There are two types of people in this country: those who spend tireless hours in the kitchen to make Thanksgiving dinner from scratch, and those who prefer to make a reservation. If you are among the latter and would rather local chefs do all the work, you’re not alone. Many restaurants are already taking reservations because of the popularity of eating out for the big meal. Here is a list of our favorite spots for a Thanksgiving feast in DC this year.
1309 5th St NE
Guests come to enjoy oven-roasted heritage turkeys each year at this Union Market restaurant. The menu includes traditional fare such as sourdough stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and caramelized brussels sprouts, doused in a ladle full of made-from-scratch gravy. Save room for the delicious apple pie with classic vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. $55 per adult and $25 for kids under 12.
1200 16th St NE
At twice the cost of most options on this list, guests can expect an elegant feast with both a classic and modern appeal. The thee-course prix fixe Thanksgiving meal offers organic farm fresh turkey, apple chestnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and so much more. Vegetarian options are also available. Offering chai with caramelized popcorn, red curry squash pumpkin pie and other gourmet desserts, it’s nearly impossible to choose. This local spot may just become one of your holiday favorites. $108 per adult and $48 for each child under 12.
3311 Connecticut Ave NW
For those looking for Thanksgiving with an Israeli twist, Sababa is the place to be. The menu includes six holiday-themed dishes including charred carrots, fingerling potatoes, roasted pumpkin hummus, grilled lamb chops with rye stuffing, lamb matzo ball soup. The meal is served from noon to 9:00 pm and there is plenty of room for families and large groups. Prices vary, so check the website or call ahead.
11830 Grand Park Ave b
The holiday buffet is what makes this modern American restaurant a go-to favorite for so many. Herb-roasted turkey, stuffing made with chestnut confit, acorn squash bisque and an array of desserts featuring chocolate chip toffee cookies and apple cider donuts, are just a sampling of the many tasty choices here. $58 per adult and $20 for kids under 12.
Four Seasons Georgetown, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Located inside the tony Four Seasons Georgetown, guests will enjoy a sophisticated take on Thanksgiving. Chilled oysters, jumbo lump crab cake, roasted maple grove turkey, and a Shenandoah wagyu NY strip, and pumpkin pana cota, are but a sampling of the delicious fare awaiting you at this Michael Mina restaurant. $125 per adult and $50 for kids 6-12.
1201 24th St NW
A hot spot that pulls off family-style feasts properly is located in the Park Hyatt in the West End neighborhood of the District. This three-course meal has a southern flare with a variety of spreads including whipped boiled peanuts, black eye pea hummus, and pimento cheese. The sorghum-brined turkey comes with cornbread-oyster dressing, although guests can opt out and order everything from prime rib and crab cakes to vegetable pot pie.
$135 per adult, $55 for kids between the ages of 6-12, and free for kids under 6.
Do you enjoy going to a restaurant for your Thanksgiving meal? If so, did your favorite spot make our list? Let us know in the comments.