Best places for Thanksgiving dinner in Los Angeles
Menu: At Culver City's Akasha, Thanksgiving goes modern with a prix-fixe California-inspired menu full of persimmon-and-pomegranate salad; gluten-free cornbread; herb-roasted organic turkey with chestnut-and-sage stuffing; herb-roasted mushrooms; broccoli-and-cauliflower gratin; and an entire pie buffet. You had us at "pie buffet."
Price: $80 per adult, $35 per child (10 and under)
Menu: Head down the street from Akasha and settle in at chef Akasha Richmond's Italian concept. Expect an untraditional but mouthwatering four-course prix-fixe feast including porchetta-style turkey with sage-and-chestnut stuffing; branzino with braised kale; wild-mushroom ragu; sweet potatoes with chestnut honey; olives with fennel and orange; house-made foccaccia; and pumpkin-ricotta cheesecake.
Price: $65 per adult, $35 per child (10 and under)
Menu: Make your way to Barton G., the nexus of whimsy and decadence, for a very fall-inspired Thanksgiving. This year's three-course menu includes roasted pumpkin soup with maple crème fraîche; herb-roasted turkey breast with confit leg served with apricot-and-sage stuffing, as well as parsnip-and-potato mash, roasted Brussels sprouts with a pistachio crumble, and candied yams; and pumpkin doughnuts with a side of cranberry compote, pumpkin butter, spiced warm chocolate and cinnamon anglaise.
Menu: Do Turkey Day the José Andrés way with not one, not two but three options for Thanksgiving feasting. Tres by José Andrés, in the SLS Beverly Hills, will offer a brunch buffet that involves a carving station for roasted, organic turkey; a chilled-seafood selection; caviar; pastries; cheese; and charcuterie. Then at dinner, enjoy a three-course meal involving haricort vert; roasted pumpkin and corn soup, pimenton-marinated turkey, seared halibut, pumpkin cremosa with mascarpone ice cream and more.
At The Bazaar by José Andrés, The prix-fixe holiday meal offers family-style turkey and sides such as papas Canarias, cranberry sauce, mashed sweet potatoes, fried Brussels sprouts, Catalan spinach, giblet stuffing and other treats.
Tres Hours: 11:30am-4pm for brunch; 5-10pm for dinner. The Bazaar hours: 4-10pm.
Tres Price: $85 per adult, $42 per child (12 and under) for brunch; $75 for dinner. The Bazaar price: $95 per adult, $45 per child (12 and under).
Reservations: (310) 246-5551
Menu: Head to Glendale for an elegant, three-course dinner featuring the traditional—roasted heritage turkey with sage stuffing and cranberry compote—and the more exotic, like pan-seared scallops with roasted cauliflower and tamarind brown butter, or the green bean and mushroom espuma. Bird’s not the word? There’s also the 18-ounce dry-aged, bone-in ribeye.
Price: $75, with wine pairings available at an additional cost
Menu: This California-French restaurant with a gorgeous outdoor patio will be serving a dinner with both traditional fare and a few brow-raising dishes, to boot. Find turkey with roasted-apple stuffing as well as bucatini with crispy sweetbreads, bacon, capers, lemon, and black-pepper breadcrumbs on this three-course prix-fixe menu.
Price: $65 per adult; $29 per child (10 and under)
Menu: On the move for the holidays? Costero's California-inspired dining is right near LAX, situated in the Sheraton Gateway hotel.This year, find an affordable three-course meal that includes cognac-scented lobster bisque; turkey with mushroom-leek dressing; salmon with lobster-and-truffle succotash; and mini pumpkin or apple pies for dessert.
Menu: The feast at Tom Colicchio’s acclaimed restaurant begins with family-style starters such as pork belly with butternut squash and sage, then proceeds to your choice of roasted, organic free-range turkey; braised lamb; fish; and pasta. Pass around the family-style sides such as sausage-and-raisin stuffing and Brussels sprouts. Don’t forget the selection of fall-inspired desserts, artfully whipped up by pastry chef Shannon Swindle.
Menu: Crossroads' all-vegan Thanksgiving is back, once again proving a plant-based holiday menu is nothing to scoff at. This year, dig into four courses of autumnal-appropriate dishes such as butternut squash bisque with nutmeg crème fraîche; a spiced chickpea cake with cranberry cabernet sauce, Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes with porcini gravy and other fixins; and a chocolate tart with kabocha squash jam.
Menu: As if it were turning into Willy Wonka's factory on Thanksgiving, Culina in the Beverly Hills' Four Seasons is offering an enormous and wondrous procession of tastes, sights and smells. Complete with its own "pie factory" experience, this buffet offers a breakfast station from 11am to 3pm (with Benedicts, blintzes and made-to-order omelets) and a crepe station from 3 to 6pm with both sweet and savory options. Throughout the day there's a raw bar, a sushi station, a carving station—this is where you'll find the more traditional turkey and ham—plus a dim sum station, a cheese station and a salad station. Wear something comfortable and with a little give.
