Ultimate Guide to (Someone Else Cooking) Thanksgiving Dinner
Let’s talk turkey — as in, somebody else making it. We know, we know. Thanksgiving is a labor of love, where we’re all supposed to bask in the bronzed glow of a gorgeous bird and the fluffiest mashed potatoes in all of the land because this is what the pilgrims did right before they crowded on the couch in their funny hats to watch hours of football and sleep off the hangovers they incurred the night before, a tradition they brought over on the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria, colloquially known as The Biggest Drinking Night of the Year.
But sometimes, some years, you just … can’t do it. And that’s when you thank your sweet puppies that you live in America, where you can just pick up the phone and make reservations. Or order up a pre-made T-Day feast from your favorite restaurant or gourmet market. There’s no judgment here (it’s the Restaurant Club, after all, not the Cooking Club — if you’re looking for healthy Thanksgiving recipes, visit our sister site, Be Well Philly), so click on through for a list of restaurants and gourmet marketing serving Thanksgiving dinner so you don’t have to.
*Additional research by Laurie Jamaitus
Center City Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Meals
Bistro St. Tropez
This buffet-style feast includes local free-range roasted turkey, slow-braised Berkshire pork short ribs, baked ham and more, and sides include cranberry relish, roasted sweet potatoes and buttermilk biscuits. Price per person is $45 excluding tax and gratuity, and price for children under 12 is $20. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Bistro St. Tropez, 2400 Market Street, 4th Floor, 215-569-9269, bistrosttropez.com
Roast turkey with stuffing, sweet potatoes and other traditional sides will all be on the menu at Bridget Foy’s from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The turkey dinner costs $26 per person, excluding gratuity and tip, and all other items are individually priced. Reservations strongly recommended.
Bridget Foy’s, 200 South Street, 215-922-1813, bridgetfoys.com
From 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Chez Colette will serve slow-roasted turkey with sage and pan gravy, turkey sausage stuffing, grilled beef rib eye, and sides including oysters, crab cakes, green bean salad and more. Pies including pumpkin and chocolate bourbon pecan are also offered. Price per person is $48 plus tax, and children under 12 are half price. An 18% gratuity will be added. Reservations are required.
Chez Colette, 17th and Sansom Streets, 215-569-8300, sofitel-philadelphia.com
From 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Davio’s will be serving traditional four-course Thanksgiving dinners, which includes turkey with stuffing, soups, salad and an assortment of pies for desert. Price per person is $55, not including tax or gratuity. Reservations are required.
Davio’s, 111 South 17th Street, 215-563-4810, davios.com
Fountain Restaurant and Swann Lounge
Fountain Restaurant will be offering turkey, stuffing, potatoes and a variety of salads a la carte from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the Swann Lounge will be serving the same, buffet-style, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Desserts will also be offered, including pumpkin pie, carrot cake and more. Price per person is $103 for adults and $51.50 for children ages 5-11, at both locations, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.
Fountain Restaurant and Swann Lounge, The Four Seasons Hotel, 18th and the Ben Franklin Parkway, 215-963-2748 (Fountain) and 215-963-1500 (Swann), fourseasons.com/philadelphia
The Thanksgiving brunch buffet will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will feature roasted turkey breast, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, shallots and more. The price per person is $79, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.
Lacroix, The Rittenhouse Hotel, 201 West Rittenhouse Square, 215-546-9000, lacroixrestaurant.com
From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. London Grill will be serving up Thanksgiving favorites such as turkey, ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potato casserole, traditional pies and more. Dinner will be served in an all-you-can-eat buffet. Price per person is $40, not including tax, gratuity or beverages, and children under 10 eat for free. Reservations are required.
London Grill, 2301 Fairmount Avenue, 215-978-4545, londongrill.com
From 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Parc will be open and serving Thanksgiving favorites such as roasted farmhouse turkey, homestyle stuffing, soup, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and more. Many regular menu items will also be available. Turkey entrees are $26 each excluding tax and gratuity, and all sides are priced individually. Reservations are required.
