A Rittenhouse Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving in Rittenhouse Square

The holidays are one of the things that make living in Rittenhouse Square so special. We’ve compiled a list of local restaurants offering indoor, outdoor, dine-in, and take-out options so you can make the most of this year’s Rittenhouse Thanksgiving dinner.

Here in our beloved city, Thanksgiving Day is cause for celebration, since it marks the official start of the holidays in Greater Philadelphia. Many of the season’s fabulous holiday traditions are beginning to kick off, joining attractions like Winter at Dilworth Park, Christmas Village in Philadelphia, and A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens.

For 2020, the Thanksgiving Day Parade — the oldest parade of its kind in the nation — moves online for a virtual event on November 26, 2020. While Thanksgiving may look a little different this year, this can be an opportunity for it to taste better than ever, with so many of Philadelphia’s best restaurants offering Thanksgiving dining and carryout. So many of us are experiencing a change in traditions this year – which is all the more reason to shake up the holiday menu. We’ve put together a list of fabulous and familiar restaurants in and around Rittenhouse that are prepared to make this Thanksgiving a delectable experience in the city.

Rittenhouse Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner

Talula’s Daily

208 West Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Driven by local ingredients prepared in unbreakable harmony with the season, Talula’s Garden is a celebration of impeccable cooking right in West Washington Square. Stephen Starr and award-winning restaurateur Aimee Olexy are ready to help you tackle the holidays and remain stress-free with their catering menu, which features the freshest ingredients from local farms. The possibilities are vast—think gourmet cheese boards filled with jams and seasonal nibbles, creamy Kennett Square mushroom soup, pumpkin risotto and fresh cranberry and cider punch.

Make your reservations at Talulasdaily.com

Lacroix Restaurant at The Rittenhouse
210 West Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Seasoned Executive Chef Jonathan Cichon is prepared to carve up your family’s picture-perfect Thanksgiving dinner this year, right in the heart of Rittenhouse Square. Your turkey can be prepared two ways: roasted breast in Herbes de Provence, and maple-glazed thighs. Pair with the sage and chestnut bread stuffing and port wine cranberry sauce. Add a lovely bottle of wine from the extensive menu for a final touch. For reservations, visit lacroixrestaurant.com


210 W Rittenhouse Square,
Philadelphia, PA 19103 

Scarpetta marks Thanksgiving with a three-course meal that’s the perfect combination of tradition and innovation. Kick off the dinner with a roasted beet salad including shaved vegetables, ricotta, and beet vinaigrette. For the main course, indulge in a decadent pancetta-wrapped heritage turkey served with autumn vegetables, dark meat stuffing, and cranberry chutney. End on a sweet note with pumpkin cheesecake: a twist on your traditional pumpkin pie. philly@scarpettarestaurants.com

Walnut Street Cafe
2929 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Walnut Street Cafe is an approachable and delectable destination for dine-in and takeout this Thanksgiving. Stop by for an a la carte menu including sweet potato gnocchi, steak frites, stuffing muffins, apple cider sorbet, and even a kids menu for your little, more picky eaters. If you prefer the catered takeout route, you can order just the sides (brussel sprouts, stuffing, and green beans) or go for a full turkey dinner with an eighteen pound, whole-roasted Amish Turkey.

Pre Order takeout or make a reservation at walnutstreetcafe.com


306 Market Street
Philadelphia PA 19106

Fork is welcoming indoor and outdoor dining on Thanksgiving Day from 1 in the afternoon until 7 in the evening, offering a fixed menu featuring grapes and burrata, short ribs, turkey with cranberry chutney, and more. Each table can also help themselves to family-style sides, like mashed potatoes or roasted apples with Brussels sprouts, and end the meal with a dark chocolate budino or one of three pie options. Reserve indoor seating or outdoor dining at forkrestaurant.com


135 S 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

a.kitchen is a contemporary American restaurant located in Rittenhouse Square in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia.

a.kitchen has been named One of America’s Best Wine Restaurants by Wine Enthusiast and received the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Seasonal specials from a.kitchen are available this Thanksgiving for dine-in or takeout, with a three-course meal as well as bread service and an optional wine pairing for those dining in. Entree options include turkey, striped bass, or dry-aged steak. To pre-order and enjoy at home, you can go for just the sides (acorn squash and comte soup, stuffing, sweet potato mash) or add a brined whole turkey, as well as a set of milk bread rolls with garlic butter. Reserve for dine-in or schedule pick-up at akitchenandbar.com