DC Area Restaurants Offering Thanksgiving Feasts

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To most, Thanksgiving means a home-cooked meal enjoyed with your (extended extended extended) family. I’ve cooked. I’ve put in my dues. To me, while lovely to spend time with your family, it ultimately translates to: hours spent burning your fingers, throwing your back out, and weeks of prep-time. If I had my choice, I’d opt to dine out. Honestly, you deserve a break.  Restaurants throughout the nation’s capital are giving diners plenty of reasons to give thanks this holiday season by offering a cornucopia of culinary offerings to make Thanksgiving memorable.  Many are offering either stress-free “to go” options or the chance to celebrate the holiday in an elegant dining room. And of course, enjoy professional wine pairings.

My choices for a hassle-free Thanksgiving dinner with zero prep and zero clean time, below (Make your reservations early!!:

701 Restaurant(701 Pennsylvania Ave.) will be dishing out a classic Thanksgiving feast with a 3-course, prix-fixe holiday menu available from 11 AM to 9 PM on Thanksgiving Day.  This special meal is priced at $48 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. RAMMY winner of “Rising Culinary Star” Executive Chef Ed Witt will be preparing a variety of starters such as Duck Confit Salad with frisee, arugula, persimmons and dates; Spiced Pumpkin Soup with pomegranate and walnuts, and Shrimp Risotto with Brussels sprout leaves and truffle Pecorino.  For the main course guests can chose from Roasted Turkey Breast and Confit Leg with mashed potatoes, stuffing, giblet gravy and cranberry Sauce; Scottish Salmon served with parsnip puree, red wine reduction and coffee crumble; Eco-Friendly Suckling Pig served with sage sausage stuffing, celery root, savoy cabbage and cider, as well as NY Strip Steak with mushroom & potato gratin and spinach.  A medley of traditional sides including mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce will also be available for $10.  For the perfect ending, guests will enjoy Pumpkin Bar with cranberry sauce, and bourbon maple ice cream, or the Chocolate Praline Bar with bitter chocolate sorbet. 701’s live jazz duo of piano and bass will be performing during Thanksgiving service.  Valet parking is available for $8.

2100 Prime: (2100 Massachusetts Ave, NW) formerly the Jockey Club, in The Fairfax at Embassy Row is offering a 3-course (choice of 4 per course) pre-fix dinner  menu ($65 adults/ $25 children 6-12) is available Thursday, November 22, Thanksgiving, from 12 noon – 4 p.m. Start with either the Butternut Squash Bisque or the Fall Greens with Pears. Both are made from farm local produce from Dupont FarmFresh Market. Entreés go from traditional Butter and Herb-roasted Turkey to Cast Iron Seared Maryland Rockfish to Vegetarian Gnocchi (ask for no Duck!) or Pepper-Crusted NY Strip Steak, for those who just don’t like Turkey. The Pumpkin Gnocchi is another beautiful fall dish finished with a sage brown butter and seasonal vegetables. And don’t forget dessert, the favorite part of the day. Indulge with a piece of Classic Pumpkin Pie with Chantilly Cream (that means it has powdered sugar and vanilla!) or a seasonal Apple Crisp and Caramel Sauce. Accepting reservations now for Thanksgiving. Adults $65 and children 6-12 $25. This 3-course pre-fixe dinner menu is available on Thursday, November 22 from 12 Noon until 4 p.m.

Adour in the St.Regis hotel: (923, 16th Street NW): If you haven’t spent Thanksgiving at Adour yet, you may want to give it a try this year. A Thanksgiving Day 3-course special will be offered for $95 on November 22. Executive Chef Sebastian Rondier’s exquisite menu will start you with a appetizer choice of lobster medallions, FOIE GRAS “AU TORCHON”, beet salad or artisanal pasta with pumpkin. The main course includes roasted Amish turkey, beef tenderloin or a braised sea bass. Round off the meal with dessert, choosing from pecan pie , black forest tart or a fall classic vacherin. They are also offering a children’s menu for $45. For reservations, please call 202-509-8000.

