Thanksgiving is just around the corner (eek!) 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. From straight-up traditional Thanksgiving menus to vegetarian versions of turkey and stuffing, we’ve rounded up the best places to dine out on Turkey Day. Psst…call and reserve a table nowmost restaurants are only open for limited hours on 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. And this year, the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle will be serving a delish Family Thanksgiving Buffet in the Ballroom alongside its breathtaking views of Elliott Bay. This year’s menu will feature Northwest fall fixings and indulgent extras like seafood towers and a bottomless mimosa and bloody Mary bar. If you’re looking for more traditional dishes, the chefs haven’t forgotten about all the fixings you’ve come to expect on Thanksgiving: thyme roasted vegetables, vanilla sweet potatoes and Beecher’s white cheddar mac and cheese are just a few of the savory sides you can enjoy. To keep the little ones happy, there will be a children’s buffet and a dedicated kid’s area with books, games and toys. And for sports enthusiasts, complimentary access to the Football Lounge. Plus, everyone can capture their holiday memories with a complimentary keepsake from the hotel’s photo booth. Need we say more?

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

When: Nov. 23, 2017 from noon-5 p.m.
Cost: $95/Adults; $35/Kids (ages 3-12) plus tax and service charges; 2 & under Free

goldfinch tavern thanksgiving

photo: Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

If you prefer a more intimate dining experience, Chef Joe Ritchie and his team at Goldfinch Tavern will be preparing an amazing three-course Thanksgiving feast. Begin your experience with five, family-style appetizers that feature crispy crab cakes, seafaood salad, harvest salad, crab and beet salad and an artisan cheese plate with pear chutney and walnuts. Select your own entrée, from prime rib or beef with caramelized brussels sprouts, rosemary crust and red wine pan jus, roasted organic turkey breast, seared black cod and king crab, seared duck breast with black truffle parsnips or sage ricotta ravioli. And no Thanksgiving feast is complete without sharing a bounty of sides, including wild mushroom bread pudding, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, roasted yams, herbed green beans, orange cranberry sauce and brioche rolls with herb butter. Round off your Thanksgiving feast with sweet treats such as pumpkin cheesecake, dark chocolate peanut butter bars with salted caramel, apple crumble pie or lavender crème bruleé. Note: gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options available upon request.

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. This just might be your kids’ best Thanksgiving meal yet.

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


When: Nov. 23, 2017 from 3 p.m.–9 p.m.
Cost: $120/Adults; $40/Kids (ages 3-12) plus 10.1% tax and 20% service charge; 2 & under Free. Wine pairs $45/person or beer pairing for $19/person plus tax & 20% service charge.

Daniel’s Broiler
Once again, Daniel’s Broiler will be offering its 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 house-smoked salmon spread, herbed goat cheese and marinated vegetables followed by Daniel’s creamy Northwest-style clam chowder or a mixed green salad with bay shrimp. Entrée selections include traditional roast turkey with sage dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry relish and mashed potatoes, herb-roasted prime rib with creamed horseradish sauce, mashed potatoes and sage dressing, maple-cured pork roast with sherry mustard glaze, mashed potatoes and sage-dressing or fresh broiled fresh salmon with lemon-herb butter sauce and baby red potatoes. Psst…if you’re looking for a classic steakhouse experience on Thanksgiving, USDA Prime steaks will be available for substitution at an additional price.

Be sure to save room for dessert because this year’s menu includes vanilla crème bruleé, chocolate raspberry Charlotte, two scoops of Olympic Mountain ice cream and traditional pumpkin pie. For little ones, the kids’ menu will include a starter, choice of entrée from the adult menu and dessert to fill their little bellies.

