Let the professionals cook your feast. Thanksgiving 2014 dining guide

Thanksgiving turkey
A Thanksgiving turkey from Tavern is shown.
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Thanksgiving is two weeks away already, meaning it’s time to order your turkey if you haven’t already and plan your cooking schedule already — or you can make reservations to let a restaurant kitchen do all that for you. 

Los Angeles has myriad restaurants that will help you out, offering Thanksgiving dinners that run the gamut from homey and traditional to upscale and creative. You can let a professional kitchen worry about the bird, or forgo the turkey altogether and see what the chef comes up with instead. 

Either way, it’s high time to make reservations. Here are some of the menus at area restaurants, with details on pricing and times. And yes, we’ll be updating this list, so check back — or, if you’ve got a restaurant somewhere and we’ve missed it, let us know. And if you’re planning on getting your feast to-go rather than dining in, we’ll have a list of those options too. 

Here’s a list of Thanksgiving Day dinners:


Barton G

For Thanksgiving, Barton G will be offering a traditional three-course prix-fixe feast, including: herb-roasted turkey breast with confit leg; apricot and sage stuffing; parsnip and potato mash; spiced pumpkin soup with maple creme fraiche; candied yams; pumpkin doughnuts with cranberry compote and pumpkin butter. Dinner will be served Nov. 27 from 5 to 10 p.m. and is $65 per person. 861 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 388-1888,

Beelman’s Pub

Beelman’s is hosting a family-style holiday feast, including fried Louisiana-style turkey wings; braised Brussels sprouts with chestnuts and pancetta; braised purple cabbage with apples and raisins; cornbread stuffing; cranberry chutney; pecan pie. The dinner includes hors d’oeuvres, mulled wine and Champagne and a full buffet. Make reservations through Eventbrite. Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 2 to 9 p.m. for $29.95 per person. 600 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, (213) 622-1022,



Starting at noon on Thanksgiving, Bouchon Bistro will serve a classic Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings, including sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, roasted pumpkin soup, and more. For dessert, look for a choice of pumpkin, apple and pecan tarts — and Thomas Keller’s signature chocolate bouchons. 235 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 271-9910,


Roy Choi’s latest restaurant, Commissary, will be offering an unlimited vegetarian buffet and desserts for its Native Spirit Feast, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 27. Dishes featured: fry bread, roasted corn chowder, forbidden rice salad, quinoa salad,  pickled beets and goat cheese, tamales, pumpkin gumbo and more. Dinner is $45 per person. 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown, (213) 368-3030,


For Thanksgiving, Craft is hosting a three-course, prix-fixe dinner served family-style from 2 to 8 p.m. Chef de cuisine Ray England’s dishes include: organic free-range turkey, Brussels sprouts and pomegranates, chestnut agnolotti, and sausage and raisin stuffing. For dessert, try pastry chef Shannon Swindle’s butternut tart and pecan semifreddo. Dinner is $125 per person; children under 5 are free. 10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 279-4180,

The Culver Hotel

Dine on a buffet full of traditional holiday favorites in the Culver Hotel’s dining room, including: maple-glazed ham, slow-roasted turkey, peppercorn-crusted prime rib and many classic sides, including caramelized onion and apple stuffing, mashed potatoes, braised greens, radicchio and arugula salad with dates and hazelnuts, cranberry relish -- and a traditional dessert station. There will be live music in the Grand Lobby beginning at 7:30 p.m. and cocktails available at the bar. The Thanksgiving buffet is $39 per person and requires reservations. 9440 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 90232; (310) 558-9400,



Esterel at the Sofitel Hotel is serving a three-course, prix-fixe menu, including a choice of: roasted butternut squash soup, fennel goat cheese salad, free-range roasted turkey (carved tableside), porcini agnolotti, pumpkin chai cheesecake brulee, Valrhona chocolate cremeux with maple syrup ice cream and candied pecans. Dinner is $65 per person for adults and $40 for children age 6-12. Thanksgiving dinner will be served after 4:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving, alongside the regular dinner menu. 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 358-3979,

Daily Grill

The LAX and Burbank locations of the Daily Grill will have a special Thanksgiving menu offering a prix-fixe three-course dinner for $39.75. Featured dishes include: butternut squash soup and mixed field greens; a choice of herb-roasted turkey with all the sides, mahi mahi with brown rice and grilled skirt steak with mac and cheese; and for dessert, a choice of apple pie or pumpkin cobbler. Kids 11 and younger can order a turkey dinner with the trimmings and a hot fudge sundae for $14.75. 2500 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, (818) 840-6464; 5400 W Century Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 665-0149,


For diners in Long Beach, Fuego at Hotel Maya is offering a feast that includes: roasted butternut bisque with creamy corn and candied walnuts; roasted turkey with giblet gravy, roasted Brussels sprouts, corn bread stuffing, piloncillo cinnamon glazed yams and Yukon mashed potatoes; potato lasagna with cauliflower and red pepper coriander sauce; Bourbon pecan chocolate torte. The three-course, prix fixe menu is $48 per person, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, (562) 435-7676,

