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 at El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel, November 26, 2020
Offering a timeless sense of tranquility from its vantage point high in the foothills, El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel 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: $125 per person; $60 for children under 12 years old. Reservations required.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Convivo, November 26, 2020
Gather together for 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 roasted Santa Barbara spiny lobster. Get ready to sit back and give thanks for one incredible meal. Learn More
Cost: 3-course, $70 per person; 4-course, $85 per person; $30 for children under 12 years old.
Thanksgiving Day at Malibu Farm, November 26, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Honor traditions with a memorable Thanksgiving gathering on the coast. At the Rosewood Miramar Beach, Malibu Farm’s all-day prix fixe menu will feature holiday classics with a regional twist by Chef Massimo Falsini. Learn More
Cost: $195 per person; $85 for children ages 4 to12; children under four dine complimentary.
Thanksgiving Day at Caruso’s, November 26, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 9:30 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: $195 per person; $85 for children ages 4 to12; children under four dine complimentary. Reservations required.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Angel Oak, November 26, 2020, Seatings at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.
Spend Thanksgiving feasting your eyes on stunning ocean views at Angel Oak. Live music will fill the open space as the smell of seasonal dishes wafts through the sea-salt air to set the mood. And that’s just the start. Chef de Cuisine Alexander James Bollinger has created a seasonal 3-course prix-fixe menu with all the Thanksgiving trimmings. Add on palate-pleasing wine pairings, and you’ve got yourself a perfect Thanksgiving meal. Learn More
Cost: $125 ++ per person; $60 per person for wine pairing. Reservations recommended.
Thanksgiving at Louie’s California Bistro, November 26, 2020, Seatings at 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
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? Learn More
Cost: $60 per person. Reservations recommended.
Thanksgiving at Scarlett Begonia, November 26, 2020, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This Thanksgiving, Scarlett Begonia offers patrons two ways to get their fill of turkey-day treats by offering both brunch and dinner seatings. Early birds can enjoy classic brunch favorites, while dinner is served an epic three-course meal with starters and dessert. Menu items include wild mushroom sunchoke soup, your choice of turkey, salmon, prime rib, or pasta, a large assortment of family-style sides, and a choice of pumpkin or pecan pie. Who’s stuffed? Learn More
Cost: Brunch cost varies by menu items. Dinner is fixed at $90 per person.
Thanksgiving at The Black Sheep, November 26, 2020, 5 p.m. to close
Get your grub on this Thanksgiving with The Black Sheep’s four-course, a la carte menu. Customize your meal by selecting each course as it pleases your holiday palette. For traditionalists, there will be a classic turkey entree as one of the three entree courses. Learn More
Cost: $75 per person
Thanksgiving Dinner at Costa Kitchen & Bar, November 26, 2020, 1 p.m. to 7 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 dark chocolate and fig trifle with roasted figs and aceto balsamico. The menu will be perfectly paired alongside local Santa Barbara County wines. Learn More
Cost: $89 per adult, $39 for children 12 and under. Reservations required.
The Lark’s Holiday Feast for Thanksgiving Week, November 25 and 27, 2020, 9:45 p.m. to close
The culinary masterminds behind The Lark have created the perfect pre and post-Thanksgiving feast. During the holiday weekend, enjoy a four-course fall menu inspired by the bounty of Santa Barbara County’s seasonal produce and expertly designed by Executive Chef Jason Paluska and Chef de Cuisine Logan Jones. The prix fixe menu, made for two or more guests, begins with family-style chicories and pear salad with maple sherry vinaigrette, walnuts, and herbs; and caramelized cauliflower with mint pistou, pomegranate, madras curry, and pine nuts. The main course is a sizzling cast iron pan of confit turkey pot pie with turnips, red garnet yams, aged gouda, smoked bacon gravy, and cornmeal crust. Finish with The Lark’s Fairhills Farms apple cobbler with vanilla almond streusel, whipped cinnamon cream, and rosemary. Learn More
Cost: $65 per person, while supplies last. The Lark will offer its full à la carte seasonal menu in addition to the prix fixe dinner. Reservations are highly recommended.
Feast in the Forest at Cold Spring Tavern, November 26, 2020, 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. Chef Bernal has created 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 Jack Daniels pecan pie. Learn More
Cost: $75 per adult, $35 per child 10 and under. Reservations recommended as space is limited.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Finch & Fork, November 26, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Indulge in elevated American fare this Thanksgiving at Finch & Fork. Executive Chef Peter Cham has created a three-course holiday menu featuring timeless favorites such as roasted squash and treviso salad, roasted turkey breasts, wild mushroom risotto, grilled Scottish salmon, “pumpkin pie” tart, and spiced apple crisp. And you can’t forget the sides! Share a selection of sides such as baked mac n cheese, roasted Brussel sprouts, country-style fennel sausage stuffing, and sweet roasted sweet potatoes. Learn More
Cost: $75 per person; $35 for kids 3 to 10; kids under 3 are complimentary
Gather at Outpost This Thanksgiving, November 26, 2020, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“Good food, good drinks, good times” is the Outpost motto at The Goodland Hotel. Offering a California cool, laid-back vibe, the ‘60s-inspired decor pairs perfectly with the kitchen’s 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 pot de crème or mixed berry hand pie for dessert. Learn More
Cost: $55 per person; $25 for kids 10 and under
Thanksgiving Dinner at Coast & Olive, November 26, 2020, Seating between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Give thanks this holiday season at Coast & Olive inside Montecito Inn with a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner, handcrafted by Executive Chef Vicente Torres. Prepare your tastebuds for a flavorful, multi-course feast, including menu items such as grilled pear salad, candy glazed yams, bourbon chocolate pecan pie, and all the turkey fixings you could ask for. To top it off, elevate your meal with an optional three-glass wine pairing. Learn More
Cost: $95 per person. Additional $50 per person for optional wine pairing.
