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The best Boston restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Be thankful someone else is cooking—book one of these top restaurants for a deliciously stress-free feast

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By Gerrish Lopez and Time Out contributors |

If you can’t stand the holiday heat, get out of the kitchen and into one of these top restaurants that pull out all the stops on Thanksgiving. Feast on everything from the classic roast bird and prime rib to fish that wouldn’t be out of place at the best seafood restaurants in Boston. The best part? You won't have a mountain of dishes afterwards, so you can spend the rest of the night sprawled on the sofa, bingeing on football and listening to Turkey Day tunes. (If you're skipping the holiday this year, the best Chinese restaurants in Boston will be there for you.) For other Thanksgiving ideas and happenings, check out our guide to Thanksgiving in Boston.

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Boston restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Henrietta's Table, Restaurants, Boston
Photograph: Courtesy Henrietta's Table
Restaurants, American

Henrietta’s Table

icon-location-pin Harvard Sq

Enjoy a farm-to-table Thanksgiving at Henrietta’s Table. The buffet supper includes Thanksgiving classics - turkey, potatoes, cornbread, pie - as well as New England classics. There will be fresh veggies, cold Island Creek oysters, local and imported cheeses, and a selection of homemade pies and desserts.
12pm-8pm, $95pp/$47.50 for children age 5-12/Children under 5 eat free

Photograph: Courtesy Harvest/Dan Salafia
Restaurants, Contemporary American


icon-location-pin Harvard Sq

Celebrate the bounty of Thanksgiving at a restaurant that celebrates the bounty of the harvest. Harvest’s seasonal, farm-to-table approach is perfect for a Thanksgiving meal. The three-course prix-fixe menu includes delicious options such as carrot ginger soup, delicata squash with burrata, Georges Bank haddock, roasted Misty Knoll Farm turkey breast with fixings, and an apple pie doughnut. 
11am-8:30pm, $75pp, optional wine pairing $30pp

Beacon Hill Bistro
Photograph: Courtesy Beacon Hill Bistro
Restaurants, Bistros

Beacon Hill Bistro

icon-location-pin Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill Bistro offers a sophisticated take on Thanksgiving classics for its prix-fixe menu. Diners have a choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert. The roast turkey is cider-brined, and classic sides feature local accoutrement, like baked sweet potato with thyme-scented honey. The vegetarian options are equally enticing—local pumpkin soup with maple sage crema and roasted acorn squash stuffed with cranberry and pecans. Dessert presents a dilemma—pumpkin pie cheesecake with Maker's Mark caramel or baked apple skillet with cinnamon-cider caramel?
12pm-8pm, $68pp

Bar Boulud
Photograph: George Apostolidis
Restaurants, French

Bar Boulud

icon-location-pin Back Bay

For an elegant, French bistro-inspired Thanksgiving, have your gathering at Bar Boulud. The three-course prix-fixe menu - comprised of carefully-selected, seasonal ingredients -  features Thanksgiving classics alongside French favorites. Enjoy a traditional turkey with all the trimmings, or try something different, like Colorado leg of lamb with root vegetable fricassée and pumpkin-sage pain perdu. Finish with pumpkin pie or a decadent chocolate ganache. Hosting dinner at home? Stop by the Pie Pop-Up at Bar Boulud from November 4-20 for fresh baked pies. 
12pm-9pm, $95pp/$46 children under 12

Photograph: Courtesy Deuxave/Andy Ryan
Restaurants, American creative


icon-location-pin Back Bay

Make Thanksgiving a truly special occasion at Deuxave. The Back Bay restaurant will serve a decadent, three-course prixe-fixe menu. A variety of choices for each course will surely make for some difficult decisions: spiced heirloom pumpkin and lobster soup, a melange of roasted heirloom beets, Misty Knoll turducken, slow-roasted salmon... Each course can be made extra-decadent with the addition of white truffles. Finish pu with chocolate bourbon pecan pie, just one of the luxurious desserts on the menu. 
12pm-8pm, $89pp, optional wine pairing $49pp

Top of the Hub, Restaurants and cafés, Boston
Photograph: Carl Tremblay
Restaurants, American

