It’s officially November and that means until the end of the year, many of us have transformed our homes into magical winter wonderlands complete with holiday-themed groceries and libations. If you’re opting not to travel for Thanksgiving this year or would rather leave the cooking for someone more skilled in the art of turkey prep, restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area are offering their own unique takes with festive menus. From prix-fixe platters to extravagant affairs, read on to see our picks for some of the best places to give thanks with those near and dear to your heart.
Choose family-style service at this Alexandria spot, where Executive Chef Sebastien Rondier and his team have developed an assortment of Thanksgiving classics to drool over. Plates include turkey or the more rogue duck a l’orange as the centerpiece in addition to French-themed sides and desserts with an American twist. Read our brunch review here.
Brabo, 1600 King St, Alexandria, VA (703) 894-3440
The Lafayette at The Hay-Adams
If you’re looking for something a little more opulent, The Hay-Adams Hotel near the White House is the place to be Thanksgiving morning. They’re offering a Thanksgiving Day brunch with the fixings. Choose from two proteins, pasta and seafood stations and a dessert spread that’s worth all the calories. Sweet potato pie and pumpkin roulade, anyone? Brunch retails for $130 a person. Read our brunch review here.
The Lafayette at The Hay-Adams, 800 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 638-6600
If you’re in the mood for something a bit unconventional this year, try Rasika’s take on the more traditional fare. Options include green bean korma, onion sage pulao, and cranberry roti, and the complete a la carte menu will also available on Thanksgiving Day. At $22 a person, this is arguably one of the least expensive options in the city. Read our brunch review here.
Rasika, 1190 New Hampshire Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 466-2500
It’s as Thanksgiving as it gets at Georgia Browns. Their staff can either develop a take-home menu for you, or you can reserve a spot in their beautiful space to feast. Fried green tomatoes and cajun shrimp are some of our favorites from the appetizer selection, and you can’t leave without trying their deep-fried turkey and glazed country ham. Not quite as full? Peach cobbler and Southern Comfort bread pudding should do the trick. Enjoy everything for $65 a person. Read our brunch review here.
Georgia Brown’s, 950 15th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 393-4499
Virginians can head on over to Bastille for an epic Thanksgiving meal. From noon to 7 p.m., the Alexandria restaurant will be serving a three-course, prix-fixe meal for $65 a person. If you’re in the mood, you can even add a cheese plate for an upcharge. Read our brunch review here.
Bastille, 606 N Fayette St, Alexandria, VA (703) 519-3776
The Ritz-Carlton at Tysons Corner
Perhaps the most expensive option on the list, the Ritz-Carlton wants to make sure you’re properly fed with the best food in town. You have your choice of a turkey or prime rib take-home dinner ($340 and $390, respectively) and it comes with a plethora of sides. Should you elect to visit their Tysons restaurant, you can pay $119 for the same menu. Read our brunch review here.
The Ritz-Carlton at Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean, VA (703) 506-4300
Blue Duck Tavern
From 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Blue Duck Tavern will serve an all-American farm-fresh “brunch into dinner” spread, where you have your pick of main dishes ranging from braised short ribs to housemate vegetable pot pie. It’s a healthy balance of Thanksgiving and classic restaurant favorites and retails for $135 per person. Read our brunch review here.
Blue Duck Tavern, 1201 24th St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 419-6755
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Grab your crew and head on over to Roofers Union in Adams Morgan for a more casual affair on Tuesday, November 26. You can enjoy half-price beer bottles starting at 5 p.m., and they have over 100 brews to choose from. Shareable plates including crispy Brussels sprouts with pomegranate vinaigrette, smoked sour cream and parmesan Reggiano, and roasted acorn squash with a maple walnut vinaigrette.
Roofers Union, 2446 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 232-7663