The Hungry Cat 

The Hungry Cats in Hollywood and Santa Monica will be deep-frying Thanksgiving this year, with deep-fried turkey and gravy as the highlight of the feast. As this is chef-owner David Lentz’s seafood restaurant, there will also be a raw bar and lots of great cocktails, including Big Dave’s Egg Nog. Among the dishes: roasted persimmons with candied walnuts, chorizo and oyster stuffing, Brussels sprouts with wild mushroom and pancetta, and spiced cranberry sauce and a Thanksgiving dessert and full bar. If you’re a vegetarian, there’s ricotta gnocchi with chanterelle. $65 per guest; $32.50 children 10 and younger; no charge for children younger than 2. 1535 N. Vine St., Hollywood, (323) 462-2155; 100 West Channel Road, Santa Monica, (310) 459-3337, 



The popular Italian restaurant is switching from pasta to turkey, with a three-course, prix-fixe traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Although if you don’t want turkey, choose between beef and fish options. The dinner is $56 per person, and will be served from 3 to 8:30 p.m. 2321 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 475-4521, 


If you want to get a little fancier, try Josiah Citrin’s Thanksgiving menu. Among the dishes you can choose from: Maine lobster ravioli with an optional white truffle supplement; big eye tuna tartare with avocado and yuzu; pumpkin soup with chestnut and celeriac; herb-roasted free range turkey with Chanterelle mushrooms, apple and brioche stuffing and pomegranate gravy; whole roasted dry-aged prime rib with potato puff and horseradish jus. In addition, there will be many of Citrin’s mother’s traditional Thanksgiving side dishes and desserts. Thanksgiving dinner is from 3 to 7:30 p.m. and will be $95 for adults and $42 for children 8 and younger. 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 395-0881,

Mr. C Beverly Hills

Dinner choices for Mr. C’s prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner include butternut squash ravioli with brown butter and crispy fried sage; roasted turkey with Napa Valley chardonnay gravy; amaretto duchess sweet potatoes; and pumpkin pie. Prices run $85 per person, with an additional $35 for wine pairings. Vegetarian options and the a la carte menu will also be available. 1224 Beverwil Drive, Los Angeles, (310) 226-6245,


For its three-course, prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner, dishes include Tahitian squash veloute with chive creme fraiche; Arctic char with celery root, sweet potato and black truffle vinaigrette; heritage turkey with wild mushroom stuffing; confit Weiser potatoes; chocolate hazelnut crisp; pumpkin pie. Dinner is $35, with additional a la carte dishes for an extra fee, and will be served from 3 to 7 p.m.; call (323) 871-2026. 6221 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles,


Joachim Splichal’s flagship restaurant will be offering three- and four-course menus on Thanksgiving. Menu highlights include Bay scallops with potato gnocchi, pumpkin puree, bacon lardon, cauliflower floret, and Parmesan emulsion; black cod with sweet potato fondant, haricot vert and  carrot ginger sauce; roasted and confit turkey with chestnut stuffing, autumn vegetables and sauce verjus; and pumpkin chiffon with treacle bavarois, and pepita croquant. Patina will also have a Thanksgiving children’s menu. Dinner will be served from 1 to 7:30 p.m. The three-course menu is $59, the four-course menu is $75, and the children’s menu is $35 for kids 10 and younger. 141 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 972-3331,

The Pikey

At the Pikey, chef Ralph Johnson will be offering a choice of roasted organic free range turkey breast or confit turkey legs and wings served with beet stuffing, green bean puree, roasted potatoes, cranberry sauce and biscuits with turkey neck gravy. Couples may opt for the Thanksgiving feast for two, featuring a whole turkey leg confit and deep-fried with all of the trimmings. Additionally, the Pikey’s mac and cheese or baked sweet potatoes with crispy sage and hazelnut praline are available a la carte, along with pumpkin pie with spiced cream. Pricing is $35 per guest for the dinner or $60 for the feast for two. 7617 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 850-5400,

The Raymond 1886

Thanksgiving dinner dishes will include: pecorino and autumn fruit salad; a choice oven-roasted turkey or garlic and black pepper-encrusted prime rib with pea-horseradish jus; roasted garlic mashed potatoes; candied Weiser Farms yams with toasted homemade marshmallows; Italian sausage and grilled apple stuffing; a choice of apple cobbler and pumpkin mousse pie with a ginger snap crust and chantilly cream. 1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 91105; (626) 441-3136;

The Standard

From noon to 9 p.m., the Standard will be serving a holiday feast including butternut squash and apple soup with pancetta; herb-roasted turkey with shallot gravy; Swiss chard and leek gratin; brown butter mashed potatoes; apple and chestnut bread pudding; salty caramel pot de creme with whipped maple cream; bourbon pumpkin pie with pecan streusel. The prix-fixe dinner is $35. Call the restaurant to reserve at (213) 439-3030, or book on OpenTable. 550 S. Flower St., Los Angeles,


This Thanksgiving, Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne are putting together a feast including persimmon and pomegranate salad with arugula and walnuts; a choice of herb-roasted organic turkey breast with stuffed leg served with all the trimmings or a vegan feast of sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, fingerling potatoes, stuffing and wild mushroom persillade. For dessert: a choice of pumpkin pie with brown sugar whipped cream or a candied pecan tart served with vanilla ice cream. Cost is $70 for each adult, $35 for children 12 and younger; no charge for children 4 and younger. 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, 310.806.6464,

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