Thanksgiving 2014 – The Top Places to Enjoy Your Thanksgiving in Southern California

Thanksgiving is a day that brings the family together, allows you to give thanks for everything in your life and gives you the chance to eat until your hearts content. While all of that makes for one fabulous day, the end of the day trying to clean up and recover is not quite so fun. So this year Splash Magazines Worldwide put together a list of some of the most amazing spots to dine out in style this Thanksgiving.

When it comes to a decadent setting that is unparalleled in Southern California there is nothing to compare to The Resort at Pelican Hill®, Newport Beach’s only Forbes Five-Star Resort. This Thanksgiving bring the entire family to enjoy Pelican Hill’s ocean-view restaurants, lounges and ballrooms along with entertainment and activities for everyone.

Pelican Hill (Photo Courtesy of Pelican Hill)

Thanksgiving Ballroom Brunch

Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray creates an exquisite Thanksgiving brunch buffet with classic dishes, accompanied by live entertainment and children’s activities. Available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations recommended. $115* per adult; $55* per child

Thanksgiving at Andrea Ristorante

Enjoy Chef Marco’s rustic Tuscan holiday menu and a live guitarist from noon to 10 p.m. $130* per adult

Thanksgiving at Pelican Grill & Lounge

Chef Derek presents a delectable four-course California grill menu from 11:30 am to 10 p.m. Entertainment includes a pianist, bass player and vocalist. $120* per adult; $60* per child

Thanksgiving at Coliseum Pool & Grill

A classic California breakfast buffet is available from 7 a.m. to noon. From noon to 10 p.m., a Thanksgiving à la carte dinner menu features turkey specials. Breakfast Buffet: $55* per adult; $25* per child

 “During this special time of the year, from Thanksgiving through the New Year, we invite guests from near and far to embrace the spirit of the holiday season with time-honored traditions at Pelican Hill,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. “In addition to our annual ballroom brunches and family-friendly events, we are pleased to introduce new dining specials, such as Coliseum Pool & Grill’s Twelve Days of Dishes, featuring seasonally inspired cuisine paired with festive beverages.”

For more information, please call 855-467-6800 or visit Pelican Hill

Stunning Newport Beach offers you another fabulous Thanksgiving dining option this year with the Island Hotel. Enjoy Thanksgiving at the recently opened and highly praised Oak Grill as well as the Thanksgiving Ballroom Brunch at the Island Hotel.

“We welcome friends, neighbors and your family at our holiday celebrations,” said Gerard Widder, General Manager of Island Hotel.  “Our location, in the heart of Newport Beach, is the ideal place to meet friends and family to celebrate holiday meals, as well as attend events, including spa days and children’s activities.”

Thanksgiving at Oak Grill

Indulge in Chef Marc Johnson’s creative priced fixe four course Thanksgiving dinner at Oak Grill. Start with Slow Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Banana Bread Croutons or Baby Kale and Charred Pear Salad; a second course of Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter or Fall Vegetable Risotto with Port Gastrique. For the main course go traditional with a Turkey Plate, with Cornbread Fennel Stuffing or go Coastal with Seared Atlantic Salmon accompanied by Swiss chard, roasted beets and Beurre Blanc or choose grilled filet mignon.  Finish off the meal with dessert choices of Classic Pumpkin Pie, Dark Chocolate Pudding or a Pecan Pie Donut Sundae. Service is from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. only at Oak Grill. $85 per adult, with an option of wine pairings for an additional $25; a separate children’s menu is available and children under 5 eat free. For reservations, call (949) 760-4920 or visit Open Table

Seared Atlantic Salmon from Chef Marc Johnson (Photo Courtesy Oak Grill)

Thanksgiving Ballroom Brunch

Island’s ballroom décor will replicate the popular Oak Grill alfresco patio, while the musical sounds of the Fireside Lounge fill the ballroom with a smoldering live acoustical guitar performance. Hosted activities for children include craft projects and other interactive activities directed by a focused child entertainment professional. NFL games will be broadcast from the lounge near the ballroom.  This is the perfect opportunity to snap a photo for a holiday card at the on-site photo booth.

Executive Chef David Man creates a locally sourced, globally inspired Thanksgiving meal artfully plated and creatively served.  Choices include light, clean and fresh fare rather than heavy dishes.   The buffet includes fresh fall produce, hand selected from local growers, with an array of interactive stations where the culinary team will prepare food to taste based on each customer’s palate.  Offerings include made to order benedicts and savory omelets, a fresh seafood assortment, a carving station with free range organic turkey, as well as holiday sides and an assortment of delectable desserts. Service is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $65 per adult; children under 12 eat free. For reservations, call (949) 760-4920, 888-554-4620 or visit Open Table.

Zinc at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach is serving up a fabulous four-course meal on Thanksgiving for $39.

Your Thanksgiving feast kicks off with a yellow corn bisque which if followed by the holiday kale salad. The holiday kale salad is packed with so many great ingredients it will make you feel a little better about your feasting as it contains; black kale, red quinoa, sundried cranberries, toasted walnuts, Bartlett pears, goat cheese and a cider poached pear vinaigrette. The main course gives you the option of choosing a hearty turkey pot pie or the pan-fried turkey tender. If you have any room left, you can finish your day off with a choice of golden fig bread pudding or bruleed pumpkin cheesecake.

For more information visit Shade Hotel.

Zinc Terrace

Thanksgiving is not the perfect day for vegans, vegetarians and animal lovers but this year is a different story thanks to The Gentle Barn. The Gentle Barn offers a unique, cruelty-free feast and festivities on Thanksgiving from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Gentle Barn will host their annual Thanksgiving Event where instead of eating turkey, the guests are given the chance to feed the live turkeys rescued from Thanksgiving!  After the turkeys are full on cranberries and pie, the guests will be treated to a multi-course, gourmet plant-based meal provided by a number of selected sponsors. 

The Gentle Barn’s Thanksgiving Event is another means of encouraging the public to live a plant-based lifestyle. With 46 million turkeys consumed each Thanksgiving, The Gentle Barn wants to do its part to save turkeys this time of year. So instead of serving turkey, the Thanksgiving Event will have an abundance of delicious, healthy vegan food. In addition to the great food, good company, and fun times behind the bonfire and Native American drum circle, guests will walk away with swag bags compliments of the Gentle 52 sponsors. The gift bags are being provided by the event’s major sponsor Nature’s Gate and a delicious dinner will be presented by Gardein. To RSVP for the event please visit The Gentle Barn.

If it is your task to bring the Wine to Thanksgiving this year, wow your friends and family with an assortment of Stack Wine. Each package of Stack Wine consists of four individually sealed shatterproof glasses of premium California wine. Stack Wine is the perfect single serving wine so you make sure nothing goes to waste and everyone can drink their own favorite wine without having to open multiple bottles. Stack Wine comes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blend, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. For more information visit Stack Wine.

Stack Wine

Yellowtail Sunset has provided the recipe for their tasty "Ginger Smash" cocktail for you to enjoy this Thanksgiving.

Ginger Smash

Yellowtail Sunset - 8768 W. Sunset Blvd, LA, CA 90069


2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

6-8 Mint Leaves

2 oz. Reilly’s Rock & Rye Ginger Whiskey

¾ oz. Bertina Elderflower

¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

¼ oz. Yuzu Juice

½ oz. Agave Syrup

Build: Shake & Strain over ice.

Glass: Rocks

Garnish: Lemon Wheel, Mint Sprig

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