It often seems that there is only one traditional way to celebrate Thanksgiving — namely, a homemade turkey dinner with cranberry sauce and dozens of distant relatives — but the truth is only you can decide the right way to celebrate for yourself. Rather than sticking to tradition, interested travelers can save themselves some work by visiting any of these Napa Valley restaurants offering their own alternative versions of Thanksgiving dinner.
755 Silverado Trl
Calistoga, CA 94515
The Michelin-starred restaurant SolBar on the grounds of Calistoga’s Solage Resort treats guests to a hefty Thanksgiving dinner consisting of both comforting seasonal classics like roast turkey and novel additions like oyster stew. Enjoy this year’s filling meal at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving day at a table amidst the gorgeous Palisades foothills on the eastern side of Napa Valley, just beginning to turn green with the precipitation of the colder seasons.
Looking to spend Thanksgiving Day fully immersed in wine country? Stop by Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga for a winery tour, they’re open Thanksgiving Day 9:30am-3pm
Dinner and Leftovers
1314 McKinstry St
Napa, CA 94559
La Toque’s four course prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving dinner includes your choice of main entree–just in case turkey doesn’t fit your tastes or dietary restrictions–alongside soups, appetizers and the obligatory pumpkin-flavored dessert. For an extra $42 per diner, each course comes with a specially-selected wine pairing. The best part of their seasonal offering comes after the courses themselves, when every guest receives a pre-made turkey sandwich to be enjoyed later. What’s Thanksgiving without leftovers, after all?
La Toque’s next irresistible culinary event comes January 14, when the restaurant hosts a multi-course truffles and wine dinner prepared by Michelin-starred chefs as part of the Napa Truffle Fest.
Taste of the Season
1 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574
Harvest Table’s chef Levi Menzick uses the culinary bounty of Napa Valley to create unique meals year-round, and his Thanksgiving menu is no exception. For $65 per person, guests arrive at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving day to enjoy three seasonal courses that include autumnal flavors like chestnut risotto, sage-infused brown butter, pumpkin tartlettes and the typical free-range turkey. Children under 12 receive smaller courses for only $35 per person, making Harvest Table a convenient choice for families exploring Napa Valley with younger children.
It’s hard to resist the complex flavors and unusual preparations of Harvest Table’s cocktail menu, one that includes such interesting ingredients as grilled pineapple relish, creme de violette foam, chile-dusted black Hawaiian sea salt, and lavender syrup.
Meritage Resort and Spa
875 Bordeaux Way
Napa, CA 94558
Rather than wait until afternoon, the Meritage Resort begins their Thanksgiving feast at 10:30 a.m. in their onsite restaurant Siena. A $90 adult ticket to their annual holiday brunch provides for a mimosa at the event’s start plus continual access to their impressive roster of buffet stands. Those include an omelet bar, an iced seafood table, a pastry stand, a carving table with meticulously seasoned turkey and prime rib, and a whole lot more.
Children who can’t enjoy bubbly like their parents will still have plenty to entertain them, including two puppet shows and an area for creatively decorating cookies.
Drinks with Dinner
Fume Bistro & Bar
4050 Byway E
Napa, CA 94558
The lively atmosphere of Fume Bistro & Bar lends itself well to holiday meals. Their Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu features three courses with several options to satisfy even the pickiest diners in every family. Past years’ menus have included familiar seasonal preparations culled from local farmer’s markets like flatiron steak, iceberg wedge salad with fried capers, and butternut squash soup.
Don’t leave without taking advantage of Fume’s extensive drink menu, which includes reds and whites from independent producers throughout the valley as well as distinctive cocktails like their French pear martini and spiked Napa iced tea.
Napa Valley is an outstanding destination no matter what time of year. For Thanksgiving, numerous resorts and restaurants open their doors and their kitchens to travelers celebrating the holiday away from home, each offering their own unique seasonal feast as satisfying as any home-cooked meal.