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Best Restaurants Open On Thanksgiving In Orange County

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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.

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EATS Kitchen & Bar
17900 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92614

Friends and family are invited to gather around the Thanksgiving table as EATS Kitchen treats guests to ultimate three-course Thanksgiving dinner. The restaurant will be serving up traditional favorites with a signature global twist, like a tasty braised short rib, an oven-roasted turkey, Kabocha squash soup, roasted pork, and much more. Seatings will be from 12pm to 3pm and 5pm to 9pm and are $39 per person for the three course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner. Reservations recommended online or by calling (949) 225-6780.

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Prego Ristorante
18420 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 553-1333

Held again this year in a beautiful setting, diners at Prego Ristorante will be treated to a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal with all of the trimmings. Prego will feature a special menu priced at $38 for adults and $16.50 for children 10 and younger. Selections include items like pumpkin soup, a Caesar salad, an all white meat turkey breast, homemade stuffing and cranberry sauce, sautéed vegetables, and pumpkin cheesecake. An a la carte menu is also available with selections like pumpkin ravioli, a salmone alla griglia, or a grilled salmon with seasonal vegetables and roasted potatoes. Other options include a pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.

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Mastro's Ocean Club
8112 E Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92657
(949) 376-6990

With picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean, for the first time, Mastro's Ocean Club will be open for Thanksgiving Day dinner. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Mastro's signature dishes – a seafood tower, a petite filet, their lobster mashed potatoes and the warm butter cake, along with an extensive wine and cocktail list. The intimate Crystal Cove spot in Newport Coast embraces the waterfront location through its menu, which features a wider selection of fresh seafood and sushi, in addition to its celebrated cuts of steaks.

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Oak Grill
Island Hotel
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 760-4920

Oak Grill and their terrific chefs have created a delectable four-course holiday menu which includes a traditional carved turkey, a roasted filet mignon and wild salmon, plus traditional desserts created by Pastry Chef Andy de la Cruz. The price is $90 per adult, and $35 for children ages 5 to 12.

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Stonehill Tavern at Monarch Beach Resort
Monarch Beach Resort
1 Monarch Beach Resort N
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 234-3200

Visit Dana Point's most iconic hotel for Thanksgiving this year! The Monarch beach Resort and its Stonehill Tavern restaurant will be offering a 4-course menu with top menu items that include: a wild mushroom tartlet with caramelized fennel, herbed ricotta, pickled ramp bulb, as well as a heritage breed turkey crispy breast with vermouth gravy and sides like crispy sweet potatoes with sage and marshmallow. Pricing is $135 per guest. Beverage pairings available at additional cost. Seasting on Thanksgiving Day will be from 2pm – 7pm.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
21500 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 845-4893

From 12pm to 6pm on Thanksgiving Day, join diners at The Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach for a great Thanksgiving feast. Fall into all the delicious flavors of the season with a gluttonous buffet including of all the traditional sides, zesty salads, seasoned meats and sweet treats! They will be sure to satisfy even the most discerning taste buds. Start your dinner of endless choices with freshly shucked blue point oysters with mignonette, and then move on to the stand-out, brown sugar-mustard brushed baked ham with orange clove glaze. To satisfy that sweet tooth, try the farmer's market "dry harvest" apple cobbler or indulge in the vanilla bread pudding with spiced crème anglaise. The price for adults is $75, $65 for seniors, and $25 for children aged 4 to 12.

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Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink
370 Glenneyre
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

From 1pm to 8pm, Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink in Laguna Beach and its Chef/Owner Ryan Adams will be welcoming guests with a 3-course Thanksgiving feast packed with traditional American holiday favorites. Start off your meal with offerings like a choice of a warmed winter greens salad or a sweet potato chowder. Next, the main choice options include a roasted free range turkey with thyme gravy and sage sausage stuffing or a grilled pork loin with mushrooms, apple jus, carrots and apple glaze. And, the classic sides for everyone are garlic mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, candied yams and cranberry sauce. For dessert, bite into a delicious pumpkin pie with whipped cream or a bourbon apple pie with vanilla ice cream. The menu is also offered to take away and bring home.

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The Backyard
Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Rd
Irvine, CA 92614
(888) 230-4452

Hotel Irvine's Thanksgiving Family Feast In The Backyard will take place on Thanksgiving at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. This year's Thanksgiving feast brings a cornucopia of food stations, including roasted turkey and maple-glazed berkshire ham, cooked-to-order steelhead salmon and seafood paella, build-your-own Bloody Marys, dessert stations and more. An oyster bar, build your own poke station, and plenty of sides like roasted yams, green beans, corn bread stuffing, butternut squash, and more will also be on offer. And, there will be entertaining live music, a kids' craft station and a photo booth, too! The event is $65 per adult and $20 per child ages 5 to 12, excluding tax and service charge.

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The Ballroom
Island Hotel Newport Beach
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 926600
(949) 759-0808

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 24 from 11am to 4pm, guests can stop by The Ballroom at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach for a delicious brunch. Traditional free-range turkey, carved-to-order prime rib, a seafood station, a create-your-own risotto station and Champagne to wash it all down. Plus, there are live music and children's crafts – for a day that's made for the whole family.

