Let someone else prepare the turkey! Enjoy Thanksgiving at Boston Harbor Hotel's Meritage Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the hotel
Let someone else prepare the turkey! Enjoy Thanksgiving at Boston Harbor Hotel's Meritage Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the hotel

Boston Restaurants for Thanksgiving: Hosting All That Family Without Messing Up Your House

Thanksgiving is all about food and family, two of our favorite things. And while we love cooking a big meal, we also love when someone else does it for us … especially the clean-up! Going out to eat on Thanksgiving isn’t exactly traditional, but with a little help from some of Boston’s best restaurants, you can have a holiday that’s delicious, relaxing, and memorable. We rounded up 10 local spots that are serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal fit for the whole family so you can have a fun and festive holiday without all the mess and stress.

Anthem Kitchen + Bar—Boston
If you’re looking for an extra festive setting for your Thanksgiving meal, look no further than Anthem Kitchen + Bar, which has a front-row seat to the Blink! light and sound extravaganza. The restaurant will be open from 11am-11pm and serving a traditional a la carte turkey dinner in addition to its full menu. Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-720-5570.

Aura at the Seaport Hotel—Boston 
There's a full buffet of both brunch favorites and holiday classics at the Seaport Hotel's spacious restaurant. Kids will love the chocolate fountain at the dessert buffet! Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-385-4304.

Beat Brew Hall—Cambridge
Thanksgiving at the Beat Brew Hall in Harvard Square will be served with a side of upbeat live music. The restaurant will be open from 11am-9pm on Thanksgiving with a traditional three-course meal for $59 for adults and a special a la carte that caters specifically to the youngest diners. Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-499-0001.

Boston Harbor Hotel—Boston
The Boston Harbor Hotel is serving a Thanksgiving brunch in The Atlantic Room that features all the traditional holiday dishes along with breakfast favorites, so you can have the best of both. Brunch with live jazz music is being served from 11am-3pm. Reservations can be made online or by calling the hotel directly at 617-439-7000. The hotel's Meritage ​restaurant is serving Thanksgiving dinner; reservations can be made online or by calling 617-439-3995. 

Davio's will be serving traditional turkey along with their Italian specialties. Photo by Felicia Perretti courtesy of Davio's

Davio’s—Boston, Chestnut Hill
An Italian steakhouse might not be your first thought for where to spend Thanksgiving, but Davio’s will be adding turkey with all the trimmings to its menu in honor of the holiday. The restaurant will be open from 11am-8pm. And if you're sad you'll be missing out on leftovers by dining out, Davio's has you covered. For an additional $13, you can bring home their Tomorrow's Turkey Sandwich to snack on the day after Thanksgiving! Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-357-4810.

Eastern Standard—Boston
The whole family can enjoy an elegant yet relaxed Thanksgiving meal at Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square this year. The restaurant will be open at 7am for breakfast, with the holiday meal being served from 1pm-8pm. Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-532-9100.

Henrietta's Table—Cambridge
The Harvard Square institution that is Henrietta's Table combines elegance and coziness for a completely unique dining experience. Join them on Thanksgiving for a buffet featuring all the holiday classics, plus many New England specialties. Seating is available from noon-8pm. Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-661-5005.

Joe’s American Bar & Grill—Boston
Both of the Joe’s American Bar & Grill Boston locations will be open on Thanksgiving this year for all of your holiday dining needs. The details for 2019 are still in the works, but in the past, Joe's has offered a special three-course, fixed price meal that's affordable and tasty. Joe’s Waterfront will be open from 11am-8pm and Joe’s Newbury will be open from 7:30am-12am (breakfast will be served in the morning). Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-536-4200 (Joe’s Newbury) or 617-367-8700 (Joe’s Waterfront).

Enjoy fluffy Parker House rolls at the beautiful, historic place where they were invented. Photo courtesy of Parker's Restaurant

Legal Seafood—multiple locations
Rumor has it that seafood was featured at the first Thanksgiving, so Legal Seafoods will be offering fish dishes alongside a traditional turkey dinner to celebrate the holiday. Each restaurant has its own opening hours and holiday specials. Reservations can be made online or by calling a restaurant individually.

Parker’s Restaurant—Boston
Spend Thanksgiving at one of Boston’s most iconic dining establishments, Parker’s Restaurant, where the Boston Cream Pie and Parker House Rolls were invented. There are two Thanksgiving dining options at Parker’s: a buffet from 11am-2:30pm and a plated dinner from 5:30pm-10pm Both will feature turkey with all the sides. Reservations can be made by calling 617-305-1898.

Bristol Restaurant and Bar—Boston
If you feel like splurging for the holiday, Bristol Restaurant and Bar located in the Four Seasons Hotel is the place to do it. This year they are offering two over the top buffet-style meals on Thanksgiving Day. Choose between a brunch buffet from 9am-11:30am or a lunch/dinner buffet from 11:30am-8pm. If you don't feel like cooking or dining out, this restaurant is also offering a takeout option. Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-351-2037.

Originally posted in 2016

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