Orange County Thanksgiving Roundup

Thanksgiving to go at Hotel Irvine Marketplace

From turkey trots to feasts, find the best ways to celebrate Thanksgiving in Orange County.

Plymouth Rock ‘N’ Run
Earn your Thanksgiving calories by starting the day with a 5k- or 10k-course around the perimeter of the Yorba Regional Park and the Santa Ana River bike trail. There will be live music throughout the run as well as prizes, food and a 1k kids fun run for ages 12 and under. This year, the Plymouth Rock ‘N’ Run has expanded its 5k age-group awards categories and offers a new ‘tot trot’ for kids under 5. Race start times: 10K (timed) 7 a.m.; 5K (timed & untimed) 8 a.m.; kids 1K fun run (untimed) 9 a.m.; tot trot 9:15 a.m.- 1 p.m. $15-$50. Yorba Regional Park, 7600 E. La Palma Ave, Anaheim, 714.779.7833.


Turkey Trot
Prepare for your feast with the annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot run, which takes you through the beautiful beaches, cliffs and coves of Dana Point. Bring the kids to participate in a mini-trot of their own. 6-11 a.m. $35-$50; Kids’ Gobble Wobble 1-mile race, $15. Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.1555.


Island Hotel Thanksgiving Brunch
Savor Thanksgiving classics and Oak Grill favorites in Island Hotel’s ballroom. The ballroom will be transformed into a replica of the relaxed outdoor tree setting of Oak Grill Patio. Seasonal dining offerings will include free-range turkey, prime rib and Chilean sea bass and side dish favorites include everything from butternut squash soup and seafood chowder to an eggs benedict station and Thanksgiving trimmings. Enjoy the tunes of live acoustical guitar in the fireside lounge and for sports fans, Thanksgiving Day NFL games will be broadcasted. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $79/pp. Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920.

Back Bay Bistro
Feast with your eyes and your stomach at a beautiful waterfront Thanksgiving dinner with Back Bay Bistro. Buffet offerings include carved-to-order roasted turkey and prime rib with walnut stuffing, cranberry relish, au jus, herb gravy and creamy horseradish. Indulge on additional items like crab cakes, macaroni and cheese, corn bread and fresh corn off the cob. No Thanksgiving feast is complete without dessert – pumpkin pie, caramelized apple pie, pecan pie and a chocolate fountain are just some of the sweet endings available. 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Adults $45; Children 10 and under $19. 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, 949.729.1144.


Listen to live music while enjoying a three-course roasted organic turkey dinner, complete with turkey sausage stuffing, broccolini Yukon potato puree and cranberry relish and gravy. Top off your meal with a pecan-crusted pumpkin cheesecake or chocolate mousse cake with raspberry sauce. 1-8 p.m.; live music 5-9 p.m. $42/pp. 19100 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, 949.752.5222.


Thanksgiving Champagne Buffet
Sip Champagne and enjoy an ocean view with your Thanksgiving feast this year. Enjoy live entertainment, Thanksgiving favorites, and an entree selection that includes items like char crusted pork loin with mission figs port wine reduction. Create your own gourmet macaroni and cheese with assorted cheeses, lobster, bacon, wild mushrooms, pesto and more. 2-5 p.m. Adults $99; Children 6-12 $40. Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.487.7516.


Oak Grill Thanksgiving Feast
Relax under the oak trees while savoring a delectable four-course holiday menu created by Executive Chef Marc Johnson. Choose from items such as spiced pumpkin soup with curry crème fraiche or traditional turkey served with corn bread dressing, green beans almondine, whipped potatoes and gravy. Listen to the relaxing entertainment of live acoustical music in the fireside lounge. Call for reservations. 4-9 p.m. Adults $90; Children 5-12 $25; 4 and under free. Plus tax and gratuity. Optional wine pairing for additional $25. Oak Grill, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920.


Three-Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink
Let chef/owner of Three-Seventy Common, Ryan Adams, and his team prepare the perfect Thanksgiving feast. Enjoy three delicious courses with traditional sides. Black pepper thyme Parker House rolls with spiced butter, roasted free-range turkey with thyme gravy and sage sausage stuffing and candied yams with marshmallows and pecans are just a few of the drool-worthy menu options. 2-9 p.m. Adults $49; Children 10 and under $24.50. Plus tax and gratuity. 370 Glenneyre, Laguna Beach, 949.494.8686.


Zov's Thanksgiving to go
Zov’s Thanksgiving to go

Zov’s Thanksgiving To-Go
Step away from the kitchen this holiday season and order your Thanksgiving feast to-go from Zov’s Bistro. Made to serve 12-15 people, the all-inclusive gourmet feast includes items like wild mushroom and jasmine rice stuffing with black currants, maple-glazed roasted yams, garlic mashed potatoes and sage gravy. Must order by Nov. 18. Pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 25 between 1-5 p.m. $450. Zov’s Bistro, 17440 E. 17th St., Tustin, 714.838.8855.

Harvest Buffet
Give thanks with a decadent harvest buffet and leave the long hours of preparation and clean-up at home. The beautiful oceanfront resort, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, will host a Thanksgiving buffet in its Vista Ballroom. Savor garlic-herb crusted prime rib and deep fried brussel sprouts with pancetta and brown sugar and classics like butter-chive mashed potatoes and brown sugar-mustard brushed baked ham. Adults $72; Children 4-12 $25; Under 3 free. 12-6 p.m. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.845.4893.


Thanksgiving Potluck at EATS Kitchen & Bar
Gather around the Thanksgiving table as EATS Kitchen treats guests to the ultimate Thanksgiving potluck. Chef Jason Montelibano and his culinary team are bringing a melting pot of their favorite traditional dishes like pork tamales, cannelloni, Filipino fried spring rolls and mashed potatoes. The best part of Thanksgiving? The leftovers! EATS Kitchen will pack ’em up for you to enjoy the next day. Thanksgiving to go is also available in the Hotel Irvine Marketplace.  5-9 p.m. $45/pp. Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine,  949.225.6780.

21 Oceanfront
Chow down on traditional Thanksgiving offerings like herb roasted free-range turkey or add a little variety to your annual feast with items like linguini with jumbo shrimp and seared marinated tofu. Chocolate chip pecan pie, pumpkin pie and warm apple tart will serve as the perfect ending. 1-7 p.m. Adults $59; Children 2-10 $20. Call for reservations. 2100 West Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949.673.2100.

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