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Oct 18, 2006 11:09 PM

Thanksgiving Hotel/Restaurant Buffet

I am looking for a good buffet-style Thanksgiving dinner at one of the hotels or restaurants in the area. I'm looking for something on the peninsula, east bay or San Jose area. Any suggestions?

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  1. Its too early, but I would check opentable to see who's doing a good special meal.

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    1. re: larochelle

      Any comments on the restaurants listed with Open Table now? I will be in SF with family, and would appreciate any suggestions.

    2. Got this list of resturants and menus from Yelp. Hope this list helps.

      Arcadia at Marriott San Jose. 100 W. San Carlos St. (408) 278-4555. 2-8 p.m. Four courses with squash soup or endive salad for starters and entrees including slow-roasted turkey, American Kobe "Cowboy" steak, sugar pie pumpkin raviolis or Ahi tuna Wellington. $65; $12 for children 12 and younger.

      Black Angus. 1011 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose. (408) 266-6602. 380 S. Kiely Blvd., San Jose. (408) 261-6900. 740 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale. (408) 245-4501. 275 Ranch Drive, Milpitas. (408) 946-6000. Traditional dinner with choice of soup and salad, roasted turkey and fresh-baked pumpkin pie. $16.99, $7.99 for children 12 and younger. Regular menu also available.

      California Cafe. 50 University Ave., Los Gatos. (408) 354-8118. Noon-8 p.m. Three-course feast kicks off with maple roasted butternut squash soup, followed by a choice of Fieldcrest range turkey, slow-roasted rib-eye, seared salmon, braised lamb shank or smoked center-cut pork loin, and dessert. $40. $15 for the Bento A Gobble-Gobble meal for children 10 and younger.

      Fairmont Hotel. 170 S. Market St., San Jose. (408) 998-3960. Seatings every half-hour, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., for Champagne buffet brunch in the Imperial Ballroom. Hot and cold buffets include seafood and asparagus salads;sage-basted Tom turkey; ginger-and-garlic seared salmon; waffle, omelet and carving stations; and a dessert display. $56; $28 for children 5-12; and free for age 4 and younger. Reservations required.

      Fountain Restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel. 170 S. Market St., San Jose. (408) 998-3960. Brunch buffet with seatings every half-hour, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Hot and cold buffets offer peppered Ahi tuna and house-smoked salmon; tarragon-crusted halibut and fall harvest vegetables; omelet and carving stations; and festive desserts. $46; $23 for children 5-12; and free for age 4 and younger. Thanksgiving dinner with seatings every half-hour, 4-7:30 p.m. Four-course plated dinner features choice of roast Tom turkey with apricot stuffing, prime rib, pan-seared halibut or grilled vegetable strudel. $50; $25 for children 5-12; and free for age 4 and younger. Reservations recommended.

      Il Fornaio. 302 S. Market St., San Jose. (408) 271-3366. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Four-course dinner features butternut squash soup or mixed green salad; choice of turkey with traditional trimmings or honey-baked ham, Atlantic salmon, Petaluma duck or rack of lamb. $19.95-$27.95; half-price for children. Antipasti and house-made pumpkin pie with vanilla gelato additional.

      The Grill on the Alley at the Fairmont Hotel. 172 S. Market St., San Jose. (408) 294-2244. 3-8 p.m. Start with Caesar salad or crab cakes, then choose roast turkey with lingonberries and Mom's sourdough stuffing, prime rib, blackened Chilean sea bass, crab-stuffed wild salmon or filet medallions with Roquefort sauce, and dessert. $70; half-price for children.

      Left Bank Brasseries. 377 Santana Row, San Jose. (408) 984-3500. Noon-8 p.m. Four-course meal offers classic Waldorf salad and butternut squash soup, roasted turkey or artisan caraway braised ham and choice of desserts. $39.50, $12 for children 12 and younger. A la carte menu available. Reservations recommended.

      Maggiano's Little Italy. 3055 Olin Ave., San Jose. (408) 423-8973. Seatings at 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Main course choices include traditional roast turkey with cranberry relish and focaccia sausage stuffing, country-style baked ham and mashed sweet potatoes or salmon with lemon and herbs and sauteed spinach. $37.95; $19 for children 5-12.

      McCormick & Schmick's Seafood. 170 S. Market St., San Jose. (408) 283-7200. Noon to 8 p.m. Traditional turkey dinner and trimmings ($17.95; $12.95 for children 12 and younger) and also selections of seafood, steaks and chops ($18.95-$39.95).

      Mimi's Cafe. 1200 El Paseo de Saratoga, San Jose. (408) 378-0778. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Traditional fare, from oven-roasted turkey and cornbread stuffing to whipped sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. $14.99; $6.99 for children 12 and younger. Reservations recommended.

      Parcel 104. 2700 Mission College, Santa Clara. (408) 970-6104. 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $59.95; $12.95 for children 5-12; and free for age 4 and younger.

      Tanglewood. 334 Santana Row, San Jose. (408) 244-0464. Noon-8 p.m. Four-course meal includes choice of a harvest salad or roasted squash soup. Entrees include free-range roasted turkey, spiral-sliced ham, grilled Loch Duart salmon, and rib-eye. $39.50; $12 for children 4-12; and free for age 3 and younger. Courses available a la carte. Reservations recommended.

      Trevese. 115 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos. (408) 354-5551. Seatings start at 3:30 p.m. Five-course dinner includes sugar pie pumpkin bisque with stone crab, leg of turkey confit with pumpkin tart and kiwi salad, choice of three entrees, and dessert of cranberry ice with coconut fondant and white chocolate. Includes a doggie bag of turkey meat to take home to make sandwiches the next day. $65; $105 with wine pairing. Reservations recommended.

      115 N. Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, CA 95030

      Parcel 104
      2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054

      Santana Row
      355 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

      Left Bank Brasserie
      377 Santana Row Ste 1100, San Jose, CA 95128

      McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant
      170 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113

      1. The above poster replied to a thread from 2006, so I doubt that person is looking for advice in 2011. Nevertheless, one restaurant not listed in the Opentable list above but will be open for Thanksgiving (and Opentable has tables available for them) is Pican in Oakland. They've been doing a southern-style Thanksgiving meal for a few years now. The first two courses are a la carte from a menu, but the main course is turkey, dressing, a bunch of southern sides, with as many refills as you want. They also have a buffet-style dessert spread.

        Pican Restaurant
        2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

        1. I realize this is an old thread but the OP wanted a buffet at a hotel on the peninsula. On the west side of the peninsula is the Ritz Carlton at HMB. Don't they have a Thanksgiving Buffet at Navio?

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          1. re: wolfe

            I was thinking of Navio, looks like they are offering a four-course prix fixe dinner for Thanksgiving. Also prix fixe for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinners. There is a brunch buffet on Christmas morning.

          2. Please let me know when Pican posts it's Southern-style inspired menu.

            By the way, where do you guys get Coconut Cream Pies from ? is it at fog city diner or elite cafe ? or