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.
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Thanksgiving menu at
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
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Pike & Rose at 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.
5441 Wisconsin Avenue
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.
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.
4435 Willard Avenue
A long-standing fixture on my list, Maggiano's will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal family-style.
A veritable Thanksgiving tradition, atop the Bethesda Metro station.
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.
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.
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.