Skip the hours in the kitchen and let these Orange County restaurants do the heavy lifting this Nov. 25.
Balboa Bay Resort
This Newport Beach property recently revamped its signature A+O Restaurant | Bar, where Thanksgiving turkey burgers and Cajun turkey roulade are the perfect indulgences during the day’s big games. When late afternoon hits, head to the newly remodeled Lighthouse Room, where executive chef Prabeen Prathapan will serve a three- to four-course dinner highlighted by roasted Cinderella pumpkin bisque and Mary’s Farm turkey breast.
At Newport Beach’s Lido House, vice president and executive chef partner Riley Huddleston will present a four-course prix fixe menu dubbed the Fallen Orchard Thanksgiving. Opt for wine pairings and enjoy white bean stew with fall vegetables, roasted heritage turkey breast, confit turkey leg, smoked turkey thigh and beef Wellington—with all the fixings— before reaching full food-coma status with lemon meringue baked Alaska and homemade pumpkin pie.
This elegant steakhouse in Brea allows gourmands to enjoy its Thanksgiving offerings within the restaurant or by picking up the goods to go. Traditionalists will find comfort in the Mary’s organic turkey dinner— served with creamed spinach with black winter truffle, and sausage and wild mushroom stuffing, among other sides—while adventurers can opt for a 32-ounce prime dry-aged Holstein ribeye for two teamed with duck fat Kennebec fries. Just make sure to save room for a pecan tart with Bulleit bourbon Chantilly cream to finish.
This Dana Point favorite invites locals and guests alike to enjoy Thanksgiving feasts at three of its on-site dining venues. At AVEO Table + Bar, an all-day menu featuring a la carte Thanksgiving dishes, soups, salads and pies allows diners to craft their own medley of tastes, while chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak will offer a seasonally inspired four-course prix fixe dinner served family style. Plenty of vino selections, plus vegan and vegetarian menus, ensure every member of the family leaves happy. Finally, Monarch Bay Beach Club members and resort guests—staycation, anyone?—can choose from two versions of a family-style meal. Indulge in carved turkey, a shellfish display, pies and more as you take in the exquisite view of the rolling waves and sandy shore on which the club sits.