November 18th, 2016 at 11:00 am


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!

 Angel Oak at Bacara Resort

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

RSVP: 855.252.6601

Address: 8301 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93117

Wine Cask Restaurant

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

RSVP: 805.966.9463

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

RSVP: 805.845.6789

Address: 901 E. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93190

Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

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

The Willows at Chumash Casino Resort

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

RSVP: 805.686.0855

Address: 3400 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460

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