For a completely stress-free holiday, dining out is the best option. There’s no need to menu-plan, wash the good serving ware, cook, clean, or politely refuse your Aunt Mildred’s neon green ambrosia Jell-O salad. Whether you’re looking for a casual spot eat your fill before watching the game or a sophisticated prix-fixe experience, there’s a vegan restaurant open to cater to your Tofurky Day cravings. Make your reservation today and look forward to a satisfying, stress-free holiday. 

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1. True Bistro, Somerville, MA
Just a T ride and an eight-minute walk from Boston lies True Bistro—a largely undiscovered yet magnificent vegan restaurant. This intimate, chef-driven bistro excels with each perfectly plated dish, and Thanksgiving reservations are competitive. If you are able to secure a seat, you can expect elevated dishes such as roasted cauliflower croquettes with herbed cashew cheese and cranberry gastrique, heirloom squash bisque, yuba roulade with chestnut and seitan stuffing, and a bourbon and chocolate pecan tart with vanilla ice cream. Due to the menu’s popularity, the kitchen will also host a few Thanksgiving specials the day after the holiday and through the weekend. 

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2. Plum Bistro, Seattle, WA
With three prix-fixe Thanksgiving-themed menu options, everyone in your party can find something to enjoy. Choose from the $70 Chef’s Table, $67 Farmer’s Daughter, or the $65 Harvest Festival which provides a completely gluten-free option. Each menu includes a starter, appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Hello, caramel pumpkin pecan cheesecake!

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3. Green New American Vegetarian, Tempe, AZ
This beloved Arizona restaurant is throwing a vegan Thanksgiving bash. From 12-4pm, diners can enjoy a multi-course meal along with live music, vegan vendors, and kid-friendly craft stations. Make your reservations for a discounted ticket price, though seats may still be available day-of. 

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4. 101 North Eatery and Bar, Westlake Village, CA
We all have those relatives that refuse to eat at a “vegan place.” To avoid family fights, make your reservations at a vegan-friendly establishment such as this Westlake Village hidden gem. The vibe is cool yet elevated, and the vegan menu is en pointe. The $45 three-course meal includes a roasted baby beets starter, choice of two vegetable-focused mains, and a decadent pumpkin creme brûlée. No doubt Uncle Fred will be eyeing your plate with envy. 

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5. J Selby’s, St. Paul, MN
Show your thanks by attending this free Thanksgiving meal hosted by J Selby’s and The Herbivorous Butcher. While the meal is complimentary, donations are encouraged to support MN350: Building a Climate Movement in Minnesota. Dig into a bowl brimming with The Herbivorous Butcher vegan turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, collard greens, and a freshly baked roll. RSVP on Facebook and bring your generosity. 

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6. Follow Your Heart Market and Café, Canoga Park, CA
If you prefer to sit down to an early meal, grab a seat at this hippy café and market before 3pm on Thanksgiving Day. The sizeable menu includes all of the holiday classics including turkey pot pie, vegan turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffed acorn squash, mashed potatoes, yams, green beans—and that’s not including the 10 desserts on offer. Eat your fill, then take home an apple, pumpkin, or pecan pie to savor throughout the week. 

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7. Café Gratitude, Venice, CA
Give back during the holidays and lend a bit of your time to feed those in need. Café Gratitude is seeking volunteers for its annual free Thanksgiving feast. Choose between a morning or early afternoon shift and do what you can to help those less fortunate receive a nourishing, vegan holiday meal. Don’t worry, you’ll get to try the incredible lentil and butternut squash loaves and maple miso brussels sprouts when your shift is up. 

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8. Veggie Grill, multiple locations
Not a fan of reservations? To keep Thanksgiving ultra casual, swing by your local Veggie Grill for a no-fuss, filling holiday meal. Many locations are open late (11pm late), so there’s no need to worry about early closings. The Holiday Dinner Plate includes all of the Thanksgiving fixings from a hearty stuffed vegan roast to all the sides you could ask for. If leftovers are more your style, opt for the Thanksgiving Sandwich featuring vegan roast turkey, apple sausage stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce, served with a side of sweet mashed yams. Add a pumpkin cake slice to complete the meal. 

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9. Native Foods, multiple locations
While reservations are required, this vegan chain provides a casual setting for a relaxed and efficient Thanksgiving meal. The buffet-style menu includes the new Native Thanksgiving Roast (so long, Native Wellington), Native Stuffing, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Apple Cider-Braised Brussels Sprouts, Polenta Butternut Squash Terrine, two varieties of pumpkin pie, and more. Note: only the Los Angeles, Costa Mesa, Point Loma, Glendale, Tigard, and Chicago locations are open on Thanksgiving. 

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10. Beyond Sushi, multiple locations, New York City
This New York City vegan sushi micro-chain is setting aside the nori and serving up an Impossible meatloaf for the holiday. Sweet potato soup, stuffed mushrooms, and cranberry sage sauce will accompany this staunchly American centerpiece. Make your reservation at the flagship location to experience this limited-time offer. 

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11. Matthew Kenney restaurants, multiple locations
Celebrity chef and serial restaurateur Matthew Kenney is opening up his restaurants for a truly elegant Thanksgiving meal. Bar Verde, Plant Food + Wine (NYC and LA), and XYST will all host special holiday prix-fixe and à la carte menus to delight their guests. Visit the restaurants’ websites to view their individual offerings. 

Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and fitness enthusiast living in Orange County, CA.

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