If you get to the thankful part of Thanksgiving far more easily without the mess and chaos of cooking, then we’ve got you covered. Read on for seven places that will whip up your Thanksgiving Day for you (and do the dishes!) so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the moment.

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Lincoln Restaurant
It was Abraham Lincoln who proclaimed Thanksgiving as a national holiday. So celebrate historical-style downtown at Lincoln Restaurant. The buffet and carving station are available to all with child and adult prices and portions available.

Cost: $59/adults; $21/kids
1110 Vermont Ave., NW (Dpwntown)
Online: lincolnrestaurant-dc.com

Art and Soul
A local staple, Art and Soul will host its traditional Thanksgiving Day Buffet, all day, at its Capital Hill location. With two kinds of turkey, ham, ribeye and all varieties of trimmings and pies, there is bound to be something for everyone.

Cost: $70/adults; $30/kids
415 New Jersey Ave., NW (Capitol Hill)
Online: artandsouldc.com

Gadsby’s Tavern
What could be cooler than chowing down on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the same spot that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson used to hang out? Choose the family style meal, where you’ll be served at public tables in the 19th Century Ballroom.

Cost: $53/adults; $26.50/kids
138 N. Royal St. (Alexandria, Va)
Online: gadsbystavernrestaurant.com



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Seasons 52
Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey raised antibiotic-free on family farms at Seasons 52, located within the Tysons Corner Mall. Adults and kids prices and portions are available. And if pre-black Friday shopping is of interest to you, the mall should be open when you’re done.

Cost: $26.90/adults; $12.90/kids
7863L Tysons Corner Center (McLean, Va)
Online: seasons52.com

Georgia Browns
Whether you want to eat out or stay in, Georgia Browns will cook your turkey dinner for you with a side of Southern hospitality. Make a reservation at the restaurant to enjoy what CNN ranked as the Nation’s Top Thanksgiving Dinner or pre-order your meal for pickup.

Cost: Prices vary
950 15th St., NW
Online: gbrowns.com

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If you have out-of-towners coming to visit, this legendary family-style Italian restaurant might be your best bet. Offerings include a hearty feast of giant plates piled high with turkey with sausage and sage stuffing, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, and more. Bonus: You can eat in Carmine’s dining room, or get the whole shebang delivered to your own kitchen table.

Cost: $239.95 (serves 8)
425 7th St., NW (Judiciary Square)
Onlline: carminesnyc.com

Amici Miei
Known for their authentic take on Italian grub, this neighborhood favorite will be whipping up three versions of Thanksgiving mains—roasted turkey, arctic char, and homemade gnocchi—plus a slew of kid friendly trimmings (think: mashed potatoes and pumpkin cheesecake!).


Cost: $38.95/adults; $18.95/kids
1093 Seven Locks Rd. (Potomac, Md)
Online: amicimieiristorante.com



What’s your Thanksgiving meal plan—staying home or eating out? Dish in the comments section below.  

—Tricia Mirchandani