Thanksgiving Restaurant Reservations: Last Minute Deals + Offers

tday deals blog Thanksgiving Restaurant Reservations: Last Minute Deals + OffersIt’s Tuesday and Thanksgiving is Thursday (!), but it’s not too late to find the perfect table for your celebration. Honestly! Just visit our local Thanksgiving pages to find details on special menus, pricing, and additional offers — and book your reservation. To pique your interest, we’ve rounded up a sampling of offers, from value-driven to extravagant, as well those that are a bit different. 

Atlanta:
A bit less: Flat Creek Lodge — Kids eat for just $12 (and adults for $28) at this extensive and affordable Thanksgiving Day buffet.
A bit more: Southern Art — For $67 per person, diners can tuck into a full brunch buffet featuring Southern Art specialties, Thanksgiving carving stations, and a briny seafood display.
A bit different: Rosa Mexicano – Serving Thanksgiving with a festive Mexican twist, Rosa Mexicano has slow-roasted Yucatan turkey and turkey enchiladas topped with cranberry-orange salsa on the menu.

Boston:
A bit less: Seasons 52 — A tasty Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings is yours for just $26.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids.
A bit more: Rialto — Treat yourself to a sumptuous dinner at this Boston favorite. $120 for dinner with wine pairings. Children under 12 dine for $35.
A bit different: Grill 23 & Bar — In addition to the regular menu, this restaurant has an awesome offbeat take on a four-course Thanksgiving dinner for $72, which includes sweet potato chowder, Little Gem Caesar salad, coffee-brined turkey, and pumpkin brûlée.

Los Angeles:
A bit less: The Stinking Rose — Get four-courses of garlicky goodness at this traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $34.95. Plus, enjoy no corkage.
A bit more: Mr. C Beverly Hills – Sup on all of your Thanksgiving favorites with elegant accompaniments, including lobster bisque, butternut squash ravioli, chestnut stuffing, and more for $85 per person.
A bit different: AKASHA – You’ll be thankful for their annual pie buffet for dessert alone. Plus, fish and vegan options are available and it’s just$65 for adults and $35 for kids under 12.

Miami:
A bit less: Prime-Del Ray Beach — Have your turkey and eat it, too, for just $24.95 at this traditional, three-course Thanksgiving feast.
A bit more: Bistro One LR-Ritz Carlton – There’s something for everyone with a raw bar, tapas, grill, desserts, and more, plus unlimited Champagne and mimosas from 2-8PM. $125 for adults and $45 for kids.
A bit different: The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel South Beach – Celebrate Thanksgiving this year through the culinary vision of José Andrés with distinct dishes such as sous vide breast, confit leg with traditional gravy, or a deconstructed pumpkin pie.

Minneapolis:
A bit less: Mallard’s on the St. Croix — For $23.95, diners get a traditional Thanksgiving dinner served family style, with turkey, ham, and all the side dishes, plus a dessert bar. And, every seat has a lovely view of the St. Croix River.
A bit more: Woolley’s Steakhouse – Don’t miss their famous Champagne Brunch, with chef stations, carved New York strip steak, turkey, and ham, plus a tuna bar, oysters, and seafood and the best of breakfast, lunch, and dinner — all for $39.95 for adults and $14.95 for children.
A bit different: Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse – Change things up this year with 16 cuts of delectable fire-roasted meats, Brazilian side dishes, and more for $49.50.

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15 Rave Reviews for Thanksgiving Dining

Tday reviews 15 Rave Reviews for Thanksgiving DiningWhen you’re talking about food, the best predictor of the future just might be the past. Find out what awaits you on November 27th with this look at what last year’s Thanksgiving Day diners had to say about celebrating the holiday at restaurants around the nation. From the fabulous cuisine, hospitality, and leftovers (Yes, leftovers!) to the fact that none of these savvy celebrants had to cook or clean up, their experiences were amazing across the board. 

