Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving by hosting the whole family or just want a low-key dinner for two, if you don’t want to do all or even any of the cooking, the Seacoast has many options. Dine in at your favorite restaurant or order your full meal to take home right down to the pies.
Here’s a list of dine-in and takeout options for Thanksgiving which we will update as we near Nov. 25. If you have anything to add to this list, do email me at RachelForrest1@gmail.com. And restaurateurs, if I didn’t see any info for this year on your website or social media, I left it out until I can get more info so do send it along. I will add you to the list. Have a happy holiday!
Roundabout Diner, Portsmouth
The Thanksgiving dinners for both dine-in and takeout are very popular. Dine in on Thursday, Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a family-style dinner (instead of their usual buffet) and enjoy slow-roasted turkey and ham, cornbread stuffing, classic sides, dinner rolls and homemade pies. Dinner is $27.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids under 12. For takeout, enjoy all the classics in two sizes. Meal 1 serves 6 to 8 for $179.99 and Meal 2 serves 10 to 12 at $229.99. You can also get a la carte sides, pies and roasted turkey breast. Pickups are available Wed., Nov. 24 or on Thanksgiving Day until 2 p.m. Visit roundaboutdiner.com.
The Library Restaurant, Portsmouth
Dine in from noon to 8 p.m. on a selection of appetizers, steaks and chops and other entrees from their regular menu, but also a traditional roast turkey dinner with all the fixings for $38 for adults or $22 for the child’s serving. See the full menu at libraryrestaurant.com.
Clipper Tavern, Portsmouth
Dine in from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the a la carte Thanksgiving menu which includes fried pickles and Buffalo cauliflower to start and entrees like a full turkey dinner with all the fixin’s at just $16. Lobster pot pie and roasted vegetable Napoleon are other choices. For dessert, go for pumpkin pie and deep-fried Oreos. Reservations are required for dining and the bar is open until closing time where walk-ins are welcome with COVID-19 regulations being followed. Table service is limited to a 1 and 1/2-hour timeframe. Choosing entrees when making reservations is recommended. Visit clippertavernportsmouth.com.
The Galley Hatch, Hampton
Pre-orders begin Nov. 1 and end Nov. 18 for individual turkey dinners and sides. Individual dinner is $17.99 and includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, cranberry sauce and gravy. Sides come in two sizes, pints for 2 to 3 people and quarts for 4 to 6. Choices include garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, rolls, mashed sweet potatoes and more. Their bakery selection is available for pre-order now as well. You’ll be able to order at galleyhatchmarket.com. Deadlines are the same for Popovers cakes and pies.
“It’s not holiday tradition without comfort food and it’s not comfort food without Gravy.” Order by Friday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. for Wednesday, Nov. 24 pickup. The full dinner feeds 6 to 8 and is $149. Get herb roasted turkey, turducken gravy, cranberry sauce, D’s buttermilk biscuits, low country sausage stuffing, candied yams with mini marshmallows, green bean casserole, creamy smashed red potatoes, ginger glazed carrots and spiced pumpkin bread with toffee caramel. Desserts are available as well as Gravy pints and quarts, and the regular menu. Visit gravynh.com.
CR’s the Restaurant, Hampton
CR’s is now accepting holiday reservations for dining in on Thanksgiving Day from noon to the last seating at 5 p.m. Enjoy their popular dinner entrees as well as Thanksgiving specials, including a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Visit crstherestaurant.com.
Tailgate Tavern, Stratham
Get a heat and serve take away Thanksgiving dinner from Tailgate Tavern. While meal packages come in two sizes, serving 4-6 people for $125 and 8-10 people for $250. Order by Friday, Nov. 19 for pick-up on Wed. Nov. 24 between 2-6 p.m. Choices are Roast Turkey with dark meat, garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberry relish or baked pineapple ham with mac ‘n’ cheese. Both meals include rolls and butter and your choice of one salad (garden or Caesar) and choice of one vegetable (maple brown sugar carrots or green beans almondine). Add apple crisp for dessert (4-6 people $11.99, 8-10 people for $21.99). Call 580-2294 to order and press 1. Visit http://www.tailgatetavernNH.com/
Victoria’s Kitchen, Hampton
Find full Thanksgiving dinners to go for 3-4 people ($129.99) or 6-8 people ($189.99). Order by Nov. 21 for pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Thursday, Nov. 25 from 7 to 11 a.m. Dishes include roasted turkey breast with house-made sage gravy and sausage stuffing with apples and pears, roasted spiral ham with black cherry and grilled pineapple chutney or herb-rubbed roast beef tenderloin with Burgundy mushroom sauce. You’ll get a choice of sides as well. Order appetizers like petite crab cakes and jumbo shrimp cocktail. Pies and cheesecakes are available, too. Visit thevictoriainn.com/victorias-kitchen-cafe-catering-meals-to-go.
