thanksgivingThe Gobble Song is a Thanksgiving tradition from Santa Barbara’s popular band Spencer the Gardener. As it turns out The Restaurant Guy also has a Thanksgiving tradition. Each November my email inbox is swamped with the same question: Which restaurants serve a traditional turkey meal on Thanksgiving Day?

Last week The Restaurant Gal and I made a hundred phone calls to find the answer for you. Make reservations early because many places will be sold out weeks in advance. For the 7th year in a row I present to you a list of local restaurants offering Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28, 2013:

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  1. JP says:

    State St. Café/China Bowl is open Thanksgiving, and they have a turkey dinner.

    Got it last year.

  2. jill says:

    Hello John et al,
    Although Fresco Cafe in Five points is not open for in-service on Thanksgiving day, we are preparing full dinners and sides or desserts to go, for pick up on both Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day.
    Anyone interested, can go to our web site for the menu, or call us at 805.967.6037.
    Happy Thanksgiving

  3. jill says:

    Thanks John,
    I am currently working for Fresco from out of state, so did not realize.

  4. JP says:

    ok thanks John good to know

  5. Christopher says:

    Anyone have a good recommendation for for dinner on
    Thanksgiving day/night but not traditional fare?

    • John Dickson says:

      Most of the restaurants on the list also have their regular
      menu available. And of course other restaurants that are not on the
      list will be open but I don’t track that information.

  6. E Gralewski says:

    Thanks. that’s so good to know and I don’t remember seeing
    it other years.

  7. LoFi Girl says:

    I am so happy that most places are closed on Thanksgiving and hopefully Christmas too. Even the Almighty Dollar should take a rest on these two holidays…

  8. Carla says:

    Thank you SO much for all the extra time and work to put
    this together!! It’s a wonderful service for the community! Your
    website continues to be the best! Bravo!! – Carla 🙂

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