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Wine Me Dine Me: A local guide to Thanksgiving

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Wine local Dine Thanksgiving guide

Perhaps you don’t want to cook an entire Thanksgiving dinner for two or even four, but still want to be around many others celebrating the day with turkey, stuffing and all the traditional sides. It might be that your daughter’s new (maybe, kinda sorta, not-yet-official) boyfriend is coming to visit her for Thanksgiving, but she still doesn’t want to introduce him to you and is therefore partaking in a “Friendsgiving” somewhere else. Ok, that’s just my situation. I’m still cooking a whole dinner anyway. She might change her mind.

While Thanksgiving is most often for gathering with friends and family in the home, many of you have an annual Thanksgiving restaurant tradition of going out for this big food and gathering day and there are some wonderful restaurants open to serve the traditional meal. Here’s a guide to some of those and at the end, a listing of free meals for those who are alone on this holiday or are in need. (Also, please consider inviting someone who might be alone on the big day to your home or volunteering at one of these marvelous programs.) If you have any additions, please let me know at rachel.forrest@localmediagroupinc.com and I can add them online. 

11th annual 25-mile Thanksgiving Celebration

First, on Sunday, Nov. 20 is Slow Food Seacoast's 11th annual 25-Mile Thanksgiving Celebration at Portsmouth Women’s City Club from 4 to 7 p.m. Slow Food provides the heritage turkey this year from Red Cardinal Farm in Nottingham, and guests bring the side dishes, which should contain at least one ingredient sourced within 25 miles of your home. Some local food options include fall greens, onions, potatoes, squashes and pumpkins, turnips and rutabagas, apples and cider, dried beans, fish, eggs and cheese. You can easily procure your ingredients at the first Seacoast Eat Local Winter Market on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford. Visit for more information.

To minimize waste and cleanup time, please bring your own “dining kit” (plate, bowl, drinkware, cutlery and napkin) and non-alcoholic beverage. Go to for tickets which are $12 for adults and $10 for Slow Food members and students. No charge for kids. It’s also BYOB for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Full Thanksgiving dinners

Roundabout Diner

580 U.S. 1 Bypass


This fun place for kids and adults alike will have an all-you-can-eat buffet from noon to 4 p.m. Just $21.95 for adults and kids under 12 are $9.95. Their pies are "soooo good." You can also get a full Thanksgiving dinner with sides to take home for up to 12 people (6 to 8 people, just $139.99 and 10 to 12 for $189.99).

The Oar House

55 Ceres St.


Dine on a traditional turkey dinner with sides or go for prime rib or even a steamed lobster, all in a space with classic ambiance and historic charm.


3612 Lafayette Road


Elegant and lively with a fantastic wine list, Demeters will be open for Thanksgiving Dinner from noon to 6 p.m. They have a special plated turkey dinner with traditional sides, fixings and dessert for $39.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids 13 and under. Opt for prime rib, too.

Two-Fifty Market

The Sheraton Portsmouth 

250 Market St.

Their prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu is served from noon until 4 p.m. at $35 for adults and $15 for kids under 12. There’s a choice of app, entree and dessert including their clam chowder, carved turkey dinner and a rib eye.

The Library Restaurant

401 State St., Portsmouth


Traditional roast turkey dinner with sausage, walnut and apple stuffing (hey, that’s what I make!) and all the fixings for $29; for kids, $18. They’ll also have a modified regular menu with steaks, chops and seafood, including prime rib.

The Dolphin Striker

15 Bow St., Portsmouth


Complete traditional ham or turkey dinner and children’s menu.

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 at $54.95 per person for adults, $24.95 per child ages 2 to 12. Raw bar, farm fresh salads, carving stations, crepes, pasta, roasted fish, 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 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the same pricing. Tax and tip are not included. The three-course Thanksgiving Dinner in SALT Kitchen + Bar includes a choice of slow-roasted, butter-basted turkey, wild Maine salmon, grilled tenderloin of beef or domestic rack of lamb with accompanying harvest vegetables and traditional Thanksgiving desserts. Go here for seating tickets: They’re selling out fast.

The Old Salt

490 Lafayette Road



Get a traditional plated dinner with turkey and all the trimmings or opt for ham, prime rib, baked lobster and more. Plenty to choose from including turkey, prime rib, baked lobster pie and butternut squash ravioli.

401 Tavern

401 Lafayette Road



Open 11 a.m. to midnight for all your Thanksgiving dining and revelry.

The Galley Hatch

325 Lafayette Road



Dine in, takeout or come in just for your holiday pies and cakes at this very family-friendly Hampton spot.

CRs the Restaurant

287 Exeter Road, Hampton


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