Relax This Thanksgiving 2017—Leave the Cooking to Someone Else

Order takeout or dine in for brunch, lunch or dinner on Nov. 23.


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The turkey plate from the Top of Waikīkī, one of several O‘ahu restaurants offering to do the cooking for you this Thanksgiving.
Photo: Courtesy of Top of Waikīkī

 

Thanksgiving shouldn’t be stressful. It’s a day to spend time with loved ones, remembering all the things you’re grateful for. Ensure your stress-free holiday with these dine-in and takeout options around town. Just be sure to make your plans ASAP—last we checked, all of these restaurants were still taking orders or reservations, but slots are filling up fast!

 

Where to Order Takeout

 

12th Ave Grill

Complement your Thanksgiving soirée with hand-crafted charcuterie, farmers market salad, tapas platters, local-style pūpū platters, pesto torta and more. And don’t forget the sweet stuff—the restaurant’s dessert tray offers four different mouthwatering options.

 

One week preorder and prepayment required, $40 to $85 per platter, 1120 12th Ave., (808) 732-9469, 12thavegrill.com

 

Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra

Spend more time with family and less time in the kitchen with the hotel’s Turkey To Go program with three different packages. The basic ($100) features a roast turkey with gravy, Portuguese sausage stuffing, country-style mashed potatoes, brown-sugar-and-coconut-glazed sweet potatoes, buttery sweet corn and edamame succotash, cranberry and pineapple relish, sweet dinner rolls, and pumpkin and cranberry pudding. If you don’t feel like turkey, opt for Package 2 ($200), which has sliced-pineapple-glazed ham and prime rib, instead, and includes all seven sides. If you want it all, order Package 3 ($250). You can also get the ham ($35) or a brined, herb-roasted turkey ($65) à la carte, too. Each package serves four to six people.

 

Order by Nov. 17, pickup from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 by the hotel’s porte cochere, $150 to $250 for packages, (808) 944-4333, alamoanahotelhonolulu.com

 

Azure

Azure’s Royal Thanksgiving To Go is an all-inclusive dinner that accommodates up to 12 guests. Enjoy everything from kiawe-smoked turkey and cornbread stuffing to truffle-herb mashed potatoes and blistered Brussels sprouts.

 

Order by 7 p.m. Nov. 16, pickup Thanksgiving Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., $225, 2259 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 921-4600, royal-hawaiian.com

 

Buca di Beppo

Buca’s Thanksgiving to-go party pans comes with sliced white-meat turkey, home-style gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, house-made bread and pumpkin pie.

 

Pickup Nov. 15 to 23, call to order and arrange pickup, $68.99 (serves six) or $134.99 (serves five), 1030 Auahi St., (808) 591-0800, bucadibeppo.com

 

Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina

Got a big party for Thanksgiving? Order the Thanksgiving-To-Go package from the Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina, which feeds up to 10 people. The $750 package includes a 20-pound roasted turkey and braised thighs, home-style gravy, green beans with with ali‘i mushrooms and cream, roasted Brussels sprouts, Hawaiian-style macaroni and potato salad, and macadamia nut or kabocha squash pie.

 

Orders must be confirmed by 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20, pickup on Thursday at the Hōkūl‘ea Café, $750 ($375 for half a turkey), 91-1001 Olani St., Kapolei, (808) 679-0079, fsoahuevents.com

 

The Kāhala Hotel & Resort

Thanksgiving to-go from The Kāhala Hotel & Resort offers convenient, drive-thru pickup service. The full turkey day meal comes with a 12-pound turkey with traditional stuffing and gravy, mashed potatoes, sautéed autumn veggies, cranberry sauce, chef’s fresh baked bread, salad of seasonal veggies with lilikoʻi vinaigrette and pumpkin pie.

 

Pickup Nov. 22, 4 to 7 p.m., or Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., $190, 5000 Kāhala Ave., (808) 739-8760, kahalaresort.com

 

Lē‘ahi Concept Kitchen

Get a complete meal by culinary arts students and handed off in an insulated bag. The students from Kapi‘olani Community College’s Lē‘ahi Concept Kitchen, a collaboration with the college’s culinary arts program and the hotel, will be preparing a meal of kālua turkey and gravy, Portuguese sausage stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, orange-cranberry sauce, candied sweet potatoes, fresh local corn, King’s Hawaiian sweet bread dinner rolls and pumpkin nut crunch cake for $140, while supplies last.

