Thanksgiving Restaurant Reservations: Last-Minute Deals and Offers

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Thanksgiving is just two days away, but there’s still time to book a table for this Thursday. No matter what city you’re celebrating in, OpenTable can help you find a reservation!

You can visit our local and national Thanksgiving pages to find details on special menus, pricing, and additional offers. And, below, we’ve rounded up a sampling of offers, from value-driven to extravagant, as well those that are a bit different, to whet your appetite.

Atlanta:
A bit less: Hudson Grille Midtown — Don’t miss a family-style buffet for $19.95 per person featuring all your faves.
A bit morePark 75 — This Thanksgiving brunch buffet pairs Thanksgiving classics with seamless Four Seasons service at $86 per person.
A bit different: Kurt’s Bistro — Serving a Thanksgiving lunch buffet with a European twist: slow-roasted turkey breast, black angus roast beef, and roasted pork loin. $45 per person.

Baltimore:
A bit less: Valentino’s Restaurant – Serving Thanksgiving dinners for $13 with all the trimmings, featuring roasted turkey, leg of lamb, beef brisket, fresh ham, and more.
A bit more: Wit & Wisdom — Gather the family and celebrate Thanksgiving with a three-course fall feast. $65 adults and $32 children (12 and under).
A bit different: Della Note – Choose from a regular menu or a three-course Thanksgiving dinner at $32 per person, featuring a Champagne toast and live entertainment.

Boston:
A bit less: Aspire Seasonal Kitchen — Thanksgiving brunch is just $24.99 for adults, $12.99 for kids 4-12, and kids under 4 eat free.
A bit more: L’Espalier — Serving a Thanksgiving three-course, prix fixe menu for $90 or a six-course degustation for $115.
A bit different: Russell House Tavern – Don’t miss a locally inspired, $45 three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu, along with an optional $18 beer and/or wine pairing.

Chicago:
A bit less: Glen Prairie – Serving a turkey dinner and housemade pumpkin pie for $24.
A bit more: NoMI — Join Chef Ryan LaRoche in NoMI Kitchen for a spectacular Thanksgiving brunch buffet at $115 per person.
A bit different: Silk Asian Tavern – Featuring an Asian-inspired Thanksgiving Day brunch. Dishes include Chinese five spice-rubbed turkey with a miso gravy and much more. Just $22 per guest.

Dallas:
A bit less: Decanter Restaurant & Wine Bar – Their buffet brunch includes traditional and non-traditional items and omelette and carving stations for $18.95 per person.
A bit more: Charlie Palmer at The Joule – Serving a deliciously seasonal holiday meal prepared by a carefully-trained staff at $55 per person.
A bit different: Asador — Enjoy a local, three-course Thanksgiving meal featuring free-range turkey roulade with wild mushroom and apple  at $35 per guest.

Denver:
A bit less: Appaloosa Grill — $14 for a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day.
A bit more: Elway’s Downtown – A don’t-miss dinner buffet is $75 for adults and $39 for children.
A bit different: Randolph’s at The Warwick Denver Hotel — Enjoy Thanksgiving brunch in the ballroom with an amazing buffet selection, live entertainment, and complimentary valet parking. $39 adults and $31 seniors; kids 5 and under eat free.Continue Reading

Catching up with Antonia Lofaso + Fabio Viviani at Top Chef Kitchen by Bravo

Chefs Antonia Lofaso and Fabio Viviani mug for the camera before a busy dinner service at Top Chef Kitchen in New York.

This week at Top Chef Kitchen by Bravo in New York City, Top Chef alums Antonia Lofaso and Fabio Viviani are the featured chefs at the one-of-a-kind, four-course dining experience from Bravo’s Emmy®- and James Beard Award-winning television series, Top Chef. Viviani has two restaurants in Los Angeles, is opening a new restaurant in Chicago, and is scouting a location for another in Miami. When he’s not in one of his restaurants, he is filming his show Chow Ciao! on Yahoo! Lofaso owns Black Market in Studio City, California, and is opening a second as-yet-unnamed restaurant in March 2013 (although Viviani claims they do know the name and it is one he suggested). We caught up with them pre-service in Top Chef Kitchen, as Chef Lofaso was making ravioli for the evening’s dinner. 

Were you intimidated to cook for New York foodies?

