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LA Westside Thanksgiving Out Recommendations???

My wife and I are stranded here for the holidays this year and have decided that we'd rather go out for Thanksgiving than cook a huge meal for 2 -- and then have to clean up afterward. I've searched the board, and while there seem to be a good number of posts about take-out (which we're also considering, although I'm frankly less interested), there are few posts about restaurant meals. Buffet, prix fixe, or full menu are fine. Cost isn't really a big deal; not having family around, I'm happy to splurge to make it a nice day nevertheless. Any help on this admittedly short notice would be very much appreciated.

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  1. PS: By "west side" I mean anything within the boarders of the ocean, the hills, La Brea, and the 10.

    1. I've had very nice thanksgiving meals out in past years at Joe's, Melisse and Jar. Given the short notice I'd suggest that you check out opentable.com - they have a list of restaurants with special Thanksgiving menus, and you can easily see who still has availability.

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      1. re: cookie monster

        Thanks, cookie. My research this evening has brought up each of those. Some would shoot me for saying so, but the last few times I've been to Melisse I've found myself regretting the expense. Since I'm not against expensive meals, I take that to mean that I just didn't like it as much as I thought I should have. I haven't been to Jar since it was, well, Jar. So maybe we'll try that. Good suggestion on opentable. Maybe I'll even cash in some of my points!

        1. re: cookie monster

          I had a nice meal at Joe's a few years ago; my parents, in from out of town, were not impressed with the non-traditional elements of the meal, but they actually did like the food - they just wanted more 'traditional' turkey, stuffing, etc. If I remember it correctly, I had a fish entree that was stellar.

        2. I'm going to Angeli caffe. In West Hollywood/Hollywood on Melrose.

          A pre fixe family style meal is planned. $38 per personLimited seating, though.

          1. I'm not sure what their Thanksgiving offerings might include, but one of my favorite places to go is 17th Street Cafe on Montana in Santa Monica. They're menu is varied, and they have a nice selection of "home style" meals. Dinner entrees tend to range from $15-25 for most. The atmosphere is very comfortable and service is dependably attentive

            1. You might also want to try Palomino in Westwood. They have a special Thanksgiving dinner but with this short notice it's probably booked.

              1. Upstairs 2 is offering a pre fixe Thanksgiving menu.

                1. You can go to www.opentable.com and see the list of places available there. They also list which places have special thanksgiving menu. I considered Joe's and Melisse... but I think I am going to the Penthouse this year because they had availability later at night when I'm actually going to go :



                  1. in case you got shut out, there's also sportman's lodge serving buffet or family style...

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                    1. re: Emme

                      Thanks. We made a reservation at Circa 55, mainly because it had a buffet so we could try a variety of items. Will let everyone know how it goes.

                      1. re: soccerandlost

                        I had dinner at Circa 55 on Saturday night, and was pleasantly suprised, What did you think about the Thanksgiving? I was curious about their Christmas/New years offerings and was thinking about going? Ideas?

                        1. re: jwk444

                          It was a very good buffet. They had a good assortment of the typical Thanksgiving faire (turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, etc.), all of which were delicious. They also offered some great non--traditional additions (a raw bar, a sushi bar, dim sum, and a charcuterie and cheese table come to mind). Can't forget an entire table of desserts PLUS a chocolate fountain with all the trimmings. Oh, and free-flowing champagne.

                          As you probably noticed yourself on Saturday night, the atmosphere is nice, clean, and modern -- it reminded us of a less-cheesy Vegas in many ways. Was it worth $80pp? Probably not, especially since my wife is pregnant so we didn't exactly take advantage of the champagne. But then again, price is all relative and compared to the other options, we are quite happy with our choice.