Why cook when so many restaurants are serving great Thanksgiving meals?
For some of us, eating Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant is a no-brainer. Why worry about serving raw turkey or gluey mashed potatoes (after spending all day slaving away in the kitchen) when you can just load the family into the minivan and head to your favorite restaurant for all the holiday staples? But for the rest of us, who think of Thanksgiving as a home-cooked meal above all else, it might take some convincing to get out of the house. Well, once you see what restaurants across the country are serving for Thanksgiving, you might change your mind about staying home this Turkey Day.
The Best Restaurant Thanksgiving Dinner in Every State
For some of us, eating Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant is a no-brainer. Well, once you see what restaurants across the country are serving for Thanksgiving, you might change your mind about staying home this Turkey Day.
Alabama: Grille 29, Birmingham and Huntsville
Grille 29 will be offering roasted turkey and glazed ham with all the trimmings for $29 per person and $15 for children.
Alaska: Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Anchorage
For $39, guests at Sullivan’s can choose from five starters (including shrimp and lobster bisque and butternut squash soup); have roast turkey with stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce for their main; choose two traditional sides; and a dessert.
Arizona: Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Scottsdale
Diners can choose from two Thanksgiving dining options at this luxurious retreat: a four-course prix-fixe at its signature restaurant Elements, or a buffet in the ballroom. You can find the full menu here.
Arkansas: Capital Hotel, Little Rock
Each of the Capital Hotel’s three dining spaces – One Eleven, The Mezzanine, and the Capital Bar & Grill, will be serving their spin on Thanksgiving. One Eleven and The Mezzanine will be offering brunch until 3 p.m., and Capital bar & Grill will be serving dinner until 9 p.m.
California: Michael Mina, San Francisco
At chef Michael Mina’s flagship, a $165 four-course prix-fixe will be served instead of the usual dinner menu. You can find the menu here; highlights include white truffle traglatelle with brown butter parmesan foam (supp.), Maine lobster with acquerello rice and chorizo espuma, roast turkey leg presse confit with Brussels sprouts and cranberry gravy, and prime ribeye with pommes puree.
Colorado: Black Cat, Boulder
This popular bistro is famous for sourcing many of its ingredients from its own farm, and they’ll be serving a special Thanksgiving family-style dinner with seatings at 2, 4, 6, and 8 p.m.
Connecticut: L’Escale, Greenwich
From noon to 8 p.m., L’Escale will be serving a three-course prix-fixe menu for $75 for adults, $25 for children. Highlights include squash veloute, seafood plateau, Amish turkey with brioche-apple-mushroom stuffing, grilled Black Angus strip steak, and pumpkin tart.
Delaware: Jessop’s Tavern, New Castle
This Colonial-inspired restaurant is offering a Colonial-inspired Thanksgiving, for just $25 per person. The menu includes your choice of turkey breast with gravy, cornbread stuffing, and cranberry compote; grilled ham steak with cinnamon cherry glaze and sweet potato cakes; mahi filet with arugula and tarragon chardonnay cream sauce; and filet mignon; along with sides and dessert.
Florida: Rusty Pelican, Miami
This Key Biscayne favorite will be serving two Thanksgiving meals: a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner starting at 6 p.m. The buffet ($85, $35 for children) will be absolutely massive, highlighting sushi, a raw bar, caviar, chicken and waffles, fried chicken, a lobster and clambake, roast turkey, prime rib, and leg of lamb. The four-course dinner menu ($70) includes butternut squash soup with blackened shrimp; endive and arugula salad; maple roast turkey, bacon-wrapped scallops, or pineapple glazed pork shank; and Bourbon apple pie. The a la carte menu will be available as well.
Georgia: Southern Art & Bourbon Bar, Atlanta
Chef Art Smith’s Southern hotspot will be offering a Thanksgiving brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and $89 ($45 for children 5-10) will get you a massive selection of traditional Thanksgiving specialties, traditional sides, breakfast items, pastries, artisanal ham and charcuterie, seafood, sushi, soups, salads, and kids’ items.
Hawaii: Pa’akai, Kahuku
You might not associate the sun and sand of Hawaii with Thanksgiving, but it’s definitely celebrated there. And at Pa’akai in the Turtle Bay Resort, they’re putting a seriously Hawaiian twiston the celebration. From 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., guests can relax on the terrace and enjoy a three-course feast. Appetizer options include a salad made with all local ingredients or local corn and Dungeness crab chowder; main course includes a Hawaiian salt-crusted, slow roasted prime rib, crab-encrusted mahi-mahi, or Bourbon and Maui onion brined turkey; desserts include pumpkin spice flan, chocolate bomb cake, and local seasonal fruits.