 

Prepay by today, pickup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at the ‘Ōhi‘a Cafeteria, Kapi‘olani Community College, 4303 Diamond Head Road, (808) 734-9499, culinary.kapiolani.hawaii.edu

 

MW Restaurant

The innovative bentos from MW Restaurant can shake up your Thanksgiving. For $20, you get a bento box filled with organic, free-range turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and vegetables. (For an additional $5, add on chocolate cake. We recommend it.) You can also order from a menu of takeout items for your entire Thanksgiving meal or just to supplement it: roast turkey breast ($55, serves four), cold turkey with all the fixings ($200, serves 10 to 12), lobster mashed potatoes ($45, serves four to six), chorizo sausage and giblet stuffing ($16, serves four), five-spice black-pepper gravy ($12), house-made truffled gravy ($12), house-made black-truffle cornbread ($6) and various desserts.

 

Order by Nov. 21, pickup between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Nov. 23, 1538 Kapi‘olani Blvd., #107, (808) 955-6505 ext. 2, mwrestaurant.com

 

Zippy’s Restaurants

Zippy’s is once again offering Thanksgiving packages that are completely cooked—just reheat and you’re ready! Half- and whole-turkey packages include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry relish and King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls. Zippy’s has sold out in the past, so ordering early is recommended.

 

Pickup Nov. 22 or 23, $62.95 ($65.95 for Neighbor Islands) for just the turkey, $51.95 ($54.95 for Neighbor Islands) for a half-turkey with meal, $97.95 ($101.95 for Neighbor Islands) for a whole turkey with meal, (808) 973-0880, zippys.com

 

Where to Dine In

(All dine-in options are for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23.)

 

53 by the Sea

Have an upscale holiday with 53 by the Sea’s prix fixe, five-course Thanksgiving dinner. Begin the meal with foie gras mousse and banana bread toast, then dine on a chilled beef salad and carrot ginger soup before diving into the main course of roasted turkey breast. Finish off with pumpkin pecan cobbler.

 

4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., $90 per person, 53 Ahui St., (808) 536-5353, 53bythesea.com

 

100 Sails Restaurant & Bar

Enjoy brunch with a view at 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar at the Prince Waikīkī. In addition to traditional breakfast items and pastries, brunchgoers can also visit stations serving dim sum, roasted and kālua pork, and omelets. If you don’t feel like Thanksgiving brunch, 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar is also offering a dinner buffet. Chef’s selections include roasted turkey, mochiko salmon, hoisin-glazed pork loin and more. There is also a carving station, Chinese roast pork and kālua pig station, as well as a dim sum station.

 

Brunch, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., $69 for adults, $34.50 for children ages 6 to 12; dinner, 5 to 9 p.m., $69 for adults, $34.50 for children ages 6 to 12, 100 Holomoana St., (808) 956-1111, 100sails.com

 

Azure

This prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner starts with Mari’s Gardens roasted beet salad, followed by a Kona lobster bisque. Main course options include truffle-roasted tom turkey, rosemary citrus-glazed pork chops or salt-baked Pier 38 fish and clams. Dessert is a pumpkin chiffon pie.

 

5:30 to 9 p.m., $125 per person plus tax and gratuity, $40 keiki menu, 2259 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 921-4600, royal-hawaiian.com

 

Bali Steak & Seafood

Enjoy an oceanfront Thanksgiving dinner with Bali Steak & Seafood’s three-course menu. Guests may choose from kabocha lobster bisque or warabi salad, followed by filet mignon crab Oscar, kiawe-smoked king salmon or sage-smoked roasted tom turkey. Complete the meal with kabocha cheesecake.

 

5 to 9 p.m., $89 for adults, $45 for children ages 12 and younger, 2005 Kālia Road, (808) 949-4321 ext. 39, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com/dining/bali-steak-and-seafood

 

Beachhouse at the Moana

Want something different for Thanksgiving? The dinner buffet at Beachhouse at the Moana features a “From the Sea” station with an array of fresh seafood offerings including ‘ahi maguro and hamachi sashimi, oysters on the half shell, cold-water shrimp and crab, Island-style ‘ahi and tako poke and assorted sushi. Other, more traditional stations will feature roasted pumpkin bisque with crab and shrimp, crispy Portuguese sausage, artisanal cheese and charcuterie platter, steamed snow crab clusters, soy-sake-braised beef short rib, a carving station with prime rib and roast turkey, and a wide selection of desserts.

