Dining out on Thanksgiving Day is still an option at these DC restaurants but act fast

As we approach the season of gratitude and togetherness, many DC restaurants are preparing to serve up memorable Thanksgiving meals. Whether you’re a local or a visitor looking to avoid the kitchen this holiday season, here are five restaurants offering Thanksgiving menus with reservations still available.

ilili DC

ilili DC at the Wharf offers a prix fixe Thanksgiving menu from 3 p.m to 8 p.m. featuring Lebanese-inspired takes on traditional classics. Hot and cold mezza will be available alongside heritage turkey roulade with wild mushroom duxelles and peanut hashweh. For dessert, indulge in a pumpkin candy bar with pecan sesame crunch and vanilla bean gelato or apple pie with caramelized apples and labne crème chantilly. Pricing is $98 per person for adults and $50 per person for children ages six and up.


Michelin-starred Fiola offers a five-course dinner from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. that it has dubbed “A Celebration of Thanksgiving.” Among the entree choices are an Amish heritage turkey, a charcoal-grilled Rocky Mountain lamb, and a 48-hour dry-aged Mediterranean sea bass. Pricing is $315 per person, with optional beverage pairings available.

Blue Duck Tavern

Blue Duck Tavern at Park Hyatt Washington DC presents farm-fresh options to tempt the palate for Thanksgiving. It’s offering an a la carte breakfast menu from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and a “lunch into dinner” service from noon until 8 p.m.  Guests opting for the Thanksgiving, three-course meal will enjoy a choice of appetizers, plated entrées showcasing regional produce with sides to share, and seasonal desserts by Pastry Chef Colleen Murphy. Pricing is $155 per person for adults, $55 per person for children ages six to twelve years, and complimentary for children under six. 

Unconventional Diner

Unconventional Diner, the Michelin Bib Gourmand destination for modern comfort food in DC’s Shaw neighborhood, serves up a Thanksgiving Day prix fixe menu featuring roasted turkey with pan gravy and mushroom-sage stuffing from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pricing is $50 per person. In addition to the prix fixe menu, guests can order select items such as the cast-iron Brussels sprouts and the pot pie poppers from the regular menu a la carte.

Peacock Alley

The Waldorf Astoria DC’s Peacock Alley has a bountiful Thanksgiving buffet brunch starting at 11 a.m., with the last seating at 2 p.m. There will be a soup and salad station; sushi and seafood offerings; a grand cheese and charcuterie display; a selection of entrees, including garlic roasted turkey and prepper-crusted prime rib; classic side dishes, and assorted desserts. Pricing is $155 per person for adults, $70 per person for children ages four to ten years, and complimentary for children under four.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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