Thanksgiving 2012

Nine Thanksgiving Dinner Destinations with a View

In case the turkey and all those pies aren't enough eye candy for you.

By Katie Vincent November 7, 2012

Turkey with a side of watery vista. And pumpkin pie. Photo via Aqua by El Gaucho's Facebook page.

So much for staring at Grandma’s china collection; here are nine restaurants in Seattle serving up Thanksgiving dinner with a memorable view. 

Aqua by El Gaucho 
Choose chef Steve Cain’s turkey dinner with all the trimmings, or throw tradition to the wind with pan roasted lobster, a stuffed eight ounce prawn, or even grilled salmon Oscar. Sides like yams and stuffing are as abundant as the sights from its home at Pier 70. A la carte pricing.  3 – 8pm, 206-956-9171.

Daniel’s Broiler 
Follow tradition per Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by taking your family out to this most often lakeside (sorry, Bellevue) Thanksgiving meal. Starters include a smoked salmon relish tray and clam chowder, while diners can choose an entrée from a menu of roast turkey, prime rib, maple-cured pork roast, or broiled fresh salmon. Or upgrade to steak dinner for an extra charge. $50/adults; $12/children 6-10; free/children 0-5. Bellevue: 12 – 9pm, 425-462-4662. Leschi: 2 – 9pm, 206-329-4191. Lake Union: 2 – 9pm, 206-621-8262.

Ray’s Boathouse
Spend Thanksgiving at one of Seattle’s most iconic waterfront destinations. Starters include butternut squash soup and house salad, while entrée choices range from oven roasted turkey with a selection of traditional and nontraditional sides (think pumpkin mousse with marshmallows) to prime rib with horseradish crème fraiche. Your choice of 10 desserts served family-style at the end. A remodel is still underway downstairs so all meals will be served up in the Northwest Room or the Café, but spots are still filling up fast, so reserve soon to at least get on the waiting list. $45/adult; $22.50/children 5-11; free/children 0-4. 12 – 7pm, 206-789-3770 ext. 3.

Six Seven at the Edgewater
Sit on Elliott Bay to enjoy a seasonal and local four-course meal. Starters include butternut squash and apple crema, gnocchi gratinee, and Dungeness crab cakes. For the entrée course, choose from local turkey with Grand Marnier cranberry relish, porcini dusted filet mignon, salmon with succotash, and Oregon lamb loin with candied pork belly. Grand buffet of pastries and desserts included in price. $65/adults; $35/children 0-12. 12 – 8 pm, 206-269-4575.

Chandler’s Crabhouse  
Start your Thanksgiving lakefront with a seasonal relish tray and perhaps a bowl of whiskey crab soup before delving into your entrée selection of roast turkey, king salmon, prime rib, or crab stuffed prawns, all served with the usual turkey day accouterments. $45/adult; $12/children 6-10; free/children 0-5. 12 – 9pm, 206-223-2722.

Dine along the canal, watching boats pass under the Fremont Bridge. Enjoy starters and creative entrees ranging from cider-and-brown-sugar-brined Northwest turkey to grilled Alaskan sockeye salmon, and even to quinoa-masa cakes with butternut squash mole. All served with a bevy of locally sourced sides and pumpkin pie with Chantilly cream. $39/adults, $15/children 0-12. 1 – 8pm, 206-284-3000.

Bluwater Bistro
Arguably the most traditional Thanksgiving dinner offered on this list, Bluwater Bistro offers a three-course meal of soup or salad and your choice of turkey, prime rib, or ham with all the trimmings. Dessert is, of course, pumpkin pie. Lake views and people watching abound at both locations, though at Leschi you can linger well into the dawn of Black Friday. $29.95/adult; $12.95/children 0-12. Greenlake: 12 – 9pm, 206-524-3985. Leschi: 1pm – 1am, 206-328-2233.

SkyCity Restaurant at the Space Needle
What better view than the entire city of Seattle? Choose from a three-course traditional Thanksgiving menu featuring applewood smoked turkey and savory brioche bead pudding, or a number of a la carte holiday specials including cedar frond-roasted steelhead salmon and Kobe tomahawk chop. Turkey dinners $45-$62/adults, $19/children 0-12. 1 – 8pm, 206-905-2100.

On the shores of Puget Sound, dive into one of the most seafood-heavy Thanksgiving dinners available this year. Not only will your typical turkey and stuffing be on hand (and four kinds of stuffing and gravy), but Salty’s also serves up freshly shucked oysters, Columbia River steelhead salmon with cranberry glaze, Southern style catfish with tomatillo salsa, and even a platter of deep-fried seafood. Alki: $54.95/adult; $21.95/children 6-12; free/children 0-5. 10:30am – 7:30pm, 206-937-1600. Redondo Beach: $48.99/adult; $21.99/children 10-12; $16.99/children 6-9; free/children 0-5. 10:45am – 7:15pm, 206-946-0636. 

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