November 13th, 2018

Marina del Rey Trend Alert: Dining Out for Thanksgiving!

November 22 (THURSDAY!) is Thanksgiving, the day we give thanks for all the good things in life by filling our tummies with copious amounts of food. (And then we nap!) There’s only one holiday conundrum we face every year—where are we going to indulge? The conventional way to celebrate is to cook up a storm at home and serve it up like a Norman Rockwell painting. But more and more Angelinos are discovering the pleasure, convenience and deliciousness that comes with a restaurant-prepared feast, which FYI, is in abundance around Marina del Rey. Whether you go for the traditional turkey/stuffing/sweet potato combo, a plant-based masterpiece or something in between—the Thanksgiving goodies you crave are all within reach.

Once you choose, get your reservations (or your order for pickups!) soon… the holiday is right around the corner and the best spots are filling up fast. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Traditional-Based Dining…with a Water View

Whiskey Red’s Buffet

Café del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
Dinner: $69 per person

Thanksgiving dinner is always a decadent treat when Café del Rey’s master chefs do the cooking. Enjoy the gorgeous Marina water views while diving into three exquisitely prepared courses that include mains like Roasted Turkey with all the fixings, a Surf & Turf extravaganza, and a creamy Pumpkin & Chestnut Risotto for non-meat eaters. View the full menu here. Call 310.823.6395 for reservations or book at Open Table.


Cast and Plow
4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
Brunch: $95 per adult/$40 per child under 12 years old
Dinner: $90 per adult/$40 per child under 12 years old

The Ritz Carlton’s divine restaurant is going double duty for the holiday with a Thanksgiving Brunch from 11 am to 3 pm and a Thanksgiving Dinner from 5 pm to 10 pm. The Brunch features an array of appetizer and main course options (i.e. Lobster Risotto and Roasted Cauliflower Soup starters and mains like Honey-Glazed Turkey, Steak Benedict, and a Spaghetti Squash dish for vegetarians), plus a waffle station and dessert buffet. Their holiday dinner has a similar menu (minus the waffle station, of course) with a traditional turkey plate (accompanied by Celery Root Mousseline, Cornbread Stuffing, Gravy and Cranberry Sauce), plus several other choices…all topped off with an indulgent dessert selection. Call 310.574.4333 for reservations.


4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
Priced per dish

Head to the Jamaica Bay Inn’s Beachside restaurant for a casually chic Thanksgiving by the water. Their impressive Thanksgiving menu has something for just about everyone—including Herb Roasted Turkey Breast for traditionalists, as well as Butternut Squash Ravioli, Shrimp Fettuccini and even a loaded Double Cheeseburger and Fries. (Full menu here.) No matter what you order in the way of food, be sure to make their holiday cocktail special your dining accessory—the Pumpkin Spice Martini (Absolut Vanilla, Baileys, Pumpkin Spice Syrup and Cinnamon). That concoction is Thanksgiving-worthy for sure. Call 310.823.5333 to book your table.


Whiskey Red’s
13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey
Brunch: $59.95 per adult/$29.95 per child 5–12 years old

Lounging outside by the water, sipping Mimosas, dining on goodies from a mammoth-sized buffet—now that’s a Thanksgiving tradition to savor. And it’s happening at Whiskey Red’s from 11 am to 4 pm on the big day. Come hungry and load up on everything you can imagine, from turkey, prime rib and crab legs to awesome side dishes, sinful desserts and bottomless Mimosas. Remember, an advanced deposit is required to secure a reservation, so call now (310.823.4522) or book online.


Plant-Based Dining

Forager’s Pie – PFW

Plant Food + Wine
1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
$96 per person

PFW once again invites us into an epicurean wonderland for Thanksgiving, enticing us with amazing dishes that are all 100% plant based. Just some of the menu highlights for the family-style holiday include their famous Forager’s Pie featuring sweet potato and wild mushrooms, a Root Vegetable Lasagna, a Honeynut Squash stuffed with chestnut-hominy stuffing, Apple Pie with Cinnamon Ice Cream and much more. Reservations are available from 12 pm to 8 pm for Thanksgiving. Call 310.450.1009 or purchase your seats through Event Brite.


Sage Vegan Bistro
4130 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City
Individual Meal: $60
Family Meal for Four: $289

If you fall in the vegan category, you crave an old-fashioned home-sweet-home Thanksgiving, and you don’t feel like cooking (or you don’t have great chef genes), Sage in Culver City has you covered. Their holiday catering menu offers individual and family-style meals with choices like Seitan Turkey, Lentil Loaf, Tamales, Mac n’ Cheese, Mashed Potatoes, Collard Greens, Sweet Potato Pumpkin Pie, Peach Cobbler and so much more. To place an order, you can just print out the order form, fill it out and email to


12406 Washington Blvd., Culver City
$48 per person

Shojin is offering a scrumptious Thanksgiving prix-fixe meal for carryout only (order by November 20th and pick up either November 21 or on the 22nd). The dinner includes two appetizers; two sushi rolls, including everyone’s favorite Dynamite Roll; plus their special “Meatloaf” Wellington with delicious sides. Pretty mouthwatering Thanksgiving temptations, are we right? Order online ahead of time and prepare for a fabulous holiday meal.


What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Will you be putting on your chef’s hat, getting some carryout, or heading out to one of these spectacular restaurants? Let us know!