Top 5 Restaurants for Thanksgiving in Boston

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Some of Boston’s top restaurants are going to be celebrating Thanksgiving in style this week. Here’s a look at some of the hautest places in town to ensure a memorable day.


1 Boston Harbor Hotel

Boston Harbor Hotel
For Bostonians, there’s nothing quite like being near the ocean no matter what time of year it is. Even better is waterfront dining with an incredible spread that includes everything from cider basted roast fresh turkey with a giblet gravy to pastry wrapped salmon and spinach with champagne saffron cream. That’s just what you will find at the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Thanksgiving Brunch. Held in the Atlantic Room from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, Chef Daniel Bruce has prepared a buffet of items to satiate every palate, including lemon ricotta pancakes, parmesan and sage tossed ziti, grilled Atlantic halibut and an assortment of desserts like pecan maple tart and pumpkin cheesecake.
70 Rowes Wharf Boston, MA 02110

2 Aura

Aura Restaurant
Over at the Seaport Hotel, Chef Robert Tobin is serving up a Thanksgiving Day Brunch at Aura complete with live entertainment by the Lance Houston Jazz Quartet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here, you can find all of your favorites like eggs Benedict and French toast along with a luxe leek and truffle quiche. Next, move onto the raw bar filled with clams, oysters, and shrimp cocktail before indulging in the roast turkey breast with cranberry sauce or roasted honey ham with sweet potato and maple syrup casserole. Kids will love the chocolate fountain while adults enjoy an assortment of cakes and pies.

3 Bar Boulud

Bar Boulud
For a more formal experience, don’t miss Bar Boulud’s three-course prix fixe holiday menu being served at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel from noon to 8 p.m. The dinner, which can also be paired up with wine selections, features comfort food flavors with a French-inspired twist. Think Ward’s Berry Farm squash soup with spiced Chantilly and a confit of cranberries, poached Gloucester lobster and Heritage Breed turkey with chestnut sage stuffing, sweet potato confit, roasted Brussels sprouts, local cranberry compote and rosemary turkey jus.
776 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02199

4 Bistro du Midi

Bistro du Midi
Indulge in a Provençal Thanksgiving at Bistro du Midi with Executive Chef Robert Sisca’s three-course prix fixe menu being served up here with a beautiful view of the Public Garden. Get started with Wagyu beef tartare with burgundy truffle or heirloom squash soup with wild mushrooms and aged balsamic. Main events include turkey Ballotine with sweet potato puree, cauliflower, chestnuts and pan jus; seared duck breast with chorizo, cauliflower and golden raisins or a juicy ribeye with kale topped with a rich au poivre. Each dinner can also feautre additional foie gras and white truffle courses. The Thanksgiving menu is being held from 1 to 7:30 p.m.
272 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116

5 Taj Boston

Taj Boston
The Taj Boston is a standout luxury property located at the corner of Arlington and Newbury Streets. This year, their Thanksgiving offering includes a Signature Buffet created by Executive Chef Andrew Beer. Here, you can indulge in everything from a chilled seafood display complete with lobster tails, east and west coast oysters and crab claws to a soup station filled with roasted butternut squash soup with cinnamon and caramelized apple. There will be a carving station of slow cooked organic turkey breast and confit of leg with turkey gravy; crusted prime rib with Béarnaise and red wine sauces along with a brown sugar glazed ham with sage apple butter. Seatings are held at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m.
15 Arlington Street Boston, MA 02116
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