Idaho: Le Coq d’Or, Eagle
Located inside the elegant (and much sought-after wedding venue) Chateau des Fleurs, Le Coq D’Or is one of Idaho’s finest upscale restaurants, serving local ingredients and even pouring wines from their own label. This Thanksgiving, chef Richard Jimenez will be serving a high-end Thanksgiving buffet, offering “a unique twist on Thanksgiving favorites,” for $44 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Illinois: River Roast, Chicago
Chef Tony Mantuano’s popular restaurant is focused on roast meats, which means that you know they’re going to be knocking Thanksgiving out of the park. And sure enough, they’re offering a huge $55 spread, complete with four hand-carved roasts: striploin with horseradish cream and bordelaise, turkey with herb gravy, cedar plank salmon with dill beurre blanc, and smoked pork shoulder with shallot jus. Highlights from more than a dozen accompaniments include aged cheddar mac and cheese, local beet salad, roasted vegetables, brioche stuffing, mashed potatoes, and housemade charcuterie.
Indiana: Hollyhock Hill, Indianapolis
This famed restaurant has been going strong since 1928, and its family-style approach serves Thanksgiving very well. For $38.95 per person ($19.95 for kids), you’ll receive either ham or turkey, along with shrimp cocktail, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, stuffing, biscuits, beets, and pumpkin pie.
Iowa: Triple Crown Buffet, Altoona
Head to one of the state’s most popular buffets, located at Prairie Meadows Casino and Hotel, and you can expect to find a full slate of all the Thanksgiving favorites, plus prime rib, if you arrive for brunch between 7 a.m. and 9 am. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. a full buffet will be available for $24.95. Arrive early, because it’s going to be crowded!
Kansas: Stroud’s, Fairway and Overland Park
The legendary Stroud’s will be doing Thanksgiving right, with an ample buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adults pay $27.99; kids pay 99 cents, plus their age. And don’t worry – you’ll still be able to order the fried chicken!
Kentucky: Gander, An American Grill, Louisville
This popular Louisville hangout will be serving an impressive buffet spread, complete with turkey, ham, prime rib, sweet chili salmon, and all the trimmings.
Louisiana: Brennan’s, New Orleans
The legendary Brennan’s will be serving a Creole-inflected three-course Thanksgiving meal from noon to 7 p.m. for $65 per person. First-course options include their classic turtle soup, sweet potato agnolotti, and blue crab and mirliton risotto; main courses include roast turkey breast brined with sweet tea,, Eggs Sardou, herb roasted beef tenderloin, crispy fried rabbit, and cider braised pig cheeks; and dessert options include chocolate torte, bread pudding, bananas Foster, and pumpkin cheesecake.
Maine: Ocean at Cape Arundel Inn, Kennebunkport
Cape Arundel Inn & Resort/Yelp
Located in a charming little hotel directly on the water, Ocean is a lovely and scenic locale for an upscale Thanksgiving dinner. The $75 three-course meal includes hors d’oeuvres followed by appetizer options, including lobster veluote, autumn salad, and Burgundy escargots; entrees, including roast turkey, Atlantic cod confit, and beef sirloin; and desserts, including coconut pavlova, chocolate fondant, and hazelnut financier.
Maryland: The Milton Inn, Sparks
At the Milton Inn, chef/owner Brian Boston will be serving a $62 three-course prix fixe; its centerpiece will be hand-carved turkey with eight accompaniments, including homemade pan gravy, sauerkraut with sausage, sweet potato mousse, mashed potatoes, and seasonal vegetables. Chocolate bread pudding, apple pie, and pumpkin pie will be served for dessert. If you prefer to order off the regular menu, however, that will be an option, too.
Massachusetts: Durgin-Park, Boston
Yes, it’s touristy, but Durgin-Park is also one of America’s oldest restaurants and a perfect place to settle in for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. From 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., they’ll be serving a three-course dinner with a soup or salad; turkey dinner, baked ham, or their famous roast prime rib au jus; and your choice of dessert and a cup of apple cider.
