The most expensive Thanksgiving dinners across the USA

A meal fit for a king! The most expensive Thanksgiving restaurant dinners in the US (with most unsurprisingly located in New York) from a $295 all-you-can-eat buffet to a VEGAN tasting menu for $530

  • The Plaza hotel in New York has an all-you-can-eat buffet for $295 per person 
  • Celebrity-approved Carbone in Manhattan has a $225 set menu 
  • Addison in California has a $450 menu with ‘seasonal flavors and ingredients’ 

A plump bank balance will be required for these extravagant Thanksgiving feasts, with each taking the humble turkey dinner to a whole other level. has scoured the country for the most lavish renditions of the traditional feast, with multi-course tasting menus conjured up by some of America’s most celebrated chefs being the running theme.

Celebrity-approved Carbone in Manhattan has a $225 set menu featuring an ‘extraordinary’ glazed turkey breast, while three Michelin-starred Addison in San Diego has a $450 menu combining ‘seasonal flavors and ingredients.’

To get the full lowdown on these spots and more, scroll down and have a forkful. 


Cut By Wolfgang Puck at the luxury Four Seasons Hotel Downtown in New York has an 8oz American Wagyu striploin on the menu this Thanksgiving 

Scrap the turkey. At Cut By Wolfgang Puck at the luxury Four Seasons Hotel Downtown in New York it’s all about hunks of prime steak.

This polished restaurant – described as a place ‘where New Yorkers broker deals over power meals’ – is serving a prix fixe menu, which includes a choice of a starter, entrée, dessert, and sides for the table, priced at $195 per person. 

Some of the festive treats on offer include a fall chestnut agnolotti pasta – with the option of adding Italian Alba white truffle for an extra $125 – and an 8oz American Wagyu striploin for mains.

Some of the elevated accompaniments include crispy brussel sprouts combined with smoked bacon, Medjool dates and cornbread stuffing fashioned out of chicken sausage and chestnuts.  

To finish things off, there’s the option of a pumpkin or apple pie.  


Celebrity-approved Carbone has a $225 set menu for Thanksgiving

It’s one of the hottest tables in New York, and celebrity-approved Carbone has pulled out all of the stops this Thanksgiving. 

The eatery, beloved by everyone from Ivanka Trump to David Beckham for its hearty Italian fare, has a $225 set menu for Thanksgiving with some of its most popular dishes included. 

The restaurant’s much-loved spicy rigatoni vodka pasta and Caesar alla ZZ are featured, along with one-off dishes such as a butternut squash tortellini and ‘extraordinary’ glazed turkey breast.

On the dessert side of things, pecan pie and lemon cheesecake serve as the closing acts. 

To wash it all down, Carbone has an extensive wine list with bottles ranging from $72 to $40,000.  


Hot foie gras is one of the options for appetizer on the River Cafe’s Thanksgiving menu

Boasting one of the most romantic spots in New York next to the water in Brooklyn and opposite downtown Manhattan, the River Cafe has a multi-course extravaganza to woo diners this Thanksgiving.

The one Michelin star eatery, which has been welcoming customers since 1977, has a $230 three-course Thanksgiving meal with an ‘amuse bouche trio’ included. 

There are 10 starters to pick from, with the most indulgent picks being a hot foie gras, Nantucket Bay scallops finished with black truffle vinaigrette and River Cafe oysters topped with caviar.

Moving on to mains, there are seven options to suit all tastes, but for those wanting to stick to tradition the roasted Amish natural turkey with all the trimmings should fit bill. 

For dessert, diners are presented with a trio of treats, with these being a fresh roasted sugar pumpkin pie, a mini chocolate version of the Brooklyn Bridge, and butter pecan ice cream finished with ‘fall spice’ caramel.


63 Clinton has a Thanksgiving-inspired menu catering to the more sophisticated palate

Tucked away on a bustling street in New York’s Lower East Side inside an old pizzeria, 63 Clinton recently got its Michelin star reappointed for another year running. 

This refined restaurant, masterminded by chefs Sam Clonts and Raymond Trinh, has a Thanksgiving-inspired menu catering to the more sophisticated palate.

While the eatery is closed on the Thursday, the dishes will be served pre and post festivities. 

There are seven courses priced at $112 but there are additions which come highly recommended – including a $55 caviar hand roll – bringing the grand total to $264 per person. 

The menu is punctuated with Japanese influences with the first course being a breakfast taco topped with smoked trout roe and uni (sea urchin) for an additional $22.

The final savory course presents itself as a perfect round of succulent turkey, flanked by an rectangular cut of cornbread, topped with stewed lingonberries. 

Rounding things out, there is a sweet honeynut squash creamy mousse, which the restaurant staff say is one of their favorite deserts from Clonts and Trinh yet.  


The Plaza will be hosting an extravagant all-you-can eat feast for $295 per person

Retaining its spot as one of New York’s most iconic hotels thanks to its outing in Home Alone and its prime placement next to Central Park, The Plaza is a top pick for families visiting the city over Thanksgiving. 

