It’s Thanksgiving this Thursday. It’s the one day where it’s OK to eat like it’s your last meal AND get the day off work! D.C. is a lovely place to spend the holiday, whether you’re with family, friends or all alone. Whether you want to eat out, order in, drink quality beers or see a show, we’ve got you covered.
DBGB Kitchen and Bar– The three-course, prix-fixe holiday menu features Squash Soup, Pork, Pate, Roasted Turkey, and much more. Seatings are available from 12-9pm on Thanksgiving for $60. Click here to reserve now.
Bastille – The decadent three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu from Bastille includes a first course, entree, and dessert, with an optional additional cheese course. Standout dishes include the Braised Duroc pork belly with smoked sausage, German mustard sauce, Braised cabbage, apples, and potatoes, and for dessert, Valrhona chocolate espresso terrine or cardamom ice cream. 4-10pm, $75 per person with wine pairings for $19. Cheese course is an additional $13.
Blue Duck Tavern – It’s one of, if not the only important Thursdays of the year and Blue Duck Tavern is on.it. So on Thursday, November 26 they’re offering a special “brunch into dinner” service that goes from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. That’s a long time (!!). Start your meal off with a seasonal salad accompanied by fresh bread, meat, and cheese. Then TURKEY. The main and side dishes will be made with fresh produce from local farms and the desserts will be seasonal creations a la Chef Brad Deboy. The three course meal is priced at $110 per person and at $55 for children ages 6-12. Side note: if you want to order in your Thanksgiving dinner from Blue Duck Tavern next year, they accept orders until mid-November.
Nage – We love buffets. Nage’s Thanksgiving buffet is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The menu is stocked with Cajun Deep Fried Turkey; Brown Sugar Glazed Ham; Cornbread and Andouille Stuffing; Mac and Cheese; Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes; Green Beans with almonds; Braised Collard Greens; Cranberry Sauce; Parker House Rolls, and Turkey Gravy, and of course vegetarian options. What’s on the dessert menu, you ask? Banana Pudding and Male Bourbon Pecan Pie. Adults pay $45, kids 12 and under pay $45, and a leftovers box goes for $15.
Ardeo Bardeo – The three-course menu (prix-fixe, $45 per person) presents a twist on Thanksgiving classics. Some highlights include Smoked Turkey Rillettes with cranberry-fig compote, Roman Style Gnocchi with roasted mushrooms and sweet potatoes, and bourbon brioche pudding. The menu is served from 11am-8pm.
NoPA Kitchen and Bar – NoPA’s Thanksgiving day menu was prepared and designed by Chef Matt Kuhn and it looks pretty delicious. Meals will start being served at 11 a.m. and include appetizers like Sweet Potato and Apple Soup; Bouchot Mussels: Baby Lacinto Kale Salad, and New Zealand Venison Carpaccio. Main dishes range from your traditional Roasted Heritage Turkey Breast to a Farro and Black Quinoa Risotto; Beef Coulotte Steak Fritesa, and Chilean Sea Bass. As for the desserts there’s no use in ordering just one – how can you pass up Maple-Cider Doughnuts, Pumpkin Mousse Napoleon, and Rosemary Scented Apple Streusel? The three course prixe-fixe goes for $49.
Rasika – If you’re looking for a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal, both the West End and Penn Quarter locations of Rasika are featuring exotic turkey specials in addition to their a la carte menus. At West End, enjoy the flavorful Dum Ka Turkey, a turkey hot pot flavored with saffron and cashew nuts, for $16. Penn Quarter’s alternative is the Turkey Salli, turkey cooked with apricots and straw potatoes, also $16. Both locations will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Hamilton – Enjoy a traditional Turkey Dinner ($26) or a Glazed Virginia Ham ($30) at one of DC’s most beautiful venues. Every dinner comes with your choice of pecan, pumpkin or apple crumb pie for desert. And don’t forget to snag one of The Hamilton’s famous milkshakes!
Bombay Club – Thanksgiving guests will be delighted to find a variety of Thanksgiving Day extras in addition to the full a la carte menu. Festive specials for the occasion include the Methi Turkey Tikka marinated with yogurt, garlic, fenugreek grilled in a tandoor oven and served with cranberry chutney, Brussels sprout foogath, and butternut squash bharta for $19.50 a person. For dessert, try a Pumpkin Brûlée with a cranberry cookie for $8. The Thanksgiving menu is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The Oval Room – From 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. you can enjoy the Oval Room’s extensive Thanksgiving menu. Tell your friends and/or family to each order different things to make this shit into a buffet. The appetizers menu includes Foie Gras “Creme Brulee” Chestnut, Sage, Maple, Puffed Rice, and Plum Jam; Burrata, Shaved Autumn Vegetable Salad, Spicy Pumpkin Seed Vinaigrette; Fairytale Pumpkin Squash Panna Cotta, Braised Chesnuts, Cranberry Emulsion, and Crispy Sage. For the main course you can get Red Bourbon Turkey, Duck Breast, Bavette Steak, Acquerello Risotto, or Pan Seared Scallops. The dessert menu features dishes like Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Pudding, Fallen Chocolate Souffle, and a Honeycrisp Apple Tart. It’s 3 courses for $55.
701 Restaurant – 701 will be dishing up a classic Thanksgiving feast with a three-course, prix fixe holiday menu available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The menu includes innovative starters such as Charred Broccoli Salad and Jonah Crab. The main course choices include Grilled Pork Loin with plum jam, potato polenta, and piperade; Turkey Duo with sweet potato puree, stuffing, cranberry jam, and gravy, as well as Diver Scallops with Jerusalem artichoke, Brussels sprouts, and chicken jus. For the perfect ending, there is chocolate cremeux, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and créme brulee. 701’s live jazz duo of piano and bass will be performing during Thanksgiving service.
Bibiana – Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca will be offering an authentic Italian twist on Thanksgiving. Executive Chef Jake Addeo’s prix fixe menu includes Sicilian squash vine soup with caciovallo cheese, spaghetti spezzati, tomato, and ginger; and Crispy Well Fleet oysters with creamed spinach, and black truffle aioli. Entrées include H Roasted Duck Leg Confit with maple glazed blue hubbard squash gnocchi; and Spicy Italian American Style Seafood Stew with calamari, shrimp, clams, mussels, and roasted garlic crostini. Guests can end their meal with tempting dessert options that include a Red Delicious Apple Tart Tartin with candied walnuts and cider reduction or a Chocolate Pecan Tart with tcho chocolate sauce and brown butter gelato. $50 per person.
Ted’s Bulletin – Thanksgiving Pop Tarts are back! Although Ted’s will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, the limited-edition pastries will be available the entire week and also for pre-order and pick-up. What is a Thanksgiving Pop Tart, you ask? Well, it is a savory, holiday themed riff on the classic American treat, filled with turkey and house made stuffing, then glazed with cranberry sauce and topped with sweet potato mash. It is literally Thanksgiving-in-a-Pop-Tart, for only $3.99.
Station 4 – Sometimes less is more especially when it comes to menus. Station 4’s Thanksgiving three course lunch and dinner menu is stocked with appetizers like Spiced Butternut Squash Soup, Beef TarTar, and Pumpkin Caprese Salad. For your main course you can choose from Roasted Turkey, Seared Salmon, Pumpkin Ravioli, and N.Y. Strip Steak. Then top it all of with pie: pumpkin and pecan pie. Available from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., the prix fix menu goes for $40.
City Tap House – Thanksgiving On the Road at City Tap House from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Serving Thanksgiving classics and their full dinner menu if you’re afraid of change. Word is that they have a special holiday cookie making its rounds on the dessert menu.
