Thanksgiving dinner with Hornblower Cruises Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey Thanksgiving Guide

Thanksgiving is chock-full of traditional recipes and homemade (or semi-homemade) dishes prepared by families and friends, near and far. For instance, who doesn’t love Grandma’s baked apple pie and killer green bean casserole? Or how about the sweet neighbor’s sage cornbread stuffing and old-school cranberry sauce? And let’s not forget the perfect turkey–moist and delicious at every bite! Tradition or not, the idea of planning a menu, assigning potluck dishes or just preparing a turkey that everyone enjoys can be downright intimidating. And what better way to celebrate than by having someone else do all of the (turkey)-leg work including all of the clean up afterwards? 

Behold! We want to make Thanksgiving easy-peasy for everyone this year. So, we’ve come up with our 2019 Marina del Rey Thanksgiving guide. Make reservations as soon as possible. For those dining with kids, we’re happy to report that most of the restaurants in Marina del Rey are kid-friendly. Quarreling aunties? That’s a different story, though proper seating arrangements can definitely solve that problem. 

And after your Marina del Rey Thanksgiving feast, spend some time with family and friends enjoying Marina del Rey. Sometimes, Los Angeles can get quiet during the holiday season which is a perfect time to explore the area! Take a leisurely stroll through Burton Chace Park or the Marina Promenade. Let kids play at Marina “Mother’s” Beach playground. Or rent some bikes and explore our neighbors Venice and Santa Monica on the Marvin Braude Bike Trail.  

Check out the 2019 Marina del Rey Thanksgiving guide below. And while you’re planning on a stress-free Thanksgiving, check out some of our hotel holiday deals

BEACHSIDE RESTAURANT

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.

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CAFE DEL REY

Spend a hassle-free Thanksgiving harborside at Marina del Rey’s beloved restaurant Cafe del Rey. Enjoy stunning Marina views paired with three courses by Executive Chef Job Carder, with a special menu featuring favorites like the Sweet Corn & Scallop Chowder, Lobster & Asparagus, and Treviso “Wedge” Salad to start; and a choice of mains including Roasted Turkey Breast with all the traditional fixings, Braised Lamb Shank, and a Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon. Top off the indulgent meal with the Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake or Pecan Torte for dessert. What better way to eat, drink and give thanks in honor of the holiday festivities? Call 310-823-6395. $79 per adult; $25 per child (12 and under). Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

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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 lobster risotto 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.

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CHART HOUSE

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.

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HORNBLOWER CRUISES

Hop aboard and give thanks for scenic views and grand cuisine as you click the bottomless champagne glasses with your loved ones, dine on festive favorites and enjoy live entertainment on a 2-hour champagne brunch cruise or a 3-hour dinner cruise around the harbor. Celebrate Turkey day in the bay! $75 per person for champagne brunch; $102 per person for dinner.

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RUTH'S CHRIS

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.

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WAREHOUSE RESTAURANT

Gather your loved ones for a family-friendly Thanksgiving brunch. All the favorites from Warehouse Restaurant’s popular brunch hit the table on Thanksgiving! Reservations recommended. $39.95 per adult; $19.95 per child (ages 3-12). 310-823-5451. Open noon-8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

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WHISKEY RED'S

Enjoy a Thanksgiving Day champagne buffet at Whiskey Red’s featuring slow roasted turkey, herb-crusted prime rib, crab legs, traditional trimmings, live music, waterfront views and more! $62.95 per adult; $29.95 per child (ages 5-12). 310-823-4522. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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