30+ Boston Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving Dinner
Let someone else do the holiday cooking.
Maybe the turkey’s too dry, or there’s an unexpected vegan at the table, or you’re vying for space in your own kitchen alongside an uncle who took one cooking class in France. Avoid kitchen-related stress this Thanksgiving by taking the family out—or bringing the feast in. Whether it’s a sophisticated take on turducken from Deauxave, lowcountry accompaniments from the Frogmore, or a hearty buffet at one of the city’s hotels, Boston’s chefs have Turkey Day covered. So, get your reservations in now, then kick back with a hot toddy, and enjoy the holiday.
This list will be updated in the weeks leading up to Thursday, November 26.
Anthem Kitchen + Bar
Take in Thanksgiving dinner at historic Faneuil Hall with a meal at Anthem, located in the South Market building. The modern-rustic eatery is offering its full menu from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. For the traditionally-minded, there are classic holiday specials, including roasted pumpkin soup with spiced yogurt and toasted pepitas; a full dinner with brined turkey breast and all the trimmings; a turkey gobbler sandwich with sliced breast meat, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy on a baguette; and a spiced pumpkin and vanilla bean crème brûlée duo.
Items priced a la carte, South Market building, Faneuil Hall, Boston; 617-720-5570 or anthem-boston.com.
Join Cambridge’s Royal Sonesta Hotel for a fully-stocked table of turkey, sweet potatoes and stuffing, surrounded by a curated collection of art. From 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., ArtBar will serve a holiday feast almost as beautiful as its décor, with pumpkin bisque, cranberry chutney and butternut squash salad for every guest. The bird of the night is brined in bourbon and cider, with pan gravy that bests anything you’d have at home.
$50 per person, $10 per child 4-10, free for children under 4; 40 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge; 617-806-4200 or artbarcambridge.com.
Aura at the Seaport Hotel
The Thanksgiving brunch buffet at Seaport Hotel’s Aura will feature Thanksgiving favorites and brunch classics from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., plus live jazz music. Like any good New England spread, clams, oysters, and shrimp cocktail appear at the raw bar. Breakfast fans can skip the usual turkey and cranberry sauce in favor of eggs Benedict, leek and truffle quiche, and French toast. The traditionalists can stick to the roasted butternut soup with chestnut cream, roast turkey breast with cranberry sauce, roasted honey ham, sweet potato & maple syrup casserole, stuffing, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and roasted Brussels sprouts. Save room for a dessert buffet, too, including cakes, pies, mini pastries, and a chocolate fountain.
$85 for adults, $25 for children under 12, free for children under 4; 1 Seaport Lane, Boston; 617-385-4304 or seaportboston.com.
Daniel Boulud’s local outpost revamps the orthodox Thanksgiving menu with a three-course prix-fixe served from noon-8 p.m. We’re pretty sure Arctic char wasn’t spotted in 17th-century Plymouth, but you can find it at the Mandarin Oriental’s restaurant paired with brown butter and Marcona almonds. Heritage turkey comes with confit sweet potato and cranberry, and the typical November pumpkin appears with cavatelli, chestnuts, trumpet mushrooms, and kale. Other mains include Beef Wellington and pâté en croute. Boulud keeps it customary with the dessert options: diners can choose from pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or apple-cranberry crisp. For $10 extra each, add a few traditional sides to your family’s spread.
$85 per person, optional wine pairing $59 per person; 776 Boylston St., Boston; 617-535-8800 or barboulud.com.
Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro
Executive chef Lucas Sousa crafted a regionally respectful menu with French influences in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill. Begin with appetizers like butternut squash soup, sumptuous pork pâté, or smoked duck breast. Free-range turkey breast arrives with potato puree and leg confit stuffing; other entree options vary from red wine-braised short rib to pan-seared salmon with farro and braised endive. For dessert, there’s pumpkin cheesecake pecan tart, apple croustade, or aged cheddar-pear butter on raisin bread. Reservations are required for seatings between 1-9 p.m.