City Perch Kitchen + Bar – City Perch’s three course Thanksgiving dinner menu is simple and good. For your first course you can choose from Parsnip and Apple Soup with a puff pastry dome and candied apple chip and the Endive and Arugula Salad with pink lady apples, candied walnuts, gorgonzola dolce, and walnut vinaigrette (or you can get both because why not?). The turkey is herb roasted and served with cranberry and quince bread pudding, sautéed green beans, sweet potato, confit chesnuts, turkey gravy, cranberry compote, and fresh baked parker house rolls. For dessert you can get the Three Pumpkin Pie and the Pink Lady Apple Crisp with candied pecans and maple gelato. See how I said you can get one and the other? You’ll want both. It’s $45 per person and $20 per half person (children 12 years and younger).
Pinea – The restaurant at the W has a nice and concise three course menu prepared for your Thanksgiving needs. The appetizer is a Pan Seared Foie Gras with Cranberries, Candied Almonds, and Vin Santo. For your entrée you can havve the Roulade of Heritage Turkey served with Chesnut and Guanciale Stuffing, Brussels Sprouts, Whipped Sweet Potatoes, and Turkey Jus. The dessert: a Pumpking Tart with spiced mascarpone. This special menu is available from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving day as well as Pinea’s regular dinner menu.
BLT Steak – BLT Steak DC wants in on the turkey festivities too. Appetizers include Celery Root Soup and Kabocha Squash Risotto. Get a Roastd Turkey with chesnut-sausage stuffing, cranberry-grenadine sauce, and rosemary gravy; or go for the Dry-Aged Roasted Prime Rib with confit garlic jus and caramelized onion bread pudding. To bounce back from that food coma with some sugar indulge in some Velvet Chocolate Rocky Road and Cranberry Spiced Bread Pudding. Yay! It’s $75 per person and $40 for children under 12, you know the drill. Oh and on the 27th BLT is serving Thanksgiving Leftover Popovers for lunch and dinner.
America Eats Tavern – José Andrés is #blessing us with a Thanksgiving menu at America Eats Tavern. This menu is packed with delightful, delicious dining options. The Roast Virginia Turkey is what you think it is and so is the Shrimp and Seafood Sausage Jambalaya. Side dishes include Bourbon Corn Pudding and Virginia Oyster Stuffing. Desserts are TBD until the day of Thanksgiving. The suspense!! It’s $65 per person and $25 for children ages 10 and under.
Fiola and Fiola Mare– Fabio Trabocchi offers a Thanksgiving Dinner special at Fiola for $90 a person. Menu highlights include Shigoku Oysters, Hand Cut Tajarin, Pennsylvania Heritage Roast Turkey, and Pine Roasted Shenandoah Rack of Lamb as well as dessert options that include a Chocolate & Pecan Crostata and Honey Panna Cotta.
2941 – Celebrated Falls Church Restaurant 2941 is inviting guests to enjoy a festive feast with a view! The 2941 team is presenting three holiday-themed prix fixe menus including a 3-course prix fixe for $68 and a 3-course prix fixe Children’s Menu for $25. Menu highlights include Butternut Squash Velouté, Wild Boar Pappardelle, Thanksgiving Vegetarian, Maple Lawn Farm’s Turkey Breast, Apple Pie, and a Chocolate Pecan Bar, to name a few. Seatings are available 11am to 8pm.
Boss Shepherd’s Honest Food and Drink – For $49.99 per person, the Boss Shepherd’s menu includes starters like Pot Pie Fritters, Fried Local Oysters, and Squash Soup. On the list of entrees is Heritage Turkey; Fried Chicken; Fall Vegetables with Pumpkin Puree, Roasted Young Carrots, Grilled Oyster Mushroom, and Pecan Gremolata. For dessert you have a choices of Apple Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, Chocolate Caramel Cake, Carolina Rice Pudding Brulee, and more.
