With Thanksgiving around the corner, you may want to skip the cooking and opt to go out to dinner with your friends and family at LA’s finest restaurants serving up a cornucopia of culinary pleasures. Los Angeles offers a myriad of top restaurants serving up delicious Thanksgiving fare this year. From Thanksgiving champagne brunches to more traditional options, LA offers something for everyone. Catering to every budget, we’ve put together the list of the best places to get your fill on turkey day 2014. From the best places to get turkey and candied yams to restaurants serving up ham and other options, we’ve got you covered.
Napa Valley Grille
1100 Glendon Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
This year, Napa Valley Grille offers a plethora of traditional and modern dishes for guests to dine on including their three-course rustic dinner as well as well as other sides and fixings. Stand out options for the three-course dine-in option include the Autumn Harvest Salad with butternut squash, kabocha squash, toasted pipitas, arugula and apple cider vinaigrette, a Natural Deistel Turkey with traditional stuffing, brown sugar roasted sweet potatoes, orange-cranberry chutney and turkey gravy, as well as a Braised Lamb Osso Bucco with goat cheese polenta, rum raisins, toasted pine nuts and braising jus. For dessert, try their butterscotch bread pudding, which is topped with a housemade marshmallow and make you wish that Thanksgiving was every day of the year. The restaurant will also be offering a Thanksgiving dinner takeaway menu as well.
Four Seasons Westlake
2 Dole Drive
Westlake Village, CA 91362
This year, Thanksgiving Dinner at Hampton’s will feature an array of seasonal specialities along with carving stations, signature holiday dishes, sweet endings, sparkling wine and a very special “just for kids” turkey day buffet. In addition to Turkey Leg Confit, gravy and all the trimmings, enjoy Cider Braised Lamb Osso Bucco, Spaghetti Squash Latkes and Poached Seckel Pears; East and West Coast Oysters, Crab Claws and Shrimp & Crab Campechana from the RawBar; Brunch favorites like Malted Belgium Waffles and Smoked Salmon Quiche (before 2pm); pastas & soups with Beef-Veal-Pork Ragout and Shrimp & Scallop Strazzoprette (after 2pm), Charcuterie, and especially from the Onyx Kitchen: Red Dragon Rolls, Lobster Summer Rolls and Shrimp & Udon Noodle Soup.
9882 S Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Executive Chef David Codney’s AAA Five Diamond-rated restaurant has a family-style Thanksgiving prepared featuring an “exquisite take” on traditional holiday dishes. Appetizers will include Roasted D’Anjou Pears with Endive, Maytag Blue Cheese and Pecan Brittle; Maple Leaf Farms Duck Confit with Gnocchi, Local Mushrooms and Pearl Onions; and Maine Lobster Bisque with a Preserved Lemon-Mascarpone Fritter. Main courses include Long Valley Ranch Shortribs with Brussels Sprouts, Pomegranate and Sweet Potato Brûlée; and “Willie Bird” Free Range Sonoma Turkey with Sage Stuffing, Farmers’ Market Carrots, Buttermilk Potatoes, Pinot Cranberry Chutney and Traditional Gravy. However, save room for the dessert buffet offering sweet treats and Nicolas Feuillatte champagne.
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The Americana at Brand<
237 S Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91210
This holiday, Chef Joseph Conrad has designed an exceptional three-course Thanksgiving Day menu with optional wine pairings and limited a la carte menu. For your first course, choose between a Butternut Squash Veloute with Cardamom Whipped Creme Fraiche and Walnut Streusel; or a Roasted Heirloom Beet Salad with Walnuts, Pomegranate Seeds, Caraway and Creme Fraiche. The Second Course may be slightly more difficult to pick from with a Roulade of Turkey Breast with Fall Spice-Poached Apple & Cranberry Haricot Vert Almondine and Mushroom Gravy; or for those looking for something a bit non-traditional on Thanksgiving, we suggest the Ancho Chili-Marinated Tri-Tip with Baby Turnips, Brussels Sprouts and Smoked Rutabaga Puree. Guests will also receive Whipped Potatoes, Apple Pecan Stuffing, Black Truffle Mac & Cheese and Green Bean Casserole for the table to share. Last, but not least, satisfy your sweet tooth with the most amazing Nutty S’mores served with Marshmallow Fluff and Peanut Butter Ganache on a Soft Graham Cookie.
