Whether you’re visiting Northern Virginia 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 open for Thanksgiving and are offering great menus for the holiday, and several others have great Thanksgiving take-out options.
Here are a few places that will not lead you astray for this year's Thanksgiving dinner.
Blow your guests away with a three-course prix fixe menu and a stunning floor-to-ceiling window view at this beloved Falls Church restaurant. Choose from appetizers like Butternut Squash Veolouté or Lobster Ravioli and entrees like Roasted Turkey & Butter Poached Lobster or Truffle Risotto before topping it all off with Sticky Toffee Pudding or a Caramel Pecan Tart. $75/person. Reservations here.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
At this wine-lovers paradise of a restaurant, you can choose to order a three-course prix fixe menu or make your own smorgasbord by selecting off their regular menu. Their prix-fixe features many house-made sides and a pumpkin praline cheesecake (yes, you heard that right). Plus, you can pair your meal with their November Wine of the Month: the Gewürztraminer Sauvignon Blanc or the seasonal Cranberry Sangria. Bonus: pick up early Christmas gifts in their retail shop. $28.99/adults; $12.99/kids 12 and under. Reservations here.
Enjoy Thanksgiving “around the farmer's table” at either Founding Farmers Tysons or Founding Farmers Reston this year. Featuring shared platters, your choice of southern classics like Cracked Pepper Glazed Ham, Southern Fried Chicken, or Roasted Turkey, and accompanied by sweet potatoes, cornbread stuffing, and mashed potatoes, your appetite will thank you. The Reston location also offers a made-to-order Thanksgiving holiday meal to go. Take your pick from just sides, desserts, or the whole meal from start-to-finish! But hurry: orders must be placed by November 24 at 3pm. Order online. Farmers Table menu, $39.99/person or $20/kids under 12. To-go pricing varies. Reservations here.
This McLean mainstay is ever-popular for wood-fired steaks and great seafood, but this Thanksgiving, they are offering up a traditional prix-fixe menu of a feast with all the holiday favorites. Guests can also order off the regular dinner menu or choose to order from the regular prix-fixe menu. $39/adults or $19/kids under 12. Reservations here.
Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern
Even newcomers are treated like regulars at this legendary Herndon spot. Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern will be open from 3pm to 2am on Thanksgiving Day serving up a full menu PLUS a Thanksgiving Platter Special. If you’re more concerned about catching the game, kickoff of the Bills vs. Cowboys starts at 4:30pm and turkey bowling starts at 11pm. If you can’t wait until Thanksgiving Day, Jimmy’s will be hosting their annual Thanksgiving Eve Bash starting at 8pm on November 27. For reservations, call 703-435-JIMS.
L’Auberge Chez Francois
If three courses just aren't doing it for you and you really want to leave a lasting impression on your family and friends, splurge on a sure-to-be-memorable Thanksgiving holiday at L’Auberge Chez Francois, who will be serving up a 5-course meal that includes a special Whiffletree Farm organic turkey dinner with ALL the trimmings. Three seatings are available throughout the day. $85 - $95/person. Reservations here.
Maple Ave Restaurant
Opt for a Thanksgiving Brunch at this tiny and adorable Vienna restaurant. This chef-driven neighborhood hot spot will be doing a Thanksgiving week brunch and dinner deal all weekend long, though it will only be open through 3pm on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations here.
The Palm Restaurant
The Palm is one of those institutions that has become a tradition for generations of people and invites guests to connect with family in a hospitable way. Enjoy a three-course menu at The Palm Tysons which features a selection of soups and salads, hand-carved herb-roasted turkey with your choice of sides, and either a classic New York Cheesecake or Chocolate Pecan Pie to top it all off. $59/adult or $24/kids under 12. Reservations here.
Seasons 52 has always been about the freshest ingredients, paying careful attention to where and how their food items are sourced and rotating out menus on a strictly seasonal basis. All of your traditional Thanksgiving food items are on the menu and paired perfectly with a selection of hand-picked wines. Bonus – you won’t overdo it on dessert with their trademark Mini Indulgences – this time featuring, you guessed it, Pumpkin Pie! $29.95/adults and $14/kids. Reservations here.
Even though Trummer’s Restaurant recently reopened with new branding and a more casual menu, don’t think the quality of their food and service has changed. Join the refreshed restaurant for their annual Thanksgiving Feast, prepared by professional chefs, and served up family-style for your most important loved ones. Menu items include Rotisserie Roasted Heritage Turkey, 60 South Salmon, Pappardelle Pasta, and more with your choice o sides like Sweet Potato Mousse, Cornbread Stuffing, Rotisserie Potatoes, and Cranberry Sauce. Desserts include Warm Apple Crisp, Pig Pickin’ Cake, and Pumpkin Cheesecake to name a few. $56/adults or $30/kids under 12. Reservations here.
Enjoy a family-style menu on Thanksgiving Day at Wildfire (gluten-free options are also available) and the whole clan will be satisfied. Appetizer options include Homemade Cornbread, Deviled Eggs, and a Relish Platter, plus delectable salad options. Main courses offer Spit-Roasted Turkey, Cedar-Planked Salmon, and Roasted Tenderloin or Beef. Add on a few sides and finish up with your choice of pies or cakes for dessert. $54.95/adults or $21.95/kids under 12. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Food for Others. Reservations here.
Looking for ways to spend Thanksgiving Eve? Visit our events calendar or scan through the Nightlife options on our site to find a place or event that gets you out of the house. Or spend the day before Thanksgiving exploring some of our many family-friendly attractions. And since the day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday and #OptOutside Day (depending on your preference), 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.