Boston Thanksgiving dinner restaurant menus range from traditional to innovative, but sumptuous feasts rule the day.
Thanksgiving 2017 Date: Thursday, November 23
If you are visiting Boston and plan to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in one of our wonderful restaurants, keep in mind that many Boston families have a long tradition of dining out on this day.
Therefore, be sure to make your reservations EARLY!
If you are staying at one of the many Boston hotels serving Thanksgiving dinner, 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.
You will typically find that most Thanksgiving menus are prix-fixe, meaning that you will pay a set price, with perhaps a lower rate offered for children.
Some restaurants offer wine pairings as an option - very often, a great deal.
Please note: Cost and menu information on this page can change without notice, so confirm details when you make your dinner reservation.
Please note: We are still updating many of the details for 2017, but for those we haven't updated yet (no date shown), you can generally expect choices similar to last year but perhaps with small price increases.
Thanksgiving Brunch & Dinner at Boston Harbor Hotel's Meritage, Atlantic Room, and Rowes Wharf Sea Grille - 2017
Boston Harbor Hotel offers Thanksgiving brunch and dinner in 3 different venues and at 4 different price points.
For Thanksgiving Day Brunch, choose the "Feast" in the Atlantic Room accompanied by a jazz quartet from 10:30am-3:30pm, $110 adults, $50 children or Brunch at Rowes Wharf Sea Grill from 10am-2pm, $65 adults, $30 children (regular Breakfast also available in Wharf Sea Grill from 7am -10am, $30 adults, $14 children).
For Thanksgiving dinner, BHH offers a special 4-course prix-fixe experience at Meritage from 4pm-9pm, $125 per adult or $195 with wine pairing - the specialty of internationally-renowned Chef Daniel Bruce. Or, you can choose the $65 per adult, $30 children prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner at Rowes Wharf Sea Grille from 3pm-10pm.
(Note - for all options, "children" means age 12 and under.)
Location: 70 Rowes Wharf, Downtown Waterfront | Dinner reservations: www.bhh.com/dining for menus and reservations | Stay: Hotel Rates & Reservations
Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at Taj Boston
Taj Boston's lavish Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu presents you with a wonderful array of mouth-watering options for a 3-course dinner in its elegant Cafe.
You can choose traditional roast turkey rubbed with sea salt and rosemary, with mushroom and chestnut stuffing and gravy, grilled Scottish salmon, prime rib roast, or fall vegetable Wellington. Starters and desserts round out the meal.
Staying at the Taj is the perfect way to jump-start your holiday shopping on nearby Newbury Street on Friday . . . or just enjoy a relaxing, stress-free holiday weekend. Seatings: 11:00-11:30am, 1:30-2:00pm ($85 per adult, $42/child) | Location: 15 Arlington Street, Back Bay, Boston | Reservations: 617-536-5700 | Stay: Hotel rates & reservations
Precinct Kitchen + Bar at Loews Boston Hotel
Precinct Kitchen + Bar serves a special Thanksgiving dinner from 12 noon to 6:30pm ($64 per adult, $25/child) in its sophisticated dining space at Loews Boston Hotel, former home to the the Boston Police headquarters.
Buffet-style appetizers include traditional favorites such as a smoked seafood and raw bar, local cheeses and charcuterie, salads, and lobster bisque soup.
Dinner will be served to you at your table. You can choose from sage-crusted roast turkey, pineapple-glazed ham, black steel seared salmon, or peppercorn-crusted prime rib, all with special garnishes, and accompanied by traditional side dishes.
An assortment of individual holiday pastries and desserts, also served buffet style, will complete this wonderful meal.
Location: 154 Berkeley Street, Back Bay, Boston | Reservations: 617-532-3827 | Stay: Rates & Reservations
Parker's Restaurant Thanksgiving Buffet at Omni Parker House Hotel
Parker's Restaurant, original creator of Parker House rolls and Boston cream pie, offers a lavish Thanksgiving Buffet (including vegetarian options) with seatings at 5:30pm to 10pm. ($60 per adult; $30 per child 12 and under).
Creative starters, plus entree choices of slow roasted turkey with herb stuffing, glazed ham, herb-crusted sirloin, and ricotta cavatelli - plus plenty of traditional accompaniments. End your feast with Boston cream pie, pecan pie, or other desserts.
