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Thanksgiving in Santa Fe, like everything else this year, is going to be a little different. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the comforts of an amazing dinner. While many of us would never dream of eating anything other than traditional family favorites on Thanksgiving, this might be a great year to let someone else do the cooking for you.

And if you’re concerned about eating out right now, don’t sweat it. Santa Fe’s restaurants are pulling out all the stops this year to create amazing to-go Thanksgiving dinners. While traditional fare abounds, some restaurants are adding a little international personality to the festivities. Some of the dishes they’re serving are mouth wateringly tantalizing as well as creative. Read on to see what’s on the menu:

Joes Dining

Joe’s knows that shopping for and preparing a Thanksgiving meal can be really stressful, so they are doing all the hard work for you. And they are using only the best ingredients. Organic turkeys, organic pumpkin pie (made from actual pumpkins), croutons made in-house, braised red cabbage…ok we have to stop because we’re drooling over here. Order early because they will run out!

La Plazuela at La Fonda

La Plazuela is doing a sit-down menu that looks as comforting as it is delicious. Starters include bacon-wrapped scallops and baked brie. The main courses include turkey with sides, salmon with sides, pasta, rellenos, short ribs or a tamal as a veggie option. The to-go menu is a bit simpler, but no less delicious. It includes salad, deviled eggs, crudite and hummus. The main couse includes a whole turkey, cornbread dressing, squash, fresh bread and more. Check it all out on their website.

Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe

The Four Seasons is one of the nicest hotel/restaurants (not a landscaping company) in Santa Fe and their Thanksgiving dinner is to die for. They will offer sit-down service, but also have a lovely take-out option including Turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce and a host of sides including cornbread and lavender salad. You know the preparation will be top-notch.

Marquez Deli

Thanksgiving with a Middle Eastern/North African twist? Yes, please. Honestly the thought had never occurred to us, but now that we see what’s on the menu, it sounds delicious enough to break us out of our Turkey Day rut. Start with a mezza platter of hummus, olives, feta and more with pita bread then move into a turkey tagine with root vegetables (there’s a veggie option, too.) Sides include Algerian couscous, roasted cauliflower, brussel sprouts and orange/cranberry relish. Dessert is pumpkin cheesecake or walnut baklava! And all of this is available at a reasonable price. 

El Farol

El Farol is doing a traditional sit-down Thanksgiving meal – so think turkey, stuffing, gravy and a bunch of sides – and will offer it all to go, as well. But if you’re not up for turkey this year, they’re now doing pizza in a wood-fired oven. Or maybe get some turkey early in the day and come back for pizza later. Sounds like a plan to us. They also have a new pizza truck, so stay tuned for more details on that.


It makes us happy that there is so much variety being offered by Santa Fe restaurants for Thanksgiving this year. Izanami is giving our American holiday an Asian twist, offering grilled small hens or slow roasted pork leg with shichimi togarashi rub. If you’re a vegetarian the option is a whole roasted cauliflower with savory curry. Appetizers include a roasted beet salad (heirloom, of course) with burrata cheese and a black garlic vinegar reduction or a roasted butternut squash and curry bique. You need to check out the sides, too.

Rio Chama

Sit down or carry-out, this year’s four course Thanksgiving menu has our mouths watering. Choose between polenta gnocchi or grilled shrimp to start, then get the lobster bisque or salads (you know you’re choosing the bisque). Course three offers turkey, salmon, prime rib or cauliflower steak for the vegetarians. Dessert is pie, as it should be.


If you’ve never had Thanksgiving dinner with an Italian influence, this could be the time for a change. Sassella is translating its beautiful Italian cuisine into this American staple, with sides like afettati misti, parmesan polenta, brussel sprouts with pancetta and more. If all that and turkey isn’t enough, you can top it off with sorbetto, cannoli and other decadent desserts.

The Compound

The compound is offering a 3 course prix fixe dinner for sit-down service and it looks amazing. But if you prefer, they also are offering online ordering a la carte of some fabulous dishes, including roasted fall squash soup, carpaccio salad, rock shrimp chitarra, smoked salmon, roasted turkey, beef tenderloin, osso bucco and more. There’s too much to list here, really, because they also are offering a full carve-your-own dinner option that looks delectable. Orders must be made in advance.


Arable out in Eldorado has a lovely to-go menu for Thanksgiving, including homemade brioche, green bean casserole, squash and potato gratin, sweet potato casserole, house-brined 1/2 turkey and pear/walnut bundt cake. Pre-order by Nov. 19.

Walter Burke Catering

With events obviously on hold for now, ace caterers Walter Burke are focusing on delivering delicious meals to your home. Their Thanksgiving offerings skew a little more traditional, but you can be sure they will be amazing. The turkey is glazed with cider and sage and the side look devine – green chile cornbread, whipped potatoes with Crème Fraiche, bourbon pecan pie and a whole lot more can fill your holiday tummy. 

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