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WHO'S SERVING THANKSGIVING IN 2019?

Each November my inbox is swamped with the same question: Which restaurants serve a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day? Last week, I made a hundred phone calls to find the answer.

Make your reservations early because many places will sell out and if the place you'd like to go is already sold out this year, then make reservations at least three months in advance next year.

Though I have included information about a turkey dinner, other entrees may be available. Joining my 13th annual Thanksgiving list in 2019 are the three dining options at the Rosewood Miramar Beach, including Caruso's, Malibu Farms, and the Chandelier Ballroom. The popular Stonehouse and Plow & Angel restaurants at the San Ysidro Ranch have returned to the list this year, having recovered from the devastating Montecito floods of 2018.

- John Dickson

  • Aly's Restaurant; Solvang; $100; 4:30 + 7:30pm; 697-7082
  • Ritz-Carlton Bacara: Angel Oak; $139; 5-10pm; 571-4220
  • Ritz-Carlton Bacara: Banquet Room; $145 adults, $75 ages 3-12; 10:30am-2pm; 571-4220
  • Ritz-Carlton Bacara: The Bistro; $95; 5:30-9pm, 571-4220
  • Ballard Inn Restaurant; $85; 3-8pm; 800-638-2466
  • Bella Vista, The Biltmore; $145 adults, $75 ages 5-12; 10am-7pm; 969-2261
  • Blackbird, Hotel Californian; $125 adults, $55 ages 4-12; 5-10pm; 882-0135
  • Black Sheep; $65; 5-10pm; 965-1113
  • bouchon (sold out); $85; 3:30-8:30pm; 730-1160
  • Brewhouse; $41.99 adults, $15 ages 10 and below; 11am-6pm; 884-4664
  • Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn; Santa Ynez; $80 adults, $40 ages 12 and below; 1-6pm; 688-4142
  • Ca' Dario Ristorante & Pizzeria; Downtown; $30; 3-10pm; 884-9419
  • Ca' Dario Cucina Italiana; Goleta; $30; 3-9pm; 884-9419
  • Chumash Casino Resort: The Buffet; $45 adults, $14.95 ages 12 and below; 1-9pm; 686-0855
  • Chumash Casino Resort: Willows; $65; 3-9pm; 686-0855
  • Cold Spring Tavern; $75 adults, $35 ages 12 and below; 11am-7:45pm; 967-0066
  • Convivo Restaurant, Santa Barbara Inn; $70 adults, $20 ages 12 and below; 11am-9pm; 845-6789
  • Crocodile Restaurant & Bar, Lemon Tree Inn; $30; 4-9:30pm; 687-6444
  • Dargan's Irish Pub & Restaurant; $25.95; 11:30am-9pm; 568-0702
  • Dining Room, Belmond El Encanto (sold out); $125 adults, $60 kids; 3-10pm; 845-5800
  • Due Lune; $32; 5-9pm; 770-3112
  • Finch & Fork, Kimpton Canary Hotel; $90 adults, $45 ages 3-10; 2-7:30pm; 879-9100
  • First & Oak, Mirabelle Inn (sold out); Solvang; $65; 5-8pm; 688-1703
  • Frog Bar & Grill, Glenn Annie Golf Course; $47 adults, $23 ages 12 and below; 11am-3pm; 968-0664
  • Harbor Restaurant; $75 adults, $15.95 ages 10 and below; noon-9pm; 963-3311
  • Harry's Plaza Cafe; $26.95; 11am-9pm; 687-2800
  • Helena Avenue Bakery; everything but turkey; takeout with at least 4 days' notice; priced a la carte; 880-3383
  • Hilton, The Set; priced a la carte; 3-8pm; 564-4333
  • Holdren's Steaks & Seafood; $32; noon-8:30pm; 965-3363
  • Jack's Bistro & Famous Bagels; takeout only, order at least 3 days in advance; $185 feeds 10 people, $16.95 by the plate; 319-0155
  • Joe's Cafe; ~$26; noon-9pm; 966-4638
  • Live Oak Cafe, Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites; $25; 11am-4pm; 845-5193
  • Louie's California Bistro, The Upham; $65; 2-6:30pm; 963-7003
  • Moby Dick Restaurant; $29.99; 11-8:30pm; 965-0549
  • Montecito Wine Bistro; $65 adults, $35 ages 12 and below; 11am-7pm; 969-7520
  • Mulligan's Cafe & Bar, Santa Barbara Golf Club; $32.99 adults, $17.99 ages 10 and below; noon-5pm; 682-3228
  • The Outpost, Goodland Hotel; $55; 4-8pm; 964-1288
  • Pea Soup Andersen's; Buellton; $25.95 adults, $17.50 ages 10 and below; 11am-7pm; 688-5581
  • Root 246; $69 adults, $35 ages 12 and below; 2-8pm; 686-8681
  • Rosewood Miramar Beach: Caruso's; $165 adults, $65 ages 4-12; 11:30-9pm; 303-6169
  • Rosewood Miramar Beach: Chandelier Ballroom; brunch buffet; $135 adults, $45 ages 4-12; noon-5:30pm; 303-6169
  • Rosewood Miramar Beach: Malibu Farms; $150 adults, $65 ages 4-12, 11:30am-5:30pm; 303-6169
  • Roy; $65 adults, $20 ages 12 and below; 3-9pm; 966-5636
  • Shoals Restaurant, Cliff House Inn; ~$65; 2-7pm; 652-1381
  • Stella Mare's (sold out); $59 adults, $29 ages 12 and below; noon-8pm; 969-6705
  • San Ysidro Ranch: Plow & Angel; $65; 4-7pm; 565-1720
  • San Ysidro Ranch: The Stonehouse; $135; noon-7pm; 565-1720
  • Sunshine Cafe; $19.99; 11:30am-2:30pm; 898-9121
  • Tee-Off Restaurant & Lounge; $26.95; 3-9pm; 687-1616
  • Treehouse Restaurant, Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn; $23.99; noon-8pm; 687-2426
  • Wine Cask; $85; 5-9pm; 966-9463