WHO’S SERVING THANKSGIVING?

Each November, my inbox is swamped with the same question: Which restaurants serve a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day?
Last week, I made a hundred phone calls to find the answer. Restaurants joining the list this year include The Bear and Star, Blackbird, and Wildwood Kitchen. Make reservations early because many places will be sold out in advance.
For the first time in 11 years of creating this list, I have included prices for a turkey dinner and hours, where available. Other entrées may be available for different prices.

  • Alys Restaurant; $80; 3:30-8:45pm; 697-7082
  • Angel Oak at Bacara (sold out); $110; 5-10pm; 968-0100
  • Bacara Ballroom; $95 adults, $45 ages 12 and below; 10:30am-2pm; 571-3018
  • Ballard Inn Restaurant; $85; 3-8pm; 800-638-2466
  • The Bear and Star at Fess Parker Wine Country Inn; $55 adults, $20 ages 12 and below; noon-7pm; 686-1359
  • Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore (sold out); $125; 11am-7pm; 969-2261
  • Belmond El Encanto Dining Room; $105 adults, $45 kids; 11am-8pm; 845-5800
  • Blackbird; $140 adults, $40 ages 4-12; 5-10pm; 882-0135
  • The Black Sheep; $65; 4-8:30pm; 965-1113
  • bouchon; $85; 3:30-8:30pm; 730-1160
  • Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn (sold out); $75 adults, $35 ages 12 and below; 1-6pm; 688-4142
  • The Buffet at Chumash Casino Resort; $29.95; 1-8pm; 686-0855
  • Ca’ Dario Ristorante & Pizzeria; ~$29; 4-10pm; 884-9419
  • Cadiz; ~$32; 5-9:30pm; 770-2760
  • C’est Cheese; take-and-bake whole turkey, at least seven days’ notice: $75 (14-16 lbs.), $100 (20-22 lbs.);  apple pie $40; cheesecake $55; 965-0318
  • Cold Spring Tavern; $65 adults, $35 kids; 11am-7:45pm; 967-0066
  • Convivo at the Santa Barbara Inn; $60 adults, $20 ages 12 and below; 11am-9pm; 845-6789
  • Crocodile Restaurant & Bar at the Lemon Tree Inn; call for information; 687-6444
  • Dargan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant; $25; 11:30am-9pm; 568-0702
  • Finch & Fork at Kimpton Canary Hotel; $80 adults, $30 kids; 2-7pm; 879-9100
  • Fresco Café; takeout side dishes and dessert only, at least four days’ notice; side dishes $5 per person; $15-25 pies; 967-6037
  • Frog Bar & Grill at Glenn Annie Golf Course; $45 adults, $19 ages 12 and below; noon-5pm; 968-0664
  • Harbor Restaurant; $75 adults, $15.95 ages 10 and below; noon-9pm; 963-3311
  • Harry’s Plaza Café; $24.95; 11am-11pm; 687-2800
  • Helena Avenue Bakery; everything but turkey; takeout with at least one days’ notice; priced à la carte; 880-3383
  • High Sierra Grill & Bar; $17.99 adults, $9.99 ages 12 and below; 8am-5pm; 845-7030
  • Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood; $31; noon-9pm; 965-3363
  • Jack’s Bistro & Famous Bagels; takeout, at least four days’ notice; $165 feeds 10, $16.95 by the plate; 319-0155
  • Joe’s Café; ~$24; 4-9pm; 966-4638
  • Live Oak Café; $25; 11am-4pm; 845-5193
  • Longboards Grill; $24.95; 11am-10pm; 963-3311
  • Louie’s California Bistro at The Upham; $55 adults, $27.50 ages 12 and below; 2-8:30pm; 963-7003
  • Moby Dick Restaurant; ~$25.95; 11-8:30pm; 965-0549
  • Montecito Wine Bistro; $60 adults, $30 ages 12 and below; 11am-6pm; 969-7520
  • Mulligan’s Cafe & Bar; $30.99 adults, $16.99 ages 10 and below; noon-5pm; 682-3228
  • Plow & Angel at San Ysidro Ranch (sold out); $80 adults, $40 ages 12 and below; noon-8:30pm; 565-1720
  • Root 246; $75 adults, $25 ages 12 and below; 2-8pm; 686-8681
  • Roy; $55; 3-9pm; 966-5636
  • Santa Barbara Brewing Company; ~$25 adults, ~$12 ages 10 and below; noon-10pm; 730-1040
  • The Set at The Fess Parker – a DoubleTree Resort by Hilton; $22; 11:30am-11pm; 564-4333
  • Shoals Restaurant at Cliff House Inn; ~$69; 1:30-8pm; 652-1381
  • Stella Mare’s; $62; noon-8pm; 969-6705
  • The Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch (sold out); $140 adults, $70 ages 12 and below; noon-8:30pm; 565-1720
  • Tee-Off Restaurant & Lounge; $26.95; 3-9pm; 687-1616
  • Trattoria Mollie; $65; 11:30am-9:30pm; 565-9381
  • Treehouse Restaurant; $22; noon-8pm; 687-2426
  • Wildwood Kitchen; $50 adults, $25 ages 10 and below; 2-6pm; 845-3995
  • Willows at Chumash Casino Resort; $65; 2-9pm; 686-0855
  • Wine Cask; $75 adults, kids à la carte; 4-9pm; 966-9463
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10 Responses to WHO’S SERVING THANKSGIVING?

  1. Connie Milano says:

    yes thanks for doing this

  2. Christine says:

    How about Le Cafe Stella?

  3. SYFoodie says:

    Great work – thanks John…

  4. Lauren says:

    Has anyone been to the Thanksgiving buffet at the casino? I see the Yelp reviews are fair but I wonder if their attempt to have *every*thing makes all of it mediocre or if it’s good as buffets go.

    By the way, John, thanks so much for making that effort. I especially loved seeing the prices; it made things so much easier.

    • christine! says:

      The posted menu for the Casino looks amazing- not sure how that could possibly be….but they will have their regular menu + Turkey and all the trimmings available.

  5. Nancy Freeman says:

    Our loss that this list didn’t arrive in my email till now, 7:30pm on THANKSGIVING evening.
    It is now the full shank of the day….next year perhaps.

    • John Dickson says:

      That was my SECOND (reminder) post about the Thanksgiving list. It was meant for the blog and not so much for the email list. The original Thanksgiving List email was sent on November 8th. You must have missed it.

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