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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

JQ Louise
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JQ Louise
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Megan Johnson
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Don’t lift a finger this Thanksgiving. Whether you’ve sworn off cooking for the big holiday after one too many disasters, or you’d simply prefer a quiet night out prepared by a pro, one of these Boston restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2022 is likely to strike your fancy. From Italian-inspired turkey feasts to traditional Thanksgiving dessert buffets, these a la carte and multi-course dining options have something for everyone. So order up an extra stash of mashed potatoes and a few slices of heritage turkey, because these spots— sometimes prepared with a little more foodie flair than the homecooked varieties— are ready to welcome you with open arms. Plus, there’s no dirty dishes involved to tackle after. 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
  • Back Bay

Known as one of Boston’s most desirable spots, Contessa is open for Thanksgiving and serves up a prix fixe menu at $195 per person. You’ll enjoy the classics on the family-style menu, like roasted turkey with sage turkey gravy and roasted brussels sprouts with pancetta. There will also be savory additions, like ricotta gnocchi di pecora with black truffles and meatballs aldo. Don’t worry: their beloved squash carpaccio is on the menu for the big day.

Open 12-7pm

  • Hotels

Historic Lexington is the perfect spot to celebrate the holiday, and the dreamy Inn at Hastings Park is serving up a feast of Thanksgiving dinner at their onsite restaurant, Town Meeting Bistro. Fuel up at the buffet, which is available for adults at $125, and includes the buffet and choice of one entrée. Children 4-12 years of age have the same option at $60, and little ones under 3 eat for free. If you’re smart, throw a few fried brussels sprouts with apple cider reduction into your purse for the ride home. 

Open 12-6pm

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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, tucked in the Fairmont Copley Plaza.  Executive Chef Zaid Khan will present three Thanksgiving specials from 11am to 10pm, served in addition to the regular all-day menu. Kick off the holiday with a Turkey Old Fashioned, a delectable mix of Longbranch Bourbon, Demerara Sugar and cranberry. The cocktail features a house-made, turkey-infused bourbon: fat and drippings of a fresh-from-the-oven turkey whisked together with bourbon, which then sits for two hours before it’s placed in a freezer. The frozen fat is strained, leaving an aromatic infusion with smooth roasted turkey after tastes. If you don’t make it there on Turkey Day, the cocktail will be on the menu through Dec. 5.

7am - 12 am

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • East Cambridge

Located inside the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel in Cambridge, Bambara presents Chef Adam Resnick’s no-fuss, three-course prix fixe menu with all of the traditional holiday trimmings. Load up with sous vide turkey breast, confit turkey legs, Yukon mashed potatoes and roasted mushroom stuffing, all available for $55  per person, plus tax and gratuity. Dessert is just as indulgent, with a menu of apple pie with walnut oat crumble pumpkin pie with cinnamon pepitas, both topped off with whipped cream.

4pm - 7pm

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  • Hotels
  • Boston
  • price 4 of 4

You can celebrate Thanksgiving two ways at the Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston. One + One Restaurant on the hotel’s second floor is welcoming guests for a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner experience. It’s priced at $125 for adults and $62 for children, and includes a choice of appetizer, entree, and unlimited access to the dessert buffet. The second option is Trifecta, the vibrant cocktail lounge at The Four Seasons.  They’re open for a la carte Thanksgiving dinner specials, with options that include roasted turkey breast, garlic herb roasted prime rib eye, and Chef Rob Differ’s pumpkin pie.

One + One: 1pm - 7 pm

Trifecta: 4PM-11PM, with food service from 5PM-10PM

  • Restaurants
  • Italian

Make a day of it at Encore Boston Harbor, where you can hit Fratelli for a traditional three-course Thanksgiving dinner before hitting the slots. Start with sliced turkey, Italian stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and housemade gravy, and cap off the night with a slice of housemade seasonal pie. At $69.95, it’s the perfect foundation for a night of roulette and blackjack!  Plus, there’s complimentary self-parking, and you can move over to the TV at WynnBET Sports Bar to catch football. 

12pm- 12am

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  • Hotels
  • Waterfront
  • price 4 of 4

Thanksgiving brunch leaves plenty of time for an afternoon nap. The elegant Boston Harbor Hotel will welcome guests in the Meritage and Atlantic rooms, overlooking the harbor for a picturesque holiday. Don’t miss the modern raw bar, where you’ll find everything from tuna belly and butter-poached lobster to stone crab claws and mussels in paprika. You can have the thanksgiving classics like cider-brined roasted Vermont fresh turkey, or spin the other way for something like white truffle carbonara. Brunch is $210 per adult and $80 for children 5 to 12 years. Be sure to make a reservation on OpenTable beforehand. 

