15.95. Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar, 1580 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim. 714-774-4442.
Dine in a traditionally elegant atmosphere this Thanksgiving at Mr. Stox. Choose from one of four entree choices including fresh Dietzel Farm turkey, pan seared Columbian River salmon, Angus prime rib, and grilled carusotto pork loin. Dessert choices include deep dish pumpkin pie, mincemeat pie, apple pie, and chocolate cranberry terrine. Reservations are required. Noon-8 p.m. Entrée range: $36.95-42.95; Kids 12 and under $15.95. Mr. Stox, 1105 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim. 714-364-2994.
Anaheim White House Restaurant
The family-owned Italian restaurant offers a traditional turkey dinner. Reservations are required for a Thanksgiving dinner featuring seasoned oven roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, stuffing, vegetables and a side of cranberries. Pumpkin pie is served for dessert. Noon-9 p.m. $39.95 per adult; $19.95. Anaheim White House, 887 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim. 714-772-1381.
McCormick & Schmick's Grille
McCormick & Schmicks Grille offers a traditional Thanksgiving meal, which includes roasted turkey, seasoned vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy, apple squash casserole, cranberry sauce and stuffing. Pumpkin pie and upside down apple pie will be served for dessert. Patrons may also order off of the regular menu. Dinners-to-go are also available. Reservations are recommended. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. $26.95 per person. McCormick & Schmick's Grille Anaheim, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim. 714-535-9000.
Grand Ballroom at the Disneyland Hotel
Feeling Goofy this Thanksgiving? Try a buffet-styled dining experience at the Disneyland Hotel. Have a magical moment this holiday and share dinner with Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Chip and Dale or one of Disney's other world-famous characters. Buffet features a wide selection of salads, smoked fish and assorted deli meats, a pasta station, mesquite smoked prime rib of beef, maple glazed yams, whole roasted turkey with giblet gravy and Yukon gold mashed potatoes. Children's buffet features Mickey chicken nuggets, mini-hamburgers, French fries and chocolate chip cookies. Reservations are required. 2-8 p.m. $52 adults; $13.50 kids 3-11; Children under 3 are free. Disneyland Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 1150 Magic Way, Anaheim. 714-781-3463.
CORONA DEL MAR
Guests at Five Crowns can order off the menu or go for the roast turkey dinner which includes all the fixings: stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, green beans, cranberry sauce, salad and soup are included for $29. Desserts, including pumpkin pie, Dutch apple pie, trifle, creme brulee, or flourless chocolate cake are $8. There's also a combination prime rib and turkey dinner for $40, with smaller portions for children. Reservations are required. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Menu entree range: $29-$49. Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar. 949-760-0331.
Leatherby's Café Rouge
Dine in serenity at Leatherby's this Thanksgiving with a three-course set menu. Choose your entrée from organic free range turkey, beef tenderloin, and Irish salmon. Decadent desserts include apple pie, pumpkin and hazelnut religieuse, and warm pumpkin cake. Reservations are recommended. 2-6 p.m. Adults: $48 per person; Kids 12 and under: $15.95 per child. Leatherby's Cafe Rouge, 615 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa. 714-429-7640.
Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's
Dine elegantly for Thanksgiving at Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's, located at South Coast Plaza. Charlie Palmer offers a set menu of three courses including entrée choice of roasted baby Cornish hen, crisp seared arctic char, slow basted organic turkey, walnut crusted venison, and red wine braised beef short ribs. Delicious dessert choices include pumpkin crème brulee, honey crisp, apple tart tatin, banana and white chocolate parfait, peanut butter molten cake and NY style cheesecake. Reservations are required. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Adults: $68 per person; Children 12 and under: $34 per child. Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. 714-352-2525.
Maggiano's Little Italy
Enjoy a taste of Italy this Thanksgiving at Maggiano's with a four-course, family-style dinner which includes the assorted bruschetta plate appetizer, a choice of two salads, two pastas, and two entrees. Entrees choices are traditional roast turkey, the country style ham or the tilapia. Dessert choices include pumpkin praline cheesecake, tiramisu, chocolate Zuccotto cake, or apple crostada. Reservations are recommended. Noon-8 p.m. $34.95 per person. Maggiano's Little Italy at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. 714-546-9550.
Pinot Provence is offering a set menu with three courses this Thanksgiving. Entrée choices include oven-roasted free range turkey, pan-roasted Scottish salmon, braised boneless beef short rib, and grilled flank steak. Dessert selections include apple pie, pumpkin and hazelnut religieuse and warm pumpkin cake. Reservations are required. 1-9 p.m. $39 for adults; $15.95 for Kids 12 and under; Children 3 and under are free. Pinot Provence, 686 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa. 714-444-5900.