DBGB Kitchen and Bar – The three course prix-fixe at DBGB is being served from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you want to start your meal off with healthy note order the Grilled Kale with sweet potato, Brussels sprout, pickled water chestnut, and buttermilk dressing. But if you want to treat yo self then the Foie Gras Terrine with warm bacon jam and brioche sounds pretty damn good. There’s Roasted Turkey for those who want to keep with tradition and Atlantic Salmon and Mushroom Risotto for everyone else plus vegetarians. Pumpkin Pie, Apple-Brown Butter Sundae, and Chocolate Pecan Bar are the perfect trifecta for this dessert menu. Adults pay $65 and children 12 and under pay $35.
14th Annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger – As much as we love to indulge in the capitalist activities of Black Friday (SALES), Thanksgiving is still a time to give thanks. Trot for Hunger is taking place on Thanksgiving Day with a 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. with a $35 registration fee for walkers and a $40 fee for runners. The proceeds will go towards SOME (So Others Might Eat) and will help them provide meals to low-income and homeless DC area residents.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon – Jack Rose is telling you to “Drink Your Thanksgiving Dinner” so you should maybe listen. Starting on Monday the 23rd until Wednesday the 25th they’ll be serving Thanksgiving inspired cocktails like Seat at the Kids Table which has Butter-Washed Boyd & Blair, Cocchi di Torino, Domaine de Canton, Lime Juice, and Ginger Beer. Cheers to the kids table.
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza – That’s right, a Thanksgiving Pizza. Sometimes being predictable isn’t a bad thing because this pizza will be topped with roasted turkey, candied sweet potatoes, cranberries, goat cheese, Brussels sprouts, pancetta, and mozzarella. It’s available from Monday, November 23 until Wednesday, November 25 for $3.50 a pop.
Trummer’s on Main – Chef Austin Fausett is serving up Ginger Pumpkin Bisque, Chicken Fried Rappahannock River Oysters, Heritage Breed Roasted Turkey, and Beef Short Rib. The three course prix fixe is $64 for adults and $25 for children.
Le Diplomate – Open from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Le Diplomate’s Thanksgiving celebrations will include Roasted Turkey Breast and Leg Confit with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and candied yams. It’s $45 per person.
Bistrot Royal – Alexandria’s Bistrot Royal will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving day and has a three course prix fixe menu for $55 per person. Menu items include foie gras terrine with brioche toast points, Armagnac macerated prunes, Smith Meadow Farm (VA) pasture-raised Angus beef pot roast on top of celeriac-potato puree, Brussels sprouts, fall mushrooms and shallots, and pumpkin pudding cake.
Astro Doughnuts – November = Movember at Astro Doughnuts. Some of their Thanksgiving themed mini doughnuts include: créme brûlée, cinnamon sugar with apple jam filling, maple bacon, and sweet potato fritters.
Carmine’s – Feeding a crowd? The 8-person feast, which is available for dining in or taking out, is a classic Thanksgiving spread. An 18-pound turkey, brussels sprouts, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and pie are sure to satisfy your guests- and let you start drinking earlier instead of cooking. Everyone wins!
BlackSalt – Although the MacArthur Boulevard restaurant will be closed Thanksgiving day, they are offering full Thanksgiving dinners to be picked up on Wednesday, November 25. Call before the 23rd to reserve your Amish turkeys, oysters, soups, sides, and desserts.
Catoctin Creek Distilery – Spice up your Thanksgiving Day bar with handcrafted kosher and organic spirits made in the heart of historic Purcellville, Virginia in Loudoun County by Scott and Becky Harris. Award-winning spirits include: Roundstone Rye, Mosby’s Spirit, Watershed Gin, Roundstone Rye 92 Proof, and an assortment of Brandys. Looking for spirit-inspired stocking stuffers? Purchase a CCDC spirit-scented candle, Smokin’ Wood Chips – perfect for grilling, barrel-aged maple syrup, CCDC logo’ed gifts – flasks, glassware, growler, hats, t-shirts, or create your own gift baskets – all available at Catoctin Creek Distillery’s beautiful new tasting room and distillery located in the heart of historic Purcellville, VA.
