There’s nothing like having to cook for an entire family on Thanksgiving. Slaving over a stove and constantly checking on the turkey can be maddening. All it takes is one ruined bird, a drunken cousin, and a half day spent cleaning up to call it quits next year. As crazy as it sounds, some of us cherish these rituals—even look forward to the chaos. But for those who don’t, there are plenty of restaurants happy to do the work for you.
If you’re considering restaurant dining this Thanksgiving, I recommend reading this list below. These chefs are looking forward to serving you as much as you’re looking forward to turkey and dressing.
Below are three special O.C. restaurants that not only boast incredible chefs, but also host award-winning wine lists. You can guarantee their sommeliers have special treats waiting for you should you decide to indulge in the optional wine pairings.
Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand California Hotel:
With a menu created by chef Andrew Sutton, Napa Rose has got to be one of the best restaurants out there for celebrating Thanksgiving. Come to indulge in Sutton’s “4-Course Wine Country Feast” served by the restaurant’s fleet of sommeliers.
Price: $100 per adul
Raya at The Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel:
For Thursday, Raya’s chef Steve Wan has crafted a three-course menu using only local and seasonal ingredients. Here, the Pacific Ocean paints the landscape and a fine-tuned selection of wines awaits, setting the stage for a truly memorable meal.
Price: $110 per adult
Scott’s in Costa Mesa:
Scott’s has served our community for 25 years, but sadly, with the restaurant closing soon, this will be the last Thanksgiving for executive chef Michael Doctulero and general manger-master sommelier Robert Redaelli. Their menu will feature traditional holiday staples alongside the restaurant’s classic dishes.
Price: $60 per adult