Whether you’re visiting Northern Virginia, the Washington D.C area this Thanksgiving or you’re hosting hungry friends and family, let Fairfax County restaurants do the turkey cooking for the holiday (which also means no clean-up for you!). Many popular Fairfax County restaurants are offering great menus for the holiday, whether it is a full carryout to-go Thanksgiving family meal or special dine-in menus.
Here are a few places that will not lead you astray for this year's Thanksgiving dinner.
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Recently named Northern Virginia's #1 Restaurant by Northern Virginia Magazine, you know you will get a quality meal at 2941 Restaurant, a stunning Falls Church mainstay. This year, Chef Bertrand Chemel has put together a delicious Roasted Maple Lawn Farm Turkey Breast & Roasted Leg carryout meal for up to 6 people, which also includes Butternut Squash Soups, Caesar Salads, Pomme Puree, Sweet Potato Puree, Winter Root Vegetables, and Haricot Vert & Gravy items. Preorder here, and don't forget to add on a wine or cocktail package!
For a dine-in experience in 2941's extraordinary vaulted dining room, make a reservation between 11am - 9pm on November 25 for a menu that includes your choice of Local Farm Roasted Turkey Breast, Creekstone Farm Ribeye Tournedos, Turkey & Lobster, a Pan Seared Canary Island Branzino, or Chestnut Raviolini. Make a reservation here.
Barrel & Bushel
Take away the stress of Thanksgiving and pre-order your turkey dinner with Barrel & Bushel during their Turkey Takeaway timeframe, starting November 3 through November 22. Order half a turkey with gravy, plus sides like cranberry sauce, salad, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, and pie! You don’t even have to leave your car, as they will load your meal curbside on November 25 between 10am-12pm. To order, call 703-848-6340 before November 22.
Dine waterfront at the always fabulous Cedar Knoll for a family-style feast this Thanksgiving. Reservations are bound to go fast, so if you want to enjoy Chef Andrew's palette-pleasing Autumnal Bisque (a blend of butternut squash, kabocha squash, sweet potatoes, pears, and apples with salted maple cream) paired with some warm mulled cider, plus an entree of turkey breast with pear apricot glaze, toasted chestnuts and golden raisins, and sides that include glazed baby carrots, whipped buttermilk potatoes with chives, parmesan and black pepper brussels sprouts, among others, click this link to get your spot. ($75/person; ages 4-11, $25; ages 3 and under are free.)
Clyde’s of Reston is happy to take on the Thanksgiving preparations for your big day, lovingly crafting your meal in the famous Clyde’s kitchen. Thanksgiving classics are all available, from the Traditional Turkey Dinner or Glazed Spiral Ham to Sausage-Sage Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Apple Pie and more. You can even order a Thanksgiving package for One if you choose to keep it simple this year! Order by November 21 for pickup on November 24.
Founding Farmers offers a made-to-order Thanksgiving holiday meal to go. Take your pick of starters and sides to entrees, desserts, and drinks. In addition to the Thanksgiving menu, you can also order their popular leftover kits, brunch offerings, or just a selection of snacks and sweet treats, including their new Founding Farmers Chocolate. Order by November 19 for pickup November 24.
Both restaurants are also open on Thanksgiving Day for dine-in. Enjoy shared plates, fresh salads, and your choice of main course accompanied by Founding Farmers favorite sides like Maple-Roasted Autumn Vegetables, Cornbread Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Fig Butter, and much more. And you won't want to miss their dessert options, like an Apple Cider Sorbet, Pumpkin Spice Salted Caramel Cheesecake, and an assortment of holiday pies. A vegetarian option is also available! Reservations for dine-in here.
This McLean favorite spot is offering up Thanksgiving family-style carryout kits that serves 4-6 people and includes soup or salad, Roasted Turkey, Cornbread & Sausage Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Gravy, Green Beans with pecans and shallot jam, Cranberry Orange relish, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Bread & Butter, and a yummy Pumpkin Pie for dessert. Kits are $175 and can be picked up on November 24 during business hours or on Thanksgiving Day before 11am. To order, call the restaurant directly at 703-893-1034.
Gather 'round their table for a plated, 3-Course Thanksgiving dinner menu between 11am - 9pm on November 25 for just $42 ($21/children under 12). Make your reservation here.
L’Auberge Chez Francois
For a truly gourmet and special experience, L’Auberge Chez Francois is offering a take-home Thanksgiving Celebration Experience straight from their kitchen to yours. The Chez Vous experience includes Whiffletree roasted turkey and an abundance of their classic holiday sides from Francois Haeringer’s hand-written recipe book from his homeland of Alsace. You can choose to add additional menu items, wine pairings, and even glassware, cookbooks, and other goodies! Order by November 18.
If you’d rather venture out, there are limited seatings available for an elaborate 7-course Thanksgiving dinner at this destination restaurant in Great Falls. Check out the menu here. Call to reserve your spot ASAP: 703-759-3800 or make an online reservation here.
