Thanksgiving Dinner with Your Favorite Boston Chefs



chef David

Blessing and chef de cuisine Jérôme

LeGras quell any Thanksgiving Day cooking anxiety with their carefully crafted,

three course prix fixe menu at Aujourd’hui. They’ll be offering options

like chestnut bisque with caramelized shallots and port reduction; espresso

braised shortrib with celery root puree, heirloom carrots and truffle reduction;

and slow roasted tom turkey with all the trimmings, traditional giblet gravy

and cranberry-tangerine relish. Save room for desserts like bittersweet chocolate

mousse torte; and English toffee bread pudding from pastry chef Tim

Fonseca. Dinner costs $78 per person not including tax and gratuity and

$39 for children. Call 617.351.2071 for reservations and more information.

Avenue One


One at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Crossing welcomes guests for a family

style Thanksgiving dinner on the 25th. Chef Brad

Ozerdem will be making spiced butternut squash bisque; fresh Vermont turkey

with giblet gravy traditional sage dressing; spiced roasted yams; and traditional

pumpkin pie. Dinner, which will be available from 12:00-10:00pm, costs $31.95

per person (not including tax and gratuity). Children ages 4 to 12, are half

price and children 3 and under are free. Reservations are strongly recommended,

so call 617.422.5579.

Boston Harbor Hotel



Bruce of Meritage

offers his own take on a traditional New England Thanksgiving at the Boston

Harbor Hotel. Guests can enjoy the beautiful harbor view from the Atlantic

Room while indulging in specialties like cider-basted roasted turkey with giblet

gravy; pastry wrapped salmon and scallops with champagne saffron cream; and

maple glazed baked bone in ham with a Riesling green apple sauce. Make reservations

for dinner between 11:00am-7:00pm. It costs $69.50 per person ($35 for children

under ten, and children under three are complimentary). Call 617.439.7000 to

make reservations and to get more information.

Café Fleuri

Café Fleuri’s Thanksgiving celebration includes their award-winning brunch,

live musical entertainment, balloon artists and ten buffet stations, including

a specially designed kids’ station and the ever-popular dessert station.

On Thanksgiving Day, chef John

Lambiase‘s brunch is available from 11:30am until 5:00pm. Brunch costs $58

for adults, $25 for children under the age of 12 and free for children under

four. Reservations, which are strongly recommended, can be made by calling 617.956.8751.




Rabin welcomes guests to enjoy a complimentary buffet of pates, cheeses

and smoked fish in the Bistro before heading in to the dining room for a traditional

Thanksgiving feast complete with all the trimmings. As Chillingsworth’s

seasonal swan song (they close for the season on the following Sunday), Thanksgiving

is one of the last opportunities to enjoy Rabin’s cooking until spring.

Call 508.896.3640 for reservations at either of two midday seatings.




Brennan celebrates his first Thanksgiving at Excelsior

with a six-course menu, available from 1:00-9:00pm. The menu features dishes

like applewood smoked Scottish salmon Waldorf salad; free range roasted turkey

served with chestnut corn pone dressing, orange-honey sweetened Cape Cod cranberries,

gold potatoes Chantilly, walnut buttered haricot verts, barely creamed pearl

onions and forest mushrooms and smoked giblet gravy; and pumpkin panna cotta

from pastry chef Kilian

Weigand. Dinner costs $75 per person, or $100 per person with paired wines.

Call Excelsior at 617.426.7878 for reservations and additional information.


23 & Bar


specially designed Thanksgiving menu will be offered in addition to the regular

menu at Grill

23 & Bar. Chef Jay

Murray is whipping up dishes like sweet corn soup with lobster fritters,

golden raisins and butternut isle flotante; maple brined and slow roasted turkey

breast & braised leg on cedar autumn roots and peppered Riesling gravy.

Pastry chef Molly

Hanson contributes to the menu with pumpkin Indian pudding with honey-crème

fraîche hard sauce and candied cranberries. Dinner costs $60 per person,

$85 with paired wines. Grill 23 & Bar will be open from 1:00-9:00pm. Reservations

are required and can be made by calling 617.542.2255.



Thanksgiving in Cambridge at Harvest

with either a three or four course menu from chef Keith

Pooler. Appetizing options include spiced Bosc pear with arugula and Maytag

blue cheese fritter; sautéed Nantucket Bay scallops with autumn vegetable

quenelle and watercress salad; sage studded roast turkey breast with buttermilk

mashed potatoes, traditional stuffing and Madeira giblet gravy; and roast venison.

