Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving in DC

Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving in DC


Ready to make a new Thanksgiving tradition this year — only one that doesn’t involve any meal prep, pots, or clean up? Say no more: we’ve got just the solution for you. With Turkey Day fast approaching, DC is dishing out a generous helping of takeaway feasts and sit-down spreads that will have everyone going back for seconds. Keep reading to dig into the delectable and festive sampling of options yourself!

Al Dente

Frequented by Anthony Fauci, this upper Northwest Italian fixture serves up a three-course lineup ($39.95) that kicks off with meatballs and salads. Go traditional with turkey, smashed potatoes, and gravy, or opt for a pasta fix via fettuccine alla bolognese or cacio e pepe, with a pecan tart for dessert.


Chef Tom Crenshaw’s to-go Thanksgiving feasts include sliced roasted turkey, garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, roasted root vegetables, sage stuffing, cranberry sauce and Parkerhouse rolls. A choice of either pecan or pumpkin pie is included. Dinner for two is $70; $130 for four; and $200 for six. Available for pickup on Wednesday, November 24, and Thursday, November 25.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

The celebrity Austrian chef’s posh steakhouse offers both sit-down and takeaway options this Thanksgiving. A three-course meal features celeriac and fuji apple tortellini, roasted Amish heritage turkey, pretzel and chestnut stuffing, and cranberry-quince chutney, and finales like salted caramel apple pie with cinnamon oat streusel ($135 per person; $55 for kids 10 and under), with seatings between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Call to reserve a seat. And to-go meals fit for six to eight are $425 or $135 for two; place orders at least 72 hours in advance.

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La Bise

Looking for an excuse to go all out? Channel your inner foodie this year with a three-course tasting at Ashok Bajaj’s chic French replacement to the Oval Room. Executive chef Tyler Stout’s starters include heirloom pumpkin soup and Hudson Valley foie gras with local Concord grape, lemon verbena, hazelnut, Champagne, and brioche. Entrees include Green Circle Turkey ballotine with turkey sausage stuffing, cranberry gastrique, Moon Valley Farm sweet potato pave, and jus gras or branzino with black trumpet mushrooms, puffed wild rice, Florentine cauliflower, and piperade emulsion, with pumpkin cheesecake or chocolate Napoleon for dessert. Bajaj’s newly renovated Bombay Club across the street serves a $50, three-course tasting menu, carryout, and holiday specials like butternut squash samosa.

Joe’s Stone Crab

It may be known as DC’s quintessential surf-and-turf destination, but Joe’s can do a lot more than crabs. Head there this season for an all-day smorgasbord starring sliced turkey breast with leg and thigh confit and pan gravy alongside all the fixings, plus pumpkin chiffon pie for dessert.

Cafe Riggs

Riggs Hotel’s opulent brasserie invites diners to enjoy a prix fixe Thanksgiving menu while seated around soaring Corinthian columns. This year’s fancy feast features roasted butternut squash soup, organic turkey, potato mousseline, Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, Parker House rolls, mini pumpkin pies, and cranberry pate de fruits. Reserve a seat online or call ahead.

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