Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner

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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, open-faced sandwiches and a number of appetizers. A full-service bar, serving signature boysenberry-infused cocktails, is also available.
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KP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the restaurant very much. The menu is very limited, but you should go for the chicken! The service was exceptional.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great-no complaints

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious, service was slow but then again it opened up at 11am, A/C was on making the Tea Room Dining Area cold, the table was wobbly the screws were unscrewing themselves and the window blinds needed cleaning.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every employee there was nice and helpful. Great service. Our waitress was always available and stopped by our table on a regular schedule.

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TE
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the food, however I would have liked more choices, such as the boysenberry wings or boysenberry jumbalya. Also, the food was room temperature, would have been nice to have a hotter temperature of food. The chicken was delicious also, would have like to have hot sauce and a biscuit to go with it.

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CY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

My family and I came in for boysenberry sunday brunch to try some of the seasonal food. Our only complaint was that for the foods that had the jam on it for flavoring that seedless jam was not used. It was very disheartening to bit into something only to find a seed and have to stop and spit it out.

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TS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boysenberry brunch was delicious! We wish it was offered every weekend! Make sure you have a big appetite, so many items offered! Boysenberry mimosas, yummy!

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DB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The boysenberry brunch was absolutely amazing and delicious. 100% reccomend going.

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TS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The boysenberry brunch is my favorite meal during the boysenberry festival. We had so much fun, we went twice! Nothing like boysenberry meatballs and boysenberry mashed potatoes. Yum

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WS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We went to Mrs. Knott's kitchen for the Boysenberry Brunch on Sunday during the Boysenberry Festival. It was so fun and super tasty! It was much easier to taste all the boysenberry recipes with out have to find them in the park and wait in lines. The boysenberry mimosas were delicious. We came when they first opened so everything was fresh and ready. They were very busy and the device was a little lacking because they had to get too many things for too many people all at once. They did their best but it got too packed too soon. Overall, we loved it and will do it again next year for sure. I think it is a new family tradition for us.

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San Diego
48 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I have been coming Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner House for over 60 years. Needless to say, there have been many changes, from the type of chicken breast to the change in jam (now Smuckers). I now noticed another difference... the gravy. It used to have bits of chicken in it, and tasted more home-made than it does now. So many changes over the years, and not for the better. Also, to charge over $4.00 for a soda is ridiculous. You can go to a bar and pay less.
Because the quality has gone downhill, I won't go nearly as often as I used to.
The only reason I would recommend the restaurant is it is an American historical place with lots of Knott family history...but, unfortunately, a history and tradition that has not been kept up by the new company that has purchased Knott's Berry Farm. Sad, like so many other landmarks in the USA.
However, the current generation won't know the difference.

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MK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Having eaten here several times there is a noticable downturn in quality. The fried chicken had a funny flavor, the mashed potatoes were cold and hard. The whole dinner was lacklustre. It seemed that they have chosen the path of quantity over continued quality. At $21.99 a plate quality should be the number one priority.

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g
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. Chicken dinner was great as always. Waiter was great!

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HL
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

This place is so famous we had to try it. Maybe by 1934 standards the food is great, but not by 2019 standards. The chicken was dry and tough, the mashed potatoes like glue, and the salad so unimaginative. Just a bag of lettuce dumped on a plate with some cherry tomatoes tossed on it.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The bartender is AWFUL, not sure what kind of vodka they serve but it tasted like sea water. The service was horrendous. I feel bad for tourists. Over priced for the value.

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BK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Fast turnaround on food order. Acceptable wait time to be seated. Food was above average.

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DI
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent Boysenberry jam and we loved the buttermilk biscuits. The garlic sauce that came with the dinner was awesome

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SC
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Horrible birthday meal that cost way too much!

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VF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took my mother there for lunch. Food was not quite as good as usual, especially the biscuits. Service was fine. With our reservation we were seated right away which was very nice. Has always been a treat to dine there.

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t
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Yesterday we were reminded that food doesn't have to be fancy to be good.

I chose a salad for a starter, my wife went for chicken noodle soup. The salad was a bowl of very fresh, very crisp lettuce with a beautifully tangy honey-mustard dressing. The only fault was that there was a little more dressing than I would have liked. Next time, I will ask for the dressing on the side. The soup was good but not (to my taste) as outstanding as the salad.

But the fried chicken was just... yum! Simple perfection.The photographs don't do it justice. They look like the chicken pieces have a thick, heavy crust. IN reality they have just enough crunch to make a noise when you bite into it. Not heavy at all.

Sheer perfection.

The mashed potatoes with chicken gravy were also very good.

And the pie: just wonderful. A perfect blend of flavors in the filling, and the crust was just wonderful. Marie Callendar's, eat your heart out! The ice cream was so good, we've decided that next time we'll take one of those "keep food cold" chests with us, and pre-load it with dry ice from our local market. Bring home a quart of the stuff. Just so much better than anything you find at the local market, including the "premium" brands.

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TS
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

One person in our party ordered chicken strips and they were burnt. By the time she mentioned that they were too burnt and didn’t have much flavor. The rest of us were finished eating and we’re ready to go into the park so we didn’t mention it to the waitress.