$63 per person, options wine pairing for $32 per person; 25 Charles St., Boston; 617-723-7575 or beaconhillhotel.com.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with bluegrass and Americana at the old Club Passim location in Harvard Square. From 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Beat Brasserie’s menu is all-seasonal items in honor of the holiday. Traditional Thanksgiving dinner is served three ways: organic farm-raised turkey with stuffing et al.; a vegetarian-friendly plate with mushroom-and-leek stuffing, and a “Thanksgiving bowl azteca” of adobo-spiced quinoa, with versions available for both omnivores and vegans. Other menu highlights include roasted tomato soup with pumpkin seed pesto, swordfish with lemon and capers, prime rib, and country duck pâté.
Appetizers and entrees priced a la carte from $10-$42; 13 Brattle St., Cambridge; 617-499-0001 or www.beatbrasserie.com.
The Tremont Street jazz club and eatery is celebrating Thanksgiving with live music all day, plus food from 11 a.m.-midnight. A three-course dinner is available from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Starters range from crab croquettes to roasted squash salad, as well as foie gras au torchon. In addition to turkey with green bean casserole, caramelized onion and apple stuffing, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes, mains include vegetarian Thanksgiving, rack of lamb, salmon, halibut, and a 12 oz New York Strip. The “leftovers” menu, offered from 9 p.m.-midnight, includes a turkey melt for anyone playing out the day with a show and a snack.
$55 for three-course prix-fixe; 541 Tremont St., Boston; 617-423-0069 or beehiveboston.com.
Bistro Du Midi
Celebrate Thanksgiving like an ex-pat: Bistro du Midi’s “Thanksgiving in Provence” dinner reimagines America’s feast with a French twist, including optional foie gras and white truffle courses. It’s hard to find the conventional on chef Robert Sisca’s menu, from the Wagyu beef tartare to the beet panna cotta. The meal begins with Spanish octopus with iberico ham and smoked aioli, Yellowfin crudo with bosc pear, and a Belgian endive salad. Mains include ribeye, seared duck breast, pan-seared cod, and coral-infused spaghetti alla chitarra. Turkey is camouflaged as both a sausage appetizer and a ballotine entrée with sweet potato puree and chestnuts. Reservations begin at 1 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.
$68 for three-course prix-fixe, $29 for children; 272 Boylston St., Boston; 617-426-7878 or bistrodumidi.com.
Boston Harbor Hotel
In the heart of Rowes Wharf, enjoy a luxurious Thanksgiving brunch at the Atlantic Room. The extensive buffet offers cider-basted turkey, salmon wrapped in pastry, and maple-glazed ham, as well as house-made pâté, mint-rubbed grilled lamb, a selection of seafood and caviar, and several salads and desserts. Breakfast options include an omelet bar and lemon-ricotta pancakes. Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For those who can’t snag a reservation, the hotel’s Rowes Wharf Sea Grille will also host a brunch from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
$98 for adults, $50 for children under 10; 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston; 617-439-3995 or bhh.com.
The Colonnade Hotel’s French outlet interprets the holiday meal in two particular styles. The conventional-yet-sophisticated diner may partake in turkey with wild mushroom and sausage brioche stuffing, roasted tarragon sweet potatoes, giblet jus, and cranberry port chutney; while the Francophile may prefer cauliflower gratin, Brussels sprouts with lardons, and wild mushroom and sage pudding. No matter how guests dine, they’ll receive turkey two ways: slow-roasted breast and leg confit. The full dinner, complete with an apple-butternut bisque and an assortment of Italian-inspired desserts, will run from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
$29 for dinners, $6.95 for appetizers and desserts; 120 Huntington Ave., Boston; 617-424-7000 or brasseriejo.com.
Westwood’s Mediterranean bistro has families in mind whether they want to eat in or at home. From noon-6 p.m., a three-course prix-fixe menu is available accompanied by family-style sides like traditional stuffing, truffle-honey butternut squash, mashed potatoes, and green beans. Start with the wild mushroom bisque or grilled shrimp, and follow turkey, New England scallops, pumpkin seed-crusted salmon filet, or 12-oz sirloin with pumpkin chèvre cheesecake or pecan squares. Homebodies can pick up sides, appetizers, and/or desserts from the restaurant with a pre-order by Tuesday, November 24.
$48 for adults, $12 for children; to-go items priced a la carte; 569 High St., Westwood; 781-461-8118 or chiarabistro.com.
