Thanksgiving

22 Denver Restaurants That Have Thanksgiving Dinner Covered

From traditional turkey to seasonal lasagna.

root down thanksgiving
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Thanksgiving this year is going to look… (surprise!) a little different. But even though your gathering may be smaller, closer to home, and involve more video calls than ever before, one thing remains the same: You’re going to eat well. If the idea of cooking a whole feast yourself has you spiraling into a pre-holiday ball of stress, chill. Denver restaurants have your back. Whether you’d rather go out or you just need a little help on the home front, the Mile High dining scene is here to save Thanksgiving. From traditional turkey dinners to bird-free celebrations starring lasagna, porchetta, and even vegan options, there’s something to please every palate. And pie. There will definitely be pie too. All you have to do is skim this list, find your favorite, make reservations, or pre-order your to-go feast, and focus on what you’re thankful for in 2020.

Lou’s Italian Specialties
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Lou’s Italian Specialties

If you’re looking for a “just add turkey” take on Thanksgiving at home, this Italian deli has you covered. Lou’s package for four is loaded with all the traditional sides you need for an impressive spread. Their package for four includes chicken sausage, apple and fennel stuffing, turkey gravy, garlic mashed yukon gold potatoes, glazed rainbow carrots, cauliflower gratin, and bacon roasted brussel sprouts. You can also add on apple, pumpkin, or pecan pie. 
Cost: Sides for four are $65 and pies start at $16 (plus you’ll get $5 off one when you order the sides package); order online for pickup on 11/24 or 11/25

Urban Farmer Denver
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Urban Farmer Denver

Union Station

This downtown eatery will be open from 11 am-8 pm on Thanksgiving day serving up a four-course feast that includes charcuterie, salads, and a selection of options for your main and sides including traditional roasted Colorado roasted turkey. They’re also offering a carryout package for six to eight people which includes a 12-14 pound turkey, plenty of sides, and a traditional pumpkin pie.
Cost: Book online for the dine in option which is $75 per adult and $25 per child under the age of 12; the carryout package is $300 and must be pre-ordered online by November 20 for pickup on Thanksgiving day, 10 am-1 pm

Kachina Southwestern Grill

Union Station

If you’re up for something a little different this year (because why not, everything else has been non-traditional!) head to this Southwestern Grill. They’ll be open for the holiday from 12 pm-8 pm serving their entire regular menu along with a special Thanksgiving turkey plate featuring roasted achiote turkey, garlic green beans, cranberry sauce, traditional stuffing, brown gravy, fire roasted corn, and whipped sweet potato along with apple spice margaritas and pumpkin pie. 
Cost: The turkey plate is $26

The Corner Office's New Global Cuisine

Central Business District

With another option for a traditional dinner out, The Corner Office will be open Thanksgiving day at 1 pm with their last seating at 7 pm. They’ll have a special prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu available plus a limited bar selection. You can also opt to get a full meal with all the fixings to-go, available per person with a minimum of two people.
Cost: The Thanksgiving menu is $45/person for both dine-in and to-go; book reservations for dine-in or pre-order your takeout meal online

The Bindery
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The Bindery

Highland

Let Linda Hampsten Fox and her talented team take total care of the cooking this year. They’ve crafted two Thanksgiving menus plus a vegetarian option that you can enjoy at home. Whether you’re in the mood for the totally traditional route or something a little different (think Adobo-roasted turkey and jalapeno mashed potatoes), they’ve got you covered. They’re also going all out in the baking department with pies, breads, cookies, and much more.
Cost: Whole turkey meals start at $260 but there are a variety of options and add-ons (plus baked goods are available a la carte); pre-order through Sunday, 11/22 by calling 303-993-2364.

Fire

This restaurant that overlooks the Golden Triangle is offering a festive fall menu for both dine-in and takeout this Thanksgiving. Their special holiday menu will be available from 11 am-9 pm and features a four course meal (that includes pie, of course) while their to-go option includes an acorn soup, turkey with stuffing and glazed yams, pumpkin pie, and a bottle of wine. 
Cost: The dine-in menu is $65/person—reserve your table online; the to-go feast is $90 for two and be ordered by calling 303-572-8000

Root Down
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Root Down

Highlands

The Edible Beats family of restaurants (which includes Linger, Root Down, Ophelia’s, Vital Root, and El Five) is bringing you their take an on at-home turkey day feast. The to-go meal which is available for pickup at Root Down includes an all natural turkey two ways (roasted and confit) and a lineup of sides like cornbread & chorizo stuffing and pretzel crusted purple sweet potato dauphinoise. Other add ons including pies and booze are also available.
Cost: The meal is $41/person and you must prepay online for pickup

Vital Root
Vital Root

Vital Root

Berkeley

Calling all vegan and gluten-free eaters (or those that are planning to cook for them this Thanksgiving): Vital Root has you covered. They’re offering a totally vegan and gluten-free take on the traditional meal, available for pickup on Wednesday, November 25 from 11 am-9 pm.
Cost: $35/person

Le Bilboquet

Cherry Creek

For a refined feel without having to breakout the table runner and candles at home, head to this French eatery. They’ll be serving a special Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu and the regular menu will not be available that day. The meal includes your choice of starter, Cajun chicken or a traditional turkey with stuffing, and Pommery mustard and tarragon butternut squash, and chocolate pot de crème or pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.
Cost: $75/adult and $25/child; reservations available online

Citizen Rail

Union Station

Known for it’s dry aged meats and wood fired cooking, this downtown restaurant will be open 1:30pm - 8pm on Thanksgiving serving up a special three course prix-fixe menu. Choices include not only the traditional musts (yes, there’s turkey), but also options like plancha roasted scallops and a 60 day dry aged ribeye.
Cost: $75/person; book your reservation online

