30+ Boston Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving Dinner
Perhaps sifting through endless articles on how to brine turkey has become arduous, or maybe the list of guests’ dietary restrictions is getting out of hand. This year, switch gears and bring the family out to one of the many Thanksgiving dinners offered at some of Boston’s top restaurants. Make your reservations now and enjoy the holiday free from hosting-related hassles and kitchen-related stress.
If you are hosting at home, you can take some of the load off with these catering options.
This list will be updated in the weeks leading up to Thursday, November 24.
The Royal Sonesta Hotel’s ArtBar offers a full Thanksgiving feast from noon to 8 p.m. The centerpiece is bourbon cider brined turkey, and there’s brioche stuffing, whipped Yukon potatoes, sweet potatoes, and roasted butternut squash salad. The meal closes with a house-made pie station, with apple-cranberry crumb pie, chocolate pecan with caramel bacon drizzle, and bourbon pumpkin cheesecake. Vegetarian options available.
$50 per person, $19 for children under 10, free for children under 3, 40 Edwin Land Blvd., Cambridge, 617-806-4122, artbarcambridge.com.
Aura at The Seaport Hotel
Browse a brunch buffet accompanied by live jazz performed by the Lance Houston Jazz Quartet. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aura will offer classics like eggs Benedict and French toast, as well as a raw bar with oysters, clams, and shrimp cocktail. The holiday spin includes roast turkey breast, roasted honey ham, cornbread stuffing, and maple syrup casserole.
$85 for adults, $25 for children under 12, free for children under 4, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston, 617-385-4304, seaportboston.com.
Bambara Kitchen & Bar
Enjoy a classic three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving from David Bazirgan at Bambara Kitchen & Bar. From 3-7 p.m., the new chef and his team is serving gem lettuce salad with chicories and pumpkin falafel or squash soup for starters, followed by roasted turkey, which comes with fixings including gravy, chestnut stuffing, cranberry compote, creamed onions, and roasted sweet potatoes. Top off the night with apple tart with vanilla ice cream, pumpkin pie and perhaps an evening stroll by the neighboring Charles.
$45 per person, 25 Edwin H. Land Boulevard, Cambridge, 617-868-4444, bambara-cambridge.com.
Chef Michael Denk’s version of Thanksgiving is a three-course prix-fixe served from noon to 8 p.m at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The bird of the night comes with sourdough sage stuffing, local cranberry compote, roasted green beans with shallots, and rosemary turkey gravy. Other mains include sweet potato gnocchi, seared salmon, and braised short rib. Don’t miss the pop-up pie bar, too.
$85 per person, $59 for wine pairings, 776 Boylston St., Boston, 617-535-8800, barboulud.com.
From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Beat Brasserie is offering a celebration complete with live music and 36 wines on tap. They’ve put three spins on Thanksgiving: the traditional farm-raised turkey, a vegetarian option with roasted vegetables and mushroom and leek stuffing, and a “Thanksgiving Bowl Azteca,” with avocado, adobo-spiced quinoa, and tomatillo salsa.
Appetizers and entrees priced a la carte from $10-$42, 13 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-499-0001, beatbrasserie.com.
The South End’s Beehive is offering an all-day (11 a.m.-10 p.m.), three-course Thanksgiving feast with a side of live music. Entrees vary from organic roasted turkey and lobster risotto, to a vegan feast of whole-roasted stuffed delicata squash, kale stuffing, herbed gravy, and country mashed potatoes. Desserts include bourbon pecan pie, spiced pumpkin pie, and malted milk chocolate tart. Kids menu is also available.
$65 per person, $19 for children 10 and under, 541 Tremont St., 617-423-0069, beehiveboston.com.
Bistro Du Midi
Rather be on vacation for Thanksgiving? Bistro Du Midi’s executive chef Josue Louis brings a French flair to dinner, from sirloin served with vidalia beignet, soubise, and sauce bordelaise, to sweet potato beignet with cinnamon meringue and cranberry caramel. For something more traditional, opt for roasted turkey with pumpkin brioche stuffing and seasonal veggies. Reservations begin at 1 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.
