30+ Boston Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving Dinner
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The holidays are stressful enough. Let the pros handle the turkey and sides. We’ve put together a list of over 30 restaurants that are preparing special Thanksgiving menus, from Bistro du Midi’s extravagant foie gras and black truffle-studded feast to Post 390’s more traditional spread, all served in front of a toasty fireplace. There’s also the takeout option. Why not just pick up an organic, free-range bird prepped by Barbara Lynch, pies from Party of Two’s Stephanie Cmar, or gourmet sides from Formaggio Kitchen? Below, your answer to an anxiety-free Thanksgiving dinner in Boston.
THANKSGIVING DINNER, BRUNCH, AND MORE
Anthem Kitchen + Bar
Anthem Kitchen + Bar, nestled in Faneuil Hall near the newly lit Blink display, will serve a selection of Thanksgiving specials in addition to their daily menus. Feast on pumpkin soup with spiced yogurt, traditional turkey dinner, or a “Turkey Gobbler” sandwich with sliced 48-hour brined turkey breast, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy. Then finish it all off with a decadent duo of pumpkin and vanilla crème brûlée.
101 S Market St., Boston; 617-720-5570 or anthemboston.com.
Aura at the Seaport Hotel
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aura will celebrate Thanksgiving with an elaborate buffet brunch. The spread will include breakfast items like eggs benedict, French toast, and a leek and truffle quiche. Chef Robert Tobin will also have a raw bar with clams, oysters, and shrimp. More traditional Thanksgiving offerings will also be on display like roast turkey with cranberry sauce, butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sauce, sweet potato casserole, roasted brussels sprouts, and buttermilk mashed potatoes.
$80 per adult, $25 for children 12 and under, 1 Seaport Ln., Boston; 617-385-4300 or seaportboston.com.
Daniel Boulud’s critically acclaimed Boston outpost will be open for a haute Thanksgiving experience. The three prix-fixe courses, created by chef de cuisine Aaron Chambers, combines fresh, local ingredients with creative, seasonal twists. Think Ward’s Berry Farm squash soup; wild Pemaquid oysters with citrus mignonette; poached Gloucester lobster with hearts of palm; Niman Ranch short rib; heritage breed turkey; and decadent Grand Marnier soup with a vanilla-chocolate marble ice cream.
$95 per person, $154 with wine pairings, 776 Boylston St., Boston; 617-535-8800 or barboulud.com.
Beacon Hill Bistro
Chef Lucas Sousa has proved himself a worthy successor to Josh Lewin, who has since moved on to Wink & Nod in the South End. Beacon Hill Bistro’s first Thanksgiving with Sousa at the helm will include a multi-course holiday feast with options like smoked duck breast with haricots verts and a bacon vinaigrette; pork paté with gooseberry jam; oyster stew; free range turkey breast with confit leg stuffing; pumpkin gnocchi; and red wine braised beef cheeks. Reservations are highly recommended.
$61 per person, 1-10 p.m., 25 Charles St., Boston; 617-723-7575 or beaconhillhotel.com.
Join The Beat for a special holiday menu featuring traditional Thanksgiving foods and live country, Americana, and bluegrass music all day long. Enjoy chef Ignacio Lopez’s one-of-a-kind, à la carte menu that puts a new spin on the traditional Thanksgiving feast. Try Lopez’s black bean pumpkin soup with ham as well as vegetarian options such as a mushroom and leek stuffing, parsnip mashed potatoes, fresh cranberry sauce, and more. There is also a special menu for the “Little Pilgrims” in attendance, ages 10 and under.
11 a.m.-midnight, 13 Brattle St., Cambridge; 617-499-0001 or beathotel.com.
The Beehive is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Day dinner with a traditional prix fixe Thanksgiving prepared by chef Marc Orfaly. The menu will include two courses and a pastry basket. In addition to all the roast organic turkey, grass fed lamb, halibut, and bacon-wrapped scallops, Orfaly will offer a separate vegetarian-friendly menu. Enjoy dishes like eggplant parmesan, spinach stuffed pumpkins, and wild mushroom stuffing as musicians Panayota, Gabriela Martina, Raquel Quinones, and Bobby Keyes perform live.
$46 prix fixe menu. $18 turkey dinner, and $12 for other dishes for children under 10 years old. 11 a.m.-midnight, 541 Tremont St., Boston; 617-423-0069 or beehiveboston.com.
