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Boston restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving feast and eat at one of these Boston restaurants open for holiday dining this year

Olivia Vanni
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Olivia Vanni
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Not keen on cooking this Thanksgiving? Forget having to prepare your own feast and head to one of these Boston restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2021 instead. These popular spots will pull out all the stops for you and your family, offering both a la carte and multi-course dining options. Get your fill of your favorite holiday classics like roasted turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie—albeit sometimes prepared with a little more foodie flair than the homecooked varieties—without being elbow-deep in dirty dishes afterwards. And if you still want to celebrate at home—but with takeout—check out these local eateries offering full Thanksgiving dinners to go. For other Turkey Day ideas and holiday happenings, also be sure to explore our guide to Thanksgiving in Boston.

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Boston restaurants open on Thanksgiving

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • West End
  • price 3 of 4

Scampo is taking the liberty of serving Thanksgiving dinner for you and yours. Renowned chef Lydia Shire will be cooking up a traditional, four-course dinner at her celebrated Liberty Hotel spot, in honor of Turkey Day. The prix fixe menu will feature elevated renditions of comforting holiday classics, including: roasted turkey with Muscat gravy, homemade sausage, celery and golden raisin stuffing, deluxe mashed potatoes and “My Father’s Cranberry Sauce.” 

12pm—7pm, $95pp/$45 for children under 12.

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Back Bay
  • price 3 of 4

You won’t have to touch a turkey baster, thanks to Bistro du Midi. The Back Bay eatery will be offering a three-course, prix fixe menu for guests dining with them on Thursday. Amongst the French-influenced menu items that’ll be coming out of the kitchen this Thanksgiving: American Kobe beef tartare with chestnuts, black Burgundy truffles and cucamelon; roasted turkey breast and leg confit with foie gras and mushroom brioche stuffing, fall vegetables and thyme gravy; as well as a Thanksgiving sundae with cranberry port, salted brioche crouton, and sweet potato and maple sorbet. There’ll also be optional additions that you can order to complement the already bountiful holiday spread coming to your table. 

11 am—8:30pm, $85pp

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  • Bars
  • Hotel bars
  • Back Bay
  • price 2 of 4

If you're searching for an elegant place to celebrate Thanksgiving in Back Bay, look no further than OAK Long Bar + Kitchen. Four holiday specials, alongside the regular menu, will be available for your enjoyment on Turkey Day. Festive options include: crispy Brussels sprouts with lap cheong sausage, XO sauce and golden shallots; bacon-wrapped turkey breast roulade and confit turkey leg with cheese whipped potatoes, maple-roasted delicata squash, cranberry sauce and gravy; pecan pie with cinnamon whipped cream and feuilletine crumble; as well as a turkey old fashioned made with turkey drippings-infused Legent Bourbon, demerara sugar and cranberry. Reservations are highly encouraged.

7am—12am

  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • South End
  • price 2 of 4

Head to the South End for a creative yet still classic Thanksgiving, accompanied by live music. The Beehive has created a one-of-a-kind, three-course prix fixe menu for your holiday feasting pleasure. Amongst the dishes that executive chef Ryan Skeen will be serving for the day: lobster and pumpkin bisque; roasted turkey with sage and rosemary gravy; slow-roasted beef brisket with garlic jus; and wild mushroom cracked wheat "risotto." It isn't a proper Thanksgiving without pie, which is why this spot will also offer a selection of pumpkin, pecan and apple varieties for dessert.

11am—9pm, $80pp/$25 children under 10

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Back Bay
  • price 4 of 4

Spending Thanksgiving at Grill 23 is sure to be a classy affair. The day's a la carte menu will feature the restaurant's usual suspects—steaks, sides and raw bar specialties—as well as some of your holiday favorites. Get the full Thanksgiving experience with its turkey special, consisting of a roasted breast and confit leg with gravy, cranberry chutney, sausage stuffing and roasted butternut purée. All of those aforementioned seasonal sides are also available on their own, in case you want to skip the bird and pair them with a juicy steak instead.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • South End

Keep the roasting pan at home and let LUCIE take care of your Thanksgiving meal with its a la carte, dine-in menu. In addition to its regular repertoire of house-made flatbread pizzas and classic French dishes like steak frites and roast duck, this Back Bay establishment will be serving a special roasted turkey breast dinner with sweet potato puree, wild mushroom brioche stuffing, haricot verts, fingerling potatoes, cranberry chutney and natural gravy. Be sure to check the rest of all those Thanksgiving food boxes by ordering dessert, which will include seasonal options like pumpkin pie, pumpkin creme brûlée or apple crisp.

