If you are not in the mood to tackle defrosting a 15-pound turkey or rolling out dough for a homemade pumpkin pie, then maybe eating out might just be your best option. While you may dream of being that expert chef that makes it all look effortless, that is rarely the reality for busy Sacramento families that are already struggling to balance work, kids, and their own sanity.
You do not have to stress in the kitchen or even clean the house. Make a reservation at a local restaurant and focus on what is most important over the holidays—friends, family, and memories.
Check out a few Sacramento-area restaurants that are offering a Thanksgiving menu to help you ease into the holiday season. Call in advance for reservations or check out their menus online for a sneak peak of what's for dinner.
For more than 50 years, The Firehouse restaurant in Old Sacramento has been the place to go for a great wine list, fine dining, and elegant affairs. Each dish feels handcrafted and features locally farmed ingredients. For Thanksgiving, you can be treated to a four-course meal for a set price. Your meal includes hors d'oeuvres, a fall salad, turkey dinner or a few other selections, and pumpkin pie.
Built in 1853, and originally the home of the Sacramento No. 3 Firehouse, this unique and memorable setting is a perfect complement to the historic feeling of the holiday. The Firehouse is a testament to the history of the Sacramento riverfront. The restaurant is housed in the first building in Old Sacramento to be restored and designated as a historical landmark.
For the flavors of France and the Mediterranean done California-style, check out La Provence Restaurant in Roseville for their special Thanksgiving menu. The prix fixe menu offers several courses, including hors d'oeuvres, a choice of salad, entree (including turkey), family-style sides, and delectable sweets like pumpkin cheesecake, pistachio creme brulee, or salted caramel pecan pie.
Piatti features Italian-inspired, seasonally-dictated cuisine with an emphasis on local farms and producers. Piatti prides itself for combining "rustic, flavorful cuisine with simple, unpretentious design, an approachable and interesting wine list—many of which are served via our barrel-to-table program—a comprehensive offering of craft beers and unique, artisan cocktails." The Thanksgiving menu features a turkey dinner with all the trimmings or you can order a la carte for soup, salads, steak, pork chops, salmon, or pasta.
Although Scott’s is a seafood restaurant, they are offering a twist to the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with an oven roasted “Diestel Ranch” turkey dinner with garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, candied sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans almandine, and pumpkin cheesecake. Other Thanksgiving menu items at this restaurant located at the end of the Sacramento River Parkway Trail, include a full complement of appetizers, soups, salads, as well as seafood and beef dishes, pasta, and a children's turkey dinner.
Ten22 is another Old Sacramento eatery where you can dine on festive fall soup and salad options such as butternut squash bisque made with locally sourced roasted squash, nutmeg, and crème fraîche or an apple-romaine salad served with candied walnuts and Point Reyes blue cheese. You can choose from roasted Berkshire pork shoulder, leg of lamb sauced with English mint, free-range turkey breast with Turkish dried apricot and brandy-almond stuffing, or an organic fall squash risotto. For dessert, you can select traditional pumpkin pie topped with fresh whipped cream or indulge in a classic Dutch apple pie with a cinnamon crumble topping.
In the countryside of Elk Grove, just 15 miles south of Sacramento, you can enjoy a comfortable atmosphere at Silva's Sheldon Inn, which is known for its seasonal menus using locally harvested ingredients. You can order a traditional turkey dinner, prime rib, or half duckling, just to name a few entrees on their Thanksgiving menu, along with soup and salad. In addition, the restaurant offers a children's menu.