LA’s Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide

By Lesley Balla  |  November 15, 2016
Credit: Bouchon Bistro

Some people love to cook the whole Thanksgiving spread from start to finish; others like to pick up a bunch of prepared food to make it look like they slaved for hours. And the rest just want the taste of turkey and all the trimmings — or avoid it all together — and head out to one of the myriad restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day around town. Here's your ultimate holiday primer, from restaurants open on November 24 to great pick-up options for vegans, macrobiotics, meat eaters and more.

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day 2016 in Los Angeles

71AboveBe grateful for living in this fine city while overlooking the entire city. Chefs Vartan Abgaryan and Gregory Baumgartner will whip up a three-course feast on Thanksgiving Day, which includes choices like roasted kabocha squash soup with spiced pumpkin seeds; roast turkey with brioche stuffing and turkey confit fritter; sides including roasted sweet potato with chili and lemon aïoli, Brussels sprouts with hazelnuts, baked mac 'n' cheese and cranberry orange sauce; and desserts like vanilla-poached cranberries with applesauce sorbet, brown sugar biscuit and compressed cardamom apples. $70 for adults; $45 for kids. 1–7 PM.

Manuela: Newly opened in the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel building in the Arts District, chef Wes Whitsell is offering a prix fixe Thanksgiving feast for the holiday. Menu highlights include smoked turkey, rack of lamb, creamed potatoes, green bean almondine, broccoli and rice casserole, corn bread stuffing and sweet potato cheesecake. Reservations of six or more will need to choose their proteins when making the reservation. $80 for adults; $35 for children under 12. 

AR Cucina: Have an Italian Thanksgiving feast at Akasha Richmond's new Culver City restaurant. There will be antipasti to share with the table, including Sicilian olive and vegetable salad, Tuscan chopped liver, house breads and crostini; your choice of dishes like lettuces with almond ricotta and hazelnuts, or pumpkin-filled pasta with brown butter and sage; and main course options, including turkey breast porchetta with braised dark meat, mashed potatoes, sage and chestnut stuffing and marsala gravy; sides for the table plus desserts galore. $65 per person; $35 for kids 12 and under. 2–7 PM.

Alma at The Standard: Chef Ari Taymor will dish out a family-style feast for $65 per person that includes deviled eggs and other canapés; hay-roasted chicken and gravy; cornbread and Tasso ham stuffing; salt-baked yams with dandelion salsa; frisee salad with apple, hazelnut and smoked maple; and warm cranberry pecan upside down cake for dessert. Some proceeds will go to Alma Community Outreach, which helps low-income communities grow, harvest and cook their own food.

Tuck Room Tavern: For anyone whose Thanksgiving includes going to the movies, you might as well hit two birds with one stone at this iPic Theaters-adjacent spot. Sherry Yard has doctored up a holiday menu for Thursday that includes acorn squash bisque, an autumn salad, herb-roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing and all the fixings, plus a three-layered pumpkin pie. $55 for adults.

L.A. Chapter: In addition to the regular menu at the Ace hotel Downtown, there is a $40 three-course holiday offering with turkey with red wine bordelaise, schmaltz pomme puree and wilted greens; root vegetable panzanella; and sweet potato pie. Dishes can be ordered a la carte as well. 11 AM–9 PM.

Melisse: The lovely Santa Monica restaurant always feels celebratory. A three-course menu is available with dishes like pumpkin soup with chestnut and smoked bacon; herb-roasted free-range turkey with chanterelle, apple and brioche stuffing; and a choice of three of Josiah Citrin’s mom’s favorite sides, like creamed spinach, praline pecan yams and fresh cranberry sauce. $95 per person; $42 for kids eight and under; 3–7 PM.

Charcoal: Citrin's more casual Venice spot is also open for the holiday. The menu includes the famous cabbage baked in embers with yogurts, sumac and zest; salad with apples, feta and pumpkin seeds; coal-roasted beets with lemon-scented horseradish; smoked turkey with wild mushroom stuffing; slow-roasted prime rib; smoked peewee potatoes, baked sweet potato, braised collard greens and cranberry sauce for sides; and pie for dessert. $65 per person.


Cafe GratitudeThe Arts District vegan restaurant once again holds its annual free Thanksgiving dinner. The whole thing is animal-free, from the butternut sage lentil loaf to the pumpkin pie for dessert. It’s first come, first serve, and any donations received during service will be donated to a selected charity. If you want to eat, get there early. 11 AM–3 PM (while supplies last).

Playa Provisions: A family-friendly dinner spread is available on Thanksgiving Day for $35 per person, which includes a choice of roast turkey or mustard-crusted ham, chicory salad with blue cheese and apples, green beans with creamy mustard vinaigrette, roasted acorn squash, and sweet sausage and chestnut stuffing. There will be pumpkin pie for dessert, of course. 3–8 PM.

