No Work Turkey Dinner: Family Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Feasts

Thanksgiving is just around the corner which means it’s almost time to indulge in the quintessential meal of the year. Instead of getting up at the crack of dawn to prepare a crowd-pleasing feast, consider dining out for Thanksgiving. From straight-up traditional Thanksgiving menus to vegetarian versions of turkey and stuffing to classic holiday dishes with a Northwest twist, we’ve rounded up the best places to dine out for Turkey Day dinner. Psst… Call and reserve a table nowmost restaurants are open for limited hours on Thanksgiving.

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle-Thanksgiving

photo: Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
You can always count on the restaurants at finer hotels to provide a Thanksgiving feast. The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle will be serving a Thanksgiving Buffet in their Ballroom—perfect for large families or groups. In addition to traditional Turkey Day fixings (think traditional roasted tom turkey with sage chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce, giblet gravy and green bean casserole), the buffet dinner will include an apricot glazed ham, molasses glazed yams, a dessert buffet and more. To keep the little ones happy, there will be a children’s buffet and kids’ area with books, games and toys.

Four Seasons Ballroom
99 Union St.
Seattle, Wa 98101
Reservations: 206-749-7070
Online: fourseasons.com/seattle/dining/events_and_promotions

Times: Nov. 27, 2014 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $55/adults; $22/kids (ages 6-12)

Blake at ART Restaurant

photo: Kristina Moy

If you prefer a more intimate dining experience, ART Restaurant’s chefs have created an amazing four-course Thanksgiving menu, served tableside with views of Elliott Bay. For adults, the menu will include a fab selection of soups and salads including a maple bourbon butternut squash soup and your choice of traditional roasted organic tom turkey with sage chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy or roasted king salmon, barley cranberry stuffed squash or venison stroganoff. Throughout the meal, Pacific Northwest seasonal ingredients will take center stage—from the mixed Northwest crab cakes and cinnamon pumpkin raviolis to barley cranberry stuffed squash. Dessert will include pecan and pumpkin pie with vanilla cream or chocolate donut holes with wild turkey caramel sauce. Kids will have their own three-course menu to choose from including turkey, grilled salmon or grilled cheese served with mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots and for dessert… ice cream, chocolate cake or donut holes with chocolate dip.

ART Restaurant
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
99 Union St.
Seattle, Wa 98101
Reservations: 206-749-7070
Online: artrestaurantseattle.com/events

Times: Nov. 27, 2014 from 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Cost: $85/adults; $35/kids (ages 6-12)

pumpkin pie ART restaurant

photo: Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Daniel’s Broiler
Daniel’s Broiler will be offering a four-course Thanksgiving menu at its three Puget Sound locations – Lake Union, Leschi and Bellevue – that showcases tastes of the Pacific Northwest. Start your meal off with some house-smoked salmon spread and veggies followed by Daniel’s creamy Northwest-style clam chowder or mixed green salad with bay shrimp. Entrée selections will include turkey with sage dressing, herb roasted prime rib, maple cured pork roast or broiled fresh salmon. Be sure to save room for dessert. The dessert menu will include vanilla crème bruleé, chocolate raspberry charlotte, Olympic Mountain ice cream and pumpkin pie. For little ones, the kids’ menu will include a starter, choice of entrée from the adult menu and dessert. For kiddos 5 and under, a free traditional roasted turkey dinner and pumpkin pie or ice cream will fill their little bellies. Bonus: If you’re looking for a classic steakhouse experience on Thanksgiving, USDA Prime steaks will be available for substitution at an additional price.

daniel's broiler bellevue

photo: Daniel’s Broiler at Bellevue Facebook page

Daniel’s Broiler at Bellevue
10500 NE 8th, 21st Floor
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Reservations: 425-462-4662
Online: schwartzbros.com/daniels-broiler/daniels-bellevue

When: Nov. 27, 2014 from noon.–8 p.m.
Cost: $55/adults; $12/kids (ages 6-10); 5 & under free

Daniel’s Broiler at Lake Union
809 Fairview Pl. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Reservations: 206-621-8262
Online: schwartzbros.com/daniels-broiler/daniels-lake%20union

When: Nov. 27, 2014 from noon.–8 p.m.
Cost: $55/adults; $12/kids (ages 6-10); 5 & under free

Daniel’s Broiler at Leschi
200 Lake Washington Blvd.
Seattle, Wa 98122
Reservations: 206-329-4191
Online: schwartzbros.com/daniels-broiler/daniels-leschi

When: Nov. 27, 2014 from noon–8 p.m.
Cost: $55/adults; $12/kids (ages 6-10); 5 & under free

Chandler’s Crabhouse 
Once again, Chandler’s Crabhouse will be offering a four-course holiday meal at its iconic waterfront location on Lake Union. This year’s menu will feature traditional roasted turkey with sage-chestnut dressing, buttermilk mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies as well as Northwest faves like green salad with bay shrimp, Chandler’s whiskey crab soup, Northwest clam chowder, grilled king salmon and crab stuffed prawns. Dessert will include a choice of eggnog crème  brûlée, chocolate raspberry charlotte, Olympic Mountain ice cream or traditional pumpkin pie. Little ones dining at Chandler’s for Thanksgiving will have their choice of a starter, entrée and dessert off the children’s menu and the minis (5 & under) will receive a complimentary traditional roasted turkey dinner and pumpkin pie or ice cream for dessert.

