Off the Menu Side Dish: Thanksgiving Dining in Newport Beach

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provenance-turkey2Thanksgiving Dining in Newport Beach / compiled by Laura Wise

Back Bay Bistro

Enjoy your Thanksgiving at Back Bay Bistro while taking in the quintessential panoramic view of the Back Bay Nature Preserve. This years’ extensive buffet menu features a wide variety of fresh Thanksgiving favorites and a dessert display. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $48 for adults and $22 for children under 10. For reservations, call (949) 729-1144 or visit


Balboa Bay Resort

Waterline will be serving a three-course Thanksgiving feast from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. that features citrus marinated turkey breast and leg, 8oz. Prime New York, or butter poached Turbot. Complete your meal with a choice of pumpkin and bourbon torte or pear tatin. Cost is $86 for adults and $43 for children ages 4 to 12. Visit or call (949) 630-4145.


Bayside Restaurant

Bayside offers a three-course traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 1 to 8:30 p.m. accompanied by live music beginning at 4:30 p.m. The prix-fixe menu includes oven-roasted organic turkey with mushroom and caramelized onion stuffing, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, gray, and cranberry sauce. Choose from a selection of appetizers and desserts. Cost is $48 per adult and $21.75 for children 12 & under. Call (949) 721-1222 or visit


The Bungalow

The Bungalow offers a three-course Thanksgiving Day menu for $55 per person served from 1 to 9 p.m. Choose from starters such as corn chowder or butternut squash raviolo, then move on to a choice of entrees, including pan roasted turkey breast with all the trimmings, prime rib, filet mignon, northern Australian lobster tail, or grilled vegetable plate. End your meal with one of four desserts, including pumpkin pie. Call (949) 673-6585 or visit



Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at Fashion Island will serve a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner for the first time since the flagship location opened in 1998. The four course prix fixe menu at $39.95 starts with an amuse bouche for the table to share. Guests will haves choices for starter and dessert courses; the main course is a classic herb roasted turkey breast served with all the trimmings. Fleming’s popular full menu will also be served for those craving prime steaks or fresh seafood.  A three course children’s menu will be available for $19.95 for those 12 and under. Seating begins at 11 a.m. until closing. For reservations call (949) 720-9633 or visit


Hornblower Supper Cruise

Celebrate Thanksgiving in a uniquely Newport Beach way – aboard a Hornblower yacht while cruising Newport Harbor. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner during your cruise. Cruises are 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., boarding begins at 4 p.m. Prices start at $90.95 per adult and $54.57 per child (4-12). Visit


 Island Hotel/Oak Grill

At the Island Hotel enjoy a Thanksgiving Ballroom Brunch from 11 1:30 p.m. that includes traditional free-range turkey, carved-to-order prime rib, seafood station, a create-your-own risotto station and champagne, plus live music. $80 per adult; $20 for children ages 5-12. (949) 795-0808. At Oak Grill enjoy a four-course dinner including turkey, roasted filet mignon and wild salmon, plus traditional desserts. $90 per adult, $35 per child ages five to 12, free for children four and under. Visit or call (949) 760-4920.


 Pelican Hill Resort

The Resort at Pelican Hill has special Thanksgiving menus in all four of their restaurants. For Pelican Hill dining reservations, email [email protected], visit, or call (855) 315-8214.

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. Reservations recommended. $125 per adult and $65 per child under age 12.

Andrea Ristorante – Enjoy a rustic Tuscan holiday menu in the dining room or on the ocean-view terrace from 4 to 10 p.m. for $140 per adult.

Pelican Grill – Chef Luke presents a delectable four-course California grill menu from 11 am to 10 p.m. Entertainment includes a pianist, bass player and vocalist for $130 per adult and $65 per child.

Coliseum Pool & Grill – Chef Oscar’s 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 for $60 per adult and $30 per child.



Celebrate Thanksgiving from 12:30 to 6 p.m. with traditional free-range turkey breast, boneless beef shortribs, or Loch Duart Scottish salmon, plus housemade Thanksgiving sides and a dessert bar. $45 per person, $19.95 for kids under 12. Reservations required. Call (949) 718-0477 or visit


The Ritz Prime Seafood

Chef George Neyra and his kitchen team will be preparing a celebratory elegant holiday repast to enjoy with family and friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Options include chestnut soup with lobster and black truffle, squash agnolotti, braised short rib, maple glazed wild salmon, and turkey breast and leg confit. $79 per person. (949) 720-1800 or


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