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Thanksgiving Made Easy – the Best Seattle Restaurants Open This Holiday Season

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Maybe your Thanksgiving plans have collapsed at the last minute. Maybe you’re away from home, and you don’t want the holiday to pass unnoticed. Maybe you’ve just had enough Turkey Day disasters to last you a lifetime.

Whatever the reason, those of you who can’t face cooking a full Thanksgiving meal this year have a couple of options. You can buy a large pumpkin pie from Costco and gorge on it alone in front of the TV – or you can check out the many fantastic restaurants that are open in the Seattle area for Thanksgiving dinner.

As always, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from this festive season, and many of them are staying open throughout the holiday (or with limited hours on Thanksgiving itself). We can’t list them all here, but we can help you wade through all that info to find a restaurant that’s truly worthy of your holiday. Here are our recommendations for Seattle restaurants open over Thanksgiving:

Salty’s on Alki. Situated on West Seattle’s Alki beach, Salty’s is also offering an impressive Thanksgiving buffet alongside its spectacular views. It’s a steal at $59.95 per head, especially when they have turkey, prime rib, ham, leg of lamb, and filet mignon on the carving table. Open from 10:30am-6:45pm, contact the restaurant for full details.

BOKA Kitchen. If a la carte dining is more your style, then you’ll want to book a table early for downtown’s BOKA Kitchen. The regular menu will be available alongside a special Thanksgiving menu. Highlights include Maple Glazed Pork Belly with Salted Caramel Roasted Chestnuts, and Pumpkin Pie with Pumpkin Seed Brittle. They had me at ‘pork belly’… Open noon-8:00pm.

Lola. Part of Tom Douglas’s always-reliable restaurant empire, Lola offers its regular menu over Thanksgiving, when they will also be serving a traditional 3-course festive meal. With turkey, stuffing, Brussels sprouts, yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie on the menu it’s certain to be a mouthwatering Northwestern feast. Open noon-6:00pm on Thanksgiving.

Ponti Seafood Grill. If you’re catering for a vegetarian Thanksgiving, you may want to consider Ponti. In addition to turkey, salmon and prime rib mains, they’re also offering quinoa-masa cakes for the herbivores among us. At $39 per person the fixed price menu won’t break the bank either. Open 1:00pm-8:00pm

Cutter’s Bayhouse. Those of you who are still looking for a traditional Thanksgiving may also want to consider Cutter’s near Pike Place Market. Cutter’s will be offering a traditional turkey dinner (with apple-sausage stuffing and all the trimmings) this Thanksgiving. Open from noon-8:00pm.

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