Thanksgiving is next 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. If you’re interested in eating out, ordering in, drinking quality beers or seeing a show, we’ve got you covered.
Acadiana & PassionFish – Both of these Passion Food Hospitality restaurants serving up a to-go feast for eight this Thanksgiving. Packages are complete with sides, sweets and turkey, but go with the offer from Acadiana if you want to step out of your comfort zone with a Cajun-style turkey – just be sure to place your order by 5 p.m. on November 17.
Bayou Bakery – Grab some southern-style Thanksgiving sides and sweets from your favorite New Orleans style bakery. Order before November 16 and get a 10% discount.
Bidwell – The Union Market restaurants to-go menu gives you plenty of options. Choose between three differently sized heritage turkeys (from $130 – $185) and don’t forget to grab a few sides like the butternut squash soup (made with sage grown on their rooftop), gravy made from scratch, and sourdough stuffing.
BlackSalt Fish Market and Restaurant – If you’re looking for something a little fancier, BlackSalt has you covered. They’re offering gourmet Thanksgiving meals to-go – you can even select the size of the turkey included in your order. Be sure to order by November 19.
Buttercream Bakeshop – Want to impress your friends and family? Grab one of Buttercream’s three limited-edition Thanksgiving sweets (we’d go for the Cinnamon-Dulce Apple Pie) and pretend you made it yourself. This can’t possibly go wrong.
Carmine’s – Carmine’s is celebrating Thanksgiving with a special take-home Thanksgiving feast that includes an 18-pound turkey, Brussels sprouts, string beans, a holiday pie, and more. The deadline for ordering is November 21, and pickups begin at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Centrolina – Their Thanksgiving take-out menu combines Thanksgiving classics with Italian-inspired twists – pumpkin ravioli anyone?
Colada Shop – Head to either location to check out Colada Shop’s special Thanksgiving pies. Choose from pecan and coffee-chocolate or pumpkin dulce de leche, but either way you can’t go wrong. Pair them with one of their limited time Fiesta Boxes for a little something savory, and while you’re there, try one of their Cuban sandwiches.
Cork Wine Bar & Market – This cute combo store / bar offering everything you need to-go this Thanksgiving (minus the turkey). Grab some sides like cornbread stuffing with sausage, chilies and herbs or go for a dessert like Salted caramel pecan shortbread tart. Order by November 20 and choose between a November 22 or 23 pickup date.
Dangerously Delicious – D.C.’s pie professionals are taking advance orders for all of your Thanksgiving pie needs.
Del Campo – Mix up your traditions and spring for Del Campo’s South American-inspired Thanksgiving take-out menu, complete with Peruvian chicken and jalapeño mashed potatoes. Place your order by November 19 to grab on November 22 or Thanksgiving day.
Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe – Place an advance order for your favorite Thanksgiving pie and leave the baking to the professionals.
Ice Cream Jubilee – Our favorite ice cream spot (I don’t want to hear your opinion) is partnering with Dog Tag Bakery to bring you two limited ice cream pies in celebration of Thanksgiving. We’d go for the Apple Butter Oatmeal Cookie ice cream pie in a baked blondie crust, but you’re an adult. You can make your own ice cream pie decision.
Kapnos – Starting Monday, November 13, Kapnos is putting their own twist on the classic Thanksgiving meal – the Thanksgiving bento. Order 48 hours ahead for this bento complete with roast turkey, roasted Brussels sprouts, and smoked chestnut stuffing. If the bento boxes aren’t your style, Kapnos is also offering some Greek-inspired Thanksgiving dishes for pickup.
Osteria Morini – While you’re eating some delicious pasta, pick up one of Osteria Morini’s amazing pies or pastry’s to go. Options include brown butter apple pie, chocolate chip cookies and chocolate bark (with pumpkin seeds), but you really need their chocolate pecan pie in your life. I have one in my fridge right now and I already know none of my relatives will be able to top it.
RareSweets – If the words “pecorino and thyme biscuits” don’t do anything for you then you’re a lost cause. RareSweets is offering a small menu of savory and sweet baked goods for order (including the aforementioned biscuits), just make sure to get your order in by November 18.
Red’s Table – This Reston restaurant is offering an irresistible take-home Thanksgiving feast, including a turkey, sides and pumpkin pie. The whole situation will run you $209, but if you’re just looking for glazed yams ($17) or buttermilk whipped potatoes ($21) you can order a la carte as well. Your last day to order is November 16 and you can pick everything up by noon on Thanksgiving day.
