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. All of these offerings take place Thursday, November 26, 2015. Click here for the most up-to-date list of Thanksgiving dinners.
Carmel-by-the-Sea Thanksgiving Dinners
Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel offers a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Seatings run from 2:00pm-9:00pm, $150 per person; wine pairings are $110 additional. Call 831-624-8578 to reserve. Aubergine also offers a Thanksgiving meal to-go from featuring a juniper-orange spiced brined Willie Bird turkey and a wide selection of sides, sauces, wine and desserts. A limited amount of turkeys are available. All orders must be placed by Monday, November 23 before noon.
Mission Ranch Restaurant hosts a three-course Thanksgiving feast to ease your appetite. Starter options include portabella mushroom bisque or a Waldorf salad. Entrees include fresh salmon, roasted pork rack or free range turkey. Dessert choices include pumpkin pie, pecan pie or apple strudel. 1:00pm-7:30pm, $50 for adults and $25 for children 10 and under. Call 831-625- 9040 to reserve; there is a 3-day cancellation policy.
Carmel Highlands Thanksgiving Dinners
Pacific’s Edge Restaurant at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands offers an amazing four-course prix fixe menu including slow-roasted turkey, dry-aged prime rib, buttermilk potato puree, sage stuffing and more. Dinner served 4pm-8pm. $95 for adults, $45 for children 5 to 12, children under 5 dine free. Call 831-622-5445 to reserve.
Carmel Valley Thanksgiving Dinners
Bernardus Lodge hosts a delicious gourmet Thanksgiving Day lunch buffet or four-course dinner. 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. The lunch buffet is served from 12pm-2:30pm and is $85 for adults, $32 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under 4. Dinner is served from 5pm-9pm and is $125 for adults. Call 831-658-3400 to reserve.
Monterey Thanksgiving Dinners
Jacks Restaurant at the Portola Hotel & Spa offers an indulgent Thanksgiving Feast. Guests will start off with cream of wild mushroom soup and a mixed lettuce salad with blue cheese, candied pecans and roasted beets. The entrée is served family-style and includes roasted turkey, sourdough stuffing, yams, green beans, whipped potatoes and cranberry sauce. Several delectable desserts will also be available to round out the meal. 1:00pm-7:00pm. $54.95 for adults, $49.95 for seniors, $19.95 for children ages 6-12 and children 5 and under eat free. For reservations call 831-649-7874.
TusCA Ristorante located at the Hyatt Regency Monterey serves an incredible Thanksgiving Day Buffet on Thursday, November 26th. The menu features all sorts of staples like creamy butternut squash soup, herb roasted turkey and pumpkin pie. Staring at 3pm diners can enjoy live jazz music from the Dr. David Morwood Jazz Band. 1:00pm-6:0pm. $50 for adults, $20 for children age 6-12 and children age 5 and under eat free.. For reservations call 831-657-6675.
The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is offering an impressive Thanksgiving buffet from 12:00pm-6:00pm in the Monterey Bay Ballroom. The sumptuous buffet offers dozens of items including a seafood display, roasted turkey, slow roasted prime rib of beef, and more. Served 12pm-6pm. $62 for adults and $23 for children ages 6-13. For reservations, please call 831-646-1700. Turkey dinners are also available to-go for $165 which serves up to 12 people.
Start a new holiday tradition with Thanksgiving dinner at Estéban restaurant, located at the historic Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa. Savor a classic holiday meal, prepared by Chef Tom Snyder, complete with turkey, potatoes, Brussels sprouts and homemade cranberry sauce. For those who may be seeking a little break from tradition the prix fixe menu also offers a choice of snake river trout served with white beans and bacon lardons. The full Estéban menu will also be available. 4:00pm – 10:00pm, $48 for adults, $23 for children. For reservations call 831-324-6773.
Moss Landing Thanksgiving Dinners
The Captain’s Inn serves up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with an Italian twist. Diners will enjoy antipasto, pumpkin soufflé, risotto alla monzese, roasted turkey and pumpkin pie. Call 831-633-5550 for reservations.
Pacific Grove Thanksgiving Dinners
Fandango Restaurant’s great Thanksgiving menu includes duckling pate, Basque salad and a choice of entrees including roasted turkey, roast sirloin, grilled salmon, Virginia baked ham, tortellini and a variety of traditional desserts. 12:00pm-8:00pm, $38.95 for adults, $16.50 for children 12 and under. Call 831-372-3456 to reserve
Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove invites you over for a large Thanksgiving spread and beautiful views. The bountiful buffet includes an array of items including a Monterey Bay seafood salad, maple glazed ham, free range Diestel turkey, prime rib, pumpkin pie and apple cinnamon cobbler. $49 (and 10% service fee) for adults and 2:00pm-6:00pm. $25 (and 10% service fee) for children. To reserve seating time please call 831-372-8016.
Pebble Beach Thanksgiving Dinners
Porter's in the Forest at Poppy Hills offers special entrees like roasted turkey, garlic studded prime rib and smoked pork loin. Savory sides include sausage fennel stuffing, root vegetable au gratin and more. The thanksgiving menu will be served from 11am-4pm. Prices vary. Call 831-622-8237 for reservations.
Seaside Thanksgiving Dinners
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 several salads, roasted turkey and all your favorite side dishes, as well as treats for the palate like roasted prime beef, pan seared salmon, chicken marsala and more. 11:00am-4:00pm, $34.95 for adults, $17.95 for children 6-12 and children 5 and under eat free. Call 831-899-5954 to reserve.
Host Your Own Thanksgiving Dinner
Looking for an elegant estate to host your Thanksgiving dinner? You’ll find a lot to be grateful for in this luxurious ocean view rental home on the first hole of Cypress Point—one of the most exclusive golf courses in the world. Built in the 50s by legendary golfer Loma Smith, this mid-century modern has been completely updated: the kitchen includes two Kitchenaid convection ovens with warming drawers and a five-burner gas cooktop—and there’s a bar with a 22' shuffleboard table to work off those post-dinner calories. 5-bedroom/4.5-bath, sleeps 10, $1800/night. Contact Monterey Bay Vacation Rentals to reserve.