Thanksgiving Day is all about the food. But if cooking isn't your thing, or you would rather leave it to the professionals, there are some amazing options for a family gathering that won't leave you with the dirty dishes. Start the day off with the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, then leave the work to someone else. Reservations are strongly encouraged for all of the following restaurants as many fill up in advance.
Bank and Bourbon—Center City
Meat lovers delight - this prix fixe dinner menu includes four meat options, so if turkey isn't your favorite, this may be your place!
First seating times are available from 11:30 AM–2:30 PM, followed by the second seating from 4:30–10:00 PM.
Cost: $$$ per person
This all-you-can-eat destination includes their usual Rodizio menu plus Thanksgiving favorites.
Serving from 12–9 PM
Cost: $$$ per person
City Tavern—Old City
In the mood to add a dash of history to your meal? Eat Thanksgiving like our four fathers, with costumed waiters who will serve a four-course meal, family-style. Reservations are taken by phone and require a credit card.
Serving all day;
Cost: $$$$ per person, children 12 under pricing available
Devon Seafood Grill—Rittenhouse
Thanksgiving favorites like roast turkey, cornbread, and sausage stuffing are on the menu for this three course meal. If you prefer something other than the traditional Thanksgiving fare, Devon's regular menu is also available.
Serving from 12–8 PM
Cost: Adults $$, children's pricing available
Fine Palate—Center City
Some of the highlights of this five-course meal include butternut squash soup, a family-style salad, and a rack of venison as a rare treat. Desserts are served family-style, as well, so you can still get second helpings.
Call for dining times and cost.
Fogo de Chao–Society Hill
A Fogo Churrasco is on the menu for this Thanksgiving meal which means indulgent bone-in cuts, as well as seasonal recipes that highlight the best of the best. Fogo de Chao is serving dinner options all day long (which means dinner prices all day).
Serving from 11 AM–9 PM
What better way to get exactly what you want for Thanksgiving than a holiday-themed buffet? I recommend wearing your extra-comfy/stretch pants for this one!
Seating from 11 AM–6:45 PM
Cost: $$$$$ per person
London Grille—Art Museum
Offering all the fixings you could possibly desire, the London Grill has a true Thanksgiving menu for the lover of sides. Expect tons of tasty offerings, including sautéed Brussels sprouts, green bean casserole, and streusel topped sweet potato casserole. Reservations are required.
Traditional Buffet Menu 2:00–7:00
Cost: $$ includes soup, buffet, dessert, children's prices are available
Do something really special this Thanksgiving - enjoy dining on the water, on the always festively lit Moshulu. This destination dinner includes a holiday-inspired three-course prix fixe dinner menu. Children's offerings are also available if your little one is just not that into Thanksgiving.
Serving from 12–8 PM
Cost: $$$ adults; children's menu available
Scarpetta signatures, like spaghetti tomato and basil, plus your Thanksgiving favorites. Who could ask for anything more?
Serving from 2–8 PM
Cost: $$$ for the pre-fix menu
Square 1682—Center City
Square has all your favorite Thanksgiving fixings, with a prix fixe meal that takes the guesswork out of ordering.
Serving from 3–9:30 PM
Cost: $$$ adults
The Twisted Tail—Society Hill
If you grew up in the South, the Twisted Tail might be the spot for you this Thanksgiving. Featuring family-style dining plus southern staples, it's almost just like home.
Serving from 12–10 PM. You can also pick up meals to go starting at 11 AM.
Cost: $$ per person; children's menu available
Brandywine Prime—West Chester
Known for their amazing steaks, this three-course Thanksgiving-themed menu will focus on seasonal options but also allow you to order from the á la carte steak menu, if you prefer to go for their standard fare.
Serving from 1:30–7:30 PM
Cost: $$ per person
Buca di Beppo–Exton
Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner plus Italian classics. Thanksgiving catering and to-go menus are also available from November 15-23.
Serving from 11 AM to closing
The Farmhouse Bistro at People’s Light—Malvern
Fill your belly with a super indulgent Thanksgiving buffet at this Malvern favorite.
Serving from 12:30–6 PM
Cost: $$ adults; children's pricing is available
The Kimberton Inn is going for the classics, with a traditional turkey as well as all your favorites from their regular menu.
Limited reservations are available
Holiday specialties plus classics from their regular menu means everyone in the family will be satisfied.
Serving a special menu 12–7 PM
Get dressed up for this country club-style Thanksgiving buffet at Tavola Restaurant.
Serving from 1–5 PM, Reservations are required.
Adults $$$, children's pricing available
Paramour at the Wayne Hotel—Wayne
A three-course meal with scallops and short rib as an alternative to turkey? Sign me up! The meal is a classic soup to entrée with a delightful dessert to finish.
Serving from 12-8 PM
Cost: $$$ per person; wine pairing available
Flemings Steakhouse – Radnor
A meal that features an amuse-bouche for the table to share sounds delightful! Expect this, plus all the trimmings of a classic Thanksgiving meal. A children's menu is also available.
Serving from 11AM to close
The Radnor Hotel—Wayne
Butternut squash bisque, roasted turkey or baked ham, candied yams, stuffing, and the house chocolate fountain are all on hand for this extravagant Thanksgiving buffet.
Served from 12-6 PM
Cost: $$ adults; children's pricing available
Blue Bell Inn—Blue Bell
Take your pick: A classic turkey, braised short rib, or even lobster ravioli! This meal is not to be missed.
The meal is served from 2–8 PM
Cost: $$ per adult, children's pricing available
Joseph Ambler Inn—North Wales
With a three-course dinner and special pricing for children, this Thanksgiving meal is sure to please the whole family.
Serving from 1-7 PM
Cost: $$ for adults; children's pricing available
Originally published in 2015, updated 2018 for current information. Photo courtesy of Sarah Ackerman via Flickr.