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Seattle Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving

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Eating out on Thanksgiving was once considered an indefensible activity best left to lonely spinsters and unloved drunks. But millions of Americans have begun to appreciate - and even be thankful for - a meal that doesn't require days of shopping, prepping, cooking and cleaning. According to the National Restaurant Association, 11 percent of Thanksgiving celebrants head to restaurants for holiday feasting.

Dozens of Seattle restaurants plan to accommodate diners next Thursday. (According to the National Restaurant Association, they should brace for a childless, male-dominated crowd. Despite the increased acceptability of outsourcing Thanksgiving, few families are schlepping multiple generations through a buffet line.) Here, a few of the most intriguing options. We'll continue to update this list through Thanksgiving Eve.

In addition to the restaurants listed here, many hotels and chain restaurants will keep their kitchens open on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations are always recommended.

Finally, a note on price: Prices typically don't include beverages, taxes or service charges. Also, each restaurant defines "child" differently: If you don't want to be disappointed when your bill arrives, verify pricing policies beforehand.

Aqua by El Gaucho

Phone: (206)956-9171

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Adult price: $42

Child price: $15

Menu structure: Prix fixe

Menu highlights: Green bean and wild mushroom casserole, candied yams, cranberry orange sauce

Hours: 12 noon-8 p.m.

ART Restaurant

Phone: (206)749-7070

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Adult price: $75

Child price: $35

Menu structure: Three-course prix fixe

Menu highlights: Chicken confit, roast wild sturgeon; winter spice doughnuts

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Barking Frog Restaurant

Phone: (425)424-2999

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Adult price: n/a

Child price: n/a

Menu structure: A la carte

Menu highlights: Dungeness crab cakes ($16), Muscovy duck breast ($29), Hazelnut-dusted sea scallops ($28)

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

BluWater Bistro

Phone: (206)524-3985

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Adult price: $29.95

Child price: $12.95

Menu structure: Three-course prix fixe

Menu highlights: Prime rib, turkey, pumpkin pie

Hours: 12 noon-9 p.m.

Boka Kitchen + Bar

Phone: (206)357-9000

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Adult price: n/a

Child price: n/a

Menu structure: A la carte

Menu highlights: Maple-glazed pork belly ($11), heritage turkey ($33), chocolate lava cake ($8)

Hours: 12 noon -8 p.m.

Cafe Flora

Phone: (206)325-9100

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Adult price: $50

Child price: $20

Menu structure: Four-course prix fixe

Menu highlights: Sunchoke soup, crispy mushroom risotto cakes, sticky bun bread pudding

Hours: 1:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m.

Cutters Bayhouse

Phone: (206)448-4884

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Adult price: n/a

Child price: n/a

Menu structure: A la carte

Menu highlights: Slow-roasted turkey ($24), squash soup ($8), salmon chowder ($8)

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Daniel's Broiler

Phone: (206)621-8262

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Adult price: $50

Child price: $12 (Free for children under 5)

Menu structure: Four-course prix fixe

Menu highlights: Relish tray, clam chowder, broiled salmon

Hours: 2 p.m.-9 p.m.

Earth & Ocean

Phone: (206)264-6060

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Adult price: $60

Child price: n/a

Menu structure: Four-course prix fixe

Menu highlights: Roasted sweet potato and chestnut soup, foie gras, foraged mushroom salad

Hours: 3 p.m. -8 p.m.

5 Point Cafe

Phone: (206)448-9993

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Adult price: $25

Child price: n/a

Menu structure: Prix fixe

Menu highlights: Mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, broccoli casserole

Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

The Georgian

Phone: (206)287-4049

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Adult price: $95

Child price: $35

Menu structure: Buffet

Menu highlights: Ham with candied pecan crust, smoked Wagyu New York strip, homemade chocolates

Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Ponti Seafood Grill

Phone: (206)284-3000

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Adult price: $39

Child price: $15

Menu structure: Three-course prix fixe

Menu highlights: Squash soup, turkey, pumpkin pie

Hours: 1p.m.-8 p.m.

Ray's Cafe and Ray's Boathouse

Sold out

Royal Argosy

Phone: (206)623-1445

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Adult price: $69

Child price: $39 (Free for children under 4)

Menu structure: Four-course prix fixe

Menu highlights: Turkey, baby butter peas, spiced creamed yams

Hours: 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Sazerac

Phone: (206)624-7755

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Adult price: $40 (two main courses, three sides, dessert)

Child price: n/a

Menu structure: Family-style prix fixe

Menu highlights: Salt-roasted beets, brioche-cornbread stuffing, whipped sweet potatoes

Hours: 12 noon-7 p.m.

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