Why cook when you can make reservations? It makes perfect sense that on the official day of thanks, you should be having fun and not slaving away in the kitchen. Whether you’re looking to splurge or save, celebrate with friends, family or on your own, check out our list for restaurants, caterers and a few events around Los Angeles that are ready to serve you on Thanksgiving Day.
The Spot Gourmet – www.thespotgourmet.com
Offering affordable and delicious Thanksgiving feasts that can be “delivered where you need it to be,” the Spot Gourmet in Glendale has you covered for the holidays. You can choose from an a la carte menu as well as complete Thanksgiving meals including Traditional, Gluten Free and Vegan, which cost less than $20 per person. Even better, the Spot Gourmet has partnered with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to help “Take Out Hunger.” During the campaign, the Spot Gourmet will donate $5 for every customer who orders any take-out meal through December 1st until they reach $1,000.
Laugh Factory – www.laughfactory.com
Being alone for the holidays is no laughing matter, and the Laugh Factory is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Feast, free of charge for the underprivileged, homeless, out-of-work actors, writers, comedians and anyone else who just needs a friend, some food and a good laugh. (There’s a free comedy show with every meal!) Seatings are at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. Call 323-656-1336 for reservations.
Factor’s Famous Deli – www.factorsdeli.com
Say goodbye to all those turkey carving woes. For the Thanksgiving holiday, Factor’s Famous Deli is once again offering their famed “reframed turkey,” a seemingly untouched turkey on the outside that is already perfectly sliced on the inside. The menu (available to go or dine-in) also includes just about every fixing you can imagine. The restaurant is also open on Thanksgiving Day from 7am to 4pm, so you can enjoy your feast at the same landmark location that’s been on Pico Boulevard in West LA since 1948.
Paleta – www.paleta.com
Don’t have time to cook? Don’t feel like a restaurant? This organic gourmet meal delivery service takes the guesswork out of Thanksgiving (and every day) with tons of customized options from vegan to gluten-free. Owner/chef Kelly Boyer whips up delicious farm-to-table dishes whether you want a full feast or just sides and desserts. Make sure to get your order in by 2pm on Wednesday, November 21. Paleta is based in Venice but delivers all around the LA area.
White Harte Pub – www.whitehartepub.com
For a cozy Thanksgiving feast with British flair head over to White Harte Pub in Woodland Hills. Open from 4:30pm-1am on Thanksgiving Day, there will be a five-course menu for Herbivores ($27) with dishes including creamy mushroom, leek & fontina gratin and vegetarian shepherd’s pie as well as a Carnivores menu ($29) with Irish Colcannon soup, salad, roasted turkey, rosemary green beans and bangers & mash. Dessert options include pumpkin pie and cognac dipped chocolate cake. This menu will also be served all day on Thanksgiving Eve.
Westside Thanksgiving Dinner & Celebration –www.westsidethanksgiving.org
Everyone (that means you) is invited to the Westside Thanksgiving Community Dinner & Celebration at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. No reservations are necessary for this event that’s been going on since 1982. Just show up between 11am-3pm and enjoy a free meal, basic medical consultations and eye exams, plus free clothing distribution and blankets. There’s also a children’s carnival with arts & crafts and entertainment.
Tart @ Farmer’s Daughter Hotel – www.tartrestaurant.com
This sassy spot right across the street from The Grove is offering their annual Thanksgiving Feast that includes turkey, stuffing, green beans, garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, mixed green salad, corn bread and candied yams, all served family style. But that’s not all. On your way out each person gets his/her own set of leftovers! The game room is open with ping pong and foosball as well. Dinner is $24.95 per person and kids 10 & under eat free!