Dolci Gelati – For those looking to liven up the table on Thanksgiving Day with some conversation starters and memorable sweets, drop by Dolci Gelati Café and pick up a pint of your favorite fall or holiday-themed house-made Italian gelato or sorbet. Flavors include: Pumpkin Pie, Salted Caramel, Cinnamon, Honey Mascarpone Fig, and Cranberry Orange Sorbetto, to name a few. Even better, if you have a fun idea for a wild holiday-themed flavor, just call ahead and see if master Pastry Chef and owner Gianluigi Dellaccio is able to create a custom pint of the exclusive gelato or sorbet flavor just for you and your lucky guests.
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace – This Thanksgiving, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace will sell a selection of Pastry Chef Carri-anne Hamer’s pies, along with the restaurant’s popular Addie’s Rolls. Hamer’s selection of whole pies include Brazos River Bottom Pecan Pie, Apple, Sweet Potato and Key Lime. The buttery and addictive Addie’s Rolls, named after chef/owner Jeff Black’s grandmother, are part of the restaurant’s popular bread basket. Addie kept the recipe secret for entire life, but Black was able to obtain a version of it, which has been adapted for the restaurant. The rolls are available by the dozen.
Legal Sea Foods – The three DC-area locations of Legal Sea Foods will be offering the restaurant’s Thanksgiving menu, which celebrates the menu of the First Thanksgiving- shellfish and fish. The restaurant will offer its full seafood menu for traditionalists, as well as a Turkey Dinner: Stuffed Turkey Breast with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash and cranberry sauce, priced at $21.95 per person.
Dolcezza – The Gelato & Coffee Shop presents new seasonal flavors of gelato: Crookneck Pumpkin, Sweet Potato Pecan Praline, Pomegranate sorbetto, and Gold Rush Apple sorbetto. The Thanksgiving package includes one pint of each flavor for $60. The frozen treat perfectly complements your Thanksgiving menu, and also makes a perfect gift for friends and family anywhere in the country. Click here to order.
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab– Joe’s is offering delicious pies-to-go for the holidays. Available for 29.95, the restaurant is offering 10 different pies including pumpkin chiffon, old fashioned apple and the Joe’s legendary key lime pie. Advanced orders can be place and at least 24 hour notice is required for orders.
RareSweets – Pastry chef Meredith Tomaso, is gearing up for Thanksgiving and the holidays. The catering menu features a variety of layer cakes in lieu of pies, seasonal cookies and baked goods, Thanksgiving and Christmas morning breakfast spreads, yule logs (featuring either naughty or nice elves), gift baskets and more. Many items on the menu are inspired by family and American heirloom recipes that have been reinterpreted for a modern palate. Pre-orders can be placed by emailing [email protected] or calling 202-499–0077.
Do Good! Feel Good! Buy Pies!– Buy a pie from Food and Friends before November 20th and proceeds will go directly to providing nutritious, home delivered meals to more than 3000 children and adults in the Washington area living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life threatening illnesses. There are 5 different flavors including apple, pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato and sky pies.
Don Ciccio & Figli – Treat your guests to Artisan Italian-inspired Liqueurs Made in Washington DC by Industry Veteran and Amalfi Coast Native Francesco Amodeo. Liqueurs – created using some of Amodeo’s coveted family recipes – include: Limoncello, Ibisco, Concerto, Finocchietto, Nocino, Amaro, Mandarinetto, and Fico d’India, to highlight a few. Mini bottles of Limoncello are also available for purchase and make the ultimate stocking stuffer!