1 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Those looking to enjoy the surf, sand and seaside view this Thanksgiving can reserve a table at Executive Chef Isaac Gamboa’s One Pico at Shutters On The Beach. Guests this holiday can expect classic season flavors composed of local market ingredients, the freshest seafood and a “touch of coastal whimsy,” while opting for wine pairings that have been carefully considered for this special occasion. Starters include Butternut Squash Soup with Madagascar Vanilla Creme Fraiche; Poached Farm Egg & Prosciutto with Caramelized Cauliflower with a Black Truffle Vinaigrette; Skuna Bay Salmon Tartare; or Pickled Pear & Mesclun. The Main Course includes Free Range Diestel Turkey with Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Cranberries, Roasted Market Vegetables and Savory Bread Pudding; NY Strip Steak; Pacific Seabass or Citrus Ricotta Gnocchi with Burgundy Truffle, Roasted Cauliflower, Fennel and Garden Herbs. To close this delicious dinner, the Pumpkin Tar, Seven Layer Chocolate Cake and Roasted Caramel Apple might sound enticing, but the Dessert Sampler with Chocolate Pot au Creme, Mini Pumpkin Tart, Rosemary Almond cake, Ginger Creme Brulee, Espresso Truffles, Opera Cake and Macaroons is amazing.
The newly opened Palm Restaurant in Beverly Hills is offering a very special three-course menu for Thanksgiving Day. First course includes a Baby Arugula Salad with crispy bacon, sliced apples, Danish Blue Cheese and toasted pecans tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette; Lobster Bisque with fresh lobster, cream and brandy; or a Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with apple cider creme fraiche. Second course features Slow-Roasted Hand Carved Turkey with home-style stuffing and homemade cranberry sauce and giblet gravy; Choice of Home-Style Stuffing, Whipped Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Creamed Spinach, Wild Mushrooms, Green Beans with pancetta, toasted pine nuts and red pepper flakes, or Charred Brussels Sprouts with lemon brown butter. Finally, the dessert course will include a choice of Chocolate Pecan Pie with bourbon sauce or Pumpkin Pie with a ginger spiced whipped cream. An a la carte dinner menu will also be available.
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
his elegant family-style Thanksgiving menu from Chef Charles Olalia features gourmet versions of traditional favorites such as slow roasted Diestel turkey, pumpkin soup with truffle oil, green bean casserole, savory cornbread stuffing with house made sausage, and of course, pumpkin pie. Other stand-out dishes include Caramelized Onion Tart with bacon, gruyere and melted leeks and Cranberry Terrine with orange reduction for appetizers; Prime rib “cote de bouef roti” (additional supplement) or Salmon cooked in aromatic oil for a main course; Roasted spaghetti squash with sage and honey; and for dessert, Traditional Pumpkin Pie with Candied walnuts and Spiced Chantilly or Valrhona Chocolate Torte, Bahibe Chocolate Ganache, Yuzu Caramel and Cranberry Jelly.
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel
9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
This year’s annual Thanksgiving feast at THE Blvd offers a four-course menu with mouth-watering options like Grilled Pear Salad with Belgian endive & radicchio, pancetta vinaigrette, and Point Reyes Bay blue cheese; or Venison Carpaccio with green apple & heirloom beet salad, buckwheat crisp, dried blueberries and aged balsamic. Next, guests will dine on a second course of Roasted Pumpkin Gnocchi with duck prosciutto, roasted chestnut, and truffled Brussels Sprouts before choosing one of the main courses which include dishes like Butter Basted Mary’s Farm Turkey with sourdough & cranberry stuffing, buttermilk whipped potatoes, maple roasted root vegetables, sage natural juice & orange cranberry sauce; Pan Seared Wild Bass accompanied by braised baby fennel, herbed spaetzle and chive broth; or Braised Lamb Shank Pot au Feu with autumn vegetables with watercress gremolata. Those celebrating giving thanks can conclude the evening with sweet and savory desserts such as the Milk Chocolate Pumpkin Pecan Bar, Apple Tarte Tatin or Cranberry Chiboust.
11648 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Located in Brentwood, Tavern offers both take out and dine in options this Thanksgiving. The delicious menu includes a persimmon and pomegranate salad with arugula and hazelnuts as well turkey breast stuffed with mashed potatoes and gravy. You can also choose a vegan or vegetarian option which includes sweet potatoes, brussels sprout. fingerling potatoes, stuffing and wild mushroom persillade. For dessert, try their mouth watering pumpkin pie with brown sugar whipped cream or their candied pecan tart with vanilla ice cream. To see the full menu, visit here.