Briarhurst Manor, Manitou Springs, Colorado: ”Best Thanksgiving buffet!!!! We not only had turkey, but also duck, pheasant, lamb, oysters, and the most delicious sides and desserts. The food was plentiful and felt more like a large party than a typical buffet! I would recommend this 100%.”

Brick & Bottle, Corte Madera, California: ”My husband and I could not have asked for more at this year’s Thanksgiving feast. The buffet tables were never crowded and always full of fresh, delectable dishes. All of the staff members were exceptionally friendly and festive, and every course was a delight. Thank you, Brick & Bottle, for making our Thanksgiving wishes come true; we’ll be back!”

Chez Moi, Chicago, Illinois: ”We ordered from the prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu, and our food was so good that we shall definitely return to try dishes from the regular menu. Our waiter was wonderful: friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Even though we had many options for the holiday, we chose Chez Moi because of the chef, whose cooking we regularly sampled when he had been at the former Bistro 110. His pumpkin soup is the best I have ever enjoyed. Everything about this restaurant makes me want to return as soon as possible!”

Columbia Restaurant, Celebration, Florida: ”My son, two grandchildre,n and I loved our Thanksgiving experience at Columbia Restaurant. The waiter was absolutely perfect, from his manner with the children to his impeccable service. The meal more than met our expectations, and there was no stress over the kids not wanting traditional Thanksgiving fare. An absolute winner to us, and we will return. We made the best choice for a family Thanksgiving on vacation!”

Driskill Grill, Austin, Texas: ”Old west luxury enveloped us as we moved from the bar to the dinning room. The gracious staff helped us feel comfortable throughout the two-and-a-half hour dinner. The five-course Thanksgiving meal was filling and replete with the right holiday flavors. The kale salad started us off crisply and paved the way to the beet and goat cheese terrine. The rich pork belly, perfectly prepared, came next. I opted for the turkey roulade while my daughter had the black-rimmed, red interior beef tenderloin. Finally the Driskill version of a pumpkin pie escorted us to the end of our dinner. Can’t wait to get back to try their regular menu.”

Founding Farmers, Potomac, Maryland: ”We went for the prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner, and we were blown away. The food was delicious and so plentiful that we both brought home doggie bags. Our waitress was THE BEST!!!!!!!! She was super friendly and warm, very helpful, and yet never hovered too much. She made it such a festive, fun experience!”

Mihoko’s 21 Grams, New York, New York: ”We came to 21 Grams for Thanksgiving dinner and we shall return for other celebration dinners in the future. The menu is so creative, and the fusion is perfection. The flavor balance is delicate and precise. Don’t miss a pre-dinner cocktail, we shared a “Vogue” which was smoky and delicious and since the staff knew we planned to share the drink it was served in two glasses. Such a lovely touch of class. The staff is very friendly and knowledgable. We had a really good time, and never felt rushed.”

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10 Reasons to Dine Out on Thanksgiving

TDay Dinner 10 Reasons to Dine Out on ThanksgivingWe fancy ourselves foodies here at OpenTable, and while many of us know our way around the kitchen, we’re huge fans of dining out on Thanksgiving Day. No shopping, no dirty dishes – no problem. Plus, no tipsy people passed out on your sofa for hours (or is that just my family?). But beyond those obvious perks, here are a few more reasons culled from at-home Thanksgiving dining disasters that will convince you to put yourself in the hands of culinary professionals and celebrate the holiday at a restaurant.

1. Dressing not typically served in a used neti pot at restaurants.

2. While onion, lemon, and carrots are often used when roasting a turkey in a restaurant kitchen, gravel is not.

3. Turkey is not presented, to quote Neneh Cherry, raw like sushi at restaurants.

4. You can trust that your mashed potatoes are, in fact, mashed potatoes – and not baby food.

5. Delicious housemade gravy will run all over your turkey rather than down the drain.

6. Your dinner is far less likely to be lost at sea

7.eaten by a dog,

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Chef Charlie Palmer on Bringing His Take on Steak to New York City, Longevity, Luger’s + More

