The Most Decadent Thanksgiving Meals Around the U.S.

Turducken and more
November 19, 2014
by Elaheh Nozari

Cooking a Thanksgiving meal at home isn't for everyone — it takes time, skill and a lot of labor. That's why we've scouted restaurants across the country that serve decadent Thanksgiving dinners that'll have you going back year after year for their over-the-top offerings.

Atlanta, Southern Art

A mouthwatering spread awaits at celebrity chef Art Smith’s Southern spot inside the Buckhead InterContinental. The buffet includes a ham bar with cured meats, charcuterie, housemade pâtés and local cheeses; a seafood section with oysters and ceviche; a breakfast corner with bacon and cinnamon French toast; and desserts like pumpkin and pecan tarts and red-velvet cupcakes.

Price: $67 per person, $32 for children

Hours: 11 AM-4 PM

3315 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta


Austin, Hudson's on the Bend

This Austin fine-dining destination incorporates its signature wild-game-heavy menu (venison, wild boar, pheasant) into its à la carte Thanksgiving dinner. Highlights include the bacon-wrapped duck breast appetizer or the smoked turkey entrée served atop wild-boar cornbread stuffing and vanilla-pecan sweet potatoes.

Price: À la carte

Hours: 11 AM-4 PM, 6-9 PM

3509 Ranch Rd. 620 N., Austin


Boston, Café Fleuri

The Thanksgiving buffet at The Langham's Cafe Fleuri is a true culinary extravaganza featuring more than five specialty stations (the Autumn Harvest Table and New England Fish Market, to name a few) and a meat-carving station with cider-glazed turkey, prime rib and roasted venison. Don’t leave without dipping into the dark-chocolate fountain at the Holiday Pastry Shop.

Price: $81 per person, $40 for children

Hours: 11 AM-4 PM

250 Franklin St., Boston


Chicago, River Roast

This River North spot known for its innovative take on English roasts is going all out for its Thanksgiving spread with carving stations for both turkey and strip steak and entrees of roasted salmon, chicken breasts and pork shoulder. A brioche stuffing with pork sausage and cheddar mac ‘n’ cheese are among the sharable sides.

Price: $49 per person, $18 for children under 10

Hours: 12-7 PM

315 N. LaSalle St., Chicago


Dallas, Fearing's Restaurant

The Southwestern flair is on full force at this Ritz-Carlton Dallas restaurant. The three-course meal features an appetizer of grilled shrimp cocktail and an entree of tangerine-glazed turkey with tortilla dressing and pecan-chile gravy. Let the kitchen make the dessert decisions for you with its dessert trio: a pumpkin pie shooter, chocolate pecan pie and apple blackberry pie.

Price: $100 per person, $30 for children 12 and under

Hours: 11:30 AM-3 PM, 5-8 PM

2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas


Denver, Edge Restaurant and Bar

A cut-to-order sushi station and seafood bar are just one of the many fusion features at this Four Seasons Denver feast. Carving stations for turkey, rib-eye and smoked pig deliver carnivore classics, and desserts — served by the full pie, not slice — include pumpkin, apple streusel, black bottom pecan and sweet potato.

Price: $75 per person, $30 for children 12 and under

Hours: 11 AM-3 PM

1111 14th St., Denver


Houston, Brennan's of Houston

This landmark incorporates the Texan-Creole dishes that brought it culinary fame into the three-course holiday meal. Restaurant classics like turtle soup and jumbo lump crab cakes accompany more traditional Thanksgiving roasted turkey with jalapeño and corn pudding.

Price: $60 per person

Hours: 11 AM-7 PM

3300 Smith St., Houston


Las Vegas, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire

Pierre Gagnaire’s French restaurant inside the Mandarin Oriental caters to those giving thanks over the glitz of The Strip. The three-course Gallic-inspired meal features a foie gras terrine, poached then roasted turkey with carrot purée and apple crumble with cassis sorbet.

Price: $95 per person

Hours: 4:30-9 PM

3752 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas


Los Angeles, The Belvedere

The Peninsula Beverly Hill’s restaurant is serving a sophisticated family-style Thanksgiving dinner with free-flowing champagne. Appetizers include duck confit with gnocchi, blue cheese and pecan brittle and Maine lobster bisque. A traditional main course of turkey with sage stuffing and buttermilk potatoes can be substituted with short ribs and pomegranate sweet potato brûlée.

