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 Thanksgiving To Go or Thanksgiving Takeout options for taking the meal home.
For 2021, my list has a few buffets and some dine in options with a majority of takeout which restaurants put in place last year.
I hope my list helps you make plans and answers your “What restaurants are open for takeout on Thanksgiving?” and “What’s open on Thanksgiving?” questions this year. I revise my list in late October / early November every year – so check back often.
I hope that Thanksgiving 2021 is going to be a bit of a return to past years. 2020 definitely knocked around our normal Thanksgiving traditions. I kept wondering if we’d ever have buffets again!
2021 Thanksgiving Dinners Orange County
Thanksgiving Buffets in Orange County
I used to have a list of 14+ Thanksgiving buffets. There were no buffets last year and this year only a few are making a comeback. Look further down the list for dine-in or takeout options.
Hendrix Thanksgiving Buffet – full meal ($75 per person)
The Resort at Pelican Hill Newport Beach Coliseum & Pool Brunch Buffet ($95 per adult, $35 for 12 and under)
Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Thanksgiving Day Buffet ($225 per person includes tax and gratuity)
Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland Hotel – Brunch Buffet ($55 plus tax adults – 10 & up, $32 plus tax kids – 3-9) and Dinner Buffet ($75 plus tax adults – 10 & up, $35 plus tax kids – 3-9)
Storyteller’s Cafe at Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel – Brunch Buffet and Dinner Buffet priced the same as Goofy’s Kitchen
- I included prices for the buffets just for comparison purposes. Some of these restaurants may already be fully booked for the 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.
2021 Thanksgiving Dine-In Dinners in Orange County
The RANCH Restaurant and Saloon Anaheim – Thanksgiving menu where you pay for what you order
Montage Laguna Beach “Masterpiece Thanksgiving Celebration” (for four course menu $225 per adult)
Orange Hill Restaurant – 3 course menu for Thanksgiving Brunch or Dinner
Bistango Fine Dining in Irvine – Prix-Fixe menu
Summit House OC in Fullerton – 3 course dine-in
Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel RAYA Thanksgiving Dinner ($150 per person)
Friendsgiving Thanksgiving Dinner at Pacific Hideaway – ($55 adults, $35 kids 12 & under) at the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel
Napa Rose at Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel – 4 course prix fixe meal ($135 per adult, $25 per child)
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.
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.
Where to Order Thanksgiving Dinner Takeout in Orange County
Porchbox Restaurant Laguna Hills (order trays of your favorite holiday dishes by Nov 20th)
The Ranch Laguna Beach – Thankgiving menu not out yet for 2021
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 option and it sells out fast!!!
Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant Thanksgiving Turkey or Ham Take Home Dinners – $159 and save 10% if you are a season passholder
Bucca di Beppo Italian Restaurant Thanksgiving Dinner to Go in Anaheim, Brea, and Huntington Beach ($78.99 serves 3 or $148 serves 6)
Harley Laguna Beach – your turkey, their sides (order by Nov 21st)
Black Angus – Turkey feasts to go + add your dessert choice
Flemings Steakhouse in Newport Beach – At-Home Experience 3 course Dinner
The Winery Restaurants (Tustin) – Thanksgiving Dinner to Go ($395 for 6-8 guests)
Urban Plates – Family meals, sides, desserts to go
Zov’s Thanksgiving Takeout Dinner – Tustin location only (serves 12-15 starting at $550 – maybe split between households? Or order a la carte.)
Habana – order takeout from Costa Mesa or Irvine Spectrum
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 last year and they are YUM!)
If you’re looking for fun things to do Thanksgiving week, read my post on 7 Fun Ways to #OptOutside During Thanksgiving!