Pretty much everybody loves Thanksgiving, pretty much nobody loves doing the dishes. Spare you and your guests the schlep, the prep, the struggles, the stress, and the scrubbing by making a reservation to eat out. These 13 restaurants for Thanksgiving 2018 are serving up epic feasts that ensure you can all enjoy the day and each other without getting bogged down by any of the hassle. If you’re not near any of these spots or you can’t find availability, we can still help you find the right restaurant for a perfect Thanksgiving on OpenTable.com.
Travelle, Chicago, Illinois
The eats: The massive cuisine-spanning buffet features classics (herb butter basted roasted turkey, whipped Yukon potatoes, and charred Brussels sprouts tossed with lemon vinaigrette) alongside tacos and tamales, ramen, poke, and sushi. As if that weren’t enough, there are build-your-own crepes, cakes, cookies, and tarts for dessert.
The deets: $155 per adult; $50 per child aged 5-12 years old. 12-8PM.
Make a reservation at Travelle.
Trace, Austin, Texas
The eats: Adults choose from elevated fare, such as butternut squash and mushroom tart, prosciutto wrapped turkey, yuzu glazed pork shoulder, pecan pie, and pumpkin cake. The special kids’ menu includes turkey breast with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy, three cheese mac and cheese, and pumpkin pie cradled in hazelnut crust.
The deets: $60 per adult; $20 per child aged 12 and younger. 11AM-8PM.
Make a reservation at Trace.
Kiki on the River, Miami, Florida
The eats: Classics galore are on hand, including roasted turkey, roasted butternut squash with marshmallow brûlée, sautéed green beans with toasted almonds and dried cranberries, and pumpkin pie with Chantilly cream.
The deets: $49 per person. 5PM to close.
Make a reservation at Kiki on the River.
Dirty French, New York, New York
The eats: Start off with tuna tartare graced by house-made harissa before moving on to roasted turkey breast with braised leg, stuffing, pommes puree, cranberry sauce, pecan pie, and apple tart.
The deets: $98 per person.
Make a reservation at Dirty French.
Bourbon Steak, Washington, D.C.
The eats: The extravagant three-course features luxe items like caviar and Champagne carbonara, wood-roasted filet of rib with black truffles, roasted turkey with black pepper Madeira gravy, lobster pot pie, and the tri-layer Bourbon Bar featuring brownie, caramelia mousse, and peanut butter.
The deets: $120 per adult; $50 per child 12 and younger.
Make a reservation at Bourbon Steak.
RPM Steak, Chicago, Illinois
The eats: The four-course feast includes turkey two ways (roasted and fried), coal roasted king crab, chestnut stuffing, Japanese olive beef, pumpkin pie, roast pear tart, and the restaurant’s 14K chocolate cake.
The deets: $90 per adult, $40 per child. 11AM-8PM.
Make a reservation at RPM Steak.
Terra, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The eats: This wide-ranging buffet includes spiced butternut squash soup, salads galore, herbed turkey with giblet gravy and pear cranberry relish, beef Wellington, apple cider glazed bone-in ham, a slew of sides – garlic mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing pocked with chorizo, and sweet corn casserole – and traditional Thanksgiving desserts.
The deets: $99 per adult, $49.50 per child aged 6-12 years old. 12-6PM.
Make a reservation at Terra.
Equinox, Washington, D.C.
The eats: You can have some of the traditional fixings for this three-course dinner – like cider-beer brined turkey with sausage and chestnut stuffing – or you can have a plant-based meal featuring chestnut porcini soup, brûléed fig, and radicchio salad tossed with Creole mustard vinaigrette, bucatini lavished with smoked wild mushroom Bolognese, and vanilla-poached pear with spiced caramel.
The deets: $75 per person.
Make a reservation at Equinox.
Ancora, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The eats: Whether you’re an American in Van City or you like to celebrate Thanksgiving twice a year, a three-course extravaganza awaits. This skews non-traditional as executive chef Ricardo Valverde serves up mushroom bisque, Peruvian inspired arroz con pato (rice with duck) with huancaina (spicy cheese sauce), and carrot cake.
The deets: $59 per person, $48 for beverage pairings.
Make a reservation at Ancora.
Tavern on the Green, New York, New York
The eats: Your going to want to wear your stretchy pants. The four-course feast includes turkey with all the classic accouterments – mashed potatoes, sage and sausage stuffing, whipped sweet potato puree, and much more – and a trio of dessert choices: creamy pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate challah bread pudding, and caramelized apple crisp. There are separate menus for vegetarians and children.
The deets: $125 per adult, $65 per child aged 12 and younger.
Make a reservation at Tavern on the Green.
Muze, Washington, D.C.
The eats: This sprawling spread includes classic faves, like roast turkey with all the sides, as well as a dim sum station and a sushi station. Oh, yeah, and a ton of desserts, including their signature autumn cake enriched with cranberries, orange, and cinnamon.
The deets: $95 per adult, $45 per child. 12-4PM.
Make a reservation at Muze.
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Chicago, Illinois
The eats: You’ll feel like you’re at your grandparents’ house. Enjoy turkey slathered with pan gravy, stuffing, cheesy mashed potatoes, citrus cranberry relish, butternut squash with toasted marshmallow, and pumpkin chiffon pie.
The deets: $54.95 per adult, $27.95 for children ages 5-12, no charge for children under the age of 5. 12-7PM.
Make a reservation at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab.
Bastille, Alexandria, Virginia
The eats: Start with sweet potato bisque and foie gras terrine accompanied by honey-spice bread, move on to entrees like turkey breast with cornbread-winter root stuffing and short ribs braised in red wine-rosemary sauce, and finish with a pumpkin bar pumped up with rum-raisin ice cream, apple crumble doused with praline pecan sauce, and chocolate fudge cake with smoked caramel.
The deets: $65 per person. 12-7PM.
Make a reservation at Bastille.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Anjali Pinto (Joe’s).