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Thanksgiving Dinner in Santa Barbara

Visiting Santa Barbara during the fall has its perks. Small crowds, beautiful weather, scenic sunsets, and low rates. It’s also a lovely place to spend the holidays. At this time of year, we get many questions about our recommended restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner Santa Barbara style. Luckily for you, we have done the work and created our list of our favorite places to dine out this Thanksgiving.


Thanksgiving Dinner in Santa Barbara

Details: 3 course menu, with traditional turkey dinner entree available; 3:30 – 8:30 pm. Authentic regional Santa Barbara wine cuisine located at 9 W. Victoria Street. Cost: $85 pp; reservations required, space is limited.


Details: Prix-fixe dinner; 5:00 – 9:30 pm. Italian and Spanish seaside cuisine for a different take on the Thanksgiving dinner, with some more traditional Thanksgiving meal items added in the menu. Located a short walk from the hotel on our block. Cost: Open Menu, reservations suggested.

Details: Buffet with bottomless mimosas; noon – 9:00 pm. The Harbor Restaurant is located on Stearns Wharf, the ultimate Santa Barbara location over the water. Cost: $75 adults/$15 child 11 & under; reservations required.


Details: Prime Rib or Traditional Turkey Dinner (full menu also available); noon – 9:00 pm. Located across the street from the hotel, Holdren’s is a Santa Barbara staple and the best steakhouse in town. Cost: Prices vary; reservations suggested.


Details: Three course prix-fixe; 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Located in the historic El Paseo building in the beautiful Presidio Neighborhood of Downtown Santa Barbara. Within walking distance from the hotel. Cost: $75 pp; reservations required.


For a list of more restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner in Santa Barbara visit Santa Barbara’s Restaurant Guy blog. If you are interested in staying with Hotel Santa Barbara during the holidays please call us at 1 (800) 549-9869.

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