Pacific Whey Cafe
Don't feel like cooking dinner on Thanksgiving? Pacific Whey Café offers a pre-made traditional Thanksgiving dinner and all you have to do is pick it up. Dinners include turkey and all the trimmings; gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie for dessert. Pick up dinner between 10 a.m. and Noon on Thanksgiving Day. Small dinner serves 4-6 people: $149; Large dinner serves 8-10 people: $199. Pacific Whey Cafe at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St. Suite 119, Costa Mesa. 714-641-9911.
Salt Creek Grille
The Salt Creek Grille offers a roast turkey dinner with red-skinned mashed potatoes, yams, stuffing, roasted farmer's market veggies and a choice of pecan or pumpkin pie for $26 on Thanksgiving Day. Diners can also order off the menu, with pork chops, Chilean sea bass, or turduckin. Pumpkin ravioli is $19. There's also a variety of starters, full dessert menu and kids meals that feature mac and cheese, chicken fingers and pizza. Reservations are recommended. 1-7 p.m. $26 for roast turkey dinner, prices vary on other menu items. Salt Creek Grille, 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point. 949-661-7799.
Pacific Whey Cafe
Don't feel like cooking dinner on Thanksgiving? Pacific Whey Café offers a pre-made traditional Thanksgiving dinner, all you have to do is pick it up. Dinners include turkey, and all the trimmings; gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie for dessert. Pick up dinner between 10 a.m.-Noon on Thanksgiving Day. Small dinner serves 4-6 people: $149; Large dinner serves 8-10 people: $199. Pacific Whey Cafe, 25672 Crown Valley Pkwy., Ladera Ranch. 949-452-7744.
Tivoli Terrace is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner that benefits RUFF (Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends). The feast includes a traditional turkey or a vegetarian meal with vegetables, mashed potatoes, cranberries and pies for dessert. Sociable pets are always welcome. Reservations recommended. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $35 for adults; $15 for children 12 and under. Tivoli Terrace, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach. 949- 494-9650.
Sapphire Laguna serves a special menu on Thanksgiving that includes an appetizer, entree and dessert. Entree selections include: Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus, crispy Barramundi and lobster Borsenttini, pan seared beef tenderloin, braised Kurobuta pork shank with "Old World Spices," traditional herb roasted Diestel hen turkey or Peruvian "Lomo" style lamb sirloin. Finish the meal with choice of pumpkin pie, Valrhona chocolate cake with honey glazed kumquats or hazelnut crunch cake with honeyed Kumquats. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $48 -$65. Sapphire Laguna, 1200 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. 949-715-9888.
The White House
The White House serves a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving that comes with soup, a Waldorf salad, cranberries, mashed potatoes, green beans almondine, candied yams and stuffing, with pumpkin pie and whipped cream. Also on the menu is beef with horseradish, and charbroiled salmon with champagne mushroom sauce. $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children. 1-10 p.m. The White House, 340 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. 949-494-8088.
Thanksgiving at Montage Laguna Beach
The Grand Ballroom inside of the Montage presents a prix fixe menu for guests with a holiday buffet featuring 12 serving stations, a jazz trio and complimentary family photos. Noon-8 p.m. $95 for adults; $35 for children.
The Loft, for fine dining on 4th floor, also has a prix fixe menu with four-courses with traditional meal, but guests may order from the regular menu as well. Noon-8 p.m. $95 for adults; $25 for children, ages 4 through 12.
The Studio, in a bungalow with views of the coastline, is known for its French modern cuisine and will offer guests a special five-course tasting menu, plus a la carte choices. Featured will be roast pheasant, a foie gras pate, truffles vinaigrette, lobster bisque, spring rolls, salmon with chestnuts, poached pears, a chestnut brioche, haricots vertes, a butternut squash compote, potato mousseline, and sage gravy. Desserts include individual pecan tarts, with whiskey ice cream and chocolate caramel sauce. 4-9 p.m. $115 per person for five-courses; $165 meal includes wine; $25 or $35 for children. Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. 949-715-6420.
Las Brisas in Laguna Beach serves Thanksgiving dinner a la carte, offering turkey, chicken, ham, steak, and several kinds of fish. The entrees are served with rice or potatoes, vegetables and a roll with butter. Desserts include pumpkin and applie pie, and the chef will prepare a few other specials. Reservations are recommended. Noon-8 p.m. $21-$33 per person. Las Brisas, 361 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach. 949-497-5434.
