Where to eat Thanksgiving abroad

There may be no place like home, but there are still many restaurants catering for the American abroad this Thanksgiving. 

by 24 November 2014

Any American who's ever lived abroad will understand the (positive) shock to the system that tasting a variety of cuisines gives you. But when it comes to Thanksgiving, however wonderful your new country is, the homesickness is bound to kick in. Don't get me wrong, tasting new foods abroad and eating mounds of Italian pasta has been lovely, but Thanksgiving only comes once a year. If you can not make it to grandmother's dinning room table this Thursday, there are a number of options where you can find the best turkey away from the States.

Rome, Italy
Brunello Lounge and Restaurant at the Regina Hotel Baglioni

 Brunello Lounge

The Brunello Lounge is a perfect, superior location in which to enjoy your Thanksgiving day meal. Located right across from the US Embassy, the Brunello Lounge combines traditional Italian elegance with a contemporary feel. You can look forward to corn chips with pumpkin velvet ginger sauce, turkey breast stuffed with plums and chestnut, red fruits sauce and must with sweet potato and scallion timbale, and finish it all off with pumpkin cheesecake with vanilla cream and cinnamon sauce

London, United Kingdom
Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living

Grosvenor House Apartments

Located right near the American Embassy in the heart of Mayfair, guests can celebrate with friends and family in a "home-away-from-home" atmosphere without the stess. The Grosvenor House Apartments provide a meal just like at home in the privacy of your own residence. Every element of the meal and festivities will be taken care of by the hotel residence's team including vegetable and barley brother, roast turkey with all the trimmings, and for vegetarians a creamy pumpkin and mascarpone risotto. Guests can enjoy this classic three-course meal with all the Thanksgiving favourites without lifting a finger, right down to the classic American pecan pie with vanilla ice cream.

Paris, France
Ô Chateau

O Chateau

Ô Chateau is all about eating and drinking, and Thanksgiving is just that. Although authentically French for every other day of the year, on Thursday November 24th, Friday November 25th and Saturday November 26th their menu will be a Traditional American Thanksgiving menu. Champagne Grand Cru, turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce, and a sweet potato pie as a dessert. Of course, Ô Chateau will select nice French wines to compliment your meal.

London, United Kingdom
CUT at 45 Park Lane

CUT 45 Park Lane

US celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck opened this restaurant in 2011, and they hold a Thanksgiving meal for the many Americans who live in or travel to London at the end of November. Expect turkey with cornbread stuffing, braised greens and cranberry compote, butternut squash soup, and Brussels sprouts and sweet potato gratin. Dessert will force you to make an impossible choice: bourbon pecan pie with maple ice cream or apple-stuffed pumpkin donuts with spiced whipped cream and pumpkin gelato. Best of luck.

Hong Kong
Lily & Bloom

Lily & Bloom

Centrally located and with a rich, modern atmosphere, Lily & Bloom is the place to go for a cool twist on Thanksgiving. The menu includes typical Thanksgiving delicacies such as the turkey plate and a Thanksgiving platter, plus an assortment of inspired dishes such as the New Orleans style charbroiled oysters, whole baby sea bream or the the half-kilo bone in dry age strip loin for two. The attentive staff will take great care of you, and the bar will serve all your needs.

London, United Kingdom
Hix at Brown's Hotel


A British-owned restaurant may seem a strange choice, but this annual Thanksgiving dinner is the exception. You will need to book in advance to enjoy this savory meal Located at Brown's Hotel in Mayfair. Guests start with pumpkin soup with a cinnamon and pumpkin seed muffin, followed by roast Holy Farm turkey with cornbread stuffing, baked sweet potato and cranberry sauce, and pecan and bourbon tart with clotted cream for dessert.