CALIFORNIA — As Labor Day Weekend — the official end of summer — nears, restaurants throughout the state are stepping up with specials, discounts and free delivery — plus those keeping-it-easy, family meal-packs and ready-to-grill kits.

Peruse this year’s guide for deals and offers from your favorite eateries, and enjoy the long holiday weekend!

Note: Offers may vary by location, so check ahead to make sure your nearest restaurant is participating.


BAR LOUIE: Order delivery or takeout, use discount code 25BL and get $25 off your first order with EZCater. Locations in Downey, Tustin and Northridge.

BJ’S RESTAURANT & BREWHOUSE: For a limited time, the eatery is offering a $3 delivery fee with no service charge on purchases of $19.95 or more made via the website or app. New family-meal bundles that serve four are offered, starting at $44.95. Find sites here.

BUCA DI BEPPO: Dorit Kemsley, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star, highly recommends this offer — in fact, she personally selected it. The “Capri Package” ($50 for three-serving size or $70 for a larger, five-serving) features: mozzarella Caprese or fried mozzarella appetizer; Caesar or apple gorgonzola salad; entree options of chicken parmigiana, chicken limone or salmon Sorrento, all with spaghetti marinara; and cannoli for dessert. (For those not in-the-know, Kemsley remodeled a room, now the “Capri Room,” in Buca di Beppo’s Encino location.) There are 18 Bucas in the Golden State. Find your nearest locale here to order.

BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.: For Labor Day weekend, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is featuring a new Red, White and Blue Frozen Margarita that comes with a star-shaped shaker, plus a 25 percent- off special on items at the Forrest retail shop. Locations in Anaheim, Hollywood, Long Beach, Monterey and Santa Monica. (Last reported as closed in San Francisco.)

CATTLEMENS STEAKHOUSE: A take-home, Tri-Tip Family Feast, complete with 2.5-pound roast, dippin’ sauce, salad and sides, can be ordered for $69.95, along with a variety of sirloin, ribs and chicken take-out family meals or custom-cuts of raw steaks ready for grilling. See menu options here. Locations in Livermore, Petaluma, Dixon, Santa Rosa, Rancho Cordova, Redding, Roseville and Selma.

CURRY UP NOW: The South San Francisco-based chain has a buy-one-get-one-half-off deal on its new Tandoori Fried Chicken Sandwich at all locations through Sunday, Sept. 6. The sandwich debuts with 72-hour, tandoori-marinated and crispy-fried chicken, topped with bombay dust aioli, house-made pickled onions, a chutney of curry leaves, pineapple and jalapeño on a brioche bun. Find your nearest locale here.

DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT: Get 10 percent off catering, including the new box lunches, for a limited time with code 10offCatering! See details. Use the app, call 1-866-BARBECUE, or get a free quote here. Choose from one of 58 locales statewide. And through Sept. 8, Dickey’s is offering 50 percent off such retail items such as its original barbecue sauce, seasonings, rubs and barbecue beans through

EDDIE V’S: Black Tie Marketplace Boxes are back with hand-carved steaks and off-the-boat, fresh seafood. Take home, grill and enjoy! Info here. Eddie V’s are in La Jolla and San Diego.

EINSTEIN BROS. BAGELS: Get a baker’s dozen (13) freshly baked bagels for just $7 on Sept. 7 for “$7 Monday.” California locations here.

FARMER BOYS: Mark your holiday weekend with the new, limited-time Bourbon Bacon Cheddarburger — a beef patty topped with two slices of Tillamook medium cheddar cheese, double-smoked bacon, scratch-made crispy onion straws and a smoky bourbon barbecue sauce, all piled high on a locally-baked onion bun. The bourbon-meets-bacon-meets- burger is at all California eateries. Location finder here.

FIA SANTA MONICA: The Wilshire Boulevard eatery hosts a three-course, Labor Day Weekend dinner for two, with on-site dining in the cozy, outdoor garden. The $89-per-person special runs Friday through Sunday, Sept. 4-7, with: Course 1: Butter Lettuce Salad; Course 2: Dry Aged Porter House Steak served with Main Lobster + Mac & Cheese; and course 3: a Banana Split. Make reservations online here, or call (424) 280-4196.

FIVE CROWNS: Fully prepared Family Meal Kits, serving four with with weekly varying menus, are newly offered at the Corona Del Mar eatery. For the week Sept. 2-8, the $99 kit includes: grilled swordfish; wild rice; asparagus; Caesar salad; and Chocolate Pot De Crème for dessert. Orders must be placed in advance. Info here.

FLOWER CHILD: Take 25 percent off your entire order or meal on Monday, Sept. 7 when you join the eBites program by Sept. 4. (Already a member? Keep your eyes out for an email on Sept. 2 and Sept. 7 to redeem.) Order online, the promo code will be emailed Sept. 7, or dine on-site and show the email to your server to redeem the offer. Offer also valid on Flower Child app. Locations in Del Mar, Santa Monica, Newport Beach and San Diego.

IHOP: Two offers up for grabs: Free delivery through Labor Day for online orders that include a Pepsi® or orange juice when using code PEPSIDELIVER at checkout; and, valid until Sept. 13, first-time IHOP online orderers get 20 percent off first orders with code IHOP20 at checkout. More info here.

JIMMY JOHNS: Use promo code SAVE20 online or via app, and get 20 percent off orders of $10 or more through Sept. 6. Details here. Find California locations here.

