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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 28, 2013. 

Big Sur Thanksgiving Dinners

Have a great Thanksgiving dinner served with a side of fantastic views at the Big Sur River Inn Restaurant. A three-course prix-fixe meal will include dishes like butternut squash soup, herb roasted turkey with cornbread sage stuffing, prime rib, king salmon, pumpkin pie and home baked apple pie. 12pm-9pm, $40 for adults and $21 for children 12 and under. Call 831-667-2700 to reserve a table.

Carmel Highlands Thanksgiving Dinners

Pacific’s Edge Restaurant at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands offers an amazing four-course prix fixe menu this Thanksgiving. $95 for adults, $45 for children 5 to 12, children under 5 dine free. Call 831-622-5445 to reserve.

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, $99 plus tax and service per person; wine pairings are $89 additional. Call 831-624-8578 to reserve; there is a 3-day cancellation policy.

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 loin or free range turkey. Dessert choices include pumpkin pie, pecan pie or apple-cranberry strudel. 1:00pm-7:30pm, $47 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Call 831-625- 9040 to reserve; there is a 3-day cancellation policy. 

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-3:00pm, $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. 11:30am-4:30pm, $68 for adults, $34 for children 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. Call 831-620-6427 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 $225 and 7-14 servings is $425. Call 831-620-6427 to reserve. 

Edgar's at Quail offers both a Thanksgiving buffet with organic salads, roasted turkey, grilled swordfish, artisan ham, garlic mashed potatoes and a variety of desserts. 11:00am-7:00pm. $55 for adults and $22.50 for children ages 7-12. Call 831-620-8910 to reserve.

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, choose from a tossed green salad with ten-year aged raspberry wine vinaigrette, toasted macadamia 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 and 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. 2:00pm-8:00pm $26.95 for adults, $9.95 for 11 and under. Call 831-883-9479 to reserve.

Monterey Thanksgiving Dinners

Just down Cannery Row, InterContinental the Clement Monterey offers a delectable prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner with a great ocean view. Menu items include pumpkin soup, artichoke risotto, baby iceberg lettuce and sweet potato & arugula salad; main course options include slow roasted free range turkey breast, wild mushroom ravioli, pan-seared arctic char or apple-wood smoked pork rib chop; for dessert, choose from pumpkin crème brulee, pecan pie and warm apple tart. 12:00pm-9:30pm, $52 for adults. Call 831-375-4800 to reserve.

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. 

Esteban located in Casa Munras will showcase a three-course prix fixe dinner menu. For the first course choose from butternut squash soup or butter lettuce salad with candied walnuts and blue cheese. The main course features turkey breast and leg 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. 5pm-10pm, $41 per person. Call 831-375-0176 for reservations.

The Sardine Factory offers a special four-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu. The first course is squash and apple bisque, which will be followed by a Tuscan lettuce salad. The entrée includes 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, crème Brûlée or pumpkin swirl cheesecake. 1:00pm-8:00pm. $49 for adults, $46 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.

Café Beach at the Beach Resort celebrates Thanksgiving with a special holiday menu. Aside from regular menu items you can order scrumptious items prime rib of pork, roasted turkey with all of the fixings and pumpkin seed crusted halibut. 11:00am-3:00pm. For reservations call 831-394-3321.

The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is offering an impressive Thanksgiving buffet, November 28th from 12pm-7pm in the Monterey Bay Ballroom with a spread of appetizers ranging from oysters, crab and shrimp to salads, meats and cheeses and our hot buffet including roasted turkey, beef sirloin, pasta and stuffing. Enjoy ocean view dining and live harp music. 12:00pm-7:00pm. $55 for adults and $23 for children 6-16. 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 delicious turkey or ham and all the fixings for $145. All you need to do is warm it up! Call 831-646-1700 to order.

Cannery Row Brewing Company offers a three course prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner. The first course features an artisanal salad with candied pecans followed by slow-smoked turkey with all of the side dishes including cornbread and green bean casserole, but leave room for the pumpkin pie! $32 for the three course menu and $18.95 for the just the entrée turkey dish. $32 for adults. Call 831-643-2722 to reserve.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner at Restaurant 1833 with their three course prix-fixe menu. First course options include mushroom soup and a root vegetable salad. Entrees include bacon wrapped sturgeon, chestnut ravioli and turkey, of course. Save room for the pumpkin cream cheese roll! $55 per person. Call 831-643-1833 for reservations.

Tired of the same old Thanksgiving turkey? TusCA Ristorante at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa offers a pasta station, roast beef, honey roasted ham, grilled salmon and more, as well as the traditional standbys. Don’t miss live jazz from 3:00pm-7:00pm. Dine indoors, or out on the patio (weather permitting). 2:00pm-7:00pm, $48 for adults, $24 for children 5 to 12, no charge for children 4 and under. Call 831-657-6675 to reserve.

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-7:30pm, $34.95 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 lobster mac and cheese and slow-roast suckling pig will also be served. 11:00am-6:00pm, $85 for adults and $42.50 for children ages 5-12. Call 831-625-8524 for reservations.

Peppoli at Pebble Beach serves up authentic Italian cuisine on Thanksgiving Day. Choose from menu items like sweet potato gnocchi, grilled filet mignon and classic lasagna. For a traditional Thanksgiving dinner order the Tacchino Tradizionale which includes organic Heritage turkey and all of the fixings. 4:00pm-9:00pm. Call 831- 647-7433 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. 11:00am-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. 

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, sauteed salmon, butternut squash risotto and more. 11:00am-4:00pm, $31.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 6-12 and children 5 and under eat free. Call 831-899-5954 to reserve.