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11 Places to Enjoy a Traditional Thanksgiving Meal in Madrid

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Living abroad during the holidays can be tough. We know. There’s no better solution for that than sharing a traditional meal food with great friends. After all, home is where the heart is.

We’ve updated our list of places where you can enjoy some Thanksgiving turkey and this year we’ve got eleven.

Restaurants are organized in alphabetical order. Prices range from 23-80€ per person (or in case of #12, our home- cooked meal, even less!). See our map below for all the locations mentioned in this post. ¡Buen provecho!


1. Café de Oriente

Where: Café de Oriente

AddressPlaza de Oriente, 2

Metro: Opera (L2, L5, R)

When: November 23-26

Time: lunch and dinner servings

Price: 45€

Reservations: 915 41 39 74 or online


Menu:

Macaroni stuffed with spinach and pine nuts in a cheddar cheese sauce

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Fresh green bean salad with mushrooms, a poached egg, dried onion and a truffle vinaigrette

Cream of pumpkin soup with peanut butter and shrimp

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Stuffed “mini turkey” (cockerel) with cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, cabbage with ham

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Apple cake with vanilla ice cream

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Wine and water


2. Cornucopia

Named one of the 30 Best Restaurants to Get a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Abroad in 2015 (the only one in Spain!), it’s also the only restaurant that has take-away (Nov. 21-25)!

Reservations and a 20 per cent deposit are required, so be sure call in advance or visit their website.

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Where: Restaurante Cornucopia

Address: Calle de las Navas de Tolosa, 9

Metro: Opera (L2, L5, R), Callao (L3, L5)

When: November 23

Time: 13:30-0:00

Price: 47€ (36€ for takeout)

Reservations: 915 213 896 or online


Menu:

Corn and cheese paté, black olives and homemade bread with olive oil

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New England clam chowder or a green salad with crispy seaweed, sesame oil, mango julienne and a blackberry vinaigrette.

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Traditional turkey, roasted in sage and white wine, stuffed with herbed bread, served with creamy potatoes and gravy, cranberry-pineapple sauce and sautéed spinach with almonds and raisins.

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Grilled vegetables with a tomato jam.

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Pumpkin or apple pie

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Coffee or tea

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Red or white wine


3. Hard Rock Cafe

Where: Hard Rock Cafe

Address: Paseo de la Castellana, 2

Metro: Colon (L4)

When: November 23

Time: 18:00-23:55

Price: 34,95€

Reservations: 914 364 340 or online


Menu:

Corn soup with bacon bits

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Chef’s salad (lettuce, carrot, craisins, pecans, cherry tomato and roasted corn)

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Roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables and cranberry sauce.

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Pumpkin pie with whipped cream

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Choice of beverage (two per person: draft beer, house red or white wine, soft drinks, iced tea or mineral water)


4. Harvey’s Cocktail Bar

Where: Harvey’s Cocktail Bar

Address: c/ Fuencarral, 70

Metro: Chueca (L5), Tribunal (L1, L10)

When: November 23

Time: 21:00

Price: 30€ (35€ with special Thanksgiving cocktail)

Reservations: 91 081 78 25


Menu:

Pumpkin soup with toasted croutons

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Roast turkey with gravy, cranberry sauce and chestnut sauce

Purple potatoes

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Apple taste tatín with passionfruit ice cream or pumpkin pie

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Menu includes one drink per person


5. James Joyce Irish Pub

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Where: James Joyce Irish Pub

Address: Calle de Alcalá, 59

Metro: Banco de España (L2)

When: November 23

Time: 19:00-21:00 or 21:00-2:00

Price22,50€ (2 courses) or 28,50€ (3 courses)

Reservations: 91 575 4901


Menu:

Cream of pumpkin soup

King prawns in tempura with chipotle mayo

Walnut, apple and brie salad with a pomegranate vinaigrette

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Traditional roast turkey with pan gravy and cranberry sauce

8oz Black Angus sirloin of beef

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Sweet potato mash, roast potatoes, sautéed broccoli, honey roasted carrots, crucial sprouts with bacon and corn bread

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Pumpkin pie with Chantilly cream

Apple and blackberry crumble with custard

Chocolate fondant with ice cream

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Live NFL starting at 18:30!