Millennium Bostonian Hotel's North 26 - Thanksgiving Prix-Fixe Dinner
On Thanksgiving Day, North 26 offers two wonderful Thanksgiving options: a 3-course prix-fixe menu ($58 per adult, $51 with Military ID, and $19 for children 15 and under) with traditional and creative choices from 12noon - 6pm, or an a la carte Thanksgiving menu from 6pm - 10pm. (Depending on your selections, your total tab per person for three courses will probably be about the same as the adult cost for the prix-fixe menu earlier in the day.)
Beacon Hill Bistro at Beacon Hill Hotel
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!
Executive Chef Daniel Gurshwill offer a delicious 3-course prix-fixe family-style Thanksgiving feast. Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with favorite sides such as acorn squash, green bean casserole, and smashed potatoes, followed by yummy desserts. 1pm - 10pm ($51 per person; optional wine pairing additional). Location: 25 Charles Street, Beacon Hill. Dinner reservations: 617-723-7575. Hotel reservations: Reviews and Rates (look for the Thanksgiving package)
Boston Thanksgiving at Seaport Hotel
The Seaport Hotel offers a wonderful Thanksgiving brunch buffet with a huge number of wonderful choices - everything from French toast to a raw bar to roast turkey breast with cornbread stuffing and cranberry sauce plus all the traditional accompaniments.
An array of specialty pies and cakes as well as a chocolate fountain rounds out the feast.
The Lance Houston Jazz Quartet provides live entertainment.
Brasserie Jo at The Colonnade - Thanksgiving Dinner with French Flavors
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-roasted turkey breast and turkey leg confit.
American or French turkey entree ($29-$30) with all the sides, bisque ($7), and dessert ($7).
Location: 120 Huntington Ave, Back Bay. Dinner reservations: 617-425-3240. Hotel reservations: Rates and Review
Cafe Fleuri at the Langham Hotel
At the elegant Langham Hotel, you can enjoy a lavish Thanksgiving Day brunch at Cafe Fleuri ($110 per adult, $45 for children 5-12, 4 and under complimentary) at 11am, 11:30am, 12 noon, 1:30pm, 2pm, 3:45pm and 4pm (617-451-1900 for reservations).
Cafe Fleuri is know for its lavish Thanksgiving buffets offering a wide range of traditional and innovative Thanksgiving specialties at the Thanksgiving, Carvery, and Seafood buffet stations. You'll enjoy live music with your meal, and adults receive a complimentary mimosa.
Location: 250 Franklin St, Boston's Financial District. Hotel Reservations: Reviews and Rates
Boston Thanksgiving Dinner at 75 Chestnut , 75 Liberty Wharf & Hampshire House - 2017
Whether you choose to dine on Thanksgiving at 75 Chestnut, a delightfully cosy slightly-off-the-beaten path neighborhood spot in Boston's Beacon Hill, glittering 75 on Liberty Wharf in Seaport, or special occasion-only Hampshire House located in a Beacon Hill mansion upstairs from the original Cheers, you'll enjoy an elegant 3-course meal superbly prepared.
The special prix-fixe menu includes your choice of a first course, a main course, and a traditional dessert.
You'll start with pumpkin bisque topped with roasted pecans and chevre, or an autumn salad. 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. Alternately, you could choose the char-grilled Atlantic salmon filet, or filet mignon, both accompanied by several mouth-watering sides.
Finish with your choice of desserts - apple and cranberry crumble tart, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, pumpkin cinnamon cheese cake, and a pecan triangle.
11:30am - 6:30pm ($75 per person). 75 Liberty: 75 Chestnut Street, Beacon Hill; http://75chestnut.com; 75 Liberty Wharf: 220 Northern Ave, South Boston Waterfront, 75onlibertywharf.com; Hampshire House: 84 Beacon Street, Beacon Hill; www.hampshirehouse.com
Deuxave's Thanksgiving Dinner - 2017
Deuxave Chef/Owner Christopher Coombs presents a traditional Thanksgiving feast with modern French touches showcasing local ingredients in a special 3-course holiday meal. Deuxave is known for its beautiful food presentations and elegant dining room.
