Thanksgiving meals: 7 places to enjoy a holiday feast

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

It was the year after my mom and step-dad married and the first year that all the families would be sharing a holiday together. My mom announced early on 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 out or picking up a catered dinner to take home, Long Beach has many restaurants willing to take care of all the cooking. Here are 7 local restaurants serving Thanksgiving meals, just be sure to call ahead.

Thanksgiving To-Go

Johnny Reb’s Southern Roadhouse is busy in the kitchen preparing the take-home Thanksgiving feast they’ve dubbed “Grandma To-Go.” 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 dressing with gravy, mashed potatoes, rolls and pie. Orders, which can feed either 4-6 ($68.99) or 10-12 ($88.99) persons, must be placed by Monday. The cold-packed Thanksgiving dinners will be ready for pick-up on Wednesday. Johnny Rebs’ has 4 locations. Visit their website at or call their Long Beach restaurant at (562) 423-7327 to place your order.

Dine on a Local Harvest

The Renaissance Hotel is cooking up a Thanksgiving Day feast made with ingredients from local farmers markets. Menu available most of the day from 11a.m. to 6p.m.  The Thanksgiving meals cost $34 for adults, $27 for seniors and $16 ages(5-12). For reservations call (562) 437-5900. The hotel is downtown at 111 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach.

The Reef: Thanksgiving Meals with a View

Traditional holiday turkey and all the trimmings will be the centerpiece of a buffet of over 100 entrees and side dishes. 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 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., $34.95 adults, $16.95 for children. The Reef is located at 880 Harbor Scenic Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802. Call (562) 435-8013 for details.

Start with a Thanksgiving Champagne Brunch on the Queen Mary

Traditional holiday fare is added to the Grand Salon buffet’s usual international selections, plus a special children’s buffet. Meals served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $49.95 for adults, half price for children 5-11, under 5 Free. The Queen Mary will also serve Thanksgiving meals at 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

Get Your Thanksgiving Meals on Pine

Bouchees bistro at Smooth’s has a three-course turkey dinner for $24.95 with salad, turkey, stuffing and a choice of three desserts. Located at 144 Pine Avenue, Long Beach. Call 562/437-7700 for reservations, or visit

Take your Meals on the Patio

The Marriott Long Beach has both a brunch buffet (10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and a dinner buffet (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.).  Diners can eat inside or outside on the patio and there will be live entertainment.  Prices for the brunch are $39.95 for adults, $32.95 for seniors and $18.95 for ages 5-12.  For dinner:  $32.95, $26.95 and $16.95.  Located at 4700 Airport Plaza Drive in Long Beach. Reservations are suggested.  Call (562) 425-5210.

Thanksgiving Lunch at the Aquarium

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a special turkey lunch and stroll around the Aquarium of the Pacific. Guests are invited to Café Scuba inside the Aquarium for a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings and then enjoy the sights and sounds of our picturesque exhibits. Cost: $34/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

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

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    Thanks, Virginia!

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