Thanksgiving is all about the food — but that doesn't mean you have to be the one to cook it! If you want to celebrate without spending hours over the stove, some of Denver's best restaurants have a solution. From traditional offerings to more exotic fare, check out these Thanksgiving meals for takeout. Order soon, though! The deadlines are fast approaching. 

TRADITIONAL COMFORT FOOD

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MONDO MARKET

Price: $57.99 (serves 2–3); $124.99 (serves 4–5); $179.99 (serves 6–8)
Order by: 11/18  | Pick up: 11/23 or 11/24

This food-lover's paradise at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora is offering full Thanksgiving full meals for groups of all sizes. Each meal comes with turkey and/or smoked ham and traditional sides like buttery mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and roasted Brussels sprouts. Up the ante with gourmet optional add-ons including maple-glazed sweet potatoes, cranberry-orange relish, kale salad, beet salad, baguettes, artisanal cheeses and pumpkin and pecan pie for dessert. Keep hunger at bay with a cheese or charcuterie board. There's also a take-and-bake holiday breakfast option that includes Quiche Lorraine, breakfast potatoes and croissants.

Start your order here. (You'll find add-on options under the Thanksgiving tab.)

EDIBLE BEATS

Price: $48/person
Order by: 11/21 | Pick up or delivery: 11/23 or 11/24

Chef Justin Cucci and Edible Beats — the team behind Root Down, Linger, Ophelia's, Vital Root and El Five — are excited to present their annual Thanksgiving Dinner-at-Home. Each meal includes Barber's All Natural Turkey prepared two ways (roasted breast and pulled confit dark meat with gravy) served with marble rye stuffing, cranberry relish with pomegranate and orange, Brussels sprout and kale chopped salad. You'll also have your choice of Yukon Gold mashed potato and cauliflower puree or roasted sweet potato mash and za'atar-roasted carrots or honey-roasted squash. Available to add on again this year are homemade pies, along with wine, Family Jones pre-bottled cocktails and plenty of extra sides. Pick you your meal at Linger, or, for an extra $7, you can have your order delivered. There's also a gluten-free meal option!

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MIZUNA

Price: $90/person
Pick up: 11/24

Impress your guests with only a few minutes of preparation. Dine on sous vide turkey and housemade gravy, duck-fat stuffing, truffle mashed potatoes, roasted local veggies, cranberry sauce, roasted squash soup, Mizuna salad with hazelnuts and sherry vinaigrette. For dessert: scratch-made personal apple pies! Wash it all down with optional boozy add-ons: Cosmopolitans for two, spiced Manhattans for two or a bottle of Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon.

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RUSSELL'S SMOKEHOUSE LOW & SLOW

Price: $250 (serves 4–6)
Pick up: 11/24

Take the fuss out of Thanksgiving by heating up this meal on your own schedule. It features a smoked whole turkey, smoked pumpkin with brown butter and sage, turkey gravy, mac and cheese, braised collard greens, cornbread stuffing, dinner rolls, and Wednesday's famous old-fashioned apple pie. Extra sides and adult beverages are available to add on!

Order here. 

DENVER MILK MARKET

Price: $250 (serves 4–6)
Pick up: 11/24

This DIY option requires you to follow some simple cooking and reheating instructions. Enjoy a whole local turkey (marinated and defrosted; ready to cook), turkey gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, baked mac and cheese, cranberries, classic stuffing, green bean casserole with fried onions, french bread and herbed butter, and a choice of housemade pie. 

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URBAN FARMER DENVERUrban Farmer Thanksgiving 2020 in Denver

Price: $110 (serves 2) | $300 (serves 6–8)
Order by: 11/23 | Pick up: 11/25

You get a Colorado-raised turkey (12–14 pounds), house-made cranberry orange marmalade, smashed red potatoes, oven-roasted yams, Brussels sprouts, cornbread stuffing with applewood-smoked bacon and dried fruit, natural turkey jus and traditional pumpkin pie. 

Order here.

THE CORNER OFFICE

Price: $55/adult and $25/child
Order by: 11/18 | Pick up: 11/25

The Corner Office is offering a prix-fixe, family-style menu with all your Thanksgiving favorites, including roast turkey (white and dark meat); honey-glazed ham; cranberry sauce, truffle whipped potatoes; sage, cornbread and chorizo stuffing; trumpet mushroom and haricot vert casserole; candied yams; butternut squash bisque; and beet and goat cheese salad. And for dessert? Classic pumpkin pie and sour apple pour cobbler with spiced whipped cream! 