Choose from dishes such as spiced heirloom pumpkin soup with Scituate lobster, chestnuts, and pancetta; pavé of duck comfit with frisée and petit mustard greens; "turducken" with turkey breast, duck rillettes, chicken boudin; slow-roasted salmon; pumpkin cheesecake with salted white chocolate caramel sauce; apple galette with date purée, and Poire Williams glace. (menu to be confirmed for 2017)
Noon - 8pm ($89 plus $40 for optional wine pairing per person ; children 12 and under $25 (children's price to be confirmed for 2017); credit card required to hold reservation with 48-hour cancellation policy of 50%).
Location: 371 Commonwealth Ave. Dinner reservations: 617-517-5915
The Merchant - Choose Prix-Fixe or a la Carte
American brasserie The Merchant (60 Franklin Street in Downtown Crossing) lets you choose from a prix-fixe 3 course Thanksgiving menu.
You'll feast on roast turkey dinner with traditional accompaniments, and plenty of other options such as butternut squash risotto. Finish your a memorable holiday dinner with apple crisp.
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Beat Brasserie - Cambridge
For Thanksgiving, Beat Brasserie offers an eclectic array of choices plus live country, bluegrass, and Americana music all day and night. If you're looking for something a little different, but still traditional, for Thanksgiving this year, look no farther.
The menu features several main dishes - roast organic turkey, prime rib, Maine sole, roasted lamb shoulder, wild Alaskan salmon, seared Cape scollops, stuffed baked lobster, vegan options, and an Aztec Thanksgiving Bowl with sides, ranging from $29 (for the Aztec Bowl to $44.
You can add starters such as lobster bisque and fried calamari. Desserts include pecan pie, pumpkin pie, apple tart, and flourless chocolate cake, all with a la carte pricing.
Kids' options for 10 year olds and under range from $15-$20.
Location: 13 Brattle Street, Cambridge. Reservations strongly recommended: 617-499-0001
Bistro du Midi's Provençal & Traditional Thanksgiving
Indulge in a special Traditional and Provençal Thanksgiving feast overlooking Boston's Public Garden when you dine at Bistro du Midi, which is offering a 3-course prix-fixe menu ($75 adults, $32 children 12 and younger) from 1pm-7:30pm. You can also add an optional foie gras course and side dishes.
Choose a first course such as heirloom squash soup with wild mushsrooms or yellowfin tuna, a main course such as roast turkey with pumpkin brioche stuffing and seasonal veggies or risirloin steak with sauce bordelaise and radicchio, and delicious desserts.
Location: 272 Boylston Street. Reservations: 617-426-7878
Legal Seafood Thanksgiving Dinner
Legal Seafood offers both traditional roast turkey or slow-roasted turkey breast with a special sausage stuffing and sides for Thanksgiving dinner ($22 per person, $8 for children 12 and under) - 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, floors 1 and 2 ( (prix-fixe menu only on floor 2): 270 Northern Ave, South Boston Waterfront, 617-477-2900
- Legal Crossing: 558 Washington Street, Downtown Crossing, 617-692-8888 (prix-fixe menu only; check with Legal for details)
- Long Wharf: 255 State Street, Downtown Waterfront, 617-742-5300
- Park Square: 26 Park Plaza, Park Square, Boston, 617-426-4444
- 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
Top of the Hub Thanksgiving Dinner
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 Georges Bank lemon sole, Niman Ranch beef brisket, and pork tenderloin sound equally tempting.
11am - 8pm, with live jazz from 4pm - 8pm ($75 adult, $25 children 6-12 years old, children under 12 dine free) - includes admission to the Skywalk Observatory. 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
L'Espalier Thanksgiving Dinner
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.
The menu features L'Espalier's own Apple Street Farm heritage breed turkey.
However, you can choose other main course options (including vegetarian), along with superb choices for all other courses, all with special gourmet flourishes.
At $95 per person, this meal is actually a bargain; optional wine pairings will add to your pleasure. A $120 degustation menu is available as well.
1pm - 8pm. Location: 774 Boylston St, Back Bay. Dinner reservations: 617-262-3023
Boston Thanksgiving Musical Celebration at The Beehive
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.
Please note: This information is for last year - look for 2016 updates soon!
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
No Reservations for Thanksgiving Dinner?!?
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 accidentally hit "clean" instead of "bake" (note to self: no more wine while cooking).
Or maybe you simply loathe turkey. Or rebel 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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