You’re never far from refreshing sea breezes when you enjoy a Thanksgiving meal in Ventura or Santa Barbara County. The “big cities” of Ventura and Santa Barbara, plus the small town of Santa Ynez, offer great dining choices this November 24. From super resorts to locals’ favorites, you can find a place to unwind and feast on traditional fare with a gourmet or regional spin. Here are five that get consistently high marks. Enjoy!
A spectacular four-course Thanksgiving menu highlights the freshest flavors of the season in a stunning setting overlooking the ocean. Meal selections include turkey veloute, house-made dumpling, sautéed wild mushroom and pearl onion; and free-range turkey with roasted breast, confit legs, sage cornbread, bourbon gravy, and pomme puree. Accompanying the cuisine is an ambiance of pure scenic beauty, with floor-to-ceiling ocean views and a striking 25-seat bar topped with vibrant blue Amazonite quartz. Seating on the outdoor patio is also offered, showcasing some of the most captivating sunsets over the Pacific.
Price: $115 per person
Seatings: 5 to 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day
Address: 8301 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Enjoy a holiday dining experience featuring Wine Cask’s regular dinner menu in a three-course, à la carte format, allowing you to choose from all first-course, entrée, and dessert menu items. Choose from eight first courses, eight main courses, and four desserts. The traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner comes with light and dark meat, sweet potato puree, chestnut stuffing, green beans almandin, cranberry sauce, and house gravy.
Price: $65 person
Seatings: 4 to 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day
Address: 813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Located in the Santa Barbara Inn across the street from East Beach, Convivo serves up a Thanksgiving feast of roasted turkey breast and glazed roasted thigh, potato puree, braised chard, mushroom stuffing, sage giblet gravy, and cranberry marmalade. Dessert is pumpkin tart with vanilla gelato.
Price: Adults $55, children $28
Seatings: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day
Address: 901 E. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
A four-course meal at an affordable price is what’s on the menu at Prime, a sophisticated yet fun supper club that caters to Ventura locals. On Thanksgiving, all entrees are served with roasted turkey, along with garlic mashed potatoes, sausage apple stuffing, creamed spinach, Brussels sprouts, bacon and dates in a Dijon cream, and cranberry chutney
Seatings: From 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day
Price: $39 per person
RSVP: 805. 652.1055
Address: 2009 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001
Nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, this Four Diamond-rated restaurant specializes in fresh and flavorful ingredients from local farms, ranches and gardens. The three-course Thanksgiving meal includes free-range turkey, sweet potato gratin, cornbread stuffing, haricot vert, port gravy, wild mushrooms, dehydrated apples, baked Alaska, pumpkin ice cream and gingerbread cake.
Price: $58 person
Seatings: 5 to 9:45 p.m. Thanksgiving Day
Address: 3400 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460