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Nov 4, 2010 08:00 AM

Will DC restaurants be open on Thanksgiving? NOT looking for traditional T'giving dinner, no buffets or hotels.

We're going to be in DC (Kalorama) for almost two weeks over Thanksgiving. Even when home we couldn't care less for the traditional turkey dinner. Are "other" restaurants generally open that day? I was thinking Italian as that seems to be a much-loved alternative. But any other choices are fine and dandy also. If most places aren't open, I'll just plan on cooking as we're staying in an apartment. TIA.

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  1. I just heard about an oyster roast at Equinox that sounds delicious:

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    1. re: Flaxen_Vixen

      If you are not already registered, go to A quick look found 82 restaurants that had reservations available for 7pm on Thanksgiving day. Unfortunately, what I consider the best Italian restaurants in the city are not available.

      1. re: dinwiddie

        Wow, silly me. Why didn't I think of that? Thanks.

        Divey places are fine too. We're equal opportunity CHs.

      2. re: Flaxen_Vixen

        What a menu! We definitely wouldn't be "stuck" with turkey. Thanks.

      3. Most ethnic places are open (also on Christmas).

        1. According to today's Express (p. E19), the following restaurants will be serving on turkey day: 701 ($45 adults/$20 children under 10), 1789 ($50), 2941 ($65), Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca ($45), Rasika (menu), Bourbon Steak ($90), Blue Duck Tavern ($90/$45 6-12), Sou'Wester (($65/$30 6-12). It also said you can pick up dinner for 6 on Thanksgiving from the Ritz Carlton for $269.

          Rasika Restaurant
          633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

          Blue Duck Tavern
          1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

          1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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          1. re: skipper

            Bibiani's TD menu looks fantastic --- and no dessert which would make us happy. CHs seem to like it also (big plus for us)

          2. LIA's
            4435 Willard Ave.
            Chevy Chase, MD 20815


            3 course dinner, $39....the antipasti selections are amazing!!

            Executive Chef Peter Russo takes great pride in all he does!!

            Chevy Chase
            6200 Chevy Chase Dr, Laurel, MD 20707

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            1. re: christy1122

              This does look great. Prefer to stay in DC proper but that's not a deal breaker. I've emailed his DC location to see if they'll be serving the same. Thanks.

              1. re: c oliver

                FYI: Chef Geoff's locations are not beloved by Chowhounds.

                1. re: foodtrip

                  Oh really? I'll do some research then. Sure looked good.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    My family had a lovely meal for Thanksgiving last year...I don't know much about Chef Geoff...(isn't he just really behind the scenes???) All I know is that Executive Chef Peter Russo was working on Thanksgiving, was gracious and his food was fantastic....I would go back in a second...

                    1. re: christy1122

                      I guess what I am saying is that I can't speak for the other locations but Lia's is amazing....we have eaten there for more than Thanksgiving and the food, selection and my favorite "the antipasta selection" is amazing...

            2. founding farmers and corduroy are both open.

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              1. re: monpetitescargot

                Corduroy is fantastic. Founding Farmers is not worth a visit.