CP Blog Chef Charlie Palmer on Bringing His Take on Steak to New York City, Longevity, Lugers + MoreThis fall, chef-restaurateur Charlie Palmer opened Charlie Palmer Steak in the Big Apple, a much-welcomed addition to Manhattan’s midtown east neighborhood. Joining sibling Charlie Palmer Steak restaurants located in Las Vegas, Reno, and Washington, D.C., Palmer and his team are ready to wow savvy steak-loving New Yorkers with carefully sourced and deliciously prepared meats (and more). Renowned for his restaurants, hotels, and food-forward wine shops around the nation, he discusses the Charlie Palmer Steak menu, how his restaurant differs from the fabled Peter Luger, what’s in chef Matthew Zappoli’s signature cocktail sauce (sort of!), and diners’ longstanding love affair with the steakhouse in this exclusive Q+A.

You’re a native New Yorker and you opened your very first restaurant, Aureole, there. You have other locations of Charlie Palmer Steak around the nation — what made you decide to bring Charlie Palmer Steak to Manhattan at this point?

I’m actually from upstate New York, a small town called Smyrna, surrounded by farming communities. I opened Aureole in 1988 here in New York City, followed by Astra (which we just closed this year and are reopening as Upper Story in the next month), Kitchen 22, Kitchen 82, Metrazur, and more. So, I’ve long had a footprint and a place in New York City. We’ve been searching for the right location for a Charlie Palmer Steak in Manhattan for quite some time, and this one landed in my lap earlier this year.

Dating back to Peter Luger, the steakhouse feels like a very New York convention. What are the challenges of this market? What do diners expect from a New York steakhouse — and how do you deliver that?

It’s true. The steakhouse, or actually the ‘beefsteak’, has been a New York tradition since the 1800s. I think the challenges are numerous, but so are the successes. There are a ton of steakhouses in this town, so it’s about standing out, serving top quality beef, and providing the best service. My philosophy on steakhouses has always been different from the Luger format. I don’t want it to be a men’s club – I want it to be a place where men and women are both equally comfortable and the food goes beyond the beef — to really thoughtful, composed seafood dishes and hearty salads.

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Chicago 2015 Michelin-Starred Restaurants: Book a Table Today!

grace blgo Chicago 2015 Michelin Starred Restaurants: Book a Table Today!OpenTable is pleased to highlight the honorees in the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2015. Twenty-four restaurants are included, with two Chicago restaurant receiving the Michelin three-star level, the highest recognition in the culinary world, and three achieving two Michelin stars. Nineteen restaurants earned one Michelin star, including goosefoot and Moto.

Being included in the respected MICHELIN Guide is a sign of excellence and quality. In the U.S., Chicago is one of only three cities where Michelin publishes an annual guide. The others are New York and San Francisco. The MICHELIN Guide New York 2015 was published October 1, and the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2015 was released on November 12.

Congratulations to all the recipients, including:

Three Stars: Grace.

Two Stars: L20 and Sixteen.

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OpenTable Reviews Reveal #DinersChoice Top 100 Steakhouses in America — with Slideshow

In a nod to the long and rich history of the American steakhouse, we are pleased to honor the inaugural 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Steakhouses in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Including well-established meat meccas and newer steak restaurants, the complete list of award winners spans 32 states and Washington, D.C., and includes Bones in Atlanta, Killen’s Steakhouse in Pearland, Texas, and Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Las Vegas. Texas, the top beef producer in the nation, has the greatest number of winners with 15, followed by Ohio with seven winners. California, Florida, Louisiana, and North Carolina each boast six winning restaurants, while Georgia has five, and Arizona and Illinois have four apiece. Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin each count three honorees. Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington, respectively, have two award winners. Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia are also represented.

