casa don alfonso inside the ritz-carlton in clayton photo by meera nagarajan

9 St. Louis restaurants offering delightful dine-in Thanksgiving meals

Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most beloved of holiday traditions, but – let’s face it – it’s a lot of work. This year, leave the labor to the pros and spend the day celebrating worry-free. Here are a few places around town that are offering complete dine-in Turkey Day menus. They’ll even do the dishes!

Bishop’s Post
Head west for Bishop’s Post’s Thanksgiving Day brunch. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and all the traditional favorites of the day will be on hand, from turkey and dressing to sweet potato casserole, plus brunch staples like biscuits and gravy and an omelet station. Reservations are required. 16125 Chesterfield Parkway West, Chesterfield, 636.536.9404,

Cafe la Vie in Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton
Café la Vie is offering a Thanksgiving dinner buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Dishes include roasted butternut squash bisque, mixed greens salad with maple-Dijon vinaigrette, roasted turkey breast with gravy and cranberry sauce, herb stuffing, roasted sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows and pecans, green bean casserole, and desserts such as pecan and pumpkin pie. Parking is included. Reservations are recommended online. 7730 Bonhomme Ave., Clayton, 314.863.0400,

Casa Don Alfonso
Casa Don Alfonso may be known for high-end Italian fare, but this Thanksgiving the restaurant will offer a dine-in Thanksgiving experience, with a brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and a three-course Thanksgiving dinner starting at 5 p.m. The brunch spread includes wood mushroom soup with black truffle, brioche herbed stuffing, maple bourbon-glazed ham and maple-roasted sweet potato alongside classics like eggs Benedict, omelets, cold-smoked salmon, charcuterie and cheese, pastries and more. For Thanksgiving dinner, offerings include butternut squash soup, maple-brined turkey roulade with herb cornbread stuffing, garlic Gruyere gratin, kumquat-cranberry sauce, roasted heirloom carrots, charred asparagus, turkey jus gravy and an apple-pecan bread pudding. Reservations available by phone or online100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.719.1496,

Cinder House at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis         
Feast on turkey with all the trimmings while enjoying one of the best views of the STL skyline. The menu includes the turkey duo plate: smoked sorghum-glazed turkey breast and confit turkey thigh, roasted sweet potato tossed in sweet potato molasses, grilled brioche herb stuffing, charred corn cream, and turkey jus. For dessert, choose from traditional pumpkin pie with vanilla Chantilly and fried pepitas or ricotta cheesecake with cranberry-orange compote. Dinner will be served starting at 11 a.m. with the last seating at 6:30 p.m. Reservations available online. 999 N. Second St., St. Louis, 314.881.5759,

turkey at cinder house at four seasons hotel st. louis // photo courtesy of cinder house

Eclipse at The Moonrise Hotel
This Delmar Loop favorite is offering a Thanksgiving Day brunch spread sure to please from noon to 5 p.m. The menu includes turkey and prime rib carving stations, hot sides like green bean casserole, housemade rolls and dressing, cold offerings including cranberry sauce and deviled eggs and a trio of desserts: banana pudding, caramel apple blondie and, of course, pumpkin pie. 6177 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.721.1111,

Idol Wolf
The stunning new restaurant at the 21c Museum Hotel in Downtown West is open from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. It will offer its normal menu, in addition to Thanksgiving specials such as braised green beans, savory leek bread pudding, roasted fall vegetable hash, smoked turkey breast, pumpkin panna cotta and more. Reservations required online. 1528 Locust St., St. Louis, 314.325.0360,

J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood
J. Gilbert’s is offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dig into a choice of salads and soups to start, a traditional array of favorites, including roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, and a quartet of desserts. The restaurant’s regular prix-fixe menu and a limited dinner menu are also available. 17A West County Center, Ste A102, Des Peres, 314.965.4600,

Mangiano’s Little Italy
Sit down to a family-style feast at Maggiano’s this year. Mains include roasted turkey, baked smoked ham or branzino fresca style. From there, choose two pastas and two sides, then finish up with pumpkin-praline cheesecake, warm apple crostada or tiramisu for dessert. #2 The Blvd., Richmond Heights, 314.824.2420,

Starting at 11 a.m. on Turkey Day, Pietro’s will be serving up some holiday favorites, along with some of their Italian specialties. Guests can order roast turkey with dressing, giblet gravy and cranberry or opt for other Pietro’s specialties, including cannelloni, Chicken Pietro and, of course, toasted ravioli. A children’s menu will also be available. Reservations available by phone. The last seating is at 6 p.m. 3801 Watson Road, St. Louis, 314.645.9263,