JOE’S CRAB SHACK: Crab-crackin’ feasts are available for pick-up Friday through Monday, Sept. 4-7. The $50 “Crab Combo Special for Two” includes bottle of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay; the $60 “Classic Steampot for Two,” also with wine; and the big-daddy of them all: the $499 “20-Pound Crabfeast” comes with 10 pounds each of snow crab and dungeness crab and case of Bud or Michelob, or up to 50 percent-off four bottles of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay. Details on pre-ordering here. California locales in Garden Grove, Oceanside, Redondo Beach, Sacramento and San Diego.

LOGAN’S ROADHOUSE: Limited-time special of a $25 BBQ Pulled Pork Family Meal — two pounds of BBQ pulled pork and two large sides — is offered, along with other ready-to-eat, family packs. Eateries include Sacramento, Fresno, Fontana, Bakersfield and Redding.

MACARONI GRILL: Keep meal-prep easy with “Feast for Five” $25 family dinners, offered Sunday through Thursday, a $50 “Weekend Feast for Five” available Saturday and Sunday, or Take-and-Bake Meals also on the menu. Golden State locations listed here.

MESS HALL MARKET – BIG PARM: Say “Cheese!” Saturday, Sept. 5 at Big Parm at Mess Hall Market in Tustin, with discounts on such specialty pizzas as the Classic Margherita and Pastrami Pie for $10 (small) or $16 (large), plus endless 50-cent toppings. Take home or enjoy on the spacious patio.

MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE: A special,four-course Labor Day menu paired with a bottle of Pebble Lane Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir or Chardonnay is featured Sept. 4-7 for $99 for two, with a choice of starter, salad, entree and dessert. Locations here, with some open only for takeout and delivery and others offering outoor seating.

OLIVE GARDEN: Offered for to-go, pick-up with a food purchase are $15 bottles of wine, including such options as the sweet and fruity, Confetti Pink Moscato Blend, the fizzy, red Roscato Rosso Dolce and the white wine Moscato Primo Amore. Details here. See menu specials here.

ON THE BORDER: Orders of $50 or more receive free delivery. Some sites temporarily closed. Check here for locations.

PATXI’S PIZZA: Enjoy a deal at all locations Saturday, Sept. 5 (which also happens to be National Cheese Pizza Day). On that day, get a cheese pizza for $5 (10-inch) or $10 (14-inch) with the purchase of a full-sized pizza. Patxi’s features such pizzas as the deep-dish, stuffed Old Chicago Special and creamy Spinach Pesto, or such thin crusts as the Bianco Verde or mushroom-packed Funghi. The offer can be redeemed via phone or online with promo code CHEESE. Location finder here.

RED LOBSTER: Craving seafood? Save 10 percent on to-go orders when using code LOBSTER48 at checkout. New, four-serving Family Meal Deals also are on the menu, starting at $7.99 per person. Find locales near you here.

SAN PEDRO FISH MARKET: The “World Famous Shrimp Trays,” piled high with fresh, locally-caught shrimp, fajita bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, potatoes and tossed with signature seasoning and butter, can be enjoyed in-person at the waterfront dining locations in San Pedro or Long Beach picked up for an at-home feast. A two-person “tray” starts at $34.99.

SEASONS 52: Along with the restaurant’s summer menu offerings — like roasted corn, aged cheddar and spiced bacon flatbread — guests can score take-out sips and bottles, starting at around $11, including Jansz Brut Rosé, Vanderpump Dry Rosé, a rosé lemonade and rosé sangria. Locations in Sacramento, San Diego and Costa Mesa.

SHAKE SHACK: Just hitting the menu now and offered only for a limited time are four spicy items: the Hot Chick’n Crispy sandwich, topped with Shack-made cherry-pepper slaw and pickles ($7.09); Hot Chick’n Bites, served with ranch sauce (six pieces $5.09 or 10 pieces $7.09); Hot Spicy Fries ($3.85); and Hot Spicy Cheese Fries ($4.85) . Do note that prices may vary. California Shake Shack locations here.

THE ALBRIGHT: Santa Monica Pier’s seafood staple, The Albright, is launching its Roll Boxes, perfectly packaged boxes filled with fresh seafood rolls — single, double or triple, with choice of lobster, crab or shrimp — and housemade potato chips doused in Old Bay Seasoning. Perfect timing for Labor Day Weekend! Available for delivery or pick up.

THE BUTCHERY: Nothing says “long weekend” like a barbecue, and SoCal’s The Butchery shops are standing by with The Butchery’s Signature Boxes: curated selections of steak, marinated pork and poultry products, sausages and bacon, including a Wagyu beef option. Shop in-store or online here. Shops in Brea, Costa Mesa, Del Mar and Newport Coast.

THE CAPITAL GRILLE: Steak Grille Boxes, complete with four uncooked steaks, signature sauce and seasoning, are offered, along with upscale take-out entrees and wine to-go. “The Generous Pour” option on the menu is the ultimate, at-home wine experience with a free, Stölzle crystal wine glass per entree and a take-home, pairing guide. In California, The Capital Grille is in Costa Mesa.

WABA GRILL: Get free delivery from the healthy rice-bowl chain when you download the WaBa Rewards App available via Apple IOS and Android. Location finder here.

YARD HOUSE: Toast summer’s end with a refreshing, crisp draft beer and 64-ounce, to-go beer growlers, starting at $14.50 at participating Yard House restaurants. Choose from such favorites such as House Honey Blonde, House Golden Pilsner and Yard House Cuvée. Full, take-out menu available, too. There are numerous Yard House locations throughout California.


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