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2017 Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Enjoy a Festive Thanksgiving Dining Where It’s Warm, Welcoming and Wonderful at one of these premiere Orange County Restaurants.

Back Bay Bistro
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Back Bay Bistro welcomes guests to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with a festive gourmet buffet featuring slow roasted turkey, holiday sides and more with the unforgettable waterfront atmosphere on Thursday, November 23 from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

For those who wish to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal from the comfort of their own home, Back Bay Bistro is offering Thanksgiving To Go. Call ahead by November 22 to reserve your professionally prepared whole turkey and a selection of favorite holiday sides.

Fresh Salads
Field Greens with Apples and Dried Cherries, Walnut Vinaigrette
Grilled Asparagus Salad
Spaghetti Squash Salad
Beets with Goat Cheese
Wild Mushroom Salad
Cauliflower Salad
Beefsteak Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella with Basil Dressing
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Dressing
Cold Cut & Antipasto Display

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Seafood Chowder

Carved to Order Station
Slow Roasted Turkey Breast
New York Strip
Confit Turkey Dark Meat
Walnut Stuffing
Cranberry Relish
Au Jus, Herb Gravy

Hot Offerings
Grilled Salmon in a Dill Cream Sauce
Crab Cakes
Lamb Navarin
Rice Pilaf
Shallot Boursin Mashed Potatoes
Macaroni & Cheese
Candied Yams
Green Beans Almandine
Roasted Corn off the Cob
Creamed Spinach
Sweet Winter Peas
Corn Bread & Assorted Rolls

Pumpkin Pie
Caramelized Apple Pie
Pecan Pie
Bread Pudding
Chocolate Fountain


Main Event
Chef Custom-Rubbed Whole Turkey

Holiday Sides
Country Greens
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Cranberry Relish
Walnut Stuffing
Cream Corn

Choice of a whole Pumpkin or Apple Pie

Thanksgiving Buffet
Thursday, November 23, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Thanksgiving To Go
Reserve your family meal by Wednesday, November 22.
Pick up your meal on Thursday, November 23 from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Thanksgiving Buffet
$50 for adults
$25 for children 10 years and under

Thanksgiving To Go
$150 for complete dinner, serves 4-6

Selanne Steak Tavern
1464 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-9881

In Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Irvine, so many tempting options abound for families and friends this Thanksgiving! From dining in to take away, choices range in price and time availability and include very fine and casual dining; three-, four- and five-course chefs’ tasting menus; and grand bountiful buffets. But all offer distinctive settings, a welcoming ambiance and delicious food created with SoCal of-the-moment ingredients, craft cocktails, selectively curated wine and beer lists and gracious service.

The following is a Thanksgiving celebration round up of special holiday options:

Selanne Steak Tavern’s Three-Course Thanksgiving Gourmet Feast
Thursday, November 23, from 1 to 8 p.m.

Selanne Steak Tavern starts a new holiday tradition by serving its first memorable gourmet dinner for Thanksgiving. Chef Joshua Severson’s Thanksgiving menu is composed of three tempting traditional courses with choices accompanied by straight-from-the-farm sides served family style. Entrée choices include Diestel Turkey Two Ways, American Wagyu Ribeye Roast and Kurobuta Leg of Ham Sugar and Spiced. For dessert, there’s a choice of Chocolate Pecan Coconut Pie or Baker’s Pumpkin Pie. And, guests will want to pair their holiday dinner with fine wines from Selanne’s Wine Spectator “The Best of Award of Excellence” wine list.
$95 per adult, $25 per child (ages four to 11), exclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations, call (949) 715-9881.

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

For Traditionalists: Thanksgiving Dinner at Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink
Thursday, November 23, from 1 to 8 p.m

For Thanksgiving, Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink Chef/Owner Ryan Adams will be serving a most satisfying prix fixe traditional roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings. The feast may be enjoyed at the restaurant, or it’s available for take-out at home. Some featured dishes: Corn and Potato Chowder, Roasted Free Range Turkey, Grilled Pork Loin, Candied Yams, Bruléed Pumpkin Pie and always the chef’s Black Pepper Thyme Parker House Rolls.
Price for three courses with choices for each along with favorite accompaniments is $52 for adults, $26 for kids (10 and under) and includes three courses and accompaniments. Does not include drinks, tax or gratuity. No substitutions. For reservations, please call (949) 494-8686.

Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink Thanksgiving Dinner at Home: pick up Thursday, November 23, between 10 a.m. and noon.

Three courses and accompaniments are $55 for adults, $27.50 for kids. Price does not include drinks, taxes or gratuity. No substitutions or splits. Orders must be placed at least 72 hours in advance with a credit card by calling (949) 494-8686.

Thanksgiving at Montage Laguna Beach
Montage Laguna Beach
30801 Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-6420

Thanksgiving Day at The Loft
Thursday, November 23, from 12 to 9 p.m.
Chef Michael Campbell and his crew will be serving a Four-Course Holiday Tasting Menu with a choice of appetizers such as Pumpkin and Leek Soup or Whole Grains Salad; entrées including Mary’s Farm Turkey with favorite accompaniments or Lobster Cavatelli with Sauce Americaine. There will also be an Artisanal Cheese Bite course and desserts prepared by cheese course. Desserts prepared by Pastry Chef Lee Smith tempt with Classic Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Pudding or Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake.

$125 for adults, $40 for children (ages four to 12 years), plus tax and gratuity; the customary á la carte menu will not be available.

Thanksgiving Day Five-Course Tasting Menu at Studio
Thursday, November 23, from 4 to 9 p.m.
Chef Craig Strong has created a special Five-Course Tasting Menu of seasonal fare and will also be serving Studio’s customary á la carte menu.
$170 for adults, $255 with wine pairings; $50 for children (ages four to 12 years), plus tax and gratuity.

Grand Ballroom Thanksgiving Masterpiece Celebration
Thursday, November 23, from 12 to 5 p.m.
This Masterpiece Celebration features a bounteous 12-station buffet including On Ice Seafood; Charcuterie and Artisan Cheese; Entrées such as White Oak Smoked Turkey Breast, Grilled Seasonal Local Fish and Garlic and Rosemary Studded Slow-Roasted Prime Rib; Children’s Station; and a very decadent Dessert Lounge showcasing such temptations as Boston Cream Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Truffles, Red Velvet Cupcakes and so much more. There will also be live music, complimentary champagne toast and complimentary family photographs.
$140 for adults, $45 for children (ages four to 12 years; children under four are complimentary), inclusive of gratuity but not tax.

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

Island Hotel
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 760-4913

Oak Grill Thanksgiving Feast
Thursday, November 23, from 4 to 9 p.m.
Oak Grill’s mouthwatering four-course dinner includes choices of White Wine Steamed Clams or Pumpkin Ricotta Gnudi. For entrée options, it is serving Traditional Turkey Plate, Grilled Filet Mignon, Pan Seared Branzino or Slow Roasted Pork Chop – all with seasonal accompaniments. Plus, there will be classic Thanksgiving desserts created by Pastry Chef Andy de la Cruz. So, guests should gather around the table with friends and family to enjoy the best part: not fussing in the kitchen or doing any dishes.
$90 per adult, $35 per child ages five to 12, excluding tax and gratuities. Free for children four and under. Reservations can be made online or by calling (949) 760-4920.

Thanksgiving Bountiful Brunch
Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
To be held in the beautiful Island Hotel Ballroom is a delicious Thanksgiving brunch, including farmer’s market salads, free-range turkey, carved-to-order prime rib, slow roasted pork loin and wood plank roasted salmon. There will be a Seafood Station, Biscuit Bar, Thanksgiving desserts and assorted individual pies and champagne to wash it all down. Live music and children’s crafts make this a day for the whole family.
$80 per adult, $20 per child ages five to 12, including tax and gratuities. Free for children four and under. Call (949) 760-4913 for reservations.

Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA 92614
For hotel: (888) 230-4452
For Eats Kitchen & Bar: (949) 225-6780

Thanksgiving Family Feast in The Backyard
Thursday, November 23, at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
For those who can’t take the heat and want to get out of the kitchen, The Backyard at Hotel Irvine is the place to head for their Thanksgiving feast. A cornucopia of food stations will be offered including roasted turkey and maple-glazed Berkshire ham, cooked-to-order Steelhead salmon, build-your-own bloody marys, dessert stations including pumpkin pies, German chocolate cake and warm sticky toffee pudding. Plus, guests will enjoy live music, a kids’ craft station and a photo booth.
$80 per adult, $20 per child ages five to 12. Pricing includes tax and gratuity. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 225-6780.

Thanksgiving at EATS Kitchen & Bar
Thursday, November 23, from noon to 8 p.m.
Guests are invited to pull up a chair to join the family for Thanksgiving – EATS style where traditional favorites like oven-roasted free-range turkey, honey-roasted pumpkin soup, roasted farmers market vegetables, seafood brodetto and seasonal desserts will be served. Trust them when they say guests will want to loosen a belt loop or two for this one.
$46 per person for three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner. Additional options and children’s menu available à la carte. Pricing excludes tax and gratuities. Reservations recommended online or by calling (949) 225-6780. The complete menu can be viewed at

Marketplace Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 23, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For people who can’t make it home for the holidays, Marketplace will be serving up traditional Thanksgiving favorites all day long like oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, seasonal vegetables and more to make sure there’s a sense of the family holiday. It will be everything people love about Thanksgiving, without the cleanup.
Prices are $19 per meal or $60 for a party of four and excludes applicable taxes.

Bad to the Bone BBQ
31738 Rancho Viejo Rd
San Juan Capistrano

Thanksgiving Day prep have you stressed? Relax, Bad to the Bone BBQ, located at 31738 Rancho Viejo Rd, has you covered with its Thanksgiving feast menu.

There are three options to choose from, each serve six to eight guests and only require three hours for reheating. They include the smoked turkey breast feast for $139.95, the smoked whole turkey feast for $149.95, and the smoked ham feast for $139.95. Along with the main dish, each meal comes with a variety of fresh sides and trimmings. They include, cornbread stuffing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, garlic bashed potatoes, southern cornbread, mac ‘n cheese, fresh vegetables and your choice of a whole pumpkin or apple pie.

All menu items may also be ordered a la carte. The main dishes are priced from $74.95 to $99.95. The sides vary in price from $7.95 for cranberry sauce to $13.95 for fresh veggies. Pies are also available, priced at $13.95 for pumpkin, $24.95 for chocolate pecan and $14.95 for apple.

Bad to the Bone BBQ is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Monday, November 20 is the last day Thanksgiving orders can be placed. The full Thanksgiving feast menu and more information are available online at

Five Crowns and SideDoor
3801 East Coast Hwy
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Five Crowns and SideDoor invite you to celebrate the holidays like royalty with world-class seasonal menu offerings, warm hospitality and an unforgettable festive atmosphere throughout the holiday season.

Reservations for Thanksgiving Day are currently available with seatings from 11 a.m. until close. The festive menu boasts the classic Oven Roasted Free Range Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, buttered Blue Lake green beans, and housemade cranberry compote. Prime Rib of Beef is served in the traditional manner with au jus, Yorkshire pudding, organic whipped cream horseradish and choice of side. Indulge with the “Best of Both” for a portion of prime rib and side of turkey with all the seasonal accompaniments.

For those spending the holidays at home, Five Crowns offers the traditional prime rib dinner to-go. Select from a bountiful feast menu with roasted Prime Rib of Beef, classic accompaniments, sides and desserts to compliment the perfect seasonal celebration.

