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Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara

Thanksgiving meals in Santa Barbara

Turkey, stuffing, and pie galore! Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara never fails to impress. There is always a reason to give thanks for our sunny slice of paradise, from specially curated feasts to family-friendly athletic events. To ensure your bellies and spirits are full, we’ve compiled a list of the best Thanksgiving meals and events you won’t want to miss. So grab your loved ones and explore these scrumptious options.

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Thanksgiving 4-Miler, November 25, 2021, 9 a.m.
Before the day’s big feast, enjoy a nice 4-mile run through Santa Barbara. The 23rd annual Thanksgiving 4-Miler features a flat and fast course, starting along Hollister Avenue to Turnpike leading to a stretch along the bike path and then winding through neighborhood streets to the finish at Thunderbird Park (on Walnut Avenue). Once you’ve finished the run, relax and pick up a pumpkin pie to enjoy post-meal. Learn More
Cost: $25-$40/person

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Paddle, November 25, 2021, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Get out on the water this Thanksgiving for a morning paddle before the big meal. Cruise the coast with family and friends, and breathe in the fresh ocean air as you explore. Santa Barbara offers much to be grateful for! Learn More
Cost: $30/hour

Thanksgiving Menus

The Lark Thanksgiving Special, November 24, 2021, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Executive Chef Jason Paluska and Chef de Cuisine Logan Jones, the culinary masterminds behind The Lark, present a Thanksgiving special you’ll want to savor every bite of. The special, a date braised lamb shank will be available while supplies last and offered alongside The Lark’s full à la carte seasonal menu for a pre-Thanksgiving treat. Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item. Reservations recommended. 

Embermill’s Vegan Thanksgiving Feast, November 24-27, 2021, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Vegans rejoice! Local Caribbean restaurant Embermill will be hosting four days of mouthwatering Thanksgiving delights. Choose from two seating times, either 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. and savor five courses of delicious menu items such as truffle gruyere grilled cheese and baby greens, beluga lentils with fire-roasted peppers, saffron grits with potato gratin, and then finish off the night with a sweet pear tart. Learn More
Cost: $65/person. Reservations recommended.

Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet in the Chandelier Ballroom, November 25, 2021
Indulge in a coastal Thanksgiving gathering at Rosewood Miramar Beach. With two seating available, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Chandelier Ballroom provides a festive backdrop to a traditional Thanksgiving feast with regional twists and themed activities for the kids. Learn More
Cost: $145/person; $65/child age 4 to 12; Children under four dine complimentary.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Coast & Olive, November 25, 20211
Skip the mountain of dishes this year, and celebrate the season of giving at Coast & Olive. Indulge in all of the Thanksgiving classics paired with incredible wine and cocktails, and cheers to memorable times with family and friends! Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item. Reservations recommended. 

Thanksgiving at Caruso’s, November 25, 2021, 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Gather and give thanks at Caruso’s, located at Rosewood Miramar Beach. Conceived by Chef Massimo Falsini, the four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu is composed of intriguing interpretations of traditional holiday fare. Using seasonal and locally procured ingredients, each menu selection is influenced by Falsini’s Southern Italian heritage. Learn More
Cost: $175/person; $75/child age 4 to12; Children under four dine complimentary. Reservations required.

Thanksgiving at Belmond El Encanto, November 25, 2021
Offering a timeless sense of tranquility from its vantage point high in the foothills, Belmond El Encanto is one of Southern California’s most iconic hotels. This Thanksgiving, in The Dining Room & Terrace, savor a sumptuous Thanksgiving meal with your friends and family by your side. This fine dining experience will include a menu full of traditional dishes ranging from roasted butternut squash and chestnut soup, roasted diesel farm turkey, and seared king salmon to desserts such warm apple tarte tatin, spiced pumpkin latte roulade, and sweet corn crème brûlée. Learn More
Cost: $115/person; $60 /child under 12 years old. Reservations required. 

Thanksgiving Dinner at Convivo, November 25, 2021
Toast to a Thanksgiving meal set alongside the Santa Barbara coastline and let Convivo take care of the cooking. The only decisions you’ll need to make are selecting between a 3 or 4-course menu. Fixings for the day include everything from whole roast turkey to Southern California swordfish. Get ready to sit back and give thanks for one incredible meal. Learn More
Cost: 3-course, $75/person; 4-course, $90/person

Thanksgiving at Louie’s California Bistro, November 25, 2021
For the ultimate historic Santa Barbara Thanksgiving meal, look no further than Louie’s California Bistro. Located in the Upham Hotel, California’s oldest continuously operating hotel, your Thanksgiving celebrations include remarkable historical architectural features such as vaulted ceilings and an extensive wrap-around veranda. Menu items for this special day will feature a choice of soup or salad, with entree selections of roasted turkey with stuffing, cranberry relish, and mashed potatoes, or fresh salmon with a lemon mustard and caper beurre blanc and saffron rice. For dessert, top your meal off with pumpkin cheesecake with cinnamon whip cream. Hungry yet? Reservations recommended. Learn More

Give Thanks at Stonehouse Restaurant, November 25, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
This Thanksgiving, Stonehouse Restaurant Executive Chef Matt Johnson and his team will be serving up a four-course fine dining experience, accented by fresh-picked herbs and produce from the chef’s organic garden. Savor the House Smoked Mount Cook King Salmon with trout roe, crispy Yukon Gold boxty, and a petite herb and purple radish salad; or try the Honey Brined Organic Mary’s Turkey with traditional trimmings. Dessert includes Traditional Pumpkin Pie with brown sugar Chantilly and orange rum raisins and Cutler’s Apple Bread Pudding with candied cranberries and kumquats with toasted cinnamon ice cream. Learn More
Cost: $185/person; $295/person with wine flight. 

