Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays as the only expectations are good food and being surrounded by friends and family! While I enjoy eating, I don’t enjoy cooking and washing the piles of dishes that are left over after a fabulous feast! If you want to enjoy everything Thanksgiving has to offer minus the grunt work, check out brunch and dinner options at Alderbrook Resort & Spa, Ascend, Eques at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, and Urbane! 

The Restaurant at Alderbrook

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The Restaurant at Alderbrook’s Thanksgiving dinner buffet combines the comfort of a home-cooked meal with the idyllic backdrop of Washington’s Hood Canal. The menu features unique options like cedar-planked steelhead, handmade buffalo milk ricotta ravioli, warm kale salad served with garlic and bleu cheese dressing, and roasted squash cream soup topped with candied pumpkin seeds. The classics are all there too, with organic roasted turkey breast and confit turkey legs, sweet potatoes with maple syrup, whipped Yukon potatoes and the chef’s own take on green bean casserole. It wouldn’t be a holiday meal without a sweet treat! The Restaurant will offer an apple cranberry crostada and, of course, pumpkin pie but the cheesecake version!

  • Cost: $55 for adults; $18 for children
  • Time: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Reservations: Please call 360.898.5500 for reservations

Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi

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Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi will offer a progressive brunch buffet on Thanksgiving Day with selections that will delight traditional and contemporary palates such as brown butter pumpkin-spiced waffles, an oyster bar, caviar deviled eggs, winter squash salad, dry-aged hand-carved wood-grilled ribeye chops, cauliflower steak, lemongrass salt baked salmon, hand-made nitro ice cream and so much more!

  • Cost: $85 for adults; $35 for children with a required $25 per person non-refundable deposit
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Reservations: Reservations are availablehere.

Eques at Hyatt Regency Bellevue

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Eques is warming up the Eastside with a Thanksgiving feast to liven up everyone’s taste buds with a seafood station, special kid’s menu items, and a mac and cheese station with house-made Beecher’s mac and cheese and toppings including pork belly, chicken, mushrooms, caramelized onions and more. Eques will also feature a seafood station with shrimp, crab legs and all the fixings! The menu also features holiday classics like brussels sprouts, green bean casserole and a carving station complete with turkey and herb roasted prime rib. Put the cherry on top with desserts like chocolate pots de crème, pear mousse with a caramel drizzle and cinnamon crumble and mini pies like pumpkin chantilly and maple pecan.

  • Cost: $52.95 for adults; $24.95 for children 5-12, and FREE for children ages 4 and under
  • Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Reservations: Please call 425.698.4100 – reservations highly recommended


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Urbane is taking care of the heavy lifting with globally inspired comfort food this holiday season with a decadent plated Thanksgiving meal. Featuring turkey two ways – brined and roasted turkey breast and turkey thigh with ‘whole bird’ gravy. Sides include haricot verts with garlic, shallot butter and guanciale; brown butter mashed potatoes with roasted garlic, brown butter and chives; cornbread dressing with sage and confit turkey leg; roasted Thumbelina carrots with parsley maple and lemon; roasted pearl onions with butter, thyme and white wine and cranberry orange relish to top it off with fresh cranberries, spices, ginger and brown sugar. And to end the meal, Urbane will feature a sticky toffee pudding with J.P. Trodden bourbon toffee, candied pecans, cinnamon merengue and a local vanilla ice cream

  • Cost: $49 per person; $15 for a special kids menu including turkey, mashed potatoes, choice of veggie and dessert.
  • Time: 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Reservations: Please call 206.676.4600 – reservations highly recommended

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