21 Philadelphia Restaurants That Have Thanksgiving Dinner Covered
Whether you dine in or take out, give thanks for not having to cook this year.
This Thanksgiving, skip the stress, cooking, cleaning, and the passive-aggressive family dynamics (if you’re lucky) by letting one of Philadelphia’s very best restaurants handle the meal.
Across the city, you’ll find indoor and outdoor dining on Thanksgiving Day, plus a bevy of your favorite eateries ready to cater your at-home feast. From traditional spreads with all the fixings to vegetarian-friendly alternatives and options that let you trade turkey for short rib, we’ve gathered 21 of the top Thanksgiving picks in the Philadelphia area and whether you’re going laidback or formal, there’s something for everyone this turkey day.
Fork is taking dine-in reservations this Thanksgiving from 1 to 8 pm, and if you snag a table you’re in for quite a treat. With a $95 per person, four-course menu, you can have your pick from two appetizers, a salad course, an entree, and sweets from High Street Philly. All the traditional Thanksgiving go-tos are on the menu, but you can also change things up with a 32-ounce rib eye or Pennsylvania trout bathed in brown butter. If you’re really going all out, add some oysters, cheese, and charcuterie to the mix.
The Bellevue Philadelphia
Thanksgiving at the Bellevue certainly has a nice ring to it. So take in the ambiance from the Grand Ballroom for a lavish buffet, with seatings from 1 to 5 pm. You can expect maple- and thyme-brined turkey, dozens of salads and sides, plus a raw bar, cheese, charcuterie, and a delectable dessert spread. Enjoy it all to the backdrop of a live jazz trio. Seating is $75 per person plus tax and tip (and half-price for kids 12 and under).
For a Thanksgiving meal you can enjoy a la carte, Steak 48 is offering a seasonal menu of turkey, truffle mashed potatoes, stuffing, and praline sweet potatoes, alongside the entire standard menu. That means prime steaks and elevated seafood dishes are all yours for the taking if you feel like opting out of the usual Thanksgiving foods.
Di Bruno Bros.
For one of the best bring-it-home Thanksgiving experiences, Di Bruno Bros. has you covered from every angle. Order by November 19 to snag your choice of entree, potato, veggies, pies, and sides. Whatever you do, don’t skip the brown sugar pecan pie, and don’t be afraid to add a cheese board to the mix.
How to order: Call 267-463-4834 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 pm on Friday, November 19
Elevate your take-home side game with all the fixings from Oyster House. Thanksgiving will be a little fancier with cornbread oyster stuffing, shrimp cocktail platters, and housemade gooey bourbon pecan pies. Although you can’t get the full feast here, you can certainly snag what could end up being your meal’s most memorable moments.
How to order: Call 215-567-7683 by 5 pm on Saturday, November 20
Garces Trading Company
Garces Trading Company is offering a classic way to bring the feast home. Packages start at $45 per person and are available for pickup or delivery within 15 miles of Center City, so you can really limit the effort you put in this year. The deal gets you a seasonal harvest salad, rosemary Parker House rolls, herb-roasted turkey breast and gravy, plus four sides and a caramel apple or pumpkin pie. There’s a two-person minimum for orders, so it’s just the thing if you’re looking at a smaller, low-key Thanksgiving this year.
Le Cavalier at the Green Room
If you find yourself in Wilmington this holiday (or are willing to go on a little adventure for some good grub), Le Cavalier at the Hotel Du Pont is hosting a dine-in Thanksgiving dinner with a French twist. Expect turkey roulad, côte de boeuf, relish a la mère, and more. Thanksgiving seating goes from 1 to 8 pm for the $65 meal, but you can also have a Thanksgiving warm-up and try the menu Sunday through Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Walnut Street Cafe
WSC has dine-in and takeout options that offer a little bit of everything. Take a seat for an a la carte menu that outfits turkey with scrumptious stuff like sweet potato gnocchi, baked brie, stuffing muffins, and a basket of brown sage butter rolls, plus tons more, including a kids menu. You can also let WSC handle the catering at home, whether you want the whole spread or just the sides (think Brussels sprouts, mac ‘n cheese, mashed potatoes with gravy, and more). Portions for the sides feed four to six people and go for $25 each, while the whole-roasted Amish turkey goes for $100.