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort’s Thanksgiving Buffet, November 25, 2021
Give thanks with your loved ones alongside the Pacific at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. With indoor and outdoor seating available, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., The Roundhouse will be offering a buffet composed of a seafood bar, carving station, traditional side selections, garden & charcuterie, and delectable desserts. Learn More
Cost: $89/person; $45/child age 6 to 12; Children under six dine complimentary.

Thanksgiving at The Set, November 25, 2021, Seating between 11:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Celebrate all that you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort’s signature restaurant and bar, The Set. The decadent menu features soup and salad starters, turkey and gravy, New York steak, salmon and vegan turkey pot pie. End the meal with a delicious selection of desserts. Reservations are recommended. Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Costa Kitchen & Bar, November 25, 2021, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Helmed by Executive Chef Nathan Lingle, Costa Kitchen & Bar at Mar Monte Hotel will be serving a special three-course menu on Thanksgiving Day. Expect a luxurious feast including dishes like blue hubbard squash bisque with candied ginger and pumpkin seed tulie; heritage turkey with sage bread pudding, maroon carrot, pole beans, cranberry compote, and whipped potato; and a dark chocolate tart with roasted figs and créme fraîche ice cream. Learn More
Cost: $89/person; $39/child age 12 and under. Reservations recommended. 

Feast in the Forest at Cold Spring Tavern, November 25, 2021, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Gather your loved ones for a rustic Thanksgiving feast in the forest at one of Santa Barbara County’s most iconic hidden gems, Cold Spring Tavern. Gobble up a prix-fixe menu with all the fixings. Menu items include roasted pistachio corn chowder, slow roasted turkey or prime rib, poached wild Alaskan salmon, and desserts such as granny smith apple cobbler. Live music featuring Jeffery Pine can be enjoyed from 1 p.m. to  4 p.m. Learn More
Cost: $85/person, $35/child age 10 and under. Reservations required.

THANKSGIVING FOOD TO GO

“Everything but the Turkey” at Helena Avenue BakeryNovember 24, 2021
Relish in a well-deserved break this holiday season and let Helena Avenue Bakery take care of the details. This take-out menu is guaranteed to upgrade your Thanksgiving meal, as it’s chock full of savory sides and sweet treats. Choices include Navel Orange & Cranberry Compote, Turkey Brine Kit, Sourdough Bread Stuffing Kit, Take & Bake Brioche Rolls, and Porcini Mushroom & Black Pepper Gravy. All dishes come packaged in generous portions for four to six guests with easy instructions. For dessert, select from the bakery’s house-made Apple Cranberry Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, and Smoked Pecan Pie. These must-have treats will provide you with ample quality time with friends and family and fewer hours in the kitchen for the festive season. Learn More
Cost: Varies by menu item. Orders must be placed by 3 p.m. Sunday, November 21, 2021. Pick-ups are on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner at La Paloma Cafe, November 24, 2021, 5:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Executive Chef Jeremy Tummel and the team at La Paloma Cafe have curated the perfect pre-Thanksgiving dinner for takeaway. Get ready to feast as dinner includes a whole roasted rotisserie chicken topped with peppercorn apple sauce, rotisserie potatoes, Chef Adam’s roasted cauliflower, and JT’s Caesar Salad. Learn More
Cost: Perfect for 2-4 people for $85, while supplies last. All pre-orders must be placed by phone by Monday, November 22, at 3 p.m. 

Thanksgiving with Bob’s Well Bread Bakery, November 25, 2021, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Beginning November 1, 2021, the famed Bob’s Well Bread Bakery in Los Alamos and Ballard, California, will be taking pre-orders for their Thanksgiving Day fixings. Select from signature treats like pain au levain stuffing mix, stone hearth-baked pain au levain, baguettes, epi, and pumpkin-cranberry-raisin-walnut brioche, yum! For dessert, pie is on the menu with a selection of apple, pumpkin or pecan. Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item. Quantities are limited, and all orders must be placed by 3 p.m. Sunday, November 21, 2021.

Rascals SB Thanksgiving Pre-Order, November 25, 2021, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
If you are craving incredible Thanksgiving food that is 100% vegan, look no further than Rascals SB. The Venus in Furs pop-up restaurant is accepting pre-orders for popular dishes that will brighten any Thanksgiving spread. Enjoy menu items such as gravy, mac and cheese, stuffing and Brussels sprouts, and don’t forget the pumpkin pie! Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item. 

Poe & Co Thanksgiving, November 25, 2021
A decadent, made-to-order Thanksgiving feast is easier than you think! From drinks and appetizers to mains and dessert, the team at Poe & Co. has created a menu will all the fixings, and more. Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item. All orders must be made by November 20, 2021.