Our Cape Cod Thanksgiving story is transformed for these crazy times of the pandemic that we’re finally beginning to come out of. We’ve gone through the listings and updated them for Thanksgiving 2021. This year, our restaurants need our support and we can all say Thanks by supporting them.
Our story is updated as we find new restaurants and options for takeout. Get your orders in early. 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.
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 $69.95 per person. You’ll get your choice of turkey, grilled swordfish, or cauliflower steak 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, mashed Yukon potatoes, and green beans almondine.
P. B. Boulangerie in Wellfleet
P. B. is offering a slightly different menu for Thanksgiving. You can order dinner for 7-9 people for $380.00 that includes a whole roasted organic turkey, Mesclun salad, sweet potato gratin with marshmallow, fall vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce, fresh-baked breads, and an old fashioned French apple pie with pastry cream and fresh vanilla. You can also order a dinner for one for $65.00.
Tin Pan Alley in Provincetown
Tin Pan Alley is offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, sage gravy, apple-cornbread stuffing, green beans, ginger glazed carrots, and orange-cranberry relish. We are still confirming the price and the details at the moment. They are offering sit down and take-out dinners. This four-course feast is $75.00 per person.
The following information is from 2020: For takeout, there’s a complete feast for 4-6 people for $300.00 and one for 6-8 people for $450.00. This feast features turkey, apple cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, sage gravy, dinner rolls, and your choice of side dishes like orange-cranberry relish, green beans, Brussel sprouts, or ginger-glazed carrots.
Napi’s in Provincetown
Napi’s is planning to serve their regular menu plus some Thanksgiving classics. The regular menu items will be available a la carte.
Here is the info from last year. We are in the process of confirming their plans for this year. Their three-course Thanksgiving dinner is $47.95 and 29.95 for children and features a soup or salad, your choice of entrée, and dessert. The traditional turkey dinner includes turkey, stuffing, butternut squash, pan gravy, peas, and Cape Cod cranberry sauce. Other highlights from the menu include lobster ravioli, vegan and gluten-free cider-braised acorn squash with apples, pears, leeks, dried fruit, almonds, and wild rice, lobster bisque, pecan, and pear salad with Gorgonzola, and Jack Daniels Pumpkin Pie. The Portuguese seafood platter with littleneck clams, mussels, fresh cod, in a tomato, sweet pepper, and onion broth with linguica, topped with half a lobster is a local favorite.
Thanksgiving: Lower Cape
Chillingsworth in Brewster:
We are confirming this information now. This listing will be updated as soon as we get more details from the restaurant. Chillingsworth is open for Thanksgiving and serving dinner inside this year with seatings at 1 pm and 5 pm. The restaurant will be serving an all-inclusive dinner with multiple courses. Seating will be limited and safe with socially distanced dining throughout the bar and fine dining areas.
Pate’s in Chatham
Pate’s is one of our all-time favorite restaurants. This Cape Cod institution has been given a new life and a new attitude with a new owner. This year they are celebrating Thanksgiving and their new existence in two ways. They are serving dinner in-house on Thursday and offering a Thanksgiving dinner takeout.
Their fall menu features items like red beet hummus, tuna tartare tacos, a wedge salad, warm kimchi lobster tacos, littleneck clams, short ribs, sirloin, filet, fisherman’s pan roast, swordfish, and cauliflower steak.
Their Thanksgiving takeout feast features all the traditional items: whole turkey (precooked with heating instructions), mashed potatoes, butternut squash, green beans, traditional vegetable stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, and dinner rolls with a white bean dip. This feast feeds about six people and is $185.00. See their website for more details.
Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham
Chatham Bars Inn is famous for its grand feast buffet. Featured items include seafood displays on ice, caviar, smoked fish, an Asian station with sushi, carving stations with roast turkey and prime rid, Atlantic halibut, crab cakes, breads, side dishes, and desserts.
There will be three seatings with appropriately spaced tables throughout the restaurants. The first seating begins at 11:30 am.
The cost is $178.00 per person and $65 per child – ages 5-12.
Thanksgiving: Mid Cape
Old Yarmouth Inn in Yarmouth Port
The Old Yarmouth Inn is featuring a wide range of delightful choices for Thanksgiving. You can choose from a traditional turkey feast or Cape Bay Scallops. Prices range from $49.00 to $65.00 per person. Some highlights from the menu include prime rib, duck confit, roasted salmon, filet mignon, and a fig and mascarpone ravioli for vegetarians. Other treats include a fall salad with roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, candied pecans, baby spinach, and orange vinaigrette, old-fashioned Indian pudding, and pumpkin cheesecake.
The restaurant is serving from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm with 90 minutes between each table setting to allow for complete disinfection of all tables. Safe social distancing will be observed. Space is limited, so reserve early.
