11/14/2012 09:38:00 AM

Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Boston

Let Avila, above, or other Boston area restaurants host your Thanksgiving dinner.
We know you can make a mean bird with all the fixings, but consider giving yourself a break and let others do the cooking this year. A plethora of places are offering special Thanksgiving Day dinners - find several options mapped out for you below.

Avila: Enjoy a three-course menu at this modern Mediterranean including an oven-roasted Vermont free-range organic turkey with all the trimmings, such as Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, cranberry-apple chutney and more. À la carte desserts ($10 each) include a choice of pumpkin pie with crème fraîche or warm cinnamon-apple pie with housemade ice cream. It doesn’t have to end there; you can purchase leftovers for a "turkey sandwich tomorrow" (dinner is noon-8 PM; $47 per adult, $15 for children 12 and younger; leftovers for a sandwich, $13; 617-267-4810).

Boston Harbor Hotel: Brunch and dinner are offered here at this luxury hotel on the Waterfront. The brunch, in the Atlantic Room, features a hearty buffet (10:30 AM-4 PM; $80 per adult, $40 per child), while Meritage will host an elegant dinner in the evening, featuring caramelized onion-stuffed organic turkey breast (4:30-9 PM; $85 per adult, $40 per child; 617-439-3995).

Deuxave: Spiced heirloom pumpkin soup, butter-roasted Misty Knolls Farms turkey with cornbread stuffing and other accoutrements are part of the elegant three-course dinner created by chef Christopher Coombs (30 Under 30 honoree) at this fancy Back Bay eatery. A special menu is available for children 12 and younger (noon-8 PM; $75 per person; 617-517-5915).

Dante: Chef Dante de Magistris offers a three-course prix fixe menu that will feature a wild mushroom tart with goat cheese, a naturally raised, free-range turkey dinner, Crescent Duck Farm anatra roast duck, a vegetarian option and more at this Cambridge Italian restaurant (4-10 PM; $69 per person; 617-497-4200).

L’Espalier: Chef Frank McClelland is pulling together an elegant three-course menu, featuring his own Apple Street Farm greens for a salad and roast turkey for an entree, among other choices (picture a New England “clam bake”) at his French-modern New England oasis in the Back Bay (12:30-8 PM; $90 per person; option of a $115 degustation menu is available; 617-262-3023).

75 on Liberty Wharf: Enjoy a three-course Thanksgiving meal with a water view at this American in the Seaport District. Choices include harvest pumpkin bisque; oven-roasted turkey with walnut stuffing or leg of lamb; and apple and cranberry cobbler with cinnamon gelato or pumpkin pie or rum-raisin pudding for dessert (normal business hours, 11:30 AM-3 PM; 5 PM-12 AM; $55 per person; 617-227-0754). 

Turner Fisheries: Indulge in a Thanksgiving Day buffet at this Back Bay seafooder, where you’ll find everything from a raw-bar spread (shrimp, littlenecks, oysters), beet salad, salmon, carving stations of prime rib and turkey, fixings and more (11:30 AM-5 PM; $69 per person, and $23 for children ages 5-12, those 4 and younger eat free; 617-424-7425).

Side note: If you are roasting a bird at home, take a break on the sides and head to Del Frisco’s in the Seaport District for your fixings: lobster or jalapeño bacon mac 'n' cheese, signature chateau potatoes, potatoes au gratin, spinach supreme or maque choux corn ($11-$46 for helpings that feed one to two and up to eight; 617-951-1368).


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