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Where to Eat Around D.C. on Thanksgiving Day

Fabulous feasts filled with plump turkey, rib roasts, truffle mac, to-go pies, and more

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Money Muscle BBQ in Silver Spring prepares an elaborate take-home holiday meal.
| Scott Suchman

With Thanksgiving right around the corner (Thursday, November 24), plenty of reliable D.C. restaurants plan to celebrate the annual American holiday properly with options for carryout meals or sit-down spreads.

Special multi-course or a la carte menus center around turkey and all the trimmings. There’s also French, Italian, and barbecue spins on typical Turkey Day sides and mains, along with over-the-top holiday brunches at some of D.C.’s finest hotels.

Let local chefs handle the work this Thanksgiving and consider these to-go and dine-in options around D.C.

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Silver and Sons BBQ

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Rockville’s roving barbecue food truck weaves Jewish and Mediterranean influences into reheat-and-eat Thanksgiving meals. Opt for a la carte dishes or prix-fixe dinners for eight ($340). Options include Pennsylvania Heritage turkeys, mushroom moussaka, root veggies, butternut squash soup, pull-apart challah rolls, and a pie collaboration — made of sweet potato, bourbon, and ras el hanout — with neighbor Dini’s Divine Pies. Place pre-orders for pickup on November 22 and 23 at address listed above.

Silky mashed potatoes come in two sizes ($22 or $55).
Silver and Sons BBQ

Money Muscle BBQ

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Chef Edward Reavis and Jennifer Meltzer’s barbecue business in Silver Spring puts its smokers to work to assemble to-go Thanksgiving dinner for four ($195). Choose between seared salmon with dill cream sauce, smoked or fried turkey, and smoked prime rib with beef jus (for an additional $50), complete with Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, garlic string beans, brioche stuffing, gravy, and chocolate chip cookies. A la carte meats are available, too. And the team’s newly purchased fried chicken stand Fryer’s Roadside in Silver Spring offers a Thanksgiving dinner special ahead of its official reopening later this fall, featuring whole fried chicken, Hawaiian rolls, potato salad, and banana pudding ($125). Pre-order at each by Sunday, November 20 for pickup on Wednesday, November 23, with delivery available for extra.

Upgrade the spread with smoked prime rib.
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Brookland's Finest Bar and Kitchen

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Leave the dessert to Brookland’s Finest’s chef and co-owner Shannan Troncoso. Her popular chocolate chip pecan pies come spiked with a bourbon caramel sauce. Each takeout pie ($35) serves six to eight. Available for pre-orders starting Monday, November 14 through Saturday, November 19, for pickup on Wednesday, November 23.

Brookland’s Finest is all about pies this Thanksgiving.
Brookland’s Finest

Dovetail Bar & Restaurant

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Chef James Gee prepares a three-course menu with non-traditional alternatives for the holiday. Start with kimchi deviled eggs and Brussel sprouts with apple, walnuts, and chardonnay vinaigrette, followed by turkey (or scallops and filet mignon) with all the trimmings; and a “Who Needs the Turkey?” option for vegetarians or non-turkey fans. For dessert, choose from pumpkin pie, brown butter date cake, and apple strudel. Tickets are $79 and $39 for ages five to 12. Toddlers can eat a la carte.

Dovetail sits off the lobby at Viceroy.
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Teddy & The Bully Bar

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Teddy and the Bully Bar embraces the season of giving by donating 10-percent of Thanksgiving Day sales to D.C. charity Martha’s Table. The annual spread stars a carving station with Leaping Waters Farms apple-brined turkey, slow-roasted prime rib of beef, and cedar plank-roasted salmon. Bountiful and unlimited sides include its popular mac and cheese, brioche stuffing, sweet potato casserole, creamed spinach, with desserts like pumpkin pie crisp, eggnog crème brulee, and flourless chocolate cake. Seatings run from 11:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., with packages for at-home dining. The meal is $72 per person for adults and $28 for children 12 and under.

