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20 Top Restaurants to Order Takeout or Dine In for Thanksgiving 2021

Top Michelin starred restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2021 in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, DC and LA.

Planning to have your Thanksgiving meal prepared by someone other than you? Excellent idea! Lots of people don’t want to cook. Or don’t have sufficient room/chairs/plates/patience to host at home. And if you’re spending the holiday in a city with world-class restaurants, like New York, there’s no need to stress. You can have the fun of gathering with family and friends without the prep, cooking and clean up. Dear reader, if you’re looking for a Michelin starred fine dining restaurant that’s open to order takeout or to dine in for Thanksgiving 2021, we’ve got ideas in NYC, DC, San Francisco and more.  But you have to act now.  Here are our top picks for the best restaurants for a luxurious gourmet Thanksgiving dinner this year.

what are the best restaurants open for dine in or takeout this Thanksgiving 2021?

For those planning to be in a major city like NYC or DC for Thanksgiving 2021 and not inclined to cook, the good news is that lots of restaurants will be open this year.

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There are plenty of options, from upscale takes on a traditional turkey dinner to non-traditional adventures. Plus truffles! Vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, food allergies, picky eaters in the party? No worries. One of the joys of of cities like NYC, DC, San Francisco and Chicago is that there’s a perfect restaurant somewhere nearby for everyone.

Top Michelin starred restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2021 in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, DC and LA.

Top Michelin starred restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2021 in New York (NYC), Chicago, San Francisco, DC and LA.

Top Restaurants open to Order Takeout or Dine In for Thanksgiving 2021

Restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2021 in NYC – Manhattan

1. Eleven Madison Park

If you’re looking for a truly memorable Thanksgiving meal in New York, it’s pretty hard to top Eleven Madison Park. Chef Daniel Humm plays with the traditional holiday flavors and ingredients, breathing new life into them.

best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021

Cucumber Salad with Smoked Trout prepared by Daniel Humm, Executive Chef of Eleven Madison Park in NYC. Courtesy Photo.

There are only a few tables left, so book yours soon! This year, the four-course Thanksgiving Experience is 100% plant-based, and will be served in the main dining room.

RESERVE NOW: $335 per person.

2. Craft

For a somewhat more traditional family-style dinner, Tom Colicchio’s Craft restaurant has you covered. The first course is more adventurous than what we’re used to at home (not that there’s anything wrong with that). The options include wagyu carpaccio and Nantucket Bay sea scallops with black truffles.

The main courses and sides fall in more familiar holiday territory. There’s an all-natural, free range turkey, beef short ribs, porchetta or salmon accompanied by mashed sweet potatoes, roasted autumn vegetables, and cranberry sauce. Dessert choices are pumpkin pie, apple crisp, and spice doughnuts.

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: Craft. Courtesy Photo.

If you’d rather bring all the goodness home, just click on Craft To-Go, the online ordering destination. Selections can be purchased for contact-free pickup and local NYC delivery for dinner every Tuesday – Saturday.

The cost is $155/person or $75/child under 12 for a three course menu. The 3-course vegetarian menu is available for $110/person.

ORDER NOW: $225 dinner for 2.

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3. The Dutch

Staying in SoHo? Andrew Carmellini’s perennially hip restaurant, The Dutch, is serving Thanksgiving dinner. You get your choice of fun starters, which include a dozen Blue Point oysters, New England clam chowder and truffle gnocchi among other options. Perfect if you’re celebrating with a party filled with varied palates. This is followed by their modern take on the classic turkey and fixings, served family-style. There’s a choice of four different pies for dessert.

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: The Dutch. Courtesy Photo.

RESERVE NOW: $130/person ($60 for children under 10).

4. Balthazar

If you plan to be in SoHo, but prefer an iconic New York City restaurant to celebrate Thanksgiving, Balthazar is your best bet. Balthazar has been a see-and-be-seen spot in the city for twenty years, serving reliably good French fare. Their Thanksgiving menu has two options for each course, which may seem toned-down compared to other spots, but they know what works. This will be a meal after which you will have the energy to take a stroll and perhaps have another cocktail in the neighborhood.

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: Balthazar. Courtesy Photo.

RESERVE NOW: $72/person for the 3-course menu.

5. Restaurant Daniel

Thursday, November 25th from 11:30AM – 8PM
Menu: will feature a 3-course menu with an optional wine pairing.

Some of the appetizers will include: Tangerine cured Long island fluke with Daikon and radishes, crispy rice flake citrus fern and White truffled scented butternut and kabocha squash consommé with stuffed chicken wings,  ‘’Sot l’y laissé’ ans amaranth leaves .

Some of the main courses will include:Flakes Atlantic cod with Organic Montana beluga lentils, confit shallot, clams, lomo Iberico,  sauce ‘’ Esaü’’ and Oven baked Black Sea bass with grilled leeks, Yukon potato ‘’gaufré’ grape must mustard and  Syrah sauce  

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: Restaurant Daniel. Courtesy Photo.

RESERVE: 3 course menu | $265 per person    Optional wine pairing | $185 per person
$115  children under 10 years old

6. The Grill.

Back in Midtown, The Grill in the Seagram’s Building will offer a five-course prix fixe with an elegant twist on Thanksgiving standards. The set menu features pumpkin soup, roasted turkey (or prime rib), and lots of side dishes. There are three dessert options.

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: The Grill. Courtesy Photo.

RESERVE NOW: The cost is $195/person.

