Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just around the corner (eek!) which means it’s time to start thinking about the quintessential meal of the year. Instead of getting up at the crack of dawn to prepare a crowd-pleasing feast this year, consider dining out. From straight-up traditional Thanksgiving menus to vegetarian versions of turkey and stuffing, we’ve rounded up the best family restaurants to dine out on Thanksgiving. 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 carving station. If you’re looking for more traditional dishes, the chefs haven’t forgotten about all the fixings you’ve come to expect on Thanksgiving: cider-thyme roasted vegetables, vanilla sweet potatoes with a marshmallow garnish, Beecher’s white cheddar mac-n-cheese and roasted pecan and dried fruit brioche stuffing 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 lounge with games and activities. And for sports enthusiasts, buffet reservations include 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?

Note: The Kid’s Corner will have all your kids’ fave items, including panko crusted turkey fingers with assorted dips like honey mustard, barbecue and ranch, mini corn dogs, snap peas and carrots, seasonal sliced fruits, Beecher’s mac-n-cheese, tater tots and broccoli with cheese sauce.

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

When: Nov. 22, 2018 from noon-5 p.m.
Cost: $95/Adults; $35/Kids (ages 3-12) plus tax and service charges; 2 & under Free

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 six family-style appetizers, featuring crispy crab cakes, seafaood salad, fried oysters, harvest salad, beet salad and smoked salmon toast. Then, select your own entrée. This year’s choices include butternut squash ravioli with goat cheese, prime rib with caramelized brussels sprouts, rosemary crust and red wine pan jus, roasted organic turkey breast with sage gravy, seared scallops with black truffle sauce and crispy duck breast with roasted chestnuts. No Thanksgiving feast would be complete without sharing a bounty of sides, including mushroom bread pudding, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, roasted yams, herbed green beans, orange-thyme cranberry sauce and baguettes with herb butter. And be sure to round off your Thanksgiving feast with a sweet treat. Choices include a brown butter pumpkin tart, spiced apple crumble or bourbon pecan tart. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan menu options are available upon request.

Note: 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 a delish 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. 22, 2018 from 3 p.m.–9 p.m.
Cost: $120/Adults; $35/Kids (3-12) plus 10.1% tax and 20% service charge. 2 & under Free. Wine pairs $45/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. This year’s entrée selections include traditional roast turkey with sage dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry relish and mashed potatoes, herb-roasted USDA 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.

photo: Daniel’s Broiler Prime Steaks & Seafood Facebook page

Daniel’s Broiler at Bellevue
10500 N.E. 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. 22, 2018 from noon.–9 p.m.
Cost: $60/Adults; $12/Kids (ages 6-10); 5 & under Free

Cafe Flora
For vegetarians, Cafe Flora will once again be serving a delicious four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner. The menu (which is available with gluten-free and vegan options) will start with cauliflower cashew bisque, followed by a second course salad consisting of apple, shaved fennel, Belgian endive, pomegranate seeds, chevre, candied pecans and a citrus shallot vinaigrette. For the main course, you will have two options: a root vegetable and mushroom bourguignon pot pie served with sautéed Brussels sprouts, cabbage and potato mash, grilled cippolini onions and cranberry-huckleberry relish or a harvest nut roast with cabbage steak, scalloped potatoes, butternut wild rice and quinoa pilaf, sautéed Brussels sprouts and an Asian pear-tangerine chutney. And of course, your Cafe Flora Thanksgiving feast will include a decadent dessert. This year’s choices include an apple cream cheese tart with huckleberry gastrique, buttermilk whip and Meyer lemon marmalade or a chocolate sweet potato mousse with chocolate graham, housemade spiced marshmallow and caramel.

Note: The kid’s menu (also available with gluten-free and vegan options) will include cauliflower tots served with housemade vegan ranch dressing and ketchup, an apple, celery and cabbage slaw served with grapes, dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds, candied pecans and curried pumpkin dressing and a delish Shepard’s Pie filled with roasted squash, root vegetables and creamy mushroom gravy topped with whipped yams and served with shaved Brussels sprouts and crispy shallots. All kids’ meals will also include pumpkin pie with whipped coconut cream.

