If you plan on dining out for Thanksgiving dinner, these Seattle restaurants have you covered. (Do plan on making a reservation; you're probably not the only one hoping to avoid the kitchen this year).
It's Thanksgiving, Sicilian-style at Maria Hines's Fremont trattoria: three courses including citrus almond crumble with pomegranate molasses, sous vide turkey breast involtini, and house made mafalde. For il dolce, sweet potato panna cotta or quince with toasted marshmallow and candied pecan. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available with advance notice.
3-8pm. 206-547-9707 for reservations (requested, but not required). $65/adult.
Bell and Whete
A Norman-influenced feast of old world dishes: spice brined turkey, roasted yams with brown sugar butter, sausage and bacon stuffing...you get the idea ($28/adult). Or, order a pomegranate glazed rotisserie duck for four with red rose potatoes and haricot verts and curried cauliflower ($130).
11am-9pm. 206-538-0180 for reservations.
Possibly your best bet for a meat/gluten free or vegan holiday meal, with four courses including jerusalum artichoke blini, wild mushroom and chestnut bread pudding, and pear and ricotta cheesecake.
1-7pm. 206-325-9100 ext. 3 for reservations. $65/adult, $25/child.
For Thanksgiving flavored by the Pacific Northwest, try the four-course menu featuring Chandler's whiskey crab bisque, grilled king salmon (turkey and ham are also available), and Olympic Mountain ice cream with house-made snickerdoodles.
Noon-8pm. 206-223-2722 or online for reservations. $50/adult, $12/children 6-10 (kid's menu).
All three locations will offer a four-course meal, serving entrees like maple cured pork roast with sherry mustard glaze and broiled fresh salmon (with a starter of clam chowder, of course).
Noon-8pm. Call directly for reservations. $55/adult, $12/children 6-10 (kid’s menu). 425-462-4662 (Bellevue), 206-621-8262 (Eastlake), 206-329-4191 (Leschi).
Another Maria Hines take on Turkey Day, this time blending Eastern Mediterranean flavors in a four-course meal featuring traditional turkey, pan seared black cod, and root vegetable ragout.
3-8pm. 206-706-2977 or online for reservations. $55/adult (optional wine pairing $30).
The Thanksgiving menu at the Four Seasons restaurant starts with shareable appetizers (think fried oysters and tuna tartare) but moves on to personal entrée options from prime rib to seared steelhead and goat cheese ravioli, with all the traditional sides. End on a sweet note with chocolate pecan tarts or cinnamon dusted donut holes. There's also a slightly less gourmand three-course menu for younger diners.
2–9pm. 206-749-7070 for reservations. $95/adult (optional wine pairing $75), $35/children 12 and under.
Also at the Four Seasons:
A la carte Thanksgiving brunch. 6:30am-2pm.
Family Thanksgiving Buffet, perfect for large groups. 2-5pm. $60/adult, $25 children 6-12.
Ray's Boathouse and Cafe
The Boathouse will offer a four-course menu of both traditional and seafood favorites, with a bevy of entrees to choose from (turkey, prime rib, king salmon, halibut) and sides like butternut squash ravioli with chanterelle mushrooms. The cafe will have a buffet with plenty of land and sea options as well, from Penn Cove mussels in coconut curry broth to spice roasted sweet potatoes.
Boathouse: 11:30am-8pm. 206-789-3770 for reservations. $45/adult, $22.50 children 5-11.
Cafe: 11am-8pm. 206-782-0094 for reservations. $45/adult, $20 children 5-11.
Open for their first Thanksgiving, the downtown wine bar/restaurant will be serving sweet butter basted heritage turkey with foie gras stuffing and equally decadent sides and desserts, like black truffle gnocchi Parisienne and sugar pumpkin and hazelnut praline pie. In case you're worried about missing out on leftovers, a sandwich kit with enough fixings for four roasted turkey sandwiches is also available for $28.
2-8pm. Reservations online. $68/adult.
The South meets Seattle in this hearty Thanksgiving buffet. You'll need an extra plate or two for this spread, which spans from wild mushrooms to cajun creamed corn to roasted turkey and porchetta (and whipped potatoes, of course).
2-8pm. Reservations online. $55/adult, $25 children 12 and under.
With butternut squash, apple and mushroom stuffed field roast on the menu, who needs turkey? It's still offered though, along with family style sides of caramelized onion stuffing and brussels sprouts with bacon, to name a few. And did we mentioned the pumpkin cake with chocolate mousse or the quince and apple galette?
Seatings at 2pm, 5pm, and 8pm. 206-676-4600 or online for reservations. $38/adult, $19 children under 12.
Not quite in the city, but these menus are well worth the trip to Woodinville. The Barking Frog restaurant will serve a four-course meal started off by apple and chestnut or kale and white bean soup, followed by duck confit, lamb roulade, and pumpkin panna cotta. There will also be a Thanksgiving buffet in the Sammamish ballroom with entree choices of turkey, prime rib, and poached jumbo prawns, not to mention a host of traditional sides and mini desserts.
Barking Frog: 1-8pm. $75/adult. 425-424-2999 or online for reservations.
Sammamish Ballroom: Seatings at 1pm, 1:30pm, 4pm, and 4:30pm. $70/adult, $35 children 5-12.