Why cook this year? Make a reservation now for dinner out on Thanksgiving!

There's nothing like the smells and tastes of a lavish Thanksgiving meal -- especially if you don't have to prepare it. Here are some places all around the Sound that'll welcome your family and serve a feast on Turkey Day.

November 6, 2019
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I'm sure in some families it's unheard of . . . but let me tell you from experience: It's fun to go out for Thanksgiving dinner, and if you're normally the host, it's obviously a lot less work. I'm not talking about a $7.99 buffet at some strip-mall fast food joint (although that doesn't sound too bad!) I'm talking about nice places with good service and top-notch preparation of all your traditional Thanksgiving favorites. 

This story caught my eye: Gobble, Gobble! 15 Family Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Feasts from the always-reliable crew at Red Tricycle Seattle. They offer some strong suggestions for Turkey Day dining in Seattle and all around the Sound. 

A few of my favorites which they have on their list include the Daniel's Broiler locations -- three in Seattle and one in Bellevue. They'll be serving turkey with all the fixins, but of course since it's one of our area's most renowned steakhouses, you can sub prime rib or a big juicy steak.

For a breathtaking only-in-the-Northwest view and an over-the-top traditional Thanksgiving feast, there's the Dining Room at Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie. It's worth noting that they do a nice kid-friendly menu where they scale everything back and serve things that are perfect for a child's picky palate.

You get a warm, cozy setting and a very PNW farm-to-table Thanksgiving experience at Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac, where they also cater to kids -- it's free for your 5-and-under brood, and they do a half-price children's Thanksgiving spread for 6-12-year-olds.

Oh yeah, and I'd be remiss if I didn't include an option for vegetarians, since I aspire to be one, sometimes. Seattle's legendary Cafe Flora will never let you down, and you definitely won't feel like you're missing out when you pull a chair up to their four-course fixed-price Thanksgiving extravaganza. (They do something specifically for the kids, too -- and they honor your vegan and gluten-free family members without making them feel like it's an afterthought.)

Let's not leave out the South Sound, either -- Where to Dine out on Thanksgiving in the South Sound showcases a nice assortment of spots, from the decadent food and stunning views of Tacoma's Cliff House, to Gig Harbor's classic Brix 25°, to Puyallup's dependable Black Angus, you've got great options down there.

Lots more suggestions on this list, but grab that reservation ASAP because these places will fill up  . . . . and so will you if you leave the meal prep to the pros this year. Enjoy!