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The best places for Thanksgiving dinner in Los Angeles

Visit one of these restaurants for a patio Thanksgiving dinner that’s got all the necessary trimmings.

Written by
Stephanie Breijo

Due to new restrictions across Los Angeles County, restaurants will not be permitted to open for onsite dining this Thanksgiving. The new ban on dine-in service, even patio seating, goes into effect at 10pm on Wednesday, November 25, and will last for at least three weeks. Find more on the county's new restrictions here.

While the turkey-happy holiday will certainly look and feel different this year, a few L.A. restaurants are opening up their patios for a distanced and alfresco Thanksgiving dinner, lunch or brunch for a bit of normalcy and cooking reprieve. Forget the hours spent tending to the turkey and heating up your house in this unseasonably warm November—instead, take advantage of the temperate evenings and spend the holiday on a patio with pies, prix-fixe menus, family-style feasts—whether it be turkey-centric, vegetarian or even vegan. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here—just like you’ll find a clean, unused kitchen when you return home.

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Here’s where to dine (outdoors) for Thanksgiving dinner in Los Angeles

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

Menu: The Miramar Hotel’s restaurant named for a famous Santa Monica landmark—the Moreton Bay Fig tree—offers, maybe unsurprisingly, a large tree-dotted patio. It’s here you’ll find both an omnivore’s Thanksgiving feast as well as a vegan one, giving you plenty of options. The family-style meat-included option involves organic Mary’s turkey that’s been brined in molasses, sage and rosemary; Flannery dry-aged prime rib with horseradish butter; caramelized-onion, gruyere and chive biscuits; crème fraîche and chive whipped potatoes; charred Brussels sprouts with ’nduja crumbs and onion cream; and pumpkin pie and a pear-and-ginger cobbler with thyme ice cream. Going vegan? Expect charred cauliflower with gremolata and sunchoke chips; Brussels sprouts with hazelnuts and saba; roasted mushrooms with gravy and pickled cranberries; and coconut panna cotta for dessert, along with passion fruit and crystalized mint.

Hours: 3–9pm

Price: $85 per adult for omnivore menu; $65 per adult for vegan menu; $25 per child; free for kids 5 and under

Reservations: 310-319-3111

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

Menu: This year, why limit yourself to turkey? Prime rib and spice institution Lawry’s is giving you the best of both worlds with an à la carte spread that offers a little something for all—including a meal of both turkey and prime rib. Each turkey entrée includes mashed potatoes, the famous spinning bowl, cranberry sauce, stuffing and gravy, while the all-beef dishes arrive as more traditional Lawry’s fare: with Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes and the spinning bowl salad. There are à la carte lobster tails, too, not to mention plenty of dessert. Find the full menu here.

Price: $9–$75

Reservations: 310-652-2827

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Koreatown
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: What happens when a Michelin-starred chef opens a boutique-hotel restaurant? You get Josiah Cirtrin helming the LINE LA’s Openaire, a greenhouse and poolside restaurant with innovative plates prepped with a keen attention to detail. This Thanksgiving you can bask in that alfresco setting during a full-on autumnal prix-fixe feast. The menu is still forthcoming but promises all the traditional fixins.

Hours: noon–8:30pm

Price: $85 per person

Reservations: 213-368-3065

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Beverly Hills
  • price 4 of 4

Menu: This iconic restaurant is already beloved for its glamorous patio, and now you can spend Thanksgiving there. On November 26 the Polo Lounge is hosting a three-course Thanksgiving brunch complete with dishes such as smoked-salmon tartine; the Polo Lounge crab cake; roast heritage-breed turkey with all the fixins; black truffle scrambled eggs; grilled prime rib; mushroom ravioli; and of course desserts. Find the full menu here.

Hours: 11am–8pm

Price: $175 per adult; $60 per child 12 and under

Reservations: 310-887-2777

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Santa Monica Mountains

Menu: Want to escape without leaving town? Head to this picture-perfect mountain lodge for its rustic four-course meal that lets you choose from hearty dishes like wagyu short ribs under a truffle glaze; grilled-pheasant caesar salad; bison tartare with crispy capers; elk tenderloin with a bacon-and-pumpkin ragout; and roast turkey breast with leg confit and sausage-and-apple stuffing. Pro tip: Don’t leave before your choice of pumpkin pie, fudge brownies with berries and ice cream, or Saddle Peak Lodge’s signature banana-and-huckleberry bread pudding.

Hours: noon–8pm

Price: $105 per adult, $65 per child 12 and under

Reservations: 818-222-3888

  • Restaurants
  • Downtown Financial District

Menu: Take in the view with your turkey this year at Spire 73’s sky-high Thanksgiving dinner, where you’ll be dining atop Downtown’s InterContinental hotel. The three-course prix fixe begins with butternut squash soup with roasted-pepper purée and pepita dust, then progresses to a main course of thyme-and-sage–roast turkey breast with orange-and-cinnamon sweet potatoes, fresh corn, and sausage-and-walnut stuffing. It ends on a sweet note with pumpkin pecan pie topped with spiced whipped cream, of course just about nothing could be sweeter than Spire 73’s views of the city. 

Price: $50 per person

Reservations: 213-688-7777 or book online

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


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