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Dining Guide for Families in Orange County

Orange County 2013 Thanksgiving Dining Guide


Thanksgiving is just weeks away, and now is the perfect time to start planning your special holiday meal. There’s no need to dirty your kitchen this year with all of the excellent dining options in Orange County. We have your ultimate Thanksgiving dining guide to help find the perfect place to dine out with your family or serve a delicious pre-made meal this Thanksgiving.

(Reservations are recommended)


PdM Kitchen
5781 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA

PdM Kitchen in Irvine will be open for Thanksgiving breakfast from 8am to 1pm. The menu includes a Country Breakfast, with eggs served on rosemary potatoes, a Fried Egg Sandwich with Niman Ranch Bacon, Grilled Tomatoes and Gruyere, and other selections.


Pinot Provence
686 Anton Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Make your reservations for an unforgettable Thanksgiving meal at Pinot Provence from 1pm to 9pm. The dinner is priced at $45 for 3 courses, and $19 for children under 12. The menu will feature:

  • Brown Butter Butternut Squash with Truffle Infused Chantilly Crème
  • Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Crispy Stuffing Cake, Homemade Gravy
  • Maple Glazed Pork Belly with Chestnut Puree, Roasted Endive, Juniper Pork Sauce
  • Lamb loin with Cannellini Beans, Braised Lamb Shoulder, Braised Swiss Chard, Lamb Jus
  • Pumpkin ‘Pie’ with Pickled Dried Fruit, Piloncillo Chantilly, Brioche Crostini


Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar
1580 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802

Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar will be serving an amazing Thanksgiving meal from 12pm to 10pm. Dinner is $38 for 3 courses; $19 for children under 10. The menu will feature

  • Pumpkin Arancini with Apple-Dried Sherry Slaw and Sage Gastrique
  • Slow-Roasted Cider Brined Turkey with Cranberry Ginger Relish, Haricots Verts, Mushroom Sausage Stuffing, Gravy
  • Farro “Risotto” with Spiced Yam, Roasted Mushroom, Herbed-Brown Butter Nage
  • Chocolate Tart with Pecan Brittle, Rum-Raisin Gelato, Orange Curd
  • Carmel Pretzel Bread Pudding with Stewed Apples, Caramel Apple Ice Cream and Kettle Corn Caramel


Bowers Museum
2002 North Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner buffet at Tangata from 11am to 4pm. The menu will include Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad with Caramelized Red Onions, Shaved Parmesan Cheese, Horseradish Vinaigrette,Bourbon-Brined Turkey, Slow Roasted-Free Range and Sage Gravy, Apple-Sage Stuffing with Maple Bacon, Ciabatta Bread, Fresh Herbs
Chef’s Assortment of Seasonal Pies and Petits Fours. The price is $42 per person; $19 for children under 12.


Ways & Means
513 E. Chapman Ave
Orange, California 92866

Ways & Means will celebrate Thanksgiving with a special holiday menu from Chef Conrad Gallagher, allowing guests to enjoy a relaxing, delicious holiday with friends and family. Chef Gallagher’s menu includes starters and soups like Jump Lump Crab Cakes and Pumpkin Soup with roasted scallops, pecans, and cinnamon crème fraiche; main dishes such as Organic Free Range Turkey with peach stuffing, turkey gravy, and honey glazed ham, and Olive Crusted Halibut with crushed potatoes, braised leeks, wilted spinach, and lemon aioli; family-style sides including Buttered Mashed Potatoes and Fall Spiced Roasted Yams; and desserts like Housemade Pecan Pie with bourbon ice cream and Pumpkin Duck Egg Crème Brulee. The Thanksgiving menu is available for $55 for adults, and $40 for children under 12.


Lark Creek Newport Beach
Fashion Island
957 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Lark Creek Newport Beach invites guests to enjoy a farm-fresh Thanksgiving with a special three-course meal from Chef John Ledbetter. Chef Ledbetter’s menu includes first course selections such as Heirloom Squash Salad; second course dishes like Mary’s Air Chilled Turkey with mashed potatoes, gravy, herb stuffing, and rapini, or Pan Seared Day Boat Sea Scallops with wild mushroom and pumpkin risotto; and desserts including Pumpkin Cheesecake and the signature Lark Creek Butterscotch Pudding. The special menu will be available for $45 for adults, $19 for children up to age 10, and free for children 3 and under.


Prego Ristorante
18420 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA

Prego will be welcoming families on Thanksgiving from noon to 8pm. The menu will feature a family-style menu priced at $36 for adults, and $15.50 for children under the age 10. The menu will include turkey breast, lentil and sausage soup, mashed potatoes and gravy, homestyle stuffing, cranberry sauce, and more. There will also be a special a la carte menu available that will include pumpkin ravioli, fusilli con luganega and pumpkin cheesecake.


