10 Westside Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving Dinner

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There’s nothing like cooking the traditional Thanksgiving spread for family and friends but, for empty-nesters, travelers and singles not going home for the holidays, it’s nice to know there are options! If you’re looking to hit the easy button this year, here are our top 10 Westside restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner. Most of these recommend making reservations well in advance to ensure seating.
FIG: Chef Ray Garcia is serving up Thanksgiving family-style with dishes like piloncillo and chipotle brined Mary’s turkey. Meals begin at 12, 3 and 6 p.m. and cost $69 per person. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; 310-319-3111; figsantamonica.com.

JiRaffe: At $72 per person, JiRaffe will serve a three-course prix fixe that includes dishes like pancetta-wrapped sea scallops, Dungeness crab cakes, bouillabaisse and roast turkey. Supplemental sides and an amuse-bouche are offered for an extra charge. 502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; 310-917-6671; jirafferestaurant.com.

Mélisse: Chef Josiah Citrin’s three-course prix-fixe menu includes a wide selection of starters and entrees. For the first course, options include traditional pumpkin soup or Maine lobster ravioli and for your entree, opt for the herb roasted free-range turkey with chanterelle mushrooms, apple and brioche stuffing and pomegranate gravy or the vegetarian-friendly portabella mushroom with radicchio and burrata “steak” with autumn herb jus. The hardest choice? Deciding on three sides made from Chef Josiah’s mother’s traditional Thanksgiving recipes—options include creamed spinach and praline pecan yams. End the meal on a sweet note with a slice of “Mom’s Apple Pie,” pecan pie or spiced pumpkin pie.

Hours: Seatings 3-7:30pm

Price: $95 per person; $42 for children ages 8 and under

The Hungry Cat: In addition to a deep-fried turkey dinner, the seafood restaurant will feature a raw bar a la carte and cups of Big Dave’s special eggnog recipe. The feast is $65 per person and $32.50 for kids 10 and under. Kids two and under eat free. 100 W. Channel Rd., Santa Monica; 310-459-3337; thehungrycat.com.

Joe’s Restaurant: Joe’s is serving a $60 Thanksgiving prix fixe with a country twist. Try their venison roast, black grouper, duck sausage and apple stuffing or their turkey, which comes glazed in mustard and rye bourbon. 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; 310-399-5811;joesrestaurant.com.

Cafe Gratitude Venice: Each year, Cafe Gratitude gives back to the community with a free Thanksgiving supper. Celebrating its tenth annual free dinner, the Venice location will serve up a complete vegan Thanksgiving plate that includes butternut squash and sage lentil loaf, garlic mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, raw stuffing, seasonal roasted vegetables, persimmon salad and a slice of pumpkin pie, served alongside a seasonal spritzer. To add to the festivities, local musicians will play throughout the day as entertainment. For those interested in volunteering at the restaurant on Thanksgiving, call 424-231-8000 to sign up for a two-hour shift.

Hours: First come, first served 11am-3pm

Price: Free

Beachside Restaurant and Bar: Marina del Rey | Contemporary American. A prix fixe meal will be served from 4pm-10pm featuring dishes like Butternut Squash Soup, Grilled Filet Mignon Oscar and Warm Cranberry, Blueberry & Raspberry Cobbler

Buca di Beppo – Santa Monica: Italian. Enjoy a Buca style Thanksgiving featuring our traditional turkey dinner feast and your Italian favorites. Make your reservation today!

Carbon Beach Club Restaurant (The Dining Room) @ Malibu Beach Inn: Malibu | Californian. Amuse Pumpkin gnocchi, parmesan cream, candied hazelnuts, First Course mixed greens salad, fresh figs, Humboldt fog goat cheese, pomegranate or persimmon salad…

CAST at the Viceroy: Santa Monica | Tapas / Small Plates. Relax and enjoy Thanksgiving with a Brunch Buffet menu that will delight. Turkey and all the trimmings, omelet station, Pancake and waffle station and bottomless Mimosas.

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