Boston Thanksgiving dinner restaurant menus range from traditional to innovative, but sumptuous feasts rule the day.
Thanksgiving 2020 Date: Thursday, November 26
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 can change without notice, so confirm details when you make your dinner reservation. If you have any dietary concerns, discuss those when you make your reservation. Also, the fixed prices below do not include alcoholic beverages, taxes, or gratuities.
Peregrine offers a traditionally-inspired Thanksgiving dinner with Mediterranean accents from 11am-9pm ($75 per person) at the Whitney Hotel in Beacon Hill.
First course choices include garlic shrimp, local clam and mussel stew, turkey liver mousse with cranberry chutney and a mixed green salad with roasted squash.
Main courses include turkey roulade with sage and chestnut focaccia dressing, locally raised pork with farro, bluefish fra diavolo with ratatouille, and hand-made pappardelle with mushrooms, squash, and pecorino.
For your dessert, choose from a selection of house-make pies and tarts.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Bar Bouloud - Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Bar Bouloud combines New England fare with French flavors for a wonderful prix-fixe 3-course Thanksgiving feast from 12 noon-8pm ($98 adults, $49 children; optional wine pairings $52; optional raw bar add-ons) at the Mandarin Oriental Boston.
First course choices include foie gras pâté en croûte with figs, peekytoe crab tartine, and other tasty options.
For your main course, choose from roasted heritage turkey with chestnut stuffing, lobster gnocchi with sweet potatoes and walnuts, seared Bay of Fundy salmon, and Colorado leg of lamb - all with seasonal sides. Add more sides for $10 each upcharge.
Desserts include gourmet versions of butternut pumpkin pie, pain au chocolat bread pudding with fig gelato and cardamom Anglaise, and apple pie coupe with cinnamon chantilly.
Thanksgiving Brunch & Dinner at Boston Harbor Hotel's Meritage, Atlantic Room, and Rowes Wharf Sea Grille
Boston Harbor Hotel offers a spectacular Thanksgiving Grand Brunch brunch in the Atlantic Room from 11am - 3pm ($115 adults, $50 children 12 or younger).
The Grand Brunch offers a warm ambiance and a huge menu designed to please people of all ages and a variety of dietary preferences. Main courses include Vermont fresh turkey, Atlantic seafood paella, sesame roasted salmon, ditalini with roast tomatoes and marscapone-basil sauce, and a variety of other choices plus traditional sides.
You can also enjoy customized omelets and French toast with maple syrup, house-made pate and sausages, shrimp cocktail, antipasto, smoked fish, sushi, assorted cheeses, and numerous other tasty dishes.
The array of desserts is also plentiful - pumpkin macarons, bourbon pecan tart, sweet potato marshmellow pie, salted caramel cheesecake, chocolate pot de crème, and many more options.
Precinct Kitchen + Bar serves a special Thanksgiving dinner from 12 noon to 7pm ($75 per adult, $30/children 10 and under) 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 salmon and raw bar, seared ahi tuna, local cheeses and charcuterie, nuts locally sourced from Q's Nuts in Somerville, salads, and New England clam chowder.
Dinner will be served to you at your table. You can choose from roasted turkey with bread stuffing, maple glazed ham, roasted salmon, or char-grilled striploin, all with special garnishes, and accompanied by traditional side dishes.
An assortment of individual holiday pastries and desserts will complete this wonderful meal.
Bostonian Boston Hotel's North 26 - Thanksgiving Prix-Fixe & To-Go Dinners
On Thanksgiving Day, North 26 offers two wonderful Thanksgiving choices: a 3-course prix-fixe menu ($65 per adult, and $29 for children 15 and under, all plus tax), and a Thanksgiving to Go carryout option.
Main choices include roast turkey breast and confit of leg with chestnut-cornbread stuffing, slow-cooked salmon with lemon crust and Swiss chard, beef tenderloin, and gnocci with mushroom bolognese sauce.
You'll also have plenty of choices among first courses and desserts . . . for example, pumpkin soup, duck confit, local oysters, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and local favorite Boston cream pie with chocolate sauce.
The children's menu features traditional Thanksgiving choices and kids' favorites such as mac and cheese.
Thanksgiving to Go options feature a traditional dinner for 4-6 adults for $225 or for 7-10 adults for $400.
Oak Long Bar + Hotel at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
Enjoy a delicious 3-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner featuring a first course of lobster bisque, green salad, and rosemary bread with honey butter, main course choices of roast turkey, New England pot roast, and prosciutto wrapped monkfish (choose 2 for the table), all with traditional sides along with pan gravy and brioche stuffing, and for dessert, pumpkin whoopie pie and apple pie with vanilla gelato.
12 noon-9pm ($65 per person; optional wine pairing additional).
Location: 138 St James Ave, Back Bay. Dinner reservations: 617-585-7222. Hotel reservations:Reviews and Rates
Boston Thanksgiving at Scampo at The Liberty Hotel
Scampo, headed by famous Boston Chef Lydia Shire at the Liberty Hotel, serves up a special Thanksgiving feast. For your starter, choose from purple cauliflower soup, bay scallops with butternut squash risotto, or mozzarella with prosciutto, quince, and pecans (all come with a green salad). For your main course, choose from roast turkey with all the trimmings, cod with lobster succotash, red pepper aioli, and sauteed spinach, or a grilled veal porterhouse with spinich gnoccheti and sherried mushrooms. And for dssert, there's bourbon pecan pie with ice cream, a "chef's whim" cookie plate, and apple brie crostata with vanilla ice cream.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Outlook Kitchen at the Envoy
Outlook Kitchen's tasty Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu hits the spot with traditional fare with a modern twist.