The Lenox Hotel restaurant’s holiday menu caters to the pumpkin fan with a starter and dessert highlighting the seasonal squash: Sugar pumpkin soup with roasted chestnuts and pepitas, and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. Shaved Brussels sprouts salad with butternut squash and blue cheese is another first course option. For the main event, the traditional plate comes with sliced turkey breast, brioche and sausage stuffing, and ginger cranberry sauce; or thoroughly New England lobster hollandaise sauce tops the beef tenderloin. Dinner begins at 5 p.m., in addition to the full menu.
Starters $10-$12, mains $26-$34, desserts $9; 65 Exeter Street, Boston; 617-933-4800 or citytableboston.com.
Chopps American Bar and Grill
Don’t come here looking for duck breast or scallops: There’s one main on the Chopps menu on Thanksgiving, and it’s turkey. From noon-5 p.m., diners will have the option of two sides, an appetizer, and dessert, with traditional favorites like butternut squash soup, Brussels sprouts, and pecan pie. The Burlington chophouse isn’t rehashing the tired, however: Look for preserved lemon in the Brussels sprouts, and chili oil in the bisque. Other options include chard and kale salad, heirloom carrots, and pumpkin cheesecake.
$35 for adults, $15 for children; 1 Burlington Mall Rd., Burlington; 781-221-6643 or choppsamericanbarandgrill.com.
The Arlington outpost of this neighborhood grill and bar is offering a special Thanksgiving day menu from 2-9 p.m. Begin with sweet potato soup or an apple, cranberry, and walnut salad; before a main course of turkey with apple-brioche stuffing or sausage dressing, honey-orange glazed carrots, and more; ribeye or swordfish with the seasonal sides; or vegetarian lasagna; and end the meal with warm, apple-cranberry crisp, or spiced pumpkin pie. While walk-ins are welcome, reservations via email are preferred. If you need second dinner after saying goodbye to the family, Common Ground’s regular menu kicks back in at 9 p.m.
Prix-fixe options range from $25-$40; 319 Broadway, Arlington, 781-728-0060 or commongroundarlington.com.
This Kendall Square spot is closed Thanksgiving Day, but chef Nookie Postal is here for you with Thanksgiving to-go. While the menu is subject to change, Commonwealth’s Thanksgiving dinner “for four hungry people” includes a 12-pound turkey, either roasted or raw; plus mashed potatoes, Parker House stuffing, roasted Brussels sprouts, glazed, heirloom rainbow carrots; turkey gravy, ginger cranberry sauce, and a choice of traditional pies and a pint of vanilla ice cream. Phone in your orders by Thursday, November 19 for pick-up on Wednesday, November 25.
$169; additional sides for an extra $12 each and additional pies for an extra $20 each; 11 Broad Canal Way, Kendall Square, Cambridge; 617-945-7030 or commonwealthcambridge.com.
Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen
The South End’s southern spot has takeout options to feed the whole family on Thanksgiving this year. Choose from just a baked bird (14-16 lbs.); a turkey with three sides such as collard greens, macaroni and cheese, black-eyed peas and rice, and candied yams, 20 corn muffins, and an apple and sweet potato pie; or mix up your traditional spread with a full rack of pork ribs. Orders must be placed and paid in full by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 23. Email the restaurant for more information.
$21.95 for ribs, $69 for turkey, $209 for the full meal; pick up at 604 Columbus Ave., Boston; 617-536-1100 or dcbkboston.com.
Thanksgiving at this chophouse off Boston Common will consist of the classics with sophisticated twists. Organic, free-range, Vermont turkey is oven-roasted and served with challah stuffing, creamy cipollini onions and assorted veggies, mashed potatoes, and cranberry apple chutney. Pies are available for those who saved room: apple and pumpkin, both dolloped with whipped crème fraîche. A limited a la carte menu is also available; dinner is served from noon-8 p.m. Reservations are necessary.
$59 per adult, $15 for children under 12, desserts optional for $10 each; 75 Arlington St., Boston; 617-357-4810 or davios.com.
As part of a three-course prix-fixe, Back Bay icon Deauxave will tackle the culinary urban legend, the turducken (a chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey). The sophisticated preparation includes duck rillette and chicken boudin. Starters include spiced heirloom pumpkin soup with chestnut-apple purée, a pavé of duck confit with cranberry and forest mushrooms, and beet and chèvre salad with celeriac and spiced pumpkin seeds. For traditionalists, butter-roasted turkey comes with stuffing, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce. Dinner and dessert (pumpkin cheesecake, anyone?) are served from noon-8 p.m.
