Editor’s Note: We will update this list as more Thanksgiving dinners and lunches are announced.
Thanksgiving is a holiday full of traditions. Traditional flavors, traditional place settings and the traditional phrase, “Is dinner ready yet?”
Rather than getting out your family’s best silverware or whipping up Grandma’s mashed potatoes, here’s where you can enjoy Thanksgiving with seasonal features, modern twists and more.
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Family-Style Thanksgiving at Trummer’s
Haven’t finished your recent renovations to your home in time for the holiday? Don’t sweat it. Trummer’s (recently rebranded from Trummer’s on Main) has, featuring new decor, food menus and more. Treat yourself and the family to fresh cornbread with apple butter, a rotisserie-roasted turkey leg, and all the finest fixin’s, such as green bean casserole, sweet potato mousse, cornbread stuffing, rotisserie potatoes and more. Plus, don’t miss out on dessert: warm apple crisp, pumpkin cheesecake, pig pickin’ cake (rotisserie glazed pineapple, diplomat cream and coconut) and chocolate bourbon pecan pie. // Trummer’s: 7134 Main St., Clifton; Nov. 28, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; $56 per adult, $30 for children 12 and under
Thanksgiving at 2941 Restaurant
Whipping up a Thanksgiving dinner can be intimidating, but the staff at 2941 Restaurant is ready to serve up a three-course prix fix menu and you won’t have to lift a finger. This year’s menu includes butternut squash valouté, goat cheese mousse, tuna tartare, lobster ravioli, truffle risotto and a take on the more traditional Thanksgiving plate: turkey breast, served with mushroom stuffing, sweet potato, vegetable fricasse, cranberry marmalade and gravy. And pumpkin pie too, of course. // 2941 Restaurant: 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church; Nov. 28, times TBA; $75 per person
Thanksgiving with Brabo
Brabo means business when it comes to family style meals on Thanksgiving. Treat your family and friends to a duck confit salad with roasted beets and arugula, as well as Kelly’s Turkey with rosemary gravy, old-fashioned stuffing, fingerling mashed potatoes, green beans amandine and so much more. Take a spin on the classic pumpkin pie with a slice of pumpkin cheesecake instead, or enjoy some cinnamon ice cream and a seasonal berry cobbler. // Brabo: 1600 King St., Alexandria; Nov. 28, noon-9 p.m.; $75 per person
Thanksgiving at Founding Farmers
Gather ’round the “farmer’s table” this year in Tysons or Reston with a full Thanksgiving menu for everyone to enjoy. Share skillet cornbread, roasted turkey, cracked pepper molasses glazed ham, Southern-fried chicken or herb-crusted prime rib, with mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with pecan-fig butter and more will make the holiday a happy one. Plus, dessert includes three different types of pie, pumpkin spice salted caramel cheesecake and the famous Farmers doughnuts, this time featuring a pumpkin spice flavor, a cinnamon roll flavor and a scoop of dulce de leche ice cream. // Founding Farmers, Tysons: 1800 Tysons Blvd., Tysons; Founding Farmers Reston: 1904 Reston Metro Plaza, Reston; Nov. 28, noon-8 p.m.; $40 per person, $20 for children 12 and under
Thanksgiving at Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant
Feel right at home in Alexandria for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner at Gadsby’s Tavern. The menu features all of the holiday’s cravings: roasted turkey, glazed Virginia ham, smashed red potatoes, candied yams, sage cornbread stuffing, Surrey County peanut soup and more. Vegetarian plates are available, as well as an herb-crusted rockfish filet for the anti-turkey eaters. // Gadsby’s Tavern: 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria; Nov. 28, noon-7:30 p.m.; $56 per person, half-price for children under 12 years old
Thanksgiving with Cote d’Or Café
