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.
Joining my 14th annual Thanksgiving list in 2020 are Costa Kitchen & Bar at Mar Monte Hotel, Scarlett Begonia, and Uncorked Wine Tasting & Kitchen. Restaurants that usually offer Thanksgiving but are skipping this year include Banquet Room at Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Bella Vista at the Biltmore, Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn, Brewhouse, The Buffet at Chumash Casino Resort, Chandelier Ballroom at Rosewood Miramar Beach, Moby Dick, and Wine Cask.
The space previously occupied by Plow & Angel at San Ysidro Ranch has been taken over by neighboring Stonehouse restaurant which will be fulfilling Thanksgiving duties. The Montecito resort has not yet decided if it will bring back the Plow & Angel brand. Blackbird at Hotel Californian, which made the list last year, is now a cocktail bar and no longer serving Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving restaurants that closed in the last year include Aly’s Restaurant in Solvang, Due Lune, Root 246 in Solvang, and Treehouse Restaurant at Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn.
View the list for 2020: Restaurants serving Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara