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Monterey County's Best Thanksgiving Dinners

Why suffer the stress of trying to please everyone's palate this Thanksgiving? Start a new tradition with a family Thanksgiving meal at one of Monterey County's best restaurants.

Big Sur

Have a great Thanksgiving dinner and fantastic scenery at the Big Sur River Inn Restaurant. Dishes include herb roasted turkey with cornbread sage stuffing, maple marshmallow yams, garlic mashed potatoes, fresh cranberry relish, pumpkin cheesecake and home baked apple pie. Call 831-667-2700 for specific information on dishes and to reserve a spot. Rocky Point Restaurant offers meals for turkey-lovers and -loathers alike along with breathtaking coastal views. The Thanksgiving dinner includes turkey, gravy, stuffing, green beans, sweet and mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin or pecan pie, cheese bread and soup or salad. Don't like turkey? Rocky Point will also offer their full dinner menu. Noon-8pm, $49, call 831-624-2933 to reserve.

Carmel Highlands

Pacific’s Edge Restaurant at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands offers an amazing four-course prix fixe menu this Thanksgiving. Dishes include a 16-ounce rib chop, John Dory, dayboat scallops, butternut squash, agnolotti, squab, brussels sprouts, yellowfin tuna carpaccio, and (of course) roasted organic turkey. Dessert options include pumpkin cheesecake, carmel pecan tart, chocolate ganache. 2pm-8pm, $90 for adults, $45 for children 5 to 12, children under 5 dine free. Call 831-622-5445 to reserve.


Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel also offers a delectable four course menu with choices in each category. Seatings run from 4-10pm, $105 plus tax and service per person; wine pairings are $75 additional. Call 831-622-5907 to reserve; there is a 3-day cancellation policy.

Carmel Valley

Bernardus Lodge hosts a delectable, gourmet Thanksgiving Day buffet. Dine on traditional Thanksgiving favorites made with sustainably sourced, local and organic produce and naturally raised meats, as well as several special creations from Chef Cal Stamenov. There will also be wine tasting and hot apple cider by the fireplace. 12pm to 3:30pm, $70 for adults, $32 for children 5-12, free for children under 5. Call 831-658-3400 to reserve. Edgar's at Quail offers both a three course prix-fixe menu and a la carte options this Thanksgiving. The prix-fixe menu is $28 and includes options such as roasted sugar pumpkin soup, green salad, turkey, stuffed acorn squash gratin, pumpkin pie and a trio of seasonal sorbets. 2pm-9pm, must reserve at 831-620-8910,


Enjoy a great Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu, as well as other dining options, at Kula Ranch Island Steakhouse. For the first course of the prix-fixe menu, choose from a tossed green salad with ten-year aged raspberry wine vinaigrette, toasted macademia nuts, sun-dried cranberries and crumbled blue cheese or butternut squash soup. Then dig into an entree of tender slow-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, candied yams, house-made stuffing, blue lake green beans. For dessert, choose between pumpkin pie with Chantilly cream or a pumpkin creme brulee. A limited appetizer and entree menu will also be available. 2pm-8pm $26.95 for adults, $9.95 for 11 and under. Call 831-883-9479 to reserve.


The Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa is always a great destination for a holiday meal. This Thanksgiving they’re offering two separate meals. The Monterey Bay Buffet has over 40 items, including seafood, steamship of beef, duck and chicken paté, cheese and fruit, salads, cold cured meat, smoked salmon, and the traditional turkey. 12-6pm, $50 for adults, $23 for children. The Duck Club Grill has a four-course Thanksgiving dinner with dishes including roasted squash soup, goat cheese and duck fritter with fig marmalade, roast turkey, lamb chops, grilled Angus, shrimp and scallop skewers, as well as vegetarian options. 1pm to 8pm, starts at $52/person; a complete turkey dinner for four is $200. Call 831-646-1700 to reserve. Prefer to have your Thanksgiving dinner on your own turf? The Monterey Plaza also offers a full Thanksgiving dinner for 12 to go! The dinner includes a 12-14 pound turkey or baked ham and all the fixings. All you need to do is warm it up! $135, last day to order is November 24. Call 831-646-1700 to order. Just down Cannery Row, InterContinental the Clement Monterey offers a delectable prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner with a great ocean view. Menu items include walnut-raisin bread with pumpkin butter and cranberry sauce, spinach quiche, peanut pumpkin soup, sweet potato and pear salad, sweet gem lettuce and potato gnocchi; main course options include thyme-roasted turkey breast, butternut squash ravioli, pan-seared sea bass or smoked pork rib chop; for dessert, choose from pumpkin cheesecake brulee, ginger spice cake and warm apple pie. There will be three seatings throughout the day; the first begins at 2, the second begins at 5 and the third at 7:30. $48 for adults, $24 for children 12 and under, call 831-375-4800 to reserve. Cannery Row's buzziest new restaurant, Cannery Row Brewing Company, offers a three course prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner. The first course features a choice of pumpkin soup, roasted squash ravioli, grilled Caesar salad. For the entree, choose between 7-hour slow-smoked Diestel turkey or 5-hour slow-smoked prime rib. Enjoy a wide variety of side dishes like cornbread stuffing, double butter smashed potatoes, candied and roasted carrots, roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and onions, but leave room for the pumpkin pie! $24.99; call 831-643-2722 for hours and to reserve. The Sardine Factory offers a special four-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu. The soup course is butternut squash bisque with crisp smoked bacon, which will be followed by an autumn green salad and an entree course of roast Diestel turkey with sage dressing, mushroom gravy, cranberry orange relish, Yukon gold and sweet potato gratin, fresh green beans and baby carrots. For dessert, enjoy pumpkin pie or crème Brûlée. $39.95 for adults, $36.95 for seniors 60 and older, $17.95 for children under 12, and free for children under 5. The Sardine Factory will also offer items from their regular menu during Thanksgiving dinner. Call 831-373-3775 to reserve. Details on the Monterey Marriott's Thanksgiving feast will be available the second week in November. Call 831-649-4234 for information and to reserve. Jacks Restaurant at the Portola Hotel & Spa offers an indulgent Thanksgiving Day Brunch Buffet. Appetizers include cheeses, smoked salmon with bagels, poached prawns, and California rolls; salads include a traditional Waldorf, a marinated seafood pasta salad, and Castroville artichoke and tomato in balsamic vinaigrette; the carving station includes roasted turkey, prime rib and grilled salmon; side dishes include mashed potatoes, candied yams, grilled vegetable lasagna and brussels sprouts with bacon & pearl onions; and dessert items include pumpkin, pecan and fruit pies, as well as cakes, pastries and mousses. $36.95 for adults, $29.95 for seniors, $16.95 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under eat free. Tired of the same old Thanksgiving turkey? TusCA Ristorante at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa offers a sushi bar, pasta station, roast beef, honey roasted ham, grilled salmon and more, as well as the traditional standbys. The Dave Morwood Jazz Band performs live from 3pm-7pm. Dine indoors, or out on the patio (weather permitting). The fee includes champagne, as well as juice, coffee and soda. 2pm-8pm, $48 for adults, $24 for children 5 to 12, no charge for children 4 and under.

Pacific Grove

Asilomar hosts a Thanksgiving dinner at the Julia Morgan-designed Crocker Dining Hall. There will be a traditional buffet with turkey, ham and all the trimmings. 12:30 to 6:30, $42 for adults, $21.50 for children between the ages of 5 and 11. Must call 831-372-8016 to reserve. Fandango Restaurant’s great Thanksgiving menu includes duckling pate, basque salad, and a choice of entrees including roast tom turkey, roast New York strip, fresh salmon, Virginia baked ham, and Tortellini Maison for the vegetarians, plus traditional desserts. Noon-7:30pm, $29.75 for adults, $16.50 for children 12 and under. Call 831-372-3456 to reserve.


Admire Monterey Bay and one of the county's most beautiful golf courses as you dine on a great Thanksgiving buffet at Bayonet and Black Horse. The buffet includes three different kinds of salad, roast turkey and all your favorite side dishes, as well as treats for the palate like roasted prime beef, sautéed salmon, pasta shrimp cassoulet, butternut squash risotto, and more. 11am-3pm, $27.95 for adults, $13.95 for children 6-12, children 5 and under eat free. Call 831-899-5954 to reserve. This information was originally published on SeeMonterey's Monterey County's Best Thanksgiving Dinners page.