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 2018 holiday. Make sure you call and confirm prices and details when you make your reservation.
Thanksgiving Buffets in Orange County 2018
Montage Laguna Beach “Masterpiece Thanksgiving Celebration” ($180 per adult)
The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel “Thanks-for-Giving” Buffet ($129 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 ($120 per adult)
The Ranch at Laguna Beach ($85 adults, $40 for kids 12 and under)
Hotel Irvine Thanksgiving Feast in the Backyard ($75 per adult)
Island Hotel Newport Beach Thanksgiving Bountiful Brunch ($80 per adult)
Thanksgiving Tales at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach ($79 per adult)
O’Neill’s Bar & Grill at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo ($66.95 – $78.95 per adult)
Back Bay Bistro in Newport Beach ($52-$57 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)
Tangata Restaurant at Bower’s Museum in Santa Ana ($55 per adult which includes complimentary ticket to Bower’s Museum to use at future date)
El Torito Thanksgiving Buffet (Dana Point $29.99 adults, $10.99 kids / Tustin, Anaheim, Laguna Hills, Irvine, and Orange $26.99 adults, $9.99 kids)
Thanksgiving Dinners in Orange County 2018
Hendrix at Ocean Ranch in Laguna Niguel
Thanksgiving Feast at Oak Grill – 4 course Dinner (Fashion Island Hotel)
Flemings Steakhouse in Newport Beach – 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 Thanksgiving Dinner To Go ($400 for 12-14 people)
Back Bay Bistro Thanksgiving to Go ($155 for 4-6 people)
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!
If you’re looking for fun things to do Thanksgiving week, read my post on 7 Fun Ways to #OptOutside During Thanksgiving!