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DOWNTOWN AQUARIUM

Price: $159 (serves 8–10)
Order by: 11/22 | Pick up: 11/25

The Aquarium Restaurant is dishing up Thanksgiving staples like sliced roast turkey with gravy, cornbread dressing, garlic redskin mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potato casserole, broccoli cauliflower casserole, cranberry sauce, house salad and dinner rolls to make sure you don't miss a drop. Wrap up the meal with a whole apple or pumpkin pie! 

Call (303) 561-4450 to place your order. 

THE EMPIRE LOUNGE & RESTAURANT

Price: $100 (serves 4–6)
Pick up: 11/23 or 11/24

Located in nearby Louisville, The Empire is offering a complete Thanksgiving feast that includes all your fall favorites: a 1/2 turkey that's brined, smoked and baked to juicy perfection; Italian sausage stuffing; mashed sweet potatoes with Bourbon-candied pecans; and citrus and Grand Marnier cranberry sauce. Make the meal complete with add-ons (think meat & cheese or deviled egg platters) for an additional cost.

Order here.

THE LOCAL BUTCHER

Price: $4.59/pound
Get your fresh, never frozen, turkey from Peterson Farm. Butchers will spatchcock your bird for free upon request and/or brine it for $15.

Order here, in person or by phone at (303) 297-3953 (Denver Central Market) or (303) 974-1020 (Oneida Park).

RIVER BEAR AMERICAN MEATS

Prices and servings vary
Located inside Leever's Locavore, River Bear is the one-stop shop for everyone's favorite holiday meats. The lineup includes River Bear's Bone-In Spiral Ham; Fresh and Frozen Turkeys (responsibly raised by Fernfale Market out of Cannon Falls, MN); and River Bear Pork Sausages Chorizo, Breakfast, Hot Italian and Sweet Italian.

Order in advance in-person or via phone (720) 738-7481. Royal Crest members can add on a River Bear Holiday Ham or Prime Rib to your delivery!

A TWIST ON THE CLASSIC

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LOU’S FOOD BAR

Price: $50 (serves 4)
Pick up: 11/24

The ultimate Friendsgiving fuel! The feast for four includes a whole fried chicken (hot, medium or naked), the creamiest mac and cheese, fried Brussels sprouts, crisp coleslaw, tater tots and Lou's famous "birdday" cake. 

Order here.

VESPER

Price: $9/person
Pick up: 11/24

Don't want to do the turkey thing? Opt for another American classic: Vesper's famous Juicy D burger, which has cheese stuffed into the patty so you get a melty, molten center. It's available as a kit with burgers, buns and caramelized onions to take, cook and enjoy. Add on sides like waffle fries, tater tots and coleslaw, along with beer and cocktails to complete the meal!

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THE ROTARY

Price: $75 (serves 4)
Pick up: 11/24

This locally owned rotisserie chicken restaurant in the Denver Hilltop neighborhood is offering a delicious and healthy Thanksgiving meal to-go option. Order their famous rotisserie chicken thighs, two freshly prepared sides (choose from Jasmine Rice, Roasted Vegetables, Sweet Potato Hash or Smashed New Potatoes), a salad (choose Baby Arugula or Baby Greens) and a trio of their most popular sauces (Chimichurri, Peri Peri, and Aji Verde). You'll also receive a half dozen gluten-free Pumpkin Cookies that they're making just for the holiday!

Order here.

INTERNATIONAL FARE

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LUCA

Price: $60/person
Pick up: 11/24

Enjoy a Thanksgiving feast with a rustic Italian twist! Luca's holiday menu features porchetta and au jus, three-cheese cavatelli, green bean casserole, roasted sweet potatoes, house ciabatta bread and pumpkin pie cheesecake for dessert. Add a meat-and-cheese board to whet your guests' appetite!

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OSTERIA MARCO

Price: $110 (serves 2)
Pick up: 11/24

Let Osteria Marco a bring a little of their lively Italian tavern to your Thanksgiving table with this playful take on a traditional dinner for two. Dig into slow-roasted rosemary pork loin; roasted fingerling potatoes; grilled broccolini; Panzanella stuffing with house ciabatta, Italian sausage and sage; and classic baked rigatoni with San Marzano tomatoes, ricotta and Parmesan. End the meal with delightful and decadent apple crumble cannolis.

