Want to eat out on Thanksgiving? 20 great restaurants we’d go to

Thanksgiving dinner
A plate full of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and mac and cheese at Clifton’s cafeteria in downtown L.A. The restaurant is open on Thanksgiving.
(Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)

Maybe you don’t feel like prepping for three days to serve dinner to a small crowd on Thanksgiving. Maybe the thought of someone else roasting a turkey and dealing with the dishes sounds like the best idea you’ve heard all year. If you’re leaning toward going out for the holiday, we have some suggestions. Here’s a short list of places open on Thanksgiving that we might just hit ourselves. 

71 Above

Chefs Vartan Abgaryan and Gregory Baumgartner will serve a three-course meal priced at $70 per adult and $45 for children. Menu highlights include roasted kabocha squash soup, turkey breast with brioche truffle stuffing, and for dessert, vanilla-poached cranberries and applesauce sorbet. The menu will be available 1 to 7 p.m. 633 W. 5th St., 71st floor, Los Angeles, (213) 712-2683,

Alma at the Standard

Ari Taymor’s restaurant at the Standard on Sunset Boulevard will serve Thanksgiving dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Dinner is a three-course family-style meal priced at $65 per person. Specialty fall cocktails will also be available. 10% of the proceeds will go to Alma Community Outreach. 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 822-3131,


Akasha Richmond’s namesake restaurant in Culver City will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. with a prix-fixe menu priced at $75 per adult and $35 per child ages 12 and younger. Highlights include roasted cauliflower bisque, herb-roasted turkey, family-style sides and a pie buffet. 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City, (310) 845-1700,


Avec Nous

The restaurant at the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills will serve dinner between 4 and 10 p.m. The prix-fixe menu is priced at $85 per adult and $35 per child. Highlights include escargots, crab gratin, roasted turkey breast, pumpkin pie and brownie bites. 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, (310) 860-8660,

The Belvedere 

The restaurant at the Peninsula Beverly Hills will serve a family-style Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The menu is priced at $135 per person (includes free-flowing Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne) and $65 per child ages 12 and younger. Highlights include braised veal, kabocha squash and pumpkin risotto and a dessert buffet. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 551-2888,

Boxwood at the London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills

Dinner will be served between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. The menu is priced at $85 per person with additional wine pairings available for $32. Highlights include lobster tortellini, roasted pork shoulder, roasted organic turkey and pumpkin pie. 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 358-7788,


Thomas Keller’s Beverly Hills restaurant will serve a three-course dinner, plus a selection of a la carte sides. Dinner is priced at $95 per adult and $45 for kids. Wine pairings are available for $30. Menu items include a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, steak frites, risotto and pecan pie. 35 N. Canon Drive, Second Floor, Beverly Hills, (310) 271-9910, 


Cast at the Viceroy Santa Monica

The restaurant will have a buffet priced at $74 per adult and $35 per child ages 10 and younger (children 5 and younger eat for free), available between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., with the last seating at 3:30 p.m. Highlights include a carving station with turkey breast, ham and prime rib; candied yams, roasted green beans, cornbread muffins and pumpkin cheesecake. 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 260-7511,


The cafeteria will be open serving turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and all the pie you can dream of. 648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles (213) 627-1673,


Tal Ronnen’s vegan restaurant will be open with butternut squash bisque, an autumn chop salad, mashed potatoes, sweet potato biscuits and stuffing. 8284 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 782-9245,


The restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills will serve a brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with roasted turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. You can also order breakfast items such as Belgian waffles and eggs Benedict until 3 p.m. 300 S. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, (310) 860-4000,

L.A. Chapter at the Ace hotel

The restaurant will serve a three-course, prix-fixe dinner priced at $40 per person. A la carte dishes will also be available. Dinner includes a root vegetable panzanella, turkey bordelaise and a sweet potato pie for dessert. 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, (213) 235-9660,

Mastro’s Malibu

Dinner will be served between 12 and 9 p.m. and include the signature Mastro’s menu of steaks, seafood, a seafood tower and warm butter cake. 18412 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu,  (310) 454-4357,


Josiah Citrin’s lauded fine dining restaurant in Santa Monica will serve a prix-fixe menu between 3 and 7:45 p.m. Dinner is priced at $95 per adult and $42 per child ages 8 and younger. First course options include pumpkin soup and lobster ravioli; entrees include herb-roasted turkey and prime rib; and for dessert, apple pie and spiced pumpkin pie. 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 395-0881,

Palm Restaurant Beverly Hills

The restaurant will serve a three-course, prix-fixe menu priced at $59 per adult and $24 per child ages 12 and younger. An a la carte menu will also be available. Highlights include lobster bisque, roasted turkey, goat cheese whipped potatoes and pumpkin pie. 267 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 550-8811, 


Plan Check Santa Monica

A special menu of confit turkey thigh, turkey burgers and pumpkin pie crullers will be available between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. 1410 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, (310 ) 857-1364,

Playa Provisions

Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts’ Playa del Rey four-in-one restaurant space will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. with a dinner special priced at $35 per person. The menu includes your choice of turkey or honey mustard-crusted ham; sides include chicory salad, green beans, roasted acorn squash, sweet sausage and chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce. And for dessert, maple yams and pumpkin pie. 119 Culver Blvd., Playa Del Rey, (310) 683-5019,

Sea Level

The waterfront restaurant at Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach will serve a Thanksgiving menu from 1 to 8 p.m. The prix-fixe menu is priced at $49 per person. Highlights include a wild arugula salad with roasted butternut squash, roasted turkey breast, almond-currant stuffing and pumpkin cheesecake. 655 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, (310) 921-8950,


The Westchester location of Truxton’s will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner priced at $26.85 per person. The menu includes butternut squash soup or a house salad; turkey and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, smashed potatoes and pumpkin pie for dessert. 8611 Truxton Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 417-8789,

The Tuck Room Tavern

Sherry Yard’s Westwood restaurant will serve a four-course, prix-fixe dinner. The menu includes acorn squash bisque, an autumn salad, herb-roasted turkey and three-layered silken pumpkin pie. Dinner starts at $55 per person and $20 for children ages 12 and younger. 10850 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 307-7004,


Where to find your Thanksgiving turkey

All the Thanksgiving recipes you need, from appetizers to desserts


Why you should be drinking whiskey with your Thanksgiving turkey


Get our food critics’ free weekly dining newsletter