$75 for three-course prix-fixe, $32 per child, 272 Boylston St., Boston, 617-426-7878, bistrodumidi.com.
The South End bistro will be offering their full menu from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., as well as an option for the traditional Thanksgiving plate: roasted turkey with family-style sides, including spiced cranberry sauce, heirloom squash, and roasted sweet potato puree with maple.
$49 for turkey, $7-10 for sides, 1375 Washington St., Boston, 617-227-5011, bostonchops.com.
Boston Harbor Hotel
Treat yourself to a lavish Thanksgiving brunch buffet at Rowes Wharf. Dishes include maple-basted turkey, mint-rubbed grilled lamb chops, Thanksgiving antipasto, and tarragon-laced steamed lobsters. In the mood for breakfast? Look for the omelet bar, or cinnamon raisin French toast. Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
$100 for adults, $50 for children under 12, free for children under 3, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, 617-439-3995, bhh.com.
Brasserie JO Thanksgiving
The Colonnade’s Brasserie JO is bringing a French flair to dinner with a Thanksgiving menu available all day, from 10 a.m. until midnight. Traditional turkey comes with wild mushroom and sausage brioche stuffing, roasted tarragon squash and maple sweet potato croquette, or a French twist offers roasted turkey breast with cauliflower gratin and gruyère, Brussels sprouts and sage pudding. Dessert includes white chocolate creme brûlée, caramelized apple tart tatin, and pumpkin rum cake.
Priced a la carte, 120 Huntington Ave., 617-425-3240, colonnadehotel.com/brasserie-jo.
South Boston’s Italian spot, Capo, will be serving Thanksgiving from noon to 8 p.m. Roasted turkey comes with homemade sausage, chestnut and apple stuffing, mashed potatoes, and a choice of classic sides. For drinks, look for their selection of seasonal cocktails like the “Cornucopia,” which contains Bulleit bourbon, Cardamaro, butternut squash and chocolate molé bitters.
Priced a la carte, 443 West Broadway, Boston, 617-993-8080, caposouthboston.com.
If you prefer an either/or scenario, City Table has a succinct, three-course menu this Thanksgiving. Choose between butternut squash and apple bisque or a fall salad to start, a classic turkey dinner or roasted prime rib for the main course, and either pumpkin crème brûlée or homemade pie for dessert. Dinner begins at 5 p.m., and is offered along with the full menu.
Starters $11-$12, mains $28-$35, desserts $9, 65 Exeter St., Boston, 617-933-4800, citytableboston.com.
Hotel Sonesta’s Restaurant Dante will be fusing Italian influences on its Thanksgiving menu. The entrée selection includes roasted turkey with stuffing, potato purée, sweet potato fries, maple Brussels and gravy, and truffle mashed potatoes. Dessert is titled “Gimme a Sliva” of four pies—apple, chocolate pecan, pumpkin, and Italian ricotta.
Entrees $39, desserts $12, 40 Edwin H Land, Cambridge, 617-497-4200, restaurantdante.com.
The Italian steakhouse will be serving a Thanksgiving menu from noon to 8 p.m. The roasted turkey will come with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, creamy cipollini onions, and Challah bread herb stuffing; an all-American dessert will follow, complete with apple pie, pumpkin pie, and pecan tart with Wild Turkey anglaise. As a bonus? Executive chef Eric Swartz is also offering “Tomorrow’s Turkey Sandwich,” with roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry apple chutney and gravy, to go for $13.
$59 per person, $15 for children 12 and under, 75 Arlington St., Boston, 617-357-4810, davios.com.
If you’ve never tried turducken (a chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey), Back Bay’s Deuxave is giving you a chance to as part of their three-course Thanksgiving prix-fixe. Rather stick to the classics? Roasted turkey comes with cornbread sausage stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potato mash, and cranberry sauce. Dinner and dessert are served from noon to 8 p.m.
