Not in the Mood to Cook? These L.A. Restaurants Are Open on Thanksgiving

From formal feasts to casual dining in a classic burger spot, these restaurants will handle the holiday cooking

Sometimes you’re just not up for making a huge meal at home on Thanksgiving Day. There are a million totally legit reasons why browning a giant bird in your oven may not be for you, and there’s zero shame in wanting to keep your kitchen in order and just go out for dinner. Here’s our guide to L.A. restaurants open on Thanksgiving, for all your turkey (or not!) needs.

Lowell Cafe

Friendsgiving vibes are on deck at WeHo’s cannabis cafe. In addition to eating a special holiday meal, you can smoke your Thanksgiving weed out of a turkey pipe because, truly, this is an amazing time to be alive. 


Akasha Richmond’s restaurant is a great choice for dining out on Thanksgiving. Open from 1 to 8 p.m., it’s a pretty traditional menu, but with some flexibility. Choices for entree include turkey, sure, but also scallops or a vegan plate with mushroom, squash, and other delights. Family-style sides round things out; be sure to leave room for the famous pie buffet featuring nine different varieties. 

Bourbon Steak

Classy Glendale steakhouse Bourbon Steak is open on Thanksgiving, offering a luxe set menu with lots of options. You could go turkey–roasted heritage-breed turkey, no less–or select from a litany of steak or seafood mains instead. And of course, the traditional Thanksgiving whiskey. 

Lawry’s the Prime Rib

They’re known for prime rib (it is in the name, after all) but on Thanksgiving, it’s Lawry’s the Roast Turkey. Don’t expect any chef-y innovations, but the Americana flows like gravy at this Beverly Hills classic. Reservations can be booked online–and only a few remain.

Cassell’s Hamburgers

Cassell’s will have a Thanksgiving special on the menu: your classic plate of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and veg. Or you can get what you probably actually want, which is just a regular (delicious!) burger–and so much pie. 


Enjoy the day with the killer views from 71Above. Chef Javier Lopez will be manning the kitchen for a three-course set menu, where turkey is the clear star. For those with kids in tow, a special children’s dinner menu is also served.

Yardbird Southern Kitchen & Table

This Southern-inspired spot is offering a casual Thanksgiving lunch option from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu is a la carte, so you don’t have to load up on the same old turkey and potatoes that everyone else is stuffing into themselves. They’ll also be offering pick-up of more traditional meal packs to-go.

The NoMad Restaurant

Downtown’s NoMad hotel has a very cozy, vintage feel, which is kind of perfect for a holiday dinner. The formal NoMad Restaurant will offer all the indulgent fare you could want from such a posh spot. For something more relaxed, head to their lobby cafe for a “leftover” sandwich that’s a star on its own.

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