Price: $129 per adult, $65 per child (age five to 12)
Menu: Chef Curtis Stone's four-course, prix-fixe meal skews classic with dishes such as white onion velouté, and heritage turkey served with cranberry sauce, roasted Brussels sprouts, puréed potatoes, stuffing and green bean casserole. Finish with pumpkin pie or pecan pie, naturally.
If you prefer your Thanksgiving feast with a side of gorgeous view, the Ivory on Sunset sits above West Hollywood, and on Turkey Day, will be offering a family-style, three-course meal of turkey, salmon or prime rib, with squash soup, grilled octopus, kale salad and of course pie—with even more sides available as add-ons. Check out the full menu here.
Menu: Go old-school at none other than Lawry's, the prime-rib institution with more than 75 years under its belt. During its annual Thanksgiving feast, enjoy tableside-carved turkey with all the trimmings: whipped mashed potatoes, gravy, cornbread apple-and-sage stuffing and cranberry sauce. It wouldn't be Thanksgiving at Lawry's without prime rib, so you'll also have the option of the turkey-and-prime-rib meal ($45) or an entire prime-rib dinner ($41-$64). Finish it off with desserts including pumpkin pie or English trifle for $9 apiece.
Price: $39, with additions available
Menu: Bring a bit of Paris romance to your holiday with an all-day, French, prix-fixe Thanksgiving feast including but not limited to escargots cassoulet with cauliflower, bacon and garlic cream; slow-roasted turkey breast with garlic, butter, rosemary, cauliflower gratin and gravy; lobster ravioli; and a chocolate-and-pecan tart.
Price: $55 per adult, $30 per child (nine and under)
Menu: Mastro's won't be serving a special Thanksgiving menu, but it will be serving up some decadent meals and gorgeous vistas on Turkey Day. Of course this means you'll be foregoing actual turkey, but who in your family would complain about that when they've got a seafood tower, truffle gnocchi, lobster mashed potatoes, killer steaks and a plate of warm butter cake in front of them? Opt for the Malibu location for the best view.
Menu: Sure, Thanksgiving's an American holiday, but that's no reason you can't celebrate in a British pub. The Pikey's prix-fixe turkey dinner includes a slow-roasted turkey breast, a deep-friend turkey leg, scalloped potatoes, fall succotash, cheddar biscuits, mac and cheese, pumpkin pie and more. Those looking for Pikey classics, vegetarian options and small bites can find them on the à la carte menu, which includes oysters, traditional pub fare and mains such as pumpkin ravioli with toasted walnuts.
Price: $45 for turkey dinner; à la carte items for $3.50-$19
Menu: Take Turkey to the beach at Playa Provisions, which is offering a downright steal of a meal: just $35 to feast on turkey or ham, plus side of chicory salad with blue cheese, pine nuts, apples and sherry vinaigrette; green beans with creamy mustard vinaigrette; roasted acorn squash with sage and brown butter; sausage-and-chestnut stuffing; and of course cranberry sauce. Finish with maple yams with toasted Earl Grey marshmallows, and Pumpkin Pie.
Price: $35 per adult, $18 per child
anana-huckleberry bread pudding.
Price: $105 per adult, $65 per child (12 and under)
Menu: Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne are bringing a little something for everyone to their Thanksgiving table, with options for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike. Settle in for a three-course meal including such plates as herb-roasted organic turkey breast and stuffed leg with mashed potatoes, gravy and Brussels sprouts with pancetta and thyme, or the "vegan thanksgiving extravaganza," which offers sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, fingerling potatoes and Suzanne’s stuffing with almonds, dates and black kale.
Price: $95 per adult; $45 per child (10 and under); free for children four and under
Menu: Turn your turkey day into a getaway with oceanfront dining in a resort that offers not one but seven dine-in options. Find an Asian-inspired feast at Bashi ($36 per person); a buffet with live music in the grand ballroom ($105 per person); Catalina Kitchen’s buffet, complete with raw bar and carving station ($98 per person); a traditional, more elegant feast featuring Mar’sel’s stunning views ($130 per person); a traditional and casual meal at Nelson’s ($28 per person); a poolside turkey-sandwich affair at the Grill ($20 per person); and Turkey Day classics and bites with a side of sports in the Lobby Bar (à la carte).
Reservations: 310-494-7891 or online at terrenea.com
Menu: Marcel Vigneron's rustic and eclectic restaurant on Melrose is bringing its usual culinary and aesthetically pleasing A-game to Thanksgiving, with a prix-fixe meal that involves brined turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy; chestnut stuffing with ras el hanout and sweet potato; roasted carrot, turnip, sunchoke and salsify with a thyme glaze; and a pumpkin-and-banana bundt cake with candied walnuts and whipped cream. You can even order the “leftovers” supplement for an extra $15, which means Vigneron will send you packing at the end of your meal with an additional Thanksgiving serving you can enjoy the next day.
Price: $75, with beverage pairing available at an additional cost