14 Boston Restaurants That Have Thanksgiving Dinner Covered This Year

Whether you dine in or take out, give thanks for not having to cook this year.

Sure, you can spend 12 hours cooking for a tiny fraction of your fully vaccinated family, or you can acknowledge you’ve done enough this year and 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 still on the table if you don’t want to stray too far from your spot on the couch for the big game. But many Boston restaurants are opting to serve traditional turkey plates and creative twists on the classics in the dining room this year as well. 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
Photo courtesy of Bambara

Bambara

Kendall Square

This might be the best deal in town. For $45 per person, Bambara’s three-course menu starts with either squash soup or an autumn salad, then moves onto a heritage turkey dinner 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.

Available for Reservations

Bar Mezzana

South End

Bar Mezzana has every aspect of Thanksgiving down. Not only do you get roasted turkey breast and confit turkey leg, gravy, cranberry sauce, and at least three additional sides like sage and dried plum pudding, mashed potatoes, and creamed onions. But each takeout order also includes bread and mayo for turkey sandwiches the next day.
How to order: Call 617-530-1770 to place orders by November 18

The Beehive

South End

The Beehive will be there all day on turkey day. The space will be open from 11 am to 11 pm, offering an all-day menu that features a three-course menu with appetizers like lobster and pumpkin bisque, entrees including organic turkey with sage and rosemary gravy and slow-roasted beef brisket, and a classic pie lineup. Live music will fill the space all day, so even if you just need a little break from the fam at the end of the day, you can slip out for a nightcap and a little jazz.
How to book: Via website or call 617-423-0069 for reservations

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 pre-fixe menu starts with American Kobe Beef Tartare before moving onto options like roasted turkey breast and leg confit with that foie gras stuffing and a Thanksgiving sundae with cranberry port, salted brioche crouton, sweet potato, and maple sorbet. Tack on some optional raw bar, foie gras, or truffle additions, and you have yourself a holiday.
How to book: Call 617-279-8000 or reserve via website

Brassica

Jamaica Plain

At Brassica, indigenous chef Sean Sherman has “a renewed hope for what our celebrations could be if we simply change our focus,” and is offering a unique “Day of Gratitude” menu this year. The a la carte offerings include a roasted duck dinner, mac ‘n cheese, honey pies, and bottles of Hiyu Farm wine (Hiyu comes from the Chinook language meaning “abundance”). 10% of all proceeds from the takeout options will be donated to the North American Indian Center of Boston.
How to order: Via website

Catalyst Restaurant

Kendall Square

Here’s another takeout option that will put your own cooking skills to shame. Chef William Kovel and the Catalyst team have the basic covered—whole roasted turkey, truffle whipped potatoes, candied yams, herb stuffing, pumpkin pie—but you can also go off-script with options like rohan duck breast with fig gastrique, chicken liver mousse, charcuterie and cheese platters, and truffle arancini. And why not throw in some brownies and snickerdoodle cookies while you’re at it?

Available for Delivery/Takeout

If you want to forgo the turkey entirely, look no further than Citizen Public House. Gather all your meat-loving, vaccinated friends for an epic takeout spread with a 14-hour whole roasted pig, a house-smoked, bourbon-glazed heritage ham, or a whole smoked BBQ brisket. Each comes with plenty of sides, which you can enhance with raw bar offerings, gnocchi mac ‘n cheese, and toffee bread pudding with chantilly cream.
How to book: Call 617-450-9000

Colette

Porter Square

Chef Alex Falconer wants to mix things up this year, Francophile-style. So why have turkey when you can opt for monkfish, cider-braised pork shank, or even steak frites? And pumpkin pie is no match for Nutella chocolate mousse or creme brulee. All that said, you can still opt for a more traditional three-course spread: roasted honey nut squash, oven-roasted turkey breast, and a pumpkin tartlet for dessert.

Available for Reservations

Contessa

Back Bay

The most coveted reservation in town is offering its first-ever Thanksgiving menu. It’s a four-course feast with an Italian twist: meatballs, ricotta gnudi, roasted turkey, pancetta Brussels sprouts, and cranberry mostarda. And if you want to forego the turkey entirely, a ribeye and porterhouse are also available as a main dish. Either way, you’ll be savoring the pumpkin ice cream and Boston Cream Pie almost as much as those rooftop views.

Available for Reservations

Grill 23

Back Bay

Grill 23 is putting dark-wood paneling and ice-cold martinis at center stage this Thanksgiving. This menu is decadent dining at its holiday finest, so you’ll find an a la carte spread with indulgences like Kobe steak tartare, salmon dijonnaise, and a la carte steak offerings on top of more traditional fare like roast turkey and confit leg with all the fixings, including cranberry chutney and sausage stuffing.
How to book: Call 617-542-2255

Available for Reservations

Harvest

Harvard Square

Chef Nick Deutmeyer wants to serve you something different this Thanksgiving. Harvest’s three-course menu includes some out-of-the-box offerings, including gnocchi and braised rabbit, wild mushroom pappardelle, and Peking duck breast. But not to fret: there’s also a Misty Knoll Farm turkey with bacon, pear, and brioche stuffing, served with cheddar mashed potatoes and a chocolate pecan tart.

Available for Reservations

Henrietta's Table

Harvard Square

It may not be the traditional buffet but Henrietta’s Table is still offering a farm-to-table celebration of New England’s bounty. The four-course meal includes roasted heirloom pumpkin bisque, a fall greens salad, and a cage-free roast turkey with traditional gravy and mashed potatoes, and there’s a grain bowl entree alternative for the veggies among you. Just save some room for the tri-sampler dessert plate, which features flourless chocolate cake, pumpkin pie, and a homemade apple crisp.
How to book: Email virginiabaggan@charleshotel.com for reservations

OAK Long Bar + Kitchen
Photo courtesy of OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

Chef Zaid Khan’s lineup includes a la carte offerings like crispy Brussels sprouts, bacon-wrapped turkey breast roulade, and pecan pie. But what has us most intrigued is the cocktail menu, which features a Turkey Old Fashioned with a housemade turkey-infused bourbon. Let us explain: Fat and drippings from a freshly cooked turkey were whisked together with Legent bourbon, then sat for two hours before being placed in a freezer. The frozen fat was then strained, leaving an infusion with smooth roasted turkey flavor. C’mon, you at least have to try it.

Scampo

Beacon Hill

This is the place to shake up your holiday palate. Lydia Shire is sticking with the stalwarts this year, but they still come with a twist: roast heritage turkey with muscat gravy and a celery heart, sausage, and golden raisin stuffing; “deluxe” mashed potatoes; and her father’s cranberry sauce recipe.
How to book: Call 617-536-2100

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