Where to Dine Out on Thanksgiving in O.C.

These Orange County restaurants are the perfect spots to gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving.
Photo courtesy Water Grill in Costa Mesa.

Water Grill

Costa Mesa

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Water Grill by ordering from their holiday menu. Starters include a choice of clam chowder with applewood smoked bacon or mixed organic greens. The meal also consists of a roasted Diestel Family Ranch turkey with Yukon mashed potatoes, house-made sourdough apple-celery stuffing, traditional cranberry sauce, and turkey gravy. Finish off with pumpkin cheesecake or caramel bread pudding for dessert. $68 per adult and $25 for children 12 and under. watergrill.com/southcoast

Cafe Sevilla

Costa Mesa

Celebrate with live Latin music and a Spanish-inspired holiday menu that includes Thanksgiving classics with a Spanish twist. The restaurant will offer a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving Day menu from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., with the last seating at 9 p.m. The menu includes butternut squash soup with lemon and chive cream, roasted turkey breast, and glazed black forest ham served alongside mashed sweet potatoes, gravy, stuffing, Brussels sprout casserole, cornbread, and barbacoa pineapple chutney. End the evening with some house-made pumpkin pie with cinnamon ginger whipped cream. The Thanksgiving two-course menu is priced at $49.50 for adults and $24.50 for kids. cafesevilla.com

Selanne Steak Tavern

Laguna Beach

The restaurant will offer a three-course Thanksgiving feast from noon until 8 p.m. Selections for each course include Kabocha squash soup, baby kale and apple salad, Vermont maple-glazed Kurobuta leg of ham accompanied by Granny Smith apple celery root puree, 12-ounce American Prime ribeye roast with Montreal seasoning, or slow roasted Mary’s Farm Heritage turkey breast along with house cranberry and marsala jus. Sides will also be served at each table. To finish off the night, the restaurant will offer a choice of warm apple streusel bar or creamy pumpkin tart for dessert. The three-course dinner is $135 per adult and $40 per child. selannesteaktavern.com


Laguna Beach

Celebrate the holiday at The Ranch. Seating for the boutique resort’s Thanksgiving dinner will be available from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy a farm-fresh menu with classics such as a roasted turkey breast, cranberries with candied orange, and pumpkin pie for dessert. theranchlb.com

Las Brisas

Laguna Beach

Las Brisas will be offering a Thanksgiving meal featuring California cuisine infused with Mexican flavors. Their three-course prix fixe menu includes lobster salad, cured duck breast, chile-rubbed turkey, butternut squash tamales, shrimp tampiqueños, seared salmon, and pumpkin cheesecake. A kids menu will also be available, featuring a turkey plate and apple bread pudding for dessert. $80 per adult and $23 per child. lasbrisaslagunabeach.com

Wind & Sea

Dana Point

Celebrate the holiday with your loved ones by the sea. The menu includes a traditional family-style Thanksgiving dinner with selections such as oven-roasted turkey, grilled Atlantic salmon, or prime top sirloin steak. The meal includes salad, garlic mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, fresh vegetables, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, and pumpkin pie. Prices range from $32 to $49, kids under 12 dine at half price. windandsearestaurants.com


Laguna Niguel

Start off with a sliced charcuterie and international cheese board with Italian focaccia and assorted artisan breads for the table. The holiday buffet will offer butternut squash soup, salad, peel-and-eat Mexican shrimp, cauliflower and asparagus risotto, roasted Thanksgiving turkey, Scottish salmon fillet, and roasted greater Omaha prime rib. Desserts include pecan pie, apple pie, pumpkin pie, and cookies. Kids plates include a choice of mac & cheese, chicken fingers, or turkey with sides and cookies ($19 for kids 12 and under). $75 for adults. hendrixoc.com

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

Newport Beach

The family-style three-course meal includes your choice of two or three entrees including maple-bourbon brined turkey, brown sugar-baked ham, and prime rib roast. Shareable sides are plentiful, from autumn harvest salad and pecan-crusted sweet potatoes to cornbread stuffing and caramelized garlic mashed potatoes. Choose between apple pie or pumpkin pie for dessert. $60 or $70 per person, $15 for kids 12 and under. bosscatkitchen-newport.com

Orange County Mining Co.

Santa Ana

The a la carte Thanksgiving menu offers a variety of holiday appetizers such as a jumbo shrimp cocktail, sauteed mushrooms, deep-fried calamari, spinach artichoke dip, fresh grilled artichoke, and coconut beer shrimp ($13 to $17). Entrees include a traditional turkey dinner, filet mignon, slow-roasted prime rib, sauteed salmon filet, baby back pork ribs, a veggie plate, and filet & lobster ($26 to $44). For dessert, choose a pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, Miner’s mud pie, or a Silver Nugget—chocolate cookie pie crust with vanilla bean ice cream ($10). orangecountyminingco.com

Bayside Restaurant

Newport Beach

Their special Thanksgiving prix fixe menu includes a choice of starter—autumn harvest salad, tartare of ahi tuna, carpaccio bresaola, or garnet yam and ginger soup. The meal features Diestel Farms oven-roasted organic turkey and sides such as brioche vegetable herb stuffing and mashed potatoes. For dessert, choose from pumpkin pie or butterscotch budino. $70 per adult and $35 per child 12 and under. baysiderestaurant.com

Fig & Olive

Newport Beach

Their Mediterranean Thanksgiving prix fixe dinner offers appetizers such as roasted rainbow carrots and sweet potato, Beeler’s pork belly, French onion soup, and more. Entrees include free-range turkey, butternut squash risotto, branzino a la plancha, and grass-fed hanger steak. Finish the evening with a pumpkin bundt cake or Basque-style cheesecake. $85. figandolive.com


Costa Mesa and Irvine

The restaurant’s special Thanksgiving menu includes a wide selection of appetizers such as butternut soup and turkey empanadas ($10 to $13), entrees such as a turkey plate, mushroom picadillo, Paella a la Habana ($25 to $60), and sides such as candied yams and fried plantains ($5 to $8). For dessert, try a guava cheese empanada, pumpkin flan, or Key lime for two ($8 to $14). restauranthabana.com

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