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Southern California restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner

If you are traveling to Southern California for a holiday or a local family that would rather not spend Thanksgiving slaving away in the kitchen, this list is for you. Here are several restaurants and resorts around Southern California that are serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal that is also family friendly!

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21500 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, California

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The Hyatt's restaurant, the Californian, is offering a menu designed to reflect the traditional Thanksgiving fare of the California Coast. The Californian is also featuring a kid's menu that not only has traditional dishes like roasted turkey and mashed potatoes, but also has dishes like breaded chicken breasts and french fries or spaghetti with marinara. Thanksgiving at The Californian is designed to be family friendly! Kids are $12 and adults $48.

reviewed on: November 04 2010

"The Ultimate Southern California Beach Vacation Experience"
Living in Orange County, I have driven by the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach many times on our way to the beach, and I have always daydreamed about spending the night at the beautiful resort across the street from one of California’s most famous beaches.  So when I my family had the opportunity to experience this hotel for ourselves, we were very excited.  Often, families don’t consider staying at a resort so close to home (we live about a half hour away) but I am starting to realize that it isn’t the distance in miles from home that matters but the mental distance from the everyday grind that does.

The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach is the perfect place for both a mental and physical escape.  The grounds are gorgeous. They are filled with palm trees, fountains, and the wonderful Spanish architecture that California is known for.  And, since the resort is directly across the street from the beach, the ocean views are incredible. As a matter of fact, a walkway over Pacific Coast Highway gives guests direct access to the beach from the hotel.  

One of the most exciting things for kids when staying at a hotel is checking out the pool and this hotel certainly has plenty to get excited about.  There are three different pools complexes. The main pool is large with plenty of lounge chairs for mom and dad to relax in.  There is also a grill where families can get snacks (or cocktails) and fire pits where families can roast marshmallows for s’mores (s’mores kits are available for purchase at the resort and a great treat). The next area has a few small pools which surrounded by palms and are probably best suited for adults and older teens. But the best pool area for kids is the Slyders Water Playground.

Slyders has three water slides, a large spa, a pool, and a wading pool which is perfect for little ones.  It’s basically pool heaven.  There are life guards watching the kids in the water slide area so parents can actually just sit in a lounge chair and watch the kids splash away. Cabanas are available for rent and very popular during the summer. They include a flat screen tv, chilled water, and wireless internet. A café in the pool area provides casual food, smoothies, and cocktails. There are also a couple of fire pits perfect for those chilly nights when the ocean breezes pick up.

One of the great things about staying at the Hyatt Huntington Beach with kids is the Camp Hyatt program.  Potty trained kids aged 3-12 can sign up to enjoy this program which in partnership with National Geographic Kids, provides “adventures loaded with eco-friendly activities, animal crafts and facts, photo safaris and tons of locally inspired activities.” While the kids are at Camp Hyatt, parents can sneak away for a couple hours at the Pacific Waters Spa or a child free meal at The Californian.

For the meals that you will be sharing with your children, Pete’s Sunset Grille offers great casual dining in a surf themed atmosphere. My family ate there and really enjoyed the food and beachy atmosphere. There is also Tower 15 Pizzeria, which serves, as you guessed pizza; the Californian for more upscale dining, and room service available.

In addition to multiple dining options on site, there are also a few little shops to explore, a small grocery store, an arcade, and Toes on the Nose, a surf apparel and rental shop.  Here you can rent beach cruisers, chairs, sand toys, umbrella, surfboards, body boards, wetsuits- essentially everything you need for a great day at the beach.   They also provide surf lessons, stand up paddling lessons, kayaking tours, and even beach cabana rental with butler service!

With all this talk about amenities, I almost forgot to mention the actual rooms! The rooms are very nice with clean contemporary décor and beautiful balconies (ours had an ocean and pool view. Very swanky!) Most rooms have either one king bed or two queens. Cribs are available upon request.  I do wish that they had some rooms with suite style accommodations (aka: a place for parents to hang when the kids go to bed) and honestly that is my only complaint about the resort.  Everything else was above and beyond my expectations.

