Thanksgiving Dining Where It’s Warm, Welcoming and Wonderful

There are so many tempting options all over Orange County for families and friends this Thanksgiving! From dining in to take away, choices range in price and time availability and include very fine and casual dining; three-, four- and five-course chefs’ tasting menus; and grand buffets. But all offer settings, a welcoming ambiance and delicious food created with SoCal of-the-moment ingredients, craft cocktails, selectively curated wine and beer lists and gracious service.

The following is a Thanksgiving celebration round up of special holiday options:

Selanne Steak Tavern’s Three-Course Thanksgiving Gourmet Feast
Thursday, November 23, from 1 to 8 p.m.
Selanne Steak Tavern starts a new holiday tradition by serving its first memorable gourmet dinner for Thanksgiving. Chef Joshua Severson’s Thanksgiving menu is composed of three tempting traditional courses with choices accompanied by straight-from-the-farm sides served family style. Entrée choices include Diestel Turkey Two Ways, American Wagyu Ribeye Roast and Kurobuta Leg of Ham Sugar and Spiced. For dessert, there’s a choice of Chocolate Pecan Coconut Pie or Baker’s Pumpkin Pie. And, guests will want to pair their holiday dinner with fine wines from Selanne’s Wine Spectator “The Best of Award of Excellence” wine list.
$95 per adult, $25 per child (ages four to 11), exclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations, call (949) 715-9881.

Selanne Steak Tavern
1464 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-9881
www.selannesteaktavern.com

For Traditionalists: Thanksgiving Dinner at Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink
Thursday, November 23, from 1 to 8 p.m.
For Thanksgiving, Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink Chef/Owner Ryan Adams will be serving a most satisfying prix fixe traditional roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings. The feast may be enjoyed at the restaurant, or it’s available for take-out at home. Some featured dishes: Corn and Potato Chowder, Roasted Free Range Turkey, Grilled Pork Loin, Candied Yams, Bruléed Pumpkin Pie and always the chef’s Black Pepper Thyme Parker House Rolls.
Price for three courses with choices for each along with favorite accompaniments is $52 for adults, $26 for kids (10 and under) and includes three courses and accompaniments. Does not include drinks, tax or gratuity. No substitutions. For reservations, please call (949) 494-8686.

Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink Thanksgiving Dinner at Home: pick up Thursday, November 23, between 10 a.m. and noon.
Three courses and accompaniments are $55 for adults, $27.50 for kids. Price does not include drinks, taxes or gratuity. No substitutions or splits. Orders must be placed at least 72 hours in advance with a credit card by calling (949) 494-8686.

Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink
370 Glenneyre
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-8686
www.370common.com

Thanksgiving at Montage Laguna Beach

Thanksgiving Day at The Loft
Thursday, November 23, from 12 to 9 p.m.
Chef Michael Campbell and his crew will be serving a Four-Course Holiday Tasting Menu with a choice of appetizers such as Pumpkin and Leek Soup or Whole Grains Salad; entrées including Mary’s Farm Turkey with favorite accompaniments or Lobster Cavatelli with Sauce Americaine. There will also be an Artisanal Cheese Bite course and desserts prepared by cheese course. Desserts prepared by Pastry Chef Lee Smith tempt with Classic Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Pudding or Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake.
$125 for adults, $40 for children (ages four to 12 years), plus tax and gratuity; the customary á la carte menu will not be available.

Thanksgiving Day Five-Course Tasting Menu at Studio
Thursday, November 23, from 4 to 9 p.m.
Chef Craig Strong has created a special Five-Course Tasting Menu of seasonal fare and will also be serving Studio’s customary á la carte menu.
$170 for adults, $255 with wine pairings; $50 for children (ages four to 12 years), plus tax and gratuity.