Price: $130 per person, $60 for children 12 and younger

Hours: 11 AM-9 PM

9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills


Miami, The Dutch

The South Beach outpost of Andrew Carmellini’s NYC original is going big on the poultry for its homestyle prix fixe Thanksgiving. Roasted turducken (chicken stuffed into duck stuffed into turkey) is accompanied by confit turkey leg stuffing, spicy butternut squash and cranberry-walnut chutney. As for dessert, it’ll be hard to choose between the classic pumpkin or apple crumb pies.

Price: $55 per person

Hours: 12-9 PM

2201 Collins Ave., Miami


New Orleans, Arnaud's

The Creole-style Thanksgiving dinner at this French Quarter institution features signature dishes of shrimp marinated in a tangy rémoulade sauce and crispy Gulf fish amandine, as well as a traditional roast turkey with cranberry sauce and candied yams.

Price: $49 per person

Hours: 11:30 AM-8:30 PM

813 Bienville Ave., New Orleans


New York, Ginny's Supper Club

Marcus Samuelsson’s soul-food-focused New American is serving a buffet-style dinner with all the Thanksgiving fixings. Think roast turkey, sausage-cornbread dressing, root vegetable mashed potatoes and mac ‘n’ cheese. Not to be missed is the chocolate pretzel sweet potato pie for dessert. The menu is also available prix fixe upstairs at Red Rooster.

Price: $55 per person, $25 for children under 12

Hours: 11 AM-9 PM

310 Lenox Ave., New York


Philadelphia, The Twisted Tail

This Society Hill Southern sticks to its comfort-food focus for its family-style Thanksgiving dinner. Choose between an entree of roasted turkey, herb-crusted prime rib, glazed ham or honey-barbecued salmon to accompany table sides like baked beans and cornbread stuffing. Dessert is pie, which comes boxed ready to eat at the table or take home.

Price: $42 per person

Hours: 11 AM-10 PM

509 S. Second St., Philadelphia


Portland, Oregon, Higgins

The locally sourced menu at this downtown Portland bistro is celebration enough for the fall harvest. The Thanksgiving dinner features all of the usual trimmings — turkey with garlic stuffing and buttermilk mashed potatoes — plus a few Pacific Northwest specialties, like Chinook salmon with root vegetable hash.

Price: $65 per person

Hours: 1-7 PM

1239 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon


San Diego, 1500 Ocean

There’s a surf 'n' turf spin to the four-course menu at Hotel Del Coronado’s 1500 Ocean. Standouts include tuna sashimi, veal cheeks with gnocchi and butternut squash and main courses of turkey with Italian sausage stuffing, blue cheese-crusted filet mignon and pan-roasted snapper with pumpernickel panzanella. Save room for the chocolate pecan pie crème brûlée.

Price: $105 per person

Hours: 4:30-8:30 PM

1500 Orange Ave., Coronado


San Francisco, Michael Mina

Michael Mina’s Union Square hot spot is offering a four-course dinner with a choice of three entrees (roast turkey, Tasmanian ocean trout or prime rib-eye). Table sides include chestnut stuffing, Yukon gold pomme purée and sweet potatoes. For an extra dash of decadence, add Alba white truffle to any course at $20 per gram.

Price: $135 per person

Hours: 4-8:45 PM

252 California St., San Francisco


Seattle, Copperleaf Restaurant

French Laundry alum Mark Bodinet doles out Pacific Northwest farm-to-table flavors at the Cedarbrook Lodge’s holiday dinner. The three-course meal starts with a champagne toast and includes gnocchi with pumpkin cream, caramelized diver scallops and roast turkey with Yukon Gold purée.

Price: $65 per person, $32.50 for children five and under

Hours: 12-8 PM

18525 36th Ave. S., SeaTac


Washington, DC, The Grill Room

This Georgetown dining room elevates the traditional Thanksgiving feast with a multicourse dinner featuring an amuse bouche of creamy parsnip soup and table appetizers like salmon rillettes and boeuf bourguignon. No old-school meal is complete without a visit from a dessert trolley, and this one’s stacked with homemade pies, cobblers and a baked Alaska ice cream-meringue cake.

Price: $95 per person

Hours: 5:30 PM-Midnight

1050 31st St. NW, Washington, DC


prix fixe