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
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-midnight and serving a traditional a la carte turkey dinner. Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-720-5570.
13 Brattle St., Cambridge
Thanksgiving at the Beat Brasserie in Harvard Square will be served with a side of country, Americana and bluegrass music. The restaurant will be open from 11am-10pm on Thanksgiving with an a la carte menu and will even have a special Little Pilgrims meal 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 10:30am-3:30pm The fixed price meal is $110 for adults, $50 for children under 12, and children under three years old eat free. They are also serving Thanksgiving dinner from 3pm to 10pm at the Rowes Wharf Sea Grille which will be three courses for $65 for adults, $30 for children under 12, and children under three years old eat free. Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-748-1878.
250 Franklin St.
Cafe Fleuri inside The Langham 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 (includes one mimosa or non-alcoholic beverage), $45 per child ages five to 12, and children under five eat for free. Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-451-1900.
Davio's will be serving traditional turkey along with their Italian specialities. 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 noon-8pm The fixed price Thanksgiving meal is $59 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-7:30pm on Thanksgiving. The turkey dinner is $28.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids and prices vary for the other offerings. 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
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 serving up a three-course, fixed price meal. For $29 per person, you get soup or salad, turkey with all the fixings or cod with sides, plus two choices for dessert. Joe’s Waterfront will be open from 11am-midnight and Joe’s Newbury will be open from 7:30am-1am (breakfast will be served until noon). Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-536-4200 (Joe’s Newbury) or 617-367-8700 (Joe’s Waterfront).
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.
Enjoy fluffy Parker House rolls at the beautiful, historic place where they were invented. Photo courtesy of Parker's Restaurant
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 noon-2:30pm and a plated dinner from 5:30pm-10pm Both will feature turkey with all the sides and cost with the dinner pricing a la carte, and $79 for adults and $35 for children under 12 for brunch. Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-227-8600.
406 Stuart St.
Post 390 is serving an elegant three-course Thanksgiving meal complete with a pie and tart cart stocked with desserts like apple hand pies, pecan pie and pumpkin pie, so you can have all your favorites. This can be yours for $60 for adults and $20 for children during the restaurant’s Thanksgiving hours of noon-8pm. Reservations can be made online or by calling 617-399-0015.
Top image courtesy of Parker's Restaurant, where you can spend Thanksgiving in a historic setting.
Originally posted in 2016; updated for 2017