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Surf and Sand Resort
1555 S. Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(844) 864-5758

Escape to the luxurious Laguna Beach hotel of the Surf and Sand Resort for Thanksgiving this year. With an ocean view, the restaurant will host a four-course prix fixe traditional Thanksgiving menu for lunch or dinner. $80 for lunch or $95 for dinner. The regular menu will not be available. Expect dishes including all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes, like turkey and sides.

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Sapphire Laguna
1200 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-9888

Guests who opt to celebrate Thanksgiving in-house at Sapphire Laguna will have the pleasure of experiencing a three-course dinner prepared by the one and only Chef Azmin Ghahreman in the most authentic way possible. First Course selections include their cauliflower and carrot salad with persimmon and endive, and pomegranate seeds, a Baja stripped bass crudo, salt cod fitters, and a butternut squash bisque, while the main course options include a traditional herb roasted diestel hen turkey, a whole branzino, a pan seared Scottish salmon, an oven roasted pork loin chop and much more. For dessert, options include pumpkin pie, a warm apple tart tatin and a chocolate budino.

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Bowers Museum
2002 N Main St
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600

Celebrate the 'holiday of giving thanks' with friends and family at Santa Ana's Tangata Restaurant! From 11am to 3pm, enjoy a Cinderella pumpkin soup with local honey, dates, and a five spice creme fraiche, an heirloom apple waldorf salad, and a baby hearts of romaine salad. Then, dine on entree's like a slow roasted turkey, a roasted Scottish salmon, a port wine-braised beef short ribs and more. Enjoy sides like honey glazed carrots, artisanal breads, classic cranberry sauce, baby marble potatoes and much more. Every meal needs desserts, so don't miss their spiced pumpkin pies.

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Three-Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink
370 Glenneyre St
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-8686

Get ready for an exceptional three-course prix-fixe menu featuring both traditional and modern takes on your favorite holiday cuisine. Three-Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink is serving up a warmed winter greens salad, as well as a tasty butternut squash soup to start. For the main course, go for the roasted free range turkey with all the trimmings, or a wild mushroom stuffed pork loin. Garlic mashed potatoes, bacon roasted Brussels sprouts, candied yams and cranberry sauce will also be offered to pair with the items. But, be sure to save some room, because Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without rounding off dinner with some pumpkin pie and apple pie.

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The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
3131 W Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 999-6622

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Newport Beach is hosting a three-course Thanksgiving dinner featuring all-American classics as well as Chef Yvon Goetz's modern take on the traditional holiday fare. Guests will have their pick of five appetizers and entrees like maple-glazed free range turkey, salmon, flatiron steak, shrimp or a maple-glazed pork chop and three dessert options.

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Wildfish Seafood Grille
1370 Bison Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 720-9925

Newport Beach's Wildfish Seafood Grill will be adding to Thanksgiving feasts by offering their own traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings to their regular seafood and steak menu. Items include Sliced Turkey Breast with Gravy
Brioche Sage Stuffing, Cranberry Chutney, Hand-whipped Potatoes, Baby French Green Beans with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Roasted Butternut Squash and more. The featured cocktail will be a cranberry Moscow Mule. The Thanksgiving special is $38 for adults and $15 for kids. Thanksgiving is from 11am to 8pm.

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Waterline Newport Beach
Balboa Bay Club
1221 West Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 645-5000

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 menu which includes: cauliflower soup, or a kona kampachi with lemon puree, fennel salad, forbidden rice crackers. For your main course, choose between a citrus marinated turkey breast with oyster stuffing, mushrooms, turkey jus, and cranberry chutney, an 8oz. prime New York steak, or a Butter Poached Turbot. And last, but not least, for dessert, you have your choice between a piece of delicious pumpkin and bourbon torte or pear tartin.

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Silver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar
Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa
3350 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 442-8593

Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar in Costa Mesa isn't just offering a Thanksgiving Dinner. They're also offering a brunch buffet from 11am to 3:30pm. For a more traditional prix fixe Thanksgiving from 5pm to 10pm, enjoy favorites like a roasted pumpkin apple soup, an autumn salad with watercress, poached pears, cranberries, shaved red onions and white balsamic vinaigrette. For your second course, enjoy a roasted free range turkey breast, a grilled prime rib New York steak, or a stripped lobster ravioli.

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The Clay Oven
15435 Jeffrey Road
Irvine CA 92618
(949) 552-2851

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. The turkeys come surrounded by an intoxicating spice and vegetable-infused Basmati rice, and there is a wickedly runny cranberry chutney on the side.

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The Summit House
2000 E. Bastanchury Road
Fullerton, CA 92835
(714) 671-4111

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 like their blue cheese iceberg wedges, or the Summit House salad, or a butternut-squash soup. Available entrees include a roasted prime rib, their traditional roast turkey with fresh butterball turkey served with home style mashed potatoes, autumn vegetables and cranberry relish, their double rib pork chops and an Alaskan halibut. Four desserts are also available, including a pumpkin cheesecake and a creme brulee

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The Ranch
1025 E. Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 817-4200

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 from 2-7pm. Starters include items like sea scallops, or goat cheese ravioli, as well as burrata. For your main course, choose from Mary's organic free range turkey with cornbread, turkey sausage stuffing, as well as a Pacific sabelfish, a pheasant pot pie or a Wyoming raised buffalo prime rib. For a sweet ending, they'll be offering items like a harvest pumpkin cheesecake, as well as an old fashioned pecan pie with vanilla bean ice cream. The cost is $75 per adult and $25 for children.

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