Acadiana – For a “Thanksgiving Dinner for Eight,” you can hang up your apron and ring Acadiana in Washington, DC to enjoy a complete Southern-style feast. The package features a 16- to 18-pound roasted or fried Cajun-style Turkey, choice of Giblet or Eggplant Gravy, any four sides, a Pumpkin or Pecan Pie, and Acadiana’s Biscuits with House-made Pepper Jelly. This savory and sweet spread is available for $175, or simply the bird for $105. All items are also available à la carte starting at $12 with an assortment of sides that include Sweet Potato Purée, Oyster Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread & Andouille Sausage Stuffing, Cranberries, Macaroni & Cheese and Collard Greens. To order, call 202.408.8804 before 5PM on Thursday, November 20.
Bayou Bakery -New Orleanian chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery can fill your kitchen with an array of Louisiana-style fixings with sought-after pies starting at $20 that include Virginia Peanut, Sweet Potato, Market Apple Crumble, Classic Pecan, Bourbon Chocolate-Chip and Bacon & Cayenne. Round out your meal with savory sides starting at $12, like Braised Collards or Dirty Rice by the quart, Buttermilk Biscuits by the dozen. Mac-n-Cheese can feed the whole family along with Savory Bread Pudding. Quick nibbles start at $10 per pint with Candied Spiced Pecans tossed in Creole seasoning or Cranberry-Orange Preserves to serve with Cornbread Muffins made from cornmeal ground by George Washington’s Gristmill—a Bayou Bakery exclusive! To order, call 703.243.2410 before Monday, November 24.
Kapnos and Kapnos Taverna – It’s a Greek Thanksgiving! Orders are accepted until November 22. Chef George Pagonis has prepared a menu that includes spiced spit roasted turkeys, cooked on the wood-fired rotisseries, chestnut stuffing, roasted lemon potatoes, Greek mac & cheese and more.
Del Campo – Meanwhile at Del Campo Chef Victor Abisu will be making dishes like brined, seasoned, herb-smoked and oven-ready turkeys accompanied by green chili purée and Aji Amarillo aioli, chapa bread stuffing, and pumpkin risotto. Orders accepted until the 22nd.
Let’s be honest- all you want to do after stuffing yourself (hah) is kick back and stream something amazing on Netflix. But there are tons of other things to do this weekend too! Check em out:
“Friendsgiving” at Republic– Wednesday, November 26, Republic will celebrate “Friendsgiving.” Beginning at 8pm, this game night meets karaoke happy hour will feature drink specials, karaoke and board games. Get excited for Cards Against Humanity, Balderdash, Monopoly and the Game of Life and be prepared for the karaoke competition beginning at 10pm. There will be a $10 warm drink menu as well as a beer and shot combination special for a limited time starting at 8pm.
A Thanksgiving Eve Jam @ the Howard Theatre feat. Team Familiar – Wednesday, November 25th. Doors open at 10 p.m., show starts at 11 p.m. Party on Wednesday, wake up on Thursday, stuff your face, pass out.
Take a cruise – The Spirit of Washington is welcoming family, friends, and fans to leave the cooking and cleaning to them on Thanksgiving this year. Cruisers will enjoy a holiday-themed Thanksgiving Day Buffet and DJ entertainment for dancing. Enjoy the holiday without the hassle! Boarding at 11:30am and cruising from Noon to 2:00pm, the ride is priced at $59.90 per adult. Black Friday cruises are also available.
Military Thanksgiving – For the fifth year, Arena Stage will invite 200 wounded warriors, service men and women, and their families to an elegant, complimentary dinner and a performance of Fiddler on the Roof at the Mead Center for American Theater on Friday, November 27 in gratitude for their service.
ANONYMOUS with Hot Coffee and Ron Jackson @ Dr Clock’s Elsewhere – Friday, November 27th. Doors open at 10 p.m.
Deck the Halls – The family-friendly Holiday event at Early Mountain Vineyards on November 28th will ensure that your Thanksgiving weekend is filled with holiday cheer. The event horse drawn carriage rides, photos with Santa, cookie decorating, and local artisans featuring handmade wares for sale. Chili from chef Jenn Crovato and mulled wine are among the special food and beverage offerings, in addition to the full tasting room menu.