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Thanksgiving dinner from Citrin, Santa Monica.
Thanksgiving dinner from Citrin, Santa Monica.
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Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Los Angeles, 2021 Edition

Let the professionals do the cooking this Thanksgiving holiday

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Thanksgiving dinner from Citrin, Santa Monica.
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With the busy holiday season approaching, it’s time to think about Thanksgiving, a gathering that many people missed last year due to quarantine. This year, with vaccines mandated for on-site indoor dining in the city of Los Angeles (and West Hollywood) starting this month, it’s possible to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner prepared by talented cooks and chefs across LA, which occupies the traditional homelands of the Tongva and Chumash tribes.

Preparing a whole meal at home can be a stressful affair. Sometimes it’s just easier to let the professionals do the tough work and handle the dishes afterwards. There’s plenty of choices for getting turkey dinners to go, but this guide is for people who want to eat Thanksgiving at a restaurant table. Be sure to check the list and book the table because these coveted seats fill up quickly.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Coin & Candor

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Coin and Candor, located inside Four Seasons Westlake Village, offers an $88 per person four-course Thanksgiving dinner with grilled persimmon and endive, organic roasted turkey breast, and plenty of desserts like chocolate pecan pie with bourbon ice cream.

Coin and Candor’s Thanksgiving feast.
Coin and Candor’s Thanksgiving feast.
Coin and Candor

1 Kitchen at 1 Hotel West Hollywood

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West Hollywood’s rather gorgeous 1 Hotel restaurant, 1 Kitchen, has a nicely-priced Thanksgiving lunch plate for $29 that comes with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, brussels sprouts, and cranberry for pickup or dine-in at 1 Kitchen, Juniper Lounge or in-room (if you happen to be staying at the hotel on turkey day). Only available from noon to 10 p.m.

1 Kitchen at 1 Hotel in West Hollywood.
1 Kitchen at 1 Hotel in West Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

Barton G.

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Whimsical restaurant Barton G. has a traditional Thanksgiving feast for $85 a person, including turkey, roasted squash salad, caramel apple salad, and spiced pumpkin mousse with salted bourbon caramel.

Barton G. Los Angeles.
Barton G. Los Angeles.
Barton G.

Kevin Meehan’s Michelin-starred restaurant on Melrose Avenue has a reasonable $85 per person Thanksgiving menu with choices like pumpkin risotto, roasted heritage turkey, and all the fixin’s, plus dessert. Everything is served family style.

Kali
Kali
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Saddle Peak Lodge

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Hidden in the hills of Malibu, Saddle Peak Lodge is an urban escape with an old-time feel and a lush outdoor dining area. The classic restaurant has Thanksgiving day dinner from noon to 8:30 p.m. with four courses created by chef Joey Gibson-Rivas. Expect turkey, pumpkin pie, and bison tartare for good measure. Priced at $125 a person and $65 for children.

Saddle Peak Lodge
Saddle Peak Lodge
Saddle Peak Lodge

Yardbird Table and Bar

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With a more flexible Thanksgiving day situation, Southern restaurant Yardbird has a $36 turkey dinner with all the sides, plus plenty of other menu items a la carte at its Beverly Center location.

Yardbird
Yardbird
Yardbird

STK Steakhouse

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West LA steakhouse STK has a moderately-priced $59 per person Thanksgiving dinner ($29 for children), plus $12 spiced pumpkin pie (per slice) for dessert. The meal comes with roasted free range turkey and all the sides you could want, like cornbread and sage stuffing to yukon gold mashed potatoes.

STK Thanksgiving dinner.
STK Thanksgiving dinner.
STK

Manuela

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This Downtown LA restaurant has a $75 per person Southern-inspired Thanksgiving dinner, with vegetarian and vegan options. Though a full menu isn’t available yet, the restaurant says first course and sides are served family style while mains and desserts are individualized.

Manuela, Arts District
Manuela, Arts District.
Manuela

Citrin Restaurant

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Josiah Citrin’s elegant Santa Monica dining room has a $125 per person Thanksgiving day dinner beginning at 2:30 p.m. and going until 7:45 p.m. on November 25 with a full tasting course of everything from pumpkin soup and herb-roasted free range turkey with chanterelle mushrooms to various choices of pie for dessert. There’s also a choice of portobello mushroom steak, whole roasted dry-aged prime rib, and black bass for entrees in case turkey isn’t your preference.

