These Are America's Best Restaurants For Celebrating Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving, out of all of the holidays in the year, tends to be one where we feel obligated to gather with family and/or friends to enjoy a home-cooked meal. Well, "enjoy" is a relative term, particularly for the person assigned the Herculean task of preparing the feast. If you're feeling overwhelmed and stressed out just thinking of all the hassle, why not escape the madness and make restaurant reservations, instead?

Each restaurant on this list is laying on a festive spread for Thanksgiving 2022 that's sure to make you feel thankful. The meals here offer an All-American array of options from traditional turkey and trimmings to Asian, European, and Native American dishes, with the venues ranging from luxury hotels to a celebrity chef's pet project to a funky retro-themed diner. Several even offer a table with a view — ocean, lake, or the Macy's parade route (the parade itself will be over, but you might be able to watch the clean-up). Whichever restaurant you pick, be sure to book your table early, then prepare to have a truly memorable holiday meal. Bonus: When you're finished, no one's going to guilt-trip you into washing or drying a single dish.

1789 Restaurant & Bar in Washington, D.C.

1789 Restaurant & Bar, although it does have some history behind it, does not date back to the 18th century. Instead, it was named for the year that neighboring Georgetown University was founded. Also, '80s movie buffs take note — the basement bar known as The Tombs was the model for the watering hole in the brat pack classic "St. Elmo's Fire." When it comes to celebrating Thanksgiving at 1789, the menu is neither stuck in the 1700s nor in the 1980s, as it instead has an upscale hipster influence.

A three-course Thanksgiving dinner at 1789 is priced at $85 ($40 for under-12s), and starts off with a choice of appetizers ranging from kabocha squash velouté to rabbit roulade with edible begonias, while main courses include turkey breast with cranberry citrus jus, beef tenderloin with bone marrow bearnaise, halibut with a brioche crust, roasted sable (we presume it's the fish, not the cookie), and a vegan "osso bucco" made of celery root. Needless to say, the sides do not run to casseroles made with canned soups and mini marshmallows, but instead include cornbread-oyster stuffing muffins, Brussels sprouts drizzled with fish sauce vinaigrette, and roast garlic pomme puree (aka fancy mashed potatoes). The most traditional of the desserts is a pumpkin cheesecake, but even this is bedecked with cranberry-red wine foam while the apple-almond tart is served with a red wine reduction and the ricotta cheesecake comes with yuzu foam.

Arnaud's in New Orleans

Arnaud's has been one of the pillars of the New Orleans culinary scene for over 100 years and is a top choice for anyone dining in the Big Easy at any time of year. On Thanksgiving, diners are welcomed with a table d'hote — if you're not familiar with the term, you're certainly familiar with the concept, as Merriam-Webster defines it as "a complete meal of several courses offered at a fixed price."

Arnaud's Thanksgiving table d'hote, priced at $65, is a fairly traditional one. It begins with a choice of salad with blue cheese crumbles and sherry vinaigrette, butternut squash soup, or shrimp in Creole remoulade. Entrées include turkey with candied yams and cranberry sauce, roast pork in a port wine reduction, and pan-fried Gulf fish sauced in brown butter. For dessert, there's a choice of either a French-inspired tarte tatin with Chantilly cream (a type of sweetened whipped cream) or that Southern favorite, pecan pie, which here is topped with praline ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Belvedere Restaurant at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

If one of the things you're thankful for this holiday is financial good fortune, and you find yourself in Beverly Hills, there's no better place to live it up in style than by spending Thanksgiving at the luxury hotel known as The Peninsula. Whether you're staying at the hotel or you've been chauffeured in from your Brentwood mansion, you can enjoy a four-course Thanksgiving dinner at the Belvedere Restaurant from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for $175 (although they do knock $100 off the price for kids 12 and under).

For your investment, you'll get a meal fit for a mega-millionaire. Even the bread basket comes with such items as pecan caramel brioche and pumpkinseed butter gougères, while appetizers range from ahi tuna crudo to sea diver scallops to truffled artichoke soup. For the main course, you can go traditional with turkey or opt for New York strip steak, smoked salmon, seared hamachi, or grilled king trumpet mushrooms. When it comes to the dessert course, that's where the restaurant chefs get really creative. Even the pumpkin pie comes with popcorn-flavored ice cream, but for more adventurous eaters there's a miso caramel apple bar with a vanilla dill emulsion. If dessert for you means something chocolate, the Belvedere's got you covered with a guanaja chocolate tart accompanied by passion fruit chocolate crème and rocky road ice cream.

