Best Restaurants In Seattle Open For Thanksgiving In 2012

November 14, 2012 5:00 AM

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turkeydinner Best Restaurants In Seattle Open For Thanksgiving In 2012

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There’s been a long tradition of gathering friends and family around a dining room table to enjoy the autumnal harvest and to give thanks where thanks is due. It’s great, but Thanksgiving dinner can mean hours (sometimes days) spent in the kitchen preparing a full spread that might not last 30 minutes once it hits the table. These days more and more restaurants are doing the heavy lifting for Seattle’s families. Here are a few Seattle superstars who will offer meals for the whole family this Thanksgiving.

Art Restaurant and Lounge
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
99 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 749-7070

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Price: $85 adults/$35 children

If you want a four-star meal on Thanksgiving, then you’ll want to head to this award-winning restaurant that’s nestled in the base of the Four Seasons Hotel with a stunning view of Elliot Bay. This menu is all about choices. In fact, every dish that is on this holiday menu is so mouthwatering you will wish Thanksgiving lasted more than a day. Options include baby kale and smoke duck breast as a first course, and dungeness crab and blue prawn crab cake. Don’t miss out on the traditional roast turkey, but be a true glutton and go for the roasted sturgeon with caper relish as well. Whatever your choices, just make sure to save room for dessert.

Barking Frog
Willows Lodge
14580 NE 145th St.
Woodinville, WA 98072
(425) 424-3900

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Price: $75 per person

If you’ve ever dreamed about enjoying Thanksgiving dinner in wine country you don’t have to drive far from downtown Seattle to make your dreams come true. This restaurant is surrounded by some of Washington State’s largest wineries in an area they call Napa North. Enjoy some of those tasty wines at Barking Frog, but you’ll also get to savor some of the freshest Thanksgiving fare coming out of the Pacific Northwest. Dine on baby spinach, Fuji apple and toasted walnut salads, treat yourself to roasted free-range turkey and, of course, the award-winning wines from the region.

Argosy Cruises
1101 Alaskan Way Pier 55 Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 622-8687

Hours: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: $72 per adult/$39 for children ages 4 to 12/free kids ages 3 and younger

Take to the seas (well at least Elliott Bay) and enjoy your thanksgiving meal on an Argosy Cruise. Board the ship and get ready to enjoy a three-hour cruise and four-course dinner that will definitely leave you thankful. Not only will you get your fill of traditional roast turkey, you’ll also be delighting the taste buds with the likes of a potato-crusted goat cheese served with pear hazelnut chutney.

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BOKA Restaurant + Bar
Hotel 1000
1010 First Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 957-1000

Hours: noon to 8 p.m.

Tucked away in the hustle and bustle of downtown is this swank eatery that promises to deliver a memorable Thanksgiving meal for you, your family and your friends. Best of all, as soon as the plates are cleared and you have finished your last glass of wine, you’re only a few steps away from some of the best holiday attractions in Seattle. Start off with some Cinderella pumpkin soup, followed by an American heritage turkey and top it off with chocolate lava cake.

Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar
Cedarbrook Lodge
18525 36th Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98188
(206) 901-9268

Hours: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Price: $59 for adults,/$29.95 for children/free children younger than 5

Any stress you may have going into the holidays will instantly melt away when you walk down the grand staircase of Cedarbrook Lodge and enter into the lap of hospitality and comfort of the Copperleaf Restaurant. This relaxing enclave always makes for the perfect dining experience and its Thanksgiving meal celebration is no different. If locally sourced products are important, you’ll feel right at home here. Again, roasted turkey rules the day, but if your buds are tempted, the 48-hour braised WAGYU brisket may prove too good to pass up. Sit back, relax and enjoy your good fortune.

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Jenise Silva is a freelance writer in Seattle who has studied culinary, visual and performing arts. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money, and has been writing about food and the arts for a number of years. Her work can be found at

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