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

Daniel’s Broiler at Lake Union
809 Fairview Pl. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Reservations: 206-621-8262

Daniel’s Broiler at Leschi
200 Lake Washington Blvd.
Seattle, Wa 98122
Reservations: 206-329-4191

When: Nov. 23, 2017 from noon.–8 p.m.
Cost: $60/Adults; $12/Kids (ages 6-10); 5 & under Free

Chandler’s Crabhouse 
Chandler’s Crabhouse will be offering a four-course Turkey Day meal at its iconic waterfront location on Lake Union. This year’s menu will feature a seasonal relish tray with Prosciutto di San Daniele, shrimp cocktail, mixed olives and pickled vegetables followed by your choice of a bay shrimp green salad, Caesar salad, Chandler’s signature whiskey Dungeness crab soup or Northwest clam chowder followed by your choice of an entrée: roasted turkey breast served with traditional gravy, grilled king salmon with Dungeness crab butter or prime rib. All entrées will include sage-chestnut dressing, cranberry sauce, buttermilk mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Alaskan king crab and USDA prime filet mignon will also be available for an addition charge. For dessert, choose between two scoops of 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.

photo: Chandler’s Crabhouse Facebook page

Chandler’s Crabhouse
901 Fairview Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Reservations: 206-223-2722

When: Nov. 23, 2017 from noon-8 p.m.
Cost: $52/Adults; $12/Kids (ages 6-10); 5 & under Free

Cafe Flora
For vegetarians, Cafe Flora will be serving a delicious four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner. The menu (which is available with gluten-free and vegan options) will start with spiced apple parsnip soup with crispy brussels sprouts followed by the second course of roasted fennel, grilled Belgium endive, arugula, pomegranates seeds, toasted pumpkin seeds, dried cranberry and cornbread croutons. For the main course, you will have two options: filo spirals filled with wilted greens, pecans, gruyere and fontina and brushed with brown butter served with braised kohlrabi and cabbage, smashed cauliflower and Yukon gold potatoes, green beans and a chestnut leek sauce or a roasted acorn squash wedge with foraged chanterelle mushrooms, oven roasted autumn vegetables, pear tangerine sage chutney, smashed cauliflower and Yukon gold potato and wild mushroom gravy. End your meal with a decadent dessert of pumpkin mousse with pecan graham crust, and meringue candied pepitas (vegan, gluten-free) or rustic apple galette with horchata cinnamon ice cream and cranberry gelee.

The kid’s menu (also available with gluten-free and vegan options) will include carrots in a blanket with housemade barbecue dipping sauce, a romaine salad with pears, dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds and cornbread croutons, a mini shepherd’s pie served with green beans and crispy onions and cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert.

Cafe Flora Pumpkin Tart

photo: Cafe Flora

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

When: Nov. 23, 2017 from 1 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Call early; reservations fill up fast!
Cost: $75/Adults; $25/Kids

The Dining Room at Salish Lodge & Spa
With outstanding views of the Falls and Snoqualmie River, The Dining Room at Salish Lodge & Spa provides a first-of-the-season experience. And this Thanksgiving will be no exception. The traditional feast will include a four-course meal featuring classic favorites, Salish signature dishes and vegetarian and pescatarian entrées. Start your meal off with either foraged mushroom bisque with rosemary crème fraîche and truffle oil or Dungeness crab bisque followed by your choice of a kale salad with smoked pork belly and goat cheese, baby spinach pomegranate salad or Caesar salad. The main course (served family style) will consist of slow roasted turkey with garlic whipped potatoes, traditional sage and sausage stuffing and Salish honey glazed baby carrots or St. Helen’s 28-day dry aged beef rib with rosemary, garlic, horseradish cream and thyme jus. Round off your meal with a slice of kabocha squash pie with a gingersnap and butter crust and Madagascar vanilla whipped cream, classic southern pecan pie with bourbon caramel and honey vanilla ice cream or a chocolate, date and nut tart with candied orange and Cara Cara orange glaze.

The kids’ menu will consist of a smaller three-course meal including cut vegetables, slow roasted turkey, breaded chicken strips or grilled salmon and either classic pumpkin pie with Salish honey whipped cream or pecan pie.


photo: Salish Lodge & Spa Facebook page

The Dining Room at Salish Lodge & Spa
6501 Railroad Ave. S.E.
Snoqualmie, Wa 98065
Reservations: 800-272-5474

When: Nov. 23 2017 from noon-7 p.m.
Cost: $100/Adults; $35/Kids (ages 6-12); 5 & under Free