Blue Mesa Grill in Fort Worth, Addison. and Plano, Texas

Thanksgiving's main meal, while we tend to call it "dinner," is often eaten in the afternoon, thus leaving the evening free for football watching, food comas, and camping outside Walmart in preparation for the next day's shopping madness. If you'd like to get an early start on the festivities and you happen to be in or around Fort Worth, Texas (or Addison or Plano, for that matter), you may be glad to know that Blue Mesa Grill is offering a Thanksgiving brunch from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The brunch is priced at $30 per person, although that price goes down to just $10 for 6-to-11-year-olds and there's no charge at all for kids 5 and under.

Blue Mesa Grill's Thanksgiving brunch menu does include a roast turkey carving station, of course, although the turkey is served Southwestern style with cranberry-jalapeño relish. There's also red chile-glazed ham, grilled salmon with fruit salsa, and the Texas specialty of smoked brisket which comes sauced with chimichurri. Other less-additional Thanksgiving sides include Chimayo corn, coconut lime rice, and blue corn enchiladas as well as a street taco bar. Breakfast items including cooked-to-order omelets and Belgian waffles are also available, as are desserts including the traditional fall pie trio (pumpkin, pecan, and apple), cookies, brownies, banana pudding, and bread pudding sauced with the Mexican goat's milk caramel spread known as cajeta.

Golden Lamb in Lebanon, Ohio

If you'd like to spend an old-fashioned Thanksgiving, what better way than by dining in a restaurant that dates back to 1803? Lebanon, Ohio's Golden Lamb combines a hotel with a restaurant and a tavern, and its name refers not to any particular specialty, but to the fact that it needed a distinctive image to hang outside the establishment back in the days when literacy was not a given. These days the Golden Lamb likes to go all-out for the winter holiday season, with special menus for celebrations up through Christmas Eve, but the festivities kick off in November with a two-course Thanksgiving meal.

The Golden Lamb's Thanksgiving dinners are priced by the choice of entrée. Roast turkey breast with sausage/apple dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce costs $35.95, while roast beef with cabernet jus and au gratin potatoes comes to $40.95, and butternut squash/goat cheese ravioli is $28.95. Each price includes a choice of onion soup, salad, or cottage cheese with fresh fruit for a starter, although appetizers including cheese and crackers and pork/sauerkraut balls are available a la carte. Desserts are also a la carte, with the selection consisting of three pies priced at $7.89 per slice: pumpkin with whipped cream, pecan with chocolate sauce, and a Shaker-style sugar pie with caramel sauce and whipped cream.

Hillbrook Inn in Charles Town, West Virginia

If you travel up and down the East Coast and have a penchant for historical buildings, you'll likely encounter a number of signs proudly proclaiming that "George Washington Slept Here." While the father of our country didn't exactly spend a night under the roof of what is now the Hillbrook Inn, he did once own the land on which this 18th-century building stands and he once resided at a home that was just 200 yards away. Despite its historic pedigree, the Hillbrook Inn is very much up-to-date these days with amenities such as a luxury spa offering CBD oil massages. They also have a restaurant featuring haute cuisine, or rather, Haute cuisine as their Belgian-born chef's last name is Van Haute.

Thanksgiving dinner at the Hillbrook, which is served between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., is a perfect choice for the indecisive since there are no choices to be made. Instead, there's just a single four-course meal priced at $105. The appetizer consists of scallops with butternut squash, Mimolette cheese, and truffles, followed by a salad of beets, frisée, and duck prosciutto. The main course is roast turkey with sausage stuffing, potato mousseline, red cabbage, and applesauce while the dessert is pecan pie with homemade vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce. If you're wondering what wines could possibly pair with these dishes, for an extra $65 per person, you can let the sommelier select the perfect ones to accompany your meal.

