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Thanksgiving dinner in Boston

I've never done Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant, but this year we are considering it, as we're flying out for vacation early evening. Any recommendations for a great dinner in town? I don't necessarily need turkey and all of the traditional fixings, but I'm not sure whether restaurants stay open on that day. Any help? Thanks!

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  1. Here's a couple of last year's threads on this topic:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/570430
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/572562

    As it gets closer to Thanksgiving, you'll probably see some links on Opentable.com and Boston.com with info on who's open this year and what deals they are having, but based on past threads, it doesn't seem to change too much. http://tinyurl.com/yevgowq gives a list of who is currently taking reservations.

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    1. re: Chris VR

      we did the buffet at miel last year and thought it was pretty good, lobster claws, shrimp and crab legs included
      i hate buffets but love them on turkey day where you can take your time, would like to try another one in town this year but i dont know who else does them, maybe Omni Parker house

      1. re: jimmydingle

        The Winthrop Arms has a nice turkey dinner.

    2. We have been eating Thanksgiving dinner in Boston for more than 15 years and almost all of those have been at the Ritz-Carlton. Unfortunately, a few years ago they sold the Boston Garden location on Newbury Street to Taj Hotels. So the last couple years we have been going to the Boston Common Ritz. This new venue just isn't what it used to be but it is still good. Cold seafood apps, plenty of salads and fresh veggies, turkey, ham, prime rib, all the usuals, plus some breakfast options, and desserts. You can call for reservations, whenever they start to take them, they have actually called us the last few years to see if we are coming back and to make our reservation for us. Usually 3-4 seatings through the day, starting around noon and going to about 5pm.

      1. How about free Thanksgiving dinners for single people who have no families and who cannot afford an expensive meal at a hotel? There was one I used to go to back home, but have been unsuccessful at finding one here.

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        1. re: kebabmonster

          United Parish in Brookline on Harvard St in Coolidge Corner has one every year.

          1. re: kebabmonster

            There's The Kells in Allston - hopefully the place won't get stabby on Thanksgiving! Free 3-course dinner 11am to 3pm.

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            Kells Restaurant
            161 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

            1. re: Allstonian

              Wow, what motivates them to do that? I wonder if it's real turkey and decent stuff? Or do they serve Chinese food?

              1. re: Joanie

                My understanding it it's turkey and all the fixings, and they seem to have been doing it for at least ten years - also free Christmas dinner.

                (What I don't understand about the recent troubles at the Kells is that the owners are apparently good guys and very much involved in a lot of Allston civic organizations.)

                1. re: Allstonian

                  That's cool about the free dinners. And all the civic involvement can't can't keep the various bozos who come to Allston from doing dumb stuff.

          2. I'm on the email list for Sel De La Terre, and they're open for Thanksgiving. I think its a prix-fixe for $58. You'd probably want to make a reservation.

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            Sel De La Terre
            255 State St, Boston, MA 02109

            Sel De La Terre
            776 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

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            1. re: ecwashere7

              I'll second Sel De La Terre. We've dined there for the holiday the past three years. Our piece on dining on Thanksgiving ran earlier . We recommended SDLR and a few others. I would expect a great meal at La Voile on Newbury, Petit Robert , Harvest or Upstairs on the Square.
              We also included links to other places for a reservation hunt.

              http://www.bostonzest.com/2009/11/tha...

              Penny

              tp://www.bostonzest.com/2009/11/thanksgivi...

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              La Voile
              261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

            2. The Boston Globe, this morning, has a list with photos and links to menus of 12 restaurants that are serving TDay dinner:
              http://www.boston.com/ae/restaurants/...

              1. We went to Rialto at the Charles River Hotel in Harvard Square last year. It was very good. It's a fixed price menu with a choice for second and third courses, ranging from traditional Thanksgiving dishes to Rialto specialties.

                http://www.rialto-restaurant.com/home/

                1. We have done Turner Fisheries for the last three years. Great selection including raw bar, cheeses, turkey, and desserts. $65 a person.

                  1. Try the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem. They put on a pretty good spread. It is nice, not to over the top fancy but no riff raff either. They may tell you at this point that they are booked but they will accomodate you if you show up. Due to family reasons, we eat there and have not been disapointed yet. There is a huge buffet with more choices and food than you can possibly eat.

                    1. One more idea--I just noticed that Market at the W Hotel is offering a Thanksgiving dinner as well as a regular menu. The whole thing can be viewed here: http://www.marketbyjgboston.com/MRKT-...

                      THANKSGIVING MENU
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                      Butternut Squash Soup
                      Mushrooms and Chives
                      Roasted Turkey
                      Mushroom and Chestnut Stuffing
                      Brussel Sprouts, Cranberry Sauce
                      Green Apple Crisp, Cinnamon Ice Cream

                      1. Durgin PK is having Thanksgiving Dinner. Bet that would be a fun time!

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                        Durgin Park
                        340 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston, MA 02109