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  • Restaurants
  • American

You don’t have to be a high roller to celebrate Thanksgiving at Garden Cafe, located within the Encore Boston Harbor. The Everett eatery will be dishing out a delicious three-course dinner for folks looking to celebrate the holiday in style. The festive prix fixe menu will include locally sourced dishes like: butternut squash bisque prepared with green apples, Lookout Farm cider, crème fraîche and Vermont maple syrup; roasted turkey served with whipped golden potatoes, house-made stuffing, cranberries, haricot verts and gravy; and chocolate-cherry brioche bread pudding topped with Richardson’s vanilla ice cream.

$42 pp.

  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • North End
  • price 3 of 4

Skip the dishes and celebrate Thanksgiving at Alcove, which will be offering its normal menu in addition to a number of seasonal a la carte specials to get guests in the holiday spirit. Start your meal off with a fall salad featuring apple, frisee, candied pecans and bacon vinaigrette before indulging on one of the hearty mains. Traditionalists can stick with the roasted turkey plate—which comes with mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, gravy and brown butter, sage and apple stuffing—while poultry-averse folks can opt for the braised short rib with potato gratin, caramelized cipollini onions and Brussels sprouts. No matter the protein you pick, be sure to finish your Turkey Day feast strong by getting a slice of homemade pie (there’ll be apple-cranberry, pumpkin, chocolate-hazelnut and pecan available), which comes with a scoop of vanilla or brown butter ice cream.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood

Go big and spend Thanksgiving at Encore Boston Harbor’s Rare Steakhouse. Although normally known for its ridiculous selection of fine beef, this ritzy restaurant will be serving a three-course, traditional Turkey Day dinner to guests on Thursday. The prix fixe holiday menu will include: Fall squash soup with pumpkin seed gremolata and pine bud syrup; stuffed turkey roulade with buttermilk brioche stuffing, chestnuts, haricot verts, cranberry compôte, whipped Yukon gold potatoes and sage velouté; and roasted apple and pecan tart with bourbon caramel and crème fraîche ice cream. 

5—10 pm, $65pp

  • Restaurants
  • Back Bay

Give Thanksgiving an Italian spin this year with a prix fixe feast at Contessa. The rooftop restaurant is offering a four-course dinner just for the occasion, serving a variety of family-style plates—alongside those delicious panoramic views of the Back Bay, of course. Available dishes that you can choose for your holiday meal include the eatery’s signature meatballs, ricotta gnudi, roasted turkey and ribeye or porterhouse steak (for non-poultry people), as well as seasonally inspired sides and embellishments (like pancetta-topped Brussels sprouts and cranberry mostarda). Dessert options range from anything-but-basic pumpkin ice cream to a creative interpretation of our city’s beloved Boston cream pie. 

$195 pp.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Back Bay
  • price 4 of 4

At Davio's, enjoy a seasonal prix fixe feast on Thanksgiving Day. Amongst the items that'll be placed upon your plate: oven-roasted Vermont free-range organic turkey; creamy yukon gold potatoes; creamy cipollini onions with fresh peas; and challah bread herb stuffing. Complete the meal with classic dessert add-ons, like homemade apple pie with vanilla ice ream or pumpkin pie with whipped crème fraîche. The restaurant's full dinner menu is also available. Reservations are recommended.


11am—8pm, $75pp and $23 for children under 12 with special kids' menu (exclusive of tax & gratuity); desserts $15

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Harvard Sq
  • price 4 of 4

This refined Harvard Square stalwart is a perfect spot to feast upon a farm-to-table Thanksgiving. Chef Nick Deutmeyer's three-course, prix fixe menu features options including: potato and confit garlic soup with caviar, fried brioche and chives; house-made porcini egg noodles with pan-seared foraged mushrooms and miso butter; and herb-roasted turkey with bacon, pear and brioche stuffing, butternut purée, cheddar mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts. Chocolate pecan pie, pumpkin toffee cake and Concord grape sorbet make up the sweet dessert menu.

11am—9pm; $82pp

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