Why slave over a hot stove all day when you can put on something festive and let somebody else do the work?
For extra celebratory vibes, we recommend making an overnight stay or a weekend of it with reservations for an elegant dinner at one of several Marin and Wine Country restaurants that are open for Thanksgiving. Live in the East Bay? There are some killer Thanksgiving takeout options in Oakland and Berkeley, too.
East Bay Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving Dinner + Takeout
A holiday pie from Oakland's Edith's is a beautiful addition to your Thanksgiving table.
(Courtesy of @edithspieoakland)
Souley Vegan (+Takeout)
Grub down on "generous portions" of rosemary seitan country fried steak, baked candied yams, brown butter garlic mashed potatoes, NoLa dirty rice casserole, jalapeño buttered cornbread, and more at the East Bay's best plant-based Thanksgiving ($36/adult, $17/kids under 10). Diners in can throw in bottomless mimosas for an extra $20. The restaurant, as well its the San Francisco location, is also offering its feast to go. Or, if you're feeding an army, order trays of sides of and desserts. // The restaurant will be open 11am to 4pm on November 24. Preorder for takeout; 301 Broadway (Oakland), souleyvegan.com.
The Butcher’s Son (Takeout + Delivery only)
If you act quick, you can get your hands on this plant-based feast from Berkeley’s The Butcher’s Son. A full vegan Thanksgiving ($102, serves 4-6) comes with a one pound turkey, sausage stuffing, shepherd’s pie, cheesecake, and eggnog. Meaty meatless dishes, including chicken pot pie, can also be ordered a la carte. Order by November 8 or live to regret it. // 1954 University Ave. (Berkeley), thebutchersveganson.com
Colombian restaurant Mago is spicing things up with creative flavors for Thanksgiving. Their all-in feast ($240) comes with enough food to serve two to four people including roast turkey breast with achiote, garlic, and sour orange; gravy spiced with charred scallions; stewed turkey leg with beans, plantains, and tomato; cranberry and pomegranate salsa; charred Brussels sprout cesar; roasted fall veggies with pepita salsa macha; heirloom cornbread and mushroom dressing, arroz de coco; and pumpkin-coconut cheesecake. // Preorder for pickup on November 23 from 1pm to 5pm; 3762 Piedmont Ave. (Oakland), magorestaurant.com
Edith's Pie (Takeout only)
Although this popular pop-up won’t officially go brick-and-mortar until next year, Edith’s will be proffering their pies this Thanksgiving from their future space in Oakland. Order in advance to get a taste of double crust apple pie, maple pecan pie, chocolate hazelnut cream pie with graham cracker crust, and vegan persimmon and ginger streusel. // Pre-orders available now for pickup 5pm to 8pm on November 22nd and 23rd; 412 22nd St. (Oakland), edithspie.com
Pomella (Takeout + Delivery only)
The California-Israeli hot spot is bringing it with a full menu of a la carte Thanksgiving options ($8 to $36). Load your table with lemon-sumac turkey, mushroom bastilla, harissa turkey wings, honey-lime yams, squash and fig stuffing, buttermilk biscuits, and mashed potatoes with celeriac. Dessert ops include apple-cranberry pie, pecan-caramel-chocolate bars, and sweet potato cheesecake. // Preorder online for pickup or delivery November 22nd from 4pm to 8pm or November 23rd from 11am to 4pm; 3770 Piedmont Ave. (Oakland), pomellaoakland.com.
Berkeley’s bright, decorously detailed Zino is hosting a Mediterranean-inspired Thanksgiving feast. The buffet ($59.99/adults, $29.99/kids 6-12, free for 5 and under) will live up to your holiday dreams, and then some. Look for dishes like spiced winter squash soup with pepitas, herb-roasted turkey and cranberry sauce, couscous stuffing with dates and pistachios, spiced root veggies with harissa and yogurt, fruit tarts, and baklava. // Reservations required. Open all day thru 9pm; 2086 Allston Way (Berkeley), hotelshattuckplaza.com
alley & vine
For the first time since opening, Alameda's alley & vine is jumping into the Thanksgiving game with their signature California cuisine. Join them for a classic three-course meal ($79/adults, $35/kids 12 and under) that starts with butternut squash soup, shaved Brussels sprouts, or roasted baby beets; follows with roasted turkey and cornbread stuffing, wild Alaskan halibut with wild rice, or seared cauliflower steak with pine nuts and breadcrumbs; and draws to a close with desserts like apple upside down cake. // Reservations required. November 24 from 1pm to 6pm; 1332 Park St., Ste. D (Alameda), alleyandvine.com.
Marin and Wine Country Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving Dinner + Takeout
Get cozy with a Michelin-starred Thanksgiving meal at Napa's La Toque.
(Courtesy of @latoquerestaurant)
Add a little ooh-la-la to your Thanksgiving festivities with a Frenchie three-course prix-fixe ($55). The delicious delights include Provencal pumpkin soup with roasted chestnuts and creme fraiche; cider-brined roast turkey with haricot verts almondine, seared salmon with gruyere gratin, or vegetable cassoulet; and pumpkin crème brûlée or fondant au chocolate. // Reservations required. Open 11:30am to 7:30pm on November 24; 85 Liberty Ship Way (Sausalito); legaragebistrosausalito.com.
