Thanksgiving is just around the corner 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, consider dining out. From straight-up traditional Thanksgiving menus to vegetarian versions of turkey and stuffing, scroll down for a list of the best family restaurants to dine out 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. On November 28, the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle will be serving a delish Thanksgiving Feast in their Ballroom for families who want to enjoy their turkey dinner earlier in the day. 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 expect. 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 the sports enthusiasts in your crew, reservations also include complimentary access to the Football Lounge. If that wasn't enough, you can also add the bottomless Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar to your meal for $20 per person. Need we say more?

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
99 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101
Reservations: 206-749-7070
Online: fourseasons.com/seattle/landing_pages/property/festive

When: Nov. 28, 2019 from noon-5 p.m.
Cost: $125/Adults; $45/Kids (ages 6-12) plus tax and service charges; 5 & under Free

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photo: Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

If you prefer a more intimate dining experience, Executive Chef Emmanuel Calderon and his culinary team will be preparing an amazing three-course Thanksgiving feast at Goldfinch Tavern. Begin your experience with five family style appetizers (think: crispy crab cakes, harvest salad, fried oysters, stone fruit and cranberry bruschetta and an artisan cheese plate). Then, select your own entrée. This year's choices include roasted organic turkey breast with sage gravy, orange-thyme cranberry sauce and apple stuffing; prime rib with a rosemary crust, sweet potato puree and red wine demi-glace; pumpkin risotto with toasted pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and delicata squash; scallops with Chanterelle mushrooms, lemon-carrot puree and carrot chips; and honey baked pork tenderloin with roasted chestnuts, stewed apples and an apple cider reduction. No Thanksgiving feast would be complete without sharing a bounty of sides, including sweet potato casserole, crispy Brussels sprouts, herbed green beans, Yukon gold mashed potatoes and baked lobster mac & cheese. Psst! Be sure to round off your Thanksgiving feast with a sweet treat. This year's choices include pumpkin pie, salted caramel mousse and roasted apple crumble. 

Good to know: 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 dipping sauce. 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
Online: goldfinchtavern.com/events/2016/11/24/three-course-thanksgiving-feast-at-goldfinch-tavern-stk9h

When: Nov. 28, 2019 from 4 p.m.–9 p.m.
Cost: $135/Adults; $35/Kids (3-12) plus 10.1% tax and 20% service charge; under 3 Free

photo: Daniel’s Broiler

Daniel’s Broiler

Once again, Daniel’s Broiler will be offering its Thanksgiving buffet at its four Puget Sound locations–Lake Union, Leschi, Bellevue and downtown Seattle–that showcases tastes of the Pacific Northwest. This year's entrée selections include traditional roast turkey with stuffing and gravy, fresh carved smoked ham, fresh carved prime rib with au jus and horseradish sauce and oven roasted salmon. Side dishes include mashed potatoes, Daniel's green bean casserole, caramelized yams, roasted veggies, assorted salads, cranberry sauce and rolls. 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 a chocolate fountain, assorted pies, pastries and cakes and mini creme brulee. For little diners, 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
10500 N.E. 8th, 21st Floor
Bellevue, WA 98004
Reservations: 425-462-4662
Online: schwartzbros.com/locations/daniels-broiler-bellevue

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

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

Daniel's Broiler Downtown
808 Howell St.
Seattle, WA 98101
Reservations: 206-900-9590
Online: schwartzbros.com/locations/daniels-broiler-downtown

When: Nov. 28, 2019 from noon.–9 p.m.
Cost: $60/Adults; $20/Kids (ages 6-10); 5 & under Free

photo: Cafe Flora

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 crispy potato rosti, chevre, apple red onion jam and pickled forest berries, followed by the second course consisting of arugula, pomegranate, radicchio, citrus, fresh herbs, smoked hazelnuts and a roasted shallot vinaigrette. For the main course, you will have two options: golden filo parcel with brown butter leeks, butternut squash, walnuts and Beecher’s Flagship cheddar served with autumn greens, root vegetable smash and mushroom pan sauce or chanterelles, wild rice and root vegetables stuffed in a roasted delicata squash served with braised red cabbage, mushroom-chestnut gravy and cranberry chutney. Of course, your Cafe Flora Thanksgiving feast will include a decadent dessert. This year's choices include a cranberry apple corn cake with brandy anglaise, sugared cranberries and spiced honey, a dark chocolate pecan tart with chocolate cherry whipped cream, mulled port cherries and salted pecan clusters or pumpkin pie with whipped coconut cream. 

Good to know: This year's Thanksgiving menu will also feature a four-course kid's menu. Cafe Flora will begin taking reservations for Thanksgiving dinner on Oct. 28. 

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

When: Nov. 28, 2019 from 1 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Call early; reservations fill up fast!
Cost: $75/Adults; $25/Kids

photo: Kristina Moy

The Dining Room at Salish Lodge & Spa

With outstanding views of the Snoqualmie Falls and 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 spicy crab bisque followed by your choice of roasted pork belly or Beecher's polenta cake. The main course will consist of traditional sea salt brined and butter roasted turkey with focaccia sausage and sage stuffing, buttermilk 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 accompanied by buttermilk mashed potatoes, honey glazed baby carrots, gremolata and horseradish crème fraiche. For fish lovers, this year's menu will feature cedar roasted Chinook salmon with Brussels sprouts, apple butter, smoked prosciutto and blood orange gastrique and for vegetarians, a Vegetable "Wellington" will be featured alongside buttermilk mashed potatoes, honey glazed carrots and truffle gravy. 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 caramel. 