Cafe Flora Pumpkin Tart

photo: Cafe Flora

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

When: Nov. 22, 2018 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, wine pairings and more. Start your meal off with either Chanterelle soup or Dungeness crab bisque followed by your choice of a baby arugula salad with Tasso pork belly and crème fraîché, a baby spinach salad with white cheddar polenta or a mache salad with tangerines,  Picholine olives, Marcona almonds and parmesan. The main course will consist of traditional sea salt brined and butter roasted turkey with focaccia sausage and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, honey glazed baby carrots and pan gravy. For those who prefer ribeye over turkey, the restaurant will have a rosemary garlic prime rib on this year’s Thanksgiving Day menu. The St. Helen’s ranch ribeye will be served with braised potatoes, honey glazed baby carrots, rosemary au jus and horseradish cream. For fish lovers, this year’s menu will also include a cedar roasted Chinook salmon with red chief lentils, pancetta charred baby onions, preserved apricot and lemon ver jus and for veggie lovers, a vegetable ratatouille made with fresh chèvre, a balsamic reduction and smoke-dried tomato nagê will round out this year’s main course selections. Cap off your meal with a slice of pumpkin pie with a gingersnap crust and vanilla bean whip cream or pecan pie with butter ice cream and chocolate ganache.

Note: The kid’s 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: Kristina Moy

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

When: Nov. 22, 2018 from 1 p.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: $105/Adults; $35/Kids (ages 10 & under); wine pairings $35 per person

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 its Thanksgiving Day Feast on November 22. This year’s daytime meal (perfect for little ones who can’t make it through the dinner hour) will include a carving station with roasted turkey, giblet gravy, cranberry jelly and traditional cornbread stuffing as well as sage herb roasted prime rib with au jus and horseradish cream. Seafood lovers will find shrimp and crab legs at the seafood station and mac ‘n’ cheese lovers can indulge in the restaurant’s housemade three cheese Beecher’s mac and cheese with an array of toppings (think: crispy pork belly, grilled chicken, wild mushrooms, caramelized onions and butter poached shrimp). On top of the countless savory holiday options, there will also be a variety of salads and breads as well as a sweet selection of pastry shop delights to finish off your meal, including New York cheesecake with a cranberry compote, pear mouse with a cinnamon crumble and caramel drizzle, pumpkin, maple and apple streusel pies, PB&J mini donuts, banana cream tartlets and ginberbread swiss rolls. 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.

Note: The kid’s buffet will include chicken tenders, PB&J sandwiches and Cara Cara oranges.

photo: Hyatt Regency Bellevue

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

When: Nov. 22, 2018 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m
Cost: $52.95/Adults; $24.95/Kids (ages 5-12); 4 & under Free

On November 22, Urbane will be serving a decadent plated Thanksgiving meal for families looking to dine in the heart of downtown Seattle. This year’s holiday menu will feature turkey two ways: a brined and roasted turkey breast or a turkey thigh with “whole bird” gravy. Sides will include haricot verts with garlic, shallot butter and guanciale, brown butter mashed potatoes with roasted garlic, brown butter and chives, cornbread dressing with sage and confit turkey leg, roasted Thumbelina carrots with parsley maple and lemon, roasted pearl onions with butter, thyme and white wine and cranberry orange relish. To top off the meal, families can indulge in a sticky toffee pudding with J.P. Trodden bourbon toffee, candied pecans, cinnamon merengue and local vanilla ice cream.

Note: The kid’s menu will feature turkey, mashed potatoes, a veggie choice and dessert.

photo: Pragnesh P. via Yelp

Hyatt at Olive 8
1639 8th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Reservations: 206-676-4600

When: Nov. 22, 2018 from 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Cost: $49/Adults; $15/Kids (12 & under)

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 buffet-style menu prepared by Alderbrook Executive Chef Ben Jones . Feast on warm starters like roasted kobucha squash cream soup with candied pumpkin seeds or a warm kale salad or caesar salad. Main courses on this year’s menu will include roasted organic turkey breast with turkey gravy and fresh cranberry relish, prime rib with au jus and creamed horseradish, cedar-planked steelhead and buffalo milk ricotta ravioli. Choose from an array of delicious sides, including sweet potatoes with maple syrup, whipped Yukon potatoes, green beans, crispy brussel sprouts with bacon, Gruyere cheese bread pudding and fresh fruits and berries. And don’t forget to save room for dessert! Choose between pumpkin pie cheesecake with spiced chantilly cream or apple cranberry crostata with bourbon caramel.

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. 23. 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. 22, 2018 from noon.-7 p.m.; holiday activities start at 4 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2018
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 in Ballard, Six Seven Restaurant & Lounge at The Edgewater Hotel on the downtown Seattle waterfront and Portals Restaurant at Suncadia Resort, A Destination Hotel in Cle Elum.

—Kristina Moy


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