Grand Ballroom Thanksgiving Masterpiece Celebration
Thursday, November 23, from 12 to 5 p.m.
This Masterpiece Celebration features a bounteous 12-station buffet including On Ice Seafood; Charcuterie and Artisan Cheese; Entrées such as White Oak Smoked Turkey Breast, Grilled Seasonal Local Fish and Garlic and Rosemary Studded Slow-Roasted Prime Rib; Children’s Station; and a very decadent Dessert Lounge showcasing such temptations as Boston Cream Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Truffles, Red Velvet Cupcakes and so much more. There will also be live music, complimentary champagne toast and complimentary family photographs.
$140 for adults, $45 for children (ages four to 12 years; children under four are complimentary), inclusive of gratuity but not tax.

Montage Laguna Beach
30801 Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-6420
www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach

Thanksgiving Dining from Island Hotel Newport Beach

Oak Grill Thanksgiving Feast
Thursday, November 23, from 4 to 9 p.m.
Oak Grill’s mouthwatering four-course dinner includes choices of White Wine Steamed Clams or Pumpkin Ricotta Gnudi. For entrée options, it is serving Traditional Turkey Plate, Grilled Filet Mignon, Pan Seared Branzino or Slow Roasted Pork Chop – all with seasonal accompaniments. Plus, there will be classic Thanksgiving desserts created by Pastry Chef Andy de la Cruz. So, guests should gather around the table with friends and family to enjoy the best part: not fussing in the kitchen or doing any dishes.
$90 per adult, $35 per child ages five to 12, excluding tax and gratuities. Free for children four and under. Reservations can be made online or by calling (949) 760-4920.

Thanksgiving Bountiful Brunch
Thursday, November 23, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
To be held in the beautiful Island Hotel Ballroom is a delicious Thanksgiving brunch, including farmer’s market salads, free-range turkey, carved-to-order prime rib, slow roasted pork loin and wood plank roasted salmon. There will be a Seafood Station, Biscuit Bar, Thanksgiving desserts and assorted individual pies and champagne to wash it all down. Live music and children’s crafts make this a day for the whole family.
$80 per adult, $20 per child ages five to 12, including tax and gratuities. Free for children four and under. Call (949) 760-4913 for reservations.

Oak Grill
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 760-4920
www.OakGrill.com

Island Hotel
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 760-4913
www.IslandHotel.com

Thanksgiving Celebratory Dining at Hotel Irvine

Thanksgiving Family Feast in The Backyard
Thursday, November 23, at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
For those who can’t take the heat and want to get out of the kitchen, The Backyard at Hotel Irvine is the place to head for their Thanksgiving feast. A cornucopia of food stations will be offered including roasted turkey and maple-glazed Berkshire ham, cooked-to-order Steelhead salmon, build-your-own bloody marys, dessert stations including pumpkin pies, German chocolate cake and warm sticky toffee pudding. Plus, guests will enjoy live music, a kids’ craft station and a photo booth.
$68 per adult, $25 per child ages five to 12. Pricing includes tax and gratuity. Tickets can be purchased online at www.hotelirvine.com or by calling (949) 225-6780.

Thanksgiving at EATS Kitchen & Bar
Thursday, November 23, from noon to 8 p.m.
Guests are invited to pull up a chair to join the family for Thanksgiving – EATS style where traditional favorites like oven-roasted free-range turkey, honey-roasted pumpkin soup, roasted farmers market vegetables, seafood brodetto and seasonal desserts will be served. Trust them when they say guests will want to loosen a belt loop or two for this one.
$46 per person for three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner. Additional options and children’s menu available à la carte. Pricing excludes tax and gratuities. Reservations recommended online or by calling (949) 225-6780. The complete menu can be viewed at eatskitchen.com.

Marketplace Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 23, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For people who can’t make it home for the holidays, Marketplace will be serving up traditional Thanksgiving favorites all day long like oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, seasonal vegetables and more to make sure there’s a sense of the family holiday. It will be everything people love about Thanksgiving, without the cleanup.
Prices are $19 per meal or $60 for a party of four and excludes applicable taxes.

Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA 92614
For hotel: (888) 230-4452
For Eats Kitchen & Bar: (949) 225-6780
www.HotelIrvine.com

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