Slaving away in the kitchen all day with twenty rabble-rousing relatives on your doorstep is, for some people, a reoccurring nightmare. Luckily, Portland takes its food (and especially Thanksgiving) very seriously. Whether you’re looking to avoid the mess altogether and spend a night out on the town, or plan to stay in those elastic-waist pajama bottoms and give thanks from the comfort of your couch, our list of Thanksgiving dining options will point you in the right direction.
Raven & Rose
1331 SW Broadway
If you’re going to spend Thanksgiving in someone else’s house, it might as well be William S. Ladd’s—or at least his carriage house. Raven & Rose will be offering a farmers market-heavy prix fixe menu in their dining room and à la carte options in the Rookery bar, where you can feast while watching football, just like at home. Save room for dessert; the sticky chocolate gingerbread with pear sorbet is particularly toothsome. $65 per person, $25 per child (12 and under). Call 503-222-7673 or book online for reservations.
The Heathman Restaurant and Bar
1001 SW Broadway
In the true spirit of the holiday, The Heathman Restaurant and Bar will be offering feasting options all day long. Starting at 6:30am they’ll have a Thanksgiving breakfast menu. Later on, the usual à la carte menu will be available along with an opulent buffet with piles of fresh seafood, multiple carving stations, and autumnal dishes. $49 per person, $19 per child (ages 4-12) for Thanksgiving buffet. Call (503) 790-7752 for reservations.
611 SW 10th Ave
Jake’s Grill provides a grandiose setting for the humble bird in the Grand Ballroom of the Sentinel Hotel. In addition to a chilled seafood bar, look for classic Thanksgiving favorites, including green bean casserole with wild mushroom veloute and fried onions. If a more pared-down feast in more your style, a three-course prix fixe menu is also available. $39 per person, $19 per child (ages 4-12) for buffet. Prix Fixe ranges from $25-$49.50. Call 503-220-1850 for reservations.
529 NW 23rd Ave
This is the trendy Nob Hill gastropub’s first foray into Thanksgiving dinner. Hoyt gussies up your standard T-Day fare, with Butternut Squash bisque loaded with crème fraiche and pepitas, sweet potato pasta with brown butter, sage, and pecorino, and a pumpkin-swirl cheesecake with a graham cracker crust. $45 per person. Call 503-445-7400 or book online for reservations.
1314 NW Glisan
Andina’s Portland-famous Thanksgiving melds Peruvian and American traditions. The star of the show is the Parwa Raimi, or feast bird: turkey marinated with orange juice, peppers and tamari, and stuffed with spinach, red peppers, cheese, and drunken raisins. Try Peru’s national fruit, the lúcuma (a roundish green fruit with the flavors of maple and sweet potato) in an ice cream paired with pecan pie. $75 per person, à la carte menu for children. Call 503-228-9535 or book online.
For a Rhineland Thanksgiving complete with Weiner schnitzel, fondue, and bier sausage, head to Gustav’s. All four locations will be serving Thanksgiving dinner, Bavarian-style. Additionally, traditional feasts "to go" can be ordered in advance. Call the location of your choice to make reservations or order food to go.
Portobello Vegan Trattoria
1125 SE Division St
Vegans deserve a food coma on T-Day just as much as the rest of us, and Tofurky isn’t going to cut it. Portobello’s harvest dinner sounds better than most of Portland’s non-vegan Thanksgiving dinners, with maple-butter glazed cornbread and pumpkin cheesecake with chocolate chile crust. $45 per person; $25 optional wine pairing. Call 503-754-5993 or book online for reservations.
Pine Shed Ribs
17730 Pilkington Rd, Lake Oswego
Pick up locally raised, oak-smoked turkeys from Lake Oswego’s Santa Maria-style BBQ haven. Bonus: they have all the classic pies, apple to pumpkin. While you’re at it, get ahead of the game and order their smoked Snake River prime ribs for Christmas. $70 per turkey. Call 503-635-7427 or order online.
GP Kitchen takes an “everything but the bird” approach, providing all the traditional sides of a Thanksgiving dinner (roasted garlic mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and parmesan) and leaving you to worry about the turkey. Sides can be picked up at either their Lake Oswego or Pearl District locations. Call by 503-697-7355 for Lake Oswego orders or 503-222-1563 for Pearl District orders.
1325 SE Tacoma St
The Sellwood deli, known for its house made charcuterie and seasonal sandwiches, is offer 6-person and 10-person versions of its turkey dinner, with cider-bourbon roast turkey, chanterelle and herb bread pudding, and 5-spice roasted butternut squash. Call 503-284-1704 or email [email protected] to place an order.
411 SW 4th Ave
Every day is Thanksgiving at Huber’s, Portland’s oldest restaurant with a strange penchant for turkey and Spanish coffee. On T-Day, you can get it all to go and hire an on-site carver ($20 per hour). Call 503-228-5686 to place an order.
Old Salt Marketplace
5027 NE 42nd Ave
This Portland-proud local deli and meat shop is the place for control freaks: you choose how big you want your turkey and decide if it’s brined and roasted or smoked. If you want to go all-in, Old Salt is happy to make your Thanksgiving sides, too. Call 971-255-0167 to place an order.
115 NW 22nd Ave and 5885 SW Meadows Rd, Lake Oswego
Elephant’s has the loneliest Thanksgiving covered: for $21.95, you get an individual dinner (the whole shebang) to wolf down, alone, in stretchy pants, while you watch football (or Netflix). For everyone else, Elephants has a plethora of a la cart options, starting with T-Day breakfast (quiche, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins) and ending with the classic pie-centric desserts. Call 503-299-6304 or 503-620-2444 to place an order, or order online.
Looking for pie? Check out our Thanksgiving Pie roundup.