A carving station features whole turkeys at Teddy & the Bully Bar.
Teddy & the Bully Bar

BOURBON STEAK

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Bourbon Steak’s carryout package offers a refined take on a traditional Thanksgiving spread, complete with a turkey weighing up to 20 pounds, cranberry sauce, gravy, whipped potatoes, truffle mac, homestyle stuffing, fall apple salad, and rolls. Serves parties of four to six ($395). Place orders here

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Head to the Rosewood hotel’s posh lobby-level level restaurant for a three-course Thanksgiving spread ($155 per person and $65 for kids 10 and under). Highlights include jalapeno and Vermont aged cheddar cornbread, roasted Koginut pumpkin soup, and roasted Amish Heritage turkey alongside lots of Mid-Atlantic ingredients. The tony hotel also offers festive overnight and sightseeing packages through the holidays.

Michele’s

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Chef Matt Baker’s lobby-level restaurant in Eaton Hotel offers a three-course Thanksgiving feast ($85) from noon to 8 p.m. Opt for hearth-roasted oysters, herb-roasted turkey with wild mushroom stuffing or maple pork chops with brown butter-glazed apples, and pecan pot de creme. For at-home feasts, consider takeout packages for eight to 12 from Baker’s new catering company CMB at Home. Entrees include whole roasted turkey, braised beef short ribs, or brown sugar-glazed ham. There’s also a la carte starters, soups, mains, breads, sides, and desserts — plus breakfast options for Black Friday, too. Available for pickup or delivery November 22 to 24 (order by November 19).

Yardbird Table & Bar

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With “bird” in its name, the Mt. Vernon Triangle import out of Miami naturally goes all out for Thanksgiving, with both dine-in and takeout options. The a la carte, sit-down spread — available during normal operating hours — includes a pear, pomegranate and arugula salad, Charleston she-crab soup, herb-roasted turkey with trimmings, sides like lobster mac and cheese and melted leek potato gratin, and brown butter bourbon pumpkin pie for dessert. To-go meals are also available for day-of pickup for groups of two to eight. It pays off to order early; do so by Friday, November 4 to get a free bottle of wine.

La Bise

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The chic French restaurant near the White House prepares three-course meals ($80 per person) from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Highlights from executive chef Michael Fusano’s menu includes gingered butternut squash velouté, beef tartare with quail egg yolk, roasted heirloom beets, and mains like Heritage turkey roulade, wild mushroom vol-au-vent, and branzino with piperade and turnip puree, and steak frites with the choice of an apple tart and chocolate profiteroles. Snag a seat online. At Knightsbridge Restaurant Group’s nearby Bombay Club, opt for an affordable three-course menu ($55 per person) featuring sweet potato chaat and turkey shania korma, and pumpkin cheesecake, along with an a la carte option. Reserve here.

The Hay-Adams

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After a three-year hiatus, Hay-Adams’s beloved harvest brunch returns to the Top of the Hay.

New additions include build-your-own bloody mary carts with Belvedere vodka and stations for quiche and show-stopping bananas foster. Local farms supply meaty mains like turkey (Earth & Eats) with all the trimmings; black Angus beef tenderloin (Creekstone Farms) with a red wine bordelaise sauce; and Shenandoah lamb loin with roasted sunchokes and rosemary sauce. The revived rooftop brunch is $160 per person, including a glass of Champagne upon arrival, and $60 for kids.

L'Ardente

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Chef David Deshaies’s glam Italian restaurant celebrates in its first Thanksgiving with a three-course dinner comprised of shrimp cocktail, Waldorf salad and turkey roulade with green beans and garlic-herb butter, sage-mushroom stuffing, creamy garlic mashed potatoes and cranberry-orange relish, and other sides. A specially curated wine list will also be available. Dinner ends with a dessert buffet filled with chestnut mousse, pecan pie and pumpkin panna cotta. Head to Resy to book a seat ($95 per person) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Parties of nine or more are also welcome. Deshaies’s popular Unconventional Diner accepts orders for to-go dinner packages through November 20. Thanksgiving-centric cocktails include a tiramisu-flavored Old Fashioned (L’Ardente) and hot caramel apple cider (Unconventional Diner).