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AF
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love mrs knotts fried chicken, we even come from the IE to pick up chicken to go!!!

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TM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The chicken dinner is delicious and big enough to share. One of my families favorite place to eat.

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TB
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The chicken was great. The chicken and dumplings was outstanding

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d
Orange County
51 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brings back wonderful childhood memories. The chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and corn are as good as I remembered from previous visits. The soup and chicken pot pie were also delicious to sample (other members of the party ordered these items and I was able to sample).
The "To Go" option is a nice take and go as I was able to bring a meal home to share with my boyfriend.

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food but, a little high on prices for dishes and soft drinks.

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P
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

It is too bad they changed the recipe of the chicken, it is not tasty, you can tell they don't baste the chicken before coating.
The Chicken in Dumplings is still good but for the price and the amount you get it is in question now.
Drinks no longer come with the meal and the side dish bowl got smaller - corn or cabbage
The only saving grace are the biscuits, they are still good, but to have the jam in the little cups, there was never enough, we kept asking for more
So sad to see such an icon go down hill
No wonder the place was empty
Panda Boy

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Biscuits were old and tough. Not fresh like usual.

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EL
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the hospitality and the great food !😊

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a
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the benches wasn't brushed off and had a lot of crumbs that were sat upon. Other than that, the experience was great.

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SA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The quality of the food was decent, the flavors of the food were not that great. Also, noticed when I went to the restroom, it was not very clean and there was so much dust piled up at the top of stall that it made me think, when was the last time someone checked the top of the stalls to clean up all the dust that was up there. It was very disturbing to see and quite frankly made me question the hygiene of the restroom and the restaurant. Very disappointed.

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MM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had reservations for 6pm checked about 15 minutes before 6pm. We were told to wait that a table would be made ready and we would receive a text. We waited until 6:20 we saw people come and were seated before us. By this time we still are waiting and have not received a text. I went up to the counter said we had reservations for 6pm and were checked in and have not be seated. It was only then that we were shown a to our table. The waiter was not that friendly and a little to serious. As far as the food goes chicken was dry prices to high a soda cost me almost 5 dollars and a boysenberry mojito was $13. It a waste of money and a little to expensive for what you get.

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SJ
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The chicken was just as good and tasty as I remember!!! Sabrina was an outstanding and ever so friendly!

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Y
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 1

The food tasted like they needed to change the oil they fried the chicken in, waiter was not always there and staff seemed to be preoccupied with other customers even though I had been standing there first.

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LA
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the service, food, and atmosphere. Enjoyed a wonderful family experience & will come back.

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LS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We have enjoyed Mrs. Knott's for many years. We have 3 issues to report: 1) No area provided to drop off handicapped visitors in front of restaurant. We were forced to drop off at back side of handicapped parking area. 2) All handicapped parking was full at 11:35 AM. 3) It would be better to make some of the parking in that main lot for those people only going to the restaurant and shops.

It would be very helpful to have some kind of shuttle service through the parking lot area. Those of us over 70 years of age find it very difficult to make the trek from the southeast corner to the restaurant and back after eating. I wonder how the to go shop does any business...I would be happy to pick up take home foods but won't considerate it with the parking issues. We'll not be back very soon, if at all.

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AC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

I remember the food being much better in the past. The food was terrible. Bland and super expensive. Do yourself a favor and save your money.

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AC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boyfriend looooved his chicken dinner and I loved that they have a vegan menu for those of us that don't eat meat. The tofu tenders were amazing! Yummm. Not to mention the melt-in-your-mouth biscuits.

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RM
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was awesome. We were there for two hours, which ate into our park time. That didn't seem reasonable. The chicken tenders were dry. The jello was fun for one of my kids. The biscuits were a generous portion but a little dry. The boysenberry pie a la mode was so freaking delicious, it almost made it worth it. I loved the rhubarb. The corn was ok, needed salt, the cabbage was a little plain too. The pot pie - I only ate a quarter of it before I admitted I didn't like it and stopped eating it. I didn't like the gravy. The chicken noodle soup was alright. I liked the cultural significance of it but my husband and I make better versions of all of it. I didn't try the fried chicken. We probably should have.

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JE
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

There were 4 of us who had not been to Knott's Chicken dinner in years. We were looking forward to a great meal that we remembered from years gone by. Two had the open faced chicken sandwich, the chicken was fried so crispy and brown that you could not get a knife through parts of it. Another person had the Pot Pie, it was mediocre. Marie Calendars has that beat by a long shot! Last person had the chicken and dumplings, that was the best out of all of them. Fairly tasty. The biscuits looked fabulous but when we tried eating them they were very gummy. Our reservation was for 11:30am and when we tried to order the chicken soup we were told it was not ready yet! Really?? You open at 11 and soup isn't ready? I will say the Rhubarb soup/sauce was very good, but that's about it. Our waiter was very nice and tried to be as helpful as he could. We were shocked at the outrages prices. It's sad that Knott's does not give any senior or veteran discounts. All four of us are seniors on limited incomes. When we go out to eat and spend this kind of money for a meal we had hoped it would be worth it. We wont be back. I seriously doubt that the original Mr & Mrs Knott would be very proud or happy with what has become of their restaurant.

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