Turkey, stuffing and pie galore! Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara never fails to impress. From specially curated feasts to family-friendly athletic events, there is always a reason to give thanks for our sunny slice of paradise. To ensure your bellies and spirits are full, we’ve compiled a list of the best Thanksgiving events you won’t want to miss. So grab your loved ones and explore these scrumptious Thanksgiving events.
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Thanksgiving at Belmond El Encanto, November 27 and November 28
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, Executive Chef Johan Denizot offers guests a fine dining experience with a menu that includes offerings ranging from roasted butternut squash and chestnut soup, roasted diesel farm turkey and seared king salmon to traditional Thanksgiving desserts such as three-layer pumpkin pie and dark chocolate pecan pie. Learn More
Cost: $125/Adults; $60/Children (age 12 years and younger)
Thanksgiving 4-Miler, November 28, 9 a.m.
Come out and enjoy the 22nd annual running of the original Santa Barbara Thanksgiving Day 4-Miler. The flat and fast course stands apart from many of the local run courses with a start 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 just off Hollister Avenue). Learn More
Cost: $25 Pre-Sale; $40 Day of Race
A Finch & Fork Thanksgiving, November 28, All Day
Gather around Finch & Fork’s tables this holiday, where the restaurant will be offering a Thanksgiving Day Buffet full of seasonal dishes and holiday classics. The meal includes dishes like duck confit salad with Asian pear, pickled pearl onions, watercress and apricot vinaigrette, turkey & barley soup, baked mac ‘n cheese, roasted and grilled vegetables, grilled Sterling salmon, Diestel free range turkey breast and slow-roasted porchetta. Save room for an assortment of treats and delights to end the meal. Learn More
Cost: $90 Adults; Children $45 (ages 2-10)
Holiday Happy Hour and Turkey Dinner at the Roof Top Bistro, November 28, All Day
Join the Roof Top Bistro at Hilton Garden Inn Santa Barbara Goleta for an alfresco evening of thanks. Enjoy a holiday happy hour under the stars with craft cocktails, local beer and wine and seasonal small bites like slow roasted turkey sliders and Brussels sprout casserole. Or, sit down for a casual turkey dinner with all the fixings! Reservations recommended. Learn More
Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash, November 28, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Animal lovers are encouraged to get the kids out of the house this Thanksgiving and come to the Santa Barbara Zoo for a smashin’ good time! Watch as the Zoo animals play and interact with pumpkins. Please note the Zoo will close early at 3:30 pm. Learn More
Cost: Free with Zoo Admission
Thanksgiving Buffet at Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, November 28, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Gather together your friends and family at Bella Vista Restaurant at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, one of Santa Barbara’s most beautiful al fresco settings. Partake in an abundant holiday buffet, featuring traditional favorites as well as an extensive selection of seafood, salads, house-made pastas and carvings. Learn More
Cost: $145 Adults; Children $65 (ages 5-12)
Thanksgiving at The Bacara Ballroom Terrace, November 28, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Give thanks while celebrating at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara. Executive Chef Umit Kaygusuz’s brunch buffet will wow your family and friends, feature traditional offerings organic roasted turkey, herb-crusted bone-in prime rib, fall seasonal offerings inspired from local farms, tartare and ceviche bar, a decadent dessert hall, bottomless bubbles and more. Learn More
Cost: $145/Adults; $75/Children (3-12 years old), plus tax and gratuity
Thanksgiving Feast at Convivo at Santa Barbara Inn, November 28, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“Convivo” means “to come together” and is the root word for “feast.” Let the name alone inspire you to choose this spot as your location for a Thanksgiving meal. Just off the lobby of the Santa Barbara Inn, Convivo Restaurant offers a captivating oceanfront setting for enjoying classic “nomad” Italian fare and Chef Peter McNee’s version of a Thanksgiving Feast. The special holiday menu includes seasonal favorites like winter squash soup, savory bread pudding, whole roasted turkey and more. Learn More
Thanksgiving Day at Malibu Farm, November 28, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Honor traditions with a memorable Thanksgiving gathering on the coast. At the Rosewood Miramar Beach, Malibu Farm’s brunch buffet will feature holiday classics with a regional twist by Chef Massimo Falsini including a cut-your-own-salad garden, and a delicious assortment of seasonal farm-to-table dishes. Learn More
Cost: $150 Adults; Children $65 (ages 4-12)
Thanksgiving Day at Caruso’s, November 28, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Gather and give thanks at Caruso’s, located in 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, the selections are influenced by Falsini’s Southern Italian heritage. Learn More
Cost: $165 Adults; Children $65 (ages 4-12)
Thanksgiving at The Set, November 28, 3 to 8 p.m.
Give thanks at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort’s signature restaurant and bar, The Set. The three-course menu features turkey and gravy, New York strip steak, butternut squash ravioli and halibut. This decadent menu will be served with your choice of soup or salad and a delicious pie tasting trio. Reservations are recommended, please call (805) 884-8535. Learn More
Gather at Outpost this Thanksgiving, November 28, 4 to 8 p.m.
“Good food, good drinks, good times” is the motto at Outpost at The Goodland. Helmed by Executive Chef Damien Giliberti, the ‘60s-inspired space inside The Kimpton Goodland Hotel offers a California cool laid-back vibe, with a fresh take on SoCal coastal cuisine. For Thanksgiving, gather around the table for a three-course menu with wedge salad or roasted butternut squash soup, pan seared salmon or roasted turkey and pumpkin mousse or cheesecake for dessert. Learn More
Thanksgiving Dinner at Wine Cask, November 28, 4 to 9 p.m.
Situated in El Paseo, one of Santa Barbara’s historic Presidio Neighborhood locales, Wine Cask has established itself as both a culinary and wine landmark. This Thanksgiving, the restaurant will feature its regular dinner menu (including a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the fixings) in a three-course, à la carte format, allowing guests to choose a first course, entrée and dessert. Learn More
Thanksgiving Dinner at The Black Sheep, November 28, 5 to 10 p.m.
With a menu of standout dishes that are unique, flavorful and satisfying to a variety of palates, The Black Sheep is a great option for a Thanksgiving meal. Owner Ruben Perez and his father Chef Robert Perez are serving up an eclectic three-course menu with Latin-, Asian- and European-accented dishes ranging from Shoyu ramen with slow-braised pork belly and a traditional turkey dinner to small plates like beef bone marrow bruschetta, sauteed sweetbreads and tuna aquachili. The restaurant offers a selection of craft beers, local wine and creative cocktails. Learn More