Portland Restaurants Do Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving provides the year's best excuse to imbibe and indulge until we pass out—and Portland restaurants are doing their part to ensure this year will be no exception.

By Kristin Leigh November 6, 2013

This Thanksgiving, local chefs are sharpening their knives and unfurling their menus packed with seasonal favorites. Don't want to spend all day in a crowded kitchen? Give thanks for this list of places to dine out this Turkey Day—plus a few helpful take-home options for the feast.

Eat In

We'll be updating this list as more options roll in!

• The Country Cat 
7937 SE Stark St
Load up the kids and trek to this beloved comfort-food favorite for a family-friendly four-course Thanksgiving dinner from power couple Adam and Jackie Sappington. Expect the traditional turkey with fixin's, as well as vegetarian, pork, and fish entrees, ensuring the whole family will find a favorite dish. $50 per person, $15 per child (10 and under). Book your reservation online or call 503-408-1414. 

• Imperial 
410 SW Broadway
Break out of the ordinary at Imperial's second annual Thanksgiving dinner. Fresh takes on holiday standbys will be served alongside Imperial menu favorites—think duck meatballs with Moyer prunes, Oregon Dungeness Crab and Shrimp Imperial, spit roasted turkey breast, smoked leg meat, oyster stuffing and cranberries. Bar manager Brandon Wise’s signature fall cocktails will feature mulled wine and warming spices to round out your Thanksgiving meal (finished off with a slice of heirloom apple pie). Special entree prices vary, for reservations call 503-228-7222 or book online.

• Bluehour 
250 NW 13th Ave
Chef Dolan Lane will serve up a three-course prix fixe feast inspired by the Pacific Northwest bounty. Diners will choose-their-own-Thanksgiving-adventure from a menu including pan-fried oysters, endive and frisee salad, braised lamb shank, and black cod garnished with Oregon black truffles. $50 per person. To make a reservation, call 503-226-3394 or book online. 

• Gracie’s
729 SW 15th Ave
Chef Mark Hosak takes a break from Gracie’s small plate fare to dish up entrée-sized Thanksgiving Day menu from 3 to 8 pm—with picks like crab and bay shrimp stuffed salmon fillets, roasted turkey with butternut squash stuffing, and cranberry sauce, plus roasted beef prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, and braised lamb with fruited couscous, crispy winter greens, and mint pesto. Special prices vary. To reserve your spot, call 503- 222-2171 or book online at Open Table. 

• Andina
1314 NW Glisan
Meld two cultures into one delicious dinner with a Peruvian-inspired, three-course prix fixe menu offered from 1 to 9:30 pm. Enjoy Pavo al Horno con Calabaza y Salsa de Saúco—heritage turkey dusted with a tres ajies rub and slow roasted, served with quinoa-hazelnut stuffing, mâche salad, caramelized squash, and elderberry gravy. Or share a table full of tapas like empanadas caseras de carne or bright cebiche de tuna nikei$55 per adult, $27.50 for children (5-11 years). For reservations, call 503-228-9535 or book online at Open Table.  

• Wildwood
1221 NW 21st Ave
Enjoy the abundance of our harvest season with chef Dustin Clark this Thanksgiving from noon to 7 pm as he serves up mesquite-roasted turkey. Diners can choose from the seasonal classics or try a new spin on traditional holiday fare (think pan roasted duck breast, warm squid and shell bean salad, and roasted pumpkin and fatali soup with cocoa nib oil). Vegetarians will find plenty to love, like the roasted garlic and chanterelle pizza and seasonal curried winter vegetable ragout. Prices vary. To reserve your spot, call 503-248-9663.

