Thanksgiving is a day for cooking, baking and indulging. The perfect Thanksgiving feast normally requires a lot of time in the kitchen, but this year has already taken enough of your energy.
All across Washington, D.C., the city’s finest restaurants are offering decadent holiday menus to enjoy the autumnal celebration’s classic dishes and desserts. You can have all the fixin's without lifting a finger.
Whether you wish to dine-in or eat at home, these D.C. chefs will make your holiday meal extra delicious.
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2941 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA / Website
This French-American fusion restaurant is a fine-dining go-to in Falls Church. This year, 2941 offers an $85 Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with classics like turkey and mushroom stuffing in addition to some of their fan-favorites, such as the 9-oz. filet mignon. Desserts include apple tatin and chocolate pecan tart. If you’re eating dinner at home, the carry-out Thanksgiving menu is an excellent choice at $240. It serves up to six people with Roasted Maple lawn Farm turkey breast and roasted leg (half turkey), gravy and a selection of appetizers, sides and vegetables.
Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th St NW / Website
Located in the Park Hyatt, Blue Duck Tavern offers New American cuisine with locally-sourced ingredients. Thie modern eatery will host a dine-in experience in addition to offering take-out. In-person diners can enjoy a three-course meal with menu options including jumbo lump crab cakes, cider-brined turkey and smoked delicata squash risotto. If you’re taking your feast to go, each order costs $445 and feeds six to eight with a turkey, gravy, four sides and cranberry fig relish to accompany fresh-baked bread. Thanksgiving dessert classics, pumpkin pie and apple pie, are included, too. Be sure to place your take-out order by November 10th.
3100 K St NW / Website
Chef Fabio Trabocchi just became a US Citizen, and he plans to celebrate Thanksgiving at all his upscale D.C. restaurants. At Fiola Mare, the Michelin-star winner offers a special holiday menu on November 26 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The $120 four-course meal is a mix of traditional Italian and American options, from pappardelle bolognese or bucatini with red king prawns, to classic roasted turkey with all the fixings or king salmon with seasonal root vegetables. For dessert, choose bombolini, a traditionally Italian cream filled donut, or indulge in “Pumpkin Patch,” Trabocchi’s rendition of ginger snap cake with caramelized white chocolate cream, butternut squash and candied kumquats.
Taberna del Alabardero
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1776 I Street NW, Entrance on 18th, between H and I / Website
Taberna del Alabardero’s menu brings a traditional Spanish twist to your Thanksgiving feast. The $65 prix fixe menu, offered 12 to 8 p.m. on November 26, includes pavo asado (roasted turkey) with sweet potato cream, gravy, green beans and cranberry sauce, lamb chops with brussels sprouts as well as fresh pil pil cod. For a post-dinner sweet, diners can choose from freshly-baked carrot cake with orange or millefeuille with cream and toasted almond. The same menu is available for take-out, too.
1739 N Street NW / Website
The historic Tabard Inn has you covered for Thanksgiving favorites. Alongside Maple Herb Roasted Turkey breast, the menu celebrates classic autumnal flavors and spices. Diners can select from many flavorful entrees such as baked halibut in a lemon garlic butter sauce and black angus filet in a bourbon glaze. It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without pie for dessert, so you can choose from Buttermilk Pumpkin or Chocolate Pecan pies - even a cranberry crisp for a sweet treat, and it's all $82 per person.
88 District Square SW, 5th floor / Website
Dig in to perfectly prepared seasonal dishes while enjoying a stunning view of the Wharf. This swanky restaurant is known for its mediterranean fare. but it's serving all things Americana on its Thanksgiving dinner menu. The three-course prix fixe menu costs $75 per person and highlights traditional holiday turkey, stuffing and gravy alongside other autumnally-spiced plates like the butternut squash ravioli and braised short rib with delicata squash. Sides include truffle mac & cheese and crispy brussels sprouts. To top it all off, diners can choose from a creamy tiramisu or an indulgent apple financier.
Photography by: JAY L. CLENDENIN