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Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner, Buena Park, CA
Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner, Buena Park, CA
Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner, Buena Park, CA
Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner, Buena Park, CA
Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner, Buena Park, CA

Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner

4.2
4.2
4982 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 25 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Home Style
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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 4,982 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orange County

    Kid-friendly

  • North Orange County

    Kid-friendly

4,982 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good great as usual. Great customer service. Lat of food for your money

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  2. JeffE

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I do enjoy dining here whenever I am going to Knotts. My mom worked there back in the day and I have been going there for 60 years. Food is always consistent and you can count on good quality food. The service was very good. We enjoyed ourselves like usual.

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  3. FoodieFare

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I have loved coming to Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner as a child. I haven’t eaten here in over 15 years but the food was still delicious as I can remember. The restaurant looks as if they expanded and it was still quaint but with modern touches. The service was good and fairly quick. The food was tasty, especially the biscuits and friend chicken but the veggies were bland. I thought the pie was going to be warmed up but it wasn’t. I still ate it though! I made a reservation and was seated at my reservation time. I only waited 5 mins on a busy Sunday at the lunch hour.

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  4. Nena

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Customer service Great . Food Amazing 👏 love everything thank you so much.

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  5. Pam23

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We wanted to try this restaurant due to its historic nature and positive reviews. The food was fine, but there wasn't anything we would particularly return here for. Additionally, it took us about an hour for our food to be served, with tables around us who had arrived later getting their meals much faster than we did (we didn't have a large party or complicated orders). Our server apologized for the delay, but we were surprised and disappointed since we wanted to go back into the park more quickly. Overall, it was a fine experience, but was marred by the long wait time.

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  6. CinthiaG

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was fair, the biscuits were doughy and the mash potatoes were not the best.. also the soup had a funny after taste. The price of the food was reasonable but $6.99 for the punch was ridiculous. The place was too loud to hear the person next to you. Over all I would not be back.

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  7. Sidney

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We like the fried chicken dinner at Knotts Berry Farm. It is often flavorful and satisfying.

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  8. MandyR

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Jeremy served us with a smile and was very accommodating.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant was fine... but Knotts will charge you full parking cost as if you're at the theme park, which is $50 for preferred and $30 for parking farther away. We had a party of six with two cars and one elderly relative in a wheelchair. We ended up getting street parking a half mile away. Good thing we allowed extra time to arrive! I thought my fried chicken was good but lacking spices. Others ordered chicken pot pie or chicken & dumplings and they were happy. Meals include salad, either soup or rhubarb (both good) and a slice of pie. I had a half chicken in pieces... so that's a good value.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. LeeM

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ordered an appetizer and made a meal of it. An ample amount of food.

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  11. KenN

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The fried chicken is tasteless, needs seasoning. chicken pieces are very small. Biscuits taste awful, maybe too much baking soda. I don’t know. It sure isn’t the flavor of a buttery comfort food biscuit. The mashed potatoes look piped onto the plate in a perfect circle with gravy in the middle. The chicken soup was ok. Our waitress was great very attentive. We left her a nice tip. It’s not her fault the food taste so bad.

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  12. DThacker997

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and raining Sunday is great time to go.

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  13. Salsagev

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The fried chicken was very over cooked and dry. Boysenberry pie had a lot of seeds.

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  14. FelipeR

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for my girlfriends birthday and it was the best food ever thank you so much :)

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  15. AngelaC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good for the price.. But parking was really bad..

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  16. JulieM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There was just so much food for a set price. Only dinner available on weekends, but the chicken and dumplings were enough for 3. Definitely having leftovers for lunch! The biscuits were hot and ready for butter and jam. The salad was the low point of the entire meal with too much arugula for my taste. The chicken pot pie was also massive and very tasty. The cherry rhubarb never fails to impress and the pie had to be boxed for later. No room left, I am afraid. A shout out to the boysenberry beer for its subtle taste and low bubbles. It is definitely worth a taste. Our server, Billy, handled the lunch crowd like a champ and tended to us like a pro.

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  17. CharlesM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was decent , gravy needs improvement, corn on the cob instead of kernel corn. The thing I couldn’t get over was a soft drink , Diet Coke you charged $6.99!!!!! That’s just outright stupid, kinda makes me want to eat elsewhere.

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  18. SusanM

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Food was excellent and filling! Fresh and hot. The only thing was that our first server was replaced during our time there. And when we asked for our bill, he did provide it but walked away. We didn’t know he was to obtain our funds to pay, so we had another server track him down. We will be back in the future, but will have our server obtain our funds. Thank you.

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  19. SandraZ

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I feel like for some fried chicken and a cheeseburger $70, not including tip, was a bit much. It was fun for the experience but I didn't feel like I had great service. I never got a refill on my drink and I had to go look for someone to get my check. I do realize that were very busy. Everyone was very friendly but I wouldn't do it again.

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  20. Tricia

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good value for what you get. Could easily split a meal. Corn was not very good. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, chicken noodle soup and pie excellent. Amazing service

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  21. JamesL

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I grew up going to the chicken house and was excited to go again since I live out of state but sadly the experience was less than amazing. We waited over 2 hours due to them supposedly losing our ticket, and when they finally brought out the food things were missing or wrong, so we ended up just leaving. Recommending is kind of hard at the moment because we have had nothing but good experiences in the past and there can be bad days, but taking over 2 hours to realize that a party of 6 doesn't have their food is very hard to overlook.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    We were given the lunch menu which we ordered from but were charged for the dinner menu. The food was sub par. We will not be returning…ever

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I was disappointed by the bad attitude of the hostess when we checked in. She looks annoyed with us and told us to wait on the side. And past our reservation time our table was ready. The restaurant was under staffed so our poor server was trying to attend to so many tables, our food took a long time to come.

