Let's face it, Thanksgiving dinner is a lot of work (unless, of course, you're just there to eat). Lucky for you, there are plenty of great L.A. restaurants offering dinner specials on turkey day. So if you're not in the mood to cook, here are ten spots you might want to check out.
Nick & Stef's: Why not eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at one of L.A.'s most beloved steakhouses? Each year Nick & Stef's in Downtown serves up everything from hand-carved turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes – and much more – for all of their guests. Dinner starts at $39 for adults; $19.95 for kids under 12. And yes, dessert is included. Can you say pecan pie with vanilla ice cream? To make your reservation today, visit Nick & Stef's website.
330 S. Hope St., 90071; 213-680-0330
Whist at the Viceroy: Food & Wine magazine rated it one of the 50 Best Hotel Restaurants in the nation. So if you plan on dining at Whist, located in the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica, for Thanksgiving, you know you're in good hands. This year Whist will be hosting a Thanksgiving buffet from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $60 per person. Visit their website to make your reservations today.
1819 Ocean Ave., 90401; 310-260-7500
The Bistro Garden: If you plan on being in Studio City during the holiday, then you'll definitely want to check out The Bistro Garden for their three-course Thanksgiving dinner. Choices include roasted turkey, grilled filet mignon, and salmon with artichoke, as well as chocolate soufflé with fresh whipped cream for dessert. It costs $62 per person, and runs from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. To make your reservations early, call 818-501-0202.
12950 Ventura Blvd., 91604; 818-501-0202
Cafe La Boheme: The seductive West Hollywood restaurant features a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner special each year. It includes a roasted pear salad or mushroom soup as a starter, maple-glazed turkey for the main course, and pumpkin bread pudding drizzled in caramel as one of two dessert options. Dinner costs $45 for adults; $20 for kids.
8400 Santa Monica Blvd., 90069; 323-848-2360
Delphine: Located in the W Hotel in Hollywood, Delphine offers a four course Thanksgiving dinner for $55. It features all the traditional classics, as well as a wide selection of seafood from their acclaimed Raw Bar. As always, reservations are strongly recommended.
6250 Hollywood Blvd., 90028; 323-798-1355
The Laugh Factory: Every year The Laugh Factory in West Hollywood offers a free Thanksgiving feast to anyone and everyone. Some of the country's top comedians, including Tim Allen, Dave Chappelle and Dane Cook will be serving guests throughout the day, with live comedy shows following each meal. This year dinner will be served at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information, visit The Laugh Factory's website.
8001 Sunset Blvd., 90046; 323-656-1336 x1
Fig: Each year Fig celebrates Thanksgiving with a theme dinner. Last year it was leftovers, and this year it's family style dining. Dinner starts at 12 p.m., and lasts until 8 p.m. The cost is $69 per person. You can download a full menu for this year's Thanksgiving event by visiting their website.
101 Wilshire Blvd., 90401; 310-319-3111
The Original Pantry Cafe: An old fashioned plate of mashed potatoes and turkey at one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles – what can sound better than that? The Original Pantry Cafe has been a Downtown staple since it first opened its doors in 1924, and has been serving up delicious Thanksgiving dinners every year since. Dinner starts at 11 a.m. and will run you less than $20. Be warned though, their turkey dinners tend to sell out quickly.
877 S Figueroa St., 90017; 213-972-9279
Napa Valley Grille: This Westwood Village hotspot offers a three course Thanksgiving dinner for less than $60. Okay, it's $59 but still. First course options include blue crab cake, autumn squash bisque, and kale chopped salad, with oven roasted turkey, pan seared salmon, and slow roasted prime rib all being offered for the main course. And for dessert, how does a mini pumpkin pie sound? It comes with vanilla gelato. Feeling hungry already? Then call 310-824-3322 to reserve a seat today.
1100 Glendon Ave., #100, 90024; 310-824-3322
The Palm: This year The Palm in West Hollywood will be serving up a three course Thanksgiving dinner for $49. Choices include lobster bisque, hand carved turkey, sweet potatoes, butternut squash soup, and chocolate pecan pie. The Palm's full Thanksgiving Day dinner menu is available on its website.
9001 Santa Monica Blvd., 90069; 310-550-8811