Parc, 227 South 18th Street, 215-545-2262, parc-restaurant.com
The Prime Rib
The Prime Rib will be open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, offering turkey entrees with stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce for $29 each. Also available is butternut squashed soup, whipped sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and sides from their a la carte menu, each priced individually. Tax and gratuity not included, and reservations are required.
The Prime Rib, 1701 Locust Street, 215-772-1701, theprimerib.com
Traditional Thanksgiving favorites including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, soups and cranberry sauce will be on the menu from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., prepared by chef Jennifer Carroll. Price for adults is $110, and $55 for children under 12, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are strongly recommended.
10 Avenue of the Arts, 215-523-8273, 10arts.com
The Village Belle
Enjoy turkey breast and leg roasted “osso buco” style, caraway-dusted salmon with grain mustard sauce, and a ricotta crespelle with pignoli, caramelized onion and marinara. Sides include escarole and sweet potato soups, baby arugula salad, cranberry sauce, stuffing and more. Price per person is $35 per person, excluding gratuity and tax. Served from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and reservations are required.
The Village Belle, 757 South Front Street, 215-551-2200, thevillagebelle.com
Center City Gourmet-To-Go Thanksgiving Meals
Fork’s Thanksgiving To Go options include herb-roasted or house-smoked organic turkey and sides such as poached shrimp, mini crab cakes, sausage stuffing, fresh cranberry sauce and an assortment of traditional pies. Price is $80 for an 18 lb. turkey excluding tax, and appetizers and sides are priced individually. Orders must be placed by 6 p.m. on Friday, November 19th and picked up by Thanksgiving Day during a scheduled timeslot.
Fork, 306 Market Street, 215-625-9425, forkrestaurant.com
Jones will be offering large or half-size pans of their entire Thanksgiving Dinner for takeout. The menu will feature sliced turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and carrots. Prices are $90 for the half pan, which serves 8-10, and $180 for the full pan, which serves 15-20. Orders must be made at least 24 hours in advance of pickup, and can be picked up at any time on November 24th at the latest.
Jones, 700 Chestnut Street, 215-223-5663, jones-restaurant.com
Percy Street Barbecue
Turkeys are available for $65 each, and includes gravy and home-made cranberry sauce. Also offered is the Thanksgiving Feast, for $225 excluding tax, which includes a turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, plus mashed sweet potatoes, cornbread, sausage stuffing, pecan pie and more. Feeds six to eight people. Reservations must be placed by 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 18, and pick up can be arranged at any time on Wednesday, November 24.
Percy Street Barbecue, 600 South 9th Street, 215-625-8510, percystreet.com
Picnic will be offering a variety of traditional favorites including free-range Lancaster County turkey for $7.50 per lb., and sides including classic cranberry sauce, mashed sweet potatoes, spicy chorizo sausage bread stuffing and more, each priced individually per lb., and desserts such as pumpkin cheesecake, apple crisp and more. Tax not included. Orders must be placed by November 19th and picked up between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on November 24th.
Picnic, 3131 Walnut Street, 215-222-1608, picniceats.com
R2L will be offering stuffed roasted organic turkey with dried fruit, Swiss chard and gravy as the main course, accompanied by sides such as green salad, sweet potato and chestnut gratin; and wild mushroom and cranberry stuffing. The price per person is $65 excluding tax. Orders must be placed by Thursday, November 18, and pickup can be arranged for November 24, or Thanksgiving morning.
R2L, 50 South 16th Street, 215-564-5337, r2lrestaurant.com
For $250 plus tax, Valanni is offering a Thanksgiving feast that includes an organic cider-brined turkey with orange spiced cranberry sauce and gravy. Also included is a choice of four sides, from options including garlic mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, roasted sweet potatoes, roasted mushrooms, Italian sausage stuffing and more, plus either a pumpkin or apple pie. Serves 6-8 people. Orders must be placed by November 22nd, and pickups can be arranged on November 24th.