A Goat Tree Thanksgiving, November 26, 2020, Seating between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Skip the dirty dishes and dine at Goat Tree this Thanksgiving. The holiday menu includes oven-roasted, cage-free turkey breast with turkey legs and thigh confit, cranberry and tangerine chutney, turkey jus, and a choice of three incredible sides, like crispy Brussels sprouts with bacon vinaigrette and creamy mashed potatoes. Top off the night with a warm slice of apple pie, and take the rest home for later. Learn More
Cost: $38 per person. Additional sides $9 each. Reservations are recommended.
Joe’s Cafe Serves Up Thanksgiving, November 26, 2020, Breakfast 7:30am – 11:30am; Dinner 12pm – 9pm
Dine in the iconic Joe’s Cafe this Thanksgiving, and savor roasted fresh turkey, juicy prime rib, or glazed honey dijon ham. And don’t forget the fixings! Indulge in cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables, gravy and creamy, fresh baked pumpkin pie as you celebrate the season alfresco on the patio. Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item. Seating is first come, first served.
To-Go Thanksgiving Meals & Sides
Thanksgiving “To-Go” Feast at Convivo, November 26, 2020
“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 to-go. Masterfully created by Chef Peter McNee, serve your loved ones family-style provisions with the comforts and amenities of being at home. The special holiday menu includes seasonal favorites like winter squash soup, savory bread pudding, whole roasted turkey, and more. Upgrade your meal with a perfectly paired wine selection. Simply uncork, reheat, and serve when you’re ready for a memorable Thanksgiving meal. Learn More
Cost: $180 feeds four people. Orders must be placed 48 hours prior to pickup. Wine available for $25 per bottle.
Thanksgiving Provisions from Helena Avenue Bakery, November 6 through December 28, 2020
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 any holiday meal and chock full of savory sides and sweet treats. Choices include Helena Avenue’s signature Parker House Rolls; Thanksgiving Stuffing Kit made from Helena Avenue Bakery artisan sourdough breads with a blend of spices and herbs; Friday Night Challah and freshly baked apple, pecan, and pumpkin pies. 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: $11 to $25 per menu item. Pies and Parker House Rolls require a 48 hour pre-order. Challah is available every Friday, and Isaac’s Stuffing Mix is sold at the counter as supply lasts.
Thanksgiving “To Go” at Goat Tree, Order now through November 23, 2020
Let Chef Travis take care of Thanksgiving this year! Order your favorite Thanksgiving fixings and more from Goat Tree, stop by the restaurant during one of the allotted pick-up times listed below, and enjoy the freshly prepared items at home with family. The mouth-watering package features confit turkey legs, herbed sourdough stuffing, cranberry marmalade, pumpkin pie, and other delicious offerings. Learn More
Cost: Dinner for 4 – $180, Dinner for 8 – $360, Dinner for 12 – $675. Pickup times are November 23-25 8am – 11am and 3pm – 6pm; November 26 8am-11am.
Everything But the Turkey from The Honey B Kitchen, Order now through November 22, 2020
Get your vegan Thanksgiving fixings straight from the Honey B Kitchen. Choose from fresh, home-cooked spanakopita, warm sourdough stuffing, pumpkin Brussels sprouts salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, and so much more. Treat your loved ones to a feast this Thanksgiving, and spend more time enjoying the food and less time cleaning up. Learn More
Cost: $16 for “The Whole Plate;” $5 per additional side. Pickup November 25 1pm-3pm at Low Pigeon.
Holiday Feasts from Shalhoob Meat Company, Order now for Pickup November 23-25, 2020
Need a little help making your Thanksgiving feast the star of the show? Shalhoob Meat Company is here to help. Order various ready-for-the-oven main dishes and savory sides to go, and experience the joy of dining safely at home with family. Don’t forget the thick cut bacon for post-Thanksgiving brunch! Learn More
Cost: Prices vary per item.
Break Bread with Oat Bakery, Order now for Pickup November 25-26, 2020
Pre-order your Thanksgiving charcoal sourdough bread, brie cherry buns, and rosemary sourdough rolls from Oat Bakery. Feeling fancy? Swoop up a side of butternut squash hummus to wow your family, and please your palate. Please note that orders will ONLY be taken online at oatbakery.com, not by phone. Learn More
Cost: Prices vary per item.
Events & Activities
Thanksgiving Camp at MOXI (Virtual), November 23 through 25, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Kids grades 2-4 are encouraged to channel their inner superpowers to save the day with science and engineering during MOXI’s Thanksgiving Camp. Campers will have the freedom and tools to create their own superhero identity, construct a getaway vehicle, and learn how to use eye-catching distractions to flee the scene to protect their secret identity. Conducted over Zoom by MOXI’s Education team, each sign-up comes with a camp t-shirt and self-guided activities to keep the fun going long after the Zoom is done. Learn More
Cost: $140 per person; $110 per person for members
Thanksgiving Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo, November 28, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Whether you need a pre or post-Thanksgiving meal activity, animal lovers are encouraged to include the Santa Barbara Zoo in their holiday itinerary. Home to more than 146 species of mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects, guests are encouraged to discover more than 500 animals in open, naturalistic habitats. Learn More
Cost: Prices range from $11.95 to $19.95. Reservations required. Face coverings and social distancing guidelines apply.