Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated family events of the year and sometimes the most stressful. To make your holiday celebrations a little easier, these Cape Cod restaurants are open to serve you and your family a delicious holiday dinner without all the work.
Our guide covers the full range of offerings, from the simple to the extravagant, from P-town to Sandwich. We organize our listings by region like this: Outer Cape – Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham; Lower Cape – Orleans, Chatham, Brewster, Harwich; Mid Cape – Dennis, Yarmouth, Barnstable; Upper Cape: Mashpee, Sandwich Falmouth, Bourne.
We’ll be updating this story with reservation information, photos and a few recommendations from our in-house chef that cooked Thanksgiving for hundreds of happy families for over 30 years. If you know of an outstanding place for Thanksgiving (besides Grandma’s house), please let us know. Just leave a comment below or drop us a line.
Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Outer Cape
The Pointe Restaurant in Provincetown
The Pointe is celebrating Thanksgiving with a four-course dinner that includes soup, salad, entree and dessert for $49.95 per person. You’ll get your choice of Turkey, Grilled Salmon or Seared Tofu for your entree. They will be serving from 1:00 to 7:00 pm. The dinner comes with all the fixings like Chestnut & Date Stuffing, and Green Beans Almondine. (Early tables still available as shown on Open Table.) See More.
Red Inn in Provincetown:
The Red Inn in Provincetown has been welcoming guest to the Cape since 1915. For Thanksgiving, they are offering a fabulous 5-course prix fixe dinner for $90.00 per person. The dinner features an Amuse Bouche, a starter course, soup, salad, entree, and dessert. Highlights include Lobster Corn Chowder, Caramelized Onion Vegetable Tart, Roasted Turkey with French Bread Stuffing and Ginger-Cranberry Relish, Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding, Smoked Long Island Duck, Lamb Chops, Local Codd, and Pepper Crusted Filet. See More.
The Whitman House Restaurant & Bass Tavern in Truro
The Whitman House has been celebrating special occasions on Cape Cod since 1894. For Thanksgiving 2016, they are offering one of the best bargains on the Cape. Their traditional Thanksgiving Dinner is $27.95 for adults and $10.95 for children age 12 and under. The dinner includes Corn Chowder Soup, Roast Native Turkey, Stuffing, Whipped Potatoes, Giblet Gravy and Dessert. The dinner will be served from noon to 7:00 pm. Join their family by the fire for dinner. See More.
P. B. Boulangerie in Wellfleet
P. B. is offering a slightly different menu for Thanksgiving. The Wellfleet restaurant-bistro has a Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Dinner with three courses for $65.00. The menu features items like a Rainbow Beet Salad, a Homemade Country Style Pate, Seared Foie Gras, PB Codfish, Monsieur Marin 12 oz Black Angus Ribeye and of course a Turkey Dinner with Sweet Potato Gratin, Apricot and Sausage Stuffing and Braised Greens. For the dessert course, they are serving a French Apple Tart a la mode. The dinner is also available for takeout. See more.
Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Lower Cape
Bramble Inn in Brewster:
The Bramble Inn has been celebrating Thanksgiving on the Cape for the last 32 years.
With seatings at 1:00, 4:00 and 7:00 pm, their dinner is distinctive for its complimentary “groaning board” where the bar is loaded up with traditional hors d’oeuvres like stuffed celery, mixed nuts, cheese, crackers, and meatballs so that you can sit back and relax with a drink before dinner.
The meal features multiple courses and your choice of five or six entrees. Chef and Owner Ruth Manchester, welcomes you and your family to come and spend your holiday at the Bramble. See more.
Chillingsworth in Brewster:
Chillingsworth is proud of their reputation as one of the best restaurants on the Cape. For Thanksgiving, they are offering a traditional turkey dinner, tenderloin, fish, lobster and vegetarian dinners with complimentary pates, charcuterie, and cheeses. There are two seatings for the dinner; one at 2:00 pm and another at 5:00 pm. There is a children’s menu available also. Regular pricing is in effect for this dinner. See more.
L’Alouette in Harwich Port
L’Alouette is the spot to find Thanksgiving dinner with a French flair on Cape Cod. You can choose the Prix Fixe traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings, soup, salad and dessert for $28.00, or you can enjoy a Sole Francaise for $26.00, Dayboat Scallops for $30.00, or a Filet Mignon for $35.00. You’ll find other French classics like a Country Pate with Grain Mustard and Cumberland Sauce or Escargot Bourgogne. See more.
Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Mid Cape
Old Yarmouth Inn in Yarmouth Port
The Old Yarmouth Inn offers a wide range of delightful choices for Thanksgiving from a traditional turkey feast to Filet Mignon with Bacon. Prices range from $39.00 to $49.00 per person. Unfortunately, the restaurant is fully booked for the holiday and is not accepting any more reservations. You can get on their waiting list if you would like. See more.
Yarmouth House in Yarmouth
Yarmouth House has been serving the families of Cape Cod since 1978 and for Thanksgiving, they are offering five different holiday dinners that come complete with soup or salad, smashed potatoes, butternut squash, creamed peas with onions and dessert. You can choose from a Roast Tom Turkey with Apple Sage Dressing, a Baked Virginia Ham, Roast Leg of Lamb, a Holiday Sampler Dinner with turkey, ham, and lamb or a Haddock Picatta. All the dinners are priced at $23.00 to $29.00 each. See more.
