Does the thought of a kitchen full of Thanksgiving dishes make you sigh? Let someone else do the work for you! Here are a few places around the Marina where you and your loved ones can enjoy a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner sans K.P. duty.
A special Thanksgiving Day a la carte menu takes the place of regular offerings at this waterfront restaurant located at Jamaica Bay Inn. Starters include a butternut squash soup and harvest salad. A classic turkey plate leads the main dishes, with salmon, short rib, and others for options. Don’t miss the day’s specialty cocktail, a pumpkin spice martini, crafted with vanilla vodka, Bailey’s Irish Cream, pumpkin spice flavored syrup, and cinnamon. 310-823-5333.View Website
Cafe del Rey
The Marina’s most romantic restaurant offers large picture windows that overlook the sparkling water and rows of luxury yachts. Thanksgiving diners will enjoy a three-course prix fixe dinner. This year, Cafe del Rey will open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; it is closed during dinner hours for a private event. For questions or reservations, contact the restaurant at 310-823-6395.View Website
Cast & Plow
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, offers special prix fixe menus for brunch and dinner on Thanksgiving Day at its waterfront restaurant, Cast & Plow. Main course options include a traditional Thanksgiving meal, as well as other delectable dishes such as steak benedict at brunch and veal cheeks at dinner. Make sure to save room for the dessert buffet, which often steals the show. Brunch hours are 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Dinner service is 5–10 p.m. Reservations required. 310-574-4333.
This romantic restaurant tucked away into a quiet corner of the harbor will be serving a traditional turkey meal in addition to regular steak and seafood options. Thanksgiving Day hours are 11 a.m.–9 p.m.View Website
This globally inspired restaurant in the Villa Marina Marketplace will be serving a traditional turkey plate along with other classics from the regular menu, including Ukranian borscht (pictured), latkes, Lithuanian-style dumplings, and a pork schnitzel. Turkey Day catering available too, for orders placed by November 16.View Website
Take in the view of the sparkling Marina while aboard a Hornblower yacht complete with all the trimmings of a traditional holiday meal. Brunch cruises (two hours) offer a buffet-style meal and bottomless mimosas. The Thanksgiving dinner cruise (3 hours) is also buffet style but with additional dinner items. View the menus online. 310-301-9900.View Website
Killer Cafe stays open 24/7 year-round to feed the hungriest of night owls, and Thanksgiving is no exception. The regular menu is available, but why not go for the turkey plate tonight? The restaurant also is selling pies to go for $30 – choose from sweet potato pecan, pumpkin, or Dutch apple pie. Best to order in advance. Call catering three days ahead at 310-439-8275. Regular questions can go to the restaurant at 310-578-2250.View Website
Ruth's Chris Steak House
On Thanksgiving day, this upscale steakhouse will offer a traditional turkey meal in addition to the regular a la carte menu items, including USDA Prime steak served at its signature 500-degree sizzle. Thanksgiving Day hours are noon–9 p.m.View Website
Gather your loved ones for a Champagne brunch, Thanksgiving style. All the favorites from Whiskey Red’s popular Sunday brunch hit the table on Thanksgiving Thursday – including bottomless mimosas! Hours are 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Reservations recommended. 310-823-4522.View Website