Best Washington DC Restaurants Open On Thanksgiving

November 6, 2013 7:00 AM

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Creating a complete Thanksgiving dinner can take weeks of planning, days of grocery shopping and hours of cooking, all of which comes with a side of stress and anxiety. This year, maybe you should treat you and your family to a perfect, delicious Thanksgiving meal at one of D.C.’s finest restaurants. For five great dining-out options this Thanksgiving, read on. This list is something to be thankful for!

Art and Soul
415 New Jersey Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-7777

This charming restaurant does Thanksgiving with a Southern twist, which means the food will be plentiful and the atmosphere will be elegant. Delicious fare such as turkey three ways, fluffy mashed potatoes, cornbread, mac n cheese and sweet potatoes are all guaranteed to make an appearance. And don’t forget about dessert. An assortment of delicious pies, including apple, pumpkin and chocolate, will be available for sampling. The buffet is $58 per person, and $29 for children ages six to 12.

1226 36th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-1789

For a Thanksgiving dinner that is not a buffet but still full of choices, 1789 is your best option. You can choose from a $50 three-course meal or an a la carte menu. The menu will feature items such as a warm squash soup, made with three different kinds of squash and topped with a dollop of crème fraiche that has been infused with maple syrup; salad with pears, blue cheese, crunchy hazelnuts and a sweet honey dressing; turkey with vanilla mashed potatoes;, and salmon with farro. A series of desserts will be available for your choosing. The menu selections, combined with the rustic and cozy atmosphere of the venue, make 1789 an ideal choice for a Thanksgiving dinner.

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 419-6755

If you are looking for an upscale and elegant sit-down dinner this Thanksgiving, make a reservation a Blue Duck Tavern. One of D.C.’s finest restaurants, Blue Duck Tavern is offering an all-day, classic three-course American Thanksgiving meal. Your dining experience will open with a series of salads, breads and cheeses, and then will be followed by main course options and side dishes. Some of the most exciting items to be served include beautiful fall vegetables, pumpkin risotto, scallops, turkey, cauliflower gratin and corn bread. Decadent desserts will be on display for you to select from. The dinner is $95 for adults and $42 for children. Kids under the age of five eat for free.

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Jackson 20
480 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 842-2790

Jackson 20 is often listed as a best dining option for Thanksgiving, and for good reason. Jackson 20 has excellent food and also offers different dining options depending on your preference. This year there will a $50 pre-fixe menu with optional wine pairings for $25, or a less expensive but equally delicious buffet dining option for $45 per person. The pre-fixe menu has options like hearty deviled eggs, sweet and savory salad or luscious pumpkin soup as an appetizer, turkey, Carolina shrimp and grits, or pimento cheese ravioli as a main course, all of which come with different side dishes such as mashed potatoes, and then pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert. The buffet menu includes many of these same items as well as sweet potato hash, sage stuffing, a cheese display, cornbread muffins and biscuits. Take a stroll in historic Alexandria after dinner to create the perfect evening.

Georgia Brown’s
950 15th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 393-4499

What makes Georgia Brown’s one of the best places in D.C. for Thanksgiving is its fabulous desserts. Choose from pumpkin pie decorated with a heap of cinnamon-flavored whipped cream, sorbet, peach cobbler, chocolate cake and sweet potato pie. The rest of the menu is not too bad either. Appetizers include fried green tomatoes and crab soup, and the main course options are all classic Thanksgiving dishes. There is even a vegetarian option: black eyed pea cakes. Enjoy this three-course menu for $40. Anyone under 10 eats for just $18. Side dishes cost extra and include relish, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and much more.

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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at

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