Michigan: Rugby Grille, Birmingham
At the Townsend Hotel’s posh Rugby Grille, chef Eric Avila will be serving a four-course prix-fixe for $84, beginning at 11 a.m. Menu highlights include a foie gras torchon with macerated cherries, brioche, and Riesling reduction; pumpkin bisque with Cognac pink peppercorn froth and pepitas picantes; cider-brined turkey or slow-roasted prime rib with all the trimmings; and pumpkin crème brulee.
Minnesota: Nicollet Island Inn, Minneapolis
This classy hotel is serving a four-course Thanksgiving feast, with soup, salad, entrée (including organic turkey or Creekstone Farms prime rib), and dessert, for $75. Best of all, all diners will receive a complimentary “leftovers sandwich” of organic turkey, aioli, lettuce, tomato, onion, and cranberry sauce on cranberry wild rice bread. Brilliant!
Mississippi: 200 North Beach, Bay St. Louis
Located right on the Bay St. Louis Harbor, Thanksgiving dinner at 200 North Beach is guaranteed to deliver some spectacular views. It’s also a spectacular deal: for $28, you can choose gumbo or salad; house-smoked turkey, roast pork tenderloin, or beef tenderloin; three traditional sides; and dessert.
Missouri: Scape American Bistro, St. Louis
Montana: The Montana Club, Various Locations
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At The Montana Club’s five locations, guests can choose from turkey or prime rib with four sides (including bacon cheddar stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and orange cranberry sauce), soup or salad, and dessert. It’ll be served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Nebraska: Stroud’s, Omaha
As in Kansas, Stroud’s will be serving a generous Thanksgiving buffet from 10:30 a.m. Adults pay $27.99; kids pay 99 cents, plus their age.
Nevada: Aureole, Las Vegas
Charlie Palmer’s Vegas Aureole is a classy destination for a special-occasion Thanksgiving that won’t break the bank. For $65 per person, guests will be served an amuse-bouche of oysters Rockefeller followed by curried Kabocha squash bisque with apple, toasted chestnuts, and marshmallow; roasted turkey breast and leg confit with stuffing, gravy, Yukon Gold potatoes, cranberry gelee, and green beans almondine; and pumpkin pecan pie with cinnamon ice cream. It’ll be served from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
New Hampshire: 250 Market, Portsmouth
From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., guests at this popular Portsmouth spot can enjoy their choice of clam chowder or salad to start; followed by either turkey with all the fixin’s, prime rib, salmon, or vegetable ravioli; with a selection of homemade desserts to finish. It costs $35 per person, and $15 for children under 12.
New Jersey: Amanda’s, Hoboken
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A $55 three-course prix-fixe will be available from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at this popular low-key Hoboken gem. Highlights include sweet potato soup and roasted acorn squash with bacon and fontina to start; roasted turkey with all the trimmings, pork tenderloin, and braised short rib as the entrée; and apple strudel and deconstructed pumpkin pie to finish.
New Mexico: Restaurant Martin, Santa Fe
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An $85 three-course prix-fixe will be served at this high-end Santa Fe destination. Appetizer options include roasted butternut squash apple bisque, yellowfin tuna ribbons, coffee-roasted beet salad, and gnocchi with Duroc pork jowl and maitake mushrooms; entrees include turkey, beef tenderloin and short rib, Duroc pork ribeye, and sea bass; and desserts include pecan-date cake, chocolate and textures of pear, and roasted organic pumpkin pie. Very classy!
New York: Restaurant Daniel, New York City
One of New York’s most renowned high-end restaurants will be serving a three-course menu for $195 starting at 11:30 a.m. Appetizers at Daniel include Maine sea scallops with matsutake mushroom, Maine peekytoe crab salad, butternut squash veloute, and citrus-cured Tai snapper; entrees include Alaskan halibut, wood-fired Atlantic turbot, Colorado lamb chop, and duo of organic Heritage Red Bourbon turkey; and four unique desserts are available. If you really want to splurge, white truffle-topped risotto or agnolotti are available for a hefty supplement.
North Carolina: Red Stag Grill, Asheville
The Grand Bohemian Hotel’s upscale steakhouse will be serving a $75 ($25 for kids age 6 to 12) four-course prix-fixe this Thanksgiving. Highlights include turkey consommé with wild mushrooms and leeks, housemade country pate, roast heritage turkey, grilled venison, rosemary-rubbed lamb chops, and pumpkin cheesecake.