Roaming Buffalo Bar-B-Q

Rosedale & Golden

Save that oven space for all your sides and let some experts in smoked meats take care of the main event. You can pre-order whole smoked turkeys from both Roaming Buffalo locations for pickup on Wednesday, November 25. Each order also comes with their house made maple cranberry BBQ sauce.
Cost: Whole turkeys start at $89; smoked turkey breast is also available

Steuben's Arvada
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Steuben's Arvada

This spot’s bringing in a guest chef for an epic Thanksgiving feast to-go. Order a meal by chef Jeff Stoneking (formerly of Cholon and Rosenberg’s) by November 18 for pickup on Wednesday, November 25. Each seven course meal serves four to six people and includes turkey, sourdough & cornbread dressing, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, green bean casserole, whipped potatoes, cranberry relish, and pumpkin spiced cobbler with an optional wine add-on. Plus a portion of the proceeds from each meal will be donated to Arvada Community Table.
Cost: $175; order ahead online

Ace Eat Serve
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Ace Eat Serve

Over turkey? Upgrade your bird game this year with a peking duck from the Ace team. This deal includes a platter that serves two to four complete with a whole duck, mu shu crepes, pickled peppers, scallions, cucumber, apricot, chili sauce and hoisin. Pre-orders must be placed by November 19 for pickup on Wednesday, November 25.
Cost: $49/platter that you can pre-order online

Smök
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Smök

Rino

Thanksgiving BBQ style with a full smoked turkey dinner to-go from chef Bill Espiricueta. Each meal serves four to five people and includes smoked turkey breast, two quarts of potato salad, two quarts of Smok’s pit beans with brisket and pork, and cheddar jalapeno cornbread with honey butter. Full size holiday pecan pies are also available and pre-orders must be placed by November 23.
Cost: $110 for the meal, pies are extra; call 720-452-2487 to reserve your meal

Restaurant Olivia

Washington Park

If your favorite part of Thanksgiving is the pies, then how about an all pie meal from an expert in the category. Chef Ty Leon may be best known for his pasta, he’s also spent tons of time perfecting his pie game. This year, he’s offering a dinner for two or four to-go with both sweet and savory pies. Or, if you’re still stuck on pasta, opt for an alternate dinner with Olivia’s take and bake lasagna.
Cost: The holiday pie dinner or lasagnas include wine and are $55 for two people and $95 for four; order online via Tock for pickup on November 24 or 25.

American Elm

West Highland

This eatery’s offering meal kits every week, so of course they had to put out a special one for Thanksgiving. The kit includes your choice of 14 or 2- pound turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, biscuit stuffing, and gravy plus you can add on a pumpkin pie. Meals are available for pickup on November 25 or 26.
Cost: Starts at $125; pre-order online

Morin

Union Station

This modern French spot from the Culinary Creative group isn’t open right now, but they’ve created a French-themed Thanksgiving feast that you can take home for an impressive holiday meal. You can opt for a full meal including turkey or just the sides (potato purée, sage and golden raisin dressing, roasted root vegetables, herbed creamed greens, a half dozen Parker House rolls, and cranberry sauce). Other add-ons like wine, cocktails, charcuterie, shrimp cocktail, and pies are also available.
Cost: Packages start at $40/person; pre-order on Tock

Luca

Capitol Hill

Another option for anyone who’s over turkey: go Italian. Restaurateur Frank Bonnano’s Italian eatery has put together a meal to-go for two that includes porchetta and au jus, three-cheese cavatelli, green bean casserole, roasted sweet potatoes, house made ciabatta, and pumpkin pie cheesecake.
Cost: $95; pre-order on Tock

Mizuna

Capitol Hill

Another Bonnano hotspot, Mizuna, is also offering their own take on Thanksgiving to-go, but with a more traditional spin. Their decadent meal includes herb-roasted turkey breast, confit turkey leg, sage gravy, mushroom and foie gras stuffing, duck-fat-roasted potatoes, roasted vegetables, and your choice of pie.
Cost: $75/person; pre-order on Tock for pickup on Wednesday, November 25

Denver Milk Market

Union Station

The final Thanksgiving option from restaurateur Frank Bonanno comes from his food hall where you can pick up a DIY Thanksgiving kit for six people. Complete with cooking and reheating instructions, the kit includes a ready-to-cook marinated turkey, turkey gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, baked mac 'n cheese, cranberries, stuffing, green bean casserole, French bread with garlic butter, and your choice of pie.
Cost: $25; pre-order on Tock for pick-up on November 25

Rioja

Union Station

Get a Food Network-famous Thanksgiving meal from this downtown spot. Rioja chef and co-owner Jennifer Jasinski and team are recreating many of the dishes from her appearance on the Food Network's "Thanksgiving Challenge" for you to enjoy at home this year, all you have to do is heat and serve. The kit includes pomegranate-apple-endive salad, stuffed turkey leg and oven-roasted turkey breast with turkey gravy, moscato and rosemary glazed turnips, cipollini onions, yams and haricot verts, pine nut-sage bread pudding, and bourbon pecan pie along with other optional add ons. Pickup is available November 24 and 25.
Cost: $45 per person; pre-order online by Friday, November 20

TAVERNETTA

Union Station

Step up your Thanksgiving game with this high end meal kit for six. Each kit includes a 16-pound free-range Green Circle turkey, which is brined and includes a disposable pan for roasting along with mashed potatoes, focaccia stuffing, roasted vegetables with Calabrian chili honey, cranberry sauce, and turkey gravy. Whole pies, wine pairings, cicchetti kits, and other add-ons are also available with pickups on November 24 and 25.
Cost: $250; pre-order on Tock by November 15

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