Eques at Hyatt Regency Bellevue
For those families on the Eastside, Bellevue’s own Eques, an award-winning restaurant located at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, will be serving up its Thanksgiving Day Feast on November 23. This year’s daytime buffet will include herb roasted prime rib, shrimp and crab legs, salmon and cider brined chicken as well as traditional faves like turkey with gravy and cranberry jelly, chorizo and cornbread stuffing, house made Beecher’s mac ‘n cheese, carrot and parsnip soup with smashed candied walnuts, sweet potato hash, whipped potatoes, green bean casserole and an assortment of salads. On top of the countless savory holiday options, there will be a sweet selection of pastry shop delights to finish off your meal, including pumpkin cheesecake, mini pies, pear tarts, assorted macarons and more. If this sounds like the Turkey Day meal your family has been longing for, make reservations now! This is a popular buffet and reservations are highly recommended.

photo: Hyatt Regency Bellevue

900 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Reservations: 425-698-4100

When: Nov. 23, 2017 from noon-4 p.m
Cost: $49.95/Adults; $23.95/Kids (ages 5-12); 4 & under Free

Trellis Restaurant at The Heathman Hotel
Trellis Restaurant at The Heathman Hotel in Kirkland will be serving a three-course prix fixe menu on Thanksgiving. Choose from four different starters: organic salad with spiced walnuts, local apple, dried cherries and a mustard walnut vinaigrette and brioche croutons, roasted baby beets, PNW oysters or cauliflower cappelletti. Entrées will consist of smoked turkey, hazelnut sage and sourdough stuffing, cranberry compote, sweet yams, fluffy whipped potatoes and pan gravy. Other entrées options (at an additional fee) include grilled eye of ribeye, scallops, smoked venison, pan roasted wild stripe bass and honey glazed game hen. And to round off your meal, a choice between pumpkin cheesecake, pecan tart, dark chocolate mousse or an apple puree with apple chips and crème fraiche.

The kids’ menu will consist of a smaller three-course meal, including smoked turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, stuffing and assorted vegetables. Of course, Trellis will also have kid faves on the menu, including cheeseburgers and fries ($10), grilled cheese and tomato soup ($8) and chicken and fries ($8).

photo: The Heathman Hotel Kirkland and Trellis Restaurant Facebook page

Trellis Restaurant
220 Kirkland Ave.
Kirkland, Wa 98033

When: Nov. 23, 2017
Cost: $85/Adults; $25/Kids

The Restaurant at Alderbrook
If you’re looking for an unforgettable Thanksgiving dining experience, head to the The Restaurant at Alderbrook at Alderbrook Resort & Spa on Washington state’s stunning Hood Canal. Alongside family and friends, celebrate Turkey Day with a special menu prepared by Alderbrook Executive Chef Josh Delgado. Feast on warm starters like roasted squash cream soup with candied pumpkin seeds or a warm kale salad and enjoy main courses such as roasted organic turkey breast with turkey gravy and fresh cranberry relish, prime rib with au jus and creamed horseradish, cedar-planked steelhead and handmade ravioli with swiss chard, cipollini onion, hazelnut and parmesan cream. Choose from an array of delicious sides including sweet potatoes with maple syrup, whipped Yukon potatoes, green beans and crispy brussel sprouts with bacon. End your meal with a delicious dessert: cranberry cheesecake with a walnut crust, pumpkin pie with spiced chantilly cream or apple crostata with bourbon caramel.

Luxury Resort located on the Gold Coast of the Hood Canal

photo: Alderbrook Resort & Spa 

Psst! Looking to spend more quality time with your loved ones over the holiday weekend? Stay the night and into Friday evening for the arrival of Santa Claus on the Lady Alderbrook, the tree and resort lighting (which is set to include more than ten miles of lights!), hot cocoa and fireworks on Nov. 24. Fill your stay with indulgent treatments at the full-service spa, get in a round of golf on the 18-hole PGA-class golf course or come back for seconds at The Restaurant at Alderbrook. Call 360-898-2200 for rates.

The Restaurant at Alderbrook
7101 E. WA-106
Union, Wa  98592
Reservations: 360-898-5500

When: Nov. 23 from noon.-8 p.m.; holiday activities start at 4 p.m. on Nov. 24, 2017
Cost: $55/Adults; $18/Kids (12 & under)

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 in Bellevue and Urbane in downtown Seattle, as well as Palisade on Magnolia, Salty’s on Alki and at Redondo Beach, Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe in Ballard, Six Seven Restaurant & Lounge at The Edgewater Hotel on the downtown waterfront and Portals Restaurant at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum.

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

— Kristina Moy