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Thanksgiving is the best time of the year for families to get together, enjoy a terrific meal and spend some quality time with each other. That is, unless you are the one doing all the cooking. Then it is a hectic, stressful day (or two) where you never sit down and you spend most of the time carefully plotting out the oven times so that everything comes out hot at the same time. Take all of that stress out of the day and try going out for dinner this year. There are a lot of fine dining spots throughout Denver offering great Thanksgiving meals, and you won’t have to do the dishes. All of these places will fill up fast so make sure to call ahead and get your reservations in early.

1515 Market St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 571-0011

1515 is a hip downtown destination serving beautiful food with fresh flavors. 1515 is defined as modern American cuisine, meaning there’s lots of interpretation giving the incredible chefs at 1515 to create an often-changing menu full of flavor and variety. 1515 is also a great Thanksgiving spot, offering up a gourmet style Thanksgiving dinner.

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The Corner Office
1401 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-6500

If your idea of the perfect Thanksgiving involves elegant cocktails, The Corner Office is the perfect place for you. The Corner Office is a restaurant and martini bar with a great menu full of mouth-watering cocktails to try. Thanksgiving usually finds The Corner Office quite busy, but it often serves up a full Thanksgiving meal for a reasonable price. In the past, The Corner Office has also donated a portion of the proceeds from Thanksgiving meals to a charity, so you may also be dining for a good cause.

Black Pearl
1529 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-0500

If you haven’t been to Black Pearl, then Thanksgiving is the perfect time. Serving contemporary American cuisine, Black Pearl is all about fresh and local food. The menu is often changing and adjusted to the season to ensure the best flavor of anything used. Since this wonderful spot on Pearl Street is open for Thanksgiving, you can bet it will be serving up some great variety of a turkey dinner prepared with care by brilliant chefs. Make sure to get those reservations in early, as this spot is sure to fill up.

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The Rialto Cafe
934 16th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 893-2233

Theater lovers in Denver know that the Rialto Café is an excellent place to stop before taking in a show at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. However, The Rialto Café is also a great place for brunch on Thanksgiving. Start the day off right by not having to lift a finger all day long. Grab a brunch from the large menu of traditional favorites like turkey and all the fixings or make it more of a breakfast and fill up on eggs and bacon. Make sure to stop by the fruit juice bar for the best mimosa in town. A visit to Rialto is a great way to start your Thanksgiving Day off right.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.