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Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner

4.5
4.5
4069 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 regulations and seating is currently outside only. Thank you in advance for understanding and we are in this together.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Home Style

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–8:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (714) 220-5319

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bobby Obezo

  • Neighborhood

    Buena Park

  • Cross street

    La Palma Ave.

  • Parking details

    Parking is available off of Grand Ave parking area. California Market Place does not require Knott’s Berry Farm admission and you’re free to dine and stroll through the shops and get one hour free parking if you park right outside the shops. You can receive 2 more hours if you spend $18 or more. Ask your server to validate your parking.

  • Public transit

    Bus Service available from Beach Blvd.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 4,069 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • North Orange County

    Kid Friendly

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a great experience! Though the food was terrific, the real key was the staff. The receptionist and the server were exceptional! If we lived in the area we would be regulars.
  2. J

    Jimmy

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Went to Knotts Berry Farm and then an early dinner at Mrs. Knotts. I had not been there in 30 years and cold not wait to have the fried chicken with mash potatoes with lots of gravy. It was terrible! Mrs. Knott must be turning over in her grave. I get better fried chicken at Ralphs. The biscuits had no flavor, and the gravy was no better.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and food! We will visit again!
  4. MS

    MarjeanS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The entire mashed potatoes on both our orders were HARD. Chicken dry and over cooked. Food was room temperature and not just cooked. Things have negativity changed with the food quality. This used to be a favorite. Don't recommend and we won't be back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had the chicken lunch. The chicken was especially moist and crispy. The entire meal was great. Our server Sharon was awesome. They were short handed and you could tell she was hustling around to serve everyone. She did it with a smile and energy to spare. That kind of service is rare these days.
  6. I

    Infrequentdiner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Most of the food was good except for the bread, it tasted a little weird. Their portion size is HUGE, so even though it would seem like theme park prices, you actually get your money’s worth. All of the staff were courteous and helpful, we will definitely be returning on our next visit to Knott’s Beery Farm.
  7. KC

    KimberlyC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very good home style food. Everything a bit slow but worth it. Love Mrs.Knott’s!
  8. DE

    DEBBRAV

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    THE FOOD WAS BETTER THAN EXPECTED AND HUGE PORTIONS COULD NOT FINISH BUT DELISH. THE SERVER WAS ALSO VERY GOOD. GREAT EXPERIENCE
  9. EV

    ElizabethV

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I love the nostalgia of this restaurant. I am 52 and have been coming here for 52 years! Excellent service. Great, spirited family environment. Order the fried chicken. At around $24 for dinner it's a great value. My daughter and I shared a meal and we were pleasantly full. The dinner comes with soup, salad, corn, bisquits, mashed potatoes, and boysenberry pie. Great value!
  10. MP

    MarkP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Overall very disappointed. Service was terrible, waited awhile and waitress not informative. We were asked apple or boysenberry pie and she brought all boysenberry but failed to tell they were out of apple. Failed to tell stewed rhubarb was out . Just lacked overall communication except for when it was time to pay.
  11. JM

    JohnM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Service from ANDREW
  12. a

    adaml

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you. Very good.Liked the original classic interior better though. Disappointed they felt pressured to remodel. If I wanted modern, TGIF is right across the street
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Due to a mistake with staffing it took a fair amount of time have our orders to be taken. Management and particularly our new server Chris went above and beyond to rectify the situation. Chris was so very attentive to our needs and it was a genuine joy to be served by her. I hope we are able to be served by her again in the future. She’s a gem!
  14. JE

    JenniferE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server we had was the best she did amazing job all bye herself
  15. AG

    AlfredG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent and it was easy to make a reservation!
  16. DM

    DeniseM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been going there whenever in the area since early 1960’s , grandparents went when it first opened! Family tradition
  17. SS

    SSYA

    Hawaii

    218 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    218 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bonnie was a great server & we enjoyed our first time at Mrs Knott's! We can't wait to visit again. The fried chicken was great & the chicken pot pie was amazing with an extra flakey crust. YUM! Both the apple pie & boysenberry pie were delicious!
  18. VF

    ValerieF

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We had a reservation and we were seated a few minutes late due to them being behind. The food was good but I wish they would bring back the dumplings strips instead of the balls.
  19. AA

    ArthurA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Best fried chicken... Juicy, krunchy, seasoned just right! Great for family. And doesn't break the bank.
  20. M

    Marg

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great family meal
  21. DM

    DianeM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We ordered the 3piece chicken dinner, the only thing was my boysenbery pie was very dry, otherwise it's a very nice place
  22. CL

