Where to Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner in Shanghai 2019

By Cristina Ng

We can't believe Thanksgiving is on Thursday, can you? If you haven't made dinner plans yet, here are some options. What are you waiting for? Make those reservations! 

Al's Diner

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Whether you are grateful for your loved ones or some sweet alone time, Al's Diner has a holiday bonanza plate for extroverts and introverts alike. Each helping comes with herb-roasted turkey slices, gravy, cranberry sauce (Al's mom's secret recipe), chorizo sausage stuffing, buttery mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes a go-go, creamy green beans, roasted Brussels sprouts and a slice of pumpkin pie. That's all only RMB168 (+RMB20 for a beer or glass of house wine). You can reserve via Chope or call directly. Make sure to specify 'Thanksgiving Bonanza Plate' to ensure availability. 

Nov 28-30, from 11am; RMB168 plate, +RMB20 beer/wine. 

Al's Diner (Xinle Lu), 1/F, 204 Xinle Lu, by Donghu Lu 204, .

Al's Diner (Xiangyang Lu), 174 Xiangyang Nan Lu, by Fuxing Zhong Lu 174, .


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Give your celebration a modern makeover with Bird's drool-worthy spread of updated classics. Chef Jonathan He has put together a creative menu starting with potato+olive bread alongside a spiced butter candle. There's also kidney bean truffle hummus and beef tartare in the lead up to the main event: Jihuar (Shanghai local brewery) roasted half chicken, IPA gravy, cranberry and tamarind. For sides, they've got Brussels sprouts with a honey glaze, baby potatoes and wine-poached persimmon. 

Nov 28-30, from 6pm; RMB588 per couple. Bird, 50 Wuyuan Lu, by Changshu Lu 50, .

Boxing Cat  

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Wrangle up friends and family, children and adults, because Boxing Cat's legendary and generous Thanksgiving buffet is back. In addition to the all-you-can-eat food, true sinners can hop onto the free-flow booze train. Choose from 5pm or 8pm seatings, but hurry as seats fill up fast. 

Nov 28, 5pm or 8pm; RMB388 adults, +RMB99 free-flow, RMB108 children aged 6-12, free for children 5 and under.

Boxing Cat Brewery (Sinan Mansions), Sinan Mansions, 519-521 Fuxing Zhong Lu, by Sinan Lu 519-52126A, .

Boxing Cat Brewery (Yongfu Lu), 82 Fuxing Xi Lu, by Yongfu Lu 82, .

The Bull and Claw

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From the looks of this menu, chef Hardeep Somal has outdone himself on this year's holiday feast. Four courses of deliciousness kick off with crab-stuffed shrimp followed by lobster mac & cheese. Save room for roast turkey, served with bacon chestnut stuffing though! The final sweet touch comes with pumpkin pie. You might even want to treat yourself to free-flow. We think you deserve it. 

Nov 28, from 5pm; RMB588 dinner, RMB788 includes free-flow. The Bull and Claw, 110 Fenyang Lu, by Fuxing Zhong Lu 110, .

Cages Bar and Sports

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Eat, drink and be merry at Cages with a killer buffet spread featuring its famous smoked turkeys along with all the fixings. That means honey glazed ham, roast chicken with mixed mushrooms, buttered mashed potatoes, sourdough sage stuffing, green beans with bacon, caramelized Brussels sprouts, maple-glazed root vegetables, cranberry sauce, etc. That epic list doesn't even include the tasty appetizers and desserts. Add on more fun (aka Boxing Cat beers and house wine) for only RMB88.  

Nov 28, 6-10pm; RMB298 buffet, +RMB88 free-flow beer and wine. Cages Bar and Sports, 3/F, Jing'an Sports Center, 428 Jiangning Lu, by Wuding Lu 4283, .

Commune Social

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On Thanksgiving, sharing is caring so let Commune Social give your feast the tapas treatment. Gather some friends and family and give thanks with an eight-course sharing menu plus two glasses of mulled wine or egg nog. Don't forget to RSVP because seats are limited. 

Nov 28, from 11.30am; RMB688 per couple. Commune Social, 511 Jiangning Lu, by Kangding Lu 511, .

el Willy

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It has become a Shanghai tradition; el Willy's hosting a festive three-course meal mixing the best of American and Spanish influences. Popular dishes like Balik salmon explosions with honey and truffle as well as seasonal staples such as juicy roasted turkey and pumpkin pecan pie. Did we mention that the side dishes are free-flow? That's right, top-up your stuffing, creamed corn, apple and endive salad, deviled eggs, tomato salad with burrata and more as many times as you can.

Nov 28, from 6pm; RMB588. el Willy, 5/F, 22 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, by Xin Yong'an Lu 225, .

Heritage by Madison

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At Heritage by Madison, chef Austin Hu has oodles of turkey day options. Order three days ahead of time and host the dinner of your dreams at home or eat in the restaurant. You can do the latter on actual Thanksgiving day or at a special Sunday supper. Of course, turkey is involved in every option plus lovely sides like glazed sweet potato with raisins and marshmallow, pumpkin wontons or truffled mac and cheese. Check out individual menus on the event listing for more info. 

Nov 28-Dec 1, times vary; prices vary. Heritage by Madison,107, N1, 600 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, by Dongmen Lu 600BFCN1107, .