Pastry chef Molly

Hanson adds to the day’s delicacies with desserts like cranberry walnut

galette with bourbon anglaise and fig sauce; apple pot pie with burnt sugar

ice cream; and double chocolate tart with espresso cream and candied orange

zest. The three course menu costs $55 per person ($70 with half glass wine


and $80 will full glass wine pairing) and the four course menu costs $65 per

person ($80 with half glass wine pairing and $90 will full glass wine pairing).

Harvest will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 12:00-8:00pm. Make reservations

by calling 617.868.2255.



at the Langham Hotel will be offering a four course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu

from 2:30-8:00pm. Chef Mark

Sapienza’s menu options include quail confit with haricot verts, hazelnuts

and Anjou pear; pan roasted line caught Chatham cod loin with saffron scented

shell beans, fennel and native calamari stew. Pastry chef John

Quinn will be whipping up spiced pumpkin mousse with cranberry relish and

sable Breton; and warm chocolate cinnamon cake. They’ll also have live

piano entertainment. Dinner costs $79 per person. Call 617.956.8752 for reservations

and additional information.




McClelland has been hard at work designing a menu for L’Espalier’s

Thanksgiving festivities. The multi-course menu features dishes like pâté

of pheasant, foie gras and black truffles with apple and Riesling jelly; sweet

piccalilli; standing rib roast of Red Oaks Farm beef with local forest mushroom

and stewed black kale; Zinfandel, black truffle and marrow sauce; and for the

traditionalists among us roasted fresh free range Vermont turkey with cornbread,

chestnut, quince dressing, Madeira truffle gravy and cranberry relish. Dinner

costs $75 per person with a vintners pairing available for an additional $38.

They’ll be serving dinner from 1:00-8:30pm, so, call 617.262.3023 for

reservations. Ask them about their vegetarian Thanksgiving menu.

Sel de la Terre



Gardner invites guests to spend Thanksgiving at Sel

de la Terre. They’ll be open from 2:00-8:00pm on Thursday, November

25th, so drop in for dishes like truffled forest mushroom soup with grilled

crostini, Provencal boneless beef shortribs with tomato, green olives, potatoes

and onions; and warm chocolate tart with brown sugar ice cream. The three course

prix fixe menu costs $48 per person. Call 617.720.1300 for reservations and

more information.




Frasca celebrates Thanksgiving at Spire with

a specially created four-course prix fixe menu. The menu has some of Frasca’s

signature dishes like the Chantenay carrot soup with plumped cranberries, hazelnuts

and Maine lobster in addition to some Spire twists on traditional holiday far

like Monday-brined roast turkey with brioche and foie gras stuffing, sweet


and cranberry-kumquat jam; slow-roasted pork loin with Brussels sprouts, pancetta,

parsnips and prune-armagnac sauce; and heirloom pumpkin pie with lime whipped

cream. Thanksgiving dinner, which will be served from 1:00-6:30pm costs $65

per person or $95 with accompanying wines. Call Spire at 617.772.0202 for reservations.


Hingham’s Tosca

celebrates Thanksgiving with exceptional holiday specials offered in addition

to their regular seasonal menu. Chef Kevin

Long‘s specials include quick seared Cape Cod bay scallops with caramelized

cauliflower and green apple salad; and split local lobster stuffed with shrimp,

sweet onion and leek fondue and served over housemade noodles. For the traditionalist,

there’s also sage roasted turkey, crisp turkey leg with fresh cranberries,

double smoked bacon stuffing and Yukon mashed potatoes. Tosca will be open


12:00-7:00pm. Call 781.740.0080 for reservations and more information.

UpStairs on the Square



Regis and Amanda

Lydon have created a Thanksgiving menu to be served in both the Soiree

Room and the Monday Club Bar at UpStairs

on the Square. Available from 1:00-7:00pm, the menu offers choices like

hand-cut cavatelli with delicata squash and chanterelle mushrooms; roasted farm

raised Vermont turkey; native swordfish with blood orange butter and leaf spinach;

and sage-rubbed pork loin with prunes and armagnac and mashed Macomber turnips.

Save room for desserts options like chocolate espresso cake with Chantilly,

apple cider sorbet with almond financiers and pumpkin and pecan pies with Tahitian

vanilla ice cream. Dinner costs $68 for the four-course menu ($34 for children

under 12). Make reservations, which are required, by calling 617.868.1933.

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