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Oct 26, 2011 07:06 PM

Where to go for Thanksgiving Dinner??

This has been a special year for my family and we want to go all out for Thanksgiving Dinner, which has almost never happened before, so I'm a little stuck as to where to go.

We've been thinking from the Wayside Inn in Sudbury to Top of the Hub. They're both wonderful, but very different in terms of traditional thanksgiving versus extravagant.

Has anyone had an amazing Thanksgiving Dinner experience that they can recommend? Looks like reservation lines just opened up on the 24th, so I'm hoping to make one soon!

Top of the Hub
800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199

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  1. whatever you do, do NOT go to the Boston Harbor Hotel. did that 5 yrs ago; never again.

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    1. re: opinionatedchef

      My sister and her family went to the Colonial Inn in Concord last year and said everything was delicious and the staff was great. They had a wonderful time.

    2. My husband and I have enjoyed a few Thanksgiving meals at Sel de la Terre (both State street and Back Bay) and highly recommend it. We've included Eastern Standard, Brasserie Jo, Petit Robert, Upstairs on the Square and others in our annual Thanksgiving piece. If you do a search here, you'll find reports of past meals. And Open Table has a list that may give you some ideas.

      Boston Chefs has their information posted now too.


      Eastern Standard
      528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

      Sel de la Terre
      774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

      Brasserie Jo
      120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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      1. re: BostonZest

        Great suggestions, Penny. We did Thanksgiving at SDLT before. Also Fireplace.

        1. re: BostonZest

          Thanksgiving at SDLT Back Bay was terrific when I went two years ago - quiet, wonderful service, excellent food.

        2. If you don't mind driving, twice we have enjoyed Lydia Shire's restaurant in York, Me. I think it is called Blue Sky. The barender makes an excellant Manhattan as well.

          1. My favorite place for Holiday meals has been Market in the W Hotel. They serve their normal menu, so if you have eaten there before you will know what to expect, and I happen to love the food there. Other places I've been are Meritage and Pigalle, which were decent, but not outstanding.

            1. Wow, I had no idea all of these places put on a Thanksgiving feast. My family settled on the menu at Upstairs On The Square, and I'm really looking forward to it. They have a prix-fixe menu with a traditional fare that's important to my folks and the variety that us kids want. Should be a fanatic time. The runners up for us were the restaurant in York, ME and The Fireplace, and I'm sure they'd both provide an excellent meal... Upstairs just holds a special place in my heart.

              Thanks everyone and feel free to keep the thread alive for others! Reservations are filling up fast!


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              1. re: sbromain

                If you don't mind a drive, we went to the Bedford Village Inn, Bedford, NH for Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago - it was wonderful and we had a small private room to ourselves, our own little dining room for six. Pre-fix menu. Wonderful. It's wasn't inexpensive, but worth it. (This is only about 10 minutes from the Manchester NH Airport and the highway. Easy to find.) Also had another nice holiday dinner at the Hanover Street Chophouse in Manchester, NH.

                Hanover Street Chophouse
                149 Hanover St Ste 100, Manchester, NH 03101

                Bedford Village Inn
                2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, NH 03110

                1. re: sbromain

                  I’m glad you decided against the Wayside Inn. I grew up in Sudbury and my parents still drag us there occasionally while it is nice from a colonial atmosphere, the food is pure 1970s, right down to the “complementary Wisepride Cheese and crackers” they bring you.

                  That being said, I would imagine if they did one thing well it would be T-Day…..but still…….worth avoiding