Where to get American Thanksgiving dinner in Vancouver

Fraser Valley turkey breast with all the trimmings at Yew seafood + bar.

Fraser Valley turkey breast with all the trimmings at Yew seafood + bar.

Right about now, Americans are gearing up for the big bird of all dinners. In Vancouver, we’re way ahead of you–Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October. (Here’s more on how our celebrations differ.)

Fear not: there’s still plenty of fresh turkey to go around. While November 27 is not a holiday in Vancouver, several restaurants are welcoming their American cousins to dinner and putting on a south-of-the-border-style celebration. Here’s where to find turkey with all the trimmings.

The lounge adjacent to Bacchus Restaurant is a great place to relax after a Thanksgiving feast.

The lounge adjacent to Bacchus Restaurant is a great place to relax after a Thanksgiving feast.

Bacchus Restaurant

Located at the boutique Wedgewood Hotel and Spa, Bacchus Restaurant is the place to go for a traditional, elegant celebration. The warm cherrywood dining room has plush velvet banquettes and the adjacent lounge features a welcoming fireplace—it’s the perfect place to retire to with a drink after the feast.

On November 27, the restaurant’s new executive chef David Hassell is preparing a traditional roasted turkey dinner. The three-course set menu starts with a choice of roasted celeriac and pear velouté, or salad with candied pecans and toasted pumpkin-seed dressing.

That’s followed by a main course of roasted free-run turkey with whipped potatoes, roasted root veggies, apple and chestnut stuffing, and cranberry compote and gravy.

For dessert there’s spiced pumpkin and mascarpone cheesecake with cinnamon ice cream and maple anglaise, along with tea or coffee.

The set menu costs $55 per person (plus tax and gratuity), with optional Okanagan wine pairings for $22 more.

Pumpkin pie with tiramisu ice cream at Yew seafood + bar.

Pumpkin pie with tiramisu ice cream at Yew seafood + bar.

YEW seafood + bar

For a more casual yet still refined Thanksgiving dinner, head to this stylish restaurant, which is helmed by a chef who’s passionate about sustainable seafood. On November 27 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Yew is offering a three-course dinner for $55 per person that offers a good variety of choices to satisfy everyone at the table.

You could opt to go traditional, starting with sweet potato soup or sunchoke salad, and choosing a main course of Fraser Valley turkey breast and leg confit with bacon Brussels sprouts, parsnip mashed potatoes, vanilla-glazed carrots and cranberry sauce.

Or, you could steer towards the sea, with a starter of seared scallops and a main course of steelhead or roasted sablefish. (Some of the set menu options have a supplemental charge.)

For dessert, there’s classic pumpkin pie with tiramisu ice cream or caramelized mission fig trifle.

Autumn pumpkin cheesecake at White Spot Restaurant.

Autumn pumpkin cheesecake at White Spot Restaurant.

White Spot Restaurants

This beloved B.C. family restaurant isn’t doing anything special for U.S. Thanksgiving, but it fits the bill if you’re looking for a very casual turkey dinner. With comfortable booths and Pirate Paks for the kids, you can get your stuffing fix here without ceremony.

There are many locations of White Spot throughout Metro Vancouver, and the regular menu includes a roast turkey dinner, so every day can be Thanksgiving. It comes with mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and a seasonal vegetable for $13.99, or $15.49 for a larger version–and really, who doesn’t want an extra helping on Thanksgiving?

For those who feel a post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich is the best part of the feast, White Spot also offers a hot turkey sandwich for $11.99 and a turkey breast clubhouse sandwich for $13.99 on its regular menu.

Thanksgiving in a bun: the Harvest Turkey Poutine Burger at White Spot.

Thanksgiving in a bun: the Harvest Turkey Poutine Burger at White Spot.

For those who want to veer from tradition but stick with the Thanksgiving theme, there’s a Harvest Turkey Poutine Burger ($14.49) on offer until November 30.

Billed as “Thanksgiving dinner in a bun”, it’s a turkey burger with an iconic Canadian twist—it’s stuffed with sweet potato fries, cheese curds, and turkey gravy and spread with cranberry relish and mayo.

For dessert, there’s pumpkin cheesecake with toffee sauce and whipped cream for $6.99 or a personal-sized Dutch apple pie with vanilla ice cream and toffee sauce for $4.99.

No reservations are necessary at White Spot, but call Bacchus and Yew in advance to secure your celebration.

Happy Thanksgiving, however you enjoy it!

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