While many people enjoy cooking for themselves and others during the holidays, some might not be able to this Thanksgiving in Seattle. Fortunately, plenty of restaurants in the area will be open on Thanksgiving Day and serving up traditional and contemporary meals to locals and tourists alike.
Going out on Thanksgiving can mean a casual, affordable meal, or an extravagant, multi-course feast by candlelight. Whether you want your turkey, mashed potatoes, and a green bean casserole or an entirely vegan meal, Seattle's restaurants are diverse enough to accommodate any dietary needs and tastes—and there are many restaurants open on Thanksgiving.
Unless you’re looking at very casual restaurants, always make sure to call ahead for reservations for Thanksgiving dinner since many restaurants book up days or weeks in advance. To make reservations, call restaurants directly or go through OpenTable.com. This year, Thanksgiving on November 22, 2018, so be sure to book your table before November 10 so you don't miss out on a holiday feast with your family.
Agrodolce Family Style Thanksgiving
Nestled in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, Agrodolce (709 North 35th Street) is a Southern Italy and Sicily-inspired trattoria and one of three restaurants owned by Maria Hines, the 2009 winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest. Each year for Thanksgiving, Agrodolce puts an Italian spin on the traditional turkey dinner and offers up a six-plate family-style feast to share.
Agrodolce's Family Style Thanksgiving will have seatings from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, 2018. The first course offers nash's kale salad and roasted apple soup; then, you'll be served a marina di Chioggia cavatelli as the primi pasta. For secondi (second course), Agrodolce will serve charred green beans and turkey involtini followed by a dessert of poached pear. Gluten-free and vegetarian items are available with advanced request.
Basil's Kitchen Thanksgiving Buffet
With two locations near Seattle—one in the Bellevue Hilton Hotel and the other in Tukwila, Washington—Basil's Kitchen is a great option for a Mediterranean escape this Thanksgiving. Both locations will be offering up a buffet of traditional favorites alongside seafood delicacies this year.
The Bellevue Basil's Kitchen buffet (112th Avenue Southeast) will be served on November 22, 2018, from noon to 5:30 p.m., and pianist Mike Mansour will be playing music throughout the event. Service will include a bread and soup station; a selection of cold cuts including cured meats, assorted cheese, salmon, salads, and seasonal fruits; a carving station with honey dijon ham, orange bourbon chutney, prime rib, herb roasted turkey breast, cranberry relish, and traditional turkey gravy; a bar full of savory sides; a kids corner with popcorn shrimp, chicken tenders, pizza, and a chocolate dipping station; and a dessert bar with an assortment of pies, puddings, and apple crips.
Meanwhile, Basil's Restaurant and Lounge in Tukwila (15920 West Valley Highway) will be serving up a more limited holiday brunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a plated turkey dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving day.
Bin on the Lake Thanksgiving Dinner
For a more upscale treat for your holiday feast, you can head a little east of Seattle to the suburban community of Kirkland where the Woodmark Hotel will host a Thanksgiving dinner inside its Bin on the Lake wine bar and restaurant. With a stunning view of the Lake Washington and the Seattle skyline, Bin on the Lake makes for an elegant setting for your holiday celebration.
The menu for 2018 features seared scallop, Dungeness crab bisque, and butternut squash for starters; shaved brussels sprouts or butter lettuce for sides; turkey ballotine, smoked pork chop, or Skuna Bay salmon for entrees; and sweet potato tart, chocolate torte, or blood orange pate de fruit for dessert.
The Capital Grille Thanksgiving Dinner
Located inside the historic Cobb Building between the Pike Place Market and Downtown neighborhoods, The Capital Grille Seattle (1301 4th Avenue) is a steakhouse that serves up fine dining experiences with a world-class selection of wines year-round.
On Thanksgiving each year, you can enjoy a prix-fixe or a la carte Thanksgiving dinner at any of The Captial Grille's national locations, including the one in Seattle, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The holiday menu features slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, French green beans with Marcona almonds and cranberry pear chutney, Sam's mashed potatoes, and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.