Order here. 

BISTRO VENDOME

Prices and servings vary
Order by: 11/19 | Pick up: 11/23 or 11/24

Get the full French dining experience from the hors d’oeuvres and plats principaux through the dessert course! Start with a charcuterie platter or a bowl of French onion soup or butternut squash bisque. Tuck into the main course — boeuf bourguignon, confit de canard or canard a l'orange — along with a selection of sides, including sweet potato pureé, haricot verts and cinnamon-glazed baby carrots. Round out the meal with seasonal pumpkin crème brûlée and apple-cinnamon pain perdu. 

Order here or call (303) 825-3232.

LE BILBOQUET

Price: $85/person
Order by: 11/22 | Pick up: 11/25
Say "oui!" to eating in this Thanksgiving. This Parisian favorite has cooked up a menu that's sure to please even the most discerning palate. Start with Fanny Bay oysters, smoked salmon, pumpkin soup, beef carpaccio and/or roasted beet salad. Move on to entrees like Cajun-spiced chicken, traditional brined and roasted turkey, grilled langoustines with pesto fettucini, a vegetarian roasted cauliflower steak with butternut squash puree, or the decadent Tournedos Rossini — pan-friend filet mignon served on a crouton and topped with seared foie gras and garnished with black truffle. End the evening with a cheese plate and dessert: chocolate sponge cake with strawberry-chocolate ganache, vanilla creme brulee, lemon tart or pumpkin cheesecake with salted caramel ice cream. 

Call (303) 835-9999 to place your order.

SUSHI-RAMA

Price: Starts at $66 for 68 pieces
Create an (almost)-all-you-can-eat sushi bar for your Thanksgiving from Denver’s favorite conveyor-belt sushi concept! Platters include classics (like the California and Spicy Tuna roll) and one-of-a-kind creations like the Pumpkin Dragon roll (with Japanese pumpkin tempura and marinated kelp topped with an avocado and honey glaze).

Call 24 hours in advance to place your order at any of the four locations: (720) 476‑4643 (RiNo), (720) 667‑1195 (DTC), (303) 537‑5250 (Lone Tree) or (303) 364‑1990 (Fitzsimmons).

OSAKA RAMEN

Prices and servings vary
Drop the knives and slurp it up with these DIY Ramen Kits, complete with broth, noodles and garnish. Order six kits and receive 10% off or 12 kits for 20% off.

Place an order 24 hours in advance by calling (303) 955-7938. 

VEGAN/VEGETARIAN OPTIONS

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VITAL ROOT

Price: $36/person
Order by: 11/21 | Pick up: 11/23 or 11/24
Make sure everyone feels included with a delicious vegan and gluten-free meal, featuring roasted acorn squash and cranberry-orange chutney as well as all of the traditional trimmings such as cauliflower mashed potatoes with celery root gravy, roasted vegetables with caper vinaigrette, cornbread with maple “butter” and sweet potato pumpkin pie with coconut vanilla cream. Add on extra sides, full-size pies, cookies, cocktails and wine to complete the feast!

Order here.

DRINKS, APPETIZERS, SIDES & DESSERTS

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GREEN RUSSELL

Prices and servings vary
Pick up: 11/24

Once you have the food situation under control, don’t forget about the drinks! Mix and match Green Russell's bottled craft cocktails, beer, wine and bubbles to create your perfect boozy spread. Bottled cocktail offerings include Old-Fashioned, Negroni, Manhattan, Margarita, Blackberry Samurai and I Lost a Flip Flop in Oaxaca. For beer, choose from Telluride Face Down Brown Ale, Avery White Rascal and Station 26 Juicy Banger IPA. Add a bottle of Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon — an elegant, medium-bodied Cabernet with aromas of black cherry and plum — or some bubbly Champagne! 

Order here.

THE INFINITE MONKEY THEOREM

Price: $35
Pick up before 11/25

A pair for your pairings! Get a CO Cab Franc and a TX Viogner to serve with the main event. The Cab Franc really zings 'er up, while the honeyed apricot notes in the Texas Viogner will have you reaching for a second glass. 

Order here or in person in the taproom.

