Our family got in the habit of seeking out buffet options for Thanksgiving dinner back when we used to celebrate with my in-laws. It’s kind of an annual hobby to figure out good places to go. Unfortunately, it takes some digging to find out which restaurants offer a Thanksgiving BUFFET (not just a dinner) and then it’s challenging to navigate popular review sites which make you jump through hoops with photo slideshows or clicking to their site instead of another. I just wanted a simple LIST split into Thanksgiving Buffets, Thanksgiving Dinner, and even a couple of Thanksgiving To Go options for taking the meal home.
Here’s my attempt! I hope my list helps you make plans and answers your “What restaurants are open on Thanksgiving?” question. I will make it a habit to revise early November every year.
I included prices for the buffets just for comparison purposes. Some of these restaurants may already be fully booked for the 2019 holiday.
In some cases, you may need to pay in advance at the time you make your Thanksgiving reservation. Make sure you call and confirm prices and details when you make your reservation.
Thanksgiving Buffets in Orange County 2019
Montage Laguna Beach “Masterpiece Thanksgiving Celebration” ($180 per adult)
The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel “Thanks-for-Giving” Buffet at RAYA ($125 per person)
Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point ($165 per person + multiple options at multiple dining venues)
Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom Thanksgiving Buffet in Anaheim ($180 per adult)
Hotel Irvine Thanksgiving Feast in the Backyard ($79 per adult)
Thanksgiving at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach ($100 per adult)
O’Neill’s Bar & Grill at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo ($72.95 – $84.95 per adult)
Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant Thanksgiving Champagne Buffet ($49.99 adults, $30.99 seniors, $18.99 kids 3-11 + Knotts Season Pass Holders get a discount)
El Torito Thanksgiving Buffet (They have a regular Sunday brunch – call location for details about Thanksgiving. Dana Point $29.99 adults, $10.99 kids / Tustin, Anaheim, Laguna Hills, Irvine, and Orange $26.99 adults, $9.99 kids)
The Ranch at Laguna Beach (2019 info not out yet, but last year it was $85 adults, $40 for kids 12 and under)
Orange Hill Restaurant Thanksgiving Day Champagne Brunch in Orange (2019 info not out yet, but last year’s price = $75 per adult)
Back Bay Bistro in Newport Beach (2019 info not out yet, but last year’s price = $52-$57 per adult)
Tangata Restaurant at Bower’s Museum in Santa Ana (2019 info not out yet – last year $55 per adult which includes complimentary ticket to Bower’s Museum to use at future date)
Thanksgiving Dinners in Orange County 2019
Thanksgiving Feast at Oak Grill – 4 course Dinner (Fashion Island Hotel)
Flemings Steakhouse in Newport Beach – 3 course Dinner
The Winery Restaurants (Newport Beach and Tustin) – 3 course Dinner
Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant in Anaheim, Brea, and Huntington Beach
Boston Market (multiple locations)
Hendrix at Ocean Ranch in Laguna Niguel (2019 info not out yet)
Sapphire Pantry Thanksgiving to Go from Sapphire Laguna in Laguna Beach ($535 for up to 14 guests, plus other options)
Bad to the Bone BBQ in San Juan Capistrano – order your dinner ahead of time and reheat at home on Thanksgiving Day
Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant Thanksgiving Take Home Dinners (2019 info not out yet)
Bucca di Beppo Italian Restaurant Thanksgiving Dinner to Go in Anaheim, Brea, and Huntington Beach ($68.99 serves 3 or $134.99 serves 5)
Boston Market – they even have home delivery!
Hendrix at Ocean Ranch in Laguna Niguel Thanksgiving Dinner To Go (2019 info not out yet – last year = $400 for 12-14 people)
Back Bay Bistro Thanksgiving to Go (2019 info not out yet – last year = $155 for 4-6 people)
If you’re looking for fun things to do Thanksgiving week, read my post on 7 Fun Ways to #OptOutside During Thanksgiving!