$85 prix fixe; 371 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston; 617-517-5915 or deuxave.com.
From 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Brookline’s home for supper and libations will be serving family-style at the restaurant or to go. Sides include customary favorites like mashed potatoes, classic stuffing, and green bean casserole, as well as autumnal flavors like bacon-braised Brussels sprouts, creamed cremini mushrooms and pearl onions, maple-glazed butternut squash, and roasted beets with horseradish. Finish your meal with an apple crisp or pumpkin pie, or digest with tea and coffee. Whether guests dine in or bring the food home, pre-orders are required via email or by calling the restaurant.
$150 for quarter turkey with 4 sides, $275 for half turkey and 6 sides, $400 for full turkey and 8 sides (dessert included in all three packages); 1704 Beacon St., Brookline; 617-396-8752 or fairstedkitchen.com.
Fairsted Kitchen’s lowcountry sister also offers quarter, half, and full turkeys with a number of sides, and a choice of apple or pumpkin pie. Expect the classics (green bean casserole, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, yams), plus some Southern options, like braising greens and cornbread stuffing. Take dinner home, or eat in Jamaica Plain’s baby bayou. Dinner’s served from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Reserve your meal via email or phone.
$150 for quarter turkey with 4 sides, $275 for half turkey and 4 sides, $400 for full turkey and 6 sides (dessert included in all three packages); 365 Centre St., Jamaica Plain; 857-203-9462 or thefrogmore.com.
Grill 23 & Bar
Executive chef Jay Murray’s has a localized reinvention of the time-honored meal planned in a four-course prix-fixe. Begin with cauliflower leek soup with crispy kale and chorizo oil, followed by Murray’s take on an iceberg wedge dressed with maple labne, bacon, cranberries, and fried shallots. The Massachusetts turkey is pastrami-brined and served with pumpernickel-rye stuffing, Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Finish with grown-up pumpkin cheesecake, topped with pecan pie sauce, bourbon whipped cream, and graham cracker crumble. Thanksgiving is served from noon-8 p.m. with the a la carte menu also available.
$72 per person or priced a la carte; 161 Berkeley St., Boston; 617-542-2255 or grill23.com.
Island Creek Oysters
Not the Boston restaurant, but the Duxbury farm: Island Creek Oysters wants to help you embrace your inner Pilgrim this Thanksgiving. Historians aren’t certain that the Plymouth Colony settlers and Wampanoag shared lobsters during the harvest feast of 1621—the first Thanksgiving—but it’s a good bet the crustaceans made it to the table. The cold, salty waters of Plymouth Bay yield some of the sweetest lobsters anywhere. Island Creek is now offering live lobsters directly to consumers, with free overnight shipping. The 1.25-1.5 lobsters are sold by the half-dozen or dozen.
$115 for six lobsters, $220 for 12; islandcreekoysters.com.
Kirkland Tap & Trotter
After the afternoon meal (and the post-dinner nap), Kirkland Tap & Trotter will open up at 8 p.m. for those who either need an escape from family or who want to keep the celebration going. The bar will be open with snacks like pickles, olives, hummus, popcorn, and terrines.
Bar snacks priced a la carte; 425 Washington St., Somerville; 857-259-6585 or kirklandtapandtrotter.com.
Cornish game hen replaces the historic fowl this Thanksgiving at Newbury Street’s brasserie. It’s served with thyme butter, potato mousseline, spinach, chanterelles, and cranberry sauce. Starters range from butternut velouté to foie gras terrine, and gougeres, French cheese puffs, supersede the typical “French” rolls. Dessert is your choice, as the special menu is served alongside the full a la carte offerings from noon-8 p.m.
$49 per person or priced a la carte; 261 Newbury St., Boston; 617-587-4200 or lavoileboston.net.
Downtown Crossing’s Legal Sea Foods restaurant offers a three-course menu complete with a curried carrot and apple bisque as an amuse bouche. A thoroughly New England affair, Legal Crossing will serve clam chowder and crab cakes, alongside other appetizers like pork ribs and Caesar salad. Seafood isn’t just in the name: the main courses offer a variety of the holiday catch, from swordfish steaks to hoisin-glazed salmon. The bird on the menu comes with stuffed delicata squash, potato purée, and gravy. Pumpkin crème brûlée, pistachio cake, and boozy profiteroles finish off the meal, which runs from noon-8 p.m.
