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Where to go out for Thanksgiving dinner in Los Angeles

Head to one of these 14 restaurants for a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, and none of the hassle in the kitchen.

Patricia Kelly Yeo
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Patricia Kelly Yeo
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Despite the rising costs of Thanksgiving, the turkey-and-potato show must go on, and a handful of L.A. restaurants have risen to the task of helping Angelenos celebrate our first post-vaccine Turkey Day. Take advantage of our ability to go outside, socialize more freely this Thanksgiving and enjoy an out-of-the-house holiday feast at a cozy restaurant—no dishes or kitchen clean up required. (For those who’d rather snuggle up at home, plenty of restaurants have continued their takeout Thanksgiving offerings from last year).

Note: Restaurants are listed in order of least to most expensive per head.

Due to new restrictions across both the city and county, all restaurants in the City of L.A. will be required to ask patrons for proof of vaccination to dine indoors starting November 4. This does not apply to cities outside the border like Beverly Hills and Glendale, but does apply to West Hollywood, which has its own similar ordinance. If the geography versus vaccine rules aren’t crystal clear to you, you’re not alone. Here’s the full story on what you need to know about city versus county guidelines. 

RECOMMENDED: See our full guide to Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

Here’s where to dine out for Thanksgiving in L.A.

  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Downtown Santa Monica
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Third Street Promenade stalwart Meat on Ocean is offering a three-course traditional Thanksgiving meal, complete with turkey, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy plus candied yams. The Santa Monica restaurant is also serving its full surf and turf menu for those who’d rather not partake in a more traditional Thanksgiving feast. Those closer to Long Beach can also celebrate Thanksgiving at its sister restaurant, 555 East.

Hours: 11:30–10pm 

Price: $68 per person

Reservations: Book via OpenTable or call 310-773-3366.

  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Studio City
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Dine in one of the coziest restaurants in the Valley this Thanksgiving, which also happens to have one of the best patios across all of L.A. For Turkey Day, Firefly is offering a four-course meal that includes traditional bread service, a flute of sparkling rosé and a chicken pot pie-inspired amuse bouche. You’ll also find the restaurant’s signature mushroom pappardelle among its entrée section, as well as gourmet á la carte Thanksgiving sides like creamed corn au gratin and lobster mac and cheese.

Hours: 1–9pm

Price: $75 per person

Reservations: 818-762-1833 or via their website.

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  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • Topanga
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Celebrate Thanksgiving at this rustic yet elegant Topanga eatery, which we consider one of the best places in L.A. to dine outdoors. Tucked up in the canyons, Inn of the Seventh Ray will be offering a five-course Thanksgiving meal with a separate menu for vegans and an option to pick between indoor and outdoor dining. Choose from pairs of appetizers, soups and salads before moving onto real or faux turkey. Desserts include vegan-friendly apple and pumpkin pies, as well as pecan-pomegranate pie and maple cheesecake for omnivores. 

Hours: noon–7pm

Price: $82 per adult (with vegan option available), $40 for children 12 and under

Reservations: Via Tock.

  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • Central LA
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: For those looking for a more gourmet Thanksgiving meal, Michelin-starred restaurant Kali is offering a three-course traditional dinner with hints of Californian flare, including a persimmon yellowtail crudo, chicken liver mousse on toast and roasted farmers’ market vegetables. 

Hours: 3–8pm 

Price: $85 per person

Reservations: Via OpenTable. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • Santa Monica
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Take a postprandial stroll on Santa Monica Beach this year after feasting at FIG, the Fairmont Mirarmar’s lobby restaurant specializing in seasonal Californian cuisine. This year, head chef Jason Prendergast’s team is offering a pair of traditional and vegan-friendly four-course Thanksgiving menus. Omnivores start with a soup of honeynut squash tortellini and Parker House rolls with French butter, before moving onto a second course that includes duck rillettes with more typical holiday fare for the meat course and dessert. For vegans, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and mushrooms are the main affair, followed by a coconut panna cotta.

Hours: 2–8pm

Price: $88 per person or $56 per person (vegan)

Reservations: Call 310-319-3111.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Hollywood
  • price 3 of 4

Curtis Stone’s ultra-modern Hollywood chophouse is offering a four-course dine-in feast this Thanksgiving, starting with a carrot and apple soup and grilled little gem salad dressed with poached pears, date yogurt and hazelnuts. Rather than a simple breast cut, Stone opts for a roasted turkey crown served alongside a braised turkey leg and maple gravy. Each table will also receive family-style sides of honey-glazed roasted carrots, mole-spiced Brussels sprouts, sausage stuffing and cranberry sauce, as well as a sticky toffee pudding with persimmons and malted milk ice cream for dessert.

Menu: Curtis Stone’s ultra-modern Hollywood chophouse is offering a four-course dine-in feast this Thanksgiving, starting with a carrot and apple soup and grilled little gem salad dressed with poached pears, date yogurt and hazelnuts. Rather than a simple breast cut, Stone opts for a roasted turkey crown served alongside a braised turkey leg and maple gravy. Each table will also receive family-style sides of honey-glazed roasted carrots, mole-spiced Brussels sprouts, sausage stuffing and cranberry sauce, as well as a sticky toffee pudding with persimmons and malted milk ice cream for dessert.

Hours: 1–6:30pm 

Price: $90 per person

Reservations: Via OpenTable.

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Glendale
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: A dine-in meal at celebrity chef Michael Mina’s Glendale steakhouse is always a sure bet at the holidays. This Thanksgiving, you'll find an elegant three-course dinner featuring the traditional—roasted heritage turkey with cornbread stuffing and cranberry mostarda—and the more intriguing, such as verlasso salmon with XO sauce-laced delicata squash or a short rib mole negro, plus a bevy of sides for the table. Want to make it even classier? There are a number of high-ticket add-ons available, including osetra caviar, a chilled seafood sampler and Gosset Brut champagne.

