If your Thanksgiving plans fell through, or you’ve just decided you don’t feel like doing all of the work this year, maybe it’s time to go out for a holiday dinner instead. Fortunately, you’ve got lots of great options in the Northwest.
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle will serve up a fantastic feast with a Thanksgiving Buffet from noon to 5 p.m. in its Ballroom which offers spectacular views of Elliott Bay. Look forward to local fall fixings and plenty of indulgent extras, such as seafood towers and bottomless mimosas. There will be lots of standards too, albeit with creative touches, like vanilla sweet potatoes and thyme roasted veggies. For families with kids, there’s not only a special buffet just for children, but a dedicated kid’s area with books, games and toys.
Daniel’s Broiler, Seattle
Daniel’s Broiler will serve its popular four-course Thanksgiving menu at all three Puget Sound locations: Lake Union, Leschi and Bellevue. Showcasing the flavors of the Northwest, it includes items like creamy clam chowder and a house-smoked salmon spread as well as traditional roast turkey with giblet gravy, cranberry relish and mashed potatoes. The list goes on and on but you’ll want to save room for dessert as the menu not only features pumpkin pie, but chocolate raspberry Charlotte and vanilla creme brulee.
Chandler’s Crabhouse, Seattle
Chandler’s Crabhouse on Lake Union also offers an impressive four-course meal, which includes traditional roasted turkey breast and gravy, mashed potatoes and the like, but you can also get items like signature whiskey Dungeness crab soup and grilled king salmon with Dungeness crab butter. Traditional pumpkin pie or ice cream is the grand finale, and if you bring kids who are five years old or younger, they’ll even get a complimentary traditional roasted turkey dinner and pumpkin pie or ice cream for dessert.
If you’re looking for something a little bit different, Andia blends American and Peruvian cultures to create a special three-course menu that includes turkey, but is prepared using South American ingredients and complemented with traditional and modern Peruvian dishes. Thanksgiving Day will include a Peruvian prix fixe menu with a wide range of festive options and holiday favorites, as well as dishes honoring Andean flavors and ingredients. You can look forward to dining while enjoying live music by local Latin music artists too.
Pearl Tavern, Portland
Looking for a sports-filled Thanksgiving? Pearl Tavern will open up at 1 p.m. on the holiday and serve a menu of specials that include confit turkey thigh, maple glazed breast and much more, while football games will be on the big screen throughout the day.
Huber’s Cafe, Portland
Huber’s Cafe is renowned for its turkey dinners, but the bad news is that it’s so good reservations are made as long as a year in advance. So why’d we list it? You can still enjoy the food, you’ll just need to order the Turkey Package and bring it home. It serves 8 to 10 and comes with all the fixings for less than $150.
How about a Paris-inspired Thanksgiving? Verdigris will offer three seatings for Thanksgiving, at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. It will include items like roasted turkey, twice-baked sweet potatoes with truffles and gruyere, charcuterie, oysters, and more, all served family style.
Richard’s at the Inn at 500 Capitol, Boise, Idaho
Richard’s is offering a prix fixe menu that will be served from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The three-course menu includes a choice of butternut squash soup or a green salad, followed by a choice of roast turkey, cannelloni, grilled ribeye steak, sockeye salmon or a vegan dish, all served with Thanksgiving side dishes. Desert is the third course, with the option of an indulgent chocolate dessert, pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake or apple pie a la mode.
Chandlers at Hotel 43, Boise, Idaho
This Chandlers is ideal for steak lovers. Located at Hotel 43, it’s also offering a special prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving, with a three-course dinner that begins with your choice of a variety of soups or salads, like wild mushroom soup and roasted beet salad, followed by entrees such as the roast turkey with tarragon-pine nut stuffing, slow-roasted prime rib or lamb chops with apple-mint chutney. For dessert, there’s apple cobbler with cinnamon ice cream and pumpkin pie topped with Chantilly cream.
K.C. Dermody is the author of hundreds of travel articles both online and in print as well as the author of the “Best Travel Guide for First Time Visitors to Ireland.” She has traveled throughout the world and has a passion for imparting what she has learned from her experiences to others, but always appreciates coming home to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.