Thanksgiving 2014 Date: Thursday, November 27
Boston Thanksgiving dinner choices get better every year!
There's no easy answer to the question, "Where is the best place to eat Thanksgiving dinner in Boston?" - it all depends on what you like.
If you're planning Boston travel over Thanksgiving, you may staying at one of the many Boston hotels serving Thanksgiving dinner - be sure to check for special packages including dinner and perhaps other goodies such as tickets or discounts.
Additionally, many other Boston restaurants serve Thanksgiving dinner, offering everything from fancy sit-down dinners to more lavish Thanksgiving buffets featuring tons of traditional as well as innovative choices.
With top Boston restaurants and our talented chefs competing to see who can offer the best feast, you'll find plenty of choices!
Most important tip: Make your reservations EARLY!!!
Note: Cost information on this page is for last Thanksgiving - look for updates closer to Thanksgiving 2014.
Most of our hotels serve Thanksgiving dinner. Many Boston families have a long tradition celebrating Thanksgiving by dining out, so don't be surprised if you see as many locals as tourists. This also explains why you need to make reservations well in advance - there's lots of competition for tables.
Like many other Boston restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner, hotel restaurants typically offer a prix-fixe menu for this meal, although usually with plenty of choices - often in the form of sumptuous buffets.
At the elegant Langham Hotel, you can enjoy a lavish Thanksgiving Day brunch at Cafe Fleuri ($77 per adult, $36 for children 5-12, 4 and under complimentary) at 11am, 11:30am, 12 noon, 1:30pm, 2pm, and 4pm (617-451-1900 for reservations).
Bountiful choices include cider-glazed urkey, prime ribs, juniper roasted venison, Atlantic salmon, and many more wonderful offerings at the Thanksgiving, Carvery, and Seafood tables; a bevy of traditional and innovative side dishes; and an array of pies, cobblers, tortes, tarts, and more. Adults can enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or mimosa with their dinner.
Location: 250 Franklin St, Boston's Financial District. Hotel Reservations: Reviews and Rates
Artisan Bistro's Chef Andrew Yeo specializes upscale bistro fare prepared from fresh local ingredients, so it's no surprise that Thanksgiving brunch features carving stations with roast turkey and prime rib plus plenty of fresh New England seafood.
A family-friendly approach means kid-friendly favorites, plus fun dessert decorating stations. The whole family will enjoy the live music!
Available from 12noon - 3:30pm ($98 per adult; $48 per child). Location: 10 Avery Street, Theatre District. Dinner reservations: 617-574-7176. Stay: Hotel Rates & Reservations
Even though Beacon Hill Bistro is part of Beacon Hill Hotel, it enjoys national fame for its cuisine while remaining a neighborhood favorite - quite a feat to pull off!
Chef Joshua Lewin will offer a delicious 3-course prix fixe menu featuring many delicious selections such as local oyster stew, free-range turkey roulade with save and chestnut dressing, juniper-brined ham, Maine salmon, and braised local lamb from 1pm - 10pm ($61 per person; optional wine pairing $29). Location: 25 Charles Street, Beacon Hill. Dinner reservations: 617-723-7575. Hotel reservations: Reviews and Rates
The Seaport Hotel's Aura Restaurant offers a wonderful Thanksgiving brunch featuring a huge range of options - everything from eggs benedict to roast turkey breast with cranberry sauce plus all the traditional accompaniments.
Or try Chef Rachel Klein's non-traditional grilled salmon or cranberry "cassoulet" with turkey leg and thigh.
Of course, kids may skip all of this and head right to the macaroni and cheese!
A huge dessert buffet with a chocolate fountain rounds out the feast.
By the time you've finished this memorable meal, you'll be giving thanks for Chef Klein's great Boston Thanksgiving cuisine!
11am - 3pm ($71 adults, $25 kids 7-14, children under 6 free). Location: One Seaport Lane, South Boston Waterfront ; Dinner reservations: 617-385-4300. Hotel: Compare reviews & Rates | Check for special packages on Seaport Hotel website
Enjoy a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner at popular French restaurant, Brasserie Jo at the Colonnade Hotel across from Prudential Center, or order the French version featuring slow-roassted turkey breast and turkey leg confit. American or French turkey entree ($25-26) with all the sides, soup ($6), and dessert ($7).
Location: 120 Huntington Ave, Back Bay. Dinner reservations: 617-425-3240. Hotel reservations: Rates and Review
Note: This information is for last year - check back closer to Thanksgiving for 2013 updates.