The Riggsby – Take some stress out of your Thanksgiving and order ahead at The Riggsby. They’re offering a prix fixe package that includes roasted turkey served with stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce as well as three sides of your choosing for $39. You can also order whole turkeys, sides or desserts a la carte. It’s like a choose your own adventure that also include crab cakes. Place your order by November 18 and you’ll be good to go.
Ritz-Carlton at Tyson’s Corner – The Ritz is serving up two Thanksgiving feasts to-go this year. You can go with their traditional turkey dinner or switch it up and try their prime rib option. Both serve six guests and both require no cooking.
Taqueria del Barrio – Switch things up this Thanksgiving and order this Mexican take on a turducken, which involves wrapping turkey around pork loin and then wrapping the whole thing in chorizo. It will cost you $16 per pound and they’ll also throw in some cheese poblano tamales for $3.99. Make your order by Monday, November 20th and you can pick up your order from noon to close on November 22.
Woodward Takeout Foods – Pretend Chef Jeffrey Buben is dining with you and order from WTF’s Thanksgiving to go menu complete with turkey, sides, and dessert.
Ardeo+Bardeo – Taste the flavors of the fall harvest at Ardeo+Bardeo’s three-course Thanksgiving meal, like roasted pumpkin agnolotti.
Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca – Enjoy your classic Thanksgiving treats with some Italian inspired twists. The three course tasting menu is $55 per person and features items like lamb meatballs, bombolini and more.
Bidwell – Stop by Union Market to check out their prix-fixe Thanksgiving Day dine-in menu (which includes heritage turkeys) and while you’re there, order a cocktail. Their Long Goodbye Gimlet gets me every time.
Bindaas – Combining our favorite Thanksgiving foods and our favorite Indian food sounds like the best possible idea. Go for the turkey meatballs with cranberry korma sauce and enjoy the fact that you didn’t have to put any work into making this meal. Hell yeah.
BLT Steak – It’s D.C., of course the steak houses are open. BLT Steak is offering a three course prix-fixe menu on Thanksgiving day, but you can stop by their bar any time through the 24th to try one of their two Thanksgiving themed popovers. I guess that’s one way to pregame the big meal.
Blue Duck Tavern – One of our favorite brunch spots is offering farm-fresh Thanksgiving day brunch and dinner menus. Featuring three courses, BDT is serving up crab cakes, confit turkey legs and more. The meal will run you $125 per person and $55 for the kids.
The Bombay Club – Spend your Thanksgiving at one of D.C.’s finest Indian restaurants. They’ll be offering a variety of Thanksgiving specials to compliment their usual a la carte menu of classic Indian selections. Plus, there will be live piano music. How classy.
Brasserie Beck – Wiedemaier’s restaurant is open on Thanksgiving Day and they’re also offering a one-day only prix-fixe menu. Expect French classics like beef bourguignon, moules gratinees au gruyère and more seasonal specific dishes like cinderella pumpkin pierogis.
Café Dupont – Enjoy your Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu ($55 per person) with a view. Go for the butternut squash soup (which comes with a pomegranate drizzle) and definitely don’t leave without trying the sticky pumpkin pudding.
Central Michel Richard – Head to this prix-fixe menu ($58) to get your fix of turkey, duck confit, saffron risotto and almond bread pudding.
City Tap Dupont – This Dupont bar wants you to get boozy. They’re pairing their Thanksgiving inspired platters with Allagash beers for the ultimate Friendsgiving. If you’re going to get awkwardly drunk on one holiday, Thanksgiving is a great choice.
City Tap Penn Quarter – Want something a little less booze? Penn Quarter’s $30 prix-fixe menu features squash soup, turkey, and pumpkin pie. All the classics.
DBGB – The French inspired restaurant is doing classic Thanksgiving dishes on a special a la carte menu. Get hyped for roasted turkey, chestnut stuffing, brussels sprouts and more.
The Hay-Adams – One of D.C.’s oldest hotels is offering two Thanksgiving Day specials – stop by before 11 a.m. for an a la carte breakfast experience, or come during the day for an indulgent Thanksgiving buffet.
Indique – Don’t feel like lifting a finger? Head on over to Indique between 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to grab an Indian inspired Thanksgiving meal. Go for the sweet potato chaat, their seasonal soup and definitely don’t skip on the turkey kebab.
Kith and Kin – Spend your Thanksgiving day checking out Chef Kwame Onwuachi’s newly opened Kith and Kin. Dine on honeynut squash veloute with black truffle, curried chicken stew and most importantly, jerk turkey. That alone makes me want to skip my family meal and head to The Wharf.
Le Diplomate – Our favorite French restaurant (and yours too) is open all day on Thanksgiving, but stop by after 1:00 p.m. and try their classic prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner. That bread basket alone is guaranteed to make this Thanksgiving your best ever.
