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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 27, 2014.

Carmel-by-the-Sea Thanksgiving Dinners

Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel also offers a delectable four-course menu with choices in each category. Seatings run from 2:00pm-9:00pm, $115 plus tax and service per person; wine pairings are $89 additional. Call 831-624-8578 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 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. 12:00pm-3:30pm, $75 for adults, $32 for children 5-12 and free for children under 5. Call 831-658-3400 to reserve; there is a 3-day cancellation policy.

Enjoy a farm-to-table type of Thanksgiving meal this year in the Clubhouse at Carmel Valley Ranch. Chef Tim Wood serves up a buffet style feast featuring apple cider brined Diestel turkey breast, honey lavender cornbread, smoked duck, maple butternut squash soup, pumpkin pie and much more. Unlimited mimosas will also be available for those 21 and older. 2:30-6:30pm, $55 for adults, $25 for children 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. Call 831-626-2599 for reservations.

Carmel Valley Ranch is also offering to take your traditional turkey dinner “To-Go.” An apple brined Diestel turkey will come complete with green beans, mashed potatoes, bread stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and more. Two family-style sizes are available, 4-6 servings is $250 and 7-14 servings is $450. Call 831-626-2599 to reserve.

Want to have Thanksgiving on your own turf? Pick up a fully prepared turkey dinner with all the fixings from Baum & Blume. You can even customize which side-dishes you want! Place your order at 831-659-0400 by November 22nd. 

Marina Thanksgiving Dinners

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 enjoy butternut squash soup and then dig into tender slow-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, house-made stuffing and green beans. For dessert, indulge in a pumpkin creme brulee. A limited appetizer and entree menu will also be available. 1pm-8pm $26.95 for adults, $9.95 for 11 and under. Call 831-883-9479 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 will include 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, $49 for adults, $39.95 for seniors, $19.95 for children ages 6-12 and children 5 and under eat free. For reservations call 831-647-4805.

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 over 40 items, starting with a seafood display. Roasted Turkey is featured, with additional hot items like Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, Gnocchi with Grilled Shrimp and Scallops and Pan Seared California Sea bass. Tasty selections from our cold buffet include assorted pates, an international cheese display, inventive salads and cold cured meats. Enjoy your favorite trimmings, as well as a festive array of desserts. Enjoy ocean view dining and live harp music. $55 for adults and $23 for children ages 6-13. For reservations, please call 831-646-1700.

Just down Cannery Row, the C Restaurant + Bar at The InterContinental the Clement Monterey offers a delectable Thanksgiving dinner with a great ocean view. The traditional Thanksgiving menu consists of Mary’s organic turkey, brioche stuffing, giblet gravy, garlic whipped Yukon potato, and blue lake beans. A limited selection from the a la carte menu will also be available. Begins at 4pm. Call 831-375-4800 to reserve.

The Sardine Factory offers a special four-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu featuring roasted corn bisque, fresh all natural roast Diestal turkey with sides and choice of dessert. 1:00pm-8:00pm. $49.50 for adults, $46.50 for seniors 60 and older, $21 for children under 12 and free for children under 5. The Sardine Factory will also offer items from their regular menu. Call 831-373-3775 to reserve.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner at Restaurant 1833 with their three course prix-fixe menu. Entrees include herb-roasted free range turkey with all of the fixings and acorn squash ravioli. Save room for pumpkin mousse pie or spiced chocolate cremeux! Dinner served from 1:30pm-7pm for $65 per person. Call 831-643-1833 for reservations.

Esteban located in Casa Munras will showcase a three-course prix fixe dinner menu. For the first course choose from butternut squash soup or baby gem lettuce salad. The main course features turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce or trout with white beans and garlic confit. For dessert choose from pumpkin pie or chocolate cake with raspberry sorbet. 4pm-10pm, $45 for adults and $23 for children. Call 831-375-0176 for reservations.

Enjoy expansive views of the Monterey Bay at El Torito on Cannery Row. The Thanksgiving Day buffet includes a traditional turkey spread as well as a Mexican inspired spread including enchiladas, tamales and more. Adults are $17.99 and children are $6.99.

Pacific Grove Thanksgiving Dinners

Fandango Restaurant’s great Thanksgiving menu includes duckling pate, Basque salad and a choice of entrees including roasted turkey, roast New York strip, grilled salmon, Virginia baked ham, tortellini and a variety of traditional desserts. 12:00pm-8:00pm, $36.95 for adults, $16.50 for children 12 and under. Call 831-372-3456 to reserve

Overlook the Pacific Grove Golf Links as you dig into a delectable Thanksgiving buffet at Point Pinos Grill. A carving station will serve up turkey and plenty of sides will be available including mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, wild mushroom stuffing and pumpkin pie. 12:00pm-6:00pm, $35.95 for adults and $10.95 for children. Call 831-648-5774 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. $42 (and 10% service fee) for adults and 2:00pm-6:00pm. $21 (and 10% service fee) for children. To reserve seating time please call 831-372-8016.

Pebble Beach Thanksgiving Dinners

Pebble Beach’s Stillwater Bar & Grill cooks up a grand Thanksgiving Day Buffet. The buffet will include a seafood bar, a cheese station, a carving station and a dessert station. Stillwater classics like the wedge salad and baked mac and cheese will also be served. 11:00am-6:00pm, $96 for adults and $44 for children ages 5-12. Call 831-625-8524 for reservations.

Roy’s at Pebble Beach puts a Hawaiian spin on Thanksgiving Dinner. Guests can enjoy original creations like lobster pot stickers, coconut crusted Mahi-Mahi and honey mustard beef short ribs. For a more traditional Thanksgiving meal try the slow-roasted herb turkey with wild mushroom gravy, cranberry sauce. 11:30am-10:00pm. Call 831-647-7423 for reservations.

STICKS includes additional seasonal specials to their regular menu for the holiday. Guests can enjoy fresh roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry relish and traditional pumpkin pie. 11:30am-9:00pm. Call 831-647-7470 for reservations.

The Bench serves their regular menu as well as seasonal specials for Thanksgiving. Classics like wild salmon, stuffed eggplant and artisan flatbreads will be available. 11:00am-10:00pm. Call 800-654-9300 for reservations.

The Tap Room serves their regular menu as well as seasonal specials for Thanksgiving. Classics like braised pork shank, prime rib and American Kobe filet mignon will be available. 11:00am-10:00pm. Call 800-654-9300 for reservations.

Newly revamped 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 rib, pan seared salmon, butternut squash risotto and more. 11:00am-4:00pm, $32.95 for adults, $15.95 for children 6-12 and children 5 and under eat free. Call 831-899-5954 to reserve.