Hearth & Kettle in Yarmouth & Hyannis:
Hearth and Kettle restaurants are known for their All-American holiday dinners. For Thanksgiving, they are offering one of the best bargains on the Cape. Their Roast Turkey Dinner that comes in at $25.99, includes turkey, cranberry sage dressing, cranberry sauce, corn chowder or salad, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, peas with onions, bread, and dessert. You can also choose Prime Rib, Ham or Broiled Scrod. See more.
Villaggio Ristorante in Cotuit:
Villaggio serves holiday dinners throughout the year and for Thanksgiving, they are offering three seatings: one at noon, another at 2:00, and a final seating at 4:00 pm. For Thanksgiving, you can choose from turkey, prime rib or their regular menu. Owner and Chef Jay Bartolomei’s regular menu features items like Asparagus Wraps, Crispy Pork Belly Bites, a classic Rustic Bruschetta, Roasted Beet Salad, Chicken Francese, Saltimbocca, Pancetta Scallops, Lobster Ravioli, Rib Eyes, and Filet Mignons. Reservations are taken by phone only. Call 508-548-5000. See More.
Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Upper Cape
Sea Crest in Falmouth:
The Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth has the most extravagant buffet on Cape Cod for Thanksgiving. The hotel lays out a huge buffet for the holiday that features hot and cold stations, carving stations and a dessert station. Highlights from the buffet include Cider Glazed Turkey and Virginia Ham that are carved to order, Cornbread Dressing, Petite Sirloins, Salmon, Butternut Squash, Shrimp Cocktail, Fall Greens, Salads, Cheeses, Clam Chowder, Pecan Pie and Cranberry Apple Cobbler with Cinnamon Chantilly. The price is $49.00 per person and $23.00 each for children 12 years of age and under. See more.
Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth
The Coonamessett has been welcoming guests on the Cape since 1926. For Thanksgiving, they offer a wide selection of traditional dishes from Turkey to Prime Rib to Sweet Potato Encrusted Cod. They also offer a prix fixe Turkey Dinner for $41.00 that comes with Turkey, Giblet Gravy, Sausage Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Broccoli with Sharp Cheddar Sauce, Coffee and your choice of desserts – Pumpkin Pie with Bourbon Maple Sauce, or Apple Pie a la mode or Indian Pudding. The restaurant will be serving from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm. See More.
Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich:
The Dan’l Webster has been hosting celebrations on Cape Cod for centuries. For Thanksgiving, they are offering a traditional Turkey Dinner with all the fixings for $41.95. The holiday feast includes soup, salad, bread, turkey with all the fixings, Mashed Potatoes, Maple Glazed Butternut Squash, Peas & Mushrooms, and desserts like Maple Pecan Pie and Warm Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream. Salmon can be ordered instead of turkey and a filet is available for $12.00 more. See More.
Oak and Ember Whiskey Bar & Grill in Mashpee
The Oak & Ember is featuring a tempting a la carte menu for Thanksgiving with entrees that range from $25.00 to $45.00 per person. Highlights from the special holiday menu include Cage Free Deviled Eggs, a Charcuterie and Cheese Board, Apple & Smoked Bacon Hush Puppies, Pumpkin Bisque, Pan Seared Cape Bay Scallops, Pumpkin Seed Encrusted Cod, and a Filet Mignon with Butter Poached Lobster. Their Bourbon Pecan Pie with Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream sounds irresistible. See More.
Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Pick Up & Take Out Thanksgiving Dinners
Nauset Farms in Orleans
Nauset Farms is a baby on the Cape compared to most of the establishments in this feature. Nauset is a bakery, a butcher, a market, a deli, a wine shop, and more. For Thanksgiving, you can have them bake your turkey or pick up a fully prepared dinner with all the trimmings. You can get a deconstructed turkey for $20.00, a Plainville Fresh Turkey for $3.69 per pound, Farm Cranberry Sauce for $7.99 per pint, or try some Eastham Turnip Mash at market price. They also offer dinner packages for 4-8 people for $129.99 or one for 10-14 for $199.99. See More.
Hearth & Kettle @ the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis
H & K is offering dinners from $23.99 to $29.99 each. See our description above or see more here.
Whole Foods in Hyannis
Whole Foods is one of our favorite foodie spots on the Cape and for Thanksgiving they are offering a holiday turkey dinner for four people for the low price of $69.99. The meal includes a boneless Plainville Farms turkey breast, New England Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Gravy, and Cranberry-Orange Relish. There are other dinners for two for $39.99 and complete dinners for four with Green Beans-Shallots, Apple Pie and Rolls for $79.99. You can also order Thanksgiving sides, appetizers, and desserts. See More.
Thanksgiving Tips from a Retired Chef
My partner, Val Gerischer worked as a chef in restaurants in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for over thirty years. Most of those years, he was in the kitchen on Thanksgiving day and offers these quick tips for dining out on Thanksgiving Day.
- Reserve your table for early in the day so that you get the freshest turkey and avoid the crowds that tend to pack in around mid to late afternoon.
- If you are a real fan of turkey and dressing and hate crowds, just reserve your table for the day after Thanksgiving. You’ll pay a lot less for the same dinner, avoid the noise and fuss of a busy restaurant.
- Save a little of your holiday dinner so that you can have one of those yummy day-after-Thanksgiving sandwiches with turkey, cranberry sauce, and mayonnaise.
- Finally, if you are cooking Thanksgiving dinner at home, please don’t get too creative or too fussy with your menu. This is one of those holidays that people want classic American turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce like Grandma used to make. Stick with the basics on this day and go foodie-gourmand crazy next week.