Lincoln – Stop by Lincoln for their Thanksgiving Day prix-fixe menu, including glazed wild salmon and herb-crusted Angus prime rib.
Mastro’s Steakhouse – It’s a steak house. You can get steak.
Morton’s – Stop by Morton’s on Thanksgiving Day for their regular menu or impress your friends with their Cote de Boeuf special. Again, it’s just a steakhouse.
Nopa Kitchen + Bar – Executive Chef Matt Kuhn is serving up three courses of non-traditional takes on Thanksgiving dinner. Appetizers include duck liver mousse and venison carpaccio and you can expect entrees like chilean seabass congee and pasture raised turkey.
Oceanaire – Stop by Oceanaire on Thanksgiving Day for a special menu complete with oven roasted turkey roulade, savory sage cranberry stuffing, and more Thanksgiving-y sides. Then come back on Black Friday for $1 oysters all day. Nothing cures a booze hangover / food hangover like oysters.
Osteria Morini – D.C.’s Italian restaurants are really diving into the Thanksgiving game this year. Head on over to the Navy Yard to try their prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu (which includes soft gnocchi), or grab one of their Thanksgiving pastries to take home.
The Oval Room – Chef John Melfi has a full prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu, but we’re most intrigued by the fois gras creme brulee. Definitely don’t bring your vegetarian friends.
Plume at The Jefferson – Because spending Thanksgiving a Michelin starred restaurant seems like the best idea. Get ready for a seared foie gras medalllion (with duck jus and figs obviously), eggplant semolina gnocchi and red kuri pumpkin pie with a speculoos croustillant. I had to google what a croustillant was. That’s how you know it’s going to be a good meal.
Ritz-Carlton at Tyson’s Corner – Pregame Thanksgiving dinner with the Ritz’s Thanksgiving brunch. Dine on jumbo shrimp from the raw bar, caviar, sushi made before your very eyes, as well as a variety of classic brunch and Thanksgiving dishes. It’s kind of an insane buffet.
Rye Street Tavern – If you’re heading up to Baltimore this Thanksgiving, stop by Rye Street Tavern and check out James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini’s takes on Thanksgiving classics. And get drunk on all the good whiskey. That step is crucial.
St. Regis – Stop by anytime between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. for St. Regis’ prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu. We recommend you go all out and add a wine pairing, but either way this four course meal should be satisfying.
Station 4’s – Head over to the Waterfront and check out three-course Thanksgiving meal, complete with pumpkin hummus.
Succotash Penn Quarter – Stop by Succotash on Thanksgiving Day for a prix-fixe special family style menu, or ball out and opt for the expanded menu, complete with oysters with bourbon-brown butter.
Taqueria del Barrio – Everything is better with chorizo, especially turkey. Taqueria del Barrio is offering their version of a turducken made by wrapping turkey around pork loin and then wrapping the whole thing in chorizo. They’re calling it the Mexican turkey roulade and you can order it from November 24 through November 26. Need a little more? It also comes with a cheese poblano tamale and some cranberry and orange salsa.
1789 Restaurant – If you’re looking for a classic Thanksgiving dinner, look no further. This three-course meal includes Brussels sprouts, turkey and pumpkin pie, but you can also get a little weird and dive face first into the octopus if that’s more your speed.
2941 Restaurant – Take a trip over to Falls Church to enjoy Chef Bertrand Chemel’s Thanksgiving menu. The three course meal includes dishes like chicken liver and foie gras mousse, an Earth and Ocean plate that includes roasted turkey and butter poached lobster, but there’s also a fully fleshed out vegetarian section for your family members who are into it.
701 Restaurant – Check out their three-course Thanksgiving feast featuring smoked sturgeon, quince brined pork tenderloin, warm apple crostata and so much more. Enjoy live jazz while you eat like you’ve never eaten before.
The local startup MealTribes Friendsgiving is hosting a massive “Friendsgiving” event for charity – up to 150 guests will bring a side dish and a $20 donation for MealTribes’ chosen charity, No Kid Hungry.
Stop by the 9:30 Club and catch local looping guitar guru Keller Williams on November 25th for his post-Thanksgiving “Thanksforgrassgiving” performance.
Arena Stage is hosting their 7th Annual Military Thanksgiving on Friday, November 24th. Wounded warriors, service men and women, and their families are invited to this complimentary dinner, complete with a complimentary performance of musical comedy The Pajama Game.
Start your Thanksgiving on a high note (ha!) and head over to the Wonderland Ballroom on November 22nd for Opera On Tap’s free Thanksgiving performance.