Best Seattle Restaurants Open On Thanksgiving

November 6, 2013 4:00 AM

Thanksgiving is all about sharing a meal with loved ones and giving thanks for the blessings in our life. For some families, the meal preparation is as much a part of the tradition as the dinner. For others, leaving the cooking to someone else is the preferred option. If you plan to dine out this Thanksgiving, we suggest dining at any of the following locally owned restaurants. Each is known for its hospitality, thoughtful menus and great food, making them a perfect choice for your holiday meal.

1936 Harbor Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 937-1600

Thanksgiving is a tradition for many families in the Northwest who head towards Alki in West Seattle to dine on Salty’s renowned buffet dinner. Along with salt-crusted prime rib, carved turkey, herb-crusted lamb, bone-in ham, stuffings and giblet gravy, Salty’s also serves up fresh oysters, salmon, prawns, crab and much more from sides to dessert. Reservations fill up fast, so call soon, or you may have to opt for its Thanksgiving dinner to go.

Related: Guide To Thanksgiving Family Dining In Seattle

Daniel’s Broiler
809 Fairview Place N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 621-8262

Throughout the year, Schwartz Brothers’ Daniel’s Broiler Restaurant on South Lake Union defines excellence with USDA Prime steaks, exceptional service, stunning views and an award-winning wine list. Find two more Daniel’s Broiler locations in the Seattle area in Leschi on the western shore of Lake Washington and Bellevue on the 21st floor of the Bank of America building. Its special holiday feast includes a prix-fixe four-course meal with all of the trimmings, beginning with your choice of clam chowder or salad, followed by an entrée and dessert. Entrée selections include roast turkey, prime rib, roast pork and salmon.

19 W. Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 298-0123

Kaspars Special Events & Catering Company, located on lower Queen Anne (two blocks west of KeyArena), is justly known for its holiday buffets. The Thanksgiving buffet celebrates the harvest season with a meal to remember. Hosts Kaspar and Nancy offer their warm hospitality and fabulous buffet that includes a carving station, hot and cold food selections, a dessert station and more. Seating is limited and the buffet is always a sell-out, so reserve your space as early as possible. A credit card is required to guarantee reservations.

3014 3rd Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 284-3000

Dinner guests at Ponti Seafood Grill enjoy a fusion of Northwest and pan-Asian flavors carefully and sensibly prepared with European flair under the creative guidance of its owners, Richard and Sharon Malia. The Tuscan villa-inspired restaurant is situated along the Ship Canal on the northeast edge of Queen Anne Hill, with views of the water and some of Seattle’s most famous bridges. The special three-course Thanksgiving dinner is warmly presented by the seasoned staff and provides diners with their choice of seasonal soup or salad, four entrée selections (including a vegetarian option) and seasonal dessert at $39 for adults and $12.50 for children 12 and under.

Local 360
2234 1st. Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-9360

Centrally located in Belltown, Local 360 emphasizes products that are locally sourced within a 360-mile radius of Seattle and food that is sustainably grown and harvested by people who take care of their land for future generations. At Thanksgiving, Local 360 especially celebrates the great bounty of the Pacific Northwest with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $28 per person or three-course seasonal Chef’s Tasting menu for $30 per person, as well as its regular menu.

Related: Best Dinners For Less Than $15 In Seattle

Carole Cancler is a freelance writer covering all things Seattle. Her work can be found on

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