Hoku's in Honolulu

Had the pilgrims landed on Oahu's sunny shores rather than the rocky coast of Massachusetts, just think how much more thankful they'd have been! It would be fun, too, to celebrate the holidays with a traditional meal consisting of roast mahi-mahi and pineapple pie, with perhaps some Spam musubi as an appetizer. Well, they didn't, and we don't, but anyone lucky enough to live in or be visiting the Aloha State over the Thanksgiving holiday can enjoy an island-style Thanksgiving dinner at Hoku's. Hoku's, the house restaurant of the Kahala Hotel, has the breathtaking ocean views that you'd expect in a Hawaiian resort. It also, however, has a Michelin-trained chef, so the food is just as spectacular as the scenery.

For the Thanksgiving holiday, Hoku's offers just one fixed meal. It starts with chilled lobster accompanied by fennel soup, then proceeds to a dish called Silk Handkerchief made with sage fazzoletti pasta, sea urchins, kabocha, pepitas, and brown butter. The main course is turducken, while dessert consists of Samoas (which are nothing at all like the Girl Scout cookie, FYI). Hoku's Samoas, instead, are made from coconut bread, locally-made chocolate, and coconut caramel. The meal even comes with a cocktail, a sake-based drink flavored with ginger and green apple and garnished with popping candy. While Thanksgiving at Hoku's costs a steep $225 per person, such is the price of holidaying in paradise.

International Smoke in San Francisco and Las Vegas

There are two types of celebrity chefs, those who are first renowned for their food-world chops and those who start out famous and then get cooking. International Smoke, a restaurant with outposts in San Franciso and Las Vegas, is the collaboration of one of each, with Michael Mina in the former role and Ayesha Curry (wife of Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry) filling the latter. Both restaurants are similar, but not identical, and the Thanksgiving menus both are offering this year show two very different approaches to the holiday meal.

The Las Vegas International Smoke has only one Thanksgiving entrée, a smoked turkey dinner for $49 that comes with cranberry chutney and herbed brioche stuffing. For dessert, there's pumpkin pie mascarpone cheesecake, or key lime tart for $16. In San Francisco, however, International Smoke is doing Thanksgiving dinner buffet-style. $105 (or $49 for kids) covers all-you-can-eat appetizers including chilled shellfish, curried squash soup, and truffled Caesar salad, as well as carving stations with smoked turkey, smoked salmon, and Wagyu prime rib. Sides include cornbread sausage stuffing, pureed potatoes with mushroom gravy, and Brussels sprouts with maple syrup and huckleberries. Of course, there are desserts, as well: traditional pumpkin pie, tradition-adjacent apple cobbler, and good old-fashioned bread pudding made from Ayesha's own recipe.

Indian Pueblo Kitchen in Albuquerque

While the first Thanksgiving was meant to be a celebration of the collaboration between European settlers and the indigenous peoples they encountered, the latter group ultimately didn't do too well out of the partnership, to the point where some of the surviving Wampanoag now commemorate the holiday as a National Day of Mourning. In New Mexico, however, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is reclaiming Thanksgiving by serving up a Southwestern-style holiday meal at the in-house restaurant, Indian Pueblo Kitchen.

The Indian Pueblo Kitchen's Thanksgiving menu offers a choice of three different entrees with accompanying sides. There's roast turkey for $26, complete with cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, green beans, marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, and salad with green chile ranch dressing and green chile croutons. For $37, you can opt for a prime rib with that same chile-spiked salad, green beans, and buttered rolls as well as mashed potatoes in red chile gravy. The third option, priced at $16, is for those who like breakfast for dinner, as it consists of pumpkin french toast with cranberry compote, turkey bacon or sausage, and eggs. Desserts cost $7 apiece and include pumpkin mousse, sweet potato cobbler with ice cream, and pecan pie with candied pecans.

The Lobby at The Peninsula in Chicago

The Peninsula Hotel chain got its start in Hong Kong in the mid-19th century and now has a handful of luxury boutique hotels throughout the world, with the only U.S. locations being in New York, Beverly Hills, and Chicago. What makes Chicago's Peninsula unique to the Windy City is all of the little touches that reveal its Asian roots — the hotel celebrates both Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival, and even the Thanksgiving buffet laid on by hotel restaurant The Lobby shows an Asian influence with one station featuring Peking duck and dim sum.

