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Oct 5, 2009 05:27 AM

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:

    As it gets closer to Thanksgiving, you'll probably see some links on and 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. 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.

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        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.

              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.

              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.




                La Voile
                261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116