Bistro du Midi
Indulge in a Provençal Thanksgiving with chef Robert Sisca’s three-course prix fixe tasting menu. The $68 special features an array of tempting dishes including: seared foie gras with brown butter and squash; goat cheese gnocchi with pumpkin and preserved lemon; pan roasted cod with broccoli rabe and a Pecorino Emulsion; and turkey ballotine stuffed with chestnuts and Romanesco. Up the ante and order additional foie gras and truffle supplements with each indulgent course.
$68 per person, 272 Boylston St., Boston; 617-426-7878 or bistrodumidi.com.
Newton’s BOKX 109 is dubbing their holiday menu, “Liquid Thanksgiving.” In addition to annual offerings like butter-poached 109 prime rib and organic turkey ballontine, the restaurant has a complementary new cocktail menu. Available only through Thanksgiving week, the libations will include the Wild Turkey Gobbler (Wild Turkey bourbon, grenadine, ginger ale), Potato on the Side (Karlsson’s potato vodka, prosciutto-wrapped olive), and the “Thanks a Latte” (Spiced pumpkin vodka, Godiva chocolate liqueur, fresh espresso, crème Chantilly float).
399 Grove St., Newton; 617-454-3399 or newtonbokx.com.
Chef-owner Chris Coombs’ South End bistro will be serving a three-course dinner featuring classic Chops steak and raw bar selections alongside sophisticated Turkey Day fare. This year’s menu includes a sugar pumpkin bisque; roasted Misty Knolls turkey; a 14-ounce prime rib eye; and desserts like Coombs’ pumpkin pots de creme. Sides will be served family-style, so make sure your end of the table gets first dibs on the herbed brioche stuffing and roasted sweet potato purée with maple.
$79 per person, 1375 Washington St., Boston; 617-227-5011 or bostonchops.com.
Chopps American Bar & Grill
Chopps is serving up a luxurious five-course prix fixe menu featuring chef David Verdo’s modern interpretations on classic Thanksgiving fare. For $49 guests can choose from a tempting array of dishes like butternut squash soup with pancetta, sage, and crème fraîche; turkey with cornbread stuffing, potato purée, and cranberry chutney; and sweets like a pumpkin brulée.
$49 per person, or $69 with wine pairings, 1 Burlington Mall Rd., Burlington; 781-221-6643 or choppsamericanbarandgrill.com.
City Table, located in the historic and stately Lenox Hotel, is serving its daily menus paired with a number of Thanksgiving specials. Guests are invited to enjoy chef Sean MacAlpine’s holiday selections like sugar pumpkin soup with roasted chestnuts and pepitas; a classic turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, and brioche and sausage stuffing; and a sliced beef tenderloin with roasted baby sweet potatoes, prosciutto, and lobster hollandaise.
65 Exeter St., Boston; 617-933-4800 or citytableboston.com.
Ken Oringer’s Clio will be open and a multi-course dinner for $89 per person. Start off with a stew with Cape Cod oysters and caviar or pumpkin soup with curry spices and pumpkin tempura. Then move along to the main event: turkey with sourdough sausage stuffing or duck fat poached halibut with black truffles, and forest mushrooms. Desserts will be prepared by award-winning pastry chef, Monica Glass.
$89 per person, 4-8 p.m., 370A Commonwealth Ave., Boston; 617-536-7200 or cliorestaurant.com.
Davio’s in Back Bay will prepare a special Thanksgiving Day menu prepared by executive chef Eric Swartz. Enjoy items such as Vermont free-range organic turkey, yukon gold mashed potatoes, creamy cipollini onions, challah bread stuffing, and holiday desserts like house-made apple pie with whipped crème fraîche.
$59 per adult, $15 per child 12 years & under, noon-8 p.m., 75 Arlington St., Boston; 617-357-4810 or davios.com.
At Deuxave, Christopher Coombs and his team will be preparing a decadent three-course Thanksgiving Day prix fixe menu featuring sophisticated takes on traditional dishes. The $99 per person menu includes dishes such as: spiced heirloom pumpkin soup; pavé of duck confit; Misty Knolls “Turducken” (turkey breast, duck rillettes, chicken boudin), slow roasted salmon; and pumpkin cheesecake with a chai tea glacé.
371 Commonwealth Ave., Boston; 617-517-5915 or deuxave.com.
Eastern Standard will be open on Thanksgiving day and will be offering a three-course prix fixe menu for $58 a person. Some special offerings include squash soup with pecans and mulling spices, a roasted turkey plate with cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, and giblet gravy, and of course, an assortment of pies for dessert.
$58 per person, 1-8 p.m., 528 Commonwealth Ave., Boston; 617-532-9100 or easternstandardboston.com.