Thanksgiving brunch at The Lobby is priced at $295 for the 10 a.m. seating and $325 for later ones up through 5 p.m. ($85 for children ages five through 12). While it's the priciest meal on this list, it comes with not only food but entertainment, as there'll be a string quartet performing throughout the day and a magician to occupy the kids. As for the food, the Lobby's laying on quite a spread. The carving stations offer turkey, beef tenderloin, and pork belly, while other tables feature sushi, caviar, shellfish, and an international selection of cheeses and charcuterie. There's also a dessert selection that the hotel describes as "lavish." Go ahead and indulge to your heart's content, as the Peninsula's Sky Rink opens for the season on Thanksgiving Day so you can burn off a few calories after dinner with a spin around the ice.

Magnolia's in Charleston, South Carolina

Magnolia's is just over 30 years old, so it's not among Charleston's most historic establishments, but the restaurant has long been in the vanguard of taking Low Country cooking uptown. Magnolia's will be serving its regular menu of gourmet Southern specialties such as pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and buttermilk-fried chicken on Thanksgiving Day, but they've also added a few dishes just for the holiday.

The three entrees that Magnolia's has designated as Thanksgiving specials include turkey with the usual trimmings (stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and green beans), pecan-crusted salmon with citrus beurre blanc (same sides as the turkey), and braised short ribs with red wine jus (these come with just the mashed potatoes and green beans). The beef is priced at $38, the salmon at $32, and the turkey is TBD (market-priced, in restaurant speak). Magnolia's will also be offering two family-style sides for the holiday: macaroni and cheese and sweet potato casserole, both costing $16. While these aren't too out of the ordinary, the special Thanksgiving dessert is a bit different. Magnolia's describes it as a cranberry tart served with blood orange fluid gel and cranberry curd and it's priced at $10. If the tart doesn't sound appealing, the restaurant's regular dessert menu also features pecan pie ($12) along with other autumnal offerings such as apple spice cake ($12), and salted caramel cheesecake ($13).

Marea in New York City

On Thanksgiving morning, the hottest ticket in town is to any hotel or restaurant overlooking Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route. Many of the latter book private viewing parties for the morning, as is the case with the Italian restaurant Marea. It's hosting an 8 a.m. parade-watching brunch where tickets start at $1,099 per person, and even at those prices, the event may get sold out. Marea, however, is open for Thanksgiving dinner starting at 1 p.m. The parade will have wrapped up by then, but you may be able to see them cleaning up afterward. (Surely it must take some time to deflate all those balloons.)

Whether or not there's anything to see along the parade route, though, Marea's Italian-inspired Thanksgiving menu is well worth a visit. The price is $185 per person, which is about what you'd expect for Manhattan, and the meal will be served from 1 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. It kicks off with a choice of antipasti Campari-dressed salad, squash soup with scallop fritters, or grilled octopus, while the pasta course offers such options as pork agnolotti, chile-shrimp gnochetti, and red wine-braised octopus fusilli. For your main course, you can choose from turkey, ribeye, or pan-seared wild bass, while desserts include cheesecake with cranberries and pumpkin gelato, chestnut custard tart, tiramisu, and chocolate cake flavored with chai and marsala. If you're not driving home (and who drives in New York?), you can always add a wine pairing for $120 per person.

Nicollet Island Inn in Minneapolis

One aspect of having Thanksgiving at a restaurant that could be either an upside or a downside, depending on how you look at it, is the lack of leftovers. Sure, the prospect of spending an entire week subsisting on increasingly "creative" (read: desperate) ways to repurpose the turkey can be kind of grim, but that first sandwich when the bird is still fresh is one of the highlights of the holiday. The Nicollet Island Inn understands, and that's why the restaurant sends you home with a little lagniappe: You'll get a turkey sandwich to go to when dinner is done.

Thanksgiving at the Nicollet Island Inn is priced at $70 per person and does not stray too far from the classic dishes, although there are a few individual touches that set this meal apart such as a starter course of chocolate-filled beignets. This is followed by a choice of roast corn soup or mixed green salad with honey vinaigrette, while main courses include turkey with the usual trimmings (plus those ubiquitous Brussels sprouts), steak with rosemary-pepper demiglace and mashed potatoes, and cheese tortellini with vegetables in a roast garlic-tomato cream sauce. For your second dessert, there'll be pumpkin pie, apple strudel, or chocolate mousse. Coffee, tea, sodas, and other soft drinks are all covered by the cost, although anything from the bar will of course be priced a la carte.

