Thanksgiving Dinner in Los Angeles: A Last-Minute Guide

Thanksgiving at Morton’s The Steakhouse. Image courtesy of Morton’s.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. If your favorite thing to make for dinner is reservations, see below for our list of some of our favorite places for autumnal feasting in LA, with no cleanup required. Whether you’d like to dine at an elegant steakhouse, raise a glass on a Downtown rooftop, relax by a pool beneath swaying palms, or gaze upon a Frank Gehry architectural masterpiece while dining on a scrumptious Spanish-influenced meal from Michelin-starred chef Jose Andres, we’ve got you covered.

Renowned for its high-end, top-quality dining experience, Morton’s The Steakhouse is offering a three-course Thanksgiving meal for just $59 per person. The seasonal meal features a winter green salad with spiced walnuts and blue cheese; oven-roasted turkey roulade with stuffing, cranberries, and gravy; three of Morton’s famous side dishes — sour cream mashed potatoes, corn soufflé, and green beans almandine; plus pumpkin cheesecake with sea salt caramel for dessert. Morton’s LA locations include DTLA, Woodland Hills, and Burbank. Morton’s The Steakhouse

ALK (acronym for “About Last Knife”) is the chic, lobby-level restaurant at The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood with a kitchen manned by talented French Chef Olivier Rousselle. On Thanksgiving, visit ALK for a three-course prix fixe dinner with your choice of an Amuse Bouche, a main dish, and a dessert. Entree options include Port Braised Short Ribs with creamy polenta and sautéed seasonal mushrooms; Slow Cooked Free-Range Turkey with sage-brioche stuffing, creamy red mashed potatoes, candied yam, baby vegetables, homemade cranberry sauce, and turkey gravy, while dessert options include housemade apple pie, pumpkin spice cheesecake, chocolate bread pudding and pumpkin pie. Enjoy a wine pairing with each course for an additional $24+. ALK

Michelin-starred chef Jose Andres‘ restaurant San Laurel offers stunning views of one of Los Angeles’ most important architectural gems: Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Located atop Conrad Los Angeles, San Laurel bills its cuisine as “Californian with a Spanish accent.” This Thanksgiving, San Laurel offers a three-course prix fixe menu. Start with Jamon Iberico de Bellota, Coca Escavilada, or Black Mission Figs Stracciatella. Savor Mary’s Farm Turkey, Wagyu Flatiron Steak from Blackhawk Farms, or the Wild Mushrooms vegetarian option, then finish your meal with Fall Caramel Custard. More information

Merging modernity with a classic steakhouse, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse Beverly Hills offers “A California Thanksgiving” all Thanksgiving weekend long, from November 23-26. Seasonal options include a decadent Prime Cowgirl Steak lavished with fresh shaved black truffles and black truffle butter ($105), Santa’s Sleigh Ride cocktail (Jack Daniel’s, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, mulled wine, and fresh orange juice), and Faust Cabernet Sauvignon.

Enjoy a special Thanksgiving dinner curated by Chef Suzanne Goin, followed by Chef Irene’s dessert extravaganza, at Caldo Verde inside DTLA’s Proper Hotel. Meal highlights include persimmon and pomegranate salad with walnuts and shaved goat cheese; herb-roasted organic turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy; and a vegan Thanksgiving meal featuring sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, fingerling potatoes, and Suzanne’s stuffing and wild mushroom persillade. You can make reservations here.

Image courtesy of Sugar Palm.

Forbes hailed Calabra for featuring “one of the best outdoor hotel restaurant patios in Southern California.” Located on the rooftop of Santa Monica’s Proper Hotel, Calabra offers Pacific Ocean views and cuisine influenced by the Mediterranean and California. Calabra’s special Thanksgiving menu includes choices like Honeynut Squash Soup; Roasted Turkey confit thigh with brioche stuffing, potato puree, and cranberry gastrique; and Apple Cardamom Cake with cremeux and pistachio. You can make reservations here.