BECKON

Prices and servings vary
Pick up: 11/23 or 11/24
Beckon is here to get you through the day with carbohydrates and alcohol! Bread baker Chef Hunter will be baking Danish Rye, Sourdough Country Loaves and Parker House Rolls to adorn your Thanksgiving spread, or to smear a little peanut butter on while you're prepping away that morning. Jenica has designed two wine kits — one to drink while cooking and one to drink at the table — so that you are fully fueled for the day's events.

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GREEN SEED

Price: $25–$55 (serves 8–12)
Add some balance to the lineup with large-format Caesar or Kale Yeah salads from Green Seed in Denver Central Market. 

Order here with 24-hour advance notice for pickup or delivery within range. 

SALT & GRINDER

Price: $9 (cranberry sauce) | $20 (wine) | $20 (salumi and burrata board) | $30 (fall hummus platter)
Pick up: 11/24

Mom always said, never show up to a party empty-handed! Be the best guest by bringing a fall hummus platter with two flavors of hummus — pumpkin and beet — and a variety of fresh and roasted veggies for dipping. Or please your favorite cheese-loving friends with a salumi and burrata board, with grilled ciabatta bread and mostarda. Add a bottle of wine or a jar of homemade cranberry sauce and they're sure to welcome you with open arms!

Order here.

CULTURE MEAT & CHEESE

Price: $35.00 for medium or $45.00 for large
Impress dinner guests with the Fancy Charcuterie Board, which includes four meats, three cheeses, fresh fruit, veggies, nuts, dried fruit, a mini jar of jam and pickled veggies with sliced baguette.

Please call ahead at least 24 hours in advance: (303) 292-2222.

RIOJA

Price: $12 (breads and biscuits) | $35 (pies)
Order by: 11/20 | Pick up by: 11/24

Let Pastry Chef Eric Dale and his crew help you entertain this Thanksgiving with pies, breads and biscuits from the Rioja bakeshop. Rioja's lavender sourdough bread, focaccia and rosemary goat cheese biscuits are the perfect accompaniment to your Thanksgiving spread, and their coconut cream pie, chocolate espresso silk pie and Bourbon pecan pie are the sweetest way to end any meal! 

To place an order, please call (303) 820-2282 and have a credit card handy for pre-payment.

STEUBEN’S 

Price: $8 (ice cream) | $30 (pumpkin chai pie) | $35 (spiced cherry and cranberry galette)
Order by: 11/18 | Pick up: 11/23 or 11/24

Secret Sauce Executive Pastry Chef Michael Kurowski has created two delicious pie options to top off your Thanksgiving celebration. Choose between a pumpkin chai pie or a spiced cherry and cranberry galette — or one of each! Add on a pint of house-made ice cream (double vanilla, chocolate fudge ripple or apple cider with apple butter swirl) for a sweet end to your holiday meal. 

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IZZIO BAKERY

Price: $4–$30
Izzio Bakery inside Denver Central Market is offering a number of goodies: Cream Cheese Pumpkin Queen drizzled with salted caramel, Petite & Large Apple Streusel and Pumpkin Queen Pies with a caramelized and laminated crust, and individual Pear Frangipane Tarts. 

Pre-order in person or call (720) 381-0260. 

HIGH POINT CREAMERY

Nothing says party like an ice cream sundae, and High Point is here to make it all easy on us with their pre-made sundae kits! Filled with everything you need, just add on four pints of your favorite flavors and you’ll go down in history as the MVP of party guests. While all of High Point's flavors will leave you stuffed and happy, we think the Joan's Pumpkin Pie, Dark Chocolate & Spicy Brownies, and Chai Tea & Gingerbread fall flavors are perfectly festive for a T-Day gathering.

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TEMPER CHOCOLATES 

Price: $36
If life is like a box of chocolates, it might as well be Temper's 12-piece box of fall-themed bonbons! Perfect for the host to put out after dinner for a sweet treat (or hide for an indulgence after the party leaves). The oh-so-delicious fall flavors include Apple Butter + Honey Mustard, Horchata, Sweet Potato, Cranberry Sauce and Pumpkin Cheesecake, plus Temper favorites like Black Betty, Stevie Nicks and Queen Bey.

Available at Temper inside Denver Central Market beginning 11/12.

Photo credits: Edible Beats (header) and Urban Farmer (side image).