Whether you're visiting for the holiday or simply don't want to deal with the pressure of cooking your own holiday meal, there are several restaurants in Portland, Oregon, that are open on Thanksgiving Day and serving up special feasts. After your holiday meal, stick around to enjoy the crisp fall weather in Portland as well as a variety of special events including the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the holiday tree lighting ceremony, and Black Friday sales across the city.
Established in 1879 at the corner of 1st and Morrison in downtown Portland, Huber’s Cafe is the city's oldest restaurant, made famous for its turkey dinners that are served year-round. On Thanksgiving, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy one of these famous turkey dinners at the restaurant or order a take-home meal serving eight to 10 people—as long as you make your reservations for either meal well in advance. Holiday menu favorites include the roast Young Tom turkey—which is served with sage dressing, cranberry sauce, your choice of fresh mashed potatoes or freshly baked yams, and your choice of traditional gravy or mushroom gravy—as well as baked sugar-glazed ham, a combination of the two, or a roast turkey drumstick meal.
Bread and Ink Cafe
The Bread and Ink Cafe—located in the Hawthorne District of Portland near the historic Hawthorne Theatre—serves up a four-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner that comes with your choice of appetizer; soup or salad; five entrees with sides and three yummy desserts. Holiday menu favorites include fresh pear with hazelnut bleu cheese mousse, creamy chanterelle soup, traditional turkey with pinenut stuffing, grilled New York steak topped with buttermilk blue cheese, and fall linguini with roasted butternut squash, fresh sage, melted leeks, and goat cheese creme fraiche. Reservations are highly recommended and must be made by calling the restaurant in advance.
For a feast, indulge in the bountiful harvest at a farmhouse-style restaurant like Urban Farmer, which is located on the eighth floor of the trendy Nines Hotel. For Thanksgiving, you can expect things such as foie gras, roasted beets, cauliflower steak, beef short ribs, and traditional turkey. Additionally, sides like cornbread stuffing and candied yams are served family-style, and you also get a choice of several dessert options. Thanksgiving dinner is served from noon to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at a fixed price (with a lower price for children) and reservations are strongly recommended.
Each year, Heathman owners Executive Chef Tim Eckard and James Beard-certified chef Vitaly Paley collaborate to offer a Thanksgiving buffet featuring the bounty of both the land and the sea. The holiday menu features both ham and turkey carving stations alongside restaurant specialties like seared Coho salmon, oysters, and Pacific Northwest paella. Served as a buffet dinner with several seating times from noon to 6:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the elegant holiday meal often takes up two floors in the historic Heathman Hotel, where the restaurant is located. Reservations are highly recommended as tables tend to fill up quickly for the holiday buffet.
Originally opened in 1903 as a beer parlor and gambling hall, Besaw's was the first bar and restaurant in Oregon to be granted a liquor license after Prohibition was repealed. Although now located a few blocks away from its original building, Besaw's has continued to grow into an iconic neighborhood favorite in Portland's Northwest District. Stop by on Thanksgiving from 1 to 7:15 p.m. for a special holiday meal featuring traditional Thanksgiving favorites a la carte paired with specialty holiday cocktails. Menu selections include warm parker rolls, mixed greens, and fall vegetable frito misto for starters; pan-roasted salmon, mushroom lasagna, prime rib, and Thanksgiving turkey for entrees; classic mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, and creamy polenta for sides; and pumpkin chiffon pie, chocolate pecan pie, and warm apple crisp for desserts.
Ideal for large groups, Brix Tavern in the Pearl District of Portland serves up new American cuisine, signature drinks, and special events throughout the year. Stop by on Thanksgiving Day from 1 to 8 p.m. to enjoy a four-course holiday meal that features your choice of entrees, soups, salads, and desserts as well as family-style servings of starters and sides. Entrees options include herb-roasted local Tom turkey, rotisserie-roasted smoked prime rib of beef, grilled salmon filet, and fall vegetable wellington. Family-style sides include garlic and basil mashed Yukon potatoes, maple-glazed sweet yams, Fuji apple sage sausage stuffing, buttered green beans and glazed carrots with roasted almonds, and traditional housemade cranberry sauce. Reservations are required for seatings, but you can also stop by after the meal for a limited selection of foods from the bar until midnight on Thanksgiving night.
For something a little different for your holiday meal, stop by the East India Company Grill and Bar in downtown Portland for a spicy take on Thanksgiving dinner. Although it doesn't offer traditional favorites like turkey or honey-glazed holiday ham, the East India Company Grill is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Menu favorites include tandoor specialties like muchli ka tikka (grilled fish), tandoori chicken, sheekh kebab (ground lamb), and laziz paslian (grilled lamb chops) as well as traditional entrees like makhani, saag, vindaloo, Kerala masala, korma, and tikka masala.
Established in 1994, Jake's Grill is located inside the historic Sentinel Hotel and serves up traditional American meat and seafood dishes year-round. On Thanksgiving, though, Jake's serves up three special meals to celebrate the holiday. Make a reservation for breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. or for a three-course lunch or dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., or stop by Jake's any time of day to partake in a Thanksgiving buffet. Menu selections include tossed fall salad, cold seafood, fennel-brined Tom turkey, carved imperial New York strip loin, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, wild mushroom sage stuffing, Northwest corn pudding, and desserts like classic pumpkin and pecan pies, granny smith apple crisp, and chocolate-dipped strawberries and cranberry swirl cheesecakes.
Located across the street from the Portland International Airport along the shores of the Columbia River in northeast Portland, Salty's on the Columbia is an upscale seafood and steak restaurant featuring luxurious riverfront views and a decadent menu. On Thanksgiving, make a reservation at Salty's any time from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to indulge in a Thanksgiving buffet that features everything from traditional turkey fixings to Pacific Northwest seafood and freshly baked pastries. Menu highlights include whole-roasted turkey, slow-roasted turkey croquettes, blackened steelhead, herb-crusted rockfish, Dutch apple and sausage stuffing, traditional giblet gravy, green bean almandine, brown sugar-spice glazed carrots, and an oyster station featuring freshly-shucked oysters and assorted sauces.
Although a pizza place might not sound like the ideal place for a holiday meal, Izzy's Pizza's slogan is "pizza plus a whole lot more," and it delivers for Thanksgiving each year with a full spread of traditional favorites. Originally founded in 1979 as an independent restaurant, Izzy's has now expanded into a localized chain with locations across Oregon including two in Portland that will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Stop by either the Eastport location from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the Hillsboro location from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to enjoy smoked and brined turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, garlic green beans, and traditional pumpkin pie as well as selections from Izzy's famous dinner buffet all for one low price.