Yarmouth House in Yarmouth
Yarmouth House is open for Thanksgiving, serving inside this year. Service starts at 11:30 am and runs until 7:30 pm.
The House has been serving the families of Cape Cod since 1978 and for Thanksgiving, they’re offering a multitude of different holiday dinners that come with side dishes. Your entree comes with mashed potatoes and a fresh vegetable. Some dinners come with a small plate, entree and dessert. For your entree, you can choose from a roast turkey with apple sage stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce, baked ham with pineapple raisin sauce, lamb Osso Bucco, holiday sampler dinner with turkey and ham, pan-seared scallops, salmon, filet, prime rib, or panko-crusted chicken parmesan. To finish the feast you have your choice of desserts like apple crisp, pumpkin cheesecake, or chocolate truffle mousse cake.
Dinners are priced at $24.00 to $56.00 each. The children’s menu is priced at $10-$18 each. Get your reservations in now.
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 comes in at $31.99, includes turkey, cranberry sage dressing, cranberry sauce, corn chowder or salad, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, peas with onions, bread, and dessert. Dessert choices are pumpkin pie, apple crisp, and Indian pudding. To make the deal even better, you’ll get a turkey sandwich on fresh-baked bread for that day after Thanksgiving tradition. You can also choose Prime Rib for $36.99. Children’s dinners are $16.99. See more.
Villaggio Ristorante in Cotuit:
Villaggio serves holiday dinners throughout the year. For Thanksgiving, they begin serving at 1:00 pm. and you can choose from turkey, prime rib, or their regular menu. Chef/Owner 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-eye steak, and filet mignon.
Thanksgiving: Upper Cape
Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth
The Coonamessett has been welcoming guests to the Cape since 1926. That tradition continues but under new ownership. This classic has been updated for today’s sensibilities with a sense of where they came from.
For Thanksgiving, Coonamessett offers a 3-course prix fixe dinner with your choice of turkey, prime rib, baked cod, or roasted vegetable lasagna. You get all of this for $55.00. Other highlights of the menu include clam chowder, pumpkin chestnut bisque, apple pie, and chocolate mousse pie.
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 $49.95. 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 $10.00 more.
This year, you can also order their feast to go! You’ve got choices here, you can order it cold for a Wednesday pickup or hot for a Thursday pick up. The dinner includes corn chowder, a specialty salad, freshly baked rolls, freshly roasted naturally raised turkey breast with cranberry sage stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, maple glazed butternut squash, sautéed peas and mushrooms, and a choice of pie. You get all this for $47.95 per person or $20.95 per child – 12 and under. Order here with OpenTable.
Belfry Inn in Sandwich:
The Belfry is serving Thanksgiving dinner this year. The cost is $65 per person and $25 for children. It is a three-course prix fixe meal and it features choices like lobster corn chowder, cider roasted turkey with herb stuffing, burgundy short rib with a Bordelaise sauce, maple glazed salmon, butternut ravioli with brandied mushrooms and parmesan for the vegetarians in your crew, flourless chocolate gateau, Key lime tart and more.
Service will be from noon to 5:00 pm.
Cape Cod Thanksgiving: Pick Up & Take Out Thanksgiving Dinners
Nauset Farms in Orleans
Nauset Farms 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 $35, a Plainville Fresh Turkey for $4.39 per pound, Farm Cranberry Sauce for $9.99 per pint, or try some Eastham Turnip Mash at market price. They also offer dinner packages but they are sold out for this year.
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 dinners and entrees. They are sold out of many of the dinners at this point.
COVID-19 has changed things dramatically this year. Many of the restaurants and organizations that traditionally sponsored free Thanksgiving dinners have canceled this year because it is just too risky. I did find a couple of places that are going forward this year, but with changes.
Community Action Committe
The Community Action Committee has been providing help for needy families on Cape Cod for many years and they’ve changed it to a virtual dinner for the past two years. With the help of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and other community partners, they are offering each family a frozen turkey and a supermarket gift card so that families can make their own Thanksgiving feast.
The organization is looking for gift cards and cash donations. A $35.00 gift card supports a family of 4 and a $50.00 gift supports a family of 5. They are looking to help 200 families have a better Thanksgiving.
The drive-through this year is on Saturday, November 20.
Falmouth Service Center
The Center is serving about 750 families this year. They will be delivering baskets with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner. Anyone that is interested in getting a basket will need to act quickly and sign up on their website.
The Falmouth Service Center needs your help to serve more families. They are holding a turkey drop-off day on Saturday, November 21 between noon and 3:00 pm. They are only accepting frozen turkeys only. This is a drive-by event only.
All of the other items for the food baskets are supplied by the Greater Boston Food Bank.
The Salvation Army in Hyannis is providing food baskets for those in need for Thanksgiving. Individuals and families can call (508) 775-0364. They also have other Christmas programs like food baskets, an angel tree, and a dress a live doll program.
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.