Queue the cranberry sauce! Thanksgiving is sneaking up fast. But don’t worry – you don’t need to spend the holiday in the kitchen… or even baste a turkey. So many amazing DC area restaurants are open to serve you and yours a holiday feast.
We’ve found a dozen favorites to take your reservation… Now that’s something to be thankful for!
Blue Duck Tavern at Park Hyatt Washington, D.C., always presents farm-fresh options to tempt the palate, but on Thursday, November 22, breakfast, brunch, and a three-course holiday meal will all be offered with extra-inviting ambiance. ($135 per person for adults, $55 for children six to twelve, under six complimentary (beverages, tax and gratuity not included)). Guests can also join family and friends in Blue Duck Lounge, which will offer an a la carte dinner menu after 6pm.
The newly re-launched Mirabelle offers a festive four-course tasting menu this Thanksgiving ($95 per person, excluding tax and gratuity). Prepared by Executive Chef Keith Bombaugh, the Thanksgiving menu is offered from 11 am to 5 pm.
Legal Sea Foods is urging dinners to take a step back in time to the first Thanksgiving, when people were said to have dined on shellfish and fish. Several of the restaurant’s locations will offer its full menu for traditionalists as well as a Turkey Dinner with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, gravy, and cranberry sauce ($24.95 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) and $8.95 for children 12 and under).
The Hay-Adams offers more than views overlooking the White House, Lafayette Square and St. John’s Church. Its stately Top of the Hay will celebrate with a classic holiday buffet — seating times available between 11 am and 4 pm — with offerings created by Executive Chef Nicolas Legret and Chef de Cuisine Jacopo Beni and musical entertainment provided by Tom Vogt. Toast with a complimentary glass of Taittinger Brut Champagne upon arrival ($130 per adult and $60 for children aged 4 to 12 years old (tax and gratuity not included)).
Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca offers an authentic Italian twist on Thanksgiving. The prix fixe menu ($69 per person or $110 with wine pairings, excluding gratuity and tax) will be served from 12 pm to 8 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Dishes will also be available á la carte.
Fogo de Chão is open on Thanksgiving and will offer a unique menu on that day, which, in addition to fire-roasted meats and Market Table offerings, will include traditional turkey cuts and more. Children 6 and under dine free, children 7 to 12 are half price.
Power dining spot, 701 Restaurant, is dishing up a classic Thanksgiving feast with a three-course, prix fixe holiday menu available from 11 am to 9 pm ($55 per person, and $30 for children 12 and under, excluding tax and gratuity). 701’s live jazz duo of piano and bass will be performing to add to the ambiance.
Both DC-area locations of City Tap are offering a three-course menu on Thanksgiving with fall comfort foods. A prix fixe menu ($30 per guest, with a kids menu option for $15) is accompanied by a limited selection of á la carte menu options and hot homemade mulled ciders and mulled wines. Guests more in the mood for beer can pair their meal with a cranberry beer flight. Both locations will be open from noon to 10pm.
Rasika West End spices up the season with a special Thanksgiving dish in addition to its á la carte menu. Prepared by Group Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam, guests can enjoy the flavorful Turkey Mussalam with butternut bharta, jeera green beans, cranberry pulao and onion sage kulcha. Its sister four-star restaurant, Rasika Penn Quarter has an exotic additional offering as well. Go there for a flavorful Turkey Pot Pie with mashed sweet potato, green bean korma, onion sage pulao and makki cranberry roti.
Ashok Bajaj’s Nopa Kitchen + Bar features a festive three-course menu this holiday, ($55 per person (excluding tax and gratuity)). The Thanksgiving menu will be available from 11 pm to 9 pm on Thursday.
Thanksgiving guests at The Bombay Club will be delighted to find a variety of Thanksgiving Day specials in addition to the full á la carte menu. Executive Chef Nilesh Singhvi is preparing a special Thanksgiving lunch menu, offered from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, and dinner from 5 pm to 9:30 pm.
Cleveland Park’s newly openedIsraeli restaurant, Sababa will offer a variety of specials in addition to its full á la carte menu this Thanksgiving, served from noon to 9 pm.