For your first course, choose sunchoke soup or pear and pistachio salad with mixed greens. The main course is a traditional roast turkey with all the fixings including sage stuffing, sweet potato hash with marshmallows and crispy onions, garlic mashed potatoes, hard cider cranberry sauce, and gravy. For dessert, you'll enjoy chai spiced apple crumble with your choice of local gelatos or sorbets. Outlook Kitchen's regular a la carte menu is also available.
Hours: 12 noon - 6pm, ($55 per person) | Location: 70 Sleeper Street, Seaport/Fort Point, Boston | Reservations: 617-338-3030 | Stay: Hotel 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 two options this year.
A lavish Thanksgiving Buffet with seatings is offered from 11:30am-2:30pm. ($79 per adult; $35 per child 6-12; complimentary for children 5 and under).
Creative starters, plus entree choices of roasted heritage turkey with herb stuffing, glazed pork roast, prime rib, salmon, and spinach and mushroom ravioli- plus plenty of traditional accompaniments. End your feast with Boston cream pie, pecan pie, or other desserts.
A slightly more streamlined Thanksgiving Dinner is available with seatings from 5:30pm to 10pm. ($65 per adult; $30 per child 12 and under). Main courses are the same, but fewer choices of starters, accompaniments, and desserts.
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Boston Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner
Boston Thanksgiving Dinner at 75 Chestnut, 75 on Liberty Wharf, & Hampshire House
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 with all the traditional sides. Alternately, you could choose the char-grilled Atlantic salmon filet, or filet mignon, both accompanied by several mouth-watering sides.
Finish with your a dessert sampler- apple and cranberry crumble tart, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, pumpkin cinnamon cheese cake, and a pecan triangle.
Not included in the fixed price per person, but a worthy add-on: a special Pumpkin Martini.
11:30am - 8:30pm ($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 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 your first course from dishes such as spiced heirloom pumpkin soup with Scituate lobster, chestnuts, and pancetta; pavé of duck comfit, and roasted beets with chevre. Main course selections feature traditional turkey with cornbread sausage stuffing, "turducken" with turkey breast, braised bone-in short ribs, and slow-roasted salmon, all with complementary sides. For dessert, choose bourbon pecan pie, apple tatin with rum raisin ice cream, or pumpkin cheesecake.
Noon - 8pm ($99 plus $50 for optional wine pairing per person).
American brasserie The Merchant (60 Franklin Street in Downtown Crossing) lets you choose from a prix-fixe 3 course Thanksgiving menu.
You'll start with your appetizer choice, and then feast on roast turkey dinner with traditional accompaniments, and plenty of other options such as roasted delicata squash and chickpea bowl, pan seared cod, and steak-frites. Finish your a memorable holiday dinner with bourbon pecan pie with salted caramel sauce, or roasted apple and almond tart with whipped cream and calvados sauce.
12 noon - 8pm ($55 per person for the prix-fixe). Dinner reservations: 617-482-6060
Beat Brew Hall, Cambridge - A Taste of Country Thanksgiving
Beat Brew Hall combines down-home food favorites, tasty libations, and live country, Americana, and bluegrass music all day long for a 3-course "Taste of Country" Thanksgiving dinner ($59/person, with an a la carte menu for kids 10 and under with dinners in the $15-$20 range) served from 12 noon to 8:30pm, with music continuing until 10pm. 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, NY strip, roasted salmon, and a vegan entree, plus starters ranging from butternut squash soup to baby back ribs to buffalo cauliflower. Desserts include pecan pie, apple pie, and pumpkin pie.
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 ($78 adults, $32 children 12 and younger) from 1pm-7:30pm. Some options are available at a supplemental cost.
Choose a first course such as Spanish octopus, salad with hazelnuts and chevre, and American Kobe beef tartare with black truffles, a main course such as roasted turkey with pumpkin brioche stuffing and seasonal veggies or crusted halibut with lump crab, and delicious desserts such as chocolate torte and carrot cake with pecans and bourbon caramel.
Legal Seafood offers both traditional roast turkey or slow-roasted turkey breast with a special sausage stuffing and sides for Thanksgiving dinner ($25 per person, $9 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 - 8 or 9pm 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
Boston Thanksgiving Musical Celebration at The Beehive
Thanksgiving dinner at The Beehive offers lots of a prix-fixe 3-course traditional Thanksgiving dinner and live music all day.
Choose from first courses such as lobster chowder, country-style pate, market greens salad, and beef short ribs. For your main course, choose from roasted organic turkey with country stuffing, New York strip roast with mashed potatoes, roast salmon, rack of lamb ($10 extra), and a vegetarian-vegan Thanksgiving plate. Dessert selections include pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and apple pie.
The Kids Menu choices include a turkey dinner, pasta with butter and parmesan, NY strip steak, and crispy chicken with fries.
Hours: 11am-10pm. $70 per person, and $20 for kids 10 and under. Location: 541 Tremont Street, South End. Dinner reservations: 617-423-0069
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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" (oops - shouldn't savor too much wine while cooking).
Or maybe you simply loathe turkey. Or rebel at the thought of cooking all day on a "holiday," not to speak of having to clean the oven afterward. 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.