Saddle Peak Lodge: Head out to the hideaway in the Santa Monica Mountains for the traditional Thanksgiving feast. Choices from the menu include endive salad with candied pecans and blue cheese; roasted butternut squash soup with melted leeks and housemade ricotta; mixed wild mushroom agnolotti with black truffle sauce; venison meatballs with melted mozzarella and marinara; roasted Diestel Farms turkey with sage stuffing, mashed yams, hericot vert and cranberry sauce; and spiced pumpkin pie or chocolate buckwheat brownie sundae for dessert. $95 per person; $45 for kids.

Bourbon Steak: The holiday menu at Michael Mina's Glendale steakhouse will feature things like pan-seared scallops with roasted cauliflower and tamarind brown butter; heirloom beets with burrata with persimmons, walnuts and prosciutto; a dry-aged bone-in rib-eye with braised onions; roasted arctic char with turnips and broccoli; and of course roast turkey with sage stuffing and cranberry compote. There are myriad side dishes to order for the table plus desserts. $65 per person with $35 wine pairings available.

Georgie: Geoffrey Zakarian's first LA Thanksgiving at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills will include herb-roasted turkey, seasonal sides like porcini and sausage stuffing, whipped potatoes, and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. $92 for adults; $35 for children (ages 5-12) and free for kids 4 and under; 12–9 PM.

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air: The tony Bel Air restaurant will be serving a prix fixe menu that includes pumpkin soup with truffles, apple salad, roasted heritage turkey, potato purée and more. 4:30–9:30 PM. $165 per person.

Culina: Expect the usual lavish brunch buffet at the Four Seasons on Thanksgiving Day, including several stations for roast turkey and glazed ham; charcuterie; salads; desserts and more. The usual brunch fare will also be available, which means donuts with do-it-yourself toppings. Might as well kick off the holiday season right. $119 for adults; $59 for kids 12 and under. Seatings are available, 11 AM–6 PM (brunch offerings are done at 3 PM).

One Pico and Coast: The Shutters on the Beach restaurants are both open for Thanksgiving Day feasts, with a $95 three-course menu at One Pico, and a $48 menu at the more casual Coast.

Cast & Plow: Thanksgiving lunch and dinner options will be available at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey. What goes better with that view than pumpkin soup with candied pumpkin seeds, honey-glazed organic turkey, pot roast and pumpkin gnocchi? Two courses plus a dessert buffet at lunch is $95 per person; three courses for dinner is $90.

Order Ahead and Take Thanksgiving Dinner Home


MB Post: Those bacon buttermilk biscuits from the Manhattan Beach spot are almost mandatory for the holiday table. Order by the dozen ($36) to pick up. If you want the full spread, there's whole herb-brined turkeys ready to roast with veggies, stock and cooking instructions, along with prepared sides like along brioche stuffing studded with pork sausage, cranberry kumquat relish, butter-laden mashed potatoes, and turkey gravy. Pumpkin pie, too. Everything is priced a la carte: Turkeys are $90 or $120, sides range $12–$18 or all four for $50. Orders must be placed by Sunday, Nov. 19, with pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Gwen: If you're doing all the cooking yourself, Curtis and Luke Stone's Hollywood butcher shop has special BN Ranch turkeys, both heritage and broad-breasted, available. Call now to reserve — orders will be taken through Nov. 23 while supplies last.

The Cannibal: Pick up turkeys and pies at the Culver City butcher shop and $5 from every order will go to Chef's Cycle: No Kid Hungry. Orders must be placed by Friday, Nov. 18, with pick up between Nov. 21–24. The raw Mary's organic turkey are around $8 per pound (to do it yourself), or get chef Francis Derby's brined and roast turkey for $12.99 per pound. Pies come in pumpkin or Dutch apple with bacon streusel for $30 each.

Wexler's Deli: Switch it up a bit with a smoked bird dinner. The feast, which feeds 10, includes a smoked free-range turkey with challah stuffing, pan drippings gravy, "the big salad," Dana's matzo ball soup and mini baked kaiser rolls. Cost is $350. Orders must be placed by Sunday, Nov. 20, and picked up at the Santa Monica location or delivered (with an extra fee) on Wednesday, Nov. 23. 

Horse Thief: The catering menu from the Grand Central Market barbecue joint is available for the holiday table. Your Thanksgiving dinner can have a bit of a Texas twist with beef brisket, pulled pork, whole smoked chicken, mac 'n' cheese, potato salad, coleslaw and cornbread. Prices vary depending on size, ranging from $165 for The Picnic, which feeds 11–13, to $845 for The State Fair, which feeds 50 people or more. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance for pick up.