10am - 3pm

Para Maria
Photograph: Courtesy Envoy Hotel

8. Para Maria

Thanksgiving dinner is served at Para Maria in the Envoy Hotel this year. At $55 per adult and $25 for children, you can enjoy Valencia orange and rosemary-brined turkey, whipped garlic potatoes and bacon brussels sprouts.  If you want to keep the party going, the Lookout Rooftop will also be open from 4:30 to 11pm that evening with igloo and icebox reservations available. 

 

11am - 6pm, last seating at 4:30pm

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Strega North End
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • North End

The North End does it up for Thanksgiving, and Strega on Hanover Street is no different. At $39 per person, they offer up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. If you’re wise, you’ll stroll down the street and grab some cannoli to take home with you.  

12pm - 8pm

  • Restaurants
  • Downtown

The Langham Hotel’s stunning Italian restaurant is located in the former Federal Reserve Bank's grand hall. Enjoy a family-style Thanksgiving meal at $135 per person, which includes a choice of appetizer, roasted turkey and all the fix-ins. Complete your meal with a visit to their dessert buffet, where you’ll find spiced apple galettes, pumpkin cupcakes with citrus cream cheese and ginger molasses cookies.

11:30am - 7pm

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If you’re headed to the Cape for Thanksgiving, the Pelham House Resort in Dennis Port will be putting on a classic Thanksgiving feast. Guests will choose from a designated time slot for their reservation, which will include a rooftop happy hour followed by a buffet-style dinner including carving and dessert stations. Tickets are $130 for adults and $65 for children, and are available on Open Table. Don’t miss the dessert buffet if you know what’s good for you.

11:30am - 5:30pm

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

The Liberty Hotel’s hotspot will serve an a la carte menu, as well as a four-course prix-fixe option at $115 for adults and $55 for children. Options include classics like roasted heritage turkey and prime sirloin of beef tagliata, or less traditional spins on the holiday meal, like Halibut ‘Acqua Pazza’ with crisped cod cheeks, sun-dried tomato and Ajo Arriero.

12pm - 7pm

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • West End

Also at the Liberty Hotel, Clink welcomes guests for a dine-in, prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner. Priced at $89 per adult and $37 per child, the menu is filled with delectable options like roasted cauliflower and parsnip bisque and spice-roasted acorn squash. A dessert buffet includes everything from warm Macintosh apple crisp and pecan pie to mango cheesecake and chocolate mousse. If you’d prefer to eat in your sweats, they’re also doing a “Take and Bake” Thanksgiving Dinner option. 

Seatings from 12pm - 4pm, Clink Dining Room will open for Normal Dinner Service at 5:30pm

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

There’s much better Thanksgiving entertainment out there than watching your uncle take a nap after dinner. The Beehive offers up a traditional prix fixe, three-course menu paired with live music entertainment. Fuel up on a holiday feast plate of roasted free-range turkey with sage and rosemary gravy, sourdough stuffing, and whipped potatoes Guests can also order a selection of craft cocktails at the bar or to enjoy while listening to live music on stage.

 11:30am - 9pm

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

Both Davio’s Seaport and Davio’s Back Bay are open on Thanksgiving, and there’s no better place to be to fill your belly. Guests will enjoy items such as oven-roasted Vermont organic turkey, Yukon Gold creamy potatoes, butternut squash and Challah bread herb stuffing. Dessert will delight your fancy with options including homemade apple pie with vanilla ice cream and pumpkin pie with whipped crème fraîche. The Davio's Thanksgiving Dinner menu is $85 per adult and $23 per child (12 years & under), and special holiday desserts are available for $15 each. The full dinner menu is also available. 

11am to 8pm

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Downtown
  • price 3 of 4

Ditch putting the work in this holiday season, and relax with family and friends while enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving get-together at Artisan Bistro in The Ritz-Carlton, Boston. While there’s classics like heritage turkey and Guinness-braised short rib, vegetarians will be pleased with the pan-seared tofu filet with sweet potato gnocchi option for their third course. The four-course prix fixe menu ranges in price from $58.00 - $68.00 per person, depending on which entree you choose. A children’s menu with turkey options is also available. 

1pm - 8pm

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