Thanksgiving is arguably the most intensive day of cooking any home chef will undertake. Christmas is a close second but nothing can rival slaving away in the kitchen all day to perfect the best bird. Thanksgiving might be time for family, drinking, and a whole lot of eating, but if you’re a terrible cook then it can also be the epitome of misery. So if you have a dozen family members at your door or if you’re unable to make it home for the holidays we have some solutions for you. Make a reservation at one of these local spots that are serving up a Thanksgiving dinner or grab some stuff to-go before the festivities start.
Where: 1336 E. 17th Ave. Denver, CO
When: 5 p.m.- 2 a.m.
The Low Down: The full Thanksgiving menu is available until 10 p.m. at The Bside but this new Uptown hotspot will stay open until 2 a.m.. It’s the perfect place for any late night turkey cravings or after dinner drinks. The menu includes fried turkey with gravy and a special ale from Anchor brewing company.
The Capital Grille
Where: 1450 Larimer St. Denver, CO
The Low Down: Celebrate Thanksgiving under the festive lights in Larimer Square with Capital Grille’s turkey day menu. This upscale steakhouse is sure to wine and dine you and leave you with a Thanksgiving you will never forget. Reservations will book fast this year, so call or go to their website and book a table ASAP.
Where: 2115 13th St. Boulder, CO
Cost: $54 or $44 depending on seating. Double Check when making reservations.
If you miss the endless smorgasbord that family Thanksgiving’s offer then you should probably make plans to head to the historic Hotel Boulderado. The neighborhood gem is serving a Thanksgiving buffet for all those endless eaters. The menu includes chef-carved turkey with cranberry-pomegranate relish, molasses and red chili glazed grilled tenderloin, cherry port wine demi-glace, pan-roasted ono and white bean cassoulet, wild rice risotto cakes with sun-dried tomato cream sauce, white cheddar and chive mashed potatoes. Desserts range from a sun-dried cranberry crème brûlée to bourbon pecan pie and because undoubtedly someone you know is gluten free, they do have gluten free options. Seating is offered in the stained-glass ceilinged historic mezzanine for $54 for adults, and is $44 in the Hotel’s elegant events center.
Where: 19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
When: Open 11 a.m. -6 p.m.
Cost: $39 for adults, $19 for kids.
The Low Down: The Fort is open for special hours on Thanksgiving day serving up a traditional three-course menu. Start with a mixed green salad, followed by honey roasted turkey breast, steamed garlic and leek mashed potatoes with gravy, homemade apple and sausage stuffing, fire roasted maple yams, fresh green beans with almonds and cranberry relish. Need we say more? Finish the whole meal off with The Fort’s brandied pumpkin pie. Prices are set at $39 for adults and $19 for kids. Get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown and bask in the Fort’s ambiance.
Humboldt Farm, Fish and Wine
Where: 1700 Humboldt St. Denver, CO
Cost: $45 for adults, $16 for children ( children under five-years-old are complimentary)
The Low Down: Executive Chef DJ Nagle and his team are serving a four-course pre-fixe menu ranging from the traditional turkey, to the not so traditional salmon dinner. Finish the night off Humboldt classic desserts with a homemade slice of pumpkin pie or Apple Buckle with vanilla bean ice cream. No clean up is needed, come in and unwind and let the masters do their job.
Spruce Farm & Fish
Where: 2115 13th St. Boulder, CO
Cost: Pre fixe menu is $55 per person
The Low Down: Spruce‘s Executive Chef Shawn Murrell is serving up a traditional pre-fixe menu if the Hotel Boulderado buffet doesn’t sound appetizing. The menu includes items on the more indulgent side, such as duck confit and grilled Pacific swordfish. If yet another pumpkin dessert bores you, try out the Spruce flour-less chocolate cake with creme fraiche and warm caramel sauce.
Ignite Burgers & Bar
Where: 2124 Larimer St , Denver, CO
When: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. for “Friendsgiving”
The Low Down: Ignite is open for business on Thanksgiving or “Friendsgiving” 11-8pm. Ignite is also serving a made to order Thanksgiving feast with all of the fixings. Cocktails and football all day long, and zero clean up! Call (303) 296-2600 for reservations.
Where: 1515 Market St. Denver, CO
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $24 for adults $12 for children under 10-years-old
The Low Down: Chef Jonas Halstead will be preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal with modern touches. A sit down Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 11am to 6pm. Reservations can be made at [email protected].
The Corner Office
Where: 1401 Curtis St. Denver, CO
When: Dinner begins after 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $35 per person
The Low Down: Before 10:30 a.m. The Corner Office is offering a Thanksgiving Brunch but after 10:30 a.m. a feast will be served. Family style entrees are served along with hearty appetizers such as butternut squash cider soup will be on the menu. The Thanksgiving dinner is $35 per person. Call or go here to reserve a spot.
Where: 1600 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO
When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Low Down: P17, a euro-bistro that was once a spot for asian fusion fare, is offering a crafted Thanksgiving menu just on turkey day. Come sample the comforting creations of Chef Mary Nguyen, a Denver restaurant veteran also known for places like Olive & Finch. The cozy space is small so come early to grab a seat before the space fills up.