8225 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
For a truly upscale Thanksgiving, Chef Suzanne Tracht serves up a classic American cuisine with delicious Thanksgiving staples including a roasted turkey with homemade cranberry relish, cornbread-turkey sausage stuffing and a butter lettuce salad. The dinner is served family style and also comes with sweet potato au gratin, mashed yukon gold potatoes with gravy, long-cooked mustard greens as well as your choice of 3 desserts. Reservations available from 1pm to 8pm. Salmon and vegetarian meals are available upon request as well.
9543 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Akasha offers one of the best known and visited Thanksgiving dinners in Los Angeles and Head chef Akasha Richmond does not disappoint. At the over the top feast on Thursday, Nov 27th from 1pm to 7pm, diners feast on slow roasted turkey with all of the traditional fixings you’d come to expect of a great Thanksgiving dinner. Along with cornbread pecan stuffing, and cranberry sauce, the dinner includes a herb-roasted turkey, market fish and crab remoulade as well as tofu-based entrees as well. If that wasn’t enough, start with a roasted cauliflower soup and end with their pie buffet including pumpkin pie and more! For their full menu, visit Akasha’s Menu.
CAFÉ del REY
4451 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
On Thanksgiving Day from 11am to 8pm, CAFÉ del REY offers a beautiful marina setting giving guests one more reason to be grateful. This year, the Mediterranean coast-inspired restaurant and Chef Chuck Abair will present a holiday menu with lots of delicious options including starters (roasted chestnut soup, lobster ceviche), main courses (roasted turkey breast with sausage stuffing, green beans, truffle mash and cranberry sauce, salmon with a sweet potato gratin and a grilled New York steak with crispy Brussels sprouts) and fall desserts (cranberry apple bread pudding with apple ice cream and caramel sauce or sweet potato pie with a Chantilly cream and cinnamon anglaise). The restaurant is also taking to go orders, which should be made 48 hours in advance for parties of six or more.
From 2pm to 8pm, Craft, in Century City, will be offering a three-course dinner in their elegant dining room featuring a family-style Thanksgiving dinner with a choice of main course. Highlights include Brussels Sprouts & Pomegranate, an organic free-range turkey, sausage and raisin stuffing, as well as pastries like their butternut tart from Pastry Chef Shannon Swindle. In addition, if you’re looking to celebrate Thanksgiving at home, desserts are available for pickup on Thanksgiving Day and the day before. A selection of pies, tarts and crisps will be on hand to order including their pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple cranberry crisp and an oat streusel.
The Original Pantry Cafe
877 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA
Located downtown, The Original Pantry Cafe is a Los Angeles staple. Sit down and enjoy an old-fashioned Thanksgiving dinner this year with all of the usual fixings you’d expect of the day. Open all night, the cost is very reasonable and you can expect a hearty meal. Cash only.
Geoffrey’s In Malibu
27400 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
This 3 course gourmet Thanksgiving day dinner has an added bonus. Feast on traditional thanksgiving fare while overlooking the ocean in Malibu. For your first course, Geoffrey’s is offering a wide range of selections including wild mushroom soup with spicy croutons, creamy fall pumpkin bisque, oven roasted boneless quail, a classic caesar salad and more. For your second course, you’ll choose one item from their long list of terrific options. From the roasted turkey roulade stuffed with spinach bread pudding to their grilled fillet mignon, pan seared day boat scallops and braised pork shank, it may be tough to choose, but whatever you decide will be excellent. Visit their full menu.
141 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972- 3331
This Thanksgiving from 1 to 7:30pm, founding chef and owner Joachim Splichal will feature great Thanksgiving three and four course menus. Highlights include Roasted and Confit Turkey with chestnut stuffing, autumn vegetables, sauce verjus, Bay Scallop with potato gnocchi, pumpkin puree, bacon lardon, cauliflower floret, and parmesan emulsion; Black Cod with sweet potato fondant, haricot vert, carrot ginger sauce; and Pumpkin Chiffon with treacle bavarois, and pepita croquant. Kids can dine on their own menu as well with Patina’s special Thanksgiving Children’s options. Reservations highly recommended.
1717 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028
This Thanksgiving, November 27th, 2014, dine in style at Cleo at the Redbury Hotel in Hollywood. The hotel restaurant is offering Cleopatra’s feast, a special menu made up of Cleo favorites mixed with Thanksgiving classics. Served family style, award winning chef Danny Elmaleh serves a menu including Za’atar and preserved lemon turkey breast, roasted garlic mash, majadra curried rice and lentis, cous cous stuffing, spinach salad and pumpkin pie. For a full menu, visit Cleo. Seatings are at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm and are $65 per person.
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