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Thanksgiving dinner in Santa Barbara

Sisiutl Oct 27, 2010 08:28 PM

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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    Paolorichard RE: Sisiutl Oct 27, 2010 09:00 PM

    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

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      glbtrtr RE: Sisiutl Oct 27, 2010 10:33 PM

      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. http://www.coldspringtavern.com/

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        Muskrat RE: Sisiutl Oct 27, 2010 11:02 PM

        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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          glbtrtr RE: Muskrat Oct 27, 2010 11:22 PM

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

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            OldJalamaMama RE: glbtrtr Oct 28, 2010 06:38 PM

            Joh n Dickson has a whole page on who is doing traditional thanksgiving in Santa Barbara at www.santabarbara.com/dining

            good luck!

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              glbtrtr RE: OldJalamaMama Oct 28, 2010 10:47 PM

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

              Louie's at the Upham Hotel is another romantic, but homey setting for dinner. http://www.santabarbara.com/dining/re...

        2. Beach Chick RE: Sisiutl Oct 30, 2010 10:20 AM

          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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            Ginger9 RE: Beach Chick Nov 3, 2010 07:10 PM

            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.

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              glbtrtr RE: Ginger9 Nov 3, 2010 07:36 PM

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

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