Easy & Stress-Free Thanksgiving Meals in Los Angeles

Chances are your family abides by an age-old Thanksgiving tradition that most likely involves you slaving over a hot stove and basting the turkey all day. This year, instead of spending the majority of the time in the kitchen apart from all of your family, we suggest giving yourself an early holiday present (which we know you totally deserve!) by switching up your Thanksgiving routine and dining out with the family.

Los Angeles boasts a bevy of restaurants that are both kid-friendly and offer a special Thanksgiving menu with all the traditional fixings. We’ve compiled a list of our favorites so your family is sure to have a great Thanksgiving meal that is delicious, hassle-free, stress-free, and doesn’t require that you wash one dish! Almost seems too good to be true, doesn’t it?!

Los Angeles

LA Market Restaurant by Kerry Simon
LA Market Restaurant by Kerry Simon provides world-class dining options in a casual atmosphere, which is ideal when bringing antsy kids out for a nice meal. This Thanksgiving the restaurant will be serving a three course menu that features roasted turkey breast with sausage-sage stuffing, pumpkin flan, and so much more. If you have kids and visiting relatives in-tow, but still want to get a taste of the vibrant LA scene, then LA Market, located in the lobby of the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, is the perfect family-friendly spot for Thanksgiving.

900 West Olympic Boulevard, 1st Floor
Los Angeles, Ca
213-765-8630
online: lalive.com
cost: $52 adults; $21 kids 12 and under

Patina
Located in the heart of downtown inside the awe-inspiring Walt Disney Concert Hall is Patina, a restaurant that holds a coveted Michelin star rating. Don’t let the fancy location or the impressive Michelin star rating deter you. Executive Chef Tony Esnault’s establishment is offering a special Thanksgiving menu that is indeed, kid-friendly. His golden roasted organic turkey will make you wonder why you never dined out for Thanksgiving before. Other delicious menu items include Patina’s signature main lobster, a seasonal Kabocha squash veloute, and a poached apple dessert. Fine dining never sounded so good (or easy)!

141 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca 90012
213-972-3331
online: patinarestaurant.com
cost: $68 adults; $32 kids under 12

Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse
While a steakhouse may not seem like a traditional option for Thanksgiving dinner, Nick & Stef’s (voted “best steakhouse” in downtown LA) is dishing up a special menu that you won’t want to miss. Their Thanksgiving menu includes hand-carved turkey, brioche stuffing, mashed potatoes, and much more. Nick & Stef’s special menu begins at 3:00 pm so bring in the kiddos for an early meal they won’t forget.

330 S. Hope Street
Los Angeles, Ca
213-680-0330
online: patinagroup.com/restaurant
cost: $39 adults; $19.95 kids under 12

West Side

Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch (pictured)
Thanksgiving is an all-day family affair at Malibu Cafe. Take the kiddos (pooches welcome too!) to enjoy paddle boat rides on the lake or fun lawn games. When the sun sets, enjoy your Thanksgiving meal against a picturesque backdrop in an open-air restaurant setting in the family-friendly private cabanas or tables under oak trees. The mouth-watering Thanksgiving dishes are all made with fresh, local ingredients. Highlights include butternut squash soup, honey and ginger glazed ham, turkey with porcini stuffing, and all the mashed potatoes, three cheese macaroni, and roasted parsnips you could ever want.

327 S. Latigo Canyon Road
Malibu, Ca 
818-540-2400
online: themalibucafe.com
cost: $39 adults; $22 kids

Gladstones
Dinner at the beach? Sign us up! Gladstones is offering a special three course Thanksgiving meal for both parents and the kiddos that will feature all the Turkey Day classics with a Gladstones twist. Highlights include their famous chowder, roasted young turkey, rosemary-roasted beef, and butter whipped potatoes.

17300 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, Ca
310-454-3473
online: gladstones.com
cost: $39.95; $19.95 kids 12 and under

Pasadena

The Langham Hotel
Tired of the sweat pants and looking to infuse a little luxury into your life? Take the fam to dine Thanksgiving style at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena. This hotel offers family-friendly fine dining in a relaxing atmosphere and they serve up only the most fresh produce and live seafood. For Thanksgiving enjoy a special three course menu that will make you realize fine dining with the kids doesn’t have to be a stressful and impossible feat.

1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue
Pasadena, Ca
626-568-3900
online: pasadena.langhamhotels.com/restaurants
cost: $80 adults; $35 kids 12 and under

What is your one tip for eating out with the family on Thanksgiving?

– Erin Lem

Photo credit: Malibu Cafe