Dining room inside Citrin with diners and low lights.
Citrin restaurant in Santa Monica.
Matthew Kang

Lunetta

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Raphael Lunetta does indoor and outdoor Thanksgiving dinner options with a selection of starters like diver scaallops, roasted chestnut soup, and heart of palm salad. Entrees are either pan-roasted black bass, osso buco, or heritage maple herb-roasted turkey. Served between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and priced at $95 each.

Lunetta Santa Monica.
Lunetta Santa Monica.
Wonho Frank Lee

Fig in Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel offers roasted mushrooms and coconut panna cotta for a meat-free, vegan meal this year, though there is a traditional Thanksgiving meal with dry-aged prime rib, duck rillettes, and of course turkey as well. The vegan meal is $56 per person and the traditional one is $88.

Thanksgiving dishes from Fig Santa Monica.
Thanksgiving dishes from Fig Santa Monica.
Fig

Blue Streak

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The upscale Loews hotel has an $89 per person ($35 for children) Thanksgiving day dinner by the beach with seatings at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. that includes the full turkey feast and all the sides you could want. Reservation comes with discounted valet.

Thanksgiving dinner at Blue Streak restaurant in Loews Santa Monica laid out with various dishes.
Thanksgiving dinner at Blue Streak
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Hotel Casa del Mar

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Both restaurants at Santa Monica’s tony Hotel Casa del Mar, Terrazza and Catch, have $115 per person ($45 for children) Thanksgiving dinners from lunch to dinner. Of course there’s turkey for your main entree choice, but short rib, branzino, and squash “steak” are also options.

Thanksgiving plate at Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica.
Thanksgiving plate at Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica.
Hotel Casa del Mar

Beachside Restaurant & Bar

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Marina del Rey’s laid back restaurant Beachside at Jamaica Bay Inn has an accessible Thanksgiving day menu from chef Victor Morales with cider-brined free range turkey breast, wedge salad, butternut bisque soup, and pumpkin pie for $65 per person.

Charcoal Venice

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This underrated Venice restaurant has a $105 per person Thanksgiving dinner starting with the place’s signature cabbage baked in embers, then grilled escarole and butternut squash. Entrees offer both smoked turkey with slow-roasted prime rib, with the meal ending with seasonal pies.

Charcoal Venice
Charcoal Venice
Wonho Frank Lee

Urban Plates

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Sustainability- and nutrition-oriented restaurant chain Urban Plates has some nice-looking dine-in Thanksgiving dinners priced at just $19.95 a plate throughout its various LA locations, including in Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, Torrance, Thousand Oaks, Woodland Hills, and Playa Vista. The plate serves one person and comes with herb-roasted turkey, stuffing, gravy, relish, and a choice of side from November 23 to 25.

Urban Plates turkey dinner.
Urban Plates turkey dinner.
Urban Plates

Coin & Candor

Coin and Candor’s Thanksgiving feast.
Coin and Candor’s Thanksgiving feast.
Coin and Candor

Coin and Candor, located inside Four Seasons Westlake Village, offers an $88 per person four-course Thanksgiving dinner with grilled persimmon and endive, organic roasted turkey breast, and plenty of desserts like chocolate pecan pie with bourbon ice cream.

Coin and Candor’s Thanksgiving feast.
Coin and Candor’s Thanksgiving feast.
Coin and Candor

1 Kitchen at 1 Hotel West Hollywood

1 Kitchen at 1 Hotel in West Hollywood.
1 Kitchen at 1 Hotel in West Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

West Hollywood’s rather gorgeous 1 Hotel restaurant, 1 Kitchen, has a nicely-priced Thanksgiving lunch plate for $29 that comes with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, brussels sprouts, and cranberry for pickup or dine-in at 1 Kitchen, Juniper Lounge or in-room (if you happen to be staying at the hotel on turkey day). Only available from noon to 10 p.m.

1 Kitchen at 1 Hotel in West Hollywood.
1 Kitchen at 1 Hotel in West Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

Barton G.

Barton G. Los Angeles.
Barton G. Los Angeles.
Barton G.

Whimsical restaurant Barton G. has a traditional Thanksgiving feast for $85 a person, including turkey, roasted squash salad, caramel apple salad, and spiced pumpkin mousse with salted bourbon caramel.