Bottom line:  If I have friends coming out to Orange County who are looking for a few days at Disneyland and a few days enjoy the sunshine at the beach, this is the hotel I am going to recommend. The Hyatt is truly a fantastic resort for families who are looking to have an amazing Southern California experience. I am also going to recommend this resort to friends who want to get away but don’t want to have to drive for hours or fly across the sea. Its truly a California gem.

Disclosure: My family received a complimentary stay at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach which included dinner at Pete’s Sunset Grille and breakfast at the Californian in order to review this property.  The Hyatt did not request that I express any particular opinion and, as always, all opinions are entirely my own.



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100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, California

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The resort's Catalina Kitchen offers tableside carving and family style service, while Mar’sel features a special four-course Thanksgiving dinner menu. In the Catalina Ballroom, guests will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving buffet.



2318 Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach, California

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Located at Newport Pier's "Gaslight District" this local landmark will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from2:00 pm until 10:00 pm.



2801 Coast Highway West
Newport Beach, California

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Serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings from 11AM until 9 PM. $25.99 for adults and $10.99 for kids. Available at all the Chart House locations in Southern California: Malibu, Marina del Rey, Redondo Beach, Newport Beach, Dana Point, and Cardiff


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260 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, California

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From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the hotel's restaurant, Baleen, All-American Thanksgiving Day Buffet will be served. For $59 per adult, $19 per child and free for toddlers three-years-old or younger, diners will enjoy a large and varied buffet including butter-basted turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, molasses-glazed ham with spiced apricot chutney, as well as homemade pumpkin, apple and pecan pies.


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1107 Jamboree Rd
Newport Beach, California

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Their annual feast (served from 12PM-5PM) on Thanksgiving, in Sol Restaurant is a decadent buffet spread featuring traditional favorites with a flair, including a mashed potato, cranberry and stuffing bar, a carving station with oven roasted turkey, prime rib and salmon, unique specialties including King Crab Legs and sushi and to top it off an entire room dedicated to desserts! $49.95 per adult, which includes champagne, $19.95 for kids 4-12 and kids 3 and under eat free.


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690 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, California

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The hotel's signature Palm Terrace restaurant will be serving up a family-friendly a three-course Thanksgiving feast on 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., that includes savory appetizers and carved turkey with all the trimmings. Menu highlights include: Seared Rare Ahi Tuna with Asian Soba Noodle Salad, Chef Bracken's signature Macaroni and Cheese, Slow Roasted Tom Turkey with Chestnut-Cranberry Bread Pudding, and Peppered Beef Tenderloin. $78 adults; $39 kids under 12.


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1126 Queen's Highway
Long Beach, California

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Families will enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving with elegance and tradition on board the Queen Mary. Children of all ages will enjoy the champagne brunch which features a "holiday station" with turkey, dressing, and all the fixings in addition to several other varied brunch items for $49.95 per adult. At Chelsea Chowder House signature chowders as well as salad, traditional turkey day offerings, and desserts like pumplin chiffon cheesecake for $37.00 per person. The Promenade Café also serves up traditional multi-course Thanksgiving options for only $26.00 per person.


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25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, California

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The resort will have both a breakfast buffet as well as champagne dinner buffet available at our Vue Restaurant. Breakfast Buffet : 6:30 am – 11 am. Cost: Adults: $21.95 – Children $12.00 Champagne Buffet: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm Adults: $85.00 – Children ages 6-12: $35.00 HIghlights include a variety of salads, a bread and cheese station, carving station (with turkey of course, a gourmet mac and cheese bar where patrons can add Assorted cheeses, lobster, asparagus, Prosciutto, wild mushrooms, smoked chicken and pesto, and a huge dessert table. Live Entertainment


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3010 Lafayette Road
Newport Beach, California

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The restaurant will feature a standard menu which features selections such as the famous seafood and prime rib but a turkey dinner with all the trimmings will also be available for $24. Dessert includes apple tarts, pumpkin bread pudding, and chocolate molten cake. Kids eat for $11.95 which includes dessert and selections include filet medallion, Fish and chips, shrimp scampi, chicken strips, pasta marinara, and of course turkey!