 

3 to 8:30 p.m., $80 for adults, $40 for children between 6 and 12, free for children under 5, 2365 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 921-4600, moana-surfrider.com

 

Cinnamon’s at The ʻIlikai

This inside-only dinner buffet (exterior tables will be reserved for ordering off the regular dinner menu) offers a salad bar, carving station, roast turkey, fresh baked salmon and five dessert options. Soft drinks, tea and coffee are also included.

 

4 to 8:30 p.m., $48.95 per person, $24.50 for ages 62 and older, 1777 Ala Moana Blvd., (808) 670-1915, cinnamons808.com

 

d.k Steak House

Head over to d.k for a special Thanksgiving menu. A traditional turkey dinner is only one option—guests can also choose from Kona coffee-rubbed boneless king natural rib eye or the porcini-spiced fresh catch. Appetizers include roasted golden beet carpaccio and shaved fennel salad, or a smoked turkey drumstick. Finish off with pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.

 

5:30 to 10 p.m., $7.95 to $48 per dish, 2552 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 931-6280, dksteakhouse.com

 

Herringbone Waikīkī​

The new Herringbone Waikīkī at the International Market Place is offering a family-style Thanksgiving meal that includes truffle deviled eggs, a half-dozen oysters on the half shell, seared scallops, shaved-root veggies, garden herb turkey breast with giblet gravy and traditional stuffing, lobster mashed potatoes and slices of pie from Hawaiian Pie Co.

 

$85, 2330 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 797-2435, herringboneeats.com

 

Hōkū’s

The Thanksgiving brunch buffet menu at Hōkū’s includes a gamut of tasty dishes, including a cold seafood bar (with Maine lobster, New Zealand oysters, shrimp and mussels), a variety of tempura and appetizers and traditional brunch dishes including smoked salmon eggs Benedict, bread pudding French toast, hash potatoes and baked almond croissants. The main courses are butter-poached king crab legs, miso-glazed butterfish, classic Peking duck, turkey with the classic garnishes and oven-roasted New Zealand rack of lamb. You can also order wok-fried soft-shell crab, eggs and omelets, the restaurant’s famous ‘ahi poke musubi and a full dessert buffet. Dinner at Hōkū’s is a prix fixe menu of hamachi crudo, kabocha bisque, pan-seared foie gras, sautéed Chilean sea bass, turkey roulade and fromage blanc torte for dessert.

 

Brunch, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $95 for adults and $47.50 for children 6 to 12; dinner, 5:30 to 10 p.m., $100 per person, 5000 Kāhala Ave., (808) 739-8769, kahalaresort.com

 

Kuilima Ballroom at Turtle Bay Resort

Instead of a traditional turkey dinner, opt for brunch on the North Shore instead. The brunch buffet at the Kuilima Ballroom offers more than 40 items, including a carving station, poke cocktail bar and a plethora of desserts. The floor-to-ceiling views of crashing surf aren’t bad, either.

 

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $69 for adults, $27 for children ages 4 to 11, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, (808) 293-6020, turtlebayresort.com

 

Kula Grille at Turtle Bay Resort

Have an all-you-can-eat turkey dinner at Kula Grille’s buffet. Local-style sides include Pūpūkea smoked greens with Hauʻula tomatoes, Maui onions, Surfing Goat cheese, toasted local honey mac nuts and Island beets; guava wood-smoked huli-style chicken, Okinawan sweet potatoes with haupia and more.

 

4:30 to 9:30 p.m., $45 for adults, $22.95 for children ages 5 to 12, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, (808) 293-6020, turtlebayresort.com

 

The Lānai Restaurant & Bar

Hyatt Centric Waikīkī Beach’s Thanksgiving dinner buffet at The Lānai Restaurant & Bar will feature live music while guests dine on traditional Thanksgiving dishes with local twists. Offerings include pineapple ham, hoisin barbecue baby back ribs, roast turkey and local fish, to name a few.