Chandler's Main Dining Room

photo: Chandler’s Crabhouse

Chandler’s Crabhouse
901 Fairview Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Reservations: 206-223-2722
Online: schwartzbros.com/chandlers-crabhouse

When: Nov. 27, 2014 from noon-8 p.m.
Cost: $48/adults; $12/kids (ages 6-10); 5 & under free

Cafe Flora
For vegetarians, Cafe Flora will be serving a four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner for adults and kids. The adult menu (which is available with gluten-free and vegan options) will start with feuilles de brick, roasted squash, shaved parmesan and sage hazelnut pistou. For the second course, enjoy a kale and radicchio salad with herbed citrus dressing, gorgonzola, spiced pecans and pomegranate seeds followed by pumpkin risotto cakes, roasted root vegetables in a spiced carrot sauce, bramley apple chutney and a spiced cider reduction or creamy wild mushroom and root vegetable ragu in puff pastry with a bordelaise sauce, celery root and yukon gold smash, shaved brussel sprouts and autumn chutney. For dessert, choose pumpkin and theo dark chocolate bread pudding with bourbon anglaise, apple tart with cinnamon anglaise and candied cranberries or pumpkin pie with whip cream. The children’s menu (also with vegan and gluten-free options) will include broccoli and potato soup, salad, mini sheperd pie with yukon gold mashed potatoes, green beans and pumpkin pie with spiced whip cream.

Cafe Flora Pumpkin Tart

photo: Cafe Flora

Cafe Flora
2901 E. Madison St.
Seattle, Wa 98112
Reservations: 206-325-9100 x3
Online: cafeflora.com

When: Nov. 27, 2014. Reservations available 1 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Call early; spaces fill up fast.
Cost: $65/kids; $25/kids

At Urbane, enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the heart of downtown Seattle, with main dishes and family-style sides sourced from the top Northwest producers and artisans. This year’s holiday menu will include fresh takes on seasonal favorites such as roast turkey breast and sage braised thighs with chanterelle gravy, savory quinoa flap jacks with caramelized pears and crème fraiche, red garnet yam, heirloom squash and leek gratin and a selection of sweet finishes. Psst! During breakfast and regular business hours, Urbane will also serve a limited version of its regular menu.

urbane restaurant

photo: Urbane Facebook page

1639 8th Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98101
Reservations: 206-676-4600
Online: urbaneseattle.com

When: Nov. 27, 2014 from 12 p.m.-close
Cost: $40/person.

BluWater Bistro
BluWater Bistro will be serving a traditional family Thanksgiving menu at their Greenlake and Leschi locations. Start your meal off with a field green salad or butternut squash soup followed by either prime rib, turkey or ham served with traditional holiday trimmings including garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, seasonal veggies and traditional pumpkin pie for dessert.

bluwater bistro

photo: BluWater Bistro

BluWater Bistro – Greenlake
7900 E. Greenlake Dr. N.
Seattle, Wa 98103
Reservations: 206-524-3991
Online: bluwaterbistro.com

Nov. 27, 2014 from 12 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Cost: $29.95/adults; $12.95/kids (12 and under)

BluWater Bistro – Leschi
102 Lakeside Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98122
Reservations: 206-328-2233
Online: bluwaterbistro.com

When: Nov. 27, 2014 from 12 p.m.–9:30 p.m
Cost: $29.95/adults; $12.95/kids (12 and under)

The Restaurant at Alderbrook
If you’re looking for an unforgettable Thanksgiving dining experience, head to Alderbrook Resort & Spa on Washington State’s stunning Hood Canal. Alongside family and friends, celebrate Turkey Day with a special three-course feast prepared by Alderbrook’s award-winning culinary team. The menu will include a delicious mix of traditional Thanksgiving favorites and one-of-a-kind offerings showcasing a distinct Northwest flair. From a traditional turkey dinner to slow roasted prime rib to a roasted cedar plank salmon and house-made roasted butternut squash pasta, guests can choose from a range of delicious, unique options. Thanksgiving dinner will also include a variety of salads, soup and delectable desserts (think apple crostata, pumpkin pie and cranberry cheesecake with a walnut crust).

Psst! Looking to spend more quality time with your loved ones? Stay the night and into Friday evening for the arrival of Santa Claus on the Lady Alderbrook yacht and the tree and resort lighting, which is set to include more than seven miles of lights on Friday, Nov. 28. Fill your stay with indulgent treatments at the full-service spa, get in a round on the 18-hole PGA-class golf course, or come back for seconds at The Restaurant at Alderbrook. Room rates start at $269.

The Restaurant at Alderbrook
7101 E. WA-106
Union, Wa  98592
Reservations: 360-898-5500
Online: alderbrookresort.com/wine_dine

When: Nov. 27, 2014 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: Entrees range from $39-$57

Other notable restaurants serving a Thanksgiving menu include Maggiano’s Little Italy in Bellevue (think traditional Thanksgiving courses served alongside Italian dishes), McCormick and Schmick’s four locations including Seattle and Bellevue, Palisade on Magnolia and the Dining Room at Salish Lodge & Spa.

Are you planning on dining out this Thanksgiving? Does your family have a favorite restaurant? Tell us in a comment below.

—Kristina Moy