900 Bayside Drive
Newport Beach, California

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Bayside Restaurant will be hosting Thanksgiving Dinner. For $38.75 diners can enjoy a 3-Course Prix-Fixe traditional Thanksgiving Meal. Beginning with a choice of soup, salad or appetizer and followed by turkey with all the traditional trimmings. Finish the meal with a choice between Pumpkin Pie or Warm Chocolate Soufflé Cake. Also available is a small a la carte menu for those who do not wish to have the turkey meal. Children (12 and under) are $18.00 for a three course menu.



327 S. Latigo Canyon Road
Malibu, California

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During the day, kids (and kids at heart) can look forward to paddle boat rides on the lake or playing lawn games, while parents will love the restaurant's selection of hand-crafted cocktails and extensive wine menu. The meal features a country-style take on traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Spice rubbed yurkey with porcini stuffing, cranberry and orange relish with giblet gravy; roasted fingerling potatoes, wilted kale, shallots and andouille sausage and a variety of desserts including pumpkin pie.


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1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, California

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Back Bay Bistro will offer way more than the traditional oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and all of the trimmings. Guests may also enjoy a honey ginger-glazed ham, stuffed chicken roulade, tri tip with bordelaise and Mahi Mahi. Desserts include chocolate bread pudding, homemade apple Bundt cake, an assortment of pastries and pecan and pumpkin pies. Back Bay Bistro will be open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost for adults is $38 with children 12 and under $18.



2100 West Oceanfront
Newport Beach, California

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Serving a traditional 3-course Thanksgiving menu for $49 per adult. Options include winter salad with cranberries and candied pecans, New England clam chowder, spiced pumpkin soup for the first course, hand carved free range shelton turkey OR prime rib au jous served with sausage sage bread stuffing or classic southern oyster stuffing roasted garlic mashed potatoes, baked glazed sweet potatoes, seasonal vegetables, homemade cranberry sauce and gravy as well as pumpkin pie, pecan pie or warm apple tart for dessert. Children’s menu $20 per person (ages 2-10): Sliced Turkey or Chicken Nuggets, Garlic Mashed Potatoes or French Fries, Fresh Vegetables and a Fruit cup.



6333 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, California

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A "local favorite" in the Los Angeles Farmer's Market. Du-par's has been around almost as long as the market itself. It's open 24 hours and specializes in comfort food and on Thanksgiving will offer a full Thanksgiving course dinner.



1200 South Coast Highway # 101
Laguna Beach, California

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From 11AM to 8PM on Thanksgiving Sapphire Laguna will serve a three-course, pre-fixed menu featuring the following: First course options: Creamy salmon corn chowder, Warm butternut squash and goat cheese tart, Escabeche of jumbo shrimp, scallop and tuna, and Devin’s duck Rielette · Main course options: Kurobuta Pork Shank, Herb-roasted Diestel Turkey, Grilled California Lamb Delmonico, Pan Seared Wild Sea Bass, and Spinach Crusted Beef Tenderloin · Dessert options: Homemade classic pumpkin pie, Valrhona chocolate-caramel trifle, and German Apple-Walnut Strudel with rum raisin ice cream and vanilla anglaise. Pricing will range from $45 - $64 depending on the choice of entrée. Children may enjoy a half portion at half price. The regular children’s menu will be available as well.


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1100 Glendon Ave #110
Los Angeles, California

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Located in Westwood, Napa Valley Grille's focus is on a sustainable Thanksgiving menu. The three course feast ($49) features a traditional Thanksgiving meal with locally-grown ingredients from Southern California's family farms including Natural Deistel Turkey cooked in Lemon Verbena Brine with Confit Leg Dressing, Sweet Potatoes, and Orange Cranberry Sauce. A


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417 Crescent Ave
Avalon, California



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170 N Church Lane
Los Angeles, California

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Hotel Angeleno's restaurant, West, will be serving up Thanksgiving dinner carving stations items such as cider brined turkey and stuffed turkey legs, family style sides including glazed baby carrots, butter whipped potatoes, and my favorite, honey roasted parsnips as well as pumpkin soup, a variety of salads, and plenty of desserts to choose from. Cost is $44 for adults and $18 for children under 12.