The Old Salt, Hampton
Pre-order meals by Sunday, Nov. 21 for pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 24 from noon to 6 p.m. Options include individual turkey dinner with fixings or baked Virginia ham dinner for $21.99 each with family style that serves 4-6 for $125. The slow-roasted prime rib au us with sides for the individual dinner is $26.99, family-style $149. Pies include apple, pumpkin and pecan $9 per slice and $30 to $32 for whole pie. Visit oldsaltnh.com.
Good Eats, Hampton
Bring Good Eats home for Thanksgiving with its a la carte menu. All-white meat turkey breast serves 3-4 ($45) or 6-8 ($90). Sides include stuffing, mashed potatoes, Butternut squash, honey roasted carrots, green beans, corn, gravy and cranberry sauce in pint and quart sizes as well as rolls with butter. Prices for sides vary. Order by Wednesday, Nov. 17 for pickup on Nov. 24 between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. See the full menu and ordering instructions at Visit goodeatshampton.com/thanksgiving-2021.
Tuscan Market, Portsmouth
Thanksgiving menu for takeout includes a whole roasted turkey dinner which feeds 6 to 8 people for $175. It includes a carved turkey, maple roasted sweet potato, Brussels sprouts with smoked pancetta and aged balsamic vinegar, Mascarpone whipped potatoes, heirloom cranberry and marsala wine compote and more. You can also get everything a la carte and there’s a large list of sides to choose from. Other options include boneless prime rib, roasted salmon and a porchetta roast. Pick-up is Wed., Nov. 24. Visit tuscanbrands.com.
SALT at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel and Spa, New Castle
There are a few options here including the holiday buffet in the Wentworth Ballroom starting at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at $79.95 per person for adults, $26.95 per child ages 2-12, plus tax and tip. Raw bar, farm fresh salads, carving stations, crepes, pasta, roasted fish and wild salmon and plenty of desserts. Or, have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in SALT, the hotel’s reimagined dining room and in the Grand Dining Room served 1 to 9 p.m. at $64.95 per adult and $19.95 for kids 12 and under. the same pricing. The three-course Thanksgiving Dinner in SALT Kitchen + Bar includes a choice of maple brined sous vide turkey, pan-seared halibut and more all served with sides and traditional Thanksgiving desserts. Find out more at Visit saltkitchenandbar.com/thanksgiving.
Bob’s Broiled Chicken, Portsmouth
Bob’s will have Thanksgiving dinners, pies and sides in addition to their delicious chicken dinners. Each meal includes roast turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy, cornbread, any two side orders plus a slice of pie for $15.99 suggested cost, but any or even no amount is accepted. Please pay if you wish when you pick up or upon your free delivery from noon to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day only. You can order up to four dinners using their order form but just use multiple forms if you need more. Visit bobschicken.com.
Epoch Gastropub at the Exeter Inn, Exeter
Enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in this cozy, historic setting. Visit epochrestaurant.com.
The Shanty, Portsmouth
Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner with a full menu available, too. Start with some apps and go on to the main event and pies. You can dine in or take out. Visit theshanty.com.
Three Chimneys Inn, Durham
The Ffrost Sawyer Tavern and dining rooms will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but you can get your Thanksgiving feast with curbside pick-up on Wed. Nov. 24 between noon and 4 p.m. Order by Nov. 17. Order for 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 with a price range of $85 to $470. Dinner includes butternut squash apple bisque, mixed greens salad, roasted turkey, sage and onion stuffing, roasted carrots and green beans and choice of mashed potatoes or sweet potato. Choice of pie as well. See the full menu and order form at Visit threechimneysinn.com.
Sofia on Lafayette, Hampton
Sofia on Lafayette is now accepting preorders for Thanksgiving “grab and go” dinners. Each dinner is $15.95 and can be picked up the day before Thanksgiving. They also offer a wide variety of desserts, Italian dishes and their regular 25-30 dinner options at $9.45 each. Follow their Facebook page for updates and pictures. 822 Lafayette Rd. 926-7426. Visit https://sofiaonlafayette.com/
Mezzanine Catering, Dover
Order full Thanksgiving meals and Thanksgiving add-ons from Mezzanine which also offers a weekly meal program. The Thanksgiving meal feeds 4 people and includes roasted white meat with a dark meat roulade, mashed potatoes, challah and herb stuffing, house gravy, brioche rolls and butter and house cranberry sauce. You also get a choice of two sides and a full 9-inch pie. The meal is $195 and both local delivery and pick-up available on Nov. 24 (4 to 5 p.m.) Nov. 25 (10 a.m.-noon). Thanksgiving add-ons include sides and pies. Go to https://mezzaninecatering.square.site/s/shop to order.