Looking for a great Thanksgiving option in Brookline? Fairsted Kitchen in Washington Square is your answer. Chef Jason Albus is preparing an awesome family-style spread with roast turkey and sides like green bean casserole, glazed carrots, roast mushrooms, and macaroni and cheese. Packages include the “Tom” ($150) which yields a quarter turkey, accompaniments, two sides, and dessert; the “Hen” ($275) with half a turkey and four sides; or the “Gobbler ($400) with a whole turkey and six sides.
$150 for 2-3 people, $275 for 4-6 people, or $400 for a party of 8; noon-8 p.m., 1704 Beacon St., Brookline; 617-396-8752 or fairstedkitchen.com.
Grafton Street Pub & Grill
Indulge in Grafton Street’s annual $38 three-course prix fixe menu or go a la carte for a more customized experience. Highlights include duck confit with mascarpone polenta; prime rib with twice baked potatoes; a pumpkin budino; and cioppino with Jonah crab, PEI mussels, clams, and scallops.
$38 per person, $18 for additional pairing, 1230 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 617-497-0400 or graftonstreetcambridge.com.
Grill 23 & Bar
Get the best of both worlds at the newly redesigned Grill 23. In the mood for a 100-day-aged ribeye or New York sirloin? It’s yours. Or you can take part in Grill 23’s special four-course prix fixe with options like coffee-brined turkey breast, sweet potato chowder with chorizo, and pumpkin brûlée with honey glazed pecans.
$72 per person, noon-8 p.m., 161 Berkeley St., Boston; 617-542-2255 or grill23.com.
Misty Knolls Farm turkey, Loch Duarte Scottish salmon, Broken Arrow Ranch Axis Venison, Brandt Farm braised short ribs, and lobster pie with roasted parsnips and carrots. You won’t find a more locally sourced, authentically New England menu than Harvest’s upcoming Thanksgiving feast. Just reading chef Mary Dumont three-course menu will leave you salivating. And we haven’t even gotten to pastry chef Brian Mercury’s contributions which will include a Taza Chocolate crèmeux, pumpkin apple pie, and a pecan tart made with cream cheese, bourbon, and cocoa nibs.
$68 per person, 44 Brattle St., Cambridge; 617-868-2255 or harvestcambridge.com.
Legal Crossing will celebrate its first Thanksgiving by dishing out a three-plus-course feast with entrees like a sage roasted turkey dinner with Anadama stuffed delicata squash; hoisin glazed salmon with pad Thai noodles and seared vegetables; and double-cut pork chops with sweet potato mascarpone mash. Also, look out for some seriously tasty desserts like Legal’s pumpkin creme brûlée, a pistachio cake, and profiteroles with Eagle Rare bourbon ice cream and Valrhona chocolate sauce.
$50 per person, noon- 8 p.m., 558 Washington St., Boston; 617-692-8888 or legalcrossing-boston.com.
Legal Seafoods’ Harborside location will serve a customizable prix fixe Thanksgiving meal on the second level overlooking Boston Harbor. In addition to a course of raw bar offerings, diners will get their pick of autumnal soups, salads, and desserts. The real draw though are the entrees: roasted Creekstone sirloin with bone marrow butter, Georges Bank sea scallops, and Misty Knoll Farms turkey with stuffing, cranberry relish, and roasted root vegetables.
$60 per person, noon- 8 p.m., 270 Northern Ave., Boston; 617-477-2900 or legalseafoods.com.
Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with L’Espalier in Back Bay, featuring a menu largely sourced from chef Frank McClelland’s own Apple Street Farm. The prix fixe menu will include heritage breed turkey with French black truffles, Cavendish Vermont quail with venison pate, Spanish sea bass with Maine mussels, and McClelland’s Apple Street hams that are house-cured in the Virginia style.
$95 per person, 774 Boylston St., Boston; 617-262-3023 or lespalier.com.
Pantry at The Verve
The Crowne Plaza Natick will host a Thanksgiving brunch buffet featuring an assortment of “Green Market Farmer crudités” and a luxe selection of charcuterie and cheese. A towering raw bar will have a wide selection of Alaskan king crab legs, jumbo shrimp, and Blue Point oysters. A carving station will have garlic pork loin, maple brined turkey, and braised brisket. And for dessert, there will be pies galore and a “Dipped Apple Bar” station with caramel, sprinkles, chocolate, and all kinds of candy.
$40 per adult, $25 per child ages 4-15; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 1360 Worcester St., Natick; 508-416-1352 or thepantrynatick.com.
Park in Cambridge will supplement their everyday menu with a la carte specials such as a pheasant leek terrine; apple, cheddar, bacon fritters; a honey ginger crusted ham; and a turkey dinner entree served with chestnut-cornbread sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, and giblet gravy.