Ti Amo serves its regular menu as well as an all-you-can-eat traditional holiday meal that includes turkey, walnut dressing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, giblet gravy and pie for dessert. 2-8 p.m. $20.95 per person for holiday meal, menu prices vary. Ti Amo, 31727 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. 949-499-5350.
Savannah Chop House
Order a three-course Thanksgiving dinner at Savannah Chop House, with a selection of five appetizers, various entrees and four desserts. The lobster tail entree is $50. Turkey dinners come with potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce and gravy. 1-8 p.m. $40-$50 for adults, $16 for children. Savannah Chop House, 32441 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel. 949-493-7107.
The Rusty Pelican is known for its seafood, but on Thanksgiving Day the chef also prepares a turkey dinner with vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, cranberries and pumpkin pie. Guests can also order from the regular menu with prime rib and fresh fish, and enjoy table service with a view of Newport Harbor. $17.95 turkey dinner, menu prices vary. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Rusty Pelican Restaurant, 2735 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach. 949-642-3431.
Pacific Whey Cafe
Don't feel like cooking dinner on Thanksgiving? Pacific Whey Café offers a pre-made traditional Thanksgiving dinner, all you have to do is pick it up. Dinners include turkey, and all the trimmings; gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie for dessert. Pick up dinner between 10 a.m.-Noon on Thanksgiving Day. Small dinner serves 4-6 people: $149; Large dinner serves 8-10 people: $199. Pacific Whey Cafe, 2622 San Miguel Dr., Newport Beach. 949-715-2200.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO
The Swallows Inn in San Juan Capistrano shows its generous spirit when the restaurant welcomes anyone over age 21 again this year to its free Thanksgiving buffet. For about 20 years anyone who doesn't have family, is homeless or just lonesome can enjoy a full turkey dinner, with ham, potatoes, dessert and all the fixings. The cooks prepare 12 turkeys and four hams. There's entertainment too with the Good Deal rock 'n' roll trio. 1-5 p.m. Free. Swallows Inn, 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. 949-493-3188.
Turkey is served with either a Waldorf salad or split pea soup, sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato puree, homemade gravy and cranberry sauce. But there's more than turkey, order Weiner Schnitzel with a traditional garnish of lemon, capers and anchovies, served with red cabbage and homemade spatzle or weiner roast pork stuffed with Italian plums and pistachios, served with red cabbage and mashed potatoes. There are two seafood choices, scallops in saffron sauce with wild rice and asparagus, or poached salmon on tomato ragout, also with wild rice and asparagus. Desserts include pumpkin pie, homemade apple strudel and warm chocolate cake. Noon-6 p.m. $35 per person. Cafe Mozart, 31952 Camino Capistrano Ste A1, San Juan Capistrano. 949-496-0212.
Dine at Tangata inside the Bowers Museum this Thanksgiving as the restaurant offers a set three-course including choice of traditional Thanksgiving turkey, red wine braised beef short ribs, smoked chicken ravioli, and cedar plank salmon entrees. For dessert, choose a mini Thanksgiving pie from pumpkin, pecan, apple, lemon, banana cream, chocolate mousse, and cheesecake. Reservations are recommended. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $39 per person; $15.95 Kids 12 and under. Tangata, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. 714-550-0906.
Orange County Mining Company
Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner buffet at the Orange County Mining Company that also includes prime rib, fish, ham, pork and additional chicken items. The meal also includes soups, salads, and desserts. Reservations highly recommended. Noon-7 p.m. $32 adults; $13.95 children 12 and under. Orange County Mining Company, 10000 Crawford Canyon Rd., Santa Ana. 714-997-7411.
Black Gold Golf Club
Join the Black Gold Golf Club for a special Thanksgiving buffet featuring butternut squash soup, traditional Caesar salad, herb roasted prime rib carving station, grilled salmon, traditional roasted turkey carving station, garlic mashed potatoes with Chef's special homemade gravy, sweet potato casserole and cornbread stuffing, orange spiced cranberry sauce, an array of holiday pies and a chocolate fondue fountain. Reservations required 48-hours in advance. 12:30-4:30 p.m. $34.95 per adult; $15.95 children ages 4-12; Free for children 3 and under. Black Gold Golf Club, One Black Gold Drive, Yorba Linda. 714-961-0060 ext. 100.
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