Dining Out in Cambridge This Thanksgiving

thanksgivingPhoto courtesy of Grafton Street Pub & Grill

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to catch up with loved ones while scarfing down all the hearty, savory foods you can stomach. It also requires hours (if not days) of prep time, can occasionally reignite years-old family feuds and generally leads to a mountain of dirty dishes that you, as the cook, will somehow be responsible for washing. So, hey, we don’t blame you if you’re looking to eat out on Thanksgiving this time around.

Luckily, there are a ton of Cambridge restaurants that plan to stay open on the holiday, allowing you to sit back, relax and let someone else take care of all the cooking and cleaning. Bon appétit!

Grafton Street Pub and Grill
1230 Mass Ave.
For $38 (plus another $18 if you’d like beer and wine pairings), you can enjoy Grafton Street’s “elevated take” on classic Thanksgiving dishes courtesy of executive chef Joe Bessa. The full bar menu will also be available, as well as special seasonal drinks crafted by bar manager Morgan Carney.

40 Edwin H Land Blvd.
Dante is offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $69 and will be accepting reservations from 1:30pm – 8:00pm. Check out the menu – which includes locally-raised, free range turkey as well as vegetarian options – here.

16 Garden St.
If your turkey craving kicks in early, Nubar’s Thanksgiving brunch is where you wanna be. For $42 a person ($20 for kids!), the chic and classic restaurant will offer a turkey carving station, salad bar, assorted desserts and more. Available from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., and kids age 5 and under eat free!

PARK Restaurant and Bar
59 JFK St.
From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., PARK plans to dish out Thanksgiving-themed goodies alongside their full nightly dinner menu. Featured appetizers include apple, cheddar and bacon fritters (yum), and one of the featured entrees is a honey and ginger crusted ham (seriously, yum). At $10 and $23 respectively, these dishes will ensure an affordable and delectable Thanksgiving out.

Russell House Tavern
14 JFK St.
Butternut squash bisque, fried oyster toast, cider braised short rib, pumpkin cheesecake… are you drooling yet? Russell House’s three-course menu from executive chef Tom Borgia will be available for $45, and seasonal libations will only set you back another $18. Reservations strongly recommended.

Temple Bar
1688 Mass Ave.
Temple Bar’s Thanksgiving dinner is available from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and includes updated takes on traditional foods like roasted squash, an herbed rib eye and caramel apple cobbler. Get all 3 courses for $39.

1 Bennett St.
Rialto’s Thanksgiving offering is a little on the pricier side ($80 per adult, or $120 with wine pairings), but if you feel like splurging, the seasonal menu can’t be beat. The appetizers and entrees all sound out of this world, but we’re most enticed by the desserts – a chocolate ganache tart with salted pecans, bourbon caramel sauce and bourbon pecan gelato? Yeah, sign us up.