While it may not have the same type of history that Virginia has for the holiday, Philadelphia can still be a hotspot for Thanksgiving fun. Visitors are always welcome to come together with their families and explore the beginning of American history, especially during the holidays. If you’re traveling to the city for Thanksgiving this year, be sure to check out one of their many restaurants serving a holiday dinner that can’t be beaten. Whether you dine in or take it with you on the go, nothing can beat a fresh turkey from the City of Brotherly Love.
Philadelphia Thanksgiving Feasts
Want to have your pick of Thanksgiving favorites without the wait for cooking? Find a quick bite at Dolce Italian! This restaurant in Rittenhouse Square is offering a prix fixe buffet for guests this Thanksgiving, allowing them to take what they want for holiday dinner whenever they want it. Turkey roulade is the main offering this year, but you can also grab a bite of prime rib or salmon if you want to try something different. The buffet also comes with classic sides like chestnut stuffing, Brussels sprouts and even a dessert station, helping you create the perfect feast for Thanksgiving. Prices for this dinner start at $80.
Bank & Bourbon
Thanksgiving is a traditional American holiday, so there’s no better way to celebrate it than by eating American food! Travelers can enjoy a modern twist on a classic feast this holiday season when they step inside Bank & Bourbon in Center City. The restaurant offers a variety of meals that are yours to choose and make Thanksgiving dinner your own. While it’s offering a traditional roasted Lancaster turkey with gravy, you can also choose an herb-roasted prime rib or verlasso salmon as your main course. There are also various displays you can add on to create a well-rounded feast, such as local seafood, charred vegetables or butternut squash soup. Prices for this dinner start at $85.
If you’re staying at The Bellevue Hotel during your Philadelphia visit, you’ll be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast high above the city on the nineteenth floor. The hotel’s restaurant XIX Nineteen, will be offering a New American dinner this year thanks to its brilliant buffet filled with dishes you know and love. Its maple thyme brined turkey comes with traditional sides such as stuffing and gravy, but you can also enjoy its own spin on favorites such as confit garlic mashed potatoes and braised collard greens. Be sure to check out some of its other offerings to add some style to your feasts, such as charcuterie, classic salads and fresh pasta. Prices for this dinner start at $90.
If you want to take a blast into the past with a modern touch, enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Fork. This restaurant is surrounded by the city’s history and monuments in Old City, and its dishes offer classic Pennsylvania tastes for guests. There are a number of options visitors can enjoy off its menu this Thanksgiving that blend the old with the new. Standout options include its roasted heirloom turkey with cranberry-rosemary-citrus sauce, ribeye steak with confit garlic or Pennsylvania trout with brown butter. Make sure to add on a side as well, whether it’s squash soup, mashed potatoes or roasted fall root vegetables to complete your classic feast. Prices for this dinner start at $110.
One of Philadelphia’s restaurants that’s offering a more modern take on Thanksgiving dinner is Urban Farmer in Logan Square. This steakhouse uses local ingredients to create the ultimate comfort food the whole family can enjoy. While you can still find steak on the menu for the holidays, you’ll also find a three-course Thanksgiving meal. You’ll have a taste of the local area once you try its Pennsylvania roasted turkey brined in cider and coated in natural jus sage gravy. You can also try some traditional sides with their signature flavors, such as cornbread turkey stuffing or add some steakhouse style with appetizers like “Short Rib Cavatelli.” Prices for this dinner start at $105.
Suppose you’re looking to try a different kind of Thanksgiving dinner this year; head south to try some of the dishes at Scannicchio’s. This family-owned and operated restaurant serves Italian dishes that taste like a home-cooked meal, and it will continue to bring the family together with its Thanksgiving menu. Its four-course dinner comes with holiday favorites like hand-carved turkey and homemade stuffing, but you’ll also find some surprises waiting for you. Italian flavors are a part of this holiday feast, as the meal also comes with a serving of cheese ravioli alla vodka. Add on desserts like cannolis and tiramisu, and you’ll have a true home-cooked meal the whole family can enjoy. Prices for this dinner start at $130.
City Cruises Philadelphia
If you’re in the mood for a unique experience this Turkey Day, check out City Cruises Philadelphia to enjoy a Thanksgiving Day Early Dinner Cruise. The cruise lasts from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and includes a full dinner buffet with all the fixings. A live DJ spins tunes while you enjoy the Philadelphia skyline and views from the water for a spectacular holiday.