This Thanksgiving, let one of Philadelphia’s awesome restaurants do dinner for you.
Dozens of great dining establishments are offering sit-down dinners for those aiming to avoid the cooking, baking, grocery store rush and post-meal clean up of Thanksgiving dinner.
If the holiday calls for staying at home, take advantage of one of the many eateries offering takeout options, from a full spread to a pie.
Either way, make a reservation and get ready to relax and finally focus on the conversation.
From elegant tablecloth and candlelit prix-fixe meals to down-home all-you-can-eats, here are our top picks for turkey day dinners (and some without turkey!) in the Philadelphia region.
BONUS: Before dinner, head to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the oldest parade of its kind in the U.S. complete with festive floats, giant balloons, lively dancers, costumed characters, celebrities and marching bands.
November 23, 2017
For Thanksgiving, the Loews Philadelphia Hotel restaurant rolls out a three-course spread with a wine pairing, including options such as cream of root vegetable soup with duck confit, turkey with brown butter mashed potato and herb brioche stuffing, and sweet potato pie with raspberry ganache. The meal is $55 per person, not including tax and gratuity, and seatings run from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 10 p.m. Reserve online or by calling (215) 231-7300.
The Hotel Palomar‘s urbane dining room serves up a modern/traditional turkey feast for Thanksgiving 2017. Dinner service begins at 3 p.m., and costs $55 per person.
Opt for the four-course family-style banquet at the Historic District’s historic eatery and enjoy the serenade of strolling musicians. The menu includes a champagne shrub, appetizer sampler, salad, traditional turkey (or ham, roast beef, salmon or tofu) and trimmings, plus a selection of desserts with madeira toast, all for $92.95 a person.
From noon to 8 p.m. the Penn’s Landing dining vessel invites visitors aboard for a three-course cornucopia. For $60 per person (not including tax, gratuity and beverages), there’s shrimp cocktail, classic turkey and veggies and less predictable options like duck breast with foie gras gnocchi as well as apple crisp-topped pumpkin cheesecake.
Served family style, T Day at Twisted Tail runs from noon to 10 p.m. for $49 a person; $25 for children under 10. On the table: a choice of turkey, prime rib, ham or salmon; a spread of sides that includes Brussels sprouts, potatoes, stuffing and more; and a whole pie of choice.
The feasting starts at noon at Rittenhouse Square’s Devon Seafood Grill. Until 8 p.m., the restaurant serves up a three-course spread, costing $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. The regular menu is also available.
Both local Davio’s locations serve up a special family-style dinner ($59 for adults; $23 for children 12 and under) of turkey, gravy and sides — and pie and next-day turkey sandwiches can be added to the tab.
No need to give up leftovers when the three courses of turkey dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse come with the option to take home some extras. The meal service starts at noon and costs $39.95 per person; $12.95 for kids.
This year, Mt. Airy’s chef-driven restaurant will serve a traditional turkey meal alongside limited á la carte selections.
Choose from either the special Thanksgiving menu or the steak and seafood favorites from the regular menu for holiday dining at McCormick and Schmick’s this year.
Hotel Monaco’s restaurant celebrates Thanksgiving with a three-course prix-fixe meal featuring butternut squash and apple soup with poached lobster, maple and cranberry brined turkey and Gran Marnier Savarin cake. $55 for adults; $25 for kids 12 and under.
Rittenhouse Square’s elegant Scarpetta prepares Thanksgiving with an Italian accent. The four-course prix-fixe meal covers choices such as chestnut soup with cranberry, pumpkin mezzaluna, pancetta wrapped turkey and espresso budino with hazelnut gelato. $68 per person.
Old City’s Southern eatery turns out a family-style menu for $45 per person this Thanksgiving. The meal includes appetizer, protein, three sides and an individual dessert.
Meat eaters rejoice every day at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse but on Thanksgiving, American fare gets added to the table for $56.90 per person. Think turkey, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and more.
From noon until 6 p.m., The Radnor Hotel’s annual Thanksgiving celebration (39.95 per person; $17.50 for children 5-11) sets out cheese boards, crudité and smoked fish that set the stage for beef, ham, turkey and veggie accompaniments. Bonus: a dessert table with a chocolate fountain.
The The Bellevue Hotel’s stunning dining room offers a menu of oysters and shrimp; salads and antipasto; carving boards with a range of meats; the house versions of classics like Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and stuffing; and a next-level dessert selection. $72 per person.
Fairmount’s neighborhood eatery serves up Thanksgiving buffet style. ($45 for adults; $22.50 for children 11 and under). The meal begins with squash soup or a green salad followed by endless roasted turkey, cider-glazed ham, green bean casserole, pie and more. Diners can also opt for a platter in the bar area for $25 per person.
The Spirit of Philadelphia welcomes Thanksgiving diners to an afternoon lunch or dinner cruise with a classic buffet on a two-hour cruise on the Delaware River with DJ, dancing and interactive games. The cruise and meal costs $74.90 (lunch) or $79.90 (dinner).
Chez Colette cooks up a Thanksgiving buffet for $65 per adults ($32.50 for children under 12) that includes a glass of sparking wine, cheese and charcuterie, traditional American dishes and a French pastry selection alongside the classic pies. Two seatings: noon and 2 p.m.
The brunch buffet of dreams at Lacroix in the Rittenhouse Hotel goes turkey-centric on Thanksgiving for $105 per person, with seatings between 11 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
An historic farmhouse provides the setting for a rustic meal of squash and pear soup, turkey with sides like pinot noir cranberry sauce and pecan pie. $45 for adults; $20 for kids under 12.
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Order by November 15, 2017
Pick up the family feast curbside at Urban Farmer and take home a 12- to 14-pound turkey with cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, braised squash, Parker House rolls and a choice of pie. Serves four to six people for $175. Diners should order by November 15, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Order by November 17, 2017
Vegans can also feast on Thanksgiving. Miss Rachel’s Pantry offers take-out dishes such as a pastry-wrapped harvest roast, mashed potatoes, cranberry bread stuffing and holiday cookies which can be ordered á la carte or as a full meal. There’s also a gluten-free option. Diners should order by Friday, November 17, 2017 for pickup on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
Order by November 22, 2017
Choose from either a complete menu (one main; three sides; one sauce) for $27 per person or á la carte options such as seitan roast turkey, wild rice stuffing with chestnuts, fennel and dried cranberries or coconut custard pie. Order by Friday, November 10 for pickup on Wednesday, November 22.
Whole pies in flavors like lemon gingersnap, butterscotch bourbon, caramel apple, chocolate pecan and, of course, pumpkin are available for pre-ordering at this South Street bakery. Pie fans can pick up their dishes on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through November 30, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, a $25 gift card to the must-visit Reading Terminal Market, free Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square and a $10 Lyft credit.