Celebrate the Thanksgiving Harvest Season at North 26 throughout November with the $26 Chef's Choice 3-course dinner. On Thanksgiving Day, North 26 offers a delicious buffet from 12 noon - 5pm ($35 adults, $20 children). Location: 26 North Street, Historic Downtown Boston. Dinner reservations: 617-557-3640. Hotel reservations: Reviews and Rates
In addition to hotel restaurants, many other Boston restaurants serve Thanksgiving dinner, and the numbers seem to grow each year.
A number of Boston restaurants offer only a prix-fixe menu, usually with a couple of main course options in addition to roast turkey.
Wine pairings may also be available; if so, they can be a great deal.
Located in a Beacon Hill mansion upstairs from the original Cheers, Hampshire House offers special occasion dining only - including a sublime Thanksgiving Dinner. The special 3-course prix-fixe menu includes your choice of a first course, main course including roast turkey, oven-roasted salmon and halibut, and grilled beef tenderloin with shrimp, and of course your choice of a traditional dessert. 12 noon - 6pm ($55 per person). Location: 84 Beacon Street, Beacon Hill. Dinner reservations: 617-227-9600
For more Thanksgiving options, check out Hampshire House's sister restaurant, 75 Chestnut
Davio's is where to go for flavorful free-range organic roasted turkey from Vermont, with all the traditional veggies, challah bread herb stuffing, homemade gravy, and cranberry apple chutney. Best of all, you can get a turkey sandwich on your way out to enjoy on Friday. 12 noon - 8pm ($45 adults, $13 children under 12, $10 desserts, $12 turkey sandwich to go). Locations 75 Arlington Street, Back Bay; 236 Patriot Place (next to Gillette Stadium) in Foxborough Dinner reservations: 617-357-4810 (Boston); 508-772-7730 (Foxborough)
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Legal Seafood offers both traditional roast turkey or slow-roasted turkey breast with a special sausage stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner - but perhaps even better, you can also opt for stuffed lobster - or any of their other regular delicious offerings. 12 noon - 8pm in most Boston locations - check when you make reservations.
Boston and Cambridge locations and reservations:
- Legal Harborside: 270 Northern Ave, South Boston Waterfront, 617-477-2900
- Long Wharf: 255 State Street, Downtown Waterfront, 617-742-5300
- Park Square: 26 Park Plaza, Park Square, Boston, 617-426-4444
- Prudential Center, Back Bay, Boston, 800 Boylston St, 617-266-6800
- Charles Square: 20 University Road at the Charles Hotel, Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-491-9400
- Kendall Square, 5 Cambridge Center, Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-864-3400
Panoramic Boston views from the 52nd floor of Prudential Center provide a sensational backdrop for Top of the Hub's Thanksgiving dinner.
The 4-course prix-fixe menu offers four entree selections, including traditional roasted turkey, sweet potatoes, and dressing, but the hazelnet-crusted salmon, smoked rib eye, and slow-roasted pork loin sound equally tempting.
11am - 8pm, with live jazz from 4pm - 8pm ($62 adult, $25 children). Location: 52nd floor, Prudential Tower, 800 Boylston Street; Back Bay.
Dinner reservations: 617-536-1775 More about Top of the Hub
Photo courtesy of May Wong
In keeping with L'Espalier's usual fine cuisine, the special 4-course Thanksgiving feast (including a vegetarian option) will be a meal to remember forever. In addition to roasted free range Vermont turkey with special gravy and stuffing, you can choose other main course options (including vegetarian), along with superb choices for all other courses, all with special gourmet flourishes. At $85 per person, this meal is actually a bargain; optional wine pairings will add to your pleasure. 1pm - 8pm. Location: 774 Boylston St, Back Bay. Dinner reservations: 617-262-3023
The Cafe at Taj Boston's 3-course Thanksgiving dinner for $80/person lets you choose an appetizer, entrée and dessert.
For appetizers, choose from wild mushroom soup with truffle essence and shaved cured duck . . . sweet potato gnocci with spinach, prosciutto, and butternut squash coulis . . . baby lettuce with chevre, truffles, and white balsamic vinaigrette.
For your entrée, you can select apple cider-brined turkey with mushroom chestnut stuffing and onion sage gravy, lemon glazed grilled salmon with potato fennel puree, a vegetable medley, or grilled beef tenderloin with gratin potatoes and huckleberry juice.
And for dessert, start dreaming now about pumpkin cheesecake with a ginger spice crust or maple pecan tart with rum ice cream and chocolate sauce.
This is the perfect way to jump-start your holiday shopping on Newbury Street on Friday . . . or just enjoy a relaxing, stress-free holiday weekend. Hours: 12 noon - 9pm ($80 per person); Location: 15 Arlington Street, Back Bay, Boston; Reservations: 617-536-5700
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Thanksgiving dinner at The Beehive offers lots of traditional and innovative Thanksgiving choices, with plenty of delicious meat-free options for vegetarians.
