Eating Out for Our Thanksgiving Travelers

Traveling during the holidays can be exciting, eventful, memorable and a good time to reconnect with your loved ones- without worrying about the cooking.  I came across this article on and wanted to share with our guests.  We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and hope that you will let us know if there is ever anything else we can do to make your stay more comfortable.

Eating out on Thanksgiving – Restaurants open in Portland By Alley Hector,

Not all of us want to deal with the family drama that generally ensues when Grandma and little sis’, who recently became vegan, fight over the 12 lb bird on the table. Leave the stress behind and let yourself be served.

Thankfully, many Portland area restaurants are open for Thanksgiving. Generally, you’ll to have to shell out a few bucks and make reservations as soon as possible. Here are some recommendations. Post yours below.

Jake’s Thanksgiving Buffet at the Governor Hotel
All McCormick & Schmick’s restaurants will be open for your seafood needs but if you want a buffet that will surely send you into a tryptophan coma, head out to the Governor Hotel (614 SW 11th Ave., 503-224-3400). Reservations begin at 11 am and end at 3:30 pm. $29.95 adults, $7.95 children 6-12, 5 and younger free. Call 503-241-2125 to make your reservation.

Rheinlander German Restaurant
Nothing says Thanksgiving like lederhosen. Special (meaning traditional) Dinner served 11 am-8 pm, reservations recommended.

The Heathman
This pricey Portland staple is a nice sit-down option that will please every member of the classy family. Prix fixe dining room service 11 am-9 pm. Holiday buffet 11:30 am-6 pm. The Heathman, 1001 SW Broadway., 503-790-7752. $46.50 per person ($18 for kids under 12). Call to reserve seats.

View Point Inn
For a more intimate dinner outside the city, the View Point Inn to the east with a panoramic Columbia River Gorge view is the place. And when you’ve stuffed yourself silly, you can just nab a room. At $65 a person it’s not the most frugal option, but the menu takes the traditional fare and adds significant flair, which should be worth the extra cash. View Point Inn is on the Historic Columbia River Highway, 503-695-5811.

Thanksgiving at McMenamins
Local favorites McMenamins will have a plethora of buffets at all their major locations. And at $24 per adult they’re really quite the bargain. Perhaps not as fancy as other restaurants, McMenamins always provides a warm atmosphere and plenty of room for the kids to run around in. 1 pm ’til 7 pm; reservations required | $23.95 adults; $18.95 senior; $11.95 kids 6-12; free for kids 5 and under | All ages welcome

For more recommendations visit the folks of Willamette Week, Open Table and Gayot.

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