59 JFK St., Cambridge; 617-491-9851 or parkcambridge.com.
In addition to an abbreviated a la carte menu, chef Eric Brennan will be presenting roasted, all-natural Amish raised turkey at Post 390 this year. The main event comes paired with chili-lime roasted squash, mashed red Norland potatoes, apple-cornbread stuffing, anise-honey glazed root vegetables, and a vast selection of pies. Afterward, enjoy a nightcap alongside one of Post 390’s cozy, crackling fireplaces.
$56 per person, $76 with wine pairings, noon-8 p.m., 406 Stuart St., Boston; 617-399-0015 or post390restaurant.com.
Recent Top Chef judge, Dante de Magistris, is hosting a ‘Happy Free Range Thanksgiving’ menu for $69. Offering his signature Italian twist on an American tradition, Chef de Magistris’ three-course feast features selections that will satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike. Dishes include: cauliflower ravioli with brown butter and sage; naturally raised, free-range turkey (Bob’s Turkey Farm, Lancaster, MA), with stuffing, potato puree, and all the fixings; and roast duck
(Crescent Duck Farm, Long Island, NY) with sour cherries and chestnut stuffing. Chef Dante will also provide separate vegetarian options.
$89 per person, 40 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge; 617-497-4200 or restaurantdante.com.
Russell House Tavern
Celebrate friends and family in the heart of Harvard Square with chef Tom Borgia’s special three-course menu at Russell House Tavern. First course has options like duck breast carpaccio, fried oyster toast, and butternut squash bisque. Mains include cider braised short ribs, grilled salmon with house-cured guanciale, and turkey basted in bacon fat. And for dessert, pecan pie with bourbon caramel ice cream and so much more.
$45 per person, $63 with beer and wine pairings; 14 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge; 617-500-3055 or russellhousecambridge.com.
Forget the hassle of cooking a turkey this Thanksgiving and visit Sky in Norwood. Executive chef Andy DiPace will be serving an extravagant buffet full of all the delicious Thanksgiving fixings including traditional carved roast turkey, cranberry cornbread stuffing, and fall harvest mac and cheese. Contemporary classics will include a roast black angus sirloin, grilled swordfish, and a full antipasto selection including sliced Italian cured hams and an entire cheese station full of domestic and imported varieties.
$42 per person, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 1369 Boston Providence Hwy, (RT1 S), Norwood; 781-255-8888 or sky-restaurant.com.
Stephanie’s on Newbury
For the first time in 20 years, chef-owner Stephanie Sokolove will open Stephanie’s on Newbury for a Thanksgiving Day dinner full of divine comfort foods. Try Sokolove’s a la carte specials such as stuffed shrimp with scallop and crab filling, a thick-cut, slow-roasted rib roast, potato pancakes with smoked Norwegian salmon, and roast turkey with all the fixings.
190 Newbury St., Boston; 617-236-0990 or stephaniesonnewbury.com.
Looking for something a little different this holiday? You’re in luck because Nick Varano will open the doors to his original Strega location in the North End on Thanksgiving. Take your pick from Strega staples such as Cozze alla Marinara (sautéed mussels in a spicy tomato sauce), Rollatini di Nico (rolled Sicilian eggplant with fresh ricotta, spinach and mozzarella), and Costara Ripiena (veal chop stuffed with prosciutto and fontina cheese in a white wine demi-glaze sauce).
379 Hanover St., Boston; 617-523-8481 or stregaristorante.com.
Strega Prime in Woburn is pulling out all the stops. In addition to an abbreviated version of Chef Farouk Bazoune’s regular á la carte menu, Strega has crafted a special three-course prix-fixe menu boasting a selection of Italian soups and pastas to go along with heartier entrees like veal osso bucco, Salmone Alla Griglia (grilled salmon, shucked lobster, and butternut squash), and classic roast turkey with all the fixings.
$55 per person, 100 Sylvan Road, Woburn; 781-933-3333 or stregaprime.com.
This Thanksgiving, Taj Boston invites guests to celebrate with two distinctive dining options. The Café at Taj Boston will features dishes from recently appointed executive chef Jesse Souza who showcases contemporary New England flair, as well as authentic Indian cuisine prepared by specialty chef Gurminder Gidda who came straight from the Taj Mahal in Mumbai. Taj Boston will also offer a brunch buffet on Thanksgiving day, featuring a tempting array of seasonal culinary creations: made-to-order breakfast selections, chilled seafood, artisan cheese, charcuterie, sushi, and a special holiday turkey complete with fixings.