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Cheers to DC Cocktail Week, November 17-23

DC Cocktail Week Cheers to DC Cocktail Week, November 17 23Diners in our nation’s capital take their cocktails as seriously as their politics — so you can be sure D.C. Cocktail Week is going to be seriously delicious. From November 17-23, enjoy a specially crafted cocktail paired with a delightful amuse bouche for one price to whet your appetite before dinner! Participating restaurants include America Eats Tavern, FiolaFounding Farmers, Penn Commons, STK, Wildfire, and many more. Pairings include an autumn harvest Manhattan and a roasted pumpkin arancini with a savory apple compote (Bastille), a “La Volpe” with picoletto of stracciatella with heirloom beets, house made apple butter and roasted walnuts (Casa Luca), the “Smoke on the Water” with a serrano jack sushi plate (Farmers Fishers Bakers), and a Framboise Goose draft cocktail paired with coconut shrimp (Mama Rouge), among others.

Book a table to taste these one-of-a-kind creations and toast to Washington, D.C.’s booming cocktail culture. Make a reservation.

 

Dine Out for Heroes in NYC on November 5th

Dine Out for Heroes Dine Out for Heroes in NYC on November 5thThis Wednesday, you’re invited to Dine Out for Heroes at a participating restaurant in New York City. In support of The Bob Woodruff Foundation, restaurants will donate $1 per person to help support the long-term rehabilitation, education, employment and quality of life needs of injured veterans.

“We’ve always been so proud of Stand Up for Heroes, and I am looking forward to the inaugural year of Dine Out for Heroes. We have seen what can happen when a movement of generosity inspires thousands more to act, and we know the New York community will come together to salute our injured service members and their families yet again,” said Bob Woodruff, ABC News journalist who co-founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation after he was critically injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle while reporting from Iraq. The Bob Woodruff Foundation is a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that post-9/11 injured service members, veterans and their families thrive long after they return home.

Participating restaurants include All’Onda, Betony, Carbone, The Cecil, Le Bernardin, Locanda Verde, Nobu, Rotisserie Georgette, The Russian Tea Room, and many, many more. Book a table and do your part to support our returning injured veterans by dining out on November 5th.

November Restaurant Weeks: Save Before the Holidays!

CRW 2014 November Restaurant Weeks: Save Before the Holidays! The holidays are awesome because presents! Food! Family! Friends! And, did I mention cocktails? Unfortunately, the presents part can leave your piggy bank looking a bit lean. This is exactly why we adore dining discounts during November restaurant weeks! Discover where you can save while you share delicious meals with your favorite foodies in the weeks to come.

* We’re craving Cleveland Restaurant Week and tasty three-course dinners for just $33, November 3-15. Reserve now.

* Say “Aloha!” to Restaurant Week Hawaii. Take advantage of gourmet prix-fixe meals, November 17-23. Reserve now.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week has what you’re hungry for with $20.95 lunches and $29.95 dinners, November 3-16. Reserve now.

* Saving during Jersey Shore Restaurant Week is a sure thing. Enjoy $20.14 and $30.14 dinners, November 7-16. Reserve now.

Long Island Restaurant Week awaits with $27.95 three-course dinners, November 2-9. Reserve now.

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Congratulations to Chicago’s 2014 Jean Banchet Nominees

l20blog Congratulations to Chicagos 2014 Jean Banchet Nominees
A scallop dumpling with black truffle from nominated restaurant L20.

The nominees for Chicago’s prestigious Jean Banchet Awards were announced yesterday. Held annually, the awards acknowledge culinary excellence in the Windy City. The winners will be announced early next year, on January 30, at the 18th annual Grand Chefs Gala to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Congratulations to all the nominees, including:

Restaurant of the yearBokaL20, and Moto

Best new restaurant: Parachute, Salero, and TETE Charcuterie

Best neighborhood restaurant: A10 Hyde Park

Chef of the year: Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice, Thomas Lents of Sixteen, Chris Pandel of Balena and The Bristol, and Lee Wolen of Boka

Rising chef of the Year: Ashlee Aubin of Salero

Best chef de cuisine: Chris Marchino of Spiaggia, Ali Ratcliffe-Bauer of Brindille, John Vermiglio of A10 Hyde Park, and Erling Wu-Bower of Nico Osteria

Pastry chef of the year: Dana Cree  of Blackbird, Claire Crenshaw of Moto, Meg Galus of NoMI, and Greg Mosko of North Pond

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