Sadly, some of the places I called didn’t answer their phones, have websites or any presence on the Internet or any way of knowing what’s going on. Those aren’t on the list at all. I also tried to think about more “general” dining places such as those that would offer something traditional rather than specialty places, so I didn’t really call the Mexican, Chinese or pizza restaurants. I also included no fast food nor chain places. Sorry, I’m just biased that way and it’s my list, after all.
No matter what you do in this day of giving thanks we hope you have a great celebration with your favorite people and the least amount of political and religious discussions possible. But if you’re trying to ease the tension between the convertible and hard top members of the family, good luck.
Unless otherwise noted, all phone number are area code (707). Links provided are almost always to the venue's Yelp listing.
9520 Main St., Upper Lake, CA • 275-2233 • Blue Wing Saloon
The Blue Wing is one of the nicer places in Lake County and has gone back to being a choice that I know will make people happy. The Blue Wing is offering a full, fixed Thanksgiving menu with seatings available at 1, 3, 5 and 7pm. Choices include turkey dinner, prime rib, cioppino or mushroom risotto with prices ranging from $33-45 per person.
You can actually download the menu from their website for more information.
Chic Le Chef
18983 Hartman Rd, Hidden Valley Lake, CA • 987-9664 • Chic Le Chef
Chic Le Chef isn’t a restaurant, but is a catering company that offers both full event catering as well as individual take-out style meals. For those who are short on time but have good taste buds, Chic Le Chef does a first-rate job of creating meals you can take with you and enjoy at home or somewhere wonderful. On Thanksgiving Julie will offer a traditional Thanksgiving meal and can prepare one or enough for the whole family. Orders will have to be placed in advance but at least this leaves you time to spend with family or enjoy a Thanksgiving meal on a hilltop overlooking the beauty of Lake County or just in front of the TV, frankly. No cooking is a good option too!
Green view Restaurant
19210 Hartmann Rd., Hidden Valley Lake, CA • 987-3146 • Greenview Restaurant
Greenview Restaurant is located inside the beautiful Hidden Valley Lake golf course. Greenview will feature a Thanksgiving buffet with turkey, ham, pear sage stuffing and much more. The price is just $19.95 for adults, children (10 and under) are just $9.95. Reservations are required.
Konocti Vista Casino
27755 Mission Rancheria Rd. Lakeport • 262 1900 • Konocti Vista Casino
Konocti Vista Casino has been a big supporter of many fishing tournaments on the Lake and probably has the nicest boat marina open to the public. The casino's restaurant will be open from 9am-9pm with a special Thanksgiving menu as well as some regular items available as well. There will also be a special kids' menu.
Lyndall’s Sports Stop Grill
4220 Main St., Kelseyville, CA • 279-0123 • Lyndall's Sports Stop
As the name may imply, Lyndall’s is a casual spot but has a surprisingly varied menu including items that vegans and vegetarians would appreciate along with more everyday food choices. While some details were being finalized when I wrote this, the staff indicated that there will be a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 2pm-10pm. Regular menu will also be available.
14732 Lakeshore Dr., Clearlake • 994-0441 • Howard's Grotto
Howard’s is another place that just has been a consistent home run. While they won’t have it on Thanksgiving, you might consider going back for their fried chicken on another day. On Thanksgiving they’re going to have turkey, ham, roast pork, chicken parmesan and prime rib specials. Noon-7pm.
3707 E Highway 20, Nice, CA 95464 • Marina Grill
From 11am-2pm the Marina Grill will have a full Thanksgiving Dinner including ham and turkey with all the goodies. As of this writing the price will be under $14. The Marina Grill is a local cafe with fair pricing and good food and just a comfortable vibe.
1545 E State Highway 20, Nice, CA • 262-4000 • Robinson Rancheria
There will be a Thanksgiving buffet at their restaurant from 2-9pm for just $13.95. Robinson Rancheria is the closest casino to the Featherbed Railroad. Please note: all the local casinos do allow smoking indoors.
Riviera Hills Country Club
10200 Fairway Dr., Kelseyville, CA • Riviera Hills
With incredible views, the Riviera Hills Country Club is another nice place to eat in Lake County. The “Riv’” will feature a buffet from Noon-5 - $24 for adults, children 12-under $12.
TJ’s Downtown Grill
370 S Main St., Lakeport • 263-4368 • TJ's Downtown Grill
TJ's is going to feature their full menu as well as a Thanksgiving buffet with turkey and ham carving stations plus a dessert table and salads for $19.95. Open 11am-10pm.
Twin Pine Casino
22223 S State Highway 29, Middletown, CA • (800) 564-4872 • Twin Pine
In calling around these were the most incredibly pleasant people I spoke to. The enthusiastic individual on the phone made me want to change my Thanksgiving plans and head to Twin Pine.
Twin Pine’s restaurant will feature a buffet for $26.95 ($5 discount with player club card) from 2-8pm. Thursday is also senior day so everybody over 50 they get $5 in free play. There is also a free senior slot tournament that day - sign-ups start at 10, game at 11. There will also be a poker tournament that night which starts at 7pm.
835 E Highway 20, Upper Lake • 262-5500 • Wildfire Restaurant
While nobody there had any information, being a casino it’s inevitable that they’ll be open as well.
Here are the places that responded who will not be open on Thanksgiving.
- Blue Moon Cafe, Kelseyville;
- Happy Garden, Clearlake Oaks;
- Jimmy’s Deli, Lakeport
- Main Street Bar & Grill, Clearlake;
- Park Place, Lakeport;
- Mount St Helena Brewery, Middletown;
- Old World Tavern, Lakeport;
- The Spot, Clearlake;
- Saw Shop Gallery Bistro, Kelseyville;
- Woody’s Cafe, Kelseyville