Have a Montecito Thanksgiving at the 5-star Rosewood Miramar. The Revere Room at The Miramar is offering both an a la carte brunch and a four-course dinner ($130 and 65 for kids) on Thanksgiving. Dinner features two salads, your choice of two entrees (Diestel Farms turkey or roasted filet of beef), two side dishes, and browned butter pumpkin pie or triple chocolate cake for dessert. Rosewood Miramar

Recently named the #1 Resort in Newport Beach by U.S. News & World Report, Balboa Bay Resort is both luxurious and approachable. The only Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond Luxury Waterfront Resort in Newport Beach, Balboa Bay Resort is offering a Thanksgiving feast that features a seafood spread, several turkeys, and an array of freshly baked desserts. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting with each adult ticket purchase. Adults are $120, while kids are $60. Make a reservation here.

Housed in a century-old Neoclassical building once home to the Bank of Italy, Ristorante Per L’Ora is the restaurant at Hotel Per La, which opened in Downtown LA last year. This glamorous spot is offering Thanksgiving dinner from November 23-26. Turkey dinner, $65 per person, features your choice of white, dark or mixed turkey with roasted sweet potato, focaccia stuffing, creamed spinach, traditional cranberry sauce, and sage gravy. The dessert option, Basque cheesecake, is $15. Ristorante Per L’Ora

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 a starter, entree, and dessert, along with a selection of complimentary side dishes. Options include turkey breast, leg of lamb in mole sauce, mashed potatoes, honey-roasted squash, clam chowder, s’mores with roasted hazelnuts, and vegan Pumpkin Spice Panacotta. Dinner is $125 for adults and $50 for children. You can make reservations on Open Table.

Image courtesy of Hotel Per L’ora.

Zagat-rated one of the 10 best restaurants for waterside dining in LA, BALEENkitchen at the Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach offers excellent marina views, along with a special four-course prix fixe menu this Thanksgiving. The meal begins with an aperitif, followed by a choice of one first-bite item, one starter, one entree, and one dessert. Wine pairings with each course are available for an additional $30. Highlights from the Thanksgiving menu include options like Goat Thao’s Eggplant Arancini with warm tomato and muffuletta olives; Slow-Roasted La Bahn Ranch Turkey with whipped potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cranberry jam, and gravy; Pan-seared Striped Bass; Spinach Cavatelli Pasta with charred oyster mushrooms, herbs salad, lemon basil pesto, grana padano cheese and more. To make reservations, call 310.372.1202

Take in Downtown LA views from The Rooftop at Wayfarer DTLA. Located on the 12th floor, The Wayfarer’s signature restaurant is offering a special Thanksgiving menu that includes warm baked brie; roasted butternut squash bisque; maple glazed free-range turkey breast; and more. You can make a reservation here.

Take in staggering views from Malibu to Palos Verdes at Sea Level Restaurant & Lounge. Located at the Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach, Sea Level’s prix fixe Thanksgiving feast features an all-you-can-eat ice bar (mixed sushi rolls, ceviche, and shrimp cocktail), your choice of starter; your choice of turkey breast, pumpkin gnocchi, or pan-seared salmon; and a dessert station laden with mini seasonal desserts. The meal is $95, or $35 for kids. You can make a reservation for Sea Level at 310.921.8950.

VEA Newport Beach, with views of the ocean and golf course, is offering Thanksgiving dinner in its VIEW Restaurant & Lounge. The three-course prix fixe meal is curated by Chef Andrew Arndt. You can make reservations here.

Savor an affordable Thanksgiving at iconic So Cal diner Norms, where a turkey dinner is just $13.99! In addition to roasted turkey, savor mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and a vegetable. Norms has 23 locations around Southern California, including a new location on Hollywood Blvd. at Western Avenue. Norms

Karin E. Baker

About Karin E. Baker

Karin E. Baker is a native Angeleno who loves the eateries, history, nature, architecture, and art of her hometown. When not exploring poke shacks in Kona, tascas in Córdoba, and konditoris in Malmö, she writes about food, culture, lifestyle and travel. She obsesses over comma usage and classic films and is always happy to find an excuse to open a bottle of champagne.
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