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. Make your reservations early because many places will sell out and if the place you’d like to go is already sold out this year, then make reservations at least three months in advance next year.

Though I have included information about a turkey dinner, other entrées may be available. Joining my 13th  annual Thanksgiving list in 2019 are the three dining options at the Rosewood Miramar Beach, including Caruso’s, Malibu Farms, and the Chandelier Ballroom. The popular Stonehouse and Plow & Angel restaurants at the San Ysidro Ranch have returned to the list this year, having recovered from the devastating Montecito floods of 2018.

This year I created a separate page for the Santa Barbara Thanksgiving Guide so it will be easier for people to find on Google. When it’s buried in a blog it can be hard to locate good, local Thanksgiving information.

The 2019 Thanksgiving Guide

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  1. Kim says:

    What a terrific gift this list is every year. John, thank you for making the calls!

  2. Peggie says:

    The last couple of years I have gone to the buffet at Mulligan’s. It is huge and the food is very good. Reservations needed.

  3. Sara says:

    Who is offering Thanksgiving take out?

  4. Omar Quezada says:

    Cocina Mexican is also serving Turkey on Thanksgiving day just a heads up.

    • The Restaurant Guy says:

      I called La Cocina Mexican restaurant on Anapamu Street and they said they have no idea yet if they will be open on Thanksgiving, and won’t decide for another week.

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