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
455 Newport Center Drive
(Fashion Island)
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Thursday November 23, 2017, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

Enjoy a leisurely Thanksgiving feast this year at Fleming’s. Beginning at 11 a.m., the Newport Beach restaurant will offer a special prix fixe Thanksgiving Day menu. Inspired by traditional favorites, the three-course dinner starts with biscuits and pumpkin butter & honey for the table. Next, choose either a Fleming’s salad or creamy lobster bisque. A hearty main course follows, with juicy herb roasted turkey breast; house-made sage and brioche bread stuffing; fresh cranberry sauce; bacon, onion and almond green beans; and Yukon gold mashed potatoes. End on a sweet note with a choice of pumpkin cheesecake with Chantilly cream or carrot cake with dark-rum caramel drizzle. A kid-friendlyThanksgiving menu featuring fresh mixed berries, turkey with sides, dessert and beverage will also be available for $20 per child. Guests who prefer a wider selection will be able to order off Fleming’s full à la carte menu all day.

Pre fixe Thanksgiving menu $50 per adult; children’s prix fixe menu $20 per child age 12 and under. À la carte menu priced per selection. All prices exclusive of tax and gratuity.

For reservations please call 949-720-9633

Chevys Fresh Mex®
All Locations

In addition to our regular menu, Chevys is offering a special three-course Thanksgiving Day Meal.
Starter: Mixed Green Salad
Entrée: Roast Turkey with Mole Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean
Casserole, Jalapeno Cheddar Bread and Cranberry Sauce
Dessert: Mini Pumpkin Pie

WHEN: Thursday, November 23, 2017
All Units will be open from 11am-7pm.
Arlington and Northridge are both closed

COST: Riverfront and LBV: $22.99 for Adults and $9.99 for Kids
Emeryville: $23.99 for Adults and $9.99 for Kids
NYTS: $25.99 for Adults and $9.99 for Kids
All Other Locations: $21.99 for Adults and $8.99 for Kids
At Participating Locations Only

Acapulco Restaurant and Cantina

WHAT: A special Thanksgiving Day Buffet with Traditional Mexican dishes, seafood, Turkey and Ham carving station, with Traditional Thanksgiving dishes, along
with desserts and salads

WHEN: Thursday, November 23, 2017
All Acapulco Locations (11am-7pm)
Downey (11am-8:30pm)

COST: $26.99 for Adults and $8.99 for Kids 12 and under

El Torito

WHAT: An All-Day Buffet with Traditional Mexican Dishes, Turkey and Ham carving station, traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and Pasta Bar along with Salads and

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017

WHERE: $20.99 Adults and $8.99 Kids: Hawthorne $23.99 Adults and $9.99 Kids: Simi Valley, Foster City and Long Beach Carson $27.99 Adults and $9.99 Kids –
Redondo Beach, Dana Point, Monterey and San Leandro $25.99 Adults and $9.99 Kids – All Other ET Locations: Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach,
Lakewood, Westminster, Torrance, Tustin, West Covina, Woodland Hills, Anaheim, Northridge, Laguna Hills, Stockton, Sherman Oaks, La Mesa, Buena Park,
Ontario, San Bernardino, Irvine, Long Beach Atlantic, Pasadena, Milpitas, Upland, Yorba Linda, Orange, Cypress, Palmdale, Corona, Rancho Cucamonga and
Riverside Plaza, Marina Del Rey will be open with the Regular Menu Fresno will be closed

Las Brisas
361 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

What: Special Thanksgiving Menu

Goat Cheese – almonds, persimmons, pomegranate, local honey

First Course – choice of one
Frisee & Lola Rosa – house ricotta, figs, house raisins, pine nuts
Burnt Orange & Cabbage Soup – mint oil, carrot chips

Entrees – choice of one
Traditional Turkey – cranberry ginger sauce, sage fennel stuffing, smashed
potato, gravy
Branzino black pepper spaetzli, kumquat, herb salad, lemon & lime
brown butter
28 Day Aged Bone-In Rib Eye -= forest mushrooms, parsnip, winter truffles
Scallops – pickled cauliflower, watercress, poppy seed buerre monte
Spaghetti Squash Tian – Portobello, sunchoke, brussel sprouts, onion

Grand Finale – choice of one
Pumpkin Pie – marshmallow sour cream, ginger snap crumble, crème anglaise
Apple Tarte Tatin – bourbon caramel, vanilla spice gelato, sunflower seeds
granola, apple chips

When: Thursday, November 23, 2017

Where: 361 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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