Hours: 5–9:30pm

Price: $94 per person

Reservations: Call 818-839-4130.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Culver City
  • price 3 of 4

Etta, one of the best new restaurants in L.A. this fall, is also running a four-course Thanksgiving feast, complete with the Culver City restaurant’s signature picnic take on roast turkey. Start with black truffle-infused Parker House rolls before moving onto a chicory salad sprinkled with dates and almonds as well as spicy meatballs paired with dill yogurt. In addition to breast and thigh with potatoes, gravy and stuffing, the bird-centric main event includes a porcini mushroom ragu, Brussels sprouts and crispy bacon in honey Dijon vinaigrette, plus cannellini beans and braised kale bathed in a silky, Calabrian chili garlic confit. After all that, enjoy a slice of apple cranberry cobbler with cinnamon ice cream for dessert.

Hours: 2pm–8pm

Price: $95 per adult and $35 per child

Reservations: Via Sevenrooms.  

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  • Restaurants
  • Santa Monica
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Lunetta, Santa Monica’s best all-day eatery, will serve a three-course Thanksgiving meal this year on its two garden patios and newly renovated dining room. Choose from diver sea scallops, roasted chestnut soup or organic heart of palm salad as a starter, with a maple herb turkey plate served with cheesy potato gratin, rum pineapple candied yams, cranberries, gravy and stuffing. For those not in the mood for turkey, Lunetta will also be offering roasted veal shanks or a pan roasted black bass. Dessert choices include pumpkin pie, apple pie or a chocolate tart. 

Hours: 2–7pm

Price: $95 per person

Reservations: Via OpenTable.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Venice
  • price 2 of 4

Menu: Dine on smoked turkey and slow-roasted prime rib this Thanksgiving at Charcoal, Josiah Citrin’s modern Venice steakhouse, which will be serving a five-course dinner that skews gourmet but doesn’t skimp on wild mushroom stuffing, candied yams and cranberry sauce. Lemony yogurt and sumac-topped baked cabbage and Jerusalem artichoke rosemary soup start off this smoky Turkey Day feast, which features grilled escarole, charred pearl onions and romano beans, plus baked butternut squash.

Hours: 2:30pm–7:45pm 

Price: $105 per person

Reservations: Via Resy (indoor and outdoor options available).

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  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Santa Monica
  • price 4 of 4

If you’ve ever wanted to eat Thanksgiving dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean, now is your chance. Santa Monica luxury beachside hotel Casa del Mar is offering Thanksgiving meals at both lunch and dinner hours, as well as a children’s menu. Each three-course meal includes a choice of appetizer and entreé. Each main dish comes with distinct sides; in addition to a turkey plate with all the trimmings, Casa del Mar is also offering, for example, Wagyu beef short ribs with truffle mashed potatoes, maitake mushrooms and Brussels sprouts. For dessert, choose between pumpkin pecan pie, a chocolate poached pear tart and bread pudding with bourbon vanilla creme anglaise.

Hours: 11–4pm, 5–9pm

Price: $115 per adult and $45 per child

Reservations: Via OpenTable.

  • Hotels
  • Spa hotels
  • Beverly Hills
  • price 4 of 4

Menu: Go big this Thanksgiving at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire, where the hotel’s ground floor restaurant and lounge THEBlvd will be serving a three-course dinner accompanied by live music (from 2 to 10pm). Choose from three appetizers, including a honeynut squash soup, pear and arugula salad or pumpkin tortellini in brown butter sage sauce, then move onto turkey, short ribs or a vegetarian-friendly goat cheese and macadamia croquette. Apple pie or carrot cheesecake end this decadent 90210 Thanksgiving feast, which can be supplemented with caviar, chilled seafood and champagne.

Hours: 11:30am–9:30pm

Price: $115 per person ($55 for children 12 and under)

Reservations: 310-385-3901 or via OpenTable.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Santa Monica
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: In the mood for a fancier Thanksgiving? Chef Josiah Citrin’s eponymous restaurant—and the more casual counterpart to Michelin-starred Melissé—will be offering a three-course dinner, plus amuse bouche and traditional side dishes (recipes sourced from the chef’s mother). Though Citrin’s menu offers more conventional starters like pumpkin soup, it also includes three chef’s signature options: butternut squash agnolotti, koji cured yellowtail and maine diver scallops. For dessert, choose from fine dining versions of apple pumpkin and pecan pie, or a “Chocolate over Chocolate” in almond sauce. 

Hours: 2:30pm–7:45pm 

Price: $125 per person

Reservations: Via Resy.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Beverly Hills
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: If you’ve ever wanted a real buffet-style Thanksgiving, the Four Seasons Beverly Hills’ lobby restaurant is here to fulfill your most gluttonous, turkey-filled dreams. From open to 3pm, Culina’s team will be making classic breakfast and brunch dishes to order, with additional stations of seafood, seasonal and classic sides and of course, a ham and turkey carving station. The afternoon will also feature a Mediterranean-slash-Italian station (3–6pm) with couscous, pasta and more. Picky small eaters can also choose from a bevy of traditional American comfort foods at the kid’s station and everyone at the table can pick from over 15 different pies, cakes and sweets for dessert.

Hours: 10am–6pm

Price: $139 per adult, $65 for kids 12 and under

Reservations: Call 310-860-4000.

Looking to dine at home instead? Try these great Thanksgiving takeout options.

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