Al Dente: (3201 New Mexico Ave., NW) The modern Italian trattoria recently awarded among the 20 “Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire magazine, invites patrons to celebrate Thanksgiving with a four-course, family-style meal prepared by Esquire’s “Chef of the Year,” Roberto Donna.  On Thursday, November 22, Al Dente will offer a four-course Thanksgiving menu for lunch into dinner service from 12 PM to 8 PM.  Priced at $35.95 per person and $12 for children 10 and under (tax and gratuity excluded), guests will receive three appetizers, two pastas, three entrée and two desserts to share.  This prix fixe holiday menu is available when ordered by all guests at the table.  The same menu is available a la carte for those who do not want to partake in four courses.  Executive Chef Roberto Donna’s Thanksgiving menu features First Course dishes include Mixed Green Salad with pears, walnuts, ricotta salata topped with balsamic dressing; Roasted Butternut Squash with shallots, potato, sausage and gorgonzola cheese polenta, and Chestnut Soup with sweet onions and fried Brussels spout leaves, priced between $10.95 and $13.95 a la carte.  The Second Course offers artfully prepared homemade pasta, including Homemade Cappellacci Pasta filled with Kabocha squash, Amaretti, butter sage sauce and Parmigiano cheese and Lasagnette with butternut squash puree, béchamel sauce and Taleggio cheese, for $19.95 each.  Donna’s tempting entrées feature the season’s premier game, with dishes such as Scallopini Turkey Breast with pancetta, mushroom tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese; Grilled Beef Tenderloin Tips with balsamic sauce served with roasted potatoes, as well as Grilled Salmon atop spinach with caper sauce.  Entrées a la carte range from $20.95 to $25.95.  Al Dente’s newly appointed Pastry Chef Shawtisha Andrews is serving decadent desserts, including Pumpkin Tiramisu with Mascarpone cheese and Apple Caramel Bread Pudding for $9.95 each.  For reservations please call (202) 244-2223.

Ardeo+Bardeo: (3111 Connecticut Ave., NW) will be featuring a sumptuous 3-course menu crafted by Executive Chef Nate Garyantes featuring some of the finest flavors of the harvest.  Menu highlights include Wild Mushroom Risotto with black truffle emulsion; Crispy Lamb Chops with Meyer lemon “jam”, pistachios and mint; Ricotta Agnolotti with Chantrelle mushrooms, Brussels sprout leaves, pinenuts, and citrus brown butter; Roast Turkey with Yukon gold potato puree, apple and chestnut dressing and natural jus, as well as Day Boat Scallops with butternut puree, spaghetti squash, Benton’s bacon and lobster emulsion.  A scrumptious dessert menu will feature classics taken to delicious new heights. Highlights include Home-Style Pumpkin Pie; Pear Upside-Down Cake, and Apple Savarin Cake.  The Thanksgiving menu will be served on November 22nd from 11 AM until 8 PM and is priced at $45 per person excluding gratuity and tax.  A limited number of valet parking spaces are available after 6:30 PM and priced at $8 per car.  Once those spaces are reserved, guests will receive two hour validated parking in the Sam’s Park and Shop, located on the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Ordway Street, NW. Ardeo+Bardeo will also feature an extensive list of wines by the glass for this delicious day of gathering. For reservations please call (202) 244-6750.

Art and Soul: (415 New Jersey Ave., NW): On this special holiday, Chef Wes Morton is pulling out all the southern-inspired stops with his Thanksgiving buffet menu on Thursday, November 22nd. Back by popular demand again this year, they will also feature a special take-a-way. Each guest that dines with them will receive a “leftover” roast turkey sandwich complete with cranberry sauce and gravy to take home! Click here for the full Thanksgiving day menu. Seatings are available from 11am-9pm, priced at $55 per adult. Children ages 6-12 can eat for $25. Make your reservations today by calling 202-393-9999 or visit their website.

Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca: (1100 New York Ave., NW) will be offering an authentic Italian twist on the traditional American Thanksgiving feast.  The pre-fixe menu is priced at $48 per person, excluding gratuity and tax and will be served from 11 AM to 8 PM on Thanksgiving day. Executive Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s tempting starters include Chestnut Soup with toasted chestnuts, pork skin and Grappa cream; Beef Trope Braised in Tomato with Parmigiano Reggiano and black peppers and Rice Fritters Stuffed with Mozzarella and prosciutto and tomato sauce.  Entrées include Heritage Turkey Cooked Two Ways, roasted breast with juniper-lard crust and braised leg, sweet potato and cranberry sauce; Plancha-Seared Diver Scallops with salisfy purée and a brown butter vanilla sauce or the Roasted Pork Loin served with potato mousseline, Brussels sprouts, and mustard sauce.  Guests can finish off their meal with tempting dessert options that include traditional Milk Chocolate Mousse with coffee-chocolate crumble and biter chocolate sorbet; Spiced Pumpkin Pie with fresh milk gelato, or the Warm Hazelnut Financier with Apple Butter, Roasted Lemon Slated Carmel Apple and Apple Cider Gelato.  Valet parking is available for $8.  For reservations or more information call (202) 216-9550.

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Blue Duck Tavern:  (24 and M Streets, NW) located in the Park Hyatt Washington, on Thursday, November 22, Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault and Chef de Cuisine John Melfi will offer a 3-course ‘lunch into dinner’ service from 11:30 AM to 9 PM.  The experience begins with an array of starters including salads, breads, artisan cheeses and meats, followed by a choice of plated entrées and side dishes showcasing produce from regional farms.  Seasonal desserts, created by Pastry Chef Peter Brett and his team, on display in the Pastry Pantry, complete the Thanksgiving feast.  Menu highlights include Pumpkin Ravioli with sage and beurre blanc; Crispy Skin Salmon and Clams with leeks, bacon and chardonnay sauce; Braised Apple Cider Glazed Roasted Turkey Leg with Virginia Riesling gravy; Muscovy Duck Breast with confit of leg and pumpkin relish; Wood Oven Baked Beets with citrus salt; Corn Bread with oysters and chorizo stuffing.  For dessert, guests will enjoy Milk Chocolate Caramel Mousse; Butternut Squash Crиme Brulйe; Pumpkin Walnut Bread, and Caramel Dipped Chestnut Cream Puffs.  The holiday menu is priced at $95 per person for adults and $42.50 for children between six and 12.  Children under six years of age are complimentary.  Reservations can be made by calling 202 419 6755.

The Bombay Club: (815 Connecticut Ave., NW), will be delighted to find the return of the popular Thanksgiving Day special, in addition to the full a la carte menu. Executive Chef Nilesh Singhvi is preparing three festive specials for the occasion including the Roasted Butternut Squash Sorba priced at $8, the Achari Turkey Tikka with rice and vegetables for $20 a person, and for dessert, a serving of Pumpkin Cheesecake for $9.  The Thanksgiving menu is offered from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and for dinner from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM.  Valet parking $8.

BRABO: Love Thanksgiving Dinner but hate to cook? Brabo located in the luxurious Lorien Hotel in Old Town, Alexandria has the perfect solution for you … make reservations for Thanksgiving Dinner November 22nd, 12- 8 p.m. (last seating 7:45) at Brabo! Their three-course meal is sure to please the whole family! Start off your meal with one of the tempting appetizers, including a Mixed Green Salad, Butternut Squash Soup, or Pan seared Maine Scallops. Entrees include a Traditional Turkey Dinner with Sweet Potato Puree, Brussels sprouts, Chestnut Dressing, Giblet Gravy, or Seared Chesapeake Rockfish, Braised Pork Shank, or Pan Seared Rib Eye Steak. Save room for dessert with these sumptuous choices such as traditional Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Cranberry Almond Tart, or Dark Chocolate Bavarian with Candied Orange and White Chocolate Mendiant. Three courses, featuring four choices per course. ($70/person, plus tax and gratuity) Please call 703.894.3440.

