9 Local Restaurants Offering Thanksgiving Meals
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and while many enjoy hosting family and friends, we’re here to lighten the load on those who don’t like to chef. This year, several Newport Beach restaurants are eager to make your Thanksgiving stress-free by offering an assortment of dine-in and takeout meals. So hang up your apron and leave the cooking to the pros. These restaurants are ready to fill your plate with a variety of festive Thanksgiving eats!
Feasting at VEA Newport Beach’s VIEW Restaurant & Lounge is an experience worth celebrating. The restaurant’s dining room is a hidden gem in the heart of the Fashion Island area, and their seafood-focused menu, along with their thirst-quenching cosmos, makes for a unique culinary adventure in Newport Beach. This Thanksgiving, they have a special to-go dinner option priced at $250, which can serve six people. However, you need to place your order before November 20 to enjoy this offer. Alternatively, you can also join them for Chef Andrew Arndt’s prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner from 3-10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day if you prefer to dine in!
Price: $250 (to-go dinners for six people), $75 per guest (dine-in)
Enjoy an upscale Thanksgiving feast this year at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, located at Fashion Island. This shi shi steakhouse is offering a three-course menu chock-full of all the fall dishes you crave. Start with the Fleming’s Salad or lobster bisque, then move onto mains like the Mixed-Herb Roasted Turkey Breast & Turkey Gravy, Prime Bone-In Ribeye or Petite Filet Mignon. Pair your pick with one of three delicious sides like creamy mashed potatoes, green beans with apricots and onions or cinnamon-orange cranberry sauce. Be sure to leave room for desserts like Fleming’s Harvest New York Cheesecake or three-layer carrot cake!
Price: Starting $59 per adult; $26 for children
Book a table at Bayside Restaurant this Thanksgiving and enjoy a prix-fixe menu featuring starters like tartare of ahi tuna, carpaccio bresaola, butternut squash soup and more. This year’s entree will be Diestel Farms oven-roasted organic turkey, served with brioche vegetable herb stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, pan drippings gravy, roasted vegetables and orange-scented cranberry sauce. And to end things on a sweet note, Bayside Restaurant will offer guests their choice of pumpkin pie or butterscotch budino.
Price: $79 per adult; $39 per child (12 and under)
Kickstart your day of eating at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar! White tablecloths, harbor views and a warm ambiance make this restaurant the perfect place to spend your holiday. This year’s Thanksgiving menu will feature starters like heirloom tomatoes and fresh burrata and pumpkin and ricotta ravioli. Entree options include your choice of traditional maple-glazed free-range turkey, jumbo wild white shrimp, apple-brined stuffed roasted pork loin and zinfandel braised short rib. But don’t fill up too fast—you’ll definitely want a bite of streusel pumpkin pie or chocolate cheesecake!
Price: $95 per guest
Seafood, steaks and ocean views are just a few things you’ll enjoy at 21 Oceanfront this Thanksgiving. This time-honored waterfront restaurant boasts beautiful views of the pier and an upscale ambiance—perfect for any holiday or celebration. This year, you and your loved ones can savor delicious entrees like herb-roasted turkey, prawn and clam linguine, prime new york steak or cabernet braised short ribs, as well as sides like garlic mashed potatoes, creamy mushroom couscous and more. 21 Oceanfront is also prepared to feed your kiddos too with plates like sliced turkey, chicken tenders, pasta marinara, garlic mashed potatoes and French fries.
Price: $82 per adult; $25 per child (ages 2-10)
Take your meal to-go or enjoy a full feast at Tavern House Kitchen + Bar. This seaside restaurant is serving up all the Thanksgiving classics, in addition to some Tavern House favorites like their New England clam chowder and Santa Fe Caesar. Guests can dig into entrees like traditional herb-roasted turkey, salt and black pepper roasted prime rib and pan-roasted Chilean sea bass. Each of these dishes comes with a variety of tasty sides like mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cornbread and cranberry relish.
Price: $70 per adult; $30 for children
Make it a family affair this year at Balboa Bay Resort! Executive Chef Prabeen and the talented culinary team are serving up a delicious Thanksgiving buffet for you to dig into. Enjoy everything from a charcuterie station and seafood bar to dishes like apple bourbon glazed ham, roasted turkey, sage-rubbed rib eye, rack of lamb, sweet potato casserole, and roasted apple and sage stuffing! To view the full buffet menu or to make a reservation, click here.
Price: $120 per adult; $60 for children 12 and under
The stunning Resort at Pelican Hill is serving up a Thanksgiving brunch and Thanksgiving dinner this year, so the choice is yours! Enjoy a morning with family at Pelican Grill & Bar, and nosh on cider-glazed diestel turkey breast, cornbread sage stuffing, butter croissants and more. If you prefer to celebrate in the evening, make a reservation for dinner where you can feast on assorted charcuterie and cheeses, herb roasted tenderloin, braised short ribs, cider-glazed carrots and, of course, classic pumpkin pie.
Prices vary based on menus
Dine, drink and give thanks this season at The Mayor’s Table. Executive Chef Riley Huddleston has prepared a family-style, four-course menu chock-full of decadent fall dishes. Dig into whey-brined heritage turkey breast, confit leg and smoked thigh and flaming fat-basted flat iron steak, along with a selection of classic appetizers and sides, like haricots vers, mushroom veloute, umami onions, maple chestnut brioche stuffing, honey nut squash, burnt marshmallow and more. Sweeten your evening with a choice of heirloom pumpkin pie, farmers’ market apple tarte tatin for dessert. To make a reservation, click here.
Price: $89 per person; $40 per child 12 and under; 6 years and under eat free
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger