For some, the thought of hosting Thanksgiving dinner at home is enough to prompt a full-on turkey tantrum (No? Just us?). This year, celebrate Thanksgiving without the hassle of DIY cooking and cleaning by dining at one of LA's Thanksgiving restaurants for brunch, lunch or dinner on Thanksgiving Day. From buffets to prix-fixe menus, turkey-centric feasts to vegetarian meals, everyone will be glad they opted for one of these Thanksgiving restaurants—and left the cooking to the professionals.
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Your Thanksgiving restaurants guide
Menu: The buffet features a carving station with roasted turkey, turkey roulade and house cured honey baked ham; truffle mac and cheese, Yukon Gold potato puree, green bean casserole, roasted brussels sprouts, candied yams; and a dessert station with pumpkin cheesecake, pecan pie and pumpkin crème brûlée.
Price: $30, plus $10 for bottomless mimosas
Menu: Come early for a full—and free!—plate that includes red lentil butternut squash holiday loaf, stuffing, mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, roasted vegetables, mixed greens, pumpkin pie and apple and pomegranate spritzer.
Reservations: First-come, first-serve
Menu: Mixing American tradition with French influences, the Thanksgiving menu at Esterel features salmon and short ribs, along with a turkey carving station, creamed Kennebec potatoes and salad with butternut squash and pickled cranberries.
Menu: A buffet includes traditional Thanksgiving fare such as roasted turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and more, as well as breakast and brunch items like Belgian waffles, Alaskan crab legs, eggs Benedict and omelets. A dessert section offers a selection of pies, homemade ice cream and fresh donuts.
Price: $109 per adult, $54 per child (5 to 12)
Menu: Sambar's Indian fusion buffet includes butternut squash and onion fritters, roasted turkey breast porchetta, chestnut stuffing, basmati rice biryani, mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, candied yams, curried cauliflower, cranberry chutney, mango cheesecake and more.
Price: $48 per adult, $12 per child (12 and under)
Menu: Scarpetta's decadent buffet treats diners from start to finish, with a selection of crudi (oysters, salmon and snow crab legs, to name a few), followed by sausage stuffing, cornbread, root vegetables, turkey, leg of lamb, Scarpetta's famous spaghetti and more.
Price: $108 per adult, $38 per child (5-12), plus $22 for bottomless mimosas, bloody marys and bellinis
Menu: The prix-fixe holiday meal lets diners choose from turkey or seabass, along with a bevy of sides like cranberry sauce, giblet stuffing, vegetable stew and sweet potatoes. To finish, select either the pumpkin cremosa or a pecan tart.
Menu: Both a prix-fixe menu and à la carte items from the raw bar are available at The Hungry Cat's Santa Monica and Hollywood locations. Feast on a roasted persimmon salad, deep fried turkey, roasted sweet potatoes, spiced cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, or opt for the vegetarian option that offers house-made rigatoni with chanterelle mushroom ragu.
Price: $70 per adult, $35 per child (12 and under), plus $13 per cocktail
Reservations: 323-462-2155 (Hollywood) or 310-459-3337 (Santa Monica)
Menu: The pub's turkey dinner includes a slow-roasted turkey breast with baked onion, buttermilk biscuits, classic green bean casserole and gravy or a deep fried turkey leg with corn bread, hot sauce and two sides. The Pikey classics, vegetarian options and other à la carte items are also available.
Price: $40 for turkey dinner; à la carte items for $3-$20
Menu: The newly opened restaurant in Beverly Hills is kicking off its first Thanksgiving with a prix-fixe menu that begins with a selection of canapes. Share plates of turkey, roasted sugar pumpkin, smoked potato purée, brioche with wild mushroom, French green beans and cranberry compote, followed by caramel pear tartine and cookies. Cocktails are available for purchase, including spiced mulled cider with rum.
Price: $68 per adult, $25 per child (3 to 12)