$55 per person; 558 Washington Street, Boston; 617-692-8888 or legalcrossing-boston.com.
From noon-8 p.m., the waterfront outpost of Boston’s popular Legal restaurants will serve an oceanic three-course prix-fixe fit for the holiday. Starters include an array of soups, a pear salad, and shellfish, including oysters and shrimp cocktail. Guests can choose between seafood dishes like trout, cod, and lobster, or sirloin served with celery root purée, and traditional turkey with cornbread and sage sausage stuffing. A trio of pumpkin shines on the dessert menu: pumpkin pie, bread pudding, and ice cream profiterole all on one plate gives the squash fan something to celebrate.
$65 per person; 270 Northern Ave., Boston; 617-477-2900 or legalseafods.com.
Legal Sea Foods
The majority of Legal locations will serve their full menu, as well as a traditional Thanksgiving plate: slow-roasted turkey breast with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, and cranberry sauce. Start off with LSF’s famous lobster bisque, or opt out of the classic meal in favor of Boston scrod. Hours vary depending on location.
$21.95 per adult; $7.95 for children under 12; various locations; legalseafoods.com.
The Seaport’s Italian rotisserie will serve a family-style prix-fixe with cheese and charcuterie for the table, as well as a spread of seasonal desserts, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. James Beard Award-winning chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier have also composed a series of New England-inspired entrees and starters, including an apple panzanella with Jasper Hill Farms Weybridge, olive-oil-poached halibut, squash soup with pumpkin seed pesto, and, of course, heritage-breed turkey, complete with Massachusetts cranberry chutney and a rustic bread stuffing.
$56 per person; 606 Congress St., Boston; 617-476-5606 or mcspiedoboston.com.
Boston Harbor Hotel’s wine-forward restaurant sets the Thanksgiving table with a view of Rowes Wharf. Executive chef Daniel Bruce composed a four-course tasting menu with careful beverage pairings for guests served from 4-8 p.m. Dinner begins with seasonally-inspired parsnip cider soup or Maine lobster ricotta gnocchi, among others. Diver scallops with grapefruit and melted leeks stand out in the second course, as well as a New York State foie gras. Organic turkey appears stuffed with leeks and figs, with filet mignon, swordfish, and a vegetarian Bolognese as alternatives. No pumpkin pie at Meritage: Desserts include a maple custard éclair and apple spiced cake with cranberry and caramel.
$105 per person, optional wine pairing $60 per person, $45 for children under 10; 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston; 617-439-3995 or meritagetherestaurant.com.
This Park Plaza pub is offering its full menu all day, from 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., in addition to a few holiday classics. Start with butternut squash bisque topped with fried shallots and maple cream; feast on roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, stuffing, garlicky green beans, and requisite accoutrements; or indulge in festive, herb-roasted prime rib, served with sweet potato wedges, the haricots verts, and au jus.
Items priced a la carte; 27 Columbus Ave., Boston; 617-482-2255 or mjoconnors.com.
From 11 a.m.-7 p.m., patrons can order turkey breast and thigh with an autumn squash purée, traditional stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Start with East Coast oysters, Wagyu beef dumplings or Maine lobster bisque. Or, opt out of tradition: This Beacon Hill steakhouse will offer its full menu in addition to a holiday special. Try one of several a la carte steaks served with bone marrow butter. Extravagance is on the menu. What’s more American than that?
$45 per person or priced a la carte; 15 Beacon St., Boston; 617-670-2515 or mooorestaurant.com.
Burlington’s new trattoria treasures the farm-fresh with an Italian-inspired, locally-sourced Thanksgiving prix-fixe. From noon-8 p.m., chef Walace Benica will serve autumn lettuce salads with shaved fennel and radicchio, followed by a roast turkey with chestnut-porcini stuffing. Those who saved room are in for an apple crisp with whipped cream.
$29 per adult; $15 for children under 12; 19 3rd Avenue, Burlington; 781-272-1600 or osterianino.com.
