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Sep 10, 2007 03:19 PM

Dining out for Thanksgiving

Does anyone have any recommendations for dining out on Thanksgiving? Anywhere in the general LA (west or eastside) area is fine (Pasadena included).

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  1. I have had Thanksgiving dinner several times at Campanile and we have always been very happy with it. Everything is first-rate (as it always is), but they don't try to "reinvent the wheel" menu-wise.

    624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    1. Second Campanile. We ate there last year and it was good. I like traditional Thanksgiving food on Thanksgiving, and that's what the served, but everything was delicious and with ingredients that were just slightly unusual so you felt you were getting your money worth. It was a bit of a zoo though, it was packed. But we didn't feel service was lacking.

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      1. re: writergirl

        Good point about the zoo aspects to T'Giving at Campanile, a problem common to the relatively few upscale restaurants that are open that day.

        It probably goes without saying that reservations well in advance are a must.

        1. re: maxzook

          Am I third or fourth to recommend Campanile? We had a wonderful holiday there two years ago! We were at a somewhat large, round corner table so we didn't get a sense of it being a zoo. If it was, it wasn't noticed through our service, which was not lacking in any respect. They post the Thanksgiving menu on their website. I would suggest reserving well in advance!

      2. For an upscale Thanksgiving dinner I've got to recommend Hotel Bel Air.

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        1. re: LMelba

          Good to know; hotels with good restaurants usually do good Thanksgivings ...

          These don't fit the OP's geographical requirements, but the Ranch House in Ojai and Downey's in Santa Barbara offer excellent Thanksgiving spreads.

          La Cachette Bistro
          1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

          Hotel Bel-Air
          701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90077

          1305 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

          Ranch House
          500 W Lomita Ave, Ojai, CA 93023

          Loews Santa Monica Hotel
          1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          1. Several years ago when my parents visited me for Thanksgiving, we went to the buffet at the Loews Santa Monica. They had all the usual Thanksgiving trappings plus the usual L.A. trappings (sushi, etc.) and the atmosphere was nice, as was the food.

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            1. re: nick_r

              Any recs for something a little more homey and not so fancy? We've done "fancy" before (i.e. upscale restaurant like Jar or Rockenwagner when it was still around) and have actually never been blown away by the food (or service).

              Anyone ever been to Tam O'Shanter for Thanksgiving -- assumin' it's open?

              1. re: Silverlaker

                Now that could be a hoot...Tam O'Shanter could be like being in some aunt and uncle's home for the holidays...and with all the beers and full bar and relaxed old skool atmosphere, could make for some funny family memories.

                1. re: Silverlaker

                  The Pantry is certainly homey.

                  Also, Baby Blues BBQ does one.

                  When my grandmother was really ill, we did Dinah's.