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Oct 27, 2010 08:28 PM

Thanksgiving dinner in Santa Barbara

We're from the Bay Area but want to meet our daughter (No. Hollywood) for Thanksgiving dinner somewhere in the middle, then send her home Friday and have a romantic spa weekend. We're thinking Santa Barbara or thereabouts and need a recommendation for a nice place that serves a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Recs for a nice spa/resort would be appreciated, too!

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  1. You might want to check with Root 246 in Solvang.Bradley Ogden is the chef there, and he does a reel good job recreationg traditional flavors.....good luck

    Root 246
    420 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463

    1. Our favorite family Thanksgiving place is Cold Springs Tavern on the San Marcos Pass. Historic stage coach stop, old wooden floors, stone fireplace, a creaky old cabin in the woods. Chowhound likes us to stick with dining suggestions only.

      1. For years -- decades, maybe -- we had our family Thanksgiving at the Biltmore. Now it's down to me and my sister, but I'd heartily recommend the place. It's seaside, too.

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        1. re: Muskrat

          Biltmore would be a good combo for dinner and all the other activities requested - one of the loveliest settings in town.

          1. re: glbtrtr

            Joh n Dickson has a whole page on who is doing traditional thanksgiving in Santa Barbara at

            good luck!

            1. re: OldJalamaMama

              Great list for Thanksgiving, thanks for finding this, JalamaMama.

              Louie's at the Upham Hotel is another romantic, but homey setting for dinner.

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          1. We always go to Montecito for Thanksgiving and we enjoy the San Ysidro Ranch and dine at the Stonehouse.
            Expedia has the Bacara & Ojai resort for under $300..Biltmore was around $500 but has a lovely Thanksgiving dinner.
            Make sure you get those croissants at Renaud's and a burger at Cold Springs Tavern!

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            1. re: Beach Chick

              I just replied to another similar post - also highly recommend the San Ysidro Ranch. Spectacular location (10/10) with outdoor terrace (heated nicely at night at this time of the year), very good food (8/10), good service and massive wine list.

              1. re: Ginger9

                Be sure these prices are in your budget - one of the most expensive places in this area. Nice but intentionally pricey.