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Southern California Restaurants Offering Thanksgiving Dinner

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If you’re looking for a mouthwatering Thanksgiving feast, these Southern CA restaurants should be at the top of your list. Who needs the stress of planning a Thanksgiving feast when you can have award-winning chefs do the cooking for you?

We’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants in Southern California offering decadent Thanksgiving meals so that you can make your reservation today. But be sure to act quickly; these places fill up quickly, and for a good reason! Our list combines classic Americana, comfort foods, and some sustainable, creative Thanksgiving combos that are sure to have you giving thanks.  Without further ado, let’s jump into the best Southern CA restaurants offering Thanksgiving Dinner. 


Water Grill
Water Grill has locations all over California, from Los Angeles and South Coast Plaza in Orange County to Santa Monica. While you may not immediately think of seafood when you think of Thanksgiving, this restaurant is sure to change your mind. From Spiny Lobster caught local in Baja, California, to delicious scallops and oysters, you’re sure to find something in their gourmet menu to give thanks to. 

Thankfully, with so many restaurant locations to choose from, finding a reservation at Water Grill is much easier than some other restaurants on our list, but make sure to reserve early! Otherwise, you may end up dreaming about fresh-cooked lobster from the cancelation list.


Seasons 52
Located in Costa Mesa, CA, Season 52 offers fresh food all year round, hence the name. This restaurant is for you if you’re looking for the best food on offer every week of the year. While the offerings are outside the box for a “traditional” Thanksgiving, you’ll find it hard to complain after trying their fresh flatbreads. With a nice mix of local produce and innovative recipes, you’re sure to wish you brought room for seconds or even thirds. 

Mastro’s Steakhouse
Costa Mesa is the place to be for dining in style. Mastro’s Steakhouse is the epitome of classy dining, making it a once-in-a-lifetime experience for high-class Thanksgiving dining. This restaurant offers traditional steakhouse offerings while including some of the freshest seafood. You can order their gourmet sushi or stick with steakhouse classics. You’ll remember this Thanksgiving feast for years no matter what you pick off their menu. 

The Capital Grille
Another Costa Mesa offering, The Capital Grille, is made for the discerning carnivore. From their prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella and vine-ripe tomatoes to porcini-rubbed bone-in ribeye with 15-year aged balsamic, you’re sure to find a new favorite. Our only warning about this restaurant is that once you try their food, it’ll be hard to go back to traditional Thanksgiving dinners ever again. 

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Orange County brings out all the stops with Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Look no further if you’re looking for classic Americana meets high-class dining. This restaurant combines modern elegance with a pioneering spirit for an atmosphere that pays homage to American ingenuity. Of course, their food matches their aesthetic, providing some of the best steaks in Orange County. You’ll find yourself trying hard to save leftovers from these meals; they’re just that good.  


Silver Trumpet
Silver Trumpet touts itself as “where cuisine meets the art scene,” and you’ll know that’s true the second you step into this restaurant. This classy destination combines an award-winning restaurant with a jaw-dropping cocktail lounge for a truly incredible dining experience. Their dinner options are to die for, like charred wild shrimp, ahi tuna tostadas, and more. Not only is their plating almost too good to eat, but their local flavors and upscale cocktails pair for a meal are genuinely worth giving thanks. 


While Italian food may be outside the “traditional” Thanksgiving meal, nothing brings a sense of family togetherness like heartwarming Italian food. Prego may share a name with a famous sauce brand, but we assure you this Orange County restaurant is far from the store-bought sauce. Instead, this restaurant continues a 30-year legacy by offering incredible Italian food in a cosmopolitan restaurant atmosphere. So if you’re looking for a high-class Thanksgiving meal made of decadent comfort food, Prego is the Southern CA restaurant for you. 


Akasha offers some of the most fantastic food on our menu. This restaurant focuses on unique meal pairings that will make your tastebuds sing their praises. Not only is their pomegranate martini incredible, but their dinner options also combine the homemade taste of their soup of the day with classics like pan-seared salmon, ginger, and star anise braise short ribs or chicken parm.


Check out our Southern California tours if you’re looking for things to do after your meal. Here at Best Coast Tours, we offer guided tours of some of the hottest locations in California and wine-tasting tours. In addition, our tours provide custom pick-up locations so you can start your California adventure from the comfort of your hotel room. Contact us today to find out more or schedule a tour.