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Orange County Thanksgiving Dining Guide 2022

900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach
(949) 721-1222

Bayside Restaurant gives thanks to its amazing Orange County guests with a special Thanksgiving dinner with reservations available 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Live music will fill the space from 4 p.m. to close, while you celebrate gratitude with family and friends. Bayside will feature a chef-created three-course traditional menu, with a choice of seasonal starters, plus a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings. Complete the meal with your choice of seasonal desserts including pumpkin pie. Children are welcome, and have a specially curated menu just for them. An a la carte menu is also available for those who want to expand their palate beyond the traditional holiday fare. Reservations available by calling (949) 721-1222 or by visiting

$79/adult and $39/child for prix-fixe menu.

19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine
(949) 752-5222

The Ghoukassian Family invites you to join them for Thanksgiving at Bistango, complete with a full Thanksgiving spread and live music. With seating in the intimate dining room, or the heated open-air patio, there is something to suit everyone in the family. An a la carte menu will also be available for those who want to take a less traditional route. For those who prefer a turkey dinner, Bistango will be offering a complete 3-course menu, featuring upscale, but traditional fare, and a beautiful seasonal dessert. There is also a two-course menu for the kiddos available.  For reservations, visit or call (949) 752-5222. 

The Waterfront Beach Resort

Give thanks for a picturesque Coastal Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet at The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 24. The oceanfront setting is the ideal location to indulge in a gracious selection of delicious comfort food while enjoying a complimentary glass of Fall Spice-Infused Bourbon Fashioned or Pumpkin Pie Mimosa. The whole family will enjoy steel drum soloist, The Island Groove, along with a beachside DJ, balloon twisting, airbrush painting, petting zoo, and traveling magician.

The price for The Waterfront Beach Resort’s Thanksgiving Brunch is $129 for adults and $69 for children 12 and under (prices include parking at the hotel; excludes EventBrite fees). Brunch will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with seating times available at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. (option of indoor or outdoor seating). Space is limited and reservations must be made in advance via Eventbrite HERE (

Array of Domestic Cheeses | Preserved Fruits | Artisan Breads
Grilled Fall Vegetables, Chimichurri Sauce *V, GF
Cranberry & Pear Salad | Toasted Walnut Salad *V, GF
Cous Cous Salad, Sautéed Peppers & Onions, Mint *V
Seasonal Local Farms Organic Greens | Crispy Onions | Ranch & Balsamic Dressing
Penne Pasta Salad | Grilled Chicken | Italian Parmesan Dressing
Selection of Fresh Seasonal and Exotic Fruits *V, GF

Applewood Smoked Bacon | Pork Sausage | Breakfast Potatoes
Scrambled Eggs
Brioche French Toast | Toasted Almonds

Made-To-Order Crepes & Waffles
Blueberry Sauce | Chocolate Sauce | Fresh Strawberries | Whipped Cream

Jonas Crab Claws
Jumbo Shrimp
Oysters on the Half Shell
Marinated Green Lip Mussels
Sesame Seed-Crusted Ahi Tuna Ponzu Sauce

Traditional Hand-Rolled Sushi

Curry Lamb | Coconut Cashew Curry Sauce
Pomegranate-Glazed Salmon | Celery Root Puree | Saffron Sauce *GF
Vegan Mushroom Ravioli | Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables | Tomato Basil Sauce *V
Vegetable Sage Stuffing with Challah Bread *V
Mixed Farmers Market Vegetables | Shallots | Olive Oil *V, GF
Vegan Pecan Maple Glazed Sweet Potato, *V, GF
Garlic Whipped Potatoes *GF
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup | Coconut Milk, *V, GF

Honey Mustard Slow-Roasted Bone-In Ham
Free Range Maple-Marinated Whole Turkey with Roasted Sage Turkey Gravy | Orange Cranberry Sauce
Pepper Herb-Crusted Prime Rib | Rosemary Au Jus | Creamy Horseradish
Sea Bass Wellington | Mushrooms | Spinach | Beurre Rouge Sauce

Korean Short Ribs | Sticky Rice
Vegetable Pot Stickers *V
Shrimp Shumai
Summer Vegetable Rolls *V

Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Tart
Mini Crème Brule *GF
Assorted Cookies
French Macaroons *GF
Pumpkin Cheesecake | Cranberry Compote
Warm Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding | Crème Anglaise
Chocolate Mousse Cake
Pumpkin Scones
Assorted Danish
Mini Muffins
Vegan Chocolate
Cookie Dough Bars *V

One complimentary:
Fall Spice-Infused Bourbon Fashioned
Pumpkin Pie Mimosa
(Non-alcoholic options available)

In the spirit of giving and being thankful, all attendees will be automatically entered to win one of these amazing gifts below:
– One night stay at The Waterfront Beach Resort for 2 (valued at $500)
– One Day Resort Pass with Cabana for 6 (valued at $250)
– Seafood Brunch Buffet for 2 at Boardwalk (valued at $160)
– Henry’s Sunday Brunch for 2 (valued at $115)
– Offshore9 certificate for 2 (valued at $95)
– Surf Hero Marketplace certificate (valued at $65)
– Surf Hero Marketplace Merchandise Gift Card ($55)
– Drift Spa certificate (valued at $95)
– Resort Firepit & S’mores experience for 6 (valid Mon-Thu. valued at $260)
Winners will be chosen at random prior to the Thanksgiving Brunch and all winners will be notified upon check in on Thanksgiving Day.


Gracias Madre WeHo: Holiday Tamales/Sides + The Gracias Madre Cookbook

Thankfully, Gracias Madre is bringing back their holiday tamales this season! Vegans and non-vegans alike are invited to take a piece of Gracias Madre home for the holidays with special sweet and savory tamales, sides, and batched cocktails to-go. Take the stress out of cooking and simply order Gracias Madre’s Red Smoked Jackfruit Birria with Salsa Guajillo Tamales (1 dozen for $54), Green Roasted Butternut Squash with Chipotle Kale and Salsa Chilaca Tamales (1 dozen for $54), Red Tamale Salsa Guajillo ($8), Green Tamale Salsa Chilaca ($8), Pico de Gallo ($10), Guacamole ($16), Tortilla Chips ($5), Herb Rice Pilaf ($15), Roasted Yams & Mushroom Gravy ($30), Maple Glazed Carrots ($30), Pesto Brussels Sprouts ($30), Braised Beans & Kale ($15) Red Pozole Soup ($15), Tequila Margarita, 4-pack (serves 8, $75), Mezcal Margarita, 4-pack (serves 8, $80), and Paloma, 4-pack (serves 4, $48).

Pre-order these offerings through the Gracias Madre website by November 20th to get these seasonal favorites to share with the family.

Also, for those of us having plant-based relatives over for the holidays, be sure to order Gracias Madre’s cookbook, which was released earlier this year and is perfect for bringing Gracias Madre favorites into the homes of loved ones!

Cafe Gratitude Newport: Holiday Pies & Sides

This Thanksgiving, give thanks and gratitude while also taking the stress out of cooking because Café Gratitude is bringing back their special Holiday Pies & Sides! Pre-order these plant-based, flavor-forward dishes now through their website before supplies run out – last day to order is November 20th and pick-up is at Café Gratitude Newport Beach on the 23rd!

Specials include: French Lentil & Butternut Squash Loaves $40, Roasted Maple Miso Brussels Sprouts $40, Autumn Kale Salad with Persimmon & Pomegranate $40, Roasted Cranberry Butternut Squash & Garnet Yam Purée $40, Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Garlic Confit $40, Truffled Porcini Gravy $20, Pear & Cranberry Chutney $20. The holidays are never complete, of course, without dessert and Café Gratitude has everyone covered with their raw and gluten-free 10’ Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie, and Baked Apple Pie $40 – also available for pre-order.

Also, don’t miss out on Café Gratitude’s Holiday Gift Card Promotion now through December 31st. Guests can buy a $100 Café Gratitude gift card online or in-store and receive a $20 bonus card!

Lastly, for those of us having plant-based relatives over for Thanksgiving, be sure to order Executive Chef Seizan Dreux Ellis’ Love is Served’ cookbook – perfect for healthy at-home cooking, re-creating Café Gratitude dish favorites, or a gift for loved ones!

Black Angus

Special Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner
On Thanksgiving Day, November 24, dine in at Black Angus Steakhouse and celebrate the festive holiday with a Special Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner ($11.99 for kids and $25.99 for adults). The dinner includes a choice of soup or salad, fresh roasted turkey, home style mashed potatoes, sage dressing, fresh broccoli with garlic butter, roasted sweet potatoes, fresh cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

Thanksgiving Family Meals To-Go
For people celebrating at home, Black Angus’ Thanksgiving Family Meals To-Go are available in 3 different sizes, and each to-go family meal features the holiday classics: roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sage dressing, sweet potatoes, fresh broccoli with garlic butter, garden salad, fresh cranberry sauce, molasses bread, and pumpkin pie. The Thanksgiving Family Meal is only available for online ordering and payment is due with pre-orders, no refunds available. Pre-orders are only available for the Thanksgiving Family Meal To-Go. Order link for pre-orders is here (only from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.). Family options are listed below with pricing:

  • Family Meal for up to 4 people: $103.95
  • Family Meal for up to 8 people: $207.95
  • Family Meal for up to 12 people: $311.95

    Lastly, a la carte slices of pumpkin pie will be available for $5.99 each.

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