The elegant dining room at L’Ardente.
L’Ardente

KNEAD Hospitality + Design (multiple locations)

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KNEAD Hospitality + Design’s entire portfolio (Succotash Penn Quarter and National Harbor, Mi Vida 14th Street and Wharf, Gatsby, The Grill, Bistro Du Jour, and Mah-Ze-Dahr) offers a mix of tasting dinners, happy hours and baked goods.

Waldorf Astoria Washington DC

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The Waldorf Astoria D.C. celebrates its first Thanksgiving with an elegant brunch in the center of the historic Old Post Office building. Seatings start at 11 a.m. for the big-ticketed affair ($250) and kids up to 10 eat for $100. The feast includes a mimosa station; a bountiful raw bar overflowing with chilled shrimp, stone crab claws, mussels, and oysters; a sushi and nigiri station; sides like cornbread stuffing and sweet potato puree; and meaty mains like garlic roasted whole turkey with brown gravy and roasted porchetta.

Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Astoria Washington DC.
Waldorf Astoria Washington DC

Salamander Washington DC

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The luxury resort brand’s newly minted Salamander DC does Thanksgiving brunch and its Middleburg, Virginia flagship offers both dine-in and take-home feasts.

Salamander’s seasonal Solstice Swizzle cocktail loops in rosemary and cranberry.
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Moon Rabbit DC

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Award-winning Vietnamese chef Kevin Tien offers an Asian-American menu for both dine-in and carryout. The package for four to six ($250) includes a Peking-style turkey crown, scallion biscuits with Sichuan honey butter, fried Brussels sprouts with nuoc cham, and crawfish mac and cheese with truffles. There’s also mashed potatoes with black pepper gravy and whole sweet potato pie with curry spices for dessert. Pre-order on Tock for pickup on Thanksgiving Day.

Bastille Brasserie & Bar

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On Thanksgiving Day, from noon to 6 p.m., the French standby in Old Town whips up a three-course spread ($85) featuring Parisian takes on fall fare. Think: risotto slathered in pumpkin spice cream, foie gras with fruit chutney, roasted turkey and sausage cornbread stuffing, and more. Served in the restaurant and in the bar. Reserve a seat online.

Old Town’s modern American restaurant along King Street offers a family-style feast featuring creamy chestnut soup, pumpkin arancini, roasted Amish turkey breast, braised beef short rib, arborio risotto, sweet potato puree, and green beans. The price: $85 per person or $45 for kids 5 and up. 

Silver and Sons BBQ

Rockville’s roving barbecue food truck weaves Jewish and Mediterranean influences into reheat-and-eat Thanksgiving meals. Opt for a la carte dishes or prix-fixe dinners for eight ($340). Options include Pennsylvania Heritage turkeys, mushroom moussaka, root veggies, butternut squash soup, pull-apart challah rolls, and a pie collaboration — made of sweet potato, bourbon, and ras el hanout — with neighbor Dini’s Divine Pies. Place pre-orders for pickup on November 22 and 23 at address listed above.

Silky mashed potatoes come in two sizes ($22 or $55).
Silver and Sons BBQ

Money Muscle BBQ

Chef Edward Reavis and Jennifer Meltzer’s barbecue business in Silver Spring puts its smokers to work to assemble to-go Thanksgiving dinner for four ($195). Choose between seared salmon with dill cream sauce, smoked or fried turkey, and smoked prime rib with beef jus (for an additional $50), complete with Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, garlic string beans, brioche stuffing, gravy, and chocolate chip cookies. A la carte meats are available, too. And the team’s newly purchased fried chicken stand Fryer’s Roadside in Silver Spring offers a Thanksgiving dinner special ahead of its official reopening later this fall, featuring whole fried chicken, Hawaiian rolls, potato salad, and banana pudding ($125). Pre-order at each by Sunday, November 20 for pickup on Wednesday, November 23, with delivery available for extra.

Upgrade the spread with smoked prime rib.
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Brookland's Finest Bar and Kitchen

Leave the dessert to Brookland’s Finest’s chef and co-owner Shannan Troncoso. Her popular chocolate chip pecan pies come spiked with a bourbon caramel sauce. Each takeout pie ($35) serves six to eight. Available for pre-orders starting Monday, November 14 through Saturday, November 19, for pickup on Wednesday, November 23.