Old Town Serbian Gourmet in Milwaukee

While Milwaukee is a city known for its German heritage, it also has a sizable Serbian community and can boast several restaurants offering this underrated cuisine. One such restaurant, Old Town Serbian Gourmet, will be open on Thanksgiving between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m and offering its regular menu. So you could, if you wish, make a holiday meal from the Serbian sausages known as ćevapi, the grilled pork shishkabob called raznjici, or the meat and/or cheese-stuffed pastries called burek. In honor of the holiday, however, the chefs there have added several Thanksgiving specials to the menu.

One of Old Town Serbian Gourmet's Thanksgiving entrées is the traditional all-American roast turkey accompanied by gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, all priced at $20. The other entrée is a roast goose, a dish typically eaten in Europe to commemorate St. Martin's Day on November 11. It costs $45, but a goose is pretty hard to come by these days and it's not something too many American restaurants have on the menu. Old Town Serbian Gourmet's holiday specials also include acorn squash soup ($5) along with two special desserts. One of these is pumpkin strudel ($8), while the other is the pavlova-like Schaum torte, a type of fruit-topped meringue. Old Town Serbian Gourmet's Thanksgiving Shaum torte ($9) is made with cranberries and spiked with Grand Marnier, making for a festive fall take on one of Milwaukee's favorite desserts.

Range in Denver

Range, a restaurant located inside the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel, specializes in what it describes as "New American West" cuisine. In other words, its everyday menu runs to such fancies as jalapeño poppers stuffed with local goat cheese and chipotle agave as well as Colorado lamb with couscous and mint gremolata. And yes, of course, Range has both charcuterie and Brussels sprouts on the menu as it's down with all the latest food fashions. For Thanksgiving, the restaurant will still be offering its regular menu, but these everyday offerings will be supplemented by a special holiday meal, as well.

Thanksgiving dinner at Range is served from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and costs $65 (with a $10 discount for kids 10 and under). The Thanksgiving menu is fairly traditional as it consists of roast turkey seasoned with sage, whipped potatoes, and candied yams. Pomegranate/maple-glazed Brussels sprouts make for a very trendy side, however, while the Hatch chili cornbread pudding dessert shows that "New Western" influence. If you'd like some wine to go with your meal, you can opt for one of two pairings, a lower-tier one coming in at $40 or a higher-tier one costing $55. Both include a chardonnay and a pinot noir to accompany the turkey and trimmings and a tawny port for the dessert course.

Roundabout Diner in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

While you might think a diner Thanksgiving meal would be a pretty sad affair, this is not the case with the Roundabout Diner. While the restaurant has that cool vintage(ish) aesthetic, the Roundabout is no Edward Hopper painting. Instead of attracting down-on-their-luck diners with cheap blue plate specials, it's aimed at more of an upscale foodie crowd with locally-sourced bread, sausages, and cheeses and a menu featuring such items as Grand Marnier french toast and (of course) Brussels sprouts, which here are pan-seared and doused in Thai plum sauce.

While the Roundabout does offer take-home Thanksgiving meals, it will also be featuring a dine-in dinner described as "family-style." The menu offers the traditional turkey, gravy, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls supplemented by a few additional sides, these being butternut squash, pearl onions with peas, and cinnamon apple sauce. The Roundabout does not specify what the desserts are, other than to say they're homemade, but the take-home Thanksgiving dinners offer a choice of pumpkin, pecan, apple, blueberry, banana cream, chocolate cream, coconut cream, and key lime pies.

Rusty Scupper in Baltimore

For many of us, Thanksgiving is the year's biggest cheat day — a 24-hour period where we grant ourselves permission to overindulge to our heart's content (and stomach's discomfort). If your main objection to a holiday restaurant meal is that it doesn't come with seconds (much less thirds) and you're spending Thanksgiving in Baltimore, you'll be glad to know that Rusty Scupper's Thanksgiving buffet will let stuff yourself like a turkey for $75 (or $40, if you're under the age of 11) with seatings at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.