6. Restaurante El Jardin in the InterContinental Hotel

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Where: El Jardin in the InterContinental Hotel

Address: Paseo de la Castellana, 49

Metro: Gregorio Marañón (L7, L10)

When: November 23

Time: From 20:00

Price: 60€ (buffet options below)

Reservations: 917 00 73 00 or online


Menu:

Cream of pumpkin soup

Warm tomato and basil soup

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Salads:

Three pepper and potato

Caprese with toasted pine nuts

Chicken with apple and celery

Chopped prawns

Mixed greens with tomato, tuna and onion

Green beans with tomato vinaigrette

Cabbage coleslaw

Mussels in vinegar

Traditional smoked salmon

Cooked prawns

Vinaigrettes and dressings

Selection of Spanish and International cheeses

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Roast turkey

Stuffing (onion, celery, butter, bread sage, thyme, eggs and cream)

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Potato and sweet potato puree

Prawns and clams in ‘American sauce’

Corn on the cob with butter

Buttered broccoli

Cooked ham

Brussel sprouts with bacon and chives

Boiled potatoes with olive oil and parsley

Macaroni with butter, tomato sauce and cheese

Fried chicken wings

Onion rings

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Turkey gravy

Cranberry sauce

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Apple pie

Pecan pie

Carrot Cake

Pumpkin pudding

Brownie

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With live music during dinner!


7. Hotel Ritz, Madrid

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Where: Hotel Ritz, Madrid

Address: Plaza de la Lealtad, 5

Metro: Banco de España (L2), Atocha (L1, Cercanías)

When: November 23

Time: From 20:30

Price: 80€ (drinks not included)

Reservations: 91 701 67 67


Menu:

Ritz appetizer

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Pumpkin soup with sweet anisette and fresh cheese

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Traditional stuffed turkey, sweet potato purée and a bacon sauce

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Apple pie with vanilla ice cream

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Coffee and tea


8. La Gringa

Where: La Gringa

Address: San Vicente Ferrer, 57

Metro: San Bernardo (L2, L4), Plaza de España (L3, L10)

When: November 22-26

Time: Wednesday to Friday lunch: 14:00 or 16:00, Wednesday to Sunday dinner: 20:00 or 22:30

Price: 35€ 

Reservations: 679 183 399


Menu:

Variety of Thanksgiving dips

Pumpkin and squash soup served with goat cheese

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Oven roasted turkey with mushroom gravy and savoury apple and raisin bread stuffing

Creamy mashed potatoes

Sweet potatoes whipped with brown sugar and topped with roasted marshmallows

Green beans sautéed with leeks

Creamy bacon Brussels sprouts

Oven roasted corn on the cob

Mixed bread basket

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Pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream

Apple pie with vanilla ice cream

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Cranberry Bellini, red or white wine and beer


9. Rubaiyat

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Where: Rubaiyat

Address: Juan Ramón Jiménez, 37

Metro: Cuzco (L10)

When: November 23

Price: 55€

Reservations: 91 359 10 00


Menu:

House appetizer

Selection of fresh breads

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Pumpkin soup with prawns

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Turkey with cranberry sauce, sweet potato puree and mini glazed corn

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Apple tarte tatin

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Coffee

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Red wine, water, soft drinks and cava


The following two restaurants sent us information last year, but haven’t confirmed this year’s menu/availability.

Below are the details they sent us last year with some information updated (*) via their websites.

10. Nice to Meet You Restaurant & Lounge

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Where: Nice to Meet You Restaurant & Lounge (Dear Hotel Madrid)

Address: Calle Gran Vía, 80

Metro: Plaza de España (L3, L10), Noviciado (L2)

When: November 23*

Time: 20:30*

Price: 30€ (drinks not included)


Menu:

New England Clam chowder

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Roast turkey with gravy

New England stuffing with sausage and bread

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Coleslaw, mashed turnips, mashed potatoes, mashed pumpkin, creamed glassé onions,

steamed peas with butter, sautéed carrots with maple syrup,

oven baked Brussels sprouts, blueberry and cranberry sauce

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Old fashioned pumpkin pie with whipped cream


11. O’Neill’s Irish Pub

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Where: O’Neill’s Irish Pub

Address: del Príncipe, 12

Metro: Sol (L1, L2, L3, Cercanías)

When: November 24

Price: 25€


Menu: 

Cream of vegetable soup

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Roast turkey and stuffing served with seasonal vegetables, potatoes

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Cranberry sauce and gravy

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Apple pie and ice cream

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Glass of beer or wine included


12. Thanksgiving at home!

This year, for Canadian Thanksgiving (in October), we decided to have everyone over for dinner. We were able to find all the ingredients (including a 25-pound turkey!) with a little research.

Our turkey came from Hermanos Gomez Pollería Selecta in the Chamartin market (it came out to around 7€/kilo – about 70 euros – and comfortably fed 20 people with leftovers), but we also found some smaller ones at El Sabroso in Chamberí. Both places required calling ahead to order the bird and pick it up later.

Most of the other ingredients for our meals came from our local grocery store but we had to make a special trip to Taste of America to find: turkey gravy, cranberry sauce and pumpkin puree to make our pie. We also saw stuffing but decided to make our own.

We picked up pecans for this incredible sweet potato recipe at one of the Hermanos Ortiz Sanz potato chip shops in Argüelles. All in all, a delicious night!



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