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 11 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
South Market Building, Faneuil Hall
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.
Beat Brew Hall
13 Brattle St., 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 an a traditional three-course meal for $55 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
70 Rowes Wharf
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-4pm. The fixed price meal is $110 for adults, $50 for children under 12, and children under 3 years old eat free. The hotel's Meritage restaurant is serving Thanksgiving dinner from 4pm-9pm for $125 for adults (four courses) with an a la carte children's menu for those 12 and under. The hotel's Sea Grille will be serving a Thanksgiving buffet brunch from 10am-3pm for $65 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under as well as a three-course Thanksgiving dinner from 4pm-10pm for $65 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under. Reservations can be made by calling 617-748-1878.
Davio's will be serving traditional turkey along with their Italian specialties. Photo by Felicia Perretti courtesy of Davio's
75 Arlington St.
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 The fixed price Thanksgiving meal is $75 for adults and $23 for kids under 12, plus $12 for dessert. Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-357-4810.
340 Faneuil Hall
If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving meal with a side of history, Durgin-Park, which has been feeding hungry Bostonians for more than a century, is the place to go. The restaurant will be serving a traditional holiday meal plus its regular menu from noon-8pm on Thanksgiving. The turkey dinner is $30.95 for adults with a special children's portion available. Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-227-2038.
Durgin-Park's tasty Thanksgiving dinner is under $15 for kids. Photo courtesy of Durgin-Park Restaurant
528 Commonwealth Ave.
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. Details for 2018 are still being finalized, but in the past, Eastern Standard has offered a three-course meal of traditional offerings alongside items like stuffed lobster and strip steaks. Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-532-9100.
1 Bennett St., 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 and the meal is $95 for adults, $47.50 for children 5-12 and free for kids under 5. Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-661-5005.
Joe’s American Bar & Grill
181 Newbury St. and 100 Atlantic Ave.
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 2018 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
Various locations in and around Boston
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. The fixed price Thanksgiving meal is $24.95 for adults and $8.95 for kids 12 and under. Each restaurant has its own opening hours and holiday specials. Reservations can be made online or by calling a restaurant individually.
60 School St.
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. The brunch is $79 for adults, $35 for children 6-12 and free for children five and under. Pricing for the dinner is $65 for adults, $30 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-305-1898.
Save room for the Chocolate Bar at Cafe Fleuri. Photo courtesy of the Langham Hotel
The Langham, Boston
250 Franklin St.
Cafe Fleuri inside The Langham, Boston will be serving a version of its City Brunch buffet with all the classic Turkey Day dishes, traditional breakfast foods and extras like pasta and carving stations. The restaurant is open from 11am-5:30pm on Thanksgiving. The buffet is $110 for adults, $45 per child ages five to 12, and children under five eat for free. Also inside The Langham, Boston, BOND will be serving a four-course Thanksgiving dinner from 5pm-10pm. The pricing is $75 for adults, $55 for children 5-12 and free for children under 5. Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-451-1900.
Originally posted in 2016; updated in 2017 and 2018.