    ChefL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Very disappointed, beginning with being seated in the Bar area when reservation was for the Main seating area and not neither were busy. Server was very hard to understand, abrupt and not attentive. We ordered the famous Mrs. Knotts Fried Chicken dinner. The chicken was very dry and smelled like it had been fried in old grease. Mashed potatoes and gravy were hard and cold. Overall, this was a huge let down. Sadly, we won't be returning.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had the lunch Chicken tenders. Delicious 😋. Very filling meal and the boysenberry ice tea was amazing.
  24. C

    Cindy

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Chicken a little too dark and overdone. Soup, luke warm, but tasty. Biscuits not the same, they used to be soooo good, not so much anymore. One waitress had long hair, not tied back so when she walked by us to another table, carrying the tray up on her shoulder I could see her hair in those people food. Another waiter was running around like a chicken with his head cut off. He looked panicked like he was so overwhelmed, just not a good look for a waiter to looked so frazzled!
  25. JA

    JorgeA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    After hearing all the hype about Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner, I was excited to try it out on my recent visit to the OC. I have to say that I had mixed feelings about my meal there. The service was quick and attentive, the portions were huge, but the food was of mixed quality. The chicken soup and caesar salad served with the meal were good, and the boysenberry pie was easily the highlight of the meal. I must say that I was quite disappointed with the fried chicken; it was huge, but dry and flavorless. If you ever find yourself in Florida, check out the deli counter of Publix grocery stores, as their fried chicken is much better. Overall, if you just want a slice of boysenberry pie, this is the perfect spot for a quick, homestyle dessert.
  26. DW

    DonnaW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Everything was good except the mash potatoes were cold. Also when I called to make a reservation nobody mentioned that I could just walk in without a reservation. I live 2 hrs away and rushed to make my 3:45 reservation. So I was surprised that the restaurant was empty when I got there. Need better communication with the public.
  27. GJ

    GollyJane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It took a bit longer than expected before we got seated, but once we sat at our table, service was excellent. The fried chicken meal was delicious! Great value. For $18 got 2 pieces of fried chicken, biscuits with butter and boysenberry jam on the side, a choice of salad, chicken noodle soup, or rhubarb, and some mashed potatoes and gravy.
  28. M

    Meglo

    Hawaii

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special trip from Fresno area to have the chicken dinner ! It was wonderful! Great waitress ! Excellent Tine!
  29. BS

    BeverleyS

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SO MUCH FOOD! It was delicious and worth every penny.
  30. BA

    BobA

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    To expensive- crating babies, chicken was undercooked and tough , also felt Like I was in a gage area , they went down hill bad Will not go back
  31. J

    Jpadilla329

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was so yummy and our server went above and beyond. She was very helpful and attentive.
  32. NL

    NatalieL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Waited an hour for our chicken to come out. Portion sizes too big but food was yummy. But wasted too much
  33. DD

    DanielD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, friendly service, originality of ambiance!
  34. MM

    MelissaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing dinner, I had the rigatoni with marinara with a chicken drumstick on top !
  35. T

    Tyler

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    If your in the mood for over priced hospital food you’ve found the right place!!! I’m lost for words to be quite honest. Embarrassing service and embarrassing to call that “food” 0 out of 10 wouldn’t recommend it to a dog.
  36. CM

    ChristinaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and definitely worth the price. The portions were huge. My only gripe was the quality of the sides. Both the cabbage and the corn tasted old and not well seasoned.
  37. NW

    NicoleW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Food was ok, chicken was not flavorful. Not worth price for the taste..
  38. JB

    JimB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family has been going here since the 1950’s when we moved from Oklahoma to Los Angeles area. Still love it and I brought my great grandson for the first time ❤️
  39. s

    spirit2001

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    staff attentive, friendly, very efficient. Food consistently delicious, served warm, staff quickly fetches any additional needs or requests. I LOVE this placew !
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food at such a busy time! It was a great experience!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner is rated 4.5 stars by 4069 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 times today
Google Map for Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner

8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620

Additional information

  • Cross street

    La Palma Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Buena Park

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–8:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Home Style

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is available off of Grand Ave parking area. California Market Place does not require Knott’s Berry Farm admission and you’re free to dine and stroll through the shops and get one hour free parking if you park right outside the shops. You can receive 2 more hours if you spend $18 or more. Ask your server to validate your parking.

  • Public transit

    Bus Service available from Beach Blvd.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bobby Obezo

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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