North Dakota: Zest, Fargo
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Located on the second floor of the Radisson, Zest will be serving a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Offerings include whole turkeys, mashed potatoes and gravy, apple-sage stuffing, mac and cheese, and assorted breads and desserts. And if you’re looking for something a little out of the box, Fargo’s Passage to India will be serving a hybrid Indian-American Thanksgiving lunch buffet.
Ohio: Urban Farmer, Cleveland
Urban Farmer will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner for $58/adult, $22 for children. The meal will start with charcuterie for the table, followed by choice of entrees, including Tea Hill Farms turkey, beef tenderloin, and brisket; dessert options include sweet potato pie, pear tartlet, and pecan cheesecake. Smashed red potatoes, green beans and roasted carrots, sweet potato, and cornbread stuffing will be brought for the table.
Oklahoma: MMR Prime Steakhouse, Oklahoma City
Oregon: Meriwether’s, Portland
This romantic restaurant specializes in farm-to-table Pacific Northwest cuisine, and that’s definitely evident in its Thanksgiving menu. Highlights from the three-course prix-fixe menu include Skyline Farm autumn pumpkin soup with smoked apple and Isabella cheese, SuDan Farm roast turkey with foraged mushroom stuffing and autumn squash puree, pork osso buco, and apple cider sorbet with black pepper shortbread.
Pennsylvania: Bank + Bourbon, Philadelphia
This trendy spot in the Loews Philadelphia will be serving a three-course menu for $55 (plus $35 for wine pairings), $22 per child. Highlights include cream of root vegetable soup with duck confit, pickled cranberry, and Yukon potatoes; cavatelli with wild mushrooms, Swiss chard, and braised veal shoulder; roast turkey with stuffing, haricot vert, cranberry relish, whipped celery root, mashed potato, and gravy; filet mignon with roasted carrots, maitake mushrooms, and spinach puree; and pumpkin pie. There’s also a kids menu that includes a hamburger and pasta.
Rhode Island: Le Central, Bristol
This upscale and contemporary French restaurant will be serving Thanksgiving dinner with a French twist. Highlights of the $39 three-course prix-fixe ($18 for children) include creamy cauliflower soup, roast Belwig Farm turkey breast, grass-fed peppered sirloin with horseradish jus, Faroe Island salmon, and Macoun apple blintz strudel.
South Carolina: Magnolia’s, Charleston
As opposed to a small prix-fixe menu, this legendary restaurant, which specializes in Low Country cuisine, will be serving a full menu on Thanksgiving, along with some Turkey Day specials. Menu staples like house-made pimento cheese, Low-Country bouillabaisse, and buttermilk fried chicken breast will be joined by special dishes, including roasted cauliflower soup with Cheddar and rosemary; and slow-roasted turkey, pecan-crusted halibut, and grilled pork chop, all served with whipped potatoes, country green beans, herb and sausage stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pan sauce.
South Dakota: Royal Fork, Sioux Falls
Celebrating its 50th year in business, this legendary buffet offers more than 30 hot entrees, along with a large soup and salad bar. This Thanksgiving, they’ll be doing it up with roast turkey, ham, roast beef, fried chicken, and plenty of traditional sides and desserts.
Tennessee: Adele’s, Nashville
Chef Jonathan Waxman’s popular farm-to-table spot in The Gulch will be serving a full Thanksgiving buffet from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; it’s $48 for adults, $18 for kids 5 to 12, and 4 and under free. Offerings include sliced turkey breast, braised turkey, cranberry sauce, mac and cheese, braised greens, dressing, fall salads, cured meats, and a variety of desserts.
Texas: Goodall’s Kitchen, Austin
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Located inside the historic boutique hotel Hotel Ella, Goodall’s Kitchen will be serving a veritable Thanksgiving feast for $72 per person, $25 for kids. Highlights from this impressive buffet include herb-roasted turkey breast, prime rib with cippolini onions, king salmon, whipped Yukon Gold potatoes, baked shells and cheese, grilled acorn squash, and a variety of homemade pies.
Utah: Powder, Park City
At this elegant restaurant inside the Waldorf Astoria, a family-style Thanksgiving menu will be served for $55, $25 for children. Offerings include butternut apple bisque, organic turkey, whipped potatoes, candied yams, green bean casserole, mushroom stuffing, cranberry preserves, Parker House rolls, pumpkin pie, apple crumble, and carrot cake cupcakes. To-go orders are also available for $45 per person.