• Oregon Garden Resort
895 W Main St, Silverton, Oregon
Want to get out of town and enjoy Thanksgiving all day? The Oregon Garden Resort is your go-to destination. From 10 am to 3 pm, they'll be hosting a Thanksgiving Day buffet with an array of breakfast options as well as traditional dinner fare. Get your Turkey Day off to the right start with made-to-order waffles, omelets, and prime rib-carving stations. The party goes on through the evening, with a dinner service starting at 5:30, with more Thanksgiving Day themed entrées.
Buffet is $25 per adult, $23 for seniors and $13 for children (12 and under). Dinner special prices vary. To reserve your spot, call 503-874-2500.

• Paley’s Place
1204 NW 21st Ave 
Enjoy traditional holiday favorites at this Portland landmark from 2:30 to 8:30 pm. In addition to their regular dinner menu, enjoy Thanksgiving Day highlights like spit roasted turkey breast, savory bread pudding, braised elk shoulder, mashed potatoes, and cranberry-orange compote. Special prices vary. For reservations, call 503-243-2403 or visit their website for more information. 

• The Original
300 SW 6th Avenue
Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner in swank, mid-century style at this downtown eatery with a vintage-inspired TV Dinner special, offered all Thanksgiving Day. Chef David Anderson has re-imagined this ubiquitous 1950’s era classic and turned it into a customizable Thanksgiving Day-only special, elevating the tv dinner to celebratory proportions using thoughtfully prepared local ingredients. If you prefer your turkey breast, confit leg with gravy, and maple glazed sweet potatoes with a side of nostalgia, the Original has you covered. Special prices vary, to make a reservation, call (503) 546-2666.

• Heathman Restaurant 
1001 SW Broadway
If you're of the opinion that you can’t get too much of a good thing, the Heathman’s Thanksgiving buffet is for you. From 11:30 am to 5 pm, the buffet will feature opulent seafood displays, entrées like Carlton Farms citrus smoked pork loin and a carving station laden with roasted turkey, prime rib, and leg of lamb—plus, of course, a dizzying array of desserts. If you prefer a sit down affair, check out their traditional prix fixe menu from 11 am– 9 pm. $46.50 per adult, $18 per child (under 12). To reserve your spot, call 503-241-4100. 

• Raven and Rose
1331 SW Broadway
Get cozy in the historic Ladd carriage house with Chef David Padberg’s three course holiday feast from 1 to 7 pm, featuring traditional Turkey Day favorites as well as specials like short ribs and salmon. Want to relax and enjoy your day off in front of the football game on a big screen? Head upstairs to the Rookery Bar, where small plates and the full bar menu will be available. Three course dinner $50 per adult, $25 per child. Rookery Bar prices vary. For reservations, call 503-222-7673. 

• McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse 
4045 NW Cornelius Pass Rd in Hillsboro
Enjoy your Turkey Day festivities on a six-acre farmstead from 11 am to 5 pm at the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Thanksgiving buffet. All the nostalgic standards are represented—garlic green beans, carved turkey, roast pork loin with Edgefield cider jus, tortellini and assorted green salads. Ready for dessert? They’ll wheel out the tray brimming with favorites like brandied pumpkin pie. $28 per adult, $16 for kids ages 5–12, free for kids four and under.

• Portobello Vegan Trattoria 
1125 SE Division St
Savor your Thanksgiving feast sans turkey with plant–based delicacies at this beloved vegan trattoria. Seitan Roast and portobellos stuffed with wild rice and roasted creminis center this three-course prix–fixe menu featuring seasonal favorites. The menu includes pumpkin soup with chestnut ravioli, roast beet salad, and sweet potato mousse with ‘nog cream paired with a “5 Year Bual” Madeira. $35 per person, wine pairings $20 per person. Book your reservation via Open Table or call 503-754-5993.

• Jake's Thanksgiving Buffet at the Governor Hotel 
611 SW 10th Ave
Put on your dapper holiday threads, head downtown, and sidle up to the buffet from 11 am to 4 pm in the stately Grand Heritage Ballroom. Jake’s has a cornucopia of holiday fare to sample—think chilled seafood displays featuring prawns, lox, and snow crab, and shallot-crusted roast sirloin. There will be all the standards you grew up on (like a fennel and herb–brined turkey with giblet gravy) and desserts like southern pecan pie and banana pudding. $35.95 per adult, $12.95 per child. Free for children 5 and under. To reserve your seat, email [email protected] or call 503-241-2125. 