Brookland’s Finest is all about pies this Thanksgiving.
Brookland’s Finest

Dovetail Bar & Restaurant

Chef James Gee prepares a three-course menu with non-traditional alternatives for the holiday. Start with kimchi deviled eggs and Brussel sprouts with apple, walnuts, and chardonnay vinaigrette, followed by turkey (or scallops and filet mignon) with all the trimmings; and a “Who Needs the Turkey?” option for vegetarians or non-turkey fans. For dessert, choose from pumpkin pie, brown butter date cake, and apple strudel. Tickets are $79 and $39 for ages five to 12. Toddlers can eat a la carte.

Dovetail sits off the lobby at Viceroy.
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Teddy & The Bully Bar

Teddy and the Bully Bar embraces the season of giving by donating 10-percent of Thanksgiving Day sales to D.C. charity Martha’s Table. The annual spread stars a carving station with Leaping Waters Farms apple-brined turkey, slow-roasted prime rib of beef, and cedar plank-roasted salmon. Bountiful and unlimited sides include its popular mac and cheese, brioche stuffing, sweet potato casserole, creamed spinach, with desserts like pumpkin pie crisp, eggnog crème brulee, and flourless chocolate cake. Seatings run from 11:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., with packages for at-home dining. The meal is $72 per person for adults and $28 for children 12 and under.

A carving station features whole turkeys at Teddy & the Bully Bar.
Teddy & the Bully Bar

BOURBON STEAK

Bourbon Steak’s carryout package offers a refined take on a traditional Thanksgiving spread, complete with a turkey weighing up to 20 pounds, cranberry sauce, gravy, whipped potatoes, truffle mac, homestyle stuffing, fall apple salad, and rolls. Serves parties of four to six ($395). Place orders here

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Head to the Rosewood hotel’s posh lobby-level level restaurant for a three-course Thanksgiving spread ($155 per person and $65 for kids 10 and under). Highlights include jalapeno and Vermont aged cheddar cornbread, roasted Koginut pumpkin soup, and roasted Amish Heritage turkey alongside lots of Mid-Atlantic ingredients. The tony hotel also offers festive overnight and sightseeing packages through the holidays.

Michele’s

Chef Matt Baker’s lobby-level restaurant in Eaton Hotel offers a three-course Thanksgiving feast ($85) from noon to 8 p.m. Opt for hearth-roasted oysters, herb-roasted turkey with wild mushroom stuffing or maple pork chops with brown butter-glazed apples, and pecan pot de creme. For at-home feasts, consider takeout packages for eight to 12 from Baker’s new catering company CMB at Home. Entrees include whole roasted turkey, braised beef short ribs, or brown sugar-glazed ham. There’s also a la carte starters, soups, mains, breads, sides, and desserts — plus breakfast options for Black Friday, too. Available for pickup or delivery November 22 to 24 (order by November 19).

Yardbird Table & Bar

With “bird” in its name, the Mt. Vernon Triangle import out of Miami naturally goes all out for Thanksgiving, with both dine-in and takeout options. The a la carte, sit-down spread — available during normal operating hours — includes a pear, pomegranate and arugula salad, Charleston she-crab soup, herb-roasted turkey with trimmings, sides like lobster mac and cheese and melted leek potato gratin, and brown butter bourbon pumpkin pie for dessert. To-go meals are also available for day-of pickup for groups of two to eight. It pays off to order early; do so by Friday, November 4 to get a free bottle of wine.

La Bise

The chic French restaurant near the White House prepares three-course meals ($80 per person) from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Highlights from executive chef Michael Fusano’s menu includes gingered butternut squash velouté, beef tartare with quail egg yolk, roasted heirloom beets, and mains like Heritage turkey roulade, wild mushroom vol-au-vent, and branzino with piperade and turnip puree, and steak frites with the choice of an apple tart and chocolate profiteroles. Snag a seat online. At Knightsbridge Restaurant Group’s nearby Bombay Club, opt for an affordable three-course menu ($55 per person) featuring sweet potato chaat and turkey shania korma, and pumpkin cheesecake, along with an a la carte option. Reserve here.

