Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Bethesda restaurants open Thanksgiving 2018 - with menus, photos & video reviews

Did you wake up this morning and realize you have no Thanksgiving dinner plans? Not to worry, the annual Robert Dyer @ Bethesda Row guide to Bethesda restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day is here.

Things change at the last minute, and seats fill up. That's why I strongly recommend:

Make sure to call ahead to reserve your seat, and ensure there are still reservations available for the time you plan to dine. I can't guarantee every restaurant on this list will still have seats to accommodate you, but I can guarantee that you will find a reservation available by the time you reach the bottom of this list.


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 (white or dark meat), mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, string beans, cranberry sauce and Italian bread at this spacious restaurant on Fairmont Avenue for $28. Pumpkin and apple pie, as well as several flavors of ice cream, are available to round out the meal. They'll be open from noon until 9:00 PM on Thanksgiving, their regular Italian menu will be available, and they have gluten-free options, as well.

4948-4940 Fairmont Avenue
Dessert options on the
Thanksgiving menu at
Del Frisco's Grille
Del Frisco's Grille

Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Pike & Rose. A la carte choices this year include Herb & Citrus Butter-Roasted Turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, sage apple sausage stuffing, sweet potato casserole with pecan oat crumble, buttered green beans and cranberry sauce. Starter options are a butternut squash bisque, a jumbo lump crab cake, cheesesteak egg rolls, deviled eggs and a house salad. Dessert choices include pumpkin cheesecake, peanut butter chocolate pie, Molten Chocolate Cake, and Salted Caramel Pudding Jar.

WATCH: Video review of Thanksgiving 2015 at Del Frisco's Grille

11800 Grand Park Avenue
(301) 881-0308
Dine with an aerial view of
the holiday lights of
Pike & Rose at City Perch
this Thanksgiving
City Perch

City Perch is switching to a buffet this year for Thanksgiving. For $58 ($48 for members), you can choose from options like herb-roasted turkey, honey-baked ham, and dry-aged prime rib. Side dishes include sweet potato shepherd's pie, chestnut stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, and truffled mac & cheese. Finish your meal with renowned pastry chef Sherry Yard's 3-layer Silken Pumpkin Pie, apple cider doughnuts, or choose from a selection of house-made pies and cookies.

11830 Grand Park Avenue

Clyde's of Chevy Chase

The Clyde's Thanksgiving dinner tradition continues at the Collection at Chevy Chase.

5441 Wisconsin Avenue
(301) 951-9600

The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille in Chevy Chase will offer their Executive Chef's take on Thanksgiving favorites, as well as their regular menu.

5310 Western Avenue
(301) 718-7812

Le Vieux Logis

Yes, the revamped restaurant in downtown Bethesda raved about in the Washington Post is in the Thanksgiving sweepstakes for the fourth year in a row, and the menu can be as American or French as you want.

7925 Old Georgetown Road
(301) 652-6816


Chef Geoff Tracy's Lia's in Friendship Heights will be serving their traditional Thanksgiving menu from 1:00 to 7:00 PM.

4435 Willard Avenue


A long-standing fixture on my list, Maggiano's will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal family-style.

Chevy Chase Pavilion
5333 Wisconsin Ave NW
(202) 966-5500


A veritable Thanksgiving tradition, atop the Bethesda Metro station.

7400 Wisconsin Avenue
(301) 657-2650

The Irish Inn at Glen Echo

The Irish Inn will be charging $45 per adult, and $20 per child under 10. A wide variety of starters are available on the Thanksgiving menu, which ranges from the traditional to the Indian-inspired.

6119 Tulane Avenue
(301) 229-6600

Ruth's Chris Steak House

The Thanksgiving restaurant meal that can start with a Louisiana seafood gumbo, if you wish. Another Thanksgiving tradition in downtown Bethesda. Check out the menu here.

7315 Wisconsin Avenue
(301) 652-7877

Seasons 52

This health-conscious restaurant at North Bethesda Market returns to my list for a second year. So you'll find a Pumpkin Pie Mini Indulgence instead of a big pumpkin pie slice on the menu.

11414 Rockville Pike
(301) 984-5252

Happy Thanksgiving
Robert Dyer
Bethesda Row!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What commoners eat at these places? I have the finest food flown in from both Italy & France. Get on my level Bethesdians!