Valanni, 1229 Spruce Street, 215-790-9494, valanni.com
Montgomery County Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Meals
The Radnor Hotel
From noon to 6 p.m., the Radnor Hotel will be serving favorites such as turkey and gravy, baked ham with a pineapple glaze, cornbread stuffing and a variety of sides including sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and a green bean medley. The price is $32.95 for adults and $16.50 for children ages 5-11, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.
The Radnor Hotel, 591 East Lancaster Avenue, St. Davids, 610-341-3500, radnorhotel.com
Montgomery County Gourmet-To-Go Thanksgiving Meals
DuJour will be offering a four-course Thanksgiving menu that serves ten people. Included is a choice of an entree such as turkey or beef; a choice of soup; sides including potatoes, assorted vegetables and more. Price is $325 excluding tax. Menu items are also available a la carte. Orders must be placed by November 20th, and picked up between 8 and 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
DuJour Market, 379 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, 610-896-4556, dujourmarket.com
Bucks County Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Meals
Black Bass Hotel
The Black Bass Hotel will be serving up a seven-course Thanksgiving feast, which includes a bread tray, baked sole with hollandaise sauce, roasted turkey, ham, assorted desserts, and more. Price per person is $49.50 excluding tax and gratuity. Hours are from noon to 8:30 p.m., but they are now only taking reservations after 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required.
Black Bass Hotel, 3774 River Road, Lumberville, 215-297-9260, blackbasshotel.com
Bucks County Gourmet-To-Go Thanksgiving Meals
Create a customized Thanksgiving feast from the a la carte menu. Options include traditional glazed turkey, stuffed turkey breast, pineapple glazed ham, each priced per pound. Sides include mashed potatoes, stuffings, soups, cranberry sauce and more, each priced individually. Turkeys are $5.50 per lb, and serves 6-14+ people depending on size. Sides and trimmings start at $5.99. Tax not included. Orders must be placed by November 19th, and picked up anytime on November 24th.
Jamie Hollander, 415 South York Road, New Hope, 215-862-9809, jhollandergourmet.com
Chester County Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Meals
Traditional Thanksgiving favorites including turkey, house-made stuffing, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes, plus prime rib, will be served buffet-style from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Price per person is $28.95, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are recommended.
Brandywine Prime, 1617 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, 610-388-8088, brandywineprime.com
Chester County Gourmet-To-Go Thanksgiving Meals
Carlino’s will be offering a variety of traditional Thanksgiving favorites including whole herb-roasted turkeys for $69, which serves 10-12, roasted beef filets for $109.99 which serves 8-10, and various sides including butternut squash soup, Italian herb stuffing, mashed potatoes and more, each individually priced per 4 pounds. Orders must be placed by November 19th and picked up by 5:30 p.m. on November 24th.
Carlino’s Market, 128 West Market Street, West Chester, 610-696-3788, carlinosmarket.com
Assemble your own custom Thanksgiving feast with the priced-per-pound option at Talula’s Table. The menu includes smoked roasted whole natural Lancaster turkey ($7 per pound), natural turkey gravy ($7 per pint), holiday stuffing with sage sausage, celery, walnuts and herbs, whipped sweet potatoes and macaroni and cheese, each $10 per pound, plus roasted Brussels sprouts ($14 per pound.) Tax not included. Orders must be placed by November 19th and picked up on November 24th or earlier.
Talula’s Table, 102 West State Street, Kennett Square, 610-444-8255, talulastable.com
Here’s one last great Thanksgiving idea — give a Thanksgiving dinner to someone else:
Trax Restaurant & Cafe
Trax Restaurant will create a complimentary Thanksgiving dinner for a family in need in the Ambler area. The dinner will include turkey and all of the traditional trimmings. To recommend a family in need, contact Chef Waxman at firstname.lastname@example.org or by snail mail at 27 West Butler Pike, Ambler PA, 19002. Please let him know why the family needs help. Trax will choose one family and create a feast for their holiday table.
Trax Restaurant & Cafe, 27 West Butler Pike, Ambler, 215-591-9777, traxcafe.com