• Blossoming Lotus 
1713 NE 15th Ave
Celebrate with a family-style feast at this Irvington eatery offering an array of vegan-, gluten- and soy-free options. With two seating times—3 pm and 6 pm—Blossoming Lotus showcases a sustainable, vegetarian menu that includes seasonal favorites like cider–glazed brussel sprouts, wild rice stuffed squash, and a seitan roulade with porcini duxelle, toasted pecans, and cranberries. Desserts like their apple tart tatin with citrus creme fraiche prove that anyone can indulge this year. $45 per person. Call 503-228-0048 to book your reservation.

• Spirit of 77
500 NE MLK Jr Blvd
If Thanksgiving is more about cheering on your favorite football team than gathering around a banquet table, the Spirit of 77 is the place for your game day festivities. They are offering a classic Thanksgiving meal in addition to their menu of gourmet party snacks (like po­­–boys and Texas–style nachos) from 11 am to 8:30 pm, Thanksgiving Day. You can set up your own Turkey Day tournament with their arcade and tabletop games, but two football games (at 1:30 and 5:30 pm) will be on the big screen at this foodie bar in the Rose Quarter. Special menu prices vary. Call 503-232-9977 for more information. 

Take Out + Dessert

We'll be updating this list as more options roll in!

• Kenny and Zuke’s
1038 SW Stark St
In a stroke of good fortune that can only be kismet, Hannukah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day this year—and what better way to celebrate this happy coincidence than by picking up some specialties from both holidays at this landmark Portland deli. Take home a la carte Thanksgiving Day favorites like roast turkey breast stuffed with wild mushrooms and a side of gravy, candied maple yams, and pumpkin layer cake. If you envisioned a Hannukah–themed dinner there’s plenty to choose from—think miniature potato latkes, Hungarian mushroom soup, braided challah, and salmon strudel with spinach and mushrooms,. For the best of both worlds, mix and match to combine holidays for one unforgettable feast. Special prices vary. Call 503-222-3354 or email [email protected] for more information and to place your order.

• Pacific Pie Co.
1520 SE 7th Avenue
End your homemade dinner on a high note with Chris Powell and Sarah Curtis-Fawley’s handmade pies. Holiday flavors will include traditional pumpkin to apple sour cream streusel. Want to do some—but not all—of the baking yourself? Pacific Pie sells their flakey, buttery piecrust, ready to be baked with your DIY fillings. If you envision a full pastry feast, Pacific Pie offers a complete Thanksgiving Meal for $23 per person or a la cart with savory Turkey Pot Pies and an assortment of side dishes. For pricing and ordering info, call 503-381-6157 or visit the Pacific Pie’s website. Special prices vary; orders must be placed by November 26th with 24 hours notice before pick up.

• Salt and Straw 
2035 NE Alberta St, 838 NW 23rd Ave, and 3346 SE Division St
For those who prefer their holiday flavors pint-sized, Portland's hottest ice cream company has classic Thanksgiving standbys reimagined in a sweeter, frozen form—think Mincemeat Pie, Sweet Potato and Candied Pecan, Apple Cranberry Stuffing, and Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey (complete with crispy fried turkey brittle). Thanksgiving flavors are available by the scoop or the pint through November 29th—and are available for shipping nationwide on their website. 

