It’s a time for thankfulness. And what we’re really grateful for? Holiday hacks! A great meal without the messy clean-up after? Sign us up! Whether you’ve got a newborn, a nonworking oven, or simply not enough plates, heading out to a restaurant for dinner might be the easiest option. We’ve pulled together this list of the best options in DC so you can enjoy a holiday meal without the prep work—now that’s something to be thankful for!

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Give your Thanksgiving dinner some French flair by heading to 2941 in Falls Church. Their usual menu offers up American cuisine with French and Mediterranean twists, and the three-course prix fixe menu on Thanksgiving is following suit. With tempting dishes like turkey breast with vegetable fricassee and cranberry marmalade or roasted turkey with butter poached lobster and four delicious desserts to save room for, this is the perfect blend of a traditional meal with just a hint of international flavor. The Thanksgiving menu is $75/person and will be available 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

2941 Fairview Park Dr.
Falls Church, VA


Carmine’s dishes up authentic Italian food family-style year-round. On Thanksgiving, in addition to their regular menu, they’ll also be offering a family-style traditional Thanksgiving meal that serves 6-8 for $249. Get an 18-lb turkey with several sides and—for an extra $20—,your choice of apple or pumpkin pie. As a bonus, you can have your Thanksgiving feast catered or pick it up as take-out if you want to eat at home without all the work. Whether you’re doing the traditional holiday meal or want to put a manicotti-flavored twist on it, Carmine’s has you covered! Carmine’s will be open its usual hours, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

425 7th Street NW

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Seasons 52

Seasons 52 offers a seasonal menu that allows you to eat in harmony with nature. Offering a classic Thanksgiving menu that includes turkey, gravy, stuffing and more, Seasons 52 provides the traditional meal without any of the work for you. At $29.95 per adult and $14 per child, it’s an affordable way to skip the kitchen time and still feed the whole family a wholesome and festive meal. Seasons 52 will be open their usual hours, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Seasons 52
7863L Tysons Corner Ctr.
McLean, VA

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Blue Duck Tavern

Blue Duck Tavern will start your meal off with a selection of cheese, charcuterie, fresh seafood and salads. After that, you’ll have your choice from several main course options and a variety of sides to share family-style. Dinner will be served from noon until 8 p.m. Meals are $135 per person for adults and $55 per person for kids ages 6-12. Kids under 6 are free. Not looking for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner?  Head to the Blue Duck Lounge for an a la carte dinner menu and holiday market dishes from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., or grab a  bite to eat late night in the lounge with holiday market dishes from 10 p.m. until close.

Insider tip: Be aware that reservations canceled within one week of Thanksgiving will be charged a $50/person cancellation fee.

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th St NW
West End


Give your Thanksgiving feast some Indian flavor by heading over to Bindaas at either their Foggy Bottom or Cleveland Park locations. On the big day, they’ll be dishing up Turkey Tikka Masala with sides for $16 per person. Not into turkey? The full a la carte menu of authentic street food will also be available. Everything is delicious, so no matter what you choose, you’ll be giving thanks over an outstanding meal. The Foggy Bottom location will be open from noon until 8 p.m., while Bindaas Cleveland Park will be open from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Insider tip: valet parking is available starting at 6 p.m. at the Cleveland Park location.

2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Foggy Bottom
(202) 516-4326

3309 Connecticut Ave. NW
Cleveland Park
(202) 244-6550


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Looking to stay out of the kitchen, but know the kids need some entertainment while they wait for their meal? Head over to Pinstripes where you can bowl or play bocce ball (holiday pricing applies: $20/bowling & $10/bocce ball per hour) while you wait for your meals. Have your food delivered game-side so the fun doesn’t have to stop while you chow down.  Pinstripes may also be right up your alley if the traditional turkey and sides isn’t your thing. They’ll be serving their usual menu, so you can munch on juicy burgers, yummy flatbreads and creamy pastas as you give thanks. They’ll be open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., with the kitchen closing at 3 p.m.

Insider tip: for the entire month of November as well as the big day, they’re running a Bowl a Turkey Give a Turkey Get a Turkey promotion. If a guest bowls a turkey, Pinstripes will donate the cost of a turkey to No Kid Hungry as well as give the guest a frozen turkey.

1064 Wisconsin Ave NW

—Wendy Miller

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