The hustle of the holidays is upon us. The grocery store runs on Wednesday night for cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie mix will always persist, even when we’re nearly two years deep in a pandemic. But if you want to avoid the last-minute panic this year, consider these local restaurants ready to host your Thanksgiving festivities. If you're not ready for restaurants just yet, plenty of restaurants have takeout Thanksgiving menus planned.
Ethan Stowell’s restaurant in the Four Seasons puts together an all-weekend affair—brunch, dinner, even a private dining option on Thanksgiving day. Executive chef Michael Grande’s three-course $75 brunch menu offers a ton of choices like a shrimp and octopus salad, classic turkey, crab cake benedicts—even apple pie nachos for children. Dinner skews traditional: a three-course menu ($135 a person) with shared sides and starters, and individual entrees that balance turkey with black cod, scallops, or prime rib.
Prefer Thanksgiving with a view? From lobster bisque to an espresso honey baked ham, chef Brian Doherty’s $95 three-course menu at the Woodmark Hotel offers a traditional Thanksgiving meal alongside Lake Washington. Reserve through OpenTable.
From 11:30 to 6, a buffet of the holiday favorites will serve up herb roasted turkey, and prime rib. A seafood station will add jumbo prawns, steamed clams, and mussels to the mix. Pumpkin ravioli will also be in attendance, and so will a kids corner, offering chicken tenders and pizza. Over at the dessert table—a chocolate fountain and various cakes and pies. The buffet is $58, with special prices for kids and seniors.
Turkey with brioche stuffing, sweet potatoes with caramelized marshmallows, and a marcona almond and cranberry pear chutney star in the $52 Thanksgiving plate. A slice of pumpkin cheesecake accompanies the special as well. It'll be served alongside the regular menu from 11 to 9.
Downtown, Lake Union, Leschi
At the Downtown, Lake Union, and Leschi locations, the longstanding Schwartz Brothers restaurant will put on a $75 four-course feast ($20 for children) from noon to 8pm. Entrees vary from king salmon to a plant-based ravioli, if you’re not a big turkey fan, and includes desserts like pumpkin pie and a double scoop of Olympic Mountain ice cream or sorbet.
Bellevue’s brand-new steak house will switch gears to a $59 turkey dinner that includes ample sides—corn bread and sage stuffing, sauteed green beans, and Yukon mashed potatoes to name a few. The special will be available all weekend, alongside the regular menu, if you happen to start craving turkey again after some Black Friday shopping.
Potato leek potage? Check. Smoked sablefish? Check. Venison? Beef tenderloin? Check and check. These are just a few of the dishes within the $80 four-course meal that goes heavy on local and seasonal ingredients. Oh, and there’s an apple strudel and a caramel pumpkin tart too.
Just a month of opening its doors, Michael Mina’s steak house will serve an $89 Thanksgiving extravaganza with a plethora of non-turkey options. Executive chef Adam Reece’s three-course meal ($40 for kids 12 and under) includes plenty of choices, from a truffle Caesar to pork belly bacon and the restaurant’s signature lobster pot pie. Dessert forgoes tradition in favor of s’mores or some glorious pumpkin spice beignets. Add on a shellfish platter or caviar to up the ante; reservations can be made here.
The vegetarian stalwart will put on a four-course afternoon affair ($75) full of vegan and gluten free marvels like a cauliflower cashew bisque, pumpkin risotto cakes, and a pecan bourbon pie. Customize things with additional wine pairings, a shepherds pie option for kids, and indoor or outdoor seating. Call (206) 325-9100 to save a table.
Crab cakes, short rib, and pappardelle are just a few of the options that on the menu available from 11-7. Priced at $55 per person, chef David Mitchell’s three-course meal also demands a difficult choice: picking between apple crisp and caramel pumpkin pie for dessert. Oh, and turkey will be there, with all its favorite sides. Claim a spot at OpenTable.
Chef Scott Emerick blends a mix of Lakehouse specialties, like his bouillabaisse, alongside a traditional turkey dinner. The plate costs $75 a person and $24 for kids ages 6-11. If a slice of pumpkin pie isn’t enough, you can get a whole pumpkin cake ($130) that serves up to ten. Pre-order the cake by November 18—which is also a pretty good time to solidify reservations either online or by phone.
Lunch along Lake Washington comes with all the holiday favorites. The $80 meal starts with dishes like an apple-parsnip soup and spinach dip, then finishes with an apple tart or pumpkin pie. In between: a classic turkey-and-sides spread. Reserve through OpenTable.
At Thanksgiving brunch ($110 for adults, $35 for kids), appetizer carts will roam the 31st floor of the Lincoln Square South tower with sushi rolls and pork belly deviled eggs. Diners can also pick from entrees like wagyu filet and eggs benedict, chicken confit and waffle, and a miso black cod. Dessert? Pumpkin four ways. Make reservations online or call for parties with more than groups of 12.