15 Boston Restaurants That Have Thanksgiving Covered This Year
Turkey with all the fixings, fanciful spreads, and even some plant-based menus.
You can destroy the kitchen in a futile effort to please your relatives, or you can luxuriate in a meal prepared by chefs far more talented than you. Have you forgotten the singular joy that comes from not washing a single dish afterward?
Takeout options are on the table if you don’t want to stray too far from your spot on the couch for the big game. Many Boston restaurants are also opening their doors to serve traditional turkey plates and creative twists on the classics. So no matter what your ideal Thanksgiving feast looks like, here’s a list of some of the best Boston restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinner this year.
Bambara’s holiday spread continues to be one of the best T-Day deals going. For $55 per person, the restaurant’s three-course menu starts with either squash soup or an autumn salad, then moves onto a composed plate of sous vide turkey breast and confit turkey legs, along with mashed potatoes, fresh cranberry sauce, roasted Brussels sprouts, pan gravy, and roasted mushroom stuffing. Wrap it up with either pumpkin or apple pie and revel in not breaking the bank—or having to make many choices.
This Italian spread is perfect for couples who want to indulge without stress. It starts with a truffled rotisserie chicken alongside taleggio-stuffed focaccia, ferla-spiced stuffing, mascarpone mashed potatoes, and green beans. Dessert is celebrated the only way Boston Italians know how: with pumpkin spice cannoli. If you seek a true soup-to-nuts order, you can also add a bottle of KA Sangiovese or a full pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
The Beehive has always been there for us on turkey day. The space is open from 11 am to 11 pm, offering an all-day menu that features a three-course, $85 menu with appetizers like lobster and pumpkin bisque, entrees choices like organic turkey and slow-roasted beef brisket, and a classic pie lineup along with chocolate pot de creme. Live music will fill the space all day, so even if you need just a little break from the fam, you can slip out for a nightcap and a little jazz.
Bistro du Midi
French fare may not make up a traditional Thanksgiving feast, but how can you turn down foie gras-mushroom brioche stuffing? Bistro du Midi’s vast prix-fixe menu starts with offerings as diverse as venison and pork terrine or beef tartare before moving onto options like roasted turkey breast and leg confit, duck breast, and filet mignon with sauce au poivre. When dessert rolls around, you’re choosing between vanilla bean creme brulee, salted pumpkin pie, and gateau basque. Tack on some optional raw bar, foie gras, or truffle additions, and you have yourself a decadent little holiday.
Boston Harbor Hotel
Want to go all out without lifting a finger—and leaving plenty of time for football watching? A prix-fixe brunch with gorgeous waterfront views is beyond decadent. There will be a raw bar with sushi and sashimi, white truffle carbonara, beef Wellington, and a full turkey dinner with traditional sides. Save room not just for dessert, but a whole dessert table that happily groans under the weight of pies, tarts, cakes, and cookies.
This top area French restaurant is making life easy—and affordable—this Thanksgiving. The restaurant is offering a takeout apple cider-brined turkey that comes with a rosemary compound butter; sides include fried Brussels sprouts, plantains, sweet potato puree, mac ‘n cheese, mint cranberry sauce, and signature gravy. Add a pecan pie for thirty bucks to make it a festive eve.
For something completely different, head to Citizen Public House. Invite your posse to pig out on a whole roasted suckling pig spread, which also includes raw bar selections and three sides. The accouterments are chef’s choice, but think dishes like mac ‘n cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, and brioche dinner rolls. If a whole pig seems a little overwhelming, opt for the Family Pig Meal that includes spice-rubbed ribs, slow-braised pork shoulder, grilled tenderloin, smoked pork belly, and house sausage.
Between dressing the turkey, perfecting your pies, and dealing with family drama, you've got enough on your plate this year—so let Eataly handle at least some of your holiday stress. With the Italian gourmet marketplace's pre-order options, you can avoid lifting a finger by ordering turkey, housemade foccaccia stuffing, and all the sides or simply let them handle appetizers with spreads of charcuterie and formaggi or raw bar favorites and caviar. All you have to do is place your order and head to the store before Turkey Day for pick up.
There’s something special about a hotel Thanksgiving. With just three seatings throughout the afternoon, you can enjoy a leisurely prix-fixe meal that starts with either carrot and ginger soup or roasted beet and cress salad, then moves on to the turkey with sides like creamed spinach, giblet gravy, chestnut stuffing, and buttermilk whipped potatoes. Be sure to save room for the dessert buffet, which includes wonders like a spiced apple galette, dark chocolate fudge cake, and pecan pie.
Grill 23 is putting dark-wood paneling and ice-cold martinis at center stage this Thanksgiving. The menu is decadent dining at its holiday finest, so you’ll find an a la carte spread with indulgences like Kobe steak tartare, maple-glazed salmon, and a la carte steak offerings on top of more traditional fare like roast turkey and confit leg with cranberry chutney and sausage stuffing.
They had us at “challah dressing.” Our favorite Jewish deli is pulling out all the stops for a takeout spread that includes confit turkey and gravy, braised brisket, Manischewitz-roasted cranberry sauce, and chocolate and tahini swirl pie. You can even order wines and premade Manhattans—and did we mention matzo ball soup is also on the menu?
Nautilus Pier 4
Who needs turkey when you can have a Peking duck? This outside-the-box takeout package includes tuna poke or pork riblets, your choice of salad, and the full Peking duck spread: crispy skinned breast and confit legs along with ginger scallion rice, steamed buns, and your choice of sauces (hoisin, smoked mayo, sriracha). Plus, the fixed price includes a bottle of wine or sake.
Sumiao Hunan Kitchen
It’s Thanksgiving, Hunan-style. On top of the regular (gloriously spicy!) menu, there are also two specials: spicy pumpkin turkey pot, available in four different spicy levels, and a crispy hunan turkey with a house-made BBQ sauce. There are also November cocktail specials like the Velvet Haze (citrus vodka, lemon, lavender, mixed berry). And if you’re intrigued but already have Thanksgiving plans, don’t fret: The specials are available starting November 17 through the day after the holiday.
If a smoked turkey can’t cure what ails, we don’t know what can. Tiffany Faison wants you full and happy thanks to her brined and smoked whole turkey, four-hour turkey gravy, whole berry cranberry sauce, biscuit stuffing, and buttery mashed potatoes, all available a la carte.
For the vegans among us, there are options. True Bistro will serve the meatless this holiday with a five-course menu. Right now the menu is TBA, but past dishes have included a yuba roulade stuffed with seitan sausage and pumpkin pie-spiced cheesecake.