Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful, to celebrate the bounty that life has offered. For most, that includes a big Thanksgiving meal of turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and more. It’s a plentiful meal that takes many hours and a skilled cook to create. But those who can’t – or just don’t want to – can leave it to the professionals. A handful of restaurants in Northern Virginia will be open on Thanksgiving and serving up a traditional meal for diners looking to celebrate the holiday and stay out of the kitchen.
2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church
Three-course prix-fixe menu served from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. at $65 per person ($48 for vegetarian options). Appetizer: butternut squash velouté, Caesar salad, beet salad, tuna tartare, braised beef short ribs, lobster bisque, or shrimp and crab cake. Main course: ricotta herb ravioli; cauliflower purée, a dozen fall vegetables, and a trio of crostini; Chilean sea bass; Maple Lawn Farm’s turkey breast; or, for an additional $10, filet mignon. Dessert: apple pie, Pear Williams ice cream cake, Caramélia cheesecake, or tarte au citron. For more information, visit 2941.com or call 703-270-1500.
6641 Old Dominion Drive, McLean
Three-course prix-fixe menu served from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. at $49 per person. Appetizer: Cotechino sausage with red bliss mashed potatoes; chestnut soup; puntarelle and baby artichoke salad; or ravioli stuffed with pumpkin. Main course: turkey three ways or scallops wrapped with sole and prosciutto. Dessert: pumpkin Italian ricotta cheesecake or pear and dark chocolate cake. For more information, visit assaggiosteria.com or call 703-918-0080.
6654 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church
Traditional thanksgiving dinner served from 1 – 7 p.m. at $15.99 for a plate of turkey with trimmings, dressing ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, salad, and dinner rolls, and the choice of apple pie or pumpkin pie for dessert. For more information, visit bentleysfallschurch.com or call 703-532-4100.
8045 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner
Three-course prix-fixe menu served from 1 – 7 p.m. at $39 per person. Appetizer: autumn squash bisque; sweet fried calamari; steamed shrimp and pork dumplings; endive salad; crabcakes; beet carpaccio; crispy shrimp and avocado tower; lamb and feta flatbread; arugula salad; Caesar salad; fattoush; spinach salad; iceberg wedge salad; or tuna tartare. Main course: maple-roasted turkey; autumn squash risotto; braised pork shank; saffron risotto; pan-roasted salmon; steak frites; big shrimp and gouda grits; Madras curry chicken; chicken chop Milanese; pear and gorgonzola agnolotti; or wild mushroom ravioli. Dessert: pumpkin pie, peanut butter bread pudding, or flourless chocolate cake. For more information, visit chefgeoff.com or call 571-282-6003.
The Front Page
4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
Buffet dinner served from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. for $25.99 per person including turkey, ham, stuffings, salads, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, breads, and desserts. For more information, visit frontpagearlington.com or call 703-248-9990.
Ireland’s Four Provinces
105 W. Broad St., Falls Church
Three-course prix-fixe menu served from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at $34.95 per person. Appetizer: roasted butternut squash soup, potato and leek soup, house salad, Caesar salad, or tomato mozzarella “martini.” Main course: turkey dinner, braised lamb osso buco, prime rib, or lobster seafood stew. Dessert: pumpkin cheesecake, apple crisp, or chocolate molten cake. For more information, visit 4psva.com or call 703-534-8999.
La Côte D’Or Café
6876 Lee Highway, Arlington
A four-course meal served from noon – 8 p.m. at $41.50 per person of wild mushroom soup; Salade Raymond; roasted turkey with trimming, green beans, apples and sweet potatoes, and gravy; and dessert. For more information, visit lacotedorcafe.com or call 703-538-3033.
Pistone’s Italian Inn
6320 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church
Traditional thanksgiving dinner served from noon – 10 p.m. at $23 for a plate of turkey with sausage stuffing, string beans, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, spinach, gravy, cranberry sauce, and bread, and the choice of pecan pie, pumpkin pie, or sweet potato pie for dessert. For more information, visit pistoneitalianinn.com or call 703-533-1885.
4301 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington
Three-course prix-fixe menu served from 1 – 7 p.m. at $55 per person. Appetizer: wild mushroom and white truffle bisque, French onion gratin, or butternut squash bisque. Main course: traditional Willow Thanksgiving dinner, miniature rack of pork crusted with herb sausage, herb-crusted Norwegian salmon filet, or Beggar’s Purse with lentils and baby artichokes. Side: Brussels sprouts with mushrooms and bacon, macaroni and cheese, or rissole of cauliflower. Dessert: apple crumb pie, pecan pie, or pumpkin pie. For more information, visit willowva.com or call 703-465-8800.