Rusty Scupper specializes in seafood, as the nautical name and harbor-front location might imply, so even the Thanksgiving menu has no shortage of fish and shellfish. Not only is there a raw bar with oysters and peel-and-eat shrimp, but four out of six entrees include seafood of some sort: swordfish with crab and chili cream, macaroni and cheese with shrimp and scallops, pumpkin curry mussels, and roast salmon with apple butter. There is also, however, roast turkey and pork for non-pescetarians, as well as a carving station with more turkey and roast beef. Sides include black truffle mashed potatoes, candied yams, green beans (sans canned mushroom soup), and sage and sausage stuffing, plus there's even oyster stuffing for those who can never have enough shellfish. Desserts, however, are entirely seafood free, with the spread including bread pudding, crème brulee, cookies, brownies, and pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato, and apple pies.

Rye Tavern in Plymouth, Massachusetts

What could be more appropriate than to have your Thanksgiving meal in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the site of the original celebration? While Rye Tavern isn't quite as old as Plymouth Rock, it does date back to 1792, so it's got plenty of historic charm. It boasts as one of its earliest customers John Adams, that unsung founding father/former president who has yet to inspire a musical (although he is a cousin to the Sam Adams of beer label fame). While the tavern's ambiance may be "ye olde," its menu certainly isn't — it reads more like a compendium of greatest hits of the 20-teens/the early '20s what with foodie favorites like kale salads, smash burgers, chimichurri-sauced burrata, and, yes, both charcuterie and the modish-but-malodorous brussels sprouts.

For Thanksgiving, Rye Tavern is offering a special menu with a choice of three main dishes, each one coming with a choice of two sides plus cornbread. These entrees include turkey leg confit or smoked breast for $50, prime rib for $70, or roast butternut squash for $40. The sides, which are priced from $5 to $14 if ordered a la carte, include all of the usual suspects like stuffing, mashed potatoes (both white and sweet), green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, and cranberry sauce along with non-standard items like braised greens, Caesar salad, and brown sugar-glazed carrots. For dessert, you can choose pumpkin pie ($10) or the slightly less traditional, yet equally autumnal, apple cider donuts ($15).

Toro Toro in Miami

Toro Toro's specialty is Pan-Latin cuisine and it typically offers specials highlighting the cuisine of a different region of Latin America each day. While the restaurant will be serving a shortened version of its main menu on Thanksgiving day, there will also be a special Thanksgiving menu offered from noon through 11 p.m. The fact that Toro Toro is dishing up Thanksgiving dinner so late makes it one of the few non-fast food options for those who are obliged to eat their holiday meal at a non-standard time.

Toro Toro's Thanksgiving menu starts off with three seasonal appetizers: butternut squash/kale salad with cranberries, pumpkin spice, and pepitas for $22; cauliflower with carrot-pumpkin purée for $21; and confit turkey empanadas with mezcal gravy, cornbread stuffing, and cranberry-chili sauce for $24. Entrées include roast turkey roulade with mezcal gravy and cranberry gel for $42, sea bass glazed with aji Amarillo honey and served with pumpkin foam for $65, Wagyu steak with guajillo Bordelais for $95, and pumpkins stuffed with a farro/black lentil/pomegranate/couscous blend for $38. For dessert, you can choose between a baked apple with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, and cranberry-citrus streusel or pumpkin churros with dulce de leche and chocolate sauce, both of these priced at $16.

Water's Table in Seattle, Washington

Water's Table is a restaurant whose name reveals its main attraction. It is located in the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle's Southport and offers a lovely view of that same lake. The cuisine is also noteworthy, though, as they're into the whole farm-to-table scene. Water's Table's Thanksgiving dinner is offered in the form of a buffet, something that will allow diners to sample a whole range of their locally-sourced seafood, meat, and produce.

The Thanksgiving buffet at Water's Table has a $95 price tag but covers everything from soup (cauliflower potato) to nuts (chestnut stuffing). There's a seafood bar with shrimp, crab legs, gravlax, and lobster (this last is likely not local as lobsters do not thrive along the northwest coast of the Pacific). The buffet also features carving stations with turkey and ham, while pan-seared salmon is available as an entrée. Sides range from Waldorf and acorn squash salads to roast potatoes to the ever-present Brussels sprouts, while desserts include miniature pecan pies and apple tarts, pumpkin spice latte-flavored choux pastry, and cranberry-chocolate pots de crème, There's also a limited children's menu priced at just $23, but that only includes salad, chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese, pizza, and fresh fruit. (No real dessert? Poor kids!)