One of the hotel’s most dazzling spaces is the glass-roofed Palm Court, and this season it will play host to a run of festive buffets. 

For Thanksgiving, the extravagant all-you-can eat feast (which costs $295 per person or $125 for diners aged 12 or under) features various stations with different offerings on each. 

Highlights include a carving station with roast turkey and a glazed ham while there will a seafood bar stacked with king crab, oysters, lobster and more. 

Thanksgiving celebrants with a sweet tooth will also swoon at the sight of the chocolate fountain, with pieces of fruit and pretzel sticks among the dipping utensils.  


Michelin star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has conjured up three Thanksgiving tasting menus

Michelin star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is known for crafting refined and fanciful dishes, and this year he’s conjured up three Thanksgiving tasting menus peppered with caviar, truffle and other luxe ingredients. 

The most expensive option, served at the chef’s flagship New York outpost, is the 10-course menu, priced at $318 per person. 

This includes one of Jean-Georges’ signature menu items, which is a luxurious version of egg toast with a cooked egg yolk sandwiched between two slim pieces of brioche and topped with a dollop of caviar.

To follow, there’s a run of seafood dishes, with king crab and black sea bass among the mix, with the pièce de résistance being roasted organic turkey accompanied by chestnut and foie gras stuffing, and a blood orange-cranberry condiment.

The final bow comes in the form of a ‘sugar pumpkin’ dessert, with pumpkin cream, pumpkin seed praline, and butternut sorbet.

For diners with less cash to splash, there is a six-course tasting menu at $258, while the vegetarian version costs $188. 


Three Michelin-starred Addison in San Diego has a $450 menu combining ‘seasonal flavors and ingredients’

Addison has made its mark on the dining scene as San Diego’s first and only three Michelin-starred restaurant.

This Thanksgiving, chef William Bradley has whipped up an eight-course feast to mark the occasion. 

The restaurant notes that the $450 menu ‘applies the beauty of California gastronomy to seasonal flavors and ingredients.’

While the full menu hasn’t been revealed, guests have been given a teaser of some of the things to expect including caviar with fermented, apple, fennel and dill, salt roasted scallops with pumpkin and a presentation of dry-aged duck, liver tart, blackcurrant, and cranberry.

To wash it all down, the restaurant advises plumping for the wine pairing, which will ‘showcase rare and coveted vintages.’ 


Acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud has cooked up a Thanksgiving feast to remember

Daniel Boulud of the famed Daniel restaurant on New York’s Upper East Side has cooked up a Thanksgiving feast to remember. 

At his white-clothed two Michelin star spot, he will be serving up a $295 three-course menu and wine pairing for $215 – bringing the grand total to $510.

For diners wishing to take things up a notch, there is also the option of having a truffle topped pasta or risotto to start for an extra $140. 

For main course, there are several options aside from turkey, with these being red snapper, Montauk golden tilefish, and a cut of venison. 

On the dessert front there are four fancies to pick from, with the most traditional Thanksgiving option being a caramel pecan tart made with Venezuelan dark chocolate and praline pecans.


Chef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park has crafted a one-off, 10-course tasting menu at $530 per person with no turkey in sight

New York fine dining spot Eleven Madison Park made history in 2022 by becoming the first plant-based three Michelin-starred restaurant and it continues to lure foodies with its innovative meat-free dishes. 

This Thanksgiving, chef Daniel Humm has crafted a one-off, 10-course tasting menu at $530 per person with no turkey in sight. 

The restaurant never shares the exact menu but a representative gave a taste of some of some of the things to come. 

They revealed: ‘Guests will be treated to an exquisite seasonal menu including a matsutake tea and mushroom tart with black truffle to begin, white truffle gnocchi, roasted honey nut squash with herb hazelnut stuffing and apple.

‘These will be accompanied by all of your favorite holiday sides such as cranberry sauce, roasted brussel sprouts, mushroom gravy, root vegetable gratin with black truffle and a crisp winter green salad with citrus and tarragon vinaigrette.’

To finish, each guest will have the option to finish the meal with either an apple tart with vanilla ice cream, a pumpkin tart with cinnamon ice cream or pecan tart with tonka ice cream.


Aubergine at L’Auberge Carmel in California has a six-course tasting menu priced at $595

Sliding in as one of the most expensive Thanksgiving restaurant menus in the US is Aubergine at L’Auberge Carmel in California. 

The highly acclaimed hotel restaurant, which earned a coveted Michelin star in 2019, has a six-course tasting menu priced at $595. 

However, this price does include a wine pairing. 

The menu is not listed on the website or on the booking site Tock, but guests are told to expect ‘plenty of surprises; imagine Italian white truffles, caviar, and heritage turkey.’ 

While chef Justin Cogley handles the savory courses, the restaurant’s sweet dishes are crafted by pastry chef Yulanda Santos.

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