As the old saw goes, all the effort that goes into cooking and cleaning on Thanksgiving cuts down on time that could be spent arguing about politics with a zany uncle. For people who want to let local chefs do the heavy lifting, here’s a look at restaurants in the D.C. area that will welcome diners for a holiday meal on Thursday, November 28.Read More
Where to Eat on Thanksgiving Day in D.C.
Think sorghum-brined birds, pork chops dressed with kimchi collards, and embered sweet potato pie
1. A Rake's Progress
From noon to 7 p.m., the Line hotel’s upper-level restaurant is serving pigs in a blanket, sweet potato soup, and ember-grilled turkey and veggies from chef Spike Gjerde ($105 per guest; $65 optional wine pairing). Downstairs at Erik Bruner-Yang’s Brothers and Sisters, mains like Peking duck are joined by milk bread stuffing for $45 per person.
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2. Teddy & The Bully Bar
For $60 per person, and $23 for kids 12-and-under, diners can pile on the cornbread and sides like mac and cheese, yams, and spaghetti squash, along with pick-one starters like lobster beignets. Frequent treks to a carving station for salmon, turkey, and roast beef can be followed up with eggnog crème brûlée for dessert (noon to 8 p.m.).
3. Brasserie Liberté
The new French destination from Mirabelle owner Hakan Ilhan will make its debut in a totally made-over Morton’s space just before the big holiday. A three-course Thanksgiving prix fixe ($45 per person, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) includes options like butternut squash soup with fried sage and rosemary cream, herbs de Provence roasted turkey with straightforward sides, and pumpkin or pecan pies.
A holiday feast served under chandeliers at the Michelin-starred hotel restaurant includes Burgundy truffle potato vichyssoise soup and dry-aged New York strip with desserts such as red kuri pumpkin pie with gingerbread popcorn and carrot pineapple Baked Alaska. For an intimate family gathering, patrons can import the menu to one of its private dining areas. Adults pay $108, and the price is $48 for kids 12-and-under.
5. Blue Duck Tavern
The Park Hyatt’s local-sourcing standby has a three-course holiday option (noon to 8 p.m.) that starts with a buffet of seafood, salads, cheese, and charcuterie then segues into family-style entrees like sorghum-brined turkey, seared sturgeon with dirty rice and green tomato chow chow, and vegetable pot pie. The price is $135 for adults and $55 for kids between 6 and 12. An a la carte dinner is available in the Blue Duck Lounge from 6 p.m. to 10:30 pm.
6. Via Sophia
The new hotel osteria downtown has an Italian Thanksgiving menu ($95 per person; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) that includes a pasta course — there’s a duck ragu gnocchi with pancetta and black truffles — and an option for a “turkey fest” with chestnut stuffing and traditional sides. For dessert there’s tiramisu, chocolate budino, or pecan pie.
7. American Son
The Eaton hotel restaurant’s prix fixe “Friendsgiving” menu ($45 per person) is chef Hamilton Johnson’s family-style take on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The spread (5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) includes she crab bisque, pastrami smoked salmon, milk-poached turkey breast, pork chops dressed with kimchi collards, and “BBQed” heirloom carrots, with sweet potato panna cotta for dessert. A holiday punch will be spiked with rum, brandy, and sparkling wine.
8. Rare Steakhouse & Tavern
The Wisconsin-based steakhouse downtown has $75 per person Thanksgiving prix fixe available from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. That includes options for oysters Rockefeller, pan-roasted turkey with sage bread pudding, a 9-ounce steak served with roasted bone marrow and Bordelaise, and Dulcey chocolate pumpkin cheesecake or cinnamon rolls for dessert.
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Bryan and Michael Voltaggio’s new restaurant inside the Conrad hotel in CityCenter rings in its first Thanksgiving with a meal ($115 for adults; $40 for kids 12-and-under) that begins with raw bar grazing at the chefs’ pass before moving to tables for individual appetizers and entrees. From noon to 8 p.m., people can have access to shared starters like mini Maryland crab rolls, “Falldorf” salad with pumpkin goddess dressing, and smoked trout profiteroles. Mains include heritage turkey with smoked gravy or kale rigatoni with celery root shank and cashew “Parmesan.”
Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s latest makeover replaced Bibiana Osteria with a new Italian restaurant that plays with traditions from the Emilia-Romagna and beyond. From 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, chef John Melfi is serving a $60 prix fixe with options for Bourbon Red turkeys with oyster cornmeal stuffing or pan-roasted swordfish with charred eggplant, roasted peppers, black olive, and oregano. All of Bajaj’s restaurants are open on Thanksgiving, which means customers can find merguez turkey meatballs at Olivia in Penn Quarter, tahini green bean casserole at Sababa in Cleveland Park, and turkey tikka masala and both Bindaas locations.
The modern French eatery’s a la carte Thanksgiving menu (noon to 9 p.m.) includes roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing and specialities chicken liver mousse and venison orecchiette. For dessert, there’s a caramel popcorn sundae.
The Southern restaurant from chef Edward Lee is serving a three-course, family style meal for $65 ($32.50 for children 12-and-under). Small plates include cornbread cakes with sorghum butter and bacon deviled eggs with caviar. Sliced turkey breast comes with oyster sage cornbread dressing and sides such as butternut mac and cheese and charred green beans with shallots and chestnuts.
W Washington D.C.’s renovated lobby-level restaurant across from the White House is putting its custom wood-burning grill to work for Thanksgiving, making “baked brie” alongside green apple and endive, slow-roasted turkey stuffed with truffles and country bread, and an embered sweet potato pie. The meal costs $65 per person and is available from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. There’s a limited a la carte menu, too.
14. Mi Vida Restaurante
Chef Roberto Santibañez has a special menu with items like butternut squash soup and a pavo relleno platter of turkey breast that’s been stuffed with kale and ricotta, then wrapped in bacon. That comes with chipotle cranberry sauce, corn bread, and Brussels sprouts. For dessert, there’s a pay de camote, a sweet potato pie with a pineapple-caramel sauce.
A fine-dining go-to in Falls Church, 2941 offers a $75 Thanksgiving prix fixe from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Standouts include lobster ravioli with Vidalia onion soubise, chestnuts, and Cabernet sauce or a vol-au-vent with sweetbreads and braised wild mushrooms encased in pastry. Turkey breast comes with mushroom stuffing. Desserts include an apple Napoleon and a caramel pecan tart.
A family-style Thanksgiving feast in Old Town ($75 per person) adds French flair to the traditional holiday. There’s 24-hour brined turkey roasted with garlic, herbs and rosemary gravy; grilled New York steak with Beurre Maître d’Hôtel; baked basquaise monkfish with spicy sausage and olives; French baguettes with salted butter; and seasonal berry cobbler with brown butter crumble (noon to 9 p.m.).
For $69 per person ($29 for kids under 12), the local-sourcing American restaurant in Old Town offers a four-course menu with highlights like venison terrine with fig mostarda, stuffed pansotti pasta with radicchio and hazelnuts, roasted turkey with gravy, and flourless chocolate cake.
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18. Trummer's Restaurant
Recently rebranded Trummer’s is attempting to lure in a more casual crowd with the addition of a rotisserie oven that will spin out turkey breasts served alongside confit legs on Thanksgiving (11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) For $56 — or $30 for kids under 12 — customers get to choose from a three-course meal with highlights like cornbread with apple butter, prime rib with horseradish and veal jus, pumpkin cheesecake, and chocolate bourbon pecan pie.
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