Stress-Free 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 (which can be a daunting task), consider dining out for Thanksgiving this year. 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 some of the best restaurants serving Turkey Day dinner. Psst…be sure to call ahead and reserve a table now; most restaurants are open for limited hours on Thanksgiving.

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle-Thanksgiving

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 families of six or more. In addition to traditional fall fixings, the buffet dinner will include a soup station, hot and cold appetizers and sides as well as hot smoked king salmon, Plymouth Rock gin glazed ham, sage chestnut stuffing, veggies, a dessert buffet station and more! To keep the little ones happy, there will be a children’s buffet and kid’s area with books, games and toys.

Four Seasons Ballroom
99 Union St.
Seattle, Wa 98101
Reservations: 206-206-749-7070

Times: Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Adults $50; Children (ages 6-12) $20

If you prefer a more intimate dining experience, ART Restaurant’s chefs have created an amazing four-course Thanksgiving meal, served tableside. The adult menu includes a fab selection of soups and salads including a duck prosciutto rice salad and pumpkin soup as well as Dungeness crab cakes and your choice of a turkey, steak, king salmon or cranberry stuffed squash entrée. Dessert includes your choice of pumpkin or pecan pie, flourless chocolate cake, cinnamon dusted donut holes or warm apple ginger molasses cobbler. The kid’s menu includes tomato soup, turkey meatballs, and a choice of turkey, grilled salmon or pasta entrée with carrots and French fries as well as a choice of an ice cream sundae, slice of chocolate cake or donut holes.

Bonus: Guests dining at ART Restaurant for Thanksgiving can sign up for ART’s “Remains of T-Day” which consists of turkey leftovers and all the fixings. Only 30 to-go bags will be available so be sure to place your order when making your Thanksgiving dinner reservations. Meals can be picked up on Friday, November 29. Cost: $50.

ART Restaurant
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
99 Union St.
Seattle, Wa 98101
Reservations: 206-749-7070

Times: Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $85; Children (ages 6-12) $35

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 include turkey with sage dressing, herb roasted prime rib, maple cured pork roast or broiled fresh salmon. The dessert menu includes vanilla crème bruleé, chocolate raspberry charlotte, Olympic Mountain ice cream and traditional pumpkin pie. For little ones, the children’s menu includes a starter, entrée and dessert. 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-Lake Union Dining Room

Location: Daniel’s Broiler, 10500 NE 8th, 21st Floor, Bellevue, Wa 98004
When: Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $55; Children (ages 6-10) $12; under 5 free
Reservations: 425-462-4662

Location: Daniel’s Broiler, 809 Fairview Place North, Seattle, Wa 98109
When: Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $55; Children (ages 6-10) $12; under 5 free
Reservations: 206-621-8262

Location: Daniel’s Broiler, 200 Lake Washington Blvd., Seattle, Wa 98122
When: Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $55; Children (ages 6-10) $12; under 5 free
Reservations: 206-329-4191

Chandler’s Crabhouse 
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 includes a choice of eggnog crème brulee, 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.

Chandler's Main Dining Room

Location: Chandler’s Crabhouse, 901 Fairview Avenue North, Seattle, Wa 98109
When: Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $48; Children (ages 6-10) $12; under 5 free
Reservations: 206-223-2722

Cafe Flora
For the vegetarians, Cafe Flora has created a special four-course Thanksgiving menu for adults and kids. The adult menu (which is available with gluten-free and vegan options) includes acorn squash stuffed with a cauliflower walnut pate, smashed rhutabega and heirloom potatoes, wild mushroom gravy, braised red cabbage, spoon bread stuffing, savory gougère stuffed with roasted parsnip, delicate squash, and crispy chanterelle mushrooms. For dessert, choose either the cranberry apple cheesecake or pecan mocha tart. The children’s menu (also with vegan and gluten-free options) includes purple carrot soup, yams, stuffed acorn squash with smashed potatoes, fresh veggies and pumpkin pie with spiced whip cream.

Cafe Flora Dining Room

Location: Cafe Flora, 2901 East Madison St., Seattle, Wa 98112
When: Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 1:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $50; Children $25
Reservations: 206-325-9100

BluWater Bistro
BluWater Bistro will be serving a traditional family Thanksgiving menu at their Greenlake and Leschi locations. Entrée choices include prime rib, turkey or ham accompanied by a field green salad, butternut squash soup, garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, seasonal veggies and traditional pumpkin pie.

bluwater bistro

Location: BluWater Bistro, 7900 East Greenlake Dr. N., Seattle, Wa 98103
When: Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Adults: $29.95; Children (12 and under) $12.95
Reservations: 206-524-3991

Location: BluWater Bistro, 102 Lakeside Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
When: Thursday, November 28, 2013 from 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m
Cost: Adults: $29.95; Children (12 and under) $12.95
Reservations: 206-328-2233

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.

If you’d rather just stick to the sweet stuff, why not check out Shoofly Pie Company? This bakery sells pies whole or by the slice and is offering a special Thanksgiving menu; call in advance (by Saturday 11/23) to reserve your treat on time! Dark chocolate pecan, apple cranberry crumble, pumpkin, and rhubarb-ginger galette are just a few of the options available, but be warned; pick-up times are limited on 11/27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and on 11/28 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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

–Kristina Moy

photos thanks to Chandler’s Crabhouse, Daniel’s Broiler, Cafe Flora and Four Seasons Hotel Seattle