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Where To Go For Thanksgiving Dinner In And Around Los Angeles

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Thanksgiving is just as much about the food as it is about the people you share it with. So, if you’d rather focus on family and friends and not the shopping, preparation, and clean-up that goes hand-in-hand with Thanksgiving Dinner, you’re in luck. There are many Los Angeles-area restaurants serving memorable Thanksgiving meals. 

Thanksgiving Lunch
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Scuba Cafe will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving lunch buffet on Thanksgiving from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Adults are $60 and children (ages 3-11) are $32.50 each (members pay $50 for adults and $27.50 for children). The Aquarium will be open a full day on Thanksgiving, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm so while you’re there you can visit more than 11,000 animals that make their home at the Aquarium.

Patina Thanksgiving Brunch
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a noon brunch at the beautiful Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge. Patina chefs will create a lavish holiday buffet with traditional favorites as well as vegetarian options. Adults are $85, children are $45. Reservations are required.

Thanksgiving Lunch and Dinner
Buca di Beppo
several locations including
6333 W. 3rd. St., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Treat your family to a Buca di Beppo-style Thanksgiving meal. They will be open on Thanksgiving day beginning at 11:00 am so you can plan a Thanksgiving meal that best meets the needs of your family. If you’re not familiar with Buca di Beppo, they are known for their generous portions, served family-style, which is perfect for this day of giving thanks. You’ll find traditional favorites such as turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie on the menu. (They also offer catering and to-go options as well).

1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

The celebrated Melisse in Santa Monica is hosting an elegant Thanksgiving dinner from 3:00 pm to 7:45 pm. Their holiday meal includes many options, so each member of the family can be sure to order exactly what he/she most likes. Each dinner also includes a choice of 3 traditional sides (such as fresh cranberry sauce, braised white mushrooms, and praline pecan yams). Cost is $95 for adults and $42 for children (8 and under).

The Bistro Garden at Coldwater
12950 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, Ca 91604

The Bistro Garden at Coldwater invites you and your family to celebrate Thanksgiving with them. Thanksgiving meals will be served from 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm. A choice of three main entrees will be offered (including traditional roast turkey and grilled fillet mignon). While you dine, you’ll also enjoy live piano. Cost is $80 per person.

Thanksgiving at Tavern
11648 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, CA 90049

The popular Tavern will also be serving Thanksgiving meals. Families will begin with a persimmon and pomegranate salad, continue with an herb-roasted organic turkey breast, enjoy several side dishes, and tasty deserts. A “vegan Thanksgiving extravaganza” is being offered as well. ($95 for adults, $45 for children 10 and under, and no charge for children 4 and younger).

Thanksgiving Lunch at Beachside Restaurant and Bar
Located in the Jamaica Bay Inn, 4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Newly renovated, this Instagrammable restaurant looks our over Mother’s Beach and is a perfectly lovely spot to have Thanksgiving lunch. Along with Turkey and all the trimmings, they’re serving butternut squash soup and ravioli, as well as Prime Rib, pumpkin pie – and pumpkin gelato.


Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
several locations including
2301 Rosecrans Ave. #1199, El Segundo, CA 90245

Flemings is serving a three-course turkey dinner beginning at 11:00 am. A special children’s menu (for children 12 and under) is being offered as well. And, just in case you’re family is not a turkey family, Flemings will also be offering their full menu as well. 

Geoffrey’s Malibu
27400 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265

Geoffrey’s Malibu is serving a three-course Thanksgiving meal in a beautiful, oceanside setting. Families may select from a variety of choices including roast turkey roulade, slow braised pork shank, and miso braised tofu among others. ($75 for adults, $45 for children under the age of 12).

Playa Provisions
119 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Playa Provisions is serving a traditional Thanksgiving plate along with a limited menu. A traditional Thanksgiving plate includes a choice of turkey or honey mustard crusted ham, chicory salad, and several side dishes (including cranberry sauce, green beans, maple yams, and sweet sausage and chestnut stuffing). (Also keep in mind, that you can order pies to pick up from Playa Provisions to enjoy at home).

Le Petit Paris
418/420 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Families are invited to celebrate Thanksgiving at Le Petit Paris. Their special Thanksgiving menu offers a range of choices (including slow roasted free-range turkey breast, lobster ravioli, grilled portobello mushrooms, or roasted Atlantic salmon) so every member of the family is guaranteed to find something to meet their dietary needs.  

One Pico
1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

One Pico will be serving a special Thanksgiving meal from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Choose among starters (such as butternut squash soup), entrees (including cedar plank shetland salmon and free range turkey), and desserts (including a molten chocolate cake). 



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