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7. Boulud Sud

If you’re planning to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and will be spending time on the Upper West Side, Boulud Sud is a the way to go. There are a plethora of options for each of three courses, which include some traditional options as well as some fun new plates. And, since it’s truffle season, guests have the option of having white alba truffles shaved over house made gnocchi, fettucine, or soft scrambled eggs as one of their first courses. It’s hard to think of a more luxurious way to start Thanksgiving dinner!

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: Boulud Sud. Courtesy Photo.

RESERVE NOW: $89/person for the three course prix fixe, plus supplements of $30 for 3 grams of shaved alba truffles, or $50 for 5 grams.

8. Gramercy Tavern

Plans are being finalized.

Restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2021 in NYC – Brooklyn

9. Le Crocodile

Plans are being finalized.

Williamsburg’s acclaimed Le Crocodile, located inside the Wythe Hotel, you can dine in a heated outdoor garden. Chefs Jake Leiber and Aidan O’Neal are pulling out all the stops for an upscale take on the traditional feast.

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: Le Crocodile. Courtesy Photo.

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10. Meadowsweet

For the Brooklyn-based crowd, there are plenty of fun options, too. Meadowsweet in Williamsburg serves a three course menu with traditional items, as well as non-traditional options for the folks who aren’t jazzed about turkey. Meadowsweet also offers vegetarian and vegan menus if you’re going meat-free this year.

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: Meadowsweet. Courtesy Photo.

RESERVE NOW: $95/person for the 3 course Thanksgiving menu; $45 for kids under 12.

11. Vinegar Hill House

A little further south in Brooklyn is Vinegar Hill House, between DUMBO and Fort Greene in the Vinegar Hill neighborhood. Vinegar Hill House is known for their wonderful wood-burning oven, from which they turn out delicious roast meats. For Thanksgiving, they’re serving a three course traditional tasting menu, which will definitely fulfill your desire for a home-cooked traditional holiday meal.

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: Vinegar HIll. Courtesy Photo.

RESERVE NOW: $95/person

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Restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2021 in DC

12. The Inn at Little Washington

The Inn at Little Washington is opened for Thanksgiving and have a pre-fix meal for $368 including tax and service charge per person for adults.  $75 dollar for children under 12.  It will be more of a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings.  Does not include drinks.   If you do not want the pre-fix meal, you could also order off their menu.

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: The Inn at Little Washington Courtesy Photo.

RESERVE NOW: $368

13. Blue Duck Tavern, Washington, DC

Blue Duck Tavern is one of our top favorite restaurants in DC, and they’re open on Thanksgiving this year!

The restaurant’s a la carte three-course Thanksgiving Feast includes a choice of appetizer, a main course with sides to share, and an elegant dessert to finish. The price includes non-alcoholic beverages, as well.

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: Blue Duck Tavern in Washington, DC. Courtesy Photo.

RESERVE NOW: $55-$125 per person.

14. Corduroy, Washington, DC

Corduroy, the “farm to fork” eatery in a charming historic building in DC is offering a 3-course pre fixe menu for Thanksgiving 2021. Multiple options per course will be available to select from, including turkey and giblet gravy with all of the traditional sides.

They also have an inventive hand-crafted cocktail menu for those seeking a holiday tipple. Call ahead if you’re looking for takeout – they will have some options available.

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: Corduroy in Washington, DC. Courtesy Photo.

RESERVE NOW: $70 ($40 for children 12 and under).

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Restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2021 in Greater Chicago

15. Virtue, Hyde Park

Winner of a Bib Gourmand from Michelin, give thanks that this wonderful restaurant is open for Thanksgiving 2021. Erick Williams, its chef and owner, is known for both the quality of his cuisine and for his open and generous spirit.

Known for its biscuits and banana pudding, on Thanksgiving, the menu includes a whole roasted turkey alongside giblet gravy, collard greens, candied yams, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and pecan pie.

best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: Virtue. Courtesy Photo.

RESERVE NOW: $189 package feeds four to six people; a la carte dishes also available.

16. Alinea, Greater Chicago area

Chef Grant Achatz’s temple of molecular gastronomy has held three Michelin stars for a decade.

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: Alinea. Courtesy Photo.

RESERVE NOW:

17. Avec, Chicago

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: Avec. Courtesy Photo.

RESERVE NOW:

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18. Lord Stanley, San Francisco

Not finalized with plans but most likely will be an Argentina theme. It will be opened earlier.  Does not include wine and spirits.  If you call ahead about a child under 12, they can work out some sort of price.

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: Lord Stanley. Courtesy Photo.

RESERVE NOW: $125 per person for a 6 course   or $85 per person for a 4 course

19. French Laundry, Yountville

Closed for Thanksgiving but will be open for Thanksgiving Eve.

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: French Laundry. Courtesy Photo.

RESERVE: $1000 per person

20. Commis, Oakland

They are not open on Thanksgiving day, however they are open on the Friday and Sunday following.
The Chef’s Tasting menu changes consistently and is a 10 – 12 course menu that focuses on vegetables and seafood with one or two meat courses as well.
They are excited to be offering takeout options beginning in November. This will be a four course, prix fixed menu at $79 per person.

The best Michelin starred restaurants open for takeout or dining in on Thanksgiving 2021: Commis. Courtesy Photo.

RESERVE: $198 per person plus you can get a beverage package pairing at $99 per person

restaurants open for Thanksgiving 2021

That’s our roundup of Michelin starred restaurants open to order takeout or to dine in this Thanksgiving 2021, including eateries in NYC, DC, San Francisco and more. Happy dining, and from all of us at Dandelion Chandelier, Happy Thanksgiving!

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