$89 per person, $40 for wine pairing per person, 371 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, 617-517-5915, deuxave.com.
Five Horses Tavern
Both locations, in Davis Square and the South End, have rolled out a gobbler sandwich and a roast turkey dinner, available now through Thanksgiving. On Turkey Day, they both open at 6 p.m. with the specials in addition to their full, regular menus.
$14 / $18 specials, 400 Highland Ave., Somerville, 617-764-1655, or 535 Columbus Ave, Boston, 617-936-3930, fivehorsestavern.com.
Grafton Street Pub & Grill
This cozy Cambridge pub will be offering a three-course prix-fixe available all Thanksgiving day, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Start with crab cakes, mushroom soup, roasted squash salad, or duck liver mousse. Follow with roasted turkey breast complete with fixings, pan-roasted monkfish, blue cheese-crusted tenderloin or spaghetti squash with roasted mushrooms and pesto. For dessert, try the cinnamon apple cake or pumpkin pie with nutmeg-whipped cream.
$40 per person, $18 for beer and wine pairing, 1230 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-497-0400, graftonstreetcambridge.com.
Grill 23 & Bar
This Back Bay spot will offer a four-course prix-fixe starting with lobster and sweet potato bisque, followed by traditional roasted turkey with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, mushroom-Gruyère stuffing, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, and Madeira gravy. End with pumpkin marquis. Dinner is served from noon until 8 p.m, and the a la carte menu will also be available.
$72 per person or priced a la carte, 161 Berkeley St., Boston, 617-542-2255, grill23.com.
Drop by Harvard Square for a traditional Thanksgiving. Harvest, which sources fresh, regional ingredients, will offer a three-course prix-fixe holiday dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dishes include carrot ginger soup, roast turkey breast with confit turkey stuffing and potato purée. End the night with bourbon pecan tart. Wine pairings are also available.
$72 per person, $30 for wine pairing, 44 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-868-2255, harvestcambridge.com.
The Hourly Oyster House
Craving seafood for the holiday? The Hourly Oyster House might have a fix for you with their Thanksgiving offerings from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. alongside their full menu, which will be available from 5 p.m.-midnight. Featured dishes include braised short rib ravioli with celery root and red wine sauce, a lobster boil with a one-pound lobster, steamers, mussels, potatoes, and corn, as well as pumpkin whoopie pie.
Price a la carte, 15 Dunster St., Cambridge, 617-765-2342, thehourlycambridge.com.
The brasserie on Newbury Street is adding a French take on Thanksgiving with roasted turkey and thyme butter, potato mousseline, spinach, chanterelles, and cranberry sauce. For starters, pick between foie gras terrine and gougères. The special menu is served alongside the full a la carte offerings from noon-8 p.m.
$39 per person or priced a la carte, 261 Newbury St., Boston, 617-587-4200, lavoileboston.net.
From noon-8 p.m., Downtown Crossing’s Legal Sea Foods will be offering a three-course menu, with details TBA.
$55 per person, 558 Washington Street, Boston; 617-692-8888 or legalcrossing-boston.com.
Legal Sea Foods’ Seaport branch offers a three-course prix-fixe with a view of the water from noon to 9 p.m.
$65 per person, 270 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-477-2900, legalseafoods.com.
Legal Sea Foods
Most of the Legal branches, including Legal on the Mystic and outposts of Legal C Bar, will be serving their full menu alongside a traditional Thanksgiving plate, which includes slow-roasted turkey breast with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, and cranberry sauce. Hours vary upon location.
$24.95 per adult, $7.95 for children under 12, various locations, legalseafoods.com.
