10 great restaurants to go to for a Thanksgiving feast worth celebrating

Thanksgiving 2016
Photo courtesy of The Porch Restaurant and Bar

If you want to eat, drink and be really merry this Thanksgiving, just throw in the dish towel and make a reservation. Here are 10 great restaurants around the region where you and your loved ones can gather for a holiday feast with all of the trimmings.


With a plentiful wine list and private, banquet-style seating, Thanksgiving cheer will abound at this Sacramento steakhouse. Order starters like oysters on the half shell or baked mac-and-cheese from the regular dinner menu, then continue onward to your Thanksgiving feast of hand-carved roasted turkey breast served with sausage and herb stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes and fresh green beans. For dessert, there are slices of pumpkin pie topped with cinnamon whipped cream. $32-$40 per entrée. 1117 11th St; 447-8900. chopssteakhouses.com


Visit the Hyatt Regency Sacramento for a Turkey Day brunch and choose from a buffet of offerings like waffles, omelets and eggs Benedict, or opt for Thanksgiving plates of maple-glazed ham, prime rib or slow-roasted free-range turkey with cranberry sauce and cornbread stuffing. Executive chef Michael Grande will also treat guests to everything from an iced seafood display to cheese plates to pumpkin pie for dessert. $64.95 per person; $32.95 for kids 5-12; free for kids 4 and under. 1209 L St. 321-3600. sacramento.hyatt.com

The Firehouse

Chef de cuisine Matty Love will whip up this four-course feast in Old Sacramento, starting with a trio of hors d’oeuvres including house-made salumi and salmon galantine, followed by a winter lettuce and heirloom apple confit salad. Patrons choose their main course from offerings like herb-roasted organic turkey with sage cornbread, or smoked potato gnocchi, while classic pumpkin pie or bourbon pecan bread pudding round out the lavish meal. $59.95 for adults. $24.95 for kids 12 and under. 1112 2nd St. 442-4772. firehouseoldsac.com

Formaggio Taverna & Patio

Turkey Day diners won’t leave this Rancho Cordova restaurant hungry. Offerings include hearty portions of Diestel Ranch turkey with all of the fixings, slow-roasted prime rib with a twice-baked potato, butternut squash ravioli with candied walnuts, olive oil-poached salmon with apple hash, and braised pork shank with rainbow chard. Leave room for dessert: Formaggio will offer a buffet of sweets like apple caramel cheesecake, flourless chocolate cake, pumpkin pie and French macarons. Prices vary. 11211 Point East Dr. Rancho Cordova. 638-1100. formaggiorestaurant.com

Il Fornaio

This downtown Sacramento restaurant allows guests to order à la carte among dishes like risotto with tiger shrimp, porcini mushrooms and Trebbiano wine sauce, or baked hickory-smoked ham with grilled pineapple and honey mustard sauce. Diners can also choose a prix-fixe four-course menu, offering butternut squash-potato soup, endive salad, roasted turkey breast with all the trimmings and pumpkin pie with vanilla gelato and caramel sauce. To sip, there are Northern California and Italian wines by the glass, quartino and bottle. Prices vary. 400 Capitol Mall. 446-4100. ilfornaio.com

La Provence

This French- and Mediterranean-influenced restaurant in Roseville will prepare a culinary tour de force featuring hors d’oeuvres like bacon and goat cheese-wrapped dates and butternut squash blini, followed by your choice of fall mesclun salad or heirloom winter squash soup, and savory mains like pecan-crusted salmon filet, porcini-dusted filet mignon or roasted turkey breast. Round out your meal with personal pies in flavors like pumpkin, salted caramel pecan or cinnamon apple à la mode. $39 for adults. $12 for kids 10 and under. 110 Diamond Creek Pl. Roseville. 789-2002. laprovenceroseville.com

Osteria Fasulo

Celebrate la dolce vita at this Davis restaurant’s Thanksgiving Day meal with plenty of pasta, turkey and seafood dishes to satisfy your holiday cravings. Start with the ahi tuna carpaccio with pistachio dressing and transition to the pasta course, featuring homemade turkey-stuffed tortellini or lobster and shrimp-filled ravioli with saffron sauce. Osteria Fasulo’s turkey comes breaded and topped—in true Italian fashion—with mozzarella cheese. And don’t miss the house-made chestnut cake and panna cotta for dessert. $55 per person. 2657 Portage Bay E. Davis. 530-758-1324. osteriafasulo.com

The Porch Restaurant and Bar

Have a Lowcountry Thanksgiving at this midtown hotspot that will be serving up Southern classics like Tuscaloosa-style fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and fried chicken with buttermilk biscuits. Dinner options include Beeler’s pork loin with cranberry-ginger marmalade and a plate of oven-roasted, free-range turkey with gravy. Herbivores will also find some non-traditional holiday dishes like vegan mac-and-cheese, stuffed acorn squash and a colorful taco salad. Prices vary. 1815 K St. 444-2423. theporchrestaurantandbar.com


“Eat, drink and relax” is this Old Sacramento restaurant’s motto, and that’s just what you can do at its four-course Thanksgiving dinner with an antipasto of house-cured salami and picked root veggies to start, followed by winter squash bisque and an apple-romaine salad with Point Reyes Farmstead's blue cheese. Main plates include a leg of lamb with rosemary mashed potatoes, maple-brined turkey breast with brandy-almond stuffing, or a vegetarian option of local squash risotto, capped off with organic pumpkin pie or crumbly Dutch apple pie for dessert. $34.95 for adults; $12.50 for kids 12 and under. 1022 2nd St. 441-2211. ten22oldsac.com

Tower Bridge Bistro

Guests at this riverfront eatery near Old Sacramento can choose from five entrée items during a three-course Thanksgiving meal, including seared Pacific salmon with lemon dill beurre blanc, char-broiled prime rib steak with creamed horseradish, and a pan-roasted bone-in pork chop with a chive potato cake and shaved Brussels sprouts. There’s turkey as well, of course, along with your choice of pecan, apple streusel or pumpkin pie for dessert, served à la mode or with mascarpone Chantilly. $32.99; $12.99 for kids 12 and under. 100 Capitol Mall. 326-5050. towerbridgebistro.com

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