9 Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner (Plus To-Go Options!)

Ted's Bulletin

Don’t want to spend your entire Thanksgiving in the kitchen? These DC-area restaurants will serve up turkey dinner for your whole family

Real talk: Turkey Day isn’t actually about the turkey, so why spend all day in the kitchen? Make Thanksgiving dinner an easy lift by skipping meal prep all together and letting a local restaurant do the work. We’ve rounded up a number of dine-in and to-go options so you can spend more time with your family (and less time hunched over a stove).

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Whether you’re looking to kick dinner up a notch with a fine dining experience or you want a simple and casual spread, these DC-area restaurants dish up Thanksgiving dinners even the kids will love (and if they don’t, a few offer regular items, too!). Read on for some of Washington, DC’s best restaurants open on Thanksgiving—plus to-go options for those that want to eat at home, because not having to cook the biggest meal of the year is something to be thankful for! 

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Casual DC Restaurants Offering Dine In & Take Out on Thanksgiving

Lincoln Restaurant
Dine in: We’re giving thanks for the endless sides this restaurant serves up as part of their Thanksgiving feast. Mac and cheese, brioche stuffing, maple brown sugar sweet potatoes, charred Brussel sprouts and cheese grits are just some of the side stars. In addition to endless sides, enjoy endless meats at the carving station, one a la carte entree and a dessert for $65 ($25 for kids 12 & under).

Take out: Lincoln Restaurant is also offering Thanksgiving at home with a salad, farm turkey with country gravy, three sides, and dessert. Prices range from $75-335 depending on whether you choose the package for 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 people. Orders can be placed by going to their website and clicking the link for Thanksgiving at home or calling the restaurant.

1110 Vermont Ave. NW
Online: lincolnrestaurant-dc.com

Founding Farmers
Dine in:
 The pre-fixed for this dinner is sure to please even picky eaters. Enjoy a three-course meal that starts with either soup or salad followed by your choice of a main: turkey, ham, pan seared white fish, salmon, veggie loaf, prime rib ($8 uncharge) and (for picky eaters) fried chicken. Each is served with an array of sides, including mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beens and corn bread. And sweet tooths, rejoice! Founding Farmers is dishing out pies on pies this holiday, among them are apple, pumpkin, pecan, key lime and coconut cream. Dinner costs $43.99/person ($20 for kids 12 & under).

Take out: From brunch to dinner to left over kits, Founding Farmers has you covered on Thanksgiving (as well as your entire holiday weekend). Order a turkey and you can technically lay claim to cooking this bird; you’ll receive a “raw and ready to roast” Spatchcock Half Turkey that comes enough bread, sides and dessert to feed 4 ($200). Beyond the classic Thanksgiving entree, you’ll find maple-glazed salmon, herb-crusted prime rib, veggie loafs and honey-glazed baked ham as take-and-make at home options.

1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Foggy Bottom

12505 Park Potomac Ave.
Potomac, MD

1904 Reston Metro Plaza
Reston, VA

1800 Tysons Blvd.
Tysons, VA
Online: wearefoundingfarmers.com

Take out: This modern BBQ joint is rumored to have one of the best catered meals in the DMV. You’ll find expertly smoked meats as the mains here, including turkey, ham, prime rib, leg of lamp (from $135-200). Elevate your sides with duck fat roasted potatoes, smoked cauliflower, flash-fried Brussel sprouts and award-winning Mac-and-cheese. Don’t forget to grab a pie. Pumpkin, pecan, and apple are all on the menu.

1051 N. Highland St.
Arlington, VA
Online: smokecraftbbq.com

Ted’s Bulletin 
Dine in: There are plenty of reasons to love Ted’s. Many locations feature a toy box (we’re looking at you Capitol Hill and Fairfax), project movies while you eat and feature a long list of kiddie food favorites, like pop tarts, milk shakes and homemade tater tots. You’ll find some Thanksgiving specials on the menu, like house-brined turkey and homestyle gravy, but you and your crew can also select from the regular menu making this a best bet for picky eaters.

Take out: Have a Tedsgiving at Home with Ted’s take out. Holiday packages include all the staples of a classic Thanksgiving, like turkey, house-whipped potatoes and rolls. Don’t forget to add on one of Ted’s famous sweets for dessert. Order by Nov. 19 for Nov. 23. pickup.

505 8th St. SE
Capitol Hill

1818 14th St. NW
U Street

2911 District Ave.
Fairfax, VA
Online: tedsbulletincapitolhill.com

Chef Geoff’s
Dine in: It doesn’t get more friendly than Chef Geoff’s where kids can opt out of the whole turkey deal all together and choose from an array of kid-friendly menu items like cheeseburgers, grilled chicken, steak and grilled cheese. For little pilgrims that want a plate with all the fixings, Chef Geoff’s offers that, too ($14). The three-course adult menu ($55) features 10 alternatives to a turkey dinner, like vegan cauliflower steak and Hong Kong scallops.

Take out: You can bring the stand out Thanksgiving offers served at Chef Geoff’s to the comfort of your own home (remember to order by Nov. 11): think maple-glazed turkeys, chicken sausage and sour cherry stuffing (!), port wine cranberry sauce and apple crumble pie. Each package serves two ($90) or four ($175).

3201 New Mexico Ave.
Cathedral Heights

2201 M St. NW
Foggy Bottom
Online: chefgeoff.com

Mitsitam Cafe
Dine in: It doesn’t get more casual than a Smithsonian cafeteria for a Thanksgiving meal! Pay tribute to the dishes and foods the Natives brought to the first Pilgrim Thanksgiving at Mitsitam, voted DC’s best cafe. You can explore classic indigenous entrees from across the Western Hemisphere, including dishes that hail from The Plains, MesoAmerica, the Northern Woodlands and more

Independence Ave. SW & 4th St. SW
National Mall
Online: mitsitamcafe.com

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Upscale DC Restaurants Offering Dine In & Take Out on Thanksgiving

Dine in: Todd Gray’s DC institution doesn’t have a children’s menu per se, but the restaurant will accommodate young diners with off-menu options, like house-made pasta ($20). The prix fixed menu ($80) includes the annual tradition of a  free oyster (and oyster mushroom!) bar. At every turn, you’ll find plant-based alternatives alongside meat and fish dishes at this vegan-friendly restaurant.

818 Connecticut Ave. NW
McPherson Square
Online: equinoxrestaurant.com

Rose’s at Home
Take out: Elevate your Thanksgiving spread by indulging in Rose’s Thanksgiving feast to-go. This meal comes with lemon-pepper brined and roasted turkey, salad, three sides, a classic cranberry sauce, and Hawaiian rolls. Serving 2-4 for $250 and 6-8 for $490, this meal will not only satisfy your craving for turkey and carbs, but also provides a donation to the DC Food Project. Each meal includes free delivery within a 30 mile radius of Capitol Hill.

717 8th St. SE
Barracks Row
Online: rosesathome.com


Dine in: Enjoy views of the Potomac River at this contemporary American restaurant where floor-to-ceiling windows means every seat has a first-rate view. While enjoying the Georgetown waterfront, indulge in a buffet-style Thanksgiving feast that features free range turkey, lamb chops and pecan pie from noon-8 p.m. ($120/person, $60/children 11 & under, kids 5 & under are free).

3000 K St. NW
Washington Harbour
Online: sequoiadc.com


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