Outlook Restaurant and Bar/Lookout Roofdeck and Bar
Let the Seaport’s Envoy Hotel host Thanksgiving in their newly-opened, chic dining room and bar, with a prix-fixe including a classic free-range turkey. Outlook ditched the typical pumpkin pie for beignets, and hopped on the maple-bacon train with a bread pudding topped with maple toffee and brown butter pecan ice cream. The three-course chef’s tasting, complete with soup or salad appetizers, runs from noon-6 p.m.
$39 per person; 70 Sleeper St., Boston; 617-338-3030 or theenvoyhotel.com.
This classy, cartoon-covered restaurant is offering a three-course prix-fixe turkey dinner from noon-8 p.m. Begin with lobster bisque, a more traditional squash bisque, or a salad. For the main event, a hand-carved portion of slow-roasted turkey comes with home-style stuffing, cranberry sauce, and giblet gracy, plus your choice of accompaniments including goat cheese whipped potatoes, creamed spinach, or green beans with pancetta, toasted pine nuts, and pepper flakes. The meal concludes with either a piece of New York-style cheesecake or pumpkin pie with ginger-spiced whipped cream.
$55 per person, $24 for children under 12; 1 International Place, Boston; 617-867-9292 or thepalm.com.
This multi-location Italian trattoria will provide classic Thanksgiving fare from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. In addition to its full menu, there will be roasted turkey, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, sausage and leek stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry demi-glace, apple crisp, and golden raisin bread pudding.
$28 for Thanksgiving meal; 159 Newbury Street, Boston; 617-536-9200 or paparazzitrattoria.com.
Located in the historic Omni Parker House hotel—the birthplace of the Boston cream pie—Parker’s House will open its doors along the Freedom Trail for a Thanksgiving buffet with seatings at 12:30 or 2 p.m. The customary turkey with giblet gravy appears on the smorgasboard, as well as a festive apple-cranberry crisp, but it could be a very non-traditional Thanksgiving with roasted sesame chicken salad, duck truffle pâté, herb-crusted sirloin, and smoked salmon, too.
$58 for adults, $19 for children under 12; 60 School Street, Boston; 617-725-1600 or omnihotels.com.
Precinct Kitchen + Bar
From noon – 8 p.m., the tables at this repurposed police headquarters will overflow with local cheeses, charcuterie, smoked seafood, and staples like butternut squash soup, oysters, and deviled eggs. Half buffet, half sit-down prix-fixe, the holiday meal begins with a spread of appetizers, salads and antipasti, before the mains including prime rib, sage-crusted turkey, and pineapple-glazed ham arrive. All dishes are served with mashed Yukon golds, ginger-glazed yams, and green beans. An array of desserts are available for those who saved room.
$59 per person, $25 for children under 10; 154 Berkeley St., Boston; 617-532-3827 or precinctkitchenandbar.com.
Have a sustainable Thanksgiving at this East Cambridge Italian spot, where you can choose to have locally-sourced, free-range turkey, or no turkey at all. The vegetarian option highlights a chestnut stuffing with potato purée, sweet potato fries, and maple Brussels sprouts. Those looking for something more alternative can try a Long Island roast duck with sour cherries, or hanger steak. Autumnal appetizers include winter squash soup, cauliflower ravioli, and two simple salads; for dessert: four slivers of four pies, so you don’t have to choose. Dinner is served from noon – 8 p.m.
$69 for three-course prix-fixe, $25 for children; 40 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge; 617-497-4200 or restaurantdante.com.
James Beard winner Jody Adams wants Rialto’s Thanksgiving to be elegant but inclusive: The chef will serve both a three-course tasting menu, as well as a smaller, simpler menu for the children at the table. Grown-ups may begin with a Jerusalem artichoke soup, a classic vongole, savory squash custard, antipasto, or salad, before moving into a selection of entrées, including the traditional bird with all the trimmings. Alternatives to turkey include gnocchi with chanterelles and preserved lemon, halibut with green olives and clementine, butter-poached lobster over squid-ink pasta, and pan-roasted duck breast. Sides, like sweet potatoes and creamed onions, or Brussels sprouts with duck confit and pickled chestnuts, are available for $7 each. Dinner is served from 1-7:45 p.m.
$85 per person; $125 with wine pairings; $35 for children under 12; 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge; 617-661-5050 or rialto-restaurant.com.
