Are you looking forward to removing yourself from Thanksgiving this year? You know, except for the whole eating the feast part? Go to a restaurant! Here's the ultimate list to restaurant Thanksgiving dinners around L.A.
Enchanted Evening: Maple
The new restaurant in Descanso Gardens is, you are not surprised to learn, in a pretty dreamy setting. It's offering a three-course Thanksgiving meal; options include a traditional set-up as well as osso bucco, salmon or steak, should you prefer to go non-turkey.
$55 per person, kids can order from a kid's menu
Make the Scene: Georgie
Georgie is at the Montage hotel, the courtyard of which is a modern agora full of Gucci shoes and plastic surgery. There will be food too. Entrees are a la carte, and sides are served family-style and include porcini and sausage stuffing and whipped potatoes. Desserts include pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate budino and more.
$92 adults, $35 children 5-12, free for children ages 4 and younger
Melisse is one of L.A.'s most beloved high-end restaurants, and the Thanksgiving dinner is as elegant as you'd expect. It starts with an amuse bouche, then a course of salad, soup, ravioli, tuna tartare or scallops. Then there is the main course, of which there are four choices, to be paired with three different sides. And of course there is dessert. This is one of the more interesting Thanksgiving menus in town.
$95 adults, $42 kids 8 and under
Dessert Lovers: Akasha
The whole spread at Akasha is pretty impressive. Soup or salad, focaccia and cornbread, six different family-style sides to choose from (everyone in your group gets a pick for the whole table), and then there are the main-course options: turkey with chestnut and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, pan gravy and cranberry chutney; roasted trout and lobster sauce with skillet cornbread stuffing and mashed potatoes; roasted king trumpet and hen of the woods mushrooms with squash, spelt bread, chestnut and sage stuffing; green bean casserole; mashed potatoes; vegan gravy; and cranberry chutney. But it's the pie buffet that's going to bring down the house. That's right, pie buffet. Pumpkin pie, Olive Oil Pecan Pie, Chocolate-Bourbon Banana Cream Pie, Sour Cherry Slab Pie, Triple Berry Pie, Oat Crumble Lemon Meringue Pie, Vegan Apple Tart, Dark Vegan Chocolate Salty Caramel Tart, Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream and Vegan Coconut Whip. Yes, they all deserve to be capitalized. Go nuts.
$75 per person, $35 for children 12 and under exclusive of beverage, tax and 20% gratuity.
A good choice for those eschewing animal products, Erven will have Parker House rolls with pickles and mustard; beets with parsnips, herbed granola and greens; kale cavatelli with squash, mushrooms, Asian pears and sage; onion bread pudding with mixed mushrooms; and a bunch of other veggie delights. Cap it off with pumpkin custard with gingersnap cookies, salted caramel and pecan brittle.
$45 per person.
Late-Night: The Pikey
Some people keep it relatively quiet on the Thanksgiving holiday, but if you want to get lit, the Pikey is a great option. The British-style pub serves a pretty impressive spread until 2 a.m. The turkey plate includes both breast and sausage, and comes with onions, biscuits, green bean casserole and gravy, as well as a couple sides of your choosing. Or, bring great dishonor to the Pilgrims by choosing a British dish, be it fish and chips or curry. Either way, definitely start with oysters.
$40 per guest for the turkey dinners; starters, appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts are priced à la carte, ranging from $3.50 to $32.
Food Nerds: Tavern
Tavern has some excellent foodie cred every day of the year, so naturally it's keeping the culinary game on point for the holidays, too. The turkey breast and stuffed leg comes with sourdough stuffing with turkey sausage, almonds, dates and cavolo nero; the sweet potatoes are basted in sherry and roasted shallots; and thepecan bar is adorned with chocolate sauce and milk gelato. There's a vegan option as well.
$85 per adult; $45 for children 4-12; free for children 4 and under.
Deep Valley: The Gallery
If you're on the very north end of the county, check out the Gallery's menu of classics. There's a turkey dinner, of course, but perhaps the prime rib or rack of lamb or pork chop appeals more. Or heck, go for the duck breast or surf and turf! (Lobster and filet mignon, of course.)
Ocean Views: Catch
For those looking for a beautiful beach view to background your side of stuffing, Catch, at Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, will be featuring a three-course menu. Guests can pick from the set menu, with highlights including butternut squash soup or a salad to start, slow-roasted turkey with mashed sweet potatoes and citrus cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pecan pie or an apple tart to finish.
$95 per person.
Upper Crust: The Belvedere
This one's pricy, but it includes bottomless Champagne. Sorry, we mean “free-flowing” — this is a classy joint. There will be turkey, of course, but braised veal is also an option.
$135 per person.
Straightforward: Taste on Melrose
Taste is offering a pretty abundant Thanksgiving menu, but it's sticking to the classics. The family-style meal will include fennel salad and macaroni and cheese to start, followed by pulled turkey breast with white gravy, cranberry sauce and brioche stuffing; prime rib with au jus, horseradish crème fraiche and crispy shallots; or stuffed acorn squash with wild rice, kale, Gala apples and tomato chutney. There is a selection of desserts, too: pie, tart or bread pudding.
$45 per person.
More Vegan: Crossroads
This particular Santa Monica vegan restaurant is very highly regarded for its omnivore-pleasing food. Diners will feast on butternut squash bisque; chopped salad with kohlrabi, apples, persimmons, candied pecans and pomegranate vinaigrette; and a spiced chickpea cake with mashed potatoes, stuffing, Brussels sprouts and sweet potato biscuits, followed by a choice of dessert.
$75 per person.
Hollywood Style: Public Kitchen & Bar
Since it is located inside the Hollywood Roosevelt, Public Kitchen & Bar always has great people-watching. Sometimes there are even celebrities! The restaurant's Thanksgiving menu includes turkey, branzino or steak served with mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus with romesco, corn bread and brioche stuffing, cranberry compote and spiced yam puree with citrus meringue.
$68 per person.