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Restaurants Open Thanksgiving - 2005 Edition

I know this post is a little late and that many of you have probably already made plans for Thanksgiving, but I guess this is better late than never. This year, not as many restaurants are open on Thanksgiving day, but there's still a pretty decent list of choices. Once again, please do me a favor and call before you go, because I could've screwed up some of the details in this post. Here are the places that I'd go to, although since I'm out of town this year with family, you probably wont find me at any of these places.

Circle Bistro
Washington Circle Hotel, One Washington Circle.  (202) 293-5390
Open noon till 5 PM. 3 course menu for $40 per person.  Children 8 years and under are $20. 

1201 K St NW. (202) 589-0699
3-course, prix-fixe, holiday menu will be offered from 3 - 9pm. $40.00 per person.

Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th Street, NW. (202) 347-4801
If there's a favorite place of mine to take family from out of town for dinner, it's Old Ebbitt Grill.

Tabard Inn
1739 N Street NW. (202) 833-2668
Four-course prix-fixe menu can be found here.

1990 M Street NW. (202) 659-1990
Open from 3:00pm - 8:00pm with a menu of 8 entrees ($25.50 - $32.50) See their Thanksgiving menu here.

Here is the full list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving.This year, I only included restaurants that had some information about their menu available online. If you own or work for a restaurant that is not listed here, feel free to leave a comment with the details. Also, there is a more extensive list of all the restaurants that are open on OpenTable.

DC Restaurants

15 ria
1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW. (202) 742-0015
Prix-fixe menu at $ 43.00 per person. Thanksgiving menu will be served from noon - 7:30pm.

701 Restaurant
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW. (202) 393-0701
3-course prix-fixe menu including lobster creme brulee, butternut risotto, roast turkey, prime rib, and pumpkin bread pudding, will be offered for $35 per person

Ardeo / Bardeo
3309 Connecticut Avenue NW. (202) 244-6750.
A 3-course, prix fixe dinner will be served for $34.95 per person.

Bistro Bis
15 E Street, NW. (202) 661-2700
A la carte menu served from 12 to 8 PM. The full menu can be found here.

Cafe Milano
3251 Prospect Street, NW. (202) 333-6183
Complete menu available on Cafe Milano's web site. $55 per person.

3000 M Street NW. (202) 625-2150.
Traditional Thanksgiving buffet. Menu can be found here.

(All locations)
Serving a traditional thanksgiving meal for $17.95 per person and $9.95 per child. The bar will be open showing football for you sports fans. Check here for hours and locations.

David Greggory
2030 M Street NW. (202) 872-8700
Serving a yearly southern-style buffet. They will be open from 1:00pm to 7:30pm.

3100 South Street NW. (202) 912-4110
A four-course prix-fixe menu including Roast Pumpkin Soup with Foie Gras Dumpling, Roast Prawns with Crispy Red Lentils and Ancho Chile Vinaigrette, Roast Organic Turkey or Venison Loin with Chestnuts and Sweet Potato Croquettes and an array of Fall harvest desserts will be served for $75 per person, $30 for children 12 and under. $130 per person for four courses including sommeliers wine selection, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Open from noon - 7:00pm.

Georgia Browns
950 15th Street NW. (202) 393-4499.
Southern-style turkey meal. $36.95 per adult, $25.95 per child. For the full menu, look here. Open 12:30 PM - 7:30 PM.

707 G Street, NW. (202) 333-BLEU
Four-course, Thanksgiving meal with a French/Indian flare featuring Tandoori Turducken (YUM!) and spiced pumpkin cheesecake. If I'd eaten at IndeBlue before (and liked it) I'd probably have listed this up top because their menu sounds sooo good. Full menu can be found here. $75 per person. $40 for children 12 and under.

The Grill
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd Street NW. (202) 974-5566
Four-course, fixed-price menu, with four seatings: 11:00 am, 1:30pm, 4pm and 7pm. Full menu can be seen here. $90/adults. $40/children

Willard Room
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (202) 628-9100.
Five-course Thanksgiving meal. Menus for lunch and dinner can be found here.
Dinner: $89/adult, $45/children. 5 PM to 9 PM
Lunch: $55/adult, $45/children. 11:30 AM to 2 PM.

MD Restaurants
Normandie Farm
10710 Falls Road, Potomac, MD. (301) 983-8838.
A la carte dinner menu available, with entrees priced from $20-34. Open 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM. Full menu available here.

VA Restaurants
Ritz-Carlton, 1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean, VA (703) 506-4300.
Thanksgiving buffet available for $79 per adult and $34 per child under 10. Open 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and 4 PM to 7 PM.


Josh Graham

Aquarelle at the Watergate is also serving our traditional Grand Thanksgiving Buffet from 11A - 5PM, $59 for adults and $35 for kids under 12. Call 202-298-4455 or go to for reservations.

Seafood station
Selection of Smoked fishes and Gravlax with condiments
Local oysters, Snow crab claws, and Tiger shrimp on Ice display
Roasted Wild Rockfish filet with Saffron Pernod sauce
Roasted Butternut Squash bisque

Carving Roast station
Fresh roasts carved to order by culinary attendant
Rosemary & Sel Gris of Guerande crusted Prime Rib
Stuffed Free-range Turkey breast with Chef’s Gravy
Sweet potato gratin and sage dressing
Rustic smashed potato and Steamed Asparagus

Pasta and Antipasto station
Penne pasta or wild mushroom ravioli cooked to your taste by culinary attendant
Sauces and condiments to include: marinara, quatro fromaggio, pesto,
Portobello, roasted peppers, artichokes, olives, asparagus
Antipasto displays and platter of sausages and pates
Apple Endive salad
Aquarelle Caesar salad
Assorted fresh fruits and domestic cheeses

Dessert station
Watergate Thanksgiving pies
Chocolate display with fresh fruits and berries
Our pastry chef specialty cakes


I can vouge for Farenheit's holiday meals. Having had to work Christmas last year, we ended up at Farenheit instead of having a feast at our place. It was a supberb meal, and the staff really did an excellent job of almost makingyou feel like you were at home for the holidays. The venison loin sounds fabulous.


Indebleu will be open from 4 to 9pm serving a fabulous six-course meal for $75 for adults, $40 for kids. Please call 202-333-2538 for resrvations.

Thanksgiving Menu
November 24, 2005

A demitasse of corn soup with curry leaf oil

First Course

Choice of…
Torchon of foie gras with vanilla poached pineapple
and garam masala French toast
Scallop carpaccio, pumpkin orange chutney and micro salad
Napoleon of tuna tartare with crispy papadom,
sunburst mustard and beet-cucumber pickle

Second Course

Choice of …
Shaved Virginia ham with cardamom lemon curd
and warm asparagus salad
Basil rubbed tandoori shrimp
on cauliflower risotto and grape tomatoes
Crispy wild mushroom dosa
with bleu cheese gratin and truffle oil

Kalamansi black pepper sorbet

Main Course

Choice of…
Tandoori turducken
(a roulade of turkey, duck and chicken breasts with traditional stuffing, seasoned and roasted in our tandoor oven)
served with sweet potato terrine and cranberry chutney

Seven spice dusted tenderloin of beef with braised
young vegetables and port glazed madras onions

Alaskan wild salmon on smoked aubergine hash
with orange gastrique and mustard cress

Oven roasted chicken breast on masala potato lyonnaise
and corn cilantro relish


Choice of…
Spiced pumpkin cheesecake savarin with
buttermilk-maple ice cream

Warm pear crumbles with ginger-vanilla ice cream
and ginger fizz

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