6507 Quail Hill Parkway
Irvine, CA

LUCCA will help to create an unforgettable Thanksgiving with their traditional Thanksgiving dinner to-go. The dinner serves 10 guests and will include a free range turkey, stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry-orange chutney, green beans with hazelnuts and fresh oregano, dinner rolls, pumpkin cheesecake and more. The meal is available for $325 with the option of adding $32.50 for each additional guest. All orders must be placed by November 22nd and picked-up before November 28th at noon.


Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop
234 E. 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

3321 Hyland Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop is offering a special Thanksgiving dinner available for pick-up or delivery in Orange County. The menu includes roasted turkey breast, cedar planked salmon, whole grain stuffing, agave roasted yams, tuscan kale salad, butternut squash soup, rosemary cornbread muffins, and pumpkin pie. There are two meal size options include a small version that serves 4-6 people, and the large version that serves 8-10 people. Meal pricing starts at $100, and all orders must be placed within 48 hours in advance. (Pick-up and delivery options are available on November 27th and on November 28th until 11am.)


Jimmy’s Famous Tavern
25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 388-8900

For the traditionalist looking for a great way to spend Thanksgiving with their friends and family without the hassle of cooking and cleaning, the dining room will be open from 12 to 7 p.m. A three-course Thanksgiving Day menu featuring home cooked dishes with a twist, will be priced at $38 per person as well as a children’s turkey dinner priced at $18.


Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Enjoy some Southern hospitality at Lucille’s Smokehouse and Bar-b-que this Thanksgiving. They are offering guests to enjoy an intimate Thanksgiving meal in one of their restaurants that includes slow-smoked turkey or hickory-smoked marinated ham with sweet potato pie for $21.99 each. For groups of 10-12 people they are offering a family-style meal that includes your choice of a smoked sliced turkey or marinated ham combination ($159.99), smoked sliced turkey breast ($149.99), or smoked marinated ham ($149.99). (The family-style meal includes a large salad and sweet potato pie.)


Anaheim White House
887 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA

Guests can enjoy dining at the Anaheim White House from noon to 9pm. There will be a traditional turkey dinner that will include mashed potatoes, yams, stuffing, steamed vegetables and cranberries. The Thanksgiving dinner is $39.95 for adults, and $19.99 for children under the age of 12. For those guests looking for something different they are offering a prime rib dinner for $34.95 that includes a 10oz prime rib with onions, garlic and fresh herbs.


Back Bay Bistro
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA

The Back Bay Bistro will be featuring a buffet from 11am to 4pm that will include oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, roasted ham, prime rib, grilled salmon and more. Adults are $38, and children under the age of 12 are $19.


Bayside Restaurant
900 Bayside Drive
Newport Beach, CA

Bayside is offering a traditional prix-fixe menu from 1:30pm to 8pm. It will include a 3-course meal offering turkey dinner and all the fixings. There will be live music from 5pm to 9pm. The Thanksgiving dinner at Bayside Restaurant is $44.75 for adults, and $19 for children under the age of 12.


19100 Von Karman Ave
Irvine, CA

Bistango is offering a prix-fixe meal from noon to 8pm. The menu will include an Autumn salad, butternut squash soup, organic turkey, pumpkin cheesecake and old-fashioned apple pie. The meal is $39 for adults, and $19.75 for children under the age of 12.


Clay Oven
15435 Jeffrey Road
Irvine, CA

Clay Oven is offering Thanksgiving to-go that includes a skinless turkey, spice and vegetable rice and cranberry chutney. The dinner serves 4-6 people and is available for $69.95. (All orders must be placed by November 25th)


Zov’s Bistro
17440 E. 17th Street
Tustin, CA

Zov’s is offering Thanksgiving to-go that will include a free range turkey, wild mushroom and jasmine rice stuffing, sage gravy, maple glazed roasted yams, parmesan mashed potatoes and more. The dinner serves 12-15 people, and is available for $425. (All orders must be placed by November 22nd, and picked up on November 27th between 1-5pm.)


Los Angeles

Tam O’Shanter
2980 Los Feliz Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 664-0228

Tam O’Shanter, one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles, is offering Thanksgiving dinner for pick-up on Thanksgiving Day between 8am and 11am. The customizable special holiday menu includes golden, plump whole roasted turkey or signature roasted prime ribs of beef. Sides include creamed corn, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, whipped cream horseradish, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and more. The delicious and festive meals are available in single servings and in packages that can feed up to 12 guests. (Orders are available until November 26th)

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