The Thanksgiving spread promised at the Lake Chalet. Photo credit: Lake Chalet / Instagram
This time last year we had no choice but to celebrate Thanksgiving at home as the spike in COVID-19 cases in late 2020 resulted in local restaurants being limited to take-away service. In 2021, while many restaurant owners are choosing to close for the holidays, there are still several eateries planning to eat inside and in many cases outside on this Thursday. True, this list is shorter than it was before the pandemic, but people who prefer to eat out on Thanksgiving have a variety of options, as you can see from the list below.
At the time of writing, the Centers for Disease and Control say that even fully vaccinated people could still be at risk of infection if they eat indoors. Please consider the risks before taking a seat inside. Eating outdoors poses far fewer risks, says the CDC. If you dine indoors in Berkeley, anyone over the age of 12 is required to provide proof of vaccination. Many restaurants in the East Bay also have their own vaccination guidelines for people in their dining rooms. So if you are dining with an adult who is not vaccinated it is wise to check with the restaurant before making a reservation or dropping by.
Speaking of reservations, although these are the restaurants that had tables vacant at the time of publication, it is possible that seats will be fully booked shortly. “Everyone seems to be waiting until the last minute to make plans this year,” an Oakland restaurant owner told Nosh last week. For this reason, if you plan to dine out on Thanksgiving, we recommend that you reserve this table today.
Boichik bagels “Don’t cook hungry,” Boichik Bagels warns guests this week, and for that purpose it will be open with its usual menu (and delivery schedule_ from 7:30 a.m. to sell out or 1 p.m., whichever comes up) to pre-orders only possible for bulk bagels and must be handed in by 10 a.m. on Wednesday. If all you want is a bagel or sandwich, just go upstairs. Boichik Bagels, 3170 College Ave. (near Alcatraz Avenue), Berkeley
Copper spoon This North Oakland women-run cocktail bar still has outdoor seating from 8 am to 9:45 am on Thursdays, or at least at time of publication. There’s no Thanksgiving menu, but the usual menu includes a waffle and buttermilk-fried chicken-on-carrot cake that could be better than turkey anyway. Reservations can be made online. Copper Spoon, 4031 Broadway (at 41st Street), Oakland
Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill The view is the thing at the Lake Chalet where a Three course turkey dinner costs $ 75 per person over 12 years of age before drinks and $ 30 for children under 12 years of age (but only two courses for that age group). Reservations are open from 5:45 am to 7:45 am at time of publication and are available on Yelp. Seechalet Seafood Bar & Grill, 1520 Lakeside Dr. (between Lake Merritt Boulevard and 17th Street), Oakland
Seoul Gom Tang Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, this Korean destination serves its usual menu of soothing soups, bubbly hot pot, and marinated and fried meat dishes. “No reservations” we were told when we called to confirm opening hours. So if you are concerned about getting a seat you should call (510) 597-9989 to confirm a table is available. Seoul Gomtang, 3801 Telegraph Ave. (on MacArthur Boulevard), Oakland
Souley Vegan “This year we are opting for meals with generous portions on plates instead of all-you-can-eat buffets,” writes this traditional, plant-based restaurant on its website. will be really good. For $ 36 / adult and $ 17 / child under 10, enjoy a menu of fried seitan steak, dirty rice casserole, sweet lemon tea cake, bottomless mimosa and much more. The opening times are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the seats are only accessible. Souley Vegan, 301 Broadway (on Third Street), Oakland
Udupi palace This South Indian restaurant serves its usual menu of delicious Dosa and Uthappam from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm Thanksgiving. Udupi Palace, 1901 University Avenue (on MLK Jr. Way), Berkeley
Zino This airy downtown Berkeley restaurant specializes in Mediterranean flavors, but its Thanksgiving buffet menu is stacked with traditional dishes like turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. It costs $ 49.99 per person for adults, $ 24.99 for children ages 6-12, and free for kids ages 5 and under. Reservations can be made online. Zino, 2086 Allston Way (on Shattuck Avenue), Berkeley
Damned! This place on Fourth Street in Cal-Mediterrean has tables from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm (at time of publication). It’s not known yet if they have any special menu plans, but the usual range of salads, flatbreads, and sandwiches doesn’t sound bad either. Reservations are on Resy. Allot !, 1820 Fourth St. (between Hearst Avenue and Virginia Streets), Berkeley