Where to eat on Thanksgiving Day around Boston

Your guide to a stress-free Turkey Day.
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Perhaps the best thing you can do for yourself this Thanksgiving season is to let someone else do the cooking for you. Restaurants around Boston are serving up the goods, but if cozying up at home sounds better, you can still reap the rewards — Thanksgiving takeout, anyone? 

 

Here are some of our picks for where to dine on Thanksgiving Day.

 

Bambara

 

Inside this Hotel Marlowe restaurant, Chef David Bazirgan offers a Thanksgiving meal inspired by his Armenian heritage. Guests can savor Bazirgan’s signature appetizers followed by a serving of traditional Thanksgiving fare, as well as a choice of dessert. Each table also gets Bazirgan’s fan-favorite choereg bread. 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m., 25 Edwin H. Land Boulevard, Cambridge, $45 per person, bambara-cambridge.com

 

Parsnip

Head to Harvard Square for Parsnip’s three-course, prix fixe menu that starts off with pastrami cured Hamachi and leads into a pan-seared red snapper or a roasted turkey breast and sausage-stuffed turkey leg. Dessert is — what else — homemade pumpkin and pecan pie. Noon-5 p.m., 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge, $75 for adults, $25 for children, parsniprestaurant.com

The Beehive

The Beehive’s annual jazz Thanksgiving returns with a traditional prix fixe, three-course menu, featuring organic roast turkey with country stuffing, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cranberry chutney and herbed gravy. If turkey’s not your thing, how about rack of lamb, New York strip or king salmon? Also, vegans rejoice, because there’s a roasted stuffed delicate squash with your name on it. Plus, live jazz all day! 11 a.m.-10 p.m., 541 Tremont St., Boston, $59 for adults, $19 for children, beehiveboston.com

Bistro du Midi

Why not spend Thanksgiving with your lover at romantic Bistro du Midi, where you can craft the perfect meal from a three-course, prix fixe menu that includes yellowfin tuna tartare, pork and duck terrine, or an heirloom squash soup to start. Mains include sweet potato gnocchi, a roasted turkey with pumpkin brioche stuffing or a duck breast with candy cane beets and dates. 1 p.m.-7:30 p.m., 272 Boylston St., Boston, $75 for adults, $32 for children, bistrodumidi.com

Eastern Standard

Nothing says autumn or Thanksgiving like the luxe jewel-toned Hotel Commonwealth, where its in-house restaurant Eastern Standard is offering a three-course, prix fixe menu featuring a classic turkey dinner alongside a baked stuffed lobster, if you’re feeling saucy. 1 p.m.-8 p.m., 528 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, $65, easternstandardboston.com

La Voile

If you can’t get to France for the holidays, you can at least make it to Newbury Street, where La Voile is dishing out a prix fixe menu starring le coquelet—a Cornish hen with sweet potato, sautéed mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and cranberry gravy. Noon-8 p.m.,261 Newbury St., Boston, $39, lavoileboston.net

Beat Brasserie

Over at Beat Brasserie, you can savor all-day live country and bluegrass while enjoying organic farm-raised turkey with mushroom and leek stuffing, caramelized Brussels sprouts, fresh cranberry sauce and herbed gravy. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., 13 Brattle St., Cambridge, $39, beatbrasserie.com

Where to get your Thanksgiving to-go:

The Frogmore

If you can’t dine-in at this Jamaica Plain restaurant, take their Southern Thanksgiving fare to go: classic roasted turkey, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, creamed corn, sweet potato soufflé and braised greens. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 365 Centre St., Boston, $150 serves 2-3, $275 serves 4-6, thefrogmore.com

Whole Heart Provisions

This vegetarian Allston outpost is offering a vegan and gluten-free Thanksgiving, so long as you order online by Nov. 20. Choose from wild rice and quinoa stuffing, pumpkin polenta, miso BBQ tofu and more. Pick up in store on Nov. 22. 487 Cambridge St., Allston, wholeheartprovisions.com

The Smoke Shop

You have until Nov. 19 to secure your Thanksgiving protein from Chef Andy Husbands’ BBQ mecca—and don’t delay. Husbands has crafted a decadent menu of main dishes, such as whole smoked turkey, pork loin ham, and whole smoked prime briskets. Don’t forget to grab a butter cake, either — it’s sweet, gooey and puts pumpkin pie to shame. 25 Hampshire St., Cambridge, smokeshopbbq.com 

 
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