Cat & Fiddle – www.thecatandfiddle.com
You might think “bar” when it comes to this Sunset Boulevard staple, but Cat & Fiddle is where you can have your own three-course Thanksgiving feast from 1pm-9pm for just $23. For those who want to go rogue, the full menu is also available. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Inn of the Seventh Ray – www.innoftheseventhray.com
This whimsical Topanga Canyon hideaway with a great outdoor space is offering a five-course tasting of fall flavors, with dishes like a spinach artichoke jar with lemon, Bloomsdale spinach, olive oil and bamboo salt; creamy chestnut soup with pumpernickel croutons; and free range turkey with green apple chestnut stuffing. Full-course meals are $59 per person, with wine flights for $40; $25 for children under 12.
Casa Del Mar – www.hotelcasadelmar.com
If you can afford to splurge on Thanksgiving, treat yourself to a delicious feast and gorgeous views at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica. The gourmet three-course meal at this elegant beachside retreat offers starters like butternut squash soup with honey chestnuts and cranberry mascarpone; main course choices including free-range turkey, sauteed salmon, beef filet or mushroom cavatelli; and desserts like pumpkin cheesecake and ginger creme brulee. Thanksgiving meal served 11am-9pm for $75 per person.
The Churchill – www.the-churchill.com
This popular West Third Street gastropub is where to get a three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $35 with options including a full-on roasted turkey entree with all the fixings and pumpkin creme brulee. Dinner is offered 5pm-10pm and there’s also a special Black Friday brunch on November 24 with vittles like turkey eggs benedict with kale and giblet gravy hollandaise.
Cecconis – www.cecconiswesthollywood.com
If you want to see and be seen on Thanksgiving, consider Cecconi’s. This WeHo power spot is offering diners something extra special on Thanksgiving with a family-style feast that fuses traditional dishes with Italian-influenced plates. Offerings run the gamut from leeks & cornbread stuffing to butternut squash tortelli to black truffle mashed potatoes and free-range organic turkey. Dinner served 2pm to close; adults $50, children 12 and under $25.
Four Seasons Los Angeles – www.fourseasons.com/losangeles
For the ultimate holiday buffet, it really doesn’t get any better than the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. In addition to classic brunch stations, Chef Ashley James has created a number of specialty stations including an Eggs Benedict station, Belgian waffles station, housemaid mozzarella station, farmers market station, seafood station, sushi station, dim sum station, carving station and an entire “Pie Factory.” Yes, it’ll set you back $95 per person ($47 for children), but just remember: You can eat as much as you want and the celebrity sightings are free. Available 10am-11pm.
Mimi’s Cafe – www.mimiscafe.com
Yes, Mimi’s Cafe is a chain but this is a good one. This year there are four different options including dine-in Thanksgiving dinner for those who prefer the restaurant experience; Holiday Feast To-Go, which serves 6-8 people for $89.99 ; Holiday Brunch Feast To-Go for the morning after, which serves 6 for $39.99; and Holiday Sides To-Go ($24.99-$34.99) where you handle the turkey and Mimi’s does the rest.
555 East Steakhouse – www.555east.com
This Long Beach steakhouse is serving a traditional three-course dinner on Thanksgiving. Expect classics like turkey with garlic mashed potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, stuffing, glazed carrots, sauteed green bean almondine and a choice of seasonal pie. Dinner is $39 per person and $19 for children 12 and under. Call 562-437-0626 to reserve a table.
Public Kitchen & Bar – www.thompsonhotels.com/hollywood-roosevelt
For an Old Hollywood experience on Thanksgiving, this restaurant located at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is an obvious choice. The four-course menu features a selection of traditional dishes with a modern twist like warm kabocha squash with ricotta and sea bass with sweet potato, bearnaise, leeks and bacon. The menu is available on Thursday, November 22 from 1pm to 7m. Dinner is $50 for adults, $40 for children 12 and under.
Cafe Del Rey – www.cafedelreymarina.com
Located directly along the marina docks, Cafe Del Rey is the quintessential West Coast, Westside holiday destination. For Thanksgiving, the restaurant will offer a three-course menu, available for $55 per person. Menu highlights include cider glazed pork loin with savory polenta, mustard greens, and quince compote; and sweet potato pecan pie with vanilla ice cream and bourbon caramel sauce.