Vermont: Morgan’s Tavern, Middlebury
Located inside the historic 1827 Middlebury Inn, this elegant dining room is the perfect place to celebrate a New England Thanksgiving. An ample buffet will be served, and it’ll include local turkey from Stonewood Farm, slow-roasted prime rib, traditional sides, including house-made cranberry sauce, and plenty of house-made desserts.
Virginia: Trummer’s on Main, Clifton
Trummer’s on Main/Yelp
This upscale New American restaurant in the Washington, D.C., suburbs will be serving a three-course Thanksgiving meal from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for $70 per person, $25 for kids 12 and under. Highlights include “textures of autumn squash” with hazelnut, cranberry, and gorgonzola and heirloom pumpkin soup with ancho chili marshmallow, pumpkin seeds, and brown butter (appetizers); Heritage turkey with foie gras stuffed leg, maple bacon wrapped breast, and cornbread dressing and salt-crusted beef tenderloin with bone marrow pain perdu, kale, bordelaise, and béarnaise (entrees); and pumpkin custard with gingerbread cake and chocolate pecan pie with spiced Chantilly, caramel, and Bourbon (dessert). Very fancy!
Washington: RN74, Seattle
Chef Michael Mina’s upscale Seattle standout is serving a spectacular-looking three-course Thanksgiving dinner of elevated Thanksgiving classics, for $75 per person with a $40 optional wine pairing. Appetizer highlights include sweet potato gnocchi, roasted pumpkin soup, and house-cured pastrami salmon; entrees include roasted Heritage turkey, “Lobster Seafood Fantasy,” and beef Wellington; and desserts include pumpkin pie and apple cobbler. You can add black or white truffle, lobster tail, or seared foie gras to any dish.
Washington, D.C.: Darlington House
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This charming converted townhouse is serving a three-course Thanksgiving menu from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $49 per person; kids eat free. First courses include winter squash soup, polenta with mixed mushrooms, and spinach salad. The primary main course is organic turkey with mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, maple-glazed sweet potatoes, and green beans; other entrees include pumpkin tortelloni, grilled wild Alaskan salmon, and braised beef in Chianti sauce. For dessert, there’s pumpkin pie or tiramisu.
If you happen to be looking for something a little different, Legendary Indian restaurant Rasika will be serving a special that evening – Turkey Istew, turkey breast simmered in coconut milk with curry leaves, ginger and green chili, served with smoked butternut squash kootu, Brussels sprouts poriyal and cranberry rice – and popular South American spot Del Campo is selling full Thanksgiving feasts to go.
West Virginia: Stonewall Resort, Roanoke
The luxurious Stonewall Resort is offering two Thanksgiving dining options at its restaurants Lightburn’s and Stillwaters. At the Appalachian-inspired Lightburn’s, guests can enjoy a four-course menu for $62, or $76 with wine pairings; highlights include fall harvest salad, butternut squash bisque, 12-ounce dry-aged NY strip, maple-brined smoked turkey, braised lamb shank, and pumpkin panna cotta. And at the resort’s signature restaurant, Stillwaters, a buffet ($39.95 for adults, $19.95 for children) will include prime rib, turkey, ham, a raw bar, garlic and buttermilk whipped potatoes, and plenty of desserts.
Wisconsin: The American Club Resort, Destination Kohler
Whether you’re looking for a sprawling buffet or a very high-end dining experience, Kohler’s American Club is offering a variety of Thanksgiving dining experiences. Three separate buffets will be available at three of the resort’s restaurants – Blackwolf Run, The Wisconsin Room, and The Grand Hall of the Great Lakes (click for menus) – and they’re each different and decidedly gourmet. And at the resort’s fine-dining restaurant, The Immigrant, a whole duck will be coursed into five dishes – foie gras and duck heart, duck veloute, duck leg risotto, roasted duck breast, and maple duck crumble cake – for $120 ($195 or $230 with wine pairings).
Wyoming: Teton Pines, Wilson
This resort will be offering a huge Thanksgiving buffet spread, complete with items such as organic free-range turkey with brioche stuffing, prime rib of beef au jus, maple-glazed yams and baby turnips, autumn harvest bisque, beet salad with bibb lettuce and pine nuts, shrimp cocktail, and a variety of pies and desserts.