Take a seat at Thanksgiving with a view of Rowes Wharf at this restaurant at the Boston Harbor Hotel. The four-course meal is served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., starting with five-spice char seared yellowfin tuna, Scottish salmon tartar, New England fall squash soup, and more. Meritage’s bird of the night is an organic turkey breast stuffed with spinach and fennel. Desserts include a roasted pear dish, juniper spice cake, chocolate, or Vermont-aged cheddar cheese with grilled baguettes.
$120 per person, optional wine pairing $60 per person, $55 for children under 12, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, 617-439-3995, meritagetherestaurant.com.
Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills, MA
If you have a penchant for history, here’s a chance to have dinner where Thanksgiving began: In Plymouth. Mirbeau Inn & Spa offers a three-course meal from noon to 5 p.m. starting with escargot, torchon of foie gras, grilled oysters, and beef carpaccio. Entrees include traditional turkey with confit leg, sausage-cornbread stuffing, a surf & turf of filet mignon and butter-poached lobster, beef bourguignon, and crispy trout almandine.
$65 per person, $15 per child 12 and under, Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills, 35 Landmark Dr., Plymouth, 617-385-4304, mirbeau.com.
This downtown pub offers its full menu throughout the day, from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., along with some Thanksgiving classics, like squash bisque topped with fried shallots and maple cream, 48-hour brined turkey breast with stuffing, slow-roasted prime rib, and pumpkin and walnut ravioli.
Priced a la carte, 27 Columbus Ave., Boston, 617-482-2255, mjoconnors.com.
The Palm Boston
From noon until 8 p.m., the Palm Boston in the Financial District will be hosting a three-course Thanksgiving dinner. First course includes lobster bisque, butternut squash bisque, or baby kale and apple salad. The bird of the night is a slow-roasted turkey with homestyle stuffing and choices of individual portion sides, which range from goat cheese whipped potatoes to charred Brussels sprouts. End with either New York cheesecake or the classic pumpkin pie.
$55 per person, $24 per child ages 12 and under, 1 International Place, 617-867-9292, thepalm.com.
PARK Restaurant & Bar
Kick back at this restaurant reminiscent of a living room and enjoy Thanksgiving dishes from noon to 9 p.m. Some options are butternut squash bisque with poached lobster, green apple, and nutmeg-scented crème frâiche, pomegranate molasses-glazed ham with potato-sage farro and Brussels sprouts, and roasted apple and cranberry phyllo with bourbon pecans and honey.
Priced a la carte, 59 JFK St., Cambridge, 617-491-9851, parkcambridge.com.
Located in the Omni Parker House Hotel—the birthplace of the Boston Cream Pie—Parker’s Restaurant will be serving dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Roasted turkey comes with herb stuffing and giblet gravy, and alongside glazed ham, herb crusted sirloin, and ricotta cavatelli. End the feast with pecan pie, pecan tart, or, of course, Boston cream pie.
$60 for adults, $30 for children 12 and under, 60 School Street, Boston, 617-725-1600, omnihotels.com.
Give early thanks at Harvard Square’s Parsnip, which is offering a three course prix-fixe brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Start with celery root and pear soup, Mangalitsa ham, kumquat and roasted cashew salad, and crab beignet. For seconds, try the poached monkfish, squash and chestnut agnolotti, roasted turkey with house stuffing, or beef tenderloin with celery root puree. End with either cinnamon cheesecake, pecan pie, or bruléed pumpkin pie.
$65 per person, $25 per child, 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge, parsniprestaurant.com.
Back Bay’s reimagined tavern-inspired restaurant Post 390 celebrates the holiday with a seasonal three-course prix-fixe dinner, including potato, leek and broccoli soup and roasted squash salad. The highlight of the night is a roasted, Amish-raised turkey complete with trimmings.
$60 per person, $20 per child, $25 for wine pairing, 406 Stuart St., Boston, 617-399-0015, post390restaurant.com.
Precinct Kitchen & Bar
From noon to 6:30 p.m., the police headquarters-turned-restaurant will be repurposed into a half buffet, half sit-down prix-fixe. The hors d’oeuvre station offers dishes like lobster bisque, deviled eggs, and charcuterie; entrees include sage-crusted turkey, peppercorn-crusted prime rib and pineapple-glazed ham. All dishes are served with mashed Yukon golds, ginger-glazed yams, and green beans.