Free meal for seniors, Congdon’s, Wells, Maine
For more than three decades, eighth graders at the Wells Junior High School have been serving turkey dinners to seniors in the Wells/Ogunquit area. However, due to COVID-19, the event could not be held in a venue. Instead, as was the case last year, senior citizens will be able to pick up their meals at the Congdon’s Doughnuts drive-thru, at 1090 Post Road in Wells, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Anyone who is interested must call ahead to reserve a meal. Call Wells Junior High School at (207) 646-5142 by Monday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. to reserve a meal. Meals include turkey, mashed potato, vegetables, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Turkeys donated by Wells Super IGA Food Market.
Tulsi Restaurant, Kittery, Maine
Open from 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. for dine in or to-go meals on Thanksgiving day. If you are strapped for funds this year, pay what you can or nothing at all. All proceeds go to the local Kittery food pantry. They are also looking for volunteers to help on that day. Call Christine at (978) 884-6283 to arrange. Find out more on their Facebook page.
Ore Nell’s Barbeque, Kittery, Maine
Takeout orders are now being accepted through Nov. 21 for Ore Nell’s Thanksgiving package to pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 24 from 4 to 9 p.m. or the morning of Thanksgiving between 9 a.m. and noon. Packages feed 6 to 8 people for $149 plus tax and include oak smoked turkey, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, smoked green bean casserole, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, cranberry BBQ sauce, gravy, Hawaiian rolls and blackberry crisp. Add on anything from their catering platter, too. Order and find out more at Visit orenellsbbq.com/thanksgiving-package-2021.
Jonathan’s, Ogunquit, Maine
Thanksgiving dinner includes Jonathan’s famous relish tray and a la carte starters, soups, salads and entrees which come with sides. Choose a Maine lobster, Steak Diane or wild mushroom pappardelle or go more traditional with roast Tom turkey with pan gravy roasted lamb shoulder or roast tenderloin of pork. Heck get all three of those roasts on a combo. See the full menu at jonathansogunquit.com/thanksgiving-dinner.
Shearwater at the Stage Neck Inn, York Harbor, Maine
Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner and two wonderful nights lodging on the Atlantic. In order to book the Thanksgiving dinner buffet, you need to stay a minimum of two nights, but you may bring in four outside guests. Visit stageneckinn.com. Dine in only. The buffet is from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and includes a carving station with turkey, prime rib and Virginia ham, a raw bar and many other main dishes and sides as well as a dessert display. Cost is $99.95 for adults and $39.95 for kids. See the full menu at stageneckinn.com/events/thanksgiving-2021.
York Harbor Inn, York Harbor, Maine
Dine in or order Thanksgiving to go this year at York Harbor Inn. Serving 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for dine-in with a three-course plated meal in either the main dining room or Ship’s Cellar Pub. Cost is $49.95 for adults and there’s a kids menu at $19.95. See the full menu here. For heat and serve at home menu, order by Thurs., Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. for pick-up on Nov. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. The dinner serves 4 to 6 and there is a choice of roast breast of turkey with fixings ($275) or prime rib ($375) with many add-on options. See the full menu at yorkharborinn.com.
The Tiller at Cliff House Maine, Cape Neddick, Maine
A wonderful setting for a special meal. Offering Thanksgiving brunch, dinner and to-go, too. Find brunch specials like Thanksgiving hash and brined turkey with apple mushroom dressing roulade, dinner offerings like Autumn farro risotto and that brined turkey roulade with sides like brown butter haricot verts with truffle cream and whipped Kennebec potatoes and table shares including sweet potato gnocchi and shaved Brussels sprouts with pumpkin panna cotta for dessert. The to-go meal includes a whole roasted 12-`14 pound turkey with Butternut squash bisque to start and a la carte options like standing rib roast, sweet potato gnocchi and Tiller’s lobster and corn chowder. To see the full menus and pricing, visit here and scroll down to Special Events.
Clay Hill Farm, Ogunquit, Maine
Serving a three-course meal with choices in each course. Starters include lobster bisque, baked Brie en croute and shrimp cocktail. Entrees include thyme roasted turkey, prime rib au jus and seafood stuffed haddock or vegetarian Wellington, all with sides. Choose from an array of desserts. Prices for the three-course meal vary with entrée choice and kid’s menu is $21. See the full menu at clayhillfarm.com/copy-of-live-music-1.
