Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner

4.6
2734 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.

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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 2734 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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SierraD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a Sunday when it first opened. The service was amazing and very accommodating to us because two of us are vegetarian. The food was really delicious, especially the rolls. Can't wait to go again next time I go to Knott's!!

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ElisaH
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Mashed potatoes and gravy were cold and the corn wasn’t cooked all the way. Everything else was yummy

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BlakeH
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The food was uncharacteristically bad. The chicken was really salty and the dumplings tasted like balls of flour. Was very expensive too especially since we weren’t happy with our dinners

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vipDanP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was terrific, and we felt well taken care of. Great stuff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined in at 2pm on a Thursday afternoon. It was nice and quiet. There were other groups dining, but there was so much space that all groups had empty tables around them for the most part. Even if they were at full capacity, the tables are actually spaced at least six feet apart. Knott’s is using the main driveway as their outdoor dining space which is really neat. There is a tent covering the dining area and I appreciated that all four sides of the tent were open and not enclosed so there was plenty of fresh air flow.

The meal itself was excellent. I had the 3 piece chicken dinner. My husband had the chicken tenders. Both meals came with soup/salad (get the chicken soup it’s excellent), biscuits with butter & their signature Boysenberry jam on the side, mashed potatoes, and an additional side. We both went with corn. The corn was just your regular canned corn, but everything else was excellent. The chicken was piping hot and cooked thoroughly. The seasoning in the batter is delicious.

For anyone looking for a nice meal and a safe space to eat out during the pandemic I highly recommend. It’s really hard to find places that are actually adhering to safe practices, but Knott’s is taking this very seriously. Lastly, the service was excellent. I cannot remember our server’s name, but she was welcoming and hospitable and we truly appreciated her customer service during such a challenging time.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The way they have adapted to outdoor seating is fantastic! Great ambiance, great service, great food! Nice date afternoon.

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AliciaC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We wanted to take our 97 year old mom out to eat since she has not been out very much due to the pandemic. Mrs Knott's Kitchen is always a special treat. SERVICE was excellent. Our drink glasses were replenished regularly and the wait staff was engaging and enjoyable. Food pricing seems high until you realize how much food you are getting. Everyone at our table took home food. The food was very good. We kook forward to the time we can eat inside again.

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IldikoH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a beautiful day. They have a very nice set up outside under a tent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was great. She was attentive and speedy. The food was wonderful.

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LeslieR
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has excellent service and food, and great outdoor dining options. Highly recommended.

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Daniel
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We come to dine and experience the special feelings we get every time since 1960.
We may not get to enjoy the entire park but the shops and Mrs Knotts helps fill in void.
Hopefully the park will open soon!
A very special thank you to our requested server Melanie. She makes our dining experience wonderful. A tremendous asset to the restaurant and the park.
Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service as always

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GiGi
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was good food was great! Just a lil costly .

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JaneH
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Yummy, food was excellent as always. Would recommend.

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Colnagocat
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and whole experience was just great . Our server went above and beyond with her service. She was friendly and so patient with our granddaughter. It was great to have such service in such a unsure time

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess Bonnie was great, refills were fast, food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Service was great. Thanks for an enjoyable night out.

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ErinB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made reservations for the Valentines dinner. I clicked on the link that sent me to the Open Table reservation system. Reservations were available for Monday so I thought I was making reservation for the Valentines dinner which is what I originally had clicked on. When we got b there noonday, there was no Valentines dinner, it was just the ordinary chicken dinner. Soooooo disappointed!! My ratings are for the reservation system Open Table. We left and went to Outback

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TimM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner. Our waiter, David was excellent. Everything is always nice and clean and it is such a fun environment. I am so glad they are back open again.

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ElizabethR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting location and lunch was great. I felt safe and would definitely go back.

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JaneS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious. The food was hot and the service was excellent.

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AubreyM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so pleasantly surprised by how amazing ALL the food was from our dinner. Our server was absolutely amazing and overall, we were so impressed and had a great Valentine's Day dinner. We can't wait to come back!

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Joey
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food... great service... Joy was truly joyful...

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Shayne
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Mrs. Knotts for Valentine's Day. The V-Day Menu was mindblowing and delicious. It was our first time dining out in over a year and were honestly still worried a bit about exposure, but Mrs. Knotts had great hygiene practice with staff regularly wiping tables/chairs, well spaced seating, and reduced capacity outdoor dining spaces to make us feel safe.

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SebastianR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess and waitress were very nice. I would come back based on the whole experience.

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LeahN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even outdoors the ambience was great, country style, excellent food, large portions, attentive service, gracious hosts. Will do again ASAP!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bomb food easy check in

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LorraineG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took is and seated us immediately upon entering g quick service and delicious

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an excellent Valentine's lunch. The food was delicious and the staff was friendly and very attentive. Food was delivered quickly.

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GregP
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place since I was kid. I always love going back.

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ElizabethC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed the meal very much. Never disappointed when I eat here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a good dinner. Very fast service.

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ElaineW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A few different courses which was nice... chickens walking by was fun for the kids! Would be nice if they had more side options for veggies... they only had corn

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter George was phenomenal and very attentive without being overbearing. The food was absolutely delicious.

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Sapphirelady
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. The food, service, level of noise. No complaints. Will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Went for a valentine dinner, we liked the ambiance of the outdoor dining. The food wasn’t as pleasant, chicken was dry and the tenders had no flavor what so ever. Tasted like boiled tenders then breaded with no flavoring it was definitely not worth the price! our waiter was very kind and enjoyed his service.

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Debo
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time the outdoor seating was very nice and had it have been cold they have a nice heater set up in the tent plenty of social distancing I believe. And our waiter couldn’t have been any better.
The food was very fresh

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AnthonyS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Just a little west of the breeze way, between Virginia's gift shop and Mrs. Knott's Chicken dinner restaurant. It is a open area a combination of sun and shade umbrellas and heaters if necessary. Hardly no breeze very quiet.
Not out in the front where the large tents are. You can hear the traffic from Beach Blvd and it can get quite breezy.

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SchaPrez
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Please take this an honest review, and I understand that they were just able to reopen again. Our waitress never asked for a drink order, after I asked her if we could order drinks she returned with drinks and spilt one in my guests purse. The food lacked flavor, though the chicken was moist, the skin was flavorless as was the soup.

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ThanhN
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Get dinner, which includes 4-pieces of chicken and dessert. The dinner makes at least two meals. It’s a great stop off the freeway for a meal and a little shopping. Nice outdoor area and free parking during these COVID-19 times.

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Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner is rated 4.6 stars by 2734 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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