$64 per person, $25 for children under 10, 154 Berkeley St., Boston, 617-532-3827, precinctkitchenandbar.com.
Head downtown for a luxurious, ballroom brunch buffet. From noon to 3 p.m. the hotel offers a smorgasbord of dishes from Alaskan king crab legs and Powder Point oysters, to imported cheeses, brioche French toast, and charcuterie. There will also be a carving station with turkey and prime rib, as well as desserts such as dulce de leche profiteroles, macarons, and for kids, a cookie decorating station.
$98 for adults, $48 per child, 10 Avery St., Boston, 617-574-7100, ritzcarlton.com.
Russell House Tavern
From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., right in the middle of Harvard Square, this tavern will have a holiday feast. Appetizers include warm, spiced wine-poached pear, pheasant and leek terrine, green salad, or sweet potato bisque. Mains offered are roasted turkey with chorizo and chestnut cornbread stuffing, honey mustard grilled ham, swordfish with green bean casserole and delicata squash. Desserts include pumpkin cheesecake, bourbon apple bread pudding, and a cheese board.
$49 per person, $18 for optional beer or wine, 14 JFK St., Cambridge, 617-500-3055, russellhousecambridge.com.
Scampo at the Liberty Hotel is offering a four-course prix-fixe dinner devised by chef-owner Lydia Shire from noon to 8 p.m. Roasted turkey comes with muscat gravy, anadama bread, and fig stuffing. Not in the mood for classics? Try the halibut poached in Arbequina olive oil with risotto nero and candied buttercup squash, or filet mignon with beet raviolini and gorgonzola dolce. End with either apple crostata with buttermilk ice cream, or pecan pie with bourbon zabaglione. The a la carte menu will also be available.
$65 per adult, $25 for children 12 and under, 215 Charles St., 617-536-2100, scampoboston.com.
If you prefer to have options picked out for you, the Seaport District may be the place for you. Strega Waterfront offers a succinct, three-course prix-fixe form noon to 7 p.m., including butternut squash ravioli with walnuts and sage to start, oven-roasted turkey and baked ham with homemade Italian stuffing and cranberry sauce for mains, and homemade holiday pies to finish.
$49 per person, One Marina Park Dr., Boston, 617-345-3992, stregawaterfront.com.
Strip by Strega
In addition to the a la carte menu, Strip by Strega offers a three-course prix-fixe from noon to close. To start, pick between butternut squash bisque or Thanksgiving salad, followed by turkey two ways (braised leg and roasted breast) with traditional stuffing and sides, or the veal osso buco with mushroom risotto and marsala sauce. End with either pecan or pumpkin pie.
$65 per person, 64 Arlington Street at Park Plaza, Boston, 617-456-5300, stripbystregaboston.com.
Have holiday dinner here from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Options include squash bisque and fluke crudo, traditional turkey dinner with chestnut-sage dressing, grass-fed ribeye with creamed kale, confit potatoes, and béarnaise, ricotta ravioli, plus pumpkin pie with bourbon ice cream, candied pecans, and caramel.
Priced a la carte, 1688 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-5055, templebarcambridge.com.
Top of The Hub
Give thanks this year from Prudential’s 52nd-floor dining room, followed by a complimentary stroll down the Skywalk Observatory. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the four-course meal begins with either a poached shrimp cocktail, vegetable soup, or pumpkin ravioli; in addition to the traditional turkey, other mains include BBQ-rubbed pork tenderloin, citrus-marinated salmon, and slow-braised lamb shank. Finish with pumpkin cheesecake or cinnamon crumble apple cranberry cake.
$75 per person, $35 per child 6-12, free for children under 5, 800 Boylston St., Boston, 617-536-1775 or topofthehub.net.