Thanksgiving brings people together for a special meal. That translates into a lot of pressure if you are the one making Thanksgiving dinner. If you just don't want to go there this year, there are some fantastic restaurants in Portland that are open on Thanksgiving. You'll get to enjoy some tasty food with friends and family without having to stress over all the preparation and cleaning up. Many Portland restaurants will be open and these restaurants book up quickly. If the one you prefer is sold out, get on the waiting list and make a reservation at your second choice. It's best to call the restaurant directly for reservations and, the earlier the better.
Have Thanksgiving with a Peruvian flavor at Andina, which usually offers a three-course prix-fixe menu of a Peruvian dish prepared especially for the holiday served alongside many of the restaurant's signature dishes. Children under 5 may order items a la carte. The meal is usually accompanied by music throughout the evening.
Huber's Cafe is famous for its turkey dinners, so Thanksgiving is a no-brainer. Established in 1879, Huber’s is Portland’s oldest restaurant. It's so popular that some people make a reservation a year in advance. But if you can't get a reservation, you can still eat Huber's for Thanksgiving by ordering the Turkey Package take out meal serving eight to 10 and accompanied by all the fixings.
Bread and Ink Cafe
Bread and Ink traditionally serves up a four-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner that includes your choice of appetizer; soup or salad; five entrees with sides, including turkey with pine nut stuffing; and three yummy desserts. Bread and Ink, located in the Hawthorne District is usually open until 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
You might not be thinking of a Paris-inspired bistro for an all-American Thanksgiving, but if you want a bit of an adventurous meal in a charming space, check it out. There are usually three seatings, at 1, 4, and 7 p.m., and diners are traditionally served charcuterie, oysters, brioche, roasted turkey, and twice-baked sweet potatoes with truffles and gruyere. Dinner is served family-style for a fixed price.
It can't get more appropriate for a feast of bountiful harvest than at a farmhouse-style restaurant. Urban Farmer is, of course, a very upscale farmhouse. It's located in the trendy The Nines luxury hotel building. For Thanksgiving, you can expect things such as foie gras, roasted beets, cauliflower steak, beef short ribs, plus traditional turkey. Sides like cornbread stuffing and candied yams are served family-style, and you get a choice of several dessert options. Thanksgiving dinner is a fixed price with a lower price for children and the restaurant is usually open from noon to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Executive Chef Tim Eckard and James Beard chef Vitaly Paley usually collaborate to offer a thanksgiving buffet featuring the bounty of both the land and the sea including, of course, turkey and ham carving stations. But also look for offerings such as seared Coho salmon. Served as a buffet dinner with several seatings, the elegant meal often takes up two floors at the Benson.