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  24. JarrodD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    They seated 3 big parties together at the same time, which I did not think was far to the waiter. He did good with considering.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved the pictures with Santa . I didn’t know they did this for Christmas

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a reservation for Sunday 12/24 at 9:00am. When I arrived they weren’t able to find my reservation on their system even though I was able to show confirmation on Open Table and a text received to my phone yesterday confirming for 12/24 at 9:00am for 4 people. They still seated us but now I have a no-show charge on my open table reservations.

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  27. TheresaN

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The chicken was not as good as before.They were skimpy on the bisquits,butter and jam.I have been coming here for over 30 years. Maybe not coming back ever!!The only good thing was the service.

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  28. GarethM

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had thought I had booked a table at opening and was surprised to learn that I had actually booked breakfast with Santa. The variety of food was amazing and Chef Ryan was great and made amazing Omlettes. Our sever remembered us from a past visit and we had a fantastic time.

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  29. Marlon

    Orange County

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent!!!! Good service ambience food chooses and overall quality. We really enjoyed it and would revisit this place over and over. The restaurant itself is beautiful and the taste of the food was excellent

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  30. NateS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was so slow and we went at a slow time. There were not a lot of tables. The food was not hot when we got it and no one ever came back to check on us for water or anything. The food is not cheap so for a family of 8 it was a Christmas treat. It was not a treat. It’s not how it used to be.

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  31. CharlesT

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My family went last night (12/18/23) for the first time even though we've lived in SoCal for a long time. I must've missed it in the menu, but I was surprised when waitress brought out soup AND salad with our dinners, plus pies for dessert. This is why I chose 5 stars for value. The prices were more than reasonable. I ordered the chicken and waffles. The chicken was perfect, but I prefer the waffles at Roscoe's. Nothing special about Mrs. Knott's waffles. We were seated in one of the large rooms at the front of the restaurant and it was a tad crowded. People can't pass if there's a waiter in the aisle between tables (and the other table was very long to host a gathering). Butter cake was good with all of the toppings and ice cream. I'll have to go again next year.

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  32. SergioA

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is my second time at this restaurant in 20 years. I did not remember well how good/bad the food was but after this second experience this is what I can say: 1. Food (chicken) is good but not much better than other chicken restaurants that are a lot cheaper. 2. Portions are big so the price is somewhat compensated. 3. Environment is really good and quiet so you can have a very nice lunch/dinner with family. 4. Service is very good as well. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or if you are a tourist. But keep in mind that you can get chicken this good in many other more affordable places.

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  33. MikeB

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Out of food when we got there it was a long time till more came out..the table next to us was a large group with there assea in our face the whole time

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  34. KathleenG

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mrs. Knott's is a tradition for me every Christmas season during my day enjoying Merry Farm. On Saturdays and Sundays the full Traditional Chicken Dinner is the only version available, no smaller lunch version. Four pieces of chicken, mashed potatoes with yummy white gravy, corn. To start salad and chicken noodle soup. And of course, biscuits and jam. I went for the all white meat option, which is $5 more. Dessert is included and I opt for Boysenberry sherbert rather than pie. I usually order a glass of chardonnay which compliments the chicken very nicely. But this time they were out of chardonnay and I ordered Pinot Grigio. The glass was not what I was used to and the pour was not as much as I was hoping for. Disappointing for $12. Still nice to have. I may see if I can bring my own bottle next time. My only other complaint this visit is the chicken noodle soup, usually so good, was lumpy and creamy. I really wish there was a meal for one option for those of us going to the park solo. It's a lot to eat for one person and I always need to run my boxed leftovers out to the car. The total with the wine after passholdet discount was a little over $40, but I figure it's a once a year treat. Service is friendly and quick enough to be able to fit in during a park day. I prefer to really sit and savor, but usually have to rush. My advice is reserve early in the day when they are not as busy. Bring a friend or two, share, and split the bill.

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  35. CrystalP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Breakfast with Santa was not enjoyable!! Over crowded waiters are horrible

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  36. AnnaleeN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This outing to Mrs. Knott's was for Breakfast with Santa, and let me tell you, it was the most amazing experience!!! First off, you are quickly shown to your reserved table, you get to see and spend time with and take pictures with Santa (the awesome staff will even take pictures for you on your phone so you aren't only limited to purchasing their pictures), then you get to take your time with a humongous buffet spread! We will definitely continue this tradition next year!!!

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  37. RaquelC

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, great atmosphere. It was a lot of fun seeing Santa Claus.

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  38. PatrickO

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Mrs Knott's has been an Orange County tradition for 100 years. The chicken is still great. Some of the other menu items are best left on the menu - stick with the classics. On some occasions they offer themed or holiday buffets. They are always fun and festive, but the food quality is definitely lower than if one were ordering off menu. I absolutely recommend, but set your expectations at the proper levels.

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  39. CarolN

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Monique our server was most excellent, the food as always was perfect. We brought our 82 year old Mom and she was so excited. Well done!

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  40. ladylisa

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time trying this restaurant at Knott's Berry Farm and really enjoyed it. I'm not even a big fan of fried chicken but figured it's the famous restaurant to try there and surprised myself by how much I liked it. I ordered the Chicken Tenders plate which came with yummy mashed potatoes and cream gravy, braised cabbage (fairly bland but inoffensive if you like cabbage) and a small bowl of creamy chicken noodle soup. Every table gets some delicious, soft buttermilk biscuits and boysenberry jam, of course! Service was very efficient, helpful and extremely polite. I would definitely eat there next time I go to Knotts!

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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 4.2 stars by 4982 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 25 times today
Google Map for Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner

8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620

Dining areas

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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