• Pine Shed Ribs
17730 Pilkington Rd, Lake Oswego
Almond wood-smoked, all natural Norbest Turkeys will be available for pre-order and pick-up on Thanksgiving at this cult–favorite barbeque restaurant. If you like your bird brined and stuffed with a spicy mix of garlic, onion and habanero, order one soon before they sell out for the season.
$70 per turkey. To reserve your turkey, Call 503-635-7427 or email [email protected]

• Petunia’s Pies and Pastries
610 SW 12th Ave
Hosting a table of mixed-diet diners? Do your vegan and gluten-free friends a solid with some seasonal baked goods available for pick up from this sweet West End bakery—think pumpkin ginger cheesecakes, dinner rolls, and molasses corn muffins—plus a wide selection of pies and cakes (like salted caramel nut tarts and double crust apple pies).
rices vary. To reserve your dessert, email [email protected] or call 503-841-5961 by November 19th. 

• Sweetpea Baking Co.
1205 SE Stark St
If you need some vegan baked goods to round out your dinner, Sweetpea Baking Co. has got you covered. Choose from pumpkin, apple, and chocolate silk pie or indulge in their dairy–free pumpkin cheesecake and Oregon berry crisp.  They even have housemade dinner rolls, gravy, and cranberry sauce to complete your animal–free feast—and will send you home with a free Sweetpea tote bag if you order more than $50 worth of holiday treats. Special prices vary. Call 503-477-5916 to place your order.

• Ken’s Artisan Bakery
338 NW 21st Ave
Finish your holiday meal with a French flourish at this traditional NW Portland bakery. Fill your breadbasket with their crusty, naturally leavened country breads, hot out of the oven baguettes, and pillowy ciabatta rolls. Try one of their tarts, including poached pear hazeldines, lemon meringues, pumpkin, and salted pecan. For a bite-sized treat that will draw everyone around the table, grab a box of their miniature pumpkin macarons on your way out the door. Special prices vary. Call 503-248-2202 to place your order. 

• Lauretta Jean’s
3402 SE Division St, and  SW 6th and Pine
If you’ve ever sunk your fork into the deep dish, all-butter crust pie from Lauretta Jean’s you know you're treating your guests like family when you pick up one of their seasonal pies. Choose from Heirloom Apple, Salted Pecan, Blackberry Raspberry Streusel, Classic Pumpkin, or one their dreamy Coconut or Chocolate Cream pies. $31 per pie. Reserve yours before Sunday, Nov 24 by calling 503-235-3119 (Division location) or 503-224-9236 (Downtown location).

• Little T American Baker
2600 SE Division St and 1022 W Burnside
Westsiders rejoice! You can now pick up your pre-orders Little T goods at their new location downtown as well as at their beloved Southeast Division outpost. Go home with a box full of their habit forming, signature cookies (in boxes of two and four dozen), take home a pure chocolate or pumpkin tart, or try out their California fruitcake. They also have soft and hard rolls as well as handy bags of croutons to round out your carb–craving holiday needs. Special prices vary. Place your pick–up orders before Monday, Nov 25th by calling 503-238-3458 (Division location) or 503-894-8258 (Downtown location). 

• Tula Gluten Free Bakery Café
4943 NE MLK Jr Blvd
Diners with dietary restrictions have no fear! Tula bakery is here to complete your holiday spread in all its carb goodness. Think piles of dinner rolls, marbled walnut stuffing, almond dough piecrust, challah, German apple cake and pie. Regardless of your diet restrictions, you can still celebrate plenty at Tula’s Bakery. Special prices vary. Place your by calling 503-764-9727. 

• Grand Central Bakery
Give thanks for the abundance of delicious, locally sourced baked goods for your holiday spread as, chances are, you are not far from one of Grand Central’s seven Portland neighborhood bakery locations. Their menu offers a wide selection of pies (think–bourbon pecan, apple, and marionberry), quick breads (cranberry pecan and pumpkin), and their signature rustic peasant loaves, rolls, and stuffing. If you like your pie warm from the oven but would rather skip the legwork, check out their selection of U­–Bake pies and pie dough. Special prices vary. Check out their website for menus and to place your order at one of their seven Portland bakery locations. 

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