The Hay-Adams

After a three-year hiatus, Hay-Adams’s beloved harvest brunch returns to the Top of the Hay.

New additions include build-your-own bloody mary carts with Belvedere vodka and stations for quiche and show-stopping bananas foster. Local farms supply meaty mains like turkey (Earth & Eats) with all the trimmings; black Angus beef tenderloin (Creekstone Farms) with a red wine bordelaise sauce; and Shenandoah lamb loin with roasted sunchokes and rosemary sauce. The revived rooftop brunch is $160 per person, including a glass of Champagne upon arrival, and $60 for kids.

L'Ardente

Chef David Deshaies’s glam Italian restaurant celebrates in its first Thanksgiving with a three-course dinner comprised of shrimp cocktail, Waldorf salad and turkey roulade with green beans and garlic-herb butter, sage-mushroom stuffing, creamy garlic mashed potatoes and cranberry-orange relish, and other sides. A specially curated wine list will also be available. Dinner ends with a dessert buffet filled with chestnut mousse, pecan pie and pumpkin panna cotta. Head to Resy to book a seat ($95 per person) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Parties of nine or more are also welcome. Deshaies’s popular Unconventional Diner accepts orders for to-go dinner packages through November 20. Thanksgiving-centric cocktails include a tiramisu-flavored Old Fashioned (L’Ardente) and hot caramel apple cider (Unconventional Diner).

The elegant dining room at L’Ardente.
L’Ardente

KNEAD Hospitality + Design (multiple locations)

KNEAD Hospitality + Design’s entire portfolio (Succotash Penn Quarter and National Harbor, Mi Vida 14th Street and Wharf, Gatsby, The Grill, Bistro Du Jour, and Mah-Ze-Dahr) offers a mix of tasting dinners, happy hours and baked goods.

Waldorf Astoria Washington DC

The Waldorf Astoria D.C. celebrates its first Thanksgiving with an elegant brunch in the center of the historic Old Post Office building. Seatings start at 11 a.m. for the big-ticketed affair ($250) and kids up to 10 eat for $100. The feast includes a mimosa station; a bountiful raw bar overflowing with chilled shrimp, stone crab claws, mussels, and oysters; a sushi and nigiri station; sides like cornbread stuffing and sweet potato puree; and meaty mains like garlic roasted whole turkey with brown gravy and roasted porchetta.

Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Astoria Washington DC.
Waldorf Astoria Washington DC

Salamander Washington DC

The luxury resort brand’s newly minted Salamander DC does Thanksgiving brunch and its Middleburg, Virginia flagship offers both dine-in and take-home feasts.

Salamander’s seasonal Solstice Swizzle cocktail loops in rosemary and cranberry.
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Moon Rabbit DC

Award-winning Vietnamese chef Kevin Tien offers an Asian-American menu for both dine-in and carryout. The package for four to six ($250) includes a Peking-style turkey crown, scallion biscuits with Sichuan honey butter, fried Brussels sprouts with nuoc cham, and crawfish mac and cheese with truffles. There’s also mashed potatoes with black pepper gravy and whole sweet potato pie with curry spices for dessert. Pre-order on Tock for pickup on Thanksgiving Day.

Bastille Brasserie & Bar

On Thanksgiving Day, from noon to 6 p.m., the French standby in Old Town whips up a three-course spread ($85) featuring Parisian takes on fall fare. Think: risotto slathered in pumpkin spice cream, foie gras with fruit chutney, roasted turkey and sausage cornbread stuffing, and more. Served in the restaurant and in the bar. Reserve a seat online.

BRABO

Old Town’s modern American restaurant along King Street offers a family-style feast featuring creamy chestnut soup, pumpkin arancini, roasted Amish turkey breast, braised beef short rib, arborio risotto, sweet potato puree, and green beans. The price: $85 per person or $45 for kids 5 and up. 

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