Barton G. Los Angeles.
Barton G. Los Angeles.
Barton G.

Kali

Kali
Kali
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

Kevin Meehan’s Michelin-starred restaurant on Melrose Avenue has a reasonable $85 per person Thanksgiving menu with choices like pumpkin risotto, roasted heritage turkey, and all the fixin’s, plus dessert. Everything is served family style.

Kali
Kali
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

Saddle Peak Lodge

Saddle Peak Lodge
Saddle Peak Lodge
Saddle Peak Lodge

Hidden in the hills of Malibu, Saddle Peak Lodge is an urban escape with an old-time feel and a lush outdoor dining area. The classic restaurant has Thanksgiving day dinner from noon to 8:30 p.m. with four courses created by chef Joey Gibson-Rivas. Expect turkey, pumpkin pie, and bison tartare for good measure. Priced at $125 a person and $65 for children.

Saddle Peak Lodge
Saddle Peak Lodge
Saddle Peak Lodge

Yardbird Table and Bar

Yardbird
Yardbird
Yardbird

With a more flexible Thanksgiving day situation, Southern restaurant Yardbird has a $36 turkey dinner with all the sides, plus plenty of other menu items a la carte at its Beverly Center location.

Yardbird
Yardbird
Yardbird

STK Steakhouse

STK Thanksgiving dinner.
STK Thanksgiving dinner.
STK

West LA steakhouse STK has a moderately-priced $59 per person Thanksgiving dinner ($29 for children), plus $12 spiced pumpkin pie (per slice) for dessert. The meal comes with roasted free range turkey and all the sides you could want, like cornbread and sage stuffing to yukon gold mashed potatoes.

STK Thanksgiving dinner.
STK Thanksgiving dinner.
STK

Manuela

Manuela, Arts District
Manuela, Arts District.
Manuela

This Downtown LA restaurant has a $75 per person Southern-inspired Thanksgiving dinner, with vegetarian and vegan options. Though a full menu isn’t available yet, the restaurant says first course and sides are served family style while mains and desserts are individualized.

Manuela, Arts District
Manuela, Arts District.
Manuela

Citrin Restaurant

Dining room inside Citrin with diners and low lights.
Citrin restaurant in Santa Monica.
Matthew Kang

Josiah Citrin’s elegant Santa Monica dining room has a $125 per person Thanksgiving day dinner beginning at 2:30 p.m. and going until 7:45 p.m. on November 25 with a full tasting course of everything from pumpkin soup and herb-roasted free range turkey with chanterelle mushrooms to various choices of pie for dessert. There’s also a choice of portobello mushroom steak, whole roasted dry-aged prime rib, and black bass for entrees in case turkey isn’t your preference.

Dining room inside Citrin with diners and low lights.
Citrin restaurant in Santa Monica.
Matthew Kang

Lunetta

Lunetta Santa Monica.
Lunetta Santa Monica.
Wonho Frank Lee

Raphael Lunetta does indoor and outdoor Thanksgiving dinner options with a selection of starters like diver scaallops, roasted chestnut soup, and heart of palm salad. Entrees are either pan-roasted black bass, osso buco, or heritage maple herb-roasted turkey. Served between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and priced at $95 each.

Lunetta Santa Monica.
Lunetta Santa Monica.
Wonho Frank Lee

Fig

Thanksgiving dishes from Fig Santa Monica.
Thanksgiving dishes from Fig Santa Monica.
Fig

Fig in Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel offers roasted mushrooms and coconut panna cotta for a meat-free, vegan meal this year, though there is a traditional Thanksgiving meal with dry-aged prime rib, duck rillettes, and of course turkey as well. The vegan meal is $56 per person and the traditional one is $88.

Thanksgiving dishes from Fig Santa Monica.
Thanksgiving dishes from Fig Santa Monica.
Fig

Blue Streak

Thanksgiving dinner at Blue Streak restaurant in Loews Santa Monica laid out with various dishes.
Thanksgiving dinner at Blue Streak
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

The upscale Loews hotel has an $89 per person ($35 for children) Thanksgiving day dinner by the beach with seatings at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. that includes the full turkey feast and all the sides you could want. Reservation comes with discounted valet.

Thanksgiving dinner at Blue Streak restaurant in Loews Santa Monica laid out with various dishes.
Thanksgiving dinner at Blue Streak
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Hotel Casa del Mar