With the favored flavors of Thanksgiving, Cote d’Or Café is ready to celebrate the holiday meant for turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes. Guests will have a bowl of pumpkin soup (with corn, red bell pepper and spinach, cheese croutons, prosciutto chip and white truffle oil), as well as a plate featuring roasted turkey breast and leg, mushroom sausage brioche stuffing, tolled French green beans with carrots and shallot and cauliflower whipped mashed potatoes. The best part? Both slices of pecan and apple pie are served with lavender caramel sauce and ginger cinnamon ice cream. // La Cote d’Or Café: 6876 Lee Highway, Arlington; Nov. 28, noon-8 p.m.; $48 per person
Thanksgiving with Giraslole
Who says Thanksgiving has to be based off of the traditional flavors and favorites every year? Gather around a table at Girasole for an Italian menu that includes “a traditional holiday meal or something slightly different but still seasonal,” according to the website. The menu features antipasti of house-smoked salmon, oyster Florentine and ricotta gnocchi with crispy artichokes, followed by several options for salad, and the main course of butternut squash ravioli in sage butter, lasagna, braised veal or a traditional roasted turkey. // Girasole: 4244 Loudoun Ave., The Plains; Nov. 28, noon-4 p.m.; $80 per person
Brock’s Riverside Grill
Sure, there’s a turkey plate with stuffing and green beans, but at Brock’s Riverside Grill, there’s steak and seafood to be had on Thanksgiving Day. Crab and spinach dip, mini crab cakes, seafood carbonara and filet mignon on this year’s menu will offer a more coastal-feel to the otherwise homey holiday. // Brock’s Riverside Grill: 503 Sophia St., Fredericksburg; Nov. 28, times to be announced; prices vary
Thanksgiving at Wildfire
No need to stress over forgetting the gravy or over-roasting the turkey, Wildfire has you covered. With a traditional and gluten-free family-style Thanksgiving menu, everyone in your party can enjoy cornbread, chopped salads, spit-roasted turkey (as well as cedar-planked salmon or roasted beef), mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, roasted Brussels sprouts and more. For an additional $3 per person, grab a slice of pumpkin pie, butterscotch pecan pie, apple strudel pie, Key lime pie and triple-layer chocolate cake. // Wildfire: 2001 International Drive, McLean; Nov. 28, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; $54.95 per person, $21.95 for children 12 and under
Thanksgiving with Seasons52
Allow Seasons52 to cook up your Thanksgiving favorites and you will hardly remember what it’s like to clean all of the dishes from years past. The restaurant will be serving roasted turkey, gravy, Yukon mashed potatoes, herb stuffing, green beans, mashed butternut squash, house-made cranberry relish and mini pumpkin pies. // Seasons52 Tysons Corner: 7863L Tysons Corner Center, McLean; Nov. 28, noon-8 p.m.; $30 per person, $14 for children 12 and under
Zenola’s First Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving doesn’t always have to be traditional. At Zenola, the restaurant’s first Thanksgiving menu will have a prix fixe with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce but it will also have Mediterranean-inspired dishes true to Samer Zeitoun’s style. Guests can find Maryland crab lasagna with scallop layers and lobster sauce, or house-cured salmon with sweet potato pecan casserole. It’s Thanksgiving, just with an international flair, and autumn-inspired cocktails, season beers and more. // Zenola: 132 Branch Road SE, Vienna; Nov. 28, noon-3 p.m., 5-8 p.m.; $45 per adult, $22 for children 12 and under
Thanksgiving on Maple Ave.
Brunch on Thanksgiving might seem like asking for a full stomach, but head chef Juste Zidelyte promises it’s worth it. The restaurant’s regular a la carte menu will be available, with almond ricotta pancakes, barbecue pulled pork sandwiches and four-egg omelets. The chef’s tasting will include Greek yogurt parfaits with black currant jam, truffled eggs, beef empanadas, pork belly hash and Lithuanian doughnuts (forget the pie!). Plus, it was nominated on this year’s 50 Best Restaurants list. // 147 Maple Ave. W., Vienna; Nov. 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (closed for dinner); $38 for two people (tasting menu), a la carte prices vary