Earth at Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport, Maine
Serving a family-style Thanksgiving menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $80 per adult and $45 for kids 12 and under. Info at earthathiddenpond.com.
Walkers Maine, Cape Neddick, Maine
Options this year include The Night Before Thanksgiving — pick up Wed. Nov. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. and cost is $32 per person for roasted turkey, sourdough-butternut squash stuffing, mashed potatoes, haricots vert, pan gravy, cranberry chutney and apple crisp. Just heat up the next day. The second option is Thanksgiving Day – pick up the day of from 1 to 3 p.m. With this option it’s all hot and ready to serve and if you order for four or more, you get whole birds. Price per person is $65 for slow-roasted all-natural, heritage turkey, Maine mashed potatoes, sourdough bread stuffing with herbs and wild mushrooms, kale with bacon and shallots, whole roasted Long Island Cheese pumpkins/winter squash with Johnson Farm maple syrup, pan gravy, cranberry chutney, pumpkin pie and apple tarte tartin with crème fraiche ice cream. Go to walkersmaine.com to order
Ocean Restaurant, Kennebunkport, Maine
Ocean, the award-winning restaurant at Cape Arundel Inn & Resort in Kennebunkport, offers a three-course Thanksgiving meal with choices in each course for $85 with an optional wine pairing for $50. Choices include starters like lobster bisque and venison loin or caviar ($50 supplement), an then extra “chef’s course” of house made capellini with Burgundy white truffle, Parmesan and black peppercorn beurre fondie (+$15). Mains include Green Circle turkey breast, Colorado strip loin and wild caught salmon all with accompanying vegetables and sauces. Add Burgundy white truffles and/or seared duck foie gras (+$15 each). Then of course, lovely dessert. See the full menu at capearundelinn.com/dining.
The White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kennebunk, Maine
This iconic and newly renovated White Barn Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection property in Kennebunk is serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner “with a twist” and a Thanksgiving Bounty lunch. Visit aubergeresorts.com/whitebarninn/holidays.
Ingredients, treats and wine
South Street and Vine, Portsmouth
This neighborhood wine shop offers recommendations for which wines to pair with whatever is on your Thanksgiving table so stop in for their great list and pick up some bottles. Find cheeses and charcuterie, too. Visit southstreetandvine.com.
Three River Farmers Alliance
Enjoy an entirely local Thanksgiving by ordering boxes from this collaborative farm. They have turkeys, a Veggie Box in two sizes, Pie Kit and a Charcuterie Plate along with all of the other produce and meats they carry regularly. Delivery or you can pick up. See the full lineup at Visit threeriverfa.com.
Find turkeys also at Happy Hippie Chickens, Hurd Farm Turkeys, Vernon Family Farms, Carl’s Meat Market, Joe’s Meat and Maine MEat, to name just a few.
Red Rover Creamery, Portsmouth
You’ll want to “a la mode” your pies this Thanksgiving so do pre-order for the holiday with seasonal ice cream flavors and baked goods for your dessert for takeout. Visit redrovercreamery.com.
Fire and Spice Bistro, Newfields
Get your holiday pies at this new eatery in Newfields. Order for pick-up on Nov. 23 from choices like pumpkin, apple, pecan, chocolate cream and even a tourtiere French meat pie. Take-and-bake muffins available, too. Visit fireandspicebistro.com.
Lil’s, Kittery, Maine
Lil’s will be open on Thanksgiving morning for crullers, coffee and treats to enjoy before the big meal, during or after. Visit lilscafe.com.
Beach Pea Baking Co., Kittery, Maine
The Thanksgiving treat menu at Beach Pea includes pumpkin cheesecake with a gluten-free pecan crust, and a vegan version, cranberry streusel tart, chocolate tart, tiramisu, country apple galette, chocolate and salted caramel cake, eclairs and tiramisu puffs. Various sizes are available. Orders must be placed by Sunday, Nov. 21. They are also taking orders on Fougasse and wheat-free loaf (chickpea and oat). Call (207) 439-3555 or email email@example.com to place an order. Check out the menu at beachpeabaking.com.
Ceres Street Bakery, Portsmouth
Thanksgiving specials to order and pick up include pies, cranberry tart, pumpkin cheesecake and sweet breads like orange cranberry and pumpkin. Check out ceresbakery.com/sweets/holiday-specials.
Harvey’s Bakery, Dover
Freshly baked pies come in 8-inch and 10-inch sizes and run from $11.95 to $18.95. They also have pork and chicken pie and dinner or sandwich rolls. Visit harveysbakery.com.
Rachel Forrest is a former restaurant owner, reviewer and Seacoast resident, who now lives in Belize.