Family, Friends, & Food! Celebrating Thanksgiving in Shanghai

If you find yourself celebrating Thanksgiving in Shanghai this year, do not fear, you can still find a delicious turkey dinner! Whether you want to splurge with a lavish all-you-can-eat buffet or take a turkey home to enjoy with loved ones, there are many options for foreigners to have a very Happy Thanksgiving in China.

Thanksgiving is the time of the year to celebrate family, to cherish your loved ones, and to show appreciation. Some may even say it is the celebration of the three Fs: Family, Friends, and Food! Thanksgiving surely wouldn’t be what it is without the delicious and exquisite meals used just for this time of the year.


Are you wondering how to celebrate Thanksgiving in Shanghai in a way that makes it feel like home? Luckily, Shanghai has many venues where families and friends can go to enjoy the holiday’s delicacies and cozy atmosphere. Here are a few of our recommendations:

1) Waldorf Astoria
As one of the highest scale Thanksgiving dinners you can find in Shanghai, the Waldorf Astoria offers an extravagant buffet dinner for 328RMB for kids and 688 RMB for adults. The classic buffet will include delicious turkey and specialty dishes such as Waldorf’s special oyster, butternut squash Cheddar gratin, pumpkin cheesecake, Thanksgiving cupcakes and more. There will also be a jazz band performing to add to the holiday atmosphere.
Contact: 86 21 6322 9988

2) House of Roosevelt at 27 on the Bund
Some say that the House of Roosevelt’s festive menu is most enticing. The 688 RMB/ person feast begins with a traditional eggnog toast and is followed by delicious holiday items such as turkey tonnate with capers and olives, lentil bean soup and succulent Spanish iberico de Bellato ham. There is also seared Icelandic halibut followed by roasted turkey with root vegetables served with cranberry jus and turkey jam. But it doesn’t stop there! For dessert you can enjoy the rainbow rice pudding or chestnut crème brule and cranberries in crystal vodka jelly. Mmmm!
Contact: 2322 0800

3) Jean Georges
Jean Georges is known best for its sumptuous Thanksgiving delights. The official menu offers delectable options for each course, some of which include saporous sweet potato dumplings, parmesan broth and truffle, black sea bass or roasted Maine lobster, and a choice of traditional turkey or caramelized beef tenderloin for the main dish.
Contact: 6321 7733

If you are looking for a more relaxed and budget friendly Thanksgiving dinner, here are a few more delicious options that are popular among expat families:

4) Big Bamboo
A long-time favorite for expat families, Big Bamboo features a four-course Thanksgiving dinner with Caesar salad or pumpkin soup, roast turkey or baked ham, pumpkin or chocolate pie, etc! The yummy and filling dinner is priced reasonably at 288 RMB for adults, 150 RMB for kids 5-12 and free for kids under 5.
Contact: 6256 2265 (Jingan), 6405 8720 (Hongqiao), 5030 1779 (Pudong)

5) Bubba’s
Bubba’s is offering festive feasts in both their Hongqiao and Cool Docks locations. Included is smoke-roasted USDA turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing and fragrant pumpkin pie. Not to mention, they are also offering bottomless wine with the meal all for 350 RMB for adults, 175 RMB for kids under 12 and free for kids under 4. They have seatings at either 6pm or 8:30pm but you should book in advance.
Contact: 6242 2612 (Hongqiao) or 5302 7588 (Cool Docks)

6) Piro Restaurant and Bar
Piro has been noted as the “All you can eat American home style dinner” in Shanghai. As you may guess, there are many traditional family items offered such as holiday butter roasted turkey with apple herb stuffing, pumpkin bourbon eggnog, truly American mac and cheese, the “best ever pumpkin pie” and more! There are also many scrumptious desserts to choose from, such as Charlie’s famous New York Cheese Cake or their Triple Layer Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake. There are two seatings both beginning at 6pm and 8:30pm and the price is 400 RMB per person plus 150 RMB (adults) or 100 RMB (kids) for free flow alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Contact: 5403 8513


If you would rather take out a turkey to enjoy at home with loved ones, here are a few recommended places to purchase your Thanksgiving turkey to go:

7) The BLOCK
The Kerry Hotel Pudong’s butcher shop has a complete “Turkey To Go” package for collection or delivery including whole fire-roasted turkey, honey-roasted sweet and baby carrots, festive cookies, mince pies and more all from 1,180 RMB. The basic a la carte turkey menu begins at 880 RMB. Available from October 1-December 28, a reservation should be made three days in advance to prepare the desired items.

8) Kakadu
Kakadu is offering whole roasted turkeys to go! For 888 RMB you can get a 13lb roast turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, mashed pumpkin, honeyed baby carrots, peas, cranberry sauce, gravy, and pumpkin pie. Orders should be placed before 3pm on Wednesday, November 26th and are available for collection Thursday, November 27th – Sunday, November 30th.
Contact: 5468 0118

9) Kate & Kimi

Online delivery service Kate & Kimi have set up two collection spots in Puxi and Pudong for customers to pick up their fresh roasted American turkeys with bread stuffing, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy from 680 RMB (3-5 people) to 1,180 RMB (10-12 people). They also have turkey packages for 1,200-2,300 RMB which include an American roasted turkey with bread stuffing, cranberry sauce, giblet gravy, green peas with bacon and ten other veggie dishes as well as an oven baked pumpkin pie and dinner rolls. Yum! Collection is available from Thursday, November 27th -Sunday, November 29th.

Happy holidays from Shanghai Properties! Hope you enjoy your delicious turkey dinners! And don’t forget to contact Adrienne if you are in need of the perfect place to spend your next Thanksgiving in Shanghai. 🙂

adrienne-black-top-smallAdrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties


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