Lebanese Taverna's Thanksgiving family meals to-go feature all the makings of a traditional holiday meal, but with a home-style Lebanese twist. Mains include options like Pure Bred Lamb American lamb shoulder or leg, as well as sumac-rubbed roast turkey served with spiced rice, toasted nuts, and gravy. Sides range from roasted za'atar potatoes and arnabeet to mujaddara and bulghur pilaf, and desserts include baklava-crusted pumpkin cheesecake and whole knafe. Order online for pick-up on November 24.
Makers Union Pub for the People
One of Reston’s newest restaurants, Makers Union Pub for the People, is also offering a selection of Reheat & Serve Thanksgiving packages featuring turkey (or prime rib!), red wine-shallot gravy, cranberry-orange sauce, and some tasty sides like Brow-Butter Sage Mashed Potatoes, Makers Crispy Brussels Sprouts, and cornbread stuffing! Order for pickup on November 24 (2-4pm) and November 25 (9am-12pm).
Mount Vernon Inn
Bring home a Thanksgiving spread that would make George Washington proud! The Mount Vernon Inn is offering pickup packages for 4-6, and for 8-10 people that includes whole brined turkeys, cornbread salad, candied mashed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, Caesar salad, and bread, plus your choice of Whole Flourless Chocolate Cake or Pumpkin Pie for dessert. Other add-ons also available. Order by 12pm on November 22 and pickup curbside November 24.
If you prefer dine-in, a Thanksgiving buffet will be offered at the restaurant on November 24. (They are closed on Thanksgiving Day.)
Not Your Average Joe's
Take the stress out of the season and enjoy a whole new holiday tradition with Not Your Average Joe's in Reston. Bring home a fresh and, most importantly, fully-prepared Thanksgiving feast with all the fixings that serves up to six guests. Items include turkey, homestyle gravy, focaccia stuffing, green beans with caramelized pecans, cranberry chutney, and yes, NYAJ's famous focaccia loaf with cheesy romano-red pepper dipping sauce! Bonus - all Market Feast orders include a $10 Appreciation Card that can be redeemed from January - March 2021. Order here, at least 48 hours prior to your intended pickup time. If you'd rather dine-in, don't miss their holiday specials, including the Ultimate Holiday Turkey Sandwich, the Sage-Pecan-Pesto Salmon, and an Autumn Spiced Sangria!
Open Road Grill
Gather around the table with a pre-made selection of yumminess from Open Road Grill, whether you choose the Roasted Turkey Breast or Beef Tenderloin with Chianti Jus or Maple Glazed Ham! Sides include Sage Stuffing, Brussels & Blue, Green Beans Amandine, among others. Add a la carte items like Asparagus or a Charcuterie Board before topping the whole thing off with a slice of Pumpkin or Pecan pie. Don't forget the wine and/or bottled cocktails! Order by November 18 for pickup on November 24.
For a more casual Thanksgiving take-out option, consider the Family Meals available at Sheesh Grill (located in Chantilly and Merrifield), where you can create your own platter by choosing up to four proteins (like kabobs, shawarma, gyro, or falafel), a base of rice or salad, and a couple of sides. Start your order at sheeshgrill.com; order by November 24.
On the go this Thanksgiving holiday? Stop by Social Burger – or order ahead for delivery through UberEats and DoorDash – for their 2021 Thanksgiving Burger. A delectable 5 oz Turkey Patty, topped with traditional Bread Stuffing, your choice of Jalapeno or Orange Cranberry Sauce, and roasted garlic aioli on a potato bun – served up with a side of turkey gravy. All the Thanksgiving fixings without any of the clean-up! Order online at mysocialburger.com or call 703-364-5420.
This Clifton mainstay won Upscale Brunch of the Year at the 2020 RAMMYs, so you'll definitely want to enjoy their tried-and-true favorites. Order your Thanksgiving feast featuring Cornbread with Whipped Honey Butter, Whole Heritage Turkey, Whipped Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread Stuffing, Brussel Sprouts with bacon & crispy shallots, and Sweet Potato Pie with Chantilly cream and candied pecans by November 17. Pickup will be on November 24 between 2-6pm.
For in-person dining, make a reservation before they're gone for November 25 between 11:30am - 6pm and you can choose from a delicious family-style menu serving starters for the table (like Anson Mills Cornbread and Baby Kale Salad), entrees that include Prime Rib, Salmon, Honeynut Squash Risotto, and of course Rotisserie Heritage Turkey. Sides and desserts for the table are also included in this $87/person menu ($39/kids 12 and under).
This is just a sampling of holiday offerings from local Fairfax County restaurants. Be sure to browse the myriad of other options in Fairfax County to find alternative options. Want to burn some pre-Thanksgiving steam at a Turkey Trot or other seasonal festivities? Visit our events calendar for ideas on getting out of the house safely. There are also many family-friendly attractions you can add to your list for when the whole family is together. And since the day after Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday shopping season and is also the popular #OptOutside day, we’ve got options for shopping and hiking available for you and your loved ones too.
No matter how you spend this annual holiday, we hope your day is filled with love, laughter, and the best kinds of memories. Be sure to share your favorite holiday photos with us on social media using #FXVA or @VisitFairfax or tell us what you are most grateful for in the comments below.