This South End "cafe des artistes" offers an a la carte Thanksgiving menu so that you can mix and match to please your palate. For the main course, choose from roasted farm raised turkey with mushroom brioche stuffing, prime rib with parsnip mashed potatoes, grilled wild Alaskan salmon, Moroccan Couscous (chicken/lamb or vegetarian) and a vegetarian Thanksgiving plate.
In keeping with The Beehive's tradition of featuring local musicians, enjoy live jazz featuring female vocalists from noon - 1pm.
Hours: 1pm - 10pm, with a closing time of 2:30am. (Appetizers, not including raw bar $10-15; main course choices $21-30; children's items $8-12). Location: 541 Tremont Street, South End. Dinner reservations: 617-423-0069
Deuxave brings its contemporary American Nouveau Cuisine to traditional turkey to showcase local ingredients in a special 3-course holiday meal. 11am - 8pm ($75 per person; children's menu available). Location: 371 Commonwealth Ave. Dinner reservations: 617-517-5915
Thanksgiving dinner at 75 Chestnut, a cozy slightly-off-the-beaten path neighborhood spot in Boston's Beacon Hill, will remind you of the delicious down-home meal that your mom might have made - if your mother is an accomplished chef.
You'll start with pumpkin bisque topped with roasted pecans and chevre. Next comes the oven-roasted turkey - traditional enough until you taste the fabulous walnut stuffing, giblet gravy, and cranberry orange sauce. Garlic mashed potatoes, butternut squash puree, and string beans with julienned veggies round out the main course.
Finish with your choice of desserts - apple and cranberry cobbler with cinnamon gelato, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and rum raisin pudding decked out with fresh berries and chocolate sauce. 12 noon - 6pm ($55 per person). Location: 75 Chestnut Street, Beacon Hill. Dinner reservations: 617-227-2175 - call after 5.
For more Thanksgiving options, check out 75 Chestnut's sister restaurant, Hampshire House
Boston Thanksgiving buffet dinners attract lots of enthusiastic diners. Savor a slice of turkey for the sake of tradition, and then move on to other offerings like prime rib and seafood.
Thanksgiving buffets in Boston tend to be especially lavish, and are a holiday tradition for a lot of local families.
Omni Parker House Hotel in Downtown Boston, home to Parker's Restaurant offers a lavish 3-course Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet, with 2 seatings: 12 noon and 2:30pm.
Creative starters, entree choices of slow roasted turkey with herb stuffing, glazed ham, herb-crusted sirloin, and pan-seared salmon, and pumpkin ravioli with sage-brown butter sauce - plus plenty of traditional accompaniments - roasted autumn veggies, glazed sweet potatoes, creamed onions, and garlic mashed potatoes.
The mouth-watering dessert buffet includes pies and pastries, petite fours, apple cranberry crisp. Be sure to try the famous Boston Cream Pie, invented here.
Brunch seatings at 12 noon and 2:30 pm (Adults $52; children 12 and under $19). Location: 60 School Street, Historic Downtown Boston. Dinner reservations: 617-725-1660. Hotel reservations: Check rates
When you stay 3 nights or more over the Boston Thanksgiving weekend period, you get Thanksgiving for free!
Use special package discount code THANKS11 in the Special Request line when making your reservations. To get this discount, reserve through the hotel's website. But be sure to also check rates and reviews through discounters to make sure you're getting the best deal! Althought the Midtown doesn't have its own restaurant, walk down the block to Brasserie Jo's, or across the street to Top of the Hub at Prudential Center.
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Maybe you simply forgot to make Thanksgiving reservations . . . or you didn't realize frozen turkeys must be thawed days in advance . . . or you popped your beautiful bird into the oven but accidently hit "clean" instead of "bake" (note to self: no more wine while cooking).
Or maybe you simply loathe turkey. Or cringe at the thought of cooking all day on a "holiday." Or you just want a change of scenery...one that doesn't involve anything "traditional."
You can still have a fabulous, easy meal. Head to Boston's Chinatown, the area of Downtown more or less bordered by Hudson Street/Surface road to the east, Downtown Crossing to the north, Washington Street to the west, and Kneeland Street to the south.
Basically, you can pick any of the Chinese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, or other Asian restaurants in the neighborhood and celebrate Thanksgiving with a delicious non-turkey meal. Order from the extensive menus - or order off-menu by simply asking the waiter, "What's good, what's fresh today?" to try the chef's choice.
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Please note that meal prices on this page do not include taxes, tips, or beverages. Furthermore, prices can (and do!) change without our knowledge, so please confirm costs when making reservations if this is an area of concern.
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