FV: I’ve done a lot of private parties in New York, but I never cooked for a restaurant. I got kicked off Top Chef twice in New York, both seasons, so New York doesn’t faze me anymore.

Fabio, what was it like working with Antonia?

FV: We were on a season of Top Chef together, so I know she can be very difficult at times.

AL: That’s when I turn my head [away from him].

FV: I love her to pieces.

Were you excited to work with someone you were a little familiar with?

AL: With Fabio? For this? Yes! So many times when we do these events, it can feel like we’re being more competitive *after* the actual competition versus during. After [Top Chef], it’s more like, ‘Oh my god! What is everyone doing? Is my food better?’ Fabio is just so easy. Not easy in a sleeps-with-a-lot-of-women sort of a way.

FV: What?!

AL: I called you easy. [Pause] Actually, he may be easy in both senses of the word.

FV: I’m easy — easy to please.

AL: Yes, that’s for sure. He’s just sweet, and he’s all about good food, There’s no ‘I’m so much better than you’ air.

FV: It’s not about bragging rights. It’s about having fun! And making good food today! Even though my food is better.

You have created separate Top Chef Kitchen menus, but diners can mix and match. Was there a discussion ahead of time about how they would meld?

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Top Chef Seattle, Episode 2: You Again?

“The title of Top Chef will be mine. Oh yes, it will,” says Stephan.

The second episode of Top Chef Seattle brought the newest round of cheftestants into the storied Top Chef Kitchen, at last. Micah immediately went on the offensive, giving his fellow competitors something he referred to as the waterfall look. I’m not sure what that is, but does it mean he was crying? Anyway, their elation at finally setting foot in TCK was short-lived when they saw that they were going to be judged by former cast members Josie (season 2), CJ (season 3), and Stephan (season 5), all of whom are nice, although Stephan’s reputation from season 5 doesn’t always make that clear.

The QFC entails breaking off into groups of three to create a dish that highlights a local seafood. They have just 20 minutes to pull it off, and choices include crab, mussels, crawfish, razorfish clams, geoduck, and more. Turns out, though, that everyone seems to want the geoduck (which, IMO, has become far too ubiquitous). Let’s break it down…

Blue Team: Sheldon, Kuniko, and John create a geoduck sashimi with the coveted geoduck ,and dress it with ponzu, apple, and cucumber. The judges say it’s great but could use a bit of salt.

Yellow Team: Josh, Eliza, and Danyele serve a razor clam and grilled corn chowder with Fresno chile and grilled lime. The judges like the grilled lime, but call the dish under-salted.

Lizzie tries to explain to Carla that she does not, in fact, have a barrette she can borrow for her bangs.

Gray Team: Bart, Jeffrey, and Brooke make crawfish with pickled red chile, fennel, and crawfish cream. The judges like it, but call it a little bit “old school.”

Green Team: Kristen, Mica, and Tyler present a study in contrasts, with a fried and sashimi geoduck with radish, bok choy salad, and yuzu chili vinaigrette. It’s a hit, except that the sashimi isn’t shimi’d enough. Or, thin enough for those of you who can’t crack my code.

Orange Team: Carla, Chrissy, and Lizzie prepare an oven-roasted crawfish with fennel and herb salad. Lizzie thinks it’s messy, and the judges think it needs more acid (which, it would appear, that Carla took before entering TCK. I kid!).

Least Favorite Dish: The Yellow Team’s razor clam soup. It’s “weak” and “underseasoned.”

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“Our Table Is Yours, Thanksgiving Dinner” For Hurricane Sandy Relief

Show your support to those affected by Hurricane Sandy by making a donation to Food Bank For New York City’s Hurricane Sandy emergency relief efforts using the link below.

OpenTable is proud to support “Our Table Is Yours,” a special Thanksgiving Dinner for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, hosted by Food Network, Cooking Channel,and Southern Wine & Spirits of America. More than 1,000 New York City seniors and families who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy will get a brief reprieve from the effects of the storm at Cipriani Wall Street®, which will open their doors on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, to 1,000 invited guests who will be served Thanksgiving Day-style meals.

Guests will be transported to Cipriani Wall Street® for two holiday servings at 12PM and 4PM. Each invited guest will also receive a prepared meal to take home, information on vital benefits, and gift cards from various retailers to purchase essential items. In addition to dining on delicious food, guests will also enjoy support from Food Network and Cooking Channel personalities as well as other special guests.

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