Good to know: The kid's menu will consist of a smaller four-course meal, including tomato soup, vegetable crudité, a choice of turkey with mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy; pan seared salmon with mashed potatoes and honey roasted carrots; or prime rib with mashed potatoes and honey roasted carrots. For dessert, kids will have their choice of pumpkin pie with whip cream or pecan pie with ice cream. 

The Dining Room at Salish Lodge & Spa
6501 Railroad Ave. S.E.
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
Reservations: 800-272-5474
Online: salishlodge.com/holiday2019.php

When: Nov. 28, 2019 from noon-7 p.m.
Cost: $110/Adults; $35/Kids (ages 10 & under); wine pairings $39 per person

photo: Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Eques

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 28. 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, house-made turkey gravy, cranberry jelly and Uli's Italian sausage and focaccia stuffing and 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 house-made 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, including chai cheesecake, chocolate mousse, mini pies, cream puffs, sweet potato mini donuts 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.

Good to know: The kid's buffet will include chicken tenders, turkey and cheddar sandwiches and Cara Cara oranges. 

Eques
900 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98004
Reservations: 425-698-4100
Online: hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/washington/hyatt-regency-bellevue-on-seattles-eastside/belle/dining

When: Nov. 28, 2019 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m
Cost: $62/Adults; $31/Kids (ages 5-12); 4 & under Free

photo: Cedarbrook Lodge

Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge

This year, Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge will be serving a delicious farm-to-table focused Thanksgiving dinner. Gather around a cozy table and enjoy seasonal starters, plenty of roasted turkey and perfect wine pairings. Start your meal off with Chanterelle potage or autumn greens followed by your choice of entrees: smoked sablefish; free-range roasted turkey with rainbow chard stuffed Delicata squash, Yukon gold potato purée, cranberry spice chutney, sage gravy and potato bread hazelnut stuffing; pork loin roast with chestnuts, salt roasted parsnips and rosemary venison sausage; or short ribs with smoked kabocha squash and wild mushroom pithivier. For dessert, choose between the Washington Apple Strudel served with bee pollen raisin ice cream and brown butter bourbon anglaise or the Spiced Caramel Pumpkin Pie served with a hazelnut crust and vanilla crème.

Good to know: Kids ages 5 & under will receive a complimentary Thanksgiving plate and kids ages 6-12 will have the option for a Thanksgiving tasting menu (think: turkey dinner followed by a scrumptious dessert) at $37.50 (half-off of the regular price). The children’s à la carte menu, which is available year-round, will also be available at it’s standard pricing.  

Copperleaf Restaurant
18525 36th Ave S.
SeaTac, WA 98188
Reservations: 206-214-4282 or visit OpenTable
Online: cedarbrooklodge.com/epicurean-events.php

When: November 28, 2019 from noon-8 p.m.
Cost: $75/Adults or $110 with wine pairings; $37.50/Kids (ages 6-12); 5 & under Free

Urbane

On November 28, Urbane will once again be serving a decadent three-course plated Thanksgiving meal for families looking to dine in the heart of downtown Seattle. This year's holiday menu will feature your choice of a starter: Tonnemaker Farms roasted pumpkin bisque made with chive oil, pepita crumble and chervil or a roasted root vegetable salad made with toasted pecans, cranberries, chicories and shaved Brussels sprouts topped with a cranberry vinaigrette. The second course will consist of a roasted Northwest turkey breast served with brown butter and chive mashed potatos, Haricot verts with smoked butter, Hill’s bacon and leeks, roasted carrots with Jacobsen honey, thyme and orange peel, "whole bird gravy” and cranberry sauce. For dessert, indulge in a slice of pecan pie tart with vanilla bean ice cream, salted caramel and candied pecans.

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

When: Nov. 28, 2019 from 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Cost: $55/Adults; $15/Kids (12 & under) entrée only

photo: Alderbrook Resort & Spa 

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 holiday menu. Feast on warm starters like roasted kobucha squash cream soup, warm kale salad or Caesar salad. Main courses on this year's menu will include buffalo milk ricotta ravioli, cedar-planked steelhead, roasted organic turkey breast and confit turkey leg and prime rib. Traditional faves and Northwest-inspired specialties round off this year's sides. Expect to find turkey gravy, fresh cranberry relish, sweet potatoes with maple syrup, whipped Yukon potatoes, green beans and Brussels sprouts with bacon along with fresh oysters, manila clams, crab cocktail, fresh fruit and berries. Don't forget to save room for dessert! This year's menu will feature Gruyere cheese bread pudding, pumpkin pie cheesecake and apple cranberry crostada.

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. 29. Call 360-898-2200 for rates.

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

When: Nov. 28, 2019 from noon.-7 p.m.
Cost: $65/Adults; $25/Kids (ages 4-12); under 3 Free. $25/person deposit required with reservation.

photo: Pixabay

Other Restaurants to Consider

Other notable restaurants serving a Thanksgiving menu include Maggiano’s Little Italy in Bellevue (think traditional Thanksgiving courses served alongside Italian dishes) and McCormick and Schmick's in Bellevue, 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. Psst! Wherever you decide to dine this year, call and reserve a table nowmost restaurants are only open for limited hours on Thanksgiving and reservations fill up fast.

—Kristina Moy

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