Daniel's Broiler Thanksgiving Dinner
With three locations in the Seattle area to choose from, Daniel's Broiler Steak & Seafood is a great option for your Thanksgiving meal this year.
Daniel's Broiler Lake Union (809 Fairview Avenue North) and Daniel's Broiler Leschi (200 Lake Washington Boulevard) are located on opposite sides of Seattle while Daniel's Broiler Bellevue (10500 Northeast 8th Street) is located on the shores of Lake Washington, offering stunning views of the city skyline from the 21st floor of the Bank of America building at Bellevue Place.
All three locations will be offering four-course dinners featuring an autumn relish tray, clam chowder, bay shrimp salad, kale protein salad, fresh seasonal vegetables, roast turkey, USDA Prime Rib, maple pork roast, Wild King salmon, plant-based ravioli, and a choice of the Broiler's famous premium USDA Prime Steaks. For dessert, guests will have their choice of vanilla bean crème brûlée, chocolate raspberry charlotte, traditional pumpkin pie, or a double scoop of Olympic ice cream or sorbet.
Frolik Kitchen Thanksgiving Dinner
Enjoy a family-style dinner at Frolik Kitchen & Cocktails (1415 Fifth Avenue), a trendy rooftop restaurant in the Motif Seattle Hotel, this Thanksgiving Day from noon to 8 p.m. Additionally, the Frolik Bar will be serving a special limited menu on Thanksgiving Day from noon to close featuring salt and pepper fries, delicata burrata, brussels sprouts, and the Motif burger.
For the holiday feast, start with either a classic Caesar salad or a delicata burrata with harissa roasted squash and pickled chiles, then dive into one of four entrees: roast turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and gravy; fennel crusted prime rib; smoked mushroom and cornbread latke; and seared rockfish with salsa verde and turnip and radish escabeche.
Outlier Friendsgiving Feast
Located blocks from the Seattle Art Museum, Outlier (1200 Westlake Avenue North) is a trendy spot in downtown Seattle that typically offers an eclectic mix of international dishes in an artsy setting.
On Thanksgiving, this community-oriented spot opens up for Friendsgiving, which features a holiday feast prepared by Chef Shawn Applin that will be served buffet-style for all to enjoy. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit the No Kid Hungry charity. Seatings will take place between 2 and 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Palisade Thanksgiving Dinner-to-Go
Offering sweeping views of Elliott Bay and an indoor pond, Palisade (2601 West Marina Place) is a landmark restaurant in Seattle that will be serving up a special Thanksgiving meal this year. Seatings are available from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, but reservations must be made over the phone. Additionally, you can order a Thanksgiving dinner to go, which feeds up to 12 people and includes everything from turkey to pumpkin pie, but the last day to order this year is on November 14.
Palomino Thanksgiving Day
Palomino Restaurant and Bar (1420 5th Avenue) is a casual eatery inside the U.S. Bank Centre in downtown Seattle that serves up a full menu of European-style food on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
In 2018, the menu includes starts and shareable snacks like crab and artichoke dip, tomato-basil bruschetta, calamari misto, and brussels sprouts and pancetta; soups and salads including portabella mushroom soup, Caesar salad, and the Palomino chop-chop; and entrees including a traditional turkey dinner (with all the fixings), a roasted prime rib, grilled filet mignon, and braised lamb shank.
Wild Ginger Thanksgiving Feast
Although Wild Ginger has three locations in the Seattle area, only one will be open on Thanksgiving Day in 2018. If you're looking for an Asian-inspired holiday meal this year, you can head to Wild Ginger Downtown (1401 3rd Avenue) on Thanksgiving Day where they'll be serving up all their regular menu items alongside Asian-spiced dishes.
The main feature of the holiday meal is the Malay stuffed Turkey, which has been marinated in five spices and turmeric and stuffed with an exotically-flavored sticky rice instead of traditional stuffing. Steamed and wok-fried brussels sprouts with ginger, garlic, and Chinese pork will be served on the side, and curry pumpkin with curry leaves, coriander, and roasted pumpkin seeds will be served for dessert.