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18 Washington Restaurants Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner
Great options for dining out on November 22. By Erin Keane Scott
Oxtail with quince confit, smoked salmon with béarnaise sauce, and sweet potato beignets are all on the menu at 2941 this year. Photograph by Jeff Martin.
Comments () | Published November 9, 2012

Yes, we know—there’s nothing quite like your mom’s green bean casserole. But if you can’t make it home or can’t bear the thought of trying to re-create it in your apartment-size oven, fear not. Plenty of restaurants in the area are offering up a Thanksgiving feast. Just be sure to reserve soon; they have a way of selling out.


Adour

Three-course menu

This take on a Thanksgiving feast features foodie favorites such as foie gras with quince and pineapple chutney, braised sea bass, and a black forest tart.

Price: $95 for adults; $45 for kids

Seatings: at 2:30, 5, and 7:30

Reservations: Call 202-509-8000 or visit Open Table.


Al Dente

Four-course menu

Chef Roberto Donna serves Thanksgiving Italian-style. Expect to bite into dishes such as Gorgonzola cheese polenta and butternut squash, turkey served with pancetta and mozzarella, and pumpkin tiramisu.

Price: $35.95 for adults; $12 for kids

Seatings: Noon to 8

Reservations: Call 202-244-2223 or visit Open Table.


Ardeo + Bardeo 

Three-course menu

This Cleveland Park favorite will be serving dishes like lamb chops with Meyer lemon jam and scallops served with butternut purée and bacon. Finish the evening with a slice of house-made pumpkin pie.

Price: $45 for adults

Seatings: 11 to 8

Reservations: Call 202-240-6750.


Art and Soul

Buffet

Pile a plate high with Parker House rolls, turkey, prime rib, and andouille cornbread dressing, and don’t be afraid to go back for more. Diners even get a “leftover turkey sandwich” to take home for the next day.

Price: $55 for adults; $25 for kids

Seatings: 11 to 9

Reservations: Call 202-393-7777 or visit Art and Soul’s website


Bastille

Three-course menu

Foie-gras terrine, pork loin with pommes Lyonnaise, and pumpkin cake served with a scoop of gingersnap ice cream are just a few of the dishes chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux have put together for Thanksgiving with a French twist.

Price: $78 for adults; $110 with wine pairings

Seatings: 5:30 to 8

Reservations: Call 703-519-3776 or visit Bastille’s website


Blue Duck Tavern

Muscovy duck breast with pumpkin relish and cornbread, oyster, and chorizo stuffing is followed by chestnut cream puffs and sweet potato crème brûlée at this all-American eatery.

Price: $95 for adults; $42 for kids

Seatings: 11:30 to 9

Reservations: Call 202-419-6755.


Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier

Three-course menu

This Alexandria restaurant has a menu with seasonal dishes such as butternut squash soup, a traditional turkey dinner with Brussels sprouts, and a cranberry-almond tart.

Price: $70 for adults ($105 with wine pairing)

Seatings: 12:30 to 7:45

Reservations: Call 703-894-3440 or visit Open Table.


Equinox

Three-course menu

Tradition matters at chef Todd Gray’s Connecticut Avenue eatery. Start the dinner with his annual oyster roast before indulging in agnolotti with brown butter, bacon, and Brussels sprouts, and beef tenderloin with truffle jus.

Price: $60 ($85 with wine pairing) for adults; $30 for kids

Seatings: Noon to 7

Reservations: Call 202-331-8118 or visit City Eats.


Liberty Tavern

Brunch Menu

Thanksgiving finds this brunch spot offering its usual menu as well as a turkey carving station and all the traditional fixins’ such as sweet potatoes with marshmallows.

Price: $29 for adults; $18 for kids

Seating: 9:30 to 4

Reservations: Call 202-386-9200 or visit Open Table.


Lincoln

Three-course menu

Farm-to-table is the emphasis of this Thanksgiving menu, which has three carved entrée options and sides such as green beans with a maple glaze and crispy onions, or butternut squash soup with hazelnut doughnuts for dunking.

Price: $58 for adults; $21 for kids

Seating: 2 to 8

Reservations: Call 202-386-9200 or visit Open Table.


The Oval Room 

Three-Course Menu

Inventive takes on Thanksgiving classics include a salad of autumn veggies with cider dressing and smoked bacon, and ginger-cracklins’-dressed curried lobster. Finish the evening with chef Tony Conte’s version of a PB&J—peanut butter mousse with Concord grape sorbet.

Price: $50 per person

Seating: Noon to 8

Reservations: Call 202-463-8700 or visit Open Table.


Patowmack Farms

Experience a true farm-to-table meal at this Lovettsville restaurant. Feast on Patowmack’s own farm-raised turkey, veggie sides, and, of course, cranberries and pumpkin.

Price: $65 for adults

Seating: Noon to 6

Reservations: Call 866-819-1283 or visit Open Table.


701 Restaurant

Three-course menu 

Live jazz will be playing in the background as you take in venison meatballs, suckling pig with sage and cider, and a pecan tart with Earl Grey whipped cream.

Price: $48 per person

Seating: 11 to 9

Reservations: Call 202-393-0701 or visit Open Table.


1789

Three-course and à-la-carte menus

Stick to tradition with roast turkey and squash soup, or veer from the norm and indulge in a strip steak in bordelaise sauce or salmon with farro and lobster beurre blanc.

Price: $52 for prix fixe.

Seating: 6 to 10

Reservations: Call 202-965-1789 or visit Open Table.


Tabard Inn

Four-course menu

Thanksgiving at this Washington institution might not be dinner at your grandma’s house, but it’s still a homey spot for the holiday. Menu highlights include mac and cheese with Maine lobster and a cornbread crumb crust, and turkey breast roulade doused with pear gravy.

Price: $65 for adults; $27 for kids

Seating: 2 to 8

Reservations: Call 202-331-8528


2941 Restaurant

Three-course menu 

Chef Bertrand Chemel serves dishes such as oxtail with quince confit, smoked salmon with béarnaise sauce, and sweet potato beignets alongside caramelized pears.

Price: $65; $48 for vegetarian menu; $25 for kids

Seating: 11 to 8

Reservations: Call 703-270-1500 or visit Open Table.


Vidalia

À-la-carte menu

Enjoy Vidalia’s everyday menu with offerings such as pork scrapple with zucchini pickles, duck breast with cardamom jus, and mac and cheese with goat cheese and ham, in addition to a special turkey dish.

Price: Varies

Seating: Noon to 3, and 5 to 8

Reservations: Call 202-659-1990 or visit Open Table.


Wildfire

Five-course menu 

If you’re yearning for tradition, Wildfire in McLean is preparing a family-style prix-fixe meal including spit-roasted turkey, house-made cornbread, sweet potato casserole, and pecan pie. The menu is also available to go.

Price: $39.95 for adults; $16.95 for kids

Seatings: 11 to 8

Reservations: Call 703-442-9110 or visit Wildfire’s website.

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