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Top Marina del Rey Restaurants for Thanksgiving Feasts

The Top Marina del Rey Restaurants for Thanksgiving Feasts.

Autumn has arrived and Southern California’s weather just got the memo. It’s not only getting darker earlier, but pumpkins, golden-hued decorations and turkeys have been making their way into grocery stores and into our shopping baskets—all signs that the fall season is officially upon us… and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

Of course, not everyone will be celebrating Thanksgiving in someone’s home this year. (In fact, the National Restaurant Association says that millions of Americans celebrate Thanksgiving at restaurants, and the majority of them choose to dine out because it’s convenient—no cooking, no cleaning.) In honor of those who value convenience over cooking, we decided to deliver our annual Thanksgiving tradition early. Here is a list of local restaurants—both in Marina del Rey and on the Westside—that are serving up Thanksgiving dinner this year. Eat some turkey for us!

Cafe del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-6395

How can you resist warm Butternut Squash Soup with Spiced Pecans, Free Range Turkey Breast with Duck Sausage Stuffing and Pumpkin Cheesecake? Café del Rey will once again be offering their sophisticated twist on traditional Thanksgiving fare with a special prix fixe menu. The cost is $55 per person and $20 for ages 12 & under. They are serving from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. For their full Thanksgiving menu, click here. An a la carte menu is also available in the lounge.

Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner Cruise
Hornblower Cruises
Marina Del Rey Fisherman’s Village Marina

What better way to enjoy turkey and stuffing with your favorite people than on a three-hour Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner Cruise, circling the marina? You’ll even be able to sit back and relax with a glass of champagne as you watch a solo entertainer do his thing on a festively decorated yacht. The price is $81.95 per person. The yacht departs from Marina Del Rey Fisherman’s Village Marina at 3:30 p.m.; boarding time is 3:00 p.m.

Chart House
13950 Panay Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 822-4144

A Marina del Rey tradition for many, Chart House will be offering Thanksgiving dinner for the whole family: delicious turkey with all the trimmings as well as fresh fish specialties and their award-winning prime rib.  The Thanksgiving dinner costs $25.99, with the children’s menu priced at $10.99. The restaurant will also offer a limited regular menu. They will be serving dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended.

The Warehouse Restaurant
4499 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-5451

The Warehouse might have been one of the first businesses in the Marina, but it hasn’t lost its nostalgic nautical-themed charm. Why not take the family here for old time’s sake? Just like last year, the Warehouse will also be serving a delicious all-day buffet starting at noon and ending at 8 p.m. The buffet costs $29.95 per person and $14.95 for ages 12 yrs. and under.

Shanghai Red’s
13813 Fiji Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-4522

Shanghai Red’s is always a Marina del Rey “must” for holiday brunches and dinners. For Thanksgiving this year, the restaurant will be serving up its annual all-day Thanksgiving Buffet with all the trimmings, plus their usual carving stations and seafood buffet, starting at 10 a.m. The cost is $39.95 per person, $18.50 for 12 & under and free for children 2 & younger. Like last year–if you are seated before 10:30 a.m., you will receive a $5 discount.

Mélisse
1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-0881

Mélisse’s Thanksgiving menu recently caught the eye of Forbes Travel Guide—so we couldn’t resist including them in our list this year. Inspired by chef/owner Josiah Citrin’s use of the freshest ingredients, Mélisse will serve up a four-course meal for $95 per person ($42 for kids) between 3 and 7 p.m. Traditional pumpkin soup? Herb-roasted, free-range turkey with chanterelle mushrooms, apple and brioche stuffing, and pomegranate gravy? Apple pie drizzled with crème anglaise and a scoop of cinnamon cider ice cream?  Ok, you’ve got our attention.

Joe’s Restaurant
1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-5811

Joe’s is one of those restaurants on Abbot Kinney that never seems to go out of fashion.  A revered Venice eatery for more than 20 years, Joe’s is known for featuring Farmer’s Market-fresh, California/French fine cuisine—so it’s a real treat that the restaurant is offering a four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu this year. What’s on our list to try? The Butternut Squash Bisque, Roasted Monkfish with Pumpkin Gnocchi and the Pumpkin Bar Toasted Marshmallow with Chocolate Sorbet and Pumpkin Seed Brittle for dessert. The cost is $54 per person; $20 for kids.

Ford’s Filling Station
9531 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 202-1470

For a home-style Thanksgiving, there’s always Ford’s Filling Station in Culver City. Owned by Ben Ford, Harrison Ford’s son, the popular restaurant offers a seasonal menu focused on comfort food with an emphasis on organic produce and sustainable farming—which plays nicely into the Thanksgiving harvest theme. The menu has a little bit of everything—Smoked or Roasted All Natural Turkey, Sausage Cornbread Stuffing, Sautéed Green Beans with toasted hazelnuts & shallots and three choices of pie. The prix fixe costs $55 per person, with children under 12 costing $45.

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