 

4:30 to 9:30 p.m., $68 for adults, $30 for children ages 4 to 11, (808) 237-1234, hyattcentricwaikikibeach.com

 

Lē‘ahi Concept Kitchen

Support the culinary arts program at Kapi‘olani Community College’s Lē‘ahi Concept Kitchen by attending its farm-to-table Thanksgiving dinner at the Waikīkī Parc Hotel. Enjoy house-made bread, a salad of Waiawa roasted beets and Sweet Land Farm goat cheese, ‘Ewa Farms sweet corn tamele cake, Kaua‘i shrimp and seafood beer-batter fritters, a traditional turkey done three ways, Chamorro-style bread stuffing with Portuguese sausage, candied sweet potatoes (with marshmallows!), creamy mashed potatoes and apple pie with a pumpkin spiced ice cream.

 

$55 per adult, $40 per child 12 years and younger, Waikīkī Parc Hotel, 2233 Helumoa Road, (808) 971-6300, culinary.kapiolani.hawaii.edu

 

M.A.C. 24/7

Modern American Cuisine’s Thanksgiving brunch buffet is back, wtih made-to-order omelets, roasted tom turkey, honey-glazed ham, kālua pork Benedict and more. For dessert, choose from the famous M.A.C. daddy pancake station with 10 toppings, assorted breakfast pastries, pumpkin pie or house-made pecan pie. Can’t make it to brunch? M.A.C. 24/7 is also offering a dinner buffet with roasted tom turkey, slow-roasted prime rib of beef, apricot-glazed pork roulade, roasted butternut squash bisque with lobster, as well as multiple cold selections and desserts. 

 

Brunch, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., $49 for adults, $24 for children ages 4 to 12, free for children younger than 4; dinner, 4 to 8 p.m., $52 for adults, $26 for children ages 4 to 12, free for children younger than 4, 2500 Kūhiō Ave., (808) 921-5564, mac247waikiki.com

 

Mahina & Sun’s

The three-course harvest feast at Mahina & Sun’s begins with hearty cream of ‘ulu soup with local green beans and roasted mushrooms, or fresh mixed greens from local farms, tossed with executive chef Erik Leong’s house-made dressing. The second course features organic, free-range roasted turkey with sides. Finally, finish the meal with pie made of kabocha and topped with candied pecans and spiced goat cheese.

 

5:30 to 10 p.m., $65 per person, 412 Lewers St., (808) 924-5810, mahinaandsuns.com

 

MW Restaurant

MW is serving a family-style Thanksgiving feast featuring curry-corn chowder; organic, free-range roast turkey; pork cassoulet; house-made chorizo and giblet stuffing; loaded baked-and-smashed potatoes and lots of pies.

 

$70 per person, 538 Kapi‘olani Blvd., #107, (808) 955-6505 ext. 2, mwrestaurant.com

 

Plumeria Beach House

​The Plumeria Beach House is offering a brunch and dinner buffet featuring a great salad selection; appetizers including ‘ahi and tako poke, sushi and fresh oysters on a half shell; omelets made to order; breakfast meats; a carving station with roast turkey and prime rib; chef’s specialties of steamed snow crab with drawn butter, herb-roasted salmon, pomegranate-marinated lamb, seafood gumbo and seafood paella. Desserts include pumpkin pie, red-velvet cake, cranberry panna cotta, coconut cake and bread pudding with crème anglaise.

 

Brunch, 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner, 5:30 to 10 p.m. dinner, $85 for adults and $42.50 for children 6 to 12 for brunch and dinner, 5000 Kāhala Ave., (808) 739-8769, kahalaresort.com

 

Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Though Sansei is offering a traditional turkey dinner, other special turkey-day-only offerings include Kabocha Krunch (kabocha pumpkin tempura, grilled asparagus, avocado, cilantro pesto and tempura crunchies) and California Sunshine (California roll, fire-torched garlic salmon, sweet onions, yuzu tobiko and furikake), among others.

 

5:30 to 10 p.m., $6.95 to $35 per dish, 2552 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 931-6286, sanseihawaii.com

 

Top of Waikīkī

While the regular menu will be available on Thanksgiving, you can also order a roasted turkey plate for $39. It comes with turkey and ham, house-made cranberry sauce, pineapple casserole, stuffing, fried green beans, and mashed potatoes and gravy. Reserving a plate is recommended.

 

2270 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 923-3877, topofwaikiki.com

 

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