Superba Food + Bread: Order everything you need for the holiday table, from the garlic-soy brined roast turkey to the various stuffings, including squash, sausage and chestnut or oyster-cornbread, classic sides, gravy, breads and pies. Both El Segundo and Venice are taking orders until Tuesday, Nov. 22, with pick up between 8–11 AM on Thanksgiving Day.

Harold & Belle's: The soul food stalwart has meal deals that include fried turkey or pot roast; sides like oyster stuffing, red beans and rice, jambalaya, and cornbread stuffing; green beans, coleslaw, creamed spinach, corn on the cob; specialty breads and pies for dessert. Prices range from $175 for 8–10 people to $300 for 15–20. Pick up and delivery are both available; orders must be placed 72 hours in advance.

Lemonade: The fast-casual chain now has a traditional Thanksgiving family meal available throughout the holiday season. The box includes slow-braised turkey with cranberry, sage and orange gravy; roasted sweet potato puree with maple and pecans or creamy mashed potatoes; roasted Brussels sprouts or harissa-roasted cauliflower; and four portions of your favorite market salads. $67 feeds up to four people. Call head for pick-up; all locations are closed on Thanksgiving Day, so it will have to be the day before.

The Bellwether: Studio City locals can pick up fall-inspired sides to go with your turkey on Thanksgiving, giving you more time to celebrate with friends and family. Think: roasted Okinawa potatoes with brown sugar, bourbon and thyme; honey-roasted carrots with brown butter and walnuts; Brussels sprouts with bacon-maple gastrique; and chicken sausage and sage stuffing; honey biscuits; gravy and cranberry sauce. Dishes cost $6–$15, serve three to four people and are packed with clear reheating instructions. Orders must be placed by Nov. 15 with pick-up on November 23.


Cake Monkey: The sweet shop on Beverly Boulevard is already taking orders for holiday pies and other confections, like honey-braised pumpkin tarts with toasted marshmallow; butterscotch pudding pie with whipped cream and pumpkin-seed brittle; brown butter pecan pie; cider-roasted apple pie; and cherry almond pie. Deadline for orders is Tuesday, Nov. 22, for pickup or local LA delivery.

The Larders: Order everything you need, from the whole feast ($68 per person for eight people) to side dishes, desserts or breads only, and pick up at the Larder at Tavern in Brentwood and on Burton Way. Here's an easy online form; orders must be in by Sunday, Nov. 20.

Little Dom’s: Chef Brandon Boudet’s deep-fried turkeys are a hit every year — he only fries about 50 of them — and they're already sold out. But you can still order and pick up sides like Brussels sprouts with wild boar bacon; fennel sausage and mushroom stuffing; sweet potato gratin; pumpkin cheesecake with rum raisin glaze; apple and pecorino rustic tarts; chocolate or coconut cream pies and more. Orders must be placed by Tuesday, Nov. 22, and picked up by noon on Thursday, Nov. 24. 

Bouchon: Get everything you need for the table, from a complete meal to side dishes à la carte at Thomas Keller's Beverly Hills Bistro. Brined, dressed and ready-to-cook Diestel Farms turkeys are sold for six to 14 people; accoutrements like stuffing, gravy, mac 'n' cheese, cranberry relish, marinated beets and mashed potatoes; and pecan, apple or pumpkin tarts, macarons, TKO cookies in the shape of turkeys and more sweets are available at the Bakery. Orders must be in by Monday, Nov. 21, with pickup on Nov. 22-23, 11 AM–8 PM. The bistro will also be open for dine-in, 11 AM–8 PM.

Rose Cafe-Restaurant: You can get a full spread for 8 to 10 people to pick up and take home, or simply order what you need a la carte. The main deal ($240) includes a 14-pound, maple glazed turkey; gold potato puree with sea salt; green bean salad with fried onions; hearth-roasted carrots with carrot-top pesto; giblet gravy; and parker house rolls. Spice pumpkin, apple or pecan pies are $25 a piece. Orders must be placed by 5 PM, Sunday, Nov. 20.


Barrel and Ashes: You focus on the turkey, and let the crew at this Studio City barbecue spot deal with the side dishes. There's everything smoked ham to broccoli salad to shells and cheese, candied yams, cornbread stuffing hoe cakes, cranberry sauce and apple cobbler. All items feed six to eight people. Order by Monday, Nov. 21, and pick up on Tuesday or Wednesday, Nov. 22 and 23, between 5–7 PM.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill: Get a full Thanksgiving feast for up to 10 people from the L.A. Live restaurant. This is great for anyone living within a 7-mile radius of downtown — it can be delivered. The spread includes a whole roasted free-range turkey, various sides like sourdough stuffing with apples, celery and sage; candied yams with maple pecan butter; and pumpkin or apple pie. The complete dinner costs $400, but you can also order the turkey and any sides a la carte. Orders must be placed by Tuesday, Nov. 22, and picked up no later than 1 PM on Thanksgiving Day.