$80 per person for the buffet, 15 Arlington St., Boston; 617-536-5700 or tajhotels.com.
Temple Bar Cambridge
Temple Bar is hosting a $39 three-course prix fixe menu with options like a foie gras terrine, grilled prawns with allspice roasted apples, and a bacon and spinach risotto. And what would a Thanksgiving feast be without turkey. Temple Bar is pairing theirs with truffled potatoes, fresh cranberry sauce, and an apple and sage stuffing.
$39 per person, $58 with beverage pairing, 1688 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 617-547-5055 or templebarcambridge.com.
Top of the Hub Restaurant & Lounge
Dine on the 52nd floor of The Prudential Tower this holiday with sweeping views of the city. In addition to all the great food, the restaurant’s Lounge will offer live jazz entertainment from The Brian McCree Group. Also, all guests will be invited to enjoy a complimentary Thanksgiving Day visit to the Skywalk Observatory on the 50th floor—New England’s tallest observatory and Boston’s only sky-high vantage point.
$65 per person, $25 for children 6-12; 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 800 Boylston St. at the Prudential Tower, Boston; 617-536-1775 or topofthehub.net.
THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR TAKEOUT
The Butcher Shop
Barbara Lynch’s The Butcher Shop is teaming up with Stephanie Cmar’s Party of Two to prepare a slew of great takeout options. Order ready-to-cook Misty Knoll Farms turkey (brine or un-brined), prime rib roast, or beef tenderloin roasts. Sides are available by the quart and include sausage stuffing, maple whipped sweet potatoes, caramelized brussels sprouts, and more. Party of two will prepare apple and pumpkin pies, an apple crisp, and pumpkin cheesecake. Orders for raw and prepared foods must be in by November 22. Dessert orders must be placed by November 20. All orders must be picked up by November 26 at 7 p.m.
552 Tremont St., Boston; 617-423-4800 or thebutchershopboston.com.
Chef Nookie Postal will be offering a to-go feast for four that includes a 12-pound turkey (roasted or raw), mashed potatoes, Parker House stuffing, glazed Sienna Farms rainbow carrots, brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, and gravy. The entire meal is $169 and includes a choice of pies and a pint of Commonwealth’s delicious vanilla ice cream. Sides ($12 each) and pies ($20 each) can be purchased separately. Orders must be called in by November 20 for pickup on the 26th.
11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge; 617-945-7030 or commonwealthcambridge.com.
Formaggio Kitchen is currently offering free range turkeys from Misty Knoll Farms along with a full Thanksgiving menu with cheese boards, soups, gravies, house-baked rolls, pies, and stuffing. Turkeys are available for pre-order until 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 13. Everything else on the takeout menu is available to order until 4 p.m. on November 23. Pickups will be available on November 25 at the location after 2 p.m. and November 26 between. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
244 Huron Ave., Cambridge; 617-354-4750 or formaggiokitchen.com.
Jeremy Sewall’s (Row 34, Island Creek Oyster Bar) Brookline restaurant, Lineage, will be offering Thanksgiving staples and sides for pickup for an at-home celebration on the morning of the holiday. The menu serves four and costs $148 ($38 for each additional guest). Menu includes: oak roasted free-range turkey, brussels sprouts, sautéed swiss chard, mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, house-baked bread, and a choice of 10-inch pie.
$148 (serves 4), 242 Harvard St., Brookline; 617-232-0065 or lineagerestaurant.com.
Sweet Cheeks Q
Entertaining a big party? Tiffani Faison has you covered. This Thanksgiving, Sweet Cheeks will be smoking heritage black turkeys from Koch Family Farms in Pennsylvania. The plump, 14-pound birds go for $120 and come with a side of gravy. The Fenway spot will also be offering sides like biscuit stuffing with fresh cranberries, candied yams, mashed potatoes, and their addictive broccoli cheese casserole, all available in hotel pans that serve 10 to 12 people. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19 to be picked up at Sweet Cheeks Q on November 26.
1381 Boylston St., Boston; 617-266-1300 or sweetcheeksq.com.
Union Square Donuts
Firmly entrenched in their new and improved Somerville bakery, Union Square Donuts will be whipping up all kinds of special order treats this Thanksgiving. Try their new bacon, cheddar, and sage-stuffed doughnut muffins, a family-size pumpkin bread pudding made with doughnuts and pumpkin custard, and their full arsenal of doughnut favorites. The shop will be open on Wednesday, November 26 from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. for special order pickups. All orders need to received by Sunday, November 23.
20 Bow St., Somerville; 617-209-2257 or unionsquaredonuts.com.