Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner

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$30 and under
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Comfort Food

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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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DavidT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I was suprised at the taste of the chicken! It was very bland and the corn and mashed potatoes had a wax flavor to them which made those items something not to eat.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for lunch! We went on a Monday and crowds were minimal. The service was fast and friendly. Our 5 and 6 year old liked the kids menu. Mac and cheese of course!

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GareyC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

No comments, but very good. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food is the food. Not spectacular, but definitely not bad. The prices are above average, but you get a ton of food. The service is where this restaurant always shines.

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ElizabethM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was just okay had to check it if the bucket list

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JeannetteB
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was excellent. Our server was friendly but spoke a little quickly when going over the menu options

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IvonneS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service!!!! Waiters were very attentive when you needed water or anything. Staff was super friendly and the food was amazing!! Definitely going to be eating here every time we go to knotts!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Went for a birthday dinner for my mom, it was absolutely horrible. The service was unhappy and unknowable, there was an incorrect menu listing, the food was all reheated and dry, and the sides were canned.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My Dad from Kansas was visiting it was pretty good but too much food though doesn’t compare to mom’s pan fried homemade chicken dinner......

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was dry

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was a bit salty but the fried chicken was delicious for sure.
And everything else was perfect.

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SueL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We are long time fans of the Chicken Dinner restaurant but unfortunately Cedar Fair just can’t seem to get their act together. Service was really slow, staff disinterested. Restaurant was very dirty with dust balls lining the walkways, under the tables and very dusty blinds. If this is what we see, I can only imagine what the kitchen looks like! Totally unacceptable and the food mediocre at best. Biscuits not even the same-get it together Cedar Fair!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super nice night, our waitress was super cool and helpful!

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TeresaC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was awesome. Food was very tasty! I would definitely go back with more time.

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TommyK
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Chicken very good, mashed potatoes very good. Cabbage not good, cold. Everything else good. A little pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in a food coma! Chicken was moist and had a great flavor! Berry punch is my favorite! Biscuits were hot and jam was amazing! Great experience with family!

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KarenJ
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great except the way our table was situated, everyone being seated had to pass our table (including people who turned their faces toward our food on our table to cough as they passed). Not cool. I had to cover my food with a napkin. The food was excellent. I wish I could remember our server’s name—she was the best we’ve ever had there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the servers were amazing and the atmosphere was very very nice

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CaroleZ
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
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