The best places for Thanksgiving dinner in Los Angeles

Visit one of these restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner in Los Angeles with friends and family—no cleanup required
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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 L.A.'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 thankful they opted for one of these Thanksgiving dinners in Los Angeles—and left the cooking to the professionals.

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Best places for Thanksgiving dinner in Los Angeles

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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Akasha

icon-location-pin Culver City

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."

Hours: 1-8pm

Price: $80 per adult, $35 per child (10 and under)

Reservations: 310-845-1700

Photograph: Courtesy AR Cucina/Rob Stark
Restaurants, Italian

AR Cucina

icon-location-pin Culver City

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.

Hours: 2-8pm

Price: $65 per adult, $35 per child (10 and under)

Reservations: 310-558-8800

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Restaurants, American

Barton G.

icon-location-pin La Cienega

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.

Hours: 6-10pm

Price: $65

Reservations: 310-388-1888

Restaurants, Patisseries

The Bazaar and Tres by José Andrés

icon-location-pin Central LA

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 AndrésThe 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

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Bourbon Steak
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Restaurants, Steakhouse

Bourbon Steak

icon-location-pin Glendale

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.

Hours: 2-8pm

Price: $75, with wine pairings available at an additional cost

Reservations: 818-839-4130

Restaurants, Contemporary American

Café Pinot

icon-location-pin Downtown Financial District

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.

Hours: 2-8pm

Price: $65 per adult; $29 per child (10 and under)  

Reservations: 213-239-6500

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Costero California Bar & Bistro

icon-location-pin LAX/Westchester

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. 

Hours: 11am-10pm

Price: $35

Reservation: 310-642-4820

Photograph: Courtesy Craft Los Angeles/Robert Schwartz
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Craft Los Angeles

icon-location-pin Century City

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.

Hours: 1-8pm

Price: $140

Reservation: 310-279-4180

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Restaurants, Vegan

Crossroads Kitchen

icon-location-pin Melrose

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.

Hours: noon-5pm

Price: $80

Reservations: 323-782-9245

Champagne Dinners at Culina
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Restaurants, Italian

Culina

icon-location-pin Beverly Hills

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.

Hours: 11am-6pm

Price: $129 per adult, $65 per child (age five to 12)

Reservations: 310-860-4000

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Restaurants, American

Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant

icon-location-pin Hollywood

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.

Hours: 2-6pm

Price: $75

Reservations: 323-946-7500

Restaurants, American

Ivory on Sunset

icon-location-pin West Hollywood

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.

Hours: noon-8pm

Price: $65

Reservations: 323-848-6000

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Photograph: Courtesy Lawry's The Prime Rib
Restaurants, Steakhouse

Lawry's the Prime Rib

icon-location-pin Beverly Hills

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.

Hours: 11am-9pm

Price: $39, with additions available

Reservations: 310-652-2827

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Restaurants, French

Le Petit Paris

icon-location-pin Downtown Historic Core

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.

Hours: 11am-10pm

Price: $55 per adult, $30 per child (nine and under)

Reservations: 213-217-4445

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Restaurants, Steakhouse

Mastro's Steakhouse

icon-location-pin Beverly Hills

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.

Hours: 2-9pm

Price: Various

Reservations: mastrosrestaurants.com

The Pikey
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Restaurants, British

The Pikey

icon-location-pin Hollywood

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.

Hours: 1pm-2am

Price: $45 for turkey dinner; à la carte items for $3.50-$19 

Reservations: 323-850-5400

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Restaurants, Californian

Playa Provisions

icon-location-pin Playa del Rey

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. 

Hours: 3-8pm

Price: $35 per adult, $18 per child

Reservations: 310-683-5019

Saddle Peak Lodge
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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Saddle Peak Lodge

icon-location-pin Santa Monica Mountains

Menu: Head to the rustic mountain lodge for a four-course meal that lets you choose from hearty dishes like wild-mushroom agnolotti, seared elk tenderloin, roasted turkey with sausage-and-apple stuffing, and grilled quail with bacon-and-cornbread dressing. Pro tip: Don't leave before the pumpkin pie or banana-huckleberry bread pudding.

Hours: noon-8pm

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

Reservations: 818-222-3888

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Restaurants, Californian

Tavern

icon-location-pin Brentwood

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. 

Hours: 1-8pm

Price: $95 per adult; $45 per child (10 and under); free for children four and under

Reservations: 310-806-6464

terranea, terranea resort, palos verdes
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Hotels, Boutique hotels

Terranea

icon-location-pin Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates

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).

Hours: Various

Price: $20-$130

Reservations: 310-494-7891 or online at terrenea.com

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Photograph: Courtesy WOLF
Restaurants, Californian

WOLF

icon-location-pin Melrose

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.

Hours: 4-9pm

Price: $75, with beverage pairing available at an additional cost

Reservations: 323-424-7735

Looking to dine at home instead this Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving in Los Angeles: Turkey at Tavern
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Restaurants, American

Your Thanksgiving dinner to go

If you want to enjoy the goodness of a delicious Thanksgiving meal in your own home without having to turn the oven on, these restaurants are offering Thanksgiving dinners to go, with options for vegans and meat lovers alike.

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