Restaurants To Visit On Thanksgiving

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Le Yaca

Flamboyant French foods in lieu of the formal Thanksgiving entrées take their place at the table at Le Yaca, pleasing the gourmand with a three-course meal made with zeal. Relish with your choice of the Soupe du jour cream of butternut squash with Andouille sausage or the signature mountain-style Soupe à l’Oignon puréed French onion soup while proceeding to a refined main course of Duo d’Agneau, a grilled lamb loin and roasted rack of lamb or La Dinde Rôtie, a roasted traditional free range turkey. A trifecta of decorous desserts follow for a finale of Grand Marnier Crème Brûlée, Trio de Sorbets with passion fruit, raspberry, lemon and fresh berries and William Pear Tart paired with caramel ice cream. Add an appeasing appetizer of Les Escargots or La Crêpe au Crabe for an additional cost. Bon appétit! Adults $60. Children 12 and younger $25. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Reservations recommended, call 757-500-4773 (Virginia Beach) and 757-220-3616 (Williamsburg). 741 First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach. 1430 High St., Williamsburg.


Schlesinger’s Steakhouse

Rising to the holiday occasion by keeping its cooks in the kitchen and quashing any preconceived notions that Thanksgiving is a toilsome day of meal preparation at your own dwelling, Schlesinger’s invites your family for an expansive buffet at the City Center steakhouse. From the restaurateur who has brought Opus 9 and Craft 31 to Coastal Virginia, Schlesinger’s adapts the conventional menu for a superb assortments of salads, fine cuts from the carving station and a splurge of sweet endings. Lead off with imported Italian cheeses, baby spinach salad with raspberry bacon vinaigrette with prosciutto and grilled pears and shaved parmesan chilled baby shrimp with peaches before a segue into Schlesinger’s oven roasted prime rib au jus or horseradish Cream, slow roasted turkey with warm cranberry-apple relish or maple brown sugar and apple butter glazed ham. Finish with an endless array of desserts, from mini bourbon pecan pies to pumpkin cheesecake. Adults $38.95. Children 6–12 $15.95. Children 5 and under free. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. 1106 William Styron Square S., Newport News. 757-599-4700.


Opus 9 Steakhouse

Revered for its upscale aura and exuberant steaks, the opulent Opus 9’s Bountiful Thanksgiving Buffet is a sumptuous spread of savory sides, carving board cuts and delicate desserts. Swapping the T-bone for the wishbone, revel with some platters of roasted turkey with giblet gravy, Surry ham, their illustrious slow roasted prime rib with demi-glace or braised beef short ribs with red wine demi-glace and corn purée. Grab another plate for sensational sides of pimento mac ‘n’ cheese, sweet potato mash with caramelized marshmallows, oyster or traditional stuffing with sage and apples, green bean and wild mushroom casserole and deviled egg-style potato salad. Jubilant guests can treat themselves to luscious desserts of pecan pie, Apple Brown Betty, chocolate chip mousse and a fancy fondue fountain of chocolate. Adults $38.95. Children 6–12 $15.95. Children 5 and under free. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. 5143 Main St., Williamsburg. 757-645-4779.


Craft 31

Counting just the tap handles, there are already at least 31 reasons to leave your home and spend the day at Craft 31 on Thanksgiving, with a few more to boot with its three course holiday lunch and dinner. Pair your way through each epicurean serving with a craft beer complementing house or Caesar salad or butternut squash soup, a splendid roast turkey and giblet gravy and cranberry sauce with white or dark meat or in a combination, hearty prime rib or broiled flounder with crab and caper meunière. Pick a trio of à la carte sides consisting of whipped sweet potatoes, creamed corn, glazed carrots and roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon, among other beloved options. All ends with the alluring dessert choices of pumpkin cheesecake, apple cobbler and pecan pie, but not before a call for another round of stellar beers. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Reservations recommended, call 757-378-3268. 3701 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg.


The Trellis

With artfully plated foods sourced from the pasture and made with a pinch of panache, Thanksgiving is well spent at The Trellis along the promenades of the historic Merchants Square in Colonial Williamsburg. The chic chartreuse grill is a convivial setting centered on Chef David Everett’s Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, with a carefully composed entrée of oven roasted carved breast of turkey served with a savory dark meat brioche stuffing roll, sautéed green beans, turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry relish and fresh hot bread from the artisanal Blackbird Bakery. Crafted cocktails and sugary confections follow the turkey dinner, with traditional pumpkin praline pie with sweet whip cream, southern pecan pie with homemade vanilla ice cream, a Trellis hot cider cocktail with spiced rum and toffee butter and Chef David Everett’s Holiday Eggnog for some irresistible after-supper spirits. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. 403 W. Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg.


Café Provençal

Distinguished as a cultivated yet casual dining experience at the esteemed Williamsburg Winery at Wessex Hundred, Café Provençal invites your family for a glamorous and nourishing Thanksgiving Day meal that is sure to be cherished. Owing to its influences of seasonally traced flavors and Founder Patrick Duffeler, Sr.’s culinary travels to Europe, the café’s rich holiday cuisine is a medley of Thanksgiving classics well paired with exquisite wines from the vineyard. First course fare features a choice of butternut squash bisque or endive salad, with delectable main course options of roasted ribeye and roasted game bird and an exceptional truffle stuffing, supplemented by pomegranate cranberry pecan sauce or roasted chicken veloute and accompaniments such as baked oysters with arugula and sautéed Brussels sprouts. For those with a flaring fondness for sweets, dessert consists of apple tartlet with cheddar tuile and vanilla-truffle gelato and pumpkin cake with caramelized cinnamon ice cream. $68. Sommeliers’ Wine Pairing an additional $30. Noon–3 p.m. Reservations required, call 757-258-0899 ext. 192. 5810 Wessex Hundred, Williamsburg.


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Unwind this Thanksgiving at City Center at Oyster Point with a festive fusion of bodacious Brazilian churrasco served sizzling and skewered alongside tender turkey, enticing sides and indulgent helpings of dessert. Renowned by locals for its comfortable dining and prime location, the steakhouse takes a twist on holiday norms for more exotic dishes while spicing things up in a new tradition. A special Tucanos Thanksgiving menu joins a culinary carnival of South American foods, with a plentiful selection of all-you-can-eat sirloin cuts, sugar-glazed ham, spicy barbecue and baked, fried and grilled turkey. Try some tasty and tempting sides, such as mashed potatoes with turkey gravy, seasoned stuffing, classic candied yams, cranberry sauce and green bean casserole. Chocolate cake and pumpkin pie make for a flavorful finish. Adults $29.95. Children ages 7–12 $11.95. Children 7 and under free. 11–8 p.m. Reservations required, call 757-597-9500. 11820 Fountain Way, Newport News.


The Pagoda

Known for its fabled past as the former Marine Observation Tower before it was enshrined with carefully crafted materials constructed in Taiwan, the Pagoda Restaurant and Tea House adds to its prestige with an impressive buffet this Thanksgiving. While its dining atmosphere is characterized by its Far East origins, the emblematic restaurant and tearoom provides an at-home feel during the holiday. The serene gardens and ornate dining rooms greet guests to a full serving of roasted turkey or baked ham. Enjoy traditional Thanksgiving sides such as stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and cranberry sauce as well as some signature standouts, including oyster cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole and roasted Brussels sprouts. Satisfy your sweet tooth and cravings with an assortment of desserts completing your Thanksgiving feast. Adults $20. Children $12. 12:30–2:30 p.m. Reservations required, call 757-288-2881. 265 W. Tazewell St., Norfolk.

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