Thanksgiving meals: Restaurants to enjoy a holiday feast

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thanksgiving-mealWhen I think back on my favorite Thanksgiving meals, there’s a blur of family, friends and food. There is one story that especially sticks out…

It was to be the largest Thanksgiving yet, and Mom announced that she would not cook for 22 people without a dishwasher. As the big day neared and the dishwasher still hadn’t arrived, Mom stated simply that she would just have to serve the Thanksgiving meals on paper plates. Dad was shocked that she could even suggest it. And the new dishwasher? Well, it arrived Thanksgiving morning.

Everyone has their own idea of the “perfect Thanksgiving” and for some that means not having to do the dishes! For those that prefer eating in a restaurant or picking up a catered dinner to take home, Long Beach has many restaurants willing to take care of all the cooking.

Places to Dine Out on Thanksgiving Day

Here are some local restaurants serving Thanksgiving meals, just be sure to call ahead.

All Aboard for a World Class Gourmet Thanksgiving Feast

Go on a culinary Thanksgiving Day expedition! Featuring a variety of traditional classics and unique favorites, the Thanksgiving Champagne Brunch on board the Queen Mary gives guest the opportunity to indulge while making memories with friends and family. Meals served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $49.95 for adults, half price for children 5-11, under 5 Free. Thanksgiving menus are also planned at the QM’s other award-winning restaurants: Sir Winston’s, The Chelsea and The Promenade Café. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802. For information call (562) 435-3511 or visit dining on the Queen Mary.

Thanksgiving at a Restaurant with a View

The Reef will serve traditional holiday turkey and all the trimmings on a buffet featuring more than 100 entrees and side dishes, and accompanied by free-flowing champagne. This restaurant sits on the water of Long Beach Harbor and Queensway Bay with a great view of the Long Beach skyline. Buffet meals served from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., $37.95 adults, $17.95 for children. The Reef is located at 880 Harbor Scenic Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802. Call (562) 435-8013 for details or visit their website for reservations.

Thanksgiving Meal with a Latin Flair

Fuego at Hotel Maya serves traditional Thanksgiving favorites with latin flair accompanied by the cool sounds of live Latin jazz. Executive Chef Victor Juarez leads Fuego, the modern, Latin infused indoor-outdoor restaurant and lounge at Hotel Maya. Fuego offers a unique setting at the water’s edge featuring open-air views of the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach skyline and the Queen Mary. Fuego Thanksgiving Brunch is Thursday, November 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $52 for adults; $26 for children ages 12 and younger. Thanksgiving brunch reservations are strongly encouraged, call (562) 481-3910. Fuego at Hotel Maya is located at 700 Queensway Drive in Long Beach. Click here for information about the Thanksgiving menu at Fuego’s.

Thanksgiving Brunch and Dinner Buffet on the Patio

The Marriott Long Beach is encouraging thankful diners to make reservations for their locally-famous annual Thanksgiving Brunch event. The Marriott will serve both a brunch buffet (10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and a dinner buffet (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.).  Diners can eat inside or outside on the patio where there will be live entertainment. Prices for the brunch are $35.95 for adults, $32.95 for seniors and $18.95 for ages 5-12. For dinner: $32.95, $29.95 and $16.95. Located at 4700 Airport Plaza Drive in Long Beach. Reservations are suggested. Call (562) 425-5210. Visit for information about the hotel.

Stress-free Thanksgiving Lunch for the Whole Family

Discover more than 11,000 animals from the world’s largest ocean, and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving buffet in the Aquarium’s Café Scuba with all the trimmings. Watch as the Aquarium’s animals gobble up their food during the daily feeding shows at the Sea Otter Habitat, Tropical Reef exhibit, Seal & Sea Lion Habitat, Shark Lagoon, and the Blue Cavern Habitat. Served from 11am -5pm, the cost is $35/adult, $27/child and includes admission to the Aquarium. Located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. Call (562) 590-3100 for reservations and information or visit the Aquarium’s website.

Three-Course Harvest Dinner at Parkers’ Lighthouse

Parkers’ Lighthouse is offering a no-hassle, stress-free Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. with the last reservations taken at 8:30 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended.The cost is $45 for adults and $8 for kids. Call (562) 432-6500 for information or visit their website to see the menu.

Southern Thanksgiving To-Go

Johnny Reb’s Southern Roadhouse is busy in the kitchen preparing a take-home Thanksgiving feast 0f Smoked Turkey and fixin’s. Customers will be able to host a holiday dinner without spending hours in the kitchen — just order, pick up and reheat. The made-from-scratch dinners include: smoked turkey, savory sage and mushroom dressing, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, rolls and your choice of pie: key lime, pecan, pumpkin or sweet potato. Orders can feed either 4-6 ($102) or 10-12 ($125) persons. You can also order just the turkey. The cold-packed Thanksgiving dinners will be ready for pick-up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving at one of Johnny Rebs’ has 4 locations. Visit their website at or call their Long Beach restaurant at (562) 423-7327.

Is your restaurant serving Thanksgiving? If you want to be added to this list, send us a message with details about your event.

About Barbara Holbrook
Barbara Holbrook is the Founder of When she's not breaking building websites, she enjoys exploring Long Beach and discovering new shops and restaurants.


2 Responses to “Thanksgiving meals: Restaurants to enjoy a holiday feast”


  2. Editor says:

    Thanks, Virginia!