15 L.A. Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Serving Meals That Rival Mom's

Deep fried turkey leg from The Pikey
Deep fried turkey leg from The Pikey
The Pikey

Making your own Thanksgiving dinner is a lot of work. There's hours of recipe scouring, shopping and prep work to do before you even get to the day's-worth of actual cooking. And with Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, if you haven't already begun to plan, you might as well retire the apron this year and make a reservation instead.

Dozens of restaurants across Los Angeles will be open on Turkey Day, some serving their regular menus, but many more offering custom feasts and prix fixe dinners full of both traditional and non-traditional goodies that easily rival mom's (sorry mom!). The range of meals available is as diverse as the chefs who create them, meaning the turkey-as-main-course concept is only the beginning. 

Turn the page for our picks of where to go on Thanksgiving, when all you want to do is eat good food and not worry about the dishes:

Beelman’s Pub: For its first Thanksgiving, this downtown pub is having a football-and-food-fueled celebration that includes a buffet of Southern-inspired specials. With your favorite NFL teams on the TV, eat Louisiana-style turkey wings, brussel sprouts, purple cabbage and pecan pie while sipping on champagne and mulled wine. $29.95 gets you all you can eat from 2-9 p.m. and reservations are recommended, but not required. 600 S. Spring St., Los Angeles; (213) 622-1022; to make a reservation, click here.

Bouchon Bistro: Bouchon offers its second-ever Thanksgiving dinner this year, which like last will include turkey along with all of the trimmings from the Thomas Keller kitchen: green bean casserole, corn bread and cranberry relish. More decadent selections, like sauteed Idaho rainbow trout and steak frites, will also be available. $65 per person; 235 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills; 310-271-9910; bouchonbistro.com/beverlyhills.

Cast: Overlooking the Santa Monica Bay, the Viceroy Hotel's Thanksgiving brunch (served until 4 p.m.) includes: a carving station with turkey and ham; a buffet of vegetables, meat-filled salads and market quiches; plus a dessert buffet with everything for your sweet tooth. The meal is $65 per person ($25 for children 10 and under) and seasonal cocktails are available at an extra charge. 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 260-7500; viceroyotelsandresorts.com/en/santamonica

Cecconi’s: From turkey to black-truffle mashed potatoes to cardamom gelato, Cecconi’s in West Hollywood is offering an all-inclusive family-style feast as well as a condensed version of its regular a la carte menu on Thanksgiving Day. For $55 ($20 for kids 10 and younger), you get an assortment of traditional Thanksgiving goodies from 1-9 p.m., and the restaurant will also be open for breakfast for those who like to celebrate early. 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; (310) 432-2000; cecconiswesthollywood.com

Sparkling rosé at Commissary
Sparkling rosé at Commissary
Anne Fishbein

Commissary: From 3-8 p.m., Roy Choi’s hotel-nestled “ode to vegetables” serves a Native Spirit Feast, which for $45 per person includes unlimited helpings from a vegetarian buffet. Expect corn chowder, quinoa salad, pumpkin gumbo and specialty tamales. Full bar is also available. 3515 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd floor, Koreatown; (213) 368-3030; eatatpot.com

The Culver Hotel: From slow-roasted turkey to onion-and-apple stuffing, dine on a traditional buffet of holiday favorites at the Culver Hotel’s Crystal Dining Room, along with the hotel’s a la carte menu available all day long. Live music in the lobby starts at 7:30 p.m. and Prohibition-era cocktails keep the party going through the evening. $39 per person, reservation required. 9440 Culver Blvd., Culver City; (310) 558-9400; culverhotel.com

Esterel: Traditional Thanksgiving fare meets contemporary Southern French Cuisine at Esterel at the Sofitel Los Angeles Hotel. A $65 ($40 for children) three-course prix fixe menu includes a choice of tableside-carved roasted turkey, crispy-skin branzino fish or porcini angolotti pasta with creative desserts to match. 8555 Beverly Boulevard, Beverly Hills; (310) 358-3979; EsterelRestaurant.com

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