Hunter Gatherer

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Hunter Gatherer has put together a feast built around antibiotic- and hormone-free turkey roulade. This guaranteed crowd-pleaser comes with turkey sausage gravy, stuffing cups, mashed potatoes, green beans with mushroom cream sauce, cranberry sauce and jar o' pumpkin pie. Choose between single portions or family sets to enjoy in house or take-away. 

Nov 24-30; RMB88-328. 

Hunter Gatherer (Yanping Lu), 135 Yanping Lu, by Wuding Lu 135, .

Hunter Gatherer (IFC Mall), L4-21, IFC Mall, 8 Central Avenue, by Lujiazui Huan Lu 8DL4-21, .

Hunter Gatherer (HKRI Taikoo Hui),  LG161, HKRI Taikoo Hui, 288 Shimen Yi Lu, by  Nanjing Xi Lu 288LG161, .

Hunter Gatherer (Archwalk), LG105A, Archwalk, 179 Maotai Lu, by Loushanguan Lu 1791LG105A, .

Pie Society Canteen

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Vegans have something to be thankful for with Pie Society's Vegan Thanksgiving. Forget the turkey and indulge in a plant-based roast with cranberry, walnut sage stuffing, roasted potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green beans, onion gravy and pumpkin pie. Thanks to Pie Society Canteen and Vegans of Shanghai, plant-based gratitude never tasted so good! 

Nov 28, 7pm; RMB168. Pie Society Canteen, 688 Shaanxi Bei Lu, by Wuding Lu 688, .

The Rooster

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If you prefer casual holidays, hit up The Rooster for a proper feast on a plate. Show up for Friendsgiving and enjoy delicious slices of turkey, creamy mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Your choice of one Shanghai Love beer or house wine is part of the deal. 

Nov 28, from 5pm; RMB150. The Rooster, 455 Shaanxi Bei Lu, by Beijing Xi Lu 455, .

Shanghai Disney

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Giving thanks with loved ones makes even the chilliest day feel warm. That's why Shanghai Disney Resort has put together a collection of Thanksgiving menus. Visit Shanghai Disney and sample turkey set menus at the Royal Banquet Hall, Enchanted Storybook Castle or Gardens of Imagination for RMB488. If you prefer to dine at Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, there's also a meal at Aurora for RMB1,288 featuring Beef Wellington among other dishes. 

Nov 28-30, times vary; prices vary. Shanghai Disney, 310 Shendi Xi Lu, by Hulu Gaosu 310, .

Shanghai Slims

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Shanghai Slims has been serving Thanksgiving dinner feasts for 10 years in Shanghai! Join them for the annual family-style buffet at one of three seatings: 11.30-1.30pm, 5-7pm or 8-10pm. The holiday spread includes mac & cheese, duck & arugula salad, turkey, prime rib eye, ribs and more. Don't worry, you also get two drinks (house draft beer, wine, Prosecco or soda) with your meal. 

Nov 28, from 11.30am; RMB488. Shanghai Slims, 10-12, Sinan Mansion, 523 Fuxing Zhong Lu, by Sinan Lu  52310-12, .

Stone Brewing Tap Room

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Over at the Stone Brewing Tap Room, they are celebrating two days of Thanksgiving. Enjoy a full turkey dinner without the cooking (or cleanup) with a 5kg whole roast turkey set. That includes gravy, vegetables and a 10oz core beer for each person in your dining party if you enjoy it there. Or, get a one-liter crowler filled with any Stone Core Beer plus free delivery if you eat at home. Either way, book three days in advance and leave a 50% deposit to lock down your turkey. 

Nov 28-29, all day; RMB1,188. Stone Brewing Tap Room, 1107 Yuyuan Lu, by Fenggang Lu 1107, .


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Join the Tacolicious team to give thanks for another year. Following their regular M.O., the classic turkey plus trimmings is turned into filling for a double-decker taco. This year, chorizo turkey meatballs mingle with smoked gravy, jalapeno cream cheese and cranberry salsa in the two-ply shell. As for the seasonal margarita situation? The word is... gingerbread. 

Nov 28, from 6pm; RMB65 tacos, RMB45 margaritas. Tacolicious, 1 Yueyang Lu, by Dongping Lu 1, .

Three on the Bund

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This Thanksgiving, take your pick of delightful bites at one of four Three on the Bund culinary establishments.  From Jean Georges' lavish five-course French fare (Nov 28) to Yutaka Matsuzaka's Festival Set at Shinpaku (Nov 20-30), there's no shortage of options. For something more low key, sample traditional American fare at POP American Brasserie & Bar (Nov 28-Dec 1) or enjoy Mercato's Thanksgiving specials (Nov 28). Check individual flyers on the event listing for specifics. 

Nov 20-30, times vary; prices vary. Three on the Bund, 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, by Guangdong Lu 3, .

Waldorf Astoria on the Bund

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The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund invites you to enjoy a delectable Thanksgiving buffet complete with traditional festive favorites at the Grand Brasserie. This feast will include a host of delicious home comforts including succulent rotisserie turkey, stuffing and a delicious array of desserts, such as pumpkin creme brulee and traditional pumpkin tarts. For the non-conforming types, the kitchen will also be serving Australian Wagyu beef, freshly prepared pasta, poached scallops and sashimi as alternatives.

Nov 28; RMB688 adult, +RMB188 for free-flow red wine, white wine and local beer, +RMB288 for free-flow Perrier-Jout Champagne, red wine, white wine and local beer, RMB388 child. Grand Brasserie,Waldorf Astoria, 2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu 2, .

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