Dine in Thanksgiving Day from noon to 8 pm and enjoy a three-course meal for $85 a person (plus bread!), and add some wine pairings for $30 if you desire. You’ll choose from perfect seasonal salads and soups, heritage turkey (plus beef and vegetarian options), and family-style sides including country bread stuffing, cranberry relish, Brussels sprouts with bacon, and more. Round it out with a pie or two.
How to book: Via Tock
Stop by all day from 10 am to 7 pm for a foodie-focused Thanksgiving feast. Take your pick from a la carte or fixed options for $65 per person that include roasted butternut squash soup, crab dip, herb-crusted salmon, slow-roasted turkey breast, cauliflower curry, apple pie, and more.
How to book: Via website
Soak in the ambiance of Parc on Thanksgiving Day with a special menu of roasted turkey and confit leg, butternut squash soup, sides, and pies. You’ll also have access to a lot of the usual menu’s standard fare, so it seems like a perfect time to add escargot, macaroni au gratin, and maybe even some moules frites to your holiday.
The Twisted Tail
Snag some Southern-inspired Thanksgiving fare at the Twisted Tail, available for both dine-in and takeout. The $55 per person package includes a choice of turkey, braised short rib, or pineapple-glazed ham, as well as cornbread stuffing, mac ‘n cheese, honey roasted sweet potatoes, freshly baked pies, and more.
How to book: Via website
Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with all the essentials and some innovative additions, such as squash risotto to sage-and-apple-stuffed pork loin. The three-course option is $95 per person and offers short rib gnocchi, roasted turkey, bourbon pecan tarts, housemade cranberry sauce, and more. You can also take dinner to-go with the $190 package made to feed four to six people.
Morgans Brooklyn Barbeque
Turkey tails are the big play this year at Morgan’s BBQ. The wood-smoked tails are served over kale with marinated figs, a port wine reduction, and candied pecans. Of course, the spot would be remiss not to offer the traditional gamut, including a catering package with a whole smoked turkey that feeds up to 12 for $275. You can also stop by for a la carte specials, including chestnut stuffing, sweet potatoes, turkey gravy, and butternut squash soup.
Bless your dining table with one of the most elevated Thanksgiving takeaway options in the game. For $100 per person, the special menu includes turkey leg confit and smoked turkey wings, cornbread stuffing, Brussels sprouts, lobster and pumpkin bisque, house-baked focaccia bread, and more.
Red Owl Tavern
Red Owl, located in the Hotel Kimpton Monaco, will offer a $65 per person Thanksgiving meal that starts with turkey, BBQ grilled salmon, scallops, Amish roasted chicken, and more as entree options. Garlic mashed potatoes and other savory sides will round out your meal, and you can kick things off with pierogies or a “local cheese of the day,” so it’s hard to argue with that.
High Street Philadelphia
From November 19-24, High Street is offering an online Thanksgiving Market, where you can place a la carte orders on all the festive goodies they’ve concocted to complete your meal. Among the offerings are fresh crudité platters, charcuterie displays, and classic sides like mashed potatoes and roasted mushroom cracked corn stuffing. If you’re looking for dessert, definitely don’t skip the signature cinnamon rolls or hazelnut-chocolate silk pie.
Miles Table will cater Thanksgiving with both traditional and “Friendsgiving” packages that include roasted turkey, orange-cranberry relish, your choice of soup or salad, and three sides. You’ll have to spend some time narrowing it down to your favorites because everything from Brussels sprouts with bacon to sweet mashed potatoes to almond cranberry rice is up for grabs. The traditional feast serves up to 10 and goes for $289, available for both delivery and pickup.
El Camino Real
El Camino has an array of Thanksgiving options to enjoy at home this year, each equipped with the requisite reheating instructions. Switch things up and go for the southern fried turkey option, or skip the turkey altogether and try the smoked brisket pot roast. You can also opt for packages that come with all the sides and fixings, like maple-glazed sweet potatoes, rosemary gravy, and buttermilk biscuits.
Back by popular demand, the Flannel Thanksgiving at Home package has returned for 2021. For $35 per person, you get a choice of entree (1.25 pounds of turkey, roast ham, or some of both), cranberry-peach sauce, bourbon glaze, red-eye and country gravies, mashed potatoes or mashed yams, cornbread stuffing, strawberry collard greens, grits, green beans and bacon, mac ‘n cheese, and buttermilk biscuits with honey butter.