Thursday, November 27, 2014


Not everyone has the time, circumstances or desire to cook Thanksgiving dinner at home. Fortunately, there are restaurants serving up real Thanksgiving dinners around the Bethesda area, and there's no work or clean-up involved. You can call them to see if reservations remain, but don't dawdle:

Tastee Diner

The Tastee Diner has been a local institution since FDR was President, and they are open every day of the year except Christmas. You won't be fooled you're dining at the Waldorf Astoria, but Thanksgiving Day at the Tastee Diner includes a choice of turkey or honey-baked ham (as well as the rest of their vast but classic menu). This is one place you can probably just walk in - it is a diner, after all. 

7731 Woodmont Avenue
(301) 652-3970


Positano has been a fixture in downtown Bethesda since 1977, and is open every day of the year. While known for its Italian menu, you can also get a traditional Thanksgiving day feast with turkey and all the fixings at this spacious restaurant on Fairmont Avenue. They'll be open from noon to 9 PM tonight.

4948-4940 Fairmont Avenue

Brasserie Monte Carlo

3-Course Thanksgiving Menu, 11.30am until 8.30pm. $35/pp. Mains Include; Sea Bass, Turkey, Duck, Pork, Beef Medallions and Vegetarian options.

7929 Norfolk Avenue
(301) 656-9225


Open 1:00 to 9:00 PM for Thanksgiving dinner. Fine dining at the grand Hyatt Bethesda hotel, right on the Metro Red Line Bethesda station.

7400 Wisconsin Avenue
(301) 657-2650

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Thanksgiving dinner includes oven-roasted turkey breast and sweet potato casserole. $39.95 for adults/$12.95 for children.

7315 Wisconsin Avenue
(301) 652-7877

The Capital Grille

Thanksgiving dinner, $36 adults; $15 kids. Open noon to 9 PM.

5310 Western Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 718-7812

Clyde's of Chevy Chase

I've had Thanksgiving dinner at Clyde's a number of times, including last year, when I recorded this review of the meal. The restaurant is usually packed full with residents of the nearby apartment buildings and condos.

5441 Wisconsin Avenue 
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 951-9600


Local celebrity Chef Geoff Tracy has earned his acclaim at several locations around the DC Metro area, and Lia's is tucked away in Friendship Heights, not far from Clyde's. Check out the menu.

4435 Willard Avenue
Chevy Chase


Maggiano's in Friendship Heights is the place to go if you want your Thanksgiving dinner with an Italian twist.

Chevy Chase Pavilion, 
5333 Wisconsin Ave NW, 
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 966-5500

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why wasn't City Perch mentioned!?