Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner

4.5
2643 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
A Family Tradition For Over 80 Years

Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant first opened in 1934 with Mrs. Knott and her children serving the first customers in their tea room. The restaurant has grown over the years into one of the largest in California, but the classic fried chicken dinner is still made the same way today using Mrs. Knott's recipes.

Every complete chicken dinner includes handmade biscuits, side salad, choice of cabbage or cherry rhubarb, three pieces of fried chicken and mashed potatoes smothered in gravy. For dessert: your choice of boysenberry pie or boysenberry sherbet. Many other dishes are also available including grilled chicken, salads, and a number of appetizers. A full-service bar, serving signature boysenberry-infused cocktails, is also available.

Currently, we are following all government-issued guidelines and seating is currently outside only. Thank you in advance and we are in this together.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2643 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Always enjoy eating at Mrs. Knotts. They give so much food.

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LindaG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The hostess said I didn’t have a reservation, I showed them my opentable confirmation, they seated us anyway.

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place before COVID, but in a weird way, we actually enjoyed the temporary outside tent setup more than the "regular" indoor setup. They've done a great job spacing out tables outside and have themed the chandeliers and whatnot. Our server - Emily I think was her name - was awesome; on top of everything even though there was 10 of us and we all had multiple courses. We hope this restaurant and all of its employees can continue to thrive!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was great. It was very windy and they did everything they could, without us asking, to make us comfortable. Food and service was amazing

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KishaJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Justin was a rude waiter , asked if we could move to a different table because of the wind, was told to grin and bare it and asked if we could be seated in the tent area and he said we could go and find out. The food wasn't good. The dressing tasted like stove top, the chicken noodle soup looked like country gravy with no taste. The turkey looked pressed.

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AnnetteP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Dinner for $33 for Thanksgiving was not worth it. Meat was overcooked and yams were cold. Service was great by the waiter

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. Loved the food. Had a great Thanksgiving dinner.

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DavidL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best service food did not disappoint.....
My second Thanksgiving with Knotts
Would like to make it a tradition.
Thank you guys

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KristinS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Holiday meals are always a gamble... Thanksgiving is one on which we should have passed. Service was good and attentive. However, the food was simple and tasteless. Super disappointed with the options/offerings. Would not recommend!

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JasonL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was awful. Had Thanksgiving dinner and it was definitely not worth what it cost.

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MissingMD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a safe and happy—and properly distanced—Thanksgiving Day experience and the food was great as always.

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DebraD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and atmosphere were all outstanding! We felt very valued as customers and very safe with the location of our table and with the service. So pleased with everything! Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Day. Great food and service. Even with the restrictions they did a great job of creating a great ambiance on the porch of the chicken house. Food was fantastic this year. Have been here several times in Thanksgiving.

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RodneyS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Both the food and the servicw were excellant! Glald we got in!

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BradR
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food, friendly service, and great atmosphere, especially when able to sit inside.

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SusanL
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So glad we came. A delightful afternoon. Great service. Good food.

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RaulP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was outstanding and very responsive to making sure she informed us of our order the entire time including refilling our drinks the entire time.

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Michelley
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husband and mine yearly Thanksgiving tradition

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KimL
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience1

They ran out of chicken so we had to wait for more to be made. The mashed potatoes were hard. It was cold under the tents. We were sat at the first table, so workers and patrons were walking by to be seated and workers back and forth throughout our meal. They should have left that table closed because of Covid.

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JenniferV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tommy was our server and he was amazing. I loved how he payed close attention to our every need. MORE BISCUITS? MORE BOYSENBERRY PUNCH? He is what you call outstanding service, and I really hope this gets to him. Working during COVID19 is scary and going out to eat dinner is scary. Glad to see Knotts is paying close attention to social distancing and cleanliness. Food is pricy, but so worth it!

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nitau
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server, Megan, made it all magical! We had a reservation, the tables were rightfully spaced. The food was amazing, the wait staff had to travel a long way to get our food and any extras that we asked for, always with a smile. The chicken dinner did not disappoint, it is so much food that we had to take a lot of it, including our dessert home.
I would highly recommend a trip out to visit Knotts Berry Farm and go get yourself a chicken dinner. I got the traditional and my husband had the chicken and waffles. Yum!

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hollydays
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family has had a tradition the past 13 years to meet up during the holidays at Knott's for the fried chicken dinner. I was worried we'd have to cancel this year due to covid. The outdoor seating on the north side of the restaurant was perfect, plus a big beautiful rooster and two hens were hanging out along the walkway there. As usual, it was 5-star all the way across the boards!

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DinoB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant. The food was good, and the service was good.

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StaceyM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Love the outdoor dinning area.

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JayJ
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great late afternoon dining, very strange not hearing any amusement park noise.

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MayraV
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!! The server was awesome and very accommodating.

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CoreyR
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being our first time to mrs knotts. Chicken was yummy and moist buscuits were ok I guess. Salad was ok, potatos were creamy. Pie was good but it needed a bit more warming. Servers were amazing smiles all around and quiet atmosphere. Thanks for serving us, We'll be back again.

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EmilyF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Delicious as always! Loved the new addition of sugar free boysenberry punch but the first round was a little watery. One of us was missing a wing in our chicken dinner but there was still plenty if chicken. And we couldn’t get ice cream with our pie because the freezer was too cold and the ice cream was too hard to scoop.

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hungrysquaw
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place for absolutely perfect chicken, rhubarb, corn and salad topped off with boysenberry pie. Excellent, thank you.

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AnnetteR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing and professional and very kind!

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shannonp
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience3

I was really looking forward to having dinner here. And I was really okay with dining outdoors. Service was really great and friendly, the best part of the whole evening. But the food, this time was really disappointing, lacking in seasoning and like our food had simply been refried. Usually, the chicken here is so good. Not sure what happened.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, outdoor seating was very nice (had outdoor heaters), and the service was excellent!! Anthony P. the waiter gave quality service!!

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BrianS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although we are stuck in the middle of this pandemic, it was still a great experience. The employees were there greeting you as you walked down the side walks. My server at the restaurant was very attentive and provided great guest service and talked to me about how different it was especially not hearing certain sounds that she was accustomed to.

The employees in each of the stores were also very helpful as well.

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vipNana
Sacramento
38 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good! I’d go back again in a heat!

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vipLakesideMary
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Food was outstanding as usual. Lost stars due to the server complaining to another worker (in front of the customer) about the long hours he is having to work. During a pandemic when tons of people are unemployed. Also complaining about how disorganized the thanksgiving seating will be.

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HarwoodC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Have always loved this chicken. My guests loved the food as well.

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JulieC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great! Main food came too fast; we didn't have a chance to finish our soup and salad. The mashed potatoes were cold.

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MatticksP
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Service was great
I got a piece of grilled chicken with my salad and couldn’t even eat it. OVER SALTED.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience. Nice open area so we felt safe eating outside. Food was yummy as well.

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christief
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family is feom northern Ca, we met my parents here who just came in from Mississippi. My Dads request was to go Knotts chicken for dinner. Im so thankful you were open during this pandemic. Having tables socially distant was great. We felt safe, had a great time, fantastic service and the food was as it always has been; amazing. Thank you for the wonderful night and for accommodating our group :)

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Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner is rated 4.5 stars by 2643 OpenTable diners.

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