This Thanksgiving, local chefs are sharpening their knives and unfurling their menus packed with seasonal favorites. If cooking up a spread doesn't sounds appealing, visit one of the following restaurants instead.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-241-2125.