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ELISIR: (427 11th St., NW) Chef Enzo Fargione is offering a special 3 Course Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner with Multiple Choices, Monday Tuesday and Wednesday, November 21-23rd from 5:30 – 10 pm. Adults $59 per person and Children $29. Guests will have multiple options, highlights for first course options include Porcini Dusted Venison Carpaccio with Aged Sherry,wild blueberries, Milanese style mushrooms, black truffles, Reggiano shaves; Yellow and Red Beets Salad with goat cheese, artichoke chips, citrus dressing, or Black Squid Ink spaghettini with dill, lemon zest, Sicilian tuna Bottarga, Frantoio, hot peperoncino. For Main course, opt for the Roasted Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey with mashed sweet potatoes, Bruxelles sprouts, and stuffing. Or try the sumptuous Roasted Rack of Marinated Lamb with Yukon potato ragu, pancetta, Bruxelles sprouts, rosemary, and Ligurian black olives; or Pheasant Crepinette with House made Piemonte sausage, cabbage, Mascarpone cheese, and pork cheek and corn ragu, or a healthy lighter option with the Seared Rare Tuna Loin with Artichoke hearts, mushrooms, stone mustard sauce, Cipollini onions, and red wine caramel. Dessert options include Sweet Potato Pie, White Chocolate Mousse, or Pecan Pie.

Equinox: (818 Connecticut Ave., NW) Located downtown just steps away from the White House, Executive Chef Todd Gray has prepared a very special 3-course menu using only the best seasonal, locally sourced ingredients for Thanksgiving (12-7 p.m.). This isn’t surprising to locals, since he has been supporting local farms and purveyors for almost two decades. Chef Gray offers the best contemporary American fare in the city and his special Thanksgiving dinner will be a coveted seat in the District, especially for other “Domestic Vegans”. Adults $60 • With Wine Pairing $85 and Children $30 (12 and under). Guests will have multiple options, highlights for first course options include Baby Arugula and Endive salad with Black Mission Figs, Shaved Fennel, and Gorgonzola Piccante or Agnolotti of Braised Pork Cheek with Brussel Sprouts, Bacon, and Chestnut Brown Butter Emulsion. For Main course, opt for the traditional Roasted Heirloom Turkey with Chestnut Brioche Stuffing, String Beans, and Cranberry Jus or choose from some non-traditional options such as the Butter Basted Cape Cod Scallops, Beer Brined Pork Rack, Oven Roasted Maryland Rockfish, Pride of the Plains Black Angus Beef Tenderloin, or  Winter Squash Orzo Risotto. For dessert, Brandi Edinger will continue to surprise guests with her Pumpkin Pave with Black Pepper Ice Cream, Hazelnut Crumble, and Candied Hazelnuts or Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butter Rum Ice Cream, Cinnamon Oat Streusel, and Warm Toffee Sauce, just to name a few. Equinox’s atrium has a naturalistic eco-friendly fireplace with textured glass perfect for nourishing cold souls beside the smoldering fire. Make sure to call in advance for a seat near the fireplace. In addition, Todd’s holiday meals will be offered for you to bring to your own home, and full catering services for larger parties.

Rasika: (633 D Street, NW) Arguably the best Indian restaurant in the nation’s capital is adding an exotic Thanksgiving addition to their extensive a la carte menu. Prepared by Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam, guests can enjoy the flavorful Dum Ka Turkey, turkey piccatta marinated with cashew nut and cranberry paste, served with cranberry korma sauce, jeera Brussels sprouts and butternut squash bharta.  The special turkey dish is priced at $20, excluding gratuity and tax.  The complete a la carte menu is also available on Thanksgiving Day and Rasika Penn Quarter will feature two seating timeframes: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM.  Valet parking is available for $8.  For reservations please call (202) 637-1222.

