This year it’s time to leave the dishes to someone else and spend time with the family on the road. Take a trip along the Pacific Coast Highway this Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy exploring Santa Cruz County while you’re out. You might be worried about missing your favorite traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but have no fear; Santa Cruz County has various options to keep you covered for dinner.
Stop into these amazing restaurants for an incredible Thanksgiving dinner, and be happy you spent some time away from home this holiday season.
Severino’s Restaurant at Seacliff Inn
- Address: 7500 Old Dominion Ct, Aptos CA
Severino’s will host a Thanksgiving buffet from 12 pm to 4:30 pm on Thanksgiving. Choose from all your favorite Thanksgiving classics at the buffet, and remember dessert. Adults can enjoy the buffet for $47 per adult, and children 5 to 10 are $19. Reservations are recommended.
Sanderlings Restaurant At Seascape Resort
- Address: 1 Seascape Resort Dr, Aptons CA
Dig into a fantastic buffet at Sanderlings Restaurant at the Seascape Resort. The buffet opens at 1:30 pm and lasts through 7:30 pm. Adults can grab a plate for $65, while children are $29.95. Reservations are recommended and can be made online or via a phone call.
Dream Inn Santa Cruz
- Address: 175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz CA
Dive into a delicious buffet over at the Dream Inn. Their Thanksgiving buffet will open at 1:30 pm and go until 7 pm for anyone who loves a late-night Thanksgiving meal. Adults can snag a plate for $65 per person, while children are $29.95. Reservations are a must, and you can call to get your table.
Chaminade Resort and Spa
- Address: 1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz CA
The Sunset Restaurant inside the Chaminade Resort and Spa will host its own Thanksgiving buffet for everyone to enjoy. Their traditional Thanksgiving buffet will begin at noon and go through 6 pm, with adults costing $65 and children 6 to 12 $20. Kids between the age of 3 to 5 are $9, and any younger will be free.
Ideal Bar and Grill
- Address: 106 Beach St, Santa Cruz CA
Ideal Bar and Grill have options for your delicious Thanksgiving meal. Choose from a traditional option with turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and more, or go with the solve roasted prime rib option. They have numerous desserts like pumpkin pie and apple pie, plus their bar is open until midnight. Reservations are recommended.
Solaire at Hotel Paradox
- Address: 611 Ocean St, Santa Cruz CA
Solaire will host a three-course prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving. Their doors open at noon and will serve dinner until 8 pm at $49. The first course will include winter squash soup, the second will consist of a roasted turkey dinner and Brandade-crusted California sea bass, and the third will include a Watsonville berry crisp.
The Crow’s Nest
- Address: 2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz CA
The Crow’s Nest will have two Thanksgiving options for you to choose from this year. The first will be a brunch from 9 am to 11 am and then their dinner menu from 11 am to 9 pm. Their dinner will include a traditional turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, candied yams, dressing, and cranberry sauce. Dinner will be $29.95 for adults and $15.95 for children
- Address: 1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola CA
Shadowbrook Restaurant has been a Thanksgiving staple since 1947, welcoming anyone in for a holiday meal. Their dining room will open at 3 pm, and their menu will include roasted turkey, cranberry and orange relish, garlic whipped mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Reservations are a must for their dinning room.
You can’t go wrong with any of these restaurants in Santa Cruz County for a delicious Thanksgiving meal. They will make you feel right at home without worrying about doing dishes but all the time and memories around the table with your family.
Looking for a Santa Cruz Hotel?
- Dream Inn Santa Cruz
- Hotel Paradox
- Beach Street Inn and Suites
- Babbling Brook Inn
- La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Santa Cruz
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