Best Restaurants to Dine Out for Thanksgiving in LA

The Langham Huntington Ballroom
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If you're looking to eat out for Thanksgiving, there are some great places for a memorable dinner in and around Los Angeles and Orange County. These restaurants all have traditional turkey dinner on the menu for Thanksgiving.

Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica

1 Pico at Shutters on the Beach is offering a three-course prix fixe menu ($110) with entree options including free range turkey, braised prime short ribs, grilled Scottish salmon, or spaghetti with roasted mushrooms and black winter truffles.

Patina at Disney Concert Hall

Entrees on the three- or six-course Thanksgiving menus at the award-winning Patina restaurant include a whole-roasted turkey or parsnip bottoni with pheasant consommé, Zamorano, and sunchokes. The six-course menu is $100, and the three-course menu is $70. 

Circa 55 at the Beverly Hilton

Circa 55 is serving up a Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Brunch combines a traditional breakfast menu of Florentine eggs benedict and "make your own" omelettes, with fresh seafood dishes, roasted turkey or ham, and sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and candied pecans. It costs $95 for adults and $38 for children.

Akasha Bakery and Restaurant

If you're looking for a high-quality take-out option for Thanksgiving, consider Akasha Bakery and Restaurant. Options include a herb-roasted turkey, or king oyster and hen of the woods mushrooms for vegetarians.

You can also opt for side dishes like roasted cauliflower bisque, chestnut and sage ciabatta stuffing, stuffed squash, yukon gold mashed potatoes, millikin yams, and green bean casserole. For dessert, there's pumpkin pie, maple pecan pie, almond apple crisp, and chocolate-bourbon banana cream pie.

Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse

In addition to their regular menu, Nick & Stef's is adding a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with Diestel Farms Turkey, chestnut stuffing, JBS potato puree, candied butternut squash, pickled cranberry compote, and turkey gravy for $55 per person.

Bourbon Steak

Bourbon Steak Los Angeles, a modern-inspired steakhouse located at Americana At Brand, is offering guests a festive three-course Thanksgiving dinner menu for $85 per person. It features seasonal and inspired takes on the holiday classics. Start off the meal with heritage fall squash soup, seafood platter (oysters, king crab, and gulf prawn), or a kale and pomegranate salad with anjou pear, pecans, and smokey rogue blue cheese. Entrees include roasted heritage turkey with cranberry mostarda, short rib wellington, lobster pot pie, Mediterranean branzino, and 35-day, dry-aged prime bone-in ribeye with charred baby leeks, bordelaise sauce, and smoked blue cheese crumbles. S'mores with graham cracker ice cream or pumpkin pie are the dessert choices.

Café Pinot

This garden restaurant in Downtown LA is serving a traditional three- or four-course turkey dinner with artichoke soup; cauliflower and truffle orecchiette; smoked pork shoulder; sliced turkey breast; filet mignon au poivre; apple crumble; or pecan mousse. The three-course menu is $70, and the four-course menu is $90. Children's menu is $29 for those under 10 years old. The a la carte menu is also available.

Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens is planning an outdoors Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Buffet options include a herb-roasted heritage turkey; butternut squash and mushroom wellington; cast iron green bean casserole; baked mac and cheese; buttered sweet corn; maple-roasted root veggies; apple pie ravioli; and pumpkin cheesecake shooters.

It costs $85 per adult and $45 per child.

Thanksgiving Lunch at the Aquarium of the Pacific

A three-course Thanksgiving lunch will be served at the Aquarium's Cafe Scuba, then you can spend the rest of the day visiting with the fish. The menu features Southern-style mac and cheese, thyme-and-sage roasted turkey, herb-crusted pork loin, and homemade fruit cobbler. It costs $60 for adults and $32.50 for kids ages 3 to 11 (the price includes Aquarium admission). There's a discount for Aquarium members.

Pann's Restaurant

Historic Pann's restaurant on LaTijera is serving a holiday feast package with oven roasted turkey, honey glazed ham, and your selection of sides (such as buttermilk biscuits, corn muffins, cranberry bread, collard greens, and mashed potatoes). It costs $69 and must be preordered 72 hours in advance for pick-up.

The Laugh Factory

The Laugh Factory in Hollywood provides a free Thanksgiving dinner and live comedy show every year to comedians, actors, writers and anyone else who is alone for the holidays including the neighborhood homeless population. Seatings are at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. First come, first served. People line up early.

Check out the Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving in Orange County

For more cuisine selections, OpenTable.com has a listing of other LA area restaurants taking reservations for Thanksgiving, from sushi to Italian. Thanksgiving weekend is also a great time to catch a performance of The Nutcracker Ballet or one of the dozens of Holiday Shows in LA. You could also burn off that dinner with some Outdoor Ice Skating in LA or get tickets for an LA nightclub dance party.