Thanksgiving is right around the corner. If your favorite thing to make for dinner is reservations, check out the list below for some of our favorite places for autumnal feasting in LA, with no cleanup required. Whether you’d like to dine by a pool beneath swaying palms or get Creole delights to go… enjoy gorgeous views of Santa Monica or feast on an assortment of vegan options… here are some ideas.
Cafe Gratitude (Arts District, Larchmont, and Venice)
Plant-based sides and pies, all made in-house, can be ordered from Cafe Gratitude for pick up at any location (Arts District, Larchmont, or Venice) on Wednesday. Truffled Porcini Gravy ($20), Roasted Cranberry Butternut Squash & Garnet Yam Puree ($40), French Lentil and Butternut Squash Loaf ($40), and Roasted Maple Miso Brussels Sprouts ($40) are among the Thanksgiving specials offered. Last day to order is November 20.
Castaway restaurant features stunning views of Downtown LA and the San Fernando Valley. A favorite for decades — even more so since its $10 million overhaul a few years ago — Castaway is now as noted for its food as for its views. Thanksgiving brunch offerings include Charcuterie, Dragonfruit Waldorf Salad, Steak & Eggs Benedict, Salt Roasted Turkey, Chilled Oysters, & Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites. Brunch is $92 for adults and $35 for children. Add on Bottomless Apple Cider Pumpkin Spice, Fresh Cucumber Mint, and Lavender Activated Charcoal Lemonade Mimosas for $30 per person. In the evening, Castaway’s Thanksgiving dinner includes a la carte offerings like the Roasted Chicken and 8oz Filet Mignon from 5 to 9 p.m.
Gracias Madre (West Hollywood)
The elevated Mexican cuisine at this plant-based West Hollywood restaurant is so delicious, you won’t miss the cheese or the crema. Thanksgiving offerings to go from Gracias Madre include holiday tamales by the dozen (roasted butternut squash with chipotle kale and salsa chilaca or jackfruit birria with salsa guajillo, $54), pesto brussels sprouts ($30), braised beans with kale ($30), roasted yams and mushroom gravy($30), and more. Gracias Madre also offers house-made canned cocktails including Palomas and margaritas made with mezcal or tequila.
Harold & Belle’s (Jefferson Park)
Harold & Belle’s has been bringing New Orleans to LA for over 50 years. This Thanksgiving, they’re offering individual meals with Cajun fried turkey or beef pot roast, along with cornbread dressing, candied yams, French bread, and bread pudding for $40 per person. Monday is the last day they’re accepting Thanksgiving orders, and you’ll need to pick up your order no later than Wednesday.
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
This Thanksgiving, savor a festive dinner by the beach at Blue Streak at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The family-style feast includes turkey Thanksgiving, Cornbread Stuffing, Baked Yams with marshmallow topping, Arugula Salad with pear, and much more. Dinner is $95 per adult and $35 per child 10 and under, with seating from 1 to 7 p.m. Reservations can be made via Resy.
M Cafe (Hollywood)
A true stalwart in the LA food world, the famed M Cafe accepts Thanksgiving orders until 7 p.m. on Monday, November 21. Macrobiotic vegetarian offerings include kabocha squash bisque, seitan turkey roast, beet tempeh loaf, grilled Faroe Island salmon, vegan truffle mac and cheese, and more.
Meat on Ocean (Santa Monica)
With huge windows and great ocean views, Santa Monica’s Meat on Ocean is a surf-and-turf steakhouse perfect for a special outing. MOO’s Thanksgiving menu this year is a three-course meal with your choice of clam chowder of mixed greens, roasted Diestel Family Ranch turkey, and pumpkin cheesecake or old-fashioned chocolate cake for dessert. The meal is $68, while kids under $12 are just $25.
Playa Provisions (Playa Vista)
“Top Chef” winner Brooke Williamson is preparing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at her restaurant Playa Provisions. Served from 1 to 6 p.m., dinner will be $68 per person. Playa Provisions can also make eating at home a lot easier: sides and pies are available to go, with options like Maple Roasted Yams with Earl Grey Marshmallow Fluff, Turkey Sausage & Butternut Squash Stuffing, and Classic Cornbread with Maple Butter.
Savoca, the Italy-meets-California trattoria at the JW Marriott at LA Live Downtown LA, has a three-course dinner offering this Thanksgiving. Priced at $65 per person, dinner includes cast iron cornbread with jam or focaccia with aged balsamic vinegar, sweet roasted butternut squash soup with fresh winter field green salad, followed by either spice roast turkey or roasted rib-eye, culminating in a classic pecan or pumpkin pie for dessert.
Sugar Palm at Viceroy Santa Monica
Enjoy a glam Thanksgiving beneath swaying palm trees and near the swimming pool at Sugar Palm, the restaurant/lounge/bar at Viceroy Santa Monica. The three-course prix fixe meal includes starter, entree, and dessert, along with a selection of complimentary side dishes. Options include turkey breast, pinot noir-braised osso bucco, mashed potatoes, honey-roasted squash, clam chowder, S’mores, and vegan Pumpkin Spice Baklava. To-go orders can be placed till November 20. Dinner is $125 for adults and $50 for children. You can make reservations on Open Table.
Tulsi Indian Eatery (Northridge)
Celebrate Thanksgiving with Indian food at Tulsi. The Regional Thali Experience offers a uniquely North Indian meal: a platter of several dishes from a traditional Northern Indian lunch, including samosas, malai kofta, dal makhani, makhan pulav, chaas and more. The Gujarati Thali Experience features traditional dishes from India’s Gujarat region, including khatta dhokla, undhiyu, Gujarati kadhi, roti, puri, chaas, and more. These experiences begin at $18 per person and reservations must be made here.