Forget the hours spent tending to the turkey and heating up your house in this unseasonably warm November—this year, spend Thanksgiving at some of L.A.’s best restaurants, which just so happen to be hosting brunch, lunch or dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Buffets, bottomless bubbly and prix-fixe menus abound, and so do the turkey-centric feasts and vegetarian and vegan options. 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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Best places for Thanksgiving dinner in Los Angeles
Menu: Craving flourishes on the classics? Make your way to Barton G., where this year’s three-course family-style menu includes a starter of roasted-squash salad with chicories, aged gouda and a caramel-apple vinaigrette, then moves to herb-roasted heritage turkey breast with confit leg and gravy, apple-and-sage stuffing and maple-candied root vegetables, with sides of whipped butternut squash with almond streusel, and a potato gratin featuring truffle cream. Finish with spiced pumpkin mousse atop a warm blondie and some snickerdoodle caramel corn.
Menu: This feast at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel is one of the classiest on our list, most notably because it includes live music and bottomless bubbly. The family-style feast's starters include butternut squash risotto, creamed corn chowder, and lobster cavatelli, while entrées involve upscale takes on all the holiday staples: free-range roast turkey with sage stuffing, pinot noir cranberry sauce, green bean almondine and buttermilk mashed potatoes; filet of beef with celery root, cipollini onions, and truffle; and seared salmon with Brussels sprouts with pomegranate and salmon roe. Have a sweet tooth? This option includes an entire dessert buffet, so go big.
Price: $140 per adult, $65 per child 12 and under
Menu: This Glendale steakhouse is always a sure bet at the holidays, and this Thanksgiving, you'll find an elegant three-course dinner featuring the traditional—roasted heritage turkey with sage stuffing and cranberry mostarda—and the more intriguing, such as branzino with butternut squash caponata or a short rib tomahawk with hazelnut and carrots, with a bevy of sides for the table. Want to make it even classier? There are a number of high-ticket dishes available for a few extra dollars, such as chilled-seafood samplers, a 20-ounce dry-aged bone-in rib eye, and even Michael Mina’s beloved lobster pot pie.
Price: $89 per person
Menu: Why dine landlocked when you can dine harborside? This new Marina del Rey spot is doing its Thanksgiving right on the water, with gorgeous views and a three-course prix-fix. Starters include options like corn-and-scallop chowder and some poached lobster with asparagus, while the mains offer roast turkey breast with chestnut stuffing and haricots verts, and braised lamb shank with Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. Dessert? Why, a pecan torte or some chocolate chocolate pumpkin cheesecake, naturally.
Price: $79 per person
Menu: If you want your plans to skew a bit more casual, there's almost no spot in town offering a low-key dinner that's also got a phenomenal selection of pies. The K-town location of quality burger joint Cassell's also happens to be selling one of the best deals in town this year: A $19 plate that includes cider-brined turkey; mashed potatoes with gravy; truffle-and-balsamic–glazed Brussels sprouts; stuffing; cranberry sauce; roasted butternut squash; and a pineapple-and-shallot buttered roll from neighbors DFC Ghost Kitchen. Purchase pie slices à la carte from the rotating case, or snag a whole one to-go.
Price: $19 per plate
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 chopped salad with persimmons and candied pecans; your choice of spiced lentil tempeh or scallopini with cherry cabernet sauce, mashed potatoes with porcini gravy, currants-studded Brussels sprouts and sweet potato biscuits; and a sweet finish of either pumpkin mousse or cranberry sorbet.
Menu: Chef Curtis Stone and Gwen's chef de cuisine, Juan Rendon, are giving us a prix-fixe meal that skews classic and fine-dining, and in one of our favorite dining rooms, to boot. Dishes include the likes of parsnip soup with walnuts and pancetta; turkey with gravy and braised turkey leg; and sides such as buttermilk cornbread stuffing, duck fat fried potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce. Finish with sweet potato tarts with maple-and-bourbon ice cream, and petit fours. If you’re one of those domesticated types hellbent on making your own meal, the butcher shop is selling turkeys, smoked ham, Scottish game (phaesant, hare, etc.) and even geese to aid you in your delicious endeavor.
Menu: Classics are hard to beat, and Downtown's chic, modern steakhouse—somewhat of an L.A. classic in and of itself—is doing them up this Thanksgiving. Nick & Stef's is offering its full à la carte menu, replete with succulent scallops and some of the best dry-aged steaks in the city, but it's also vending a special that's sure to please Turkey Day purists: roast turkey served with chestnut stuffing, potato purée, candied butternut squash, pickled cranberry compote and, of course, turkey gravy
Price: $55 per person
Menu: Anyone familiar with the NoMad and its signature truffle chicken is aware that the hotel and restaurant knows its way around a bird, making this a reliable choice for a Thanksgiving feast. This year, the NoMad is celebrating the holiday with a three-course prix-fixe menu that involves your choice of French onion soup or a beet salad with whipped goat cheese; family-style turkey breast with braised turkey leg and heirloom carrots; braised short rib with sweet potato; and sides of butternut squash, cranberry sauce, brioche stuffing, potatoes and gravy. Then, choose between pumpkin or apple desserts, some sorbet, or the famed milk and honey ice cream. More into leftovers? The lobby coffee shop will keep regular hours on Friday and offer Thanksgiving-leftover sandwiches, which is something I think we can all get behind.
Menu: Want to escape without leaving town? Head to this rustic mountain lodge for a 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 with leg confit and sausage-and-apple stuffing. Pro tip: Don’t leave before the pumpkin pie or signature banana-huckleberry bread pudding.
Price: $105 per adult, $65 per child 12 and under
Menu: Have the most L.A. Thanksgiving ever with a poolside dinner. This European-inspired spot at the Avalon Hotel is offering a prix-fixe, three-course dinner in a breezy, laid-back space. Guests can choose from dishes like kale salad with persimmon and almond; slow-roasted turkey with garlic mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts; butternut squash risotto with pepita seeds and sage; and roast beef with mashed potatoes, vegetables and au jus—and for dessert, a choice of pumpkin or apple pie.
Price: $65 per adult