Petite Left Bank (Takeout only)
Petite Left Bank’s Thanksgiving feast ($275) is just a heat-and-serve away. Dinner includes persimmon salad, butternut squash soup with toasted pumpkin seeds, roasted turkey with sides of sourdough stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, herb-roasted sweet potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Their autumnal artistry feeds four to six. // Preorder for pickup November 23rd and 24th; 1696 Tiburon Blvd. (Tiburon), petiteleftbanktiburon.com
Napa Valley Wine Train
Let the rhythm of the rails be the music of this year’s Thanksgiving meal. The Napa Valley Wine Train’s multi-course holiday feast comes with roasted beet salad, honey roasted squash bisque, four different mains including Diestel Farms turkey and ricotta cheese gnocchi with pumpkin and sage brown butter, and vanilla bean creme brulee or dark chocolate cake — plus, unbeatable Wine Country views. The culinary journey aboard the vintage train leaves the station at 11am for its 3.5 hour journey. //Reservations required; 1275 McKinstry St. (Napa), winetrain.com
The Girl & the Fig
Dig into The Girl & the Fig’s signature “country food with a French passion” with their three-course Thanksgiving meal ($72/adults, $60/kids under 10). Choose from starters like celery root and parsnip bisque or fall squash salad, and entrees like smoked short ribs with root vegetable succotash and sauteed flounder with potato puree and brown butter caper sauce. The delectable dessert display includes profiteroles, chocolate nut tarts, and caramel baked apples. Add a wine pairing for just $18/person. // Reservations available between 12pm and 8pm on November 24; 110 W Spain St. (Sonoma), thegirlandthefig.com
Ad Hoc (Takeout only)
Impress your guests with a meal from storied chef Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc. Go whole hog…er, turkey…with the feast for four ($350), a smorgasbord of pre-brined and dressed Diestel turkey, caramelized Brussels sprouts, bacon and leek stuffing, and more. If you plan to spend a part of the day in the kitchen, order just the bird ($150) or just the sides ($200), instead. Apple and pumpkin pies, and wine from Modicum are also available. // Preorder for pickup between 12:15pm and 1:30pm on November 23; 6476 Washington St. (Yountville), thomaskeller.com/adhoc
For your nomming pleasure, Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen is offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner ($110/adult, $55/kids under 12) with elevated offerings where sweet potato sformato, braised pheasant tortellini, Duo of Oz Family turkey served with rosemary sourdough stuffing, New York strip with bernaise, and apple tarte tartin are just the start. Add on sides ($16) include herb roasted sweet potatoes with toasted almonds and blue lake bean casserole with crispy shallots and mushroom veloute. // Reservations required; 317 Healdsburg Ave. (Healdsburg), drycreekkitchen.com.
Go all in this Thanksgiving with a Michelin-starred meal at La Toque ($120/person). Although the specifics of the 2022 feast haven’t yet been released, you can expect it to be as sumptuous as their 2021 festivities, which included chanterelle soup with sunchoke chips and truffle creme fraiche, slow-roasted Diestel turkey with wild mushroom roasted garlic gravy, and caramel apple beignets with cinnamon ice cream. Pair with wine for an additional $75/person. // Reservations required; 1314 McKinstry St. (Napa), latoque.com
Farm at Carneros Resort (+ Takeout)
Enjoy a family-style feast designed by Farm at the Carneros Resort in Napa or in the comfort of your own home. In-restaurant diners will be presented with classic Thanksgiving dishes prepared with produce from the restaurant’s culinary gardens ($135/adult, $59/kids 3-12). Homebodies get a meal for four to six ($385) complete with brioche and sourdough dressing, organic grain-fed turkey prepared multiple ways, butter whipped mashed potatoes, roasted carrots and chimichurri Brussels sprouts, and pumpkin and apple pies. // Make dine-in reservations (12pm to 6pm November 24) or preorder via firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-299-4820. Pickup takeout orders at 10:30am or 12:30pm on November 23; 4048 Sonoma Hwy (Napa), carnerosresort.com
Insalata’s (+ Takeout)
San Anselmo’s Bib Gourmand Mediterranean restaurant is cooking up Thanksgiving dinner two different ways. Dine in ($78/adults. $30 kids under 12) on a feast of butternut and sweet potato soup, persimmon and fennel salad, turkey with all the fixings or salmon with melted leeks, Brussels sprouts, squash and wild mushrooms, and your choice of four desserts. A vegan main dish will also be available. If you’re home for the holidays, choose from a slew of a la carte sides and desserts ($11-46) including cornbread and wild rice stuffing, beets with orange and coriander, and pear frangipane tart — plus, classic cocktails likenManhattans and Negronis for six ($65). // Reservations required for dining, 12pm and 6:45pm on November 24. Preorder by November 18 for pickups on November 23 between 11am and 5pm; 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. (San Anselmo), insalatas.comthree-course dinner ($88-93/person and $43/kids 10 and under) includes options of roasted turkey, grilled salmon, filet mignon, and vegetarian wild rice-butternut squash timbale. No matter which main you choose, all meals will come with a soup or salad and sides including roasted squash, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts with bacon, creamed onions, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy. Save room for one of five dessert choices. Additional a la carte apps include salmon cakes, calamari, clams and mussels, and steak tartare. // Reservations required. Open 12pm to 9pm on November; 1250 Lincoln Ave (Calistoga), calistogainn.com.