Rasika West End: (1190 New Hampshire Ave., NW) The newly opened sister to the original Rasika is offering some special Thanksgiving dishes in addition to the a la carte menu.  Prepared by Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam and Chef de Cuisine Manish Tyagi, guests can enjoy the flavorful Turkey Mussalam, a turkey roulade served with a spiced, minced turkey stuffing and crispy Brussels sprouts.  The special turkey dish is priced at $20, excluding tax and gratuity.  To pair perfectly with the dish, Sommelier Simon Stilwell has carefully selected a Petit Rimauresq Rosé priced at $12 a glass and $48 a bottle.  The wine’s aromas of sweet red berries compliment the cranberries, while the spicy notes of fresh ginger confirms the dishes Indian accents.  Crisp with a mouthwatering minerality, the Petit Rimauresq pulls together all the flavors of the dish while providing a refreshing finish.  The complete a la carte menu is also available on Thanksgiving Day and Rasika will feature two seating timeframes: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM.  Valet parking is available for $8.  For reservations please call (202) 466-2500.

Vidalia: (1990 M St., NW) Make reservations early if you want to celebrate your Thanksgiving in culinary style without any work involved. Vidalia is offering a special Thanksgiving a la carte menu from 12 to 8pm, featuring traditional Thanksgiving favorites and American dishes with an international twist. Vidalia will feature a menu that includes scallop ceviche, oyster pan roast, crabcakes and even pork scrapple as appetizers. In addition to a traditional turkey entrée, they will also offer spiced crusted duck breast, shrimp and grits, a lamb duo and stuffed quail. Say thanks for their dessert offering featuring apple cider donuts (Yum!), banana pudding and other sweet treats. See the full menu here.


Don’t forget to order your pies from Ripple’s Sugar Magnolia. Chefs Logan Cox and Alison Reed are now offering unique savory and sweet pies at Ripple’s Sugar Magnolia. Guests can stop by the Cleveland Park shop or place advance orders for the holidays. All pies will come boxed with a ribbon. For advance orders or special requests, email Chef Alison Reed at alison@rippledc.com.

Savory Pies (6-inch, email to request pricing/place advance orders for 9-inch)

  • Broccoli, Prosciutto, Parmesan – $11 (6-inch)
  • Mushroom, Pine Nut, Sage – $10 (6-inch)
  • Smoked Albacore Tuna, Purple Potatoes, Rosemary – $11 (6-inch)
  • Zucchini, Kale, Shelling Peas, Purple Basil – $10 (6-inch)

Sweet Pies (6-inch, email to place advance orders for 9-inch)

  • Bourbon Caramel Pecan – $10 (6-inch) / $20 (9-inch)
  • Apple – $9 (6-inch) / $18 (9-inch)
  • Pumpkin Spice – $9 (6-inch) / $18 (9-inch)
  • Squash – $9 (6-inch) / $18 (9-inch)

Sugar Magnolia (storefront in front of Ripple)
3417 Connecticut Ave. NW

Enjoy holiday vegan treats from Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats! Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats vegan bakery and cafe is featuring the following seasonal treats through the end of December. The perfect gifts for teachers, colleagues or friends, these items can be wrapped with bows upon request. Stop by the Columbia Heights shop or order in advance by calling 202.299.9700 .

  • Gingerbread Whoopie Pies – $2.75 each
  • Peppermint Cupcakes, Eggnog Cupcakes, Mini Ginger Cranberry Loaves – $3 each
  • Snowflake Sugar Cookies – $2 each, Sugar Cookies (various shapes) – $10/box
  • Peppermint Brownies – $3.50 each
  • Gingerbread Men Cookies – $5 each (large), $3 each (small)
  • Mini Chocolate Cream Pies, Mini Pecan Pies – $5 each

Sticky Fingers is also offering special “Pupcake Kits” for $18 with 20% of sales going to Pinups for Pitbulls. Each Pupcake kit comes with four chocolate cupcakes, peanut butter frosting, dark chocolate and roasted peanuts, packed separately for at-home decorating. Pupcake kits can only be ordered online, and will be available until Dec. 17.

Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats
1370 Park Road, NW

Happy Thanksgiving!


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