Top of the Hub

icon-location-pin Back Bay

Thanksgiving dinner at the top of Prudential Center is a beloved tradition for many families. With panoramic views from the 52nd floor, live entertainment from 5pm-9pm, and a delectable four-course prix-fixe menu, Top of the Hub lets you enjoy Thanksgiving without the fuss. The menu includes traditional roasted Vermont turkey, stuffing, and sides, but Georges Bank swordfish, slow-braised lamb shank, and sweet potato gnocchi are equally delicious options. A complimentary visit to Skywalk Observatory is included for all Thanksgiving guests.
11:30am-8pm; $79pp/$35 kids 12 and under

The Bristol
Photograph: Courtesy The Bristol
Restaurants, American

The Bristol

icon-location-pin Back Bay

The Four Seasons’ fine dining restaurant offers three options for your Thanksgiving pleasure. For early indulgers, the Thanksgiving buffet covers breakfast and lunch, with fresh juices, omelette station, salads, raw bar, pasta station, carving station with turkey, and plenty of sides. Thanksgiving dinner is served family-style, anchored by turkey roulade, herb crusted prime rib, and sides like truffled whipped potatoes. For Four Seasons-quality food in your home, opt for takeaway—a complete, effortless Thanksgiving meal.
Buffet: 9:30am-2:30pm, $105pp. Dinner: 5pm-10:30pm, $105pp. Takeaway $85

Parker's Restaurant
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Omni Parker House
Restaurants, American

Parker’s Restaurant - Omni Parker House

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Head to the birthplace of Boston cream pie and Parker House rolls for a grand Thanksgiving meal. On the menu you’ll find Blue Hubbard squash soup, beet carpaccio, entrees such as roasted heritage turkey and bourbon-glazed Smithfield ham, and an assortment of sides and accompaniments. There are plenty of baked goods, and, of course, Boston cream pie.
11:30am-2:30pm, $79pp/$35 kids 6-12

True Bistro, vegan
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Naemi B.
Restaurants, Vegan

True Bistro

icon-location-pin Somerville

Yes - theres even a sophisticated Thanksgiving dinner for vegans. The five-course menu features seasonal ingredients with delicate accents, like heirloom squash bisque with cashew sour cream and fried sage. The hearty main is a yuba roulade with seitan sausage and roasted root vegetables. Go meatless this Thanksgiving and give thanks with a flavorful, plant-based meal. 
2pm-close, $90pp, optional wine pairing $30pp

Boston Chops
Restaurants, Steakhouse

Boston Chops

icon-location-pin South End

Feel like mixing it up with a different meat this Thanksgiving? You're in luck - both locations of Boston Chops will be open on Thanksgiving Day serving their full menu of raw bar selections, prime steaks, chops, and "rarely celebrated" parts. For traditionalists, a complete meal of Misty Knoll turkey, fixings, and family-style sides is on the menu too, for a set price. 
12pm-8pm, Thanksgiving menu $49pp 

Legal Harborside
Photograph: Courtesy Legal Harborside/Heath Robbins
Restaurants, Seafood

Legal Harborside

icon-location-pin Seaport District

Who knew? Apparently the first Thanksgiving featured fish and shellfish. Legal Harborside follows that tradition with their annual Thanksgiving dinner. On floors one and two, enjoy turkey breast with stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, and more fixins. There’s even stuffed lobster available. Private dining room reservations are available as well.
12pm-9pm, $24.95pp/$8.95 kids 12 and under

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Diane W.
Restaurants, Italian

Davio’s - Boston

icon-location-pin Back Bay

This Northern Italian steakhouse offers a full spread on Thanksgiving. To complement roasted, free-range, organic Vermont turkey, theres roasted butternut squash, challah bread stuffing, homemade gravy, cranberry apple chutney, and more. Special desserts include a pecan tart with Wild Turkey anglaise and sweet cream. Who doesn’t love a leftover turkey sandwich the day after Thanksgiving? You can also get a “Tomorrow’s Turkey Sandwich” to go.
11am-8pm, $75pp

Beat Brew Hall
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Beat Brew Hall
Bars, Beer bars

Beat Brew Hall

icon-location-pin Harvard Sq

This year, enjoy Beat Brew Hall’s new, family-friendly Thanksgiving tradition: A Taste of Country. The menu will feature Thanksgiving classics with a beer hall twist. In addition to a great selection of beer and other libations, there will be Americana and bluegrass music all day.
11am-9pm, $55pp/a la carte for kids 10 and under