Our family got in the habit of seeking out restaurant 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.
For 2020, my list is ONLY Thanksgiving To Go meals. Sorry, no buffets. And very few (already sold out) dine in options.
I hope my list helps you make plans and answers your “What restaurants are open for takeout on Thanksgiving?” question. I revise my list in late October / early November every year.
Of course, Thanksgiving 2020 is going to be different than past years. It’s definitely knocking around my normal Thanksgiving traditions. Who knows if we’ll ever have buffets again!
2020 Thanksgiving Takeout Orange County
Many of these are ORDER AHEAD – so don’t wait until the last minute to put in your order! Especially this year, they may need some extra time to get supplies.
Choosing Your Options for Thanksgiving Dinner To Go
We have done our Thanksgivings so many different ways over the years.
You can get the complete meal or just parts of the meal while you prepare the rest at home.
As I see it, here are your options:
Option #1 – You can order only the MAIN COURSE (turkey, prime rib, vegetarian option) and make the SIDES and DESSERTS yourself.
Option #2 – You can order just the MAIN COURSE and SIDES, but make the DESSERTS yourself.
Option #3 – You can order the whole deal: MAIN COURSE, SIDES, and DESSERTS.
Option #4 – You can concentrate on making a homemade Thanksgiving feast and just grab DESSERTS from your favorite bakery or specialty grocery.
Where to Order Thanksgiving Dinner Takeout in Orange County
The Ranch Laguna Beach Takeaway Kit (Feeds 4 – $345)
Villa Roma (Argentine-Italian Cuisine) in Laguna Hills (starting at $195)
Thanksgiving Family Meal Box from Sapphire, Cellar. Craft. Cook. in Laguna Beach ($145 for 6 – everything but the turkey)
Bad to the Bone BBQ in San Juan Capistrano – order your dinner ahead of time and reheat at home on Thanksgiving Day
Heritage Craft Barbecue in San Juan Capistrano – check out their pre-order options on Instagram Sold Out
Hendrix Thanksgiving Curbside To Go – full meal to go ($175)
Bucca di Beppo Italian Restaurant Thanksgiving Dinner to Go in Anaheim, Brea, and Huntington Beach ($68.99 serves 3 or $138 serves 6)
The Resort at Pelican Hill Newport Beach – Carry-out Thanksgiving Dinner ($100/person)
Harley Laguna Beach – your turkey, their sides (order by Nov 21st)
Black Angus – Turkey or Prime Rib meals to go
Blind Pig Thanksgiving Feast in Yorba Linda or Rancho Santa Margarita – call to order your Thanksgiving feast (see pop-up when you visit the website)
Flemings Steakhouse in Newport Beach – At-Home Experience 3 course Dinner
The Winery Restaurants (Newport Beach and Tustin) – Thanksgiving Dinner to Go ($350 for 6 guests)
Orange Hill Restaurant – Thanksgiving at Home with varied menu selections
Urban Plates – Family meals, sides, desserts to go
Zov’s Thanksgiving Takeout Dinner – Tustin location only (serves 10-15 starting at $500 – maybe split between households?)
Old Brea Chophouse – Thanksgiving dinner for four to go
Boston Market – they even have home delivery!
Whole Foods Market – shop holiday meals by entering your state/store.
Albertson’s Market – holiday dinners order ahead
Ralphs – order “Holiday Meal Bundles” by choosing your store (this link is set to a store in Irvine)
Gelson’s – Order prepared holiday meals online and pickup
Pavilions/Vons – Order turkey, ham, or roast beef holiday meals (again, choose your store, this link is set to Irvine)
85 Degrees Celsius – Offering a Giving Box with assorted pastries and Thanksgiving cakes/pies. I don’t have a good link, but their Instagram account @85cbakerycafe has all sorts of photos and how to order.
Porto’s Bakery Thanksgiving – has a few seasonal options including a Turkey & Gravy version of their delectable potato balls! (I tried this past weekend and they are YUM!)
2020 Thanksgiving Dine-In Dinners in Orange County
I originally came up with a very short list of dine-in options. Almost all of them come with a disclaimer that their dining options are subject to change (for instance, if the weather isn’t good there won’t be as much outdoor seating — or potentially in the case of dine-in not being allowed if we slip to a different Covid tier). Definitely ask about cancellation policies and be very cautious about paying ahead.
When I checked back on the Dine In listings, most are fully-booked or cancelled due to our move to the Purple Tier. Sorry!
Thanksgiving Buffets in Orange County
For now, no buffets in 2020 so look to restaurant takeout Thanksgiving options above this section.
If you’re looking for fun things to do Thanksgiving week, read my post on 7 Fun Ways to #OptOutside During Thanksgiving!