This urban-luxury hotel sandwiched in between Boston’s Theatre and Financial districts is offering an ample spread of family-friendly food, including brunch favorites, from noon-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The table includes cheeses, charcuterie, and fresh fruit; a carving station with turkey and prime rib; plus entrées like roasted chicken with sweet potato and squash casserole and marshmallow; pappardelle with braised beef short ribs and wild mushrooms; and local haddock with baby kale, roasted garlic, and tomato fennel broth. Alaskan king crab legs, Powder Point oysters, and jumbo shrimp are served alongside assorted nigiri, sushi rolls, and dim sum; or for something completely different, fill your plate with pecan-smoked bacon, corned beef hash, and brioche French toast. Kids can be entertained on this food-centric holiday with a dessert decorating station.
$98 per person, $48 for children; The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, 10 Avery St., Boston Common; 617-574-7184 or ritzcarlton.com.
Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar
When chef/owner Joe Cassinelli revamped this old-school, Somerville diner car with regional comfort food last year, the classic pie program remained. This Thanksgiving, Rosebud is making it possible for seasonal flavors to grace your table. Freshly-baked Dutch apple, banana cream, pumpkin, blueberry crumble, chocolate cream, and apple cider custard are available to order and pick up on Wednesday, November 25. Order in person or by phone by Monday, November 23.
$25 per pie, 381 Summer St., Davis Square, Somerville; 617-629-9500 0r rosebudkitchen.com.
James Beard Award-winning chef Lydia Shire—the first and last female chef at shuttered Locke-Ober—is planning a Thanksgiving feast at her Liberty Hotel outpost. Served from noon-8 p.m., Scampo’s four-course tasting menu reinvents the holiday classics and New England favorites, from brown butter crab cakes to a pumpkin chiffon cake for dessert. In addition to the full prix-fixe, each table will receive a spread of sides to go with their lamb, Chilean sea bass, or turkey main.
$62 per adult, $25 per child, a la carte menu also available; 215 Charles Street, Boston; 617-536-2100 or scampoboston.com.
Strega Prime and Strip by Strega
Strega Prime, the suburban outpost of the Varano Group’s Strega empire, is offering a three-course, prix-fixe menu from noon-8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and Strip by Strega, the group’s Back Bay branch, is serving it up from noon-9 p.m. Executive chef Farouk Bazoune’s menu is the same at both restaurants, featuring favorites plated with style. To start, sip butternut squash bisque with maple cream espuma and fried parsley, or opt for a baby arugula salad with apples, cherries, spiced pecans, and raspberry vinaigrette. The turkey is served two ways: a braised leg and a slice of roasted breast meat, accompanied by baby carrots, whipped Yukon potatoes, house cranberry sauce, and gravy; a less traditional entrée option is osso buco with Milanese risotto, exotic mushrooms, and Madeira brodo. The group’s new executive pastry chef, Alexandre Bonnefoi, is offering two seasonal delights: pecan pie a la mode with caramel sauce, or apple tart with cider sorbet.
This downtown hotel overlooking Boston Common is offering a bountiful buffet at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving. There will be chilled seafood, including East and West Coast oysters, lobster tails, and marinated mussels; seasonal fruits, artisan cheeses, and New England charcuterie; salads; soups; sides, like chestnut stuffing roasted sweet potato with burnt marshmallow, and mashed rutabaga; and a carving station with turkey and pepper-crusted prime rib. For pescatarians, there is slow-cooked salmon with lemon tarragon butter. Reservations are required.
$85 per person, $42 for children; 15 Arlington St., Boston; 617-536-5700 or tajhotels.com.
Top of the Hub
From 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Bostonians can enjoy dinner with a view at the Prudential’s 52nd-floor dining room. The four-course prix-fixe is complete with a pass to the Skywalk Observatory, so guests can take a walk to digest while overlooking the city. Dinner begins with either squash soup or shrimp cocktail, followed by a harvest green salad. Entrées include beef brisket, lemon sole, coffee-rubbed beef tenderloin, and Vermont turkey with all the fixings. Finish with pumpkin crème brûlée or a cranberry pecan tart.
$75 per person, $25 for children under 12, free for children under 5; 800 Boylston St., Boston; 617-536-1775 or topofthehub.net.