Updated: Nov 15
It's hard to decide whether the best part of Thanksgiving is the food or the company. But the worst part is easily the clean up. If you never want to scrub another turkey roasting pan and hate washing wine glasses, this guide will give you something to be thankful for. Here's a list of restaurants serving Thanksgiving meals in Philadelphia and the suburbs, as well as Thanksgiving meals to-go.
For Thanksgiving at a Restaurant
The Bellevue Hotel - This iconic Philadelphia hotel on the Avenue of the Arts, will be serving a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings and much, much more in its opulent two-tier Grand Ballroom. The hotel, affectionately called the “Grand Dame of Broad Street” is planning a buffet with all of the traditional Thanksgiving foods, including Maple Thyme Brined Turkey and dozens of salads and side dishes, plus a raw bar, cheese and charcuterie and a lavish dessert spread. Live music will be provided by a jazz trio. Reservations required. 200 South Broad Street at Walnut.
a.kitchen - This beloved restaurant on Rittenhouse Square is offering a three-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner. The main course will be a choice of turkey, beef or a vegetarian option and will be accompanied by family-style side dishes. Available on Thanksgiving Day from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Reservations needed. 135 South 18th Street between Sansom and Walnut.
Fork - As it enters its 25th year, Fork is offering a four course, prix fixe Thanksgiving meal. The main courses will be sized for two. Diners have a choice of Green Meadow Farm Roasted Turkey, Dry aged 32 oz Rib Eye Steak or Whole Pennsylvania Trout. Sides will be served family style. The menu includes lots of add-ons enabling diners to customize their meals. Available on Thanksgiving Day from 1 to 8 p.m. Reservations needed. 306 Market Street.
Bank & Bourbon - Executive Chef Thomas Harkins and Chef Joe Thomas, Jr. are preparing a festive Thanksgiving meal at this restaurant at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The meal includes seasonal soups and salads, signature charcuterie and cheese displays from local farms, a robust carving station with turkey, prime rib and salmon topped off with pies and cookies. An optional wine pairing is available. Reservations are available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Resy. 1200 Market Street.
Dolce Italian - A 4-course prix fixe menu will be offered on Thanksgiving at this recently-opened Italian restaurant in the new W Hotel in Center City. The menu will include traditional options such as Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Roasted Turkey and Gravy and Pumpkin Cheesecake as well as Italian specialties such as Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Stuffing with Spicy Italian Sausage and Warm Apple Crostata with Vanilla Ice Cream. The Thanksgiving menu will be offered from 12 noon to 7 p.m. 1437 Chestnut Street.
Steak 48 - This luxurious steakhouse on the Avenue of the Arts will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. In addition to the regular menu of prime steaks, fresh raw bar and seafood options, guests will be able to order turkey and seasonal sides like truffle mashed potatoes, stuffing and praline sweet potatoes. 260 S. Broad Street at Spruce Street.
Revolution Chophouse - Diners won't miss out on the turkey leftovers at this steakhouse inside the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia. The Thanksgiving dinner package includes "The Gobbler," a take out sandwich to go. There's also an a la carte option. The dinner package includes roasted turkey and three side dishes plus the The Gobbler (a turkey sandwich with stuffing and cranberry). Diners can add on Butternut Squash Bisque and a Pumpkin Pie Tart or order these items a la carte. Open on Thanksgiving from 2 to 8 p.m. 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia.
The Wayward - The Wayward, an American brasserie at the Canopy by Hilton in Market East, will add Thanksgiving dishes to its regular French-inspired seasonal menu on Thanksgiving Day. The restaurant will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.1170 Ludlow Street.
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For Thanksgiving at Home
Feast Your Eyes is offering Thanksgiving dishes a la carte or a whole dinner box. The dinner box feeds two to four people with enough turkey for leftovers and even potato rolls for turkey sandwiches the next day. They thought of everything! The turkey is organic, the gravy is gluten-free and the menu includes many additional gluten-free options and vegetarian too. The dinner boxes make a great gift for grandparents, college students or anyone who can't make it home for the holiday or isn't ready to be around a crowd. Delivery and pick up are available. 1750 N. Front Street.
High Street Philly - High Street Philly will offer a variety of a la cart options including appetizers, sides and baked goods (breads and pies). Diners can also order a Green Meadow Farm Turkey either roasted and ready or herb-rubbed and uncooked. Turkeys must be ordered by 11/15. Everything else can be ordered up to 3 days ahead. 101 S. 9th Street.
Frieda - This charming restaurant/bakery/community center/coffee house/event space/class venue which could be a whole blog post all on its own, will be preparing individual portions of Thanksgiving to-go. Choose from Roasted Turkey with all the fixings or Carved Glazed Ham with sides and dessert. Pick up on November 24 or have the meal delivered. Delivery available to the following zip codes: 19102, 19103, 19106, 19107, 19123 and 19147.
Garces Trading Company - Get a heat-and-serve feast for two (or more) including all of the traditional Thanksgiving foods. Meals are available for pick up at Volver in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on the Tuesday or Wednesday before Thanksgiving or for delivery within 15 minutes of Center City. 300 South Broad Street.
Sophie's BBQ - Pick up your turkey (whole or half) along with cornbread, cranberry stuffing and gravy in downtown Ardmore. Order now and pick up on Thanksgiving morning. 64 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore.
Seasons 52 - Pick up a Thanksgiving Dinner Box from this King of Prussia restaurant and you'll have enough to feed 4-6 people. Highlights include Roasted Antibiotic-Free Turkey, Brioche and Sage Stuffing and Pumpkin Cake topped with Pumpkin Mousse. Reheating directions are included. 160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia.
All of the Above and More
Founding Farmers - This King of Prussia restaurant thought of everything -- eat in, take out and even a take out package for feeding guests over the weekend. On Thanksgiving Day, Founding Farmers has a prix fixe menu that includes Roast Turkey in Black Pepper Sage Gravy, traditional sides and a robust dessert collection including Pumpkin Spice Salted Caramel Cheesecake. The same menu can be pre-ordered for pick up hot and ready. The Thanksgiving Weekend at Home package, which is designed for light cooking and reheating, has lots of a la carte options including a leftover kit and fixings for brunch. 225 Main Street, King of Prussia.
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