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19 Restaurants With Scrumptious Thanksgiving Dinner Menus

Hang up your apron and spend your Thanksgiving enjoying a meal cooked by a professional this year.

By Daniel Renfrow

 For $105 per person, you can get a full Thanksgiving spread composed of savory specials as well as comforting classics at Bludorn.

While there are a lot of families who throw big feasts at home every year on Thanksgiving, not everyone has the benefit of being able to travel home for the holidays to experience said feasts—or has access to a family in general. If you’re planning on going small this Thanksgiving, or simply don’t want to go through the headache of putting together a large meal (you can always order your Thanksgiving meal to-go), celebrating Thanksgiving by dining at a restaurant is a great option—especially if you're still recovering from your morning turkey trot

To help take a bit of the work out of Thanksgiving this year, we’ve put together a list of Houston restaurants that are pulling out all of the stops with their dine-in service this year, allowing you to spend less time making pies and more time figuring out who you’re going to invite to your epic, dine-in feast. See below for our top Thanksgiving picks. 

The Annie Café & Bar is home to a special three-course prix fixe menu this Thanksgiving.

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The Annie Café & Bar

 
Galleria/Uptown

Houston’s reining haunt for the sip-and-be-seen crowd will be home to a special three-course prix fixe menu this Thanksgiving from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Priced at $90 for adults and $35 for children, the luxe menu includes options like Texas shrimp and grits, herb crusted filet of Scottish salmon, and sides like herbed potato purée, cauliflower gratin, and garlic and lemon green beans. For dessert, treat yourself to either apple tarte tatin, pecan pie, or pumpkin beignets. 

Back Table Kitchen & Bar

 
The Woodlands

Take a mini-vacay to The Woodlands this Thanksgiving and ring in Thanksgiving with one of the choicest of holiday spreads. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Back Table Kitchen & Bar will be serving a special Thanksgiving dinner priced at $75 for adults and $32 for kids from ages 6 through 12 (kids 5 and under eat for free). The buffet-style dinner includes fresh goods from a bakery shop, cured meats, artisan cheeses, and omelet station, as well as classic breakfast staples such as biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict, and sausage and bacon. There will also be a seafood and raw bar where you can load up your plate with oysters on the half shell, smoked salmon, and shrimp cocktails. The restaurant’s hot table will include classic Thanksgiving options such as braised short ribs, cornmeal-fried catfish, Mississippi chicken pot pies, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, smoked prime ribs, and roasted turkey. End your meal by stuffing your plate with the restaurant’s myriad dessert options, which will include pumpkin tarts, cranberry orange bread pudding, pistachio almond panna cotta, and multiple cookie options.

B&B Butchers & Restaurant's Thanksgiving meal is priced at $90 for adults and $35 for children ages 11 and under.

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B&B Butchers & Restaurant

 
Sixth Ward

B&B Butchers & Restaurant will be serving a special prix fixe menu (on top of their regular menu) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. this Thanksgiving. Priced at $90 for adults and $35 for children ages 11 and under, the meal includes amuse-bouche as well as two courses, four sides, and dessert. Choice entree options on the menu include pics like the butternut squash soup topped with truffle mustard créme; roasted prime ride served with creamy horseradish, au jus, and Yorkshire pudding; and roasted turkey with cornbread and sausage dressing—with some giblet gravy, of course. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with a slice of pumpkin, pecan, or apple crumble pie. 

Bludorn

 
Fourth Ward

Give thanks this year at Bludorn by dining on chef Aaron Bludorn’s well-curated Thanksgiving dinner. For $105 per person, you’ll get a full Thanksgiving spread composed of savory specials as well as comforting classics—all created in the restaurant’s signature French-inspired, New American style. The three-course menu includes appetizers such as maitake mushrooms with cashews and preserved lemon vinaigrette; fennel soup with bay laurel and shallot oil; and entrees such as heritage turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce; dry-aged NY Strip with peppercorns and beef jus; and potato gnocchi with butternut squash brown butter foam. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with the restaurant’s pumpkin and pecan pies. Sweet potatoes, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and brussels sprouts will also be served to every table. For kids (12 and under), a two-course kids’ menu will be available for $55. The menu will be served from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; reservations are required. 

This pumpkin spice flan at E’Terie Bar & Grill has your name on it. 

E’Terie Bar & Grill

 
The Woodlands

E’Terie Bar & Grill, located in the atrium of the Embassy Suites-Hughes Landing, will open its doors to the public from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. this Thanksgiving for a special meal priced at $45 for adults and $15 for children who are 15 and under. This buffet-style meal includes options like butternut squash soup, baby carrot salad with goat cheese, maple-glazed roasted ham with pineapple chutney, herb-roasted turkey, tasty cranberry stuffing, sweet potato casserole, broccoli and cauliflower gratin, mac and cheese, and a bevy of desserts—our money is on the pumpkin spice flan for best dessert! 

Eunice is having quite the Thanksgiving spread this year. 

Eunice

 
Upper Kirby

Charming Upper Kirby eatery Eunice will be offering a special menu this Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Highlights include dan dan delicata squash (with spicy aioli, pickles, and herbs), pumpkin bisque (with spiced pumpkin seeds, satsuma, sage, and black truffle), and Cajun stuffed turkey (with sweet potatoes, dressing, satsuma cranberry marmalade, and giblet gravy). For dessert, treat yourself to the pumpkin pie tart with graham cracker crust, toasted meringue, and pistachio ice cream. 

Oysters for Thanksgiving? We're down!

Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse & Gatsby’s Prime Seafood

 
Museum District, Montrose

Celebrate Thanksgiving 1920s-style at either Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse or Gatsby’s Prime Seafood. Both restaurants will offer their regular menus, which will be perfect for those craving a steak or seafood in lieu of turkey. However, both of the restaurants will also have a turkey entrée option with all of the fixings for Thanksgiving traditionalists. Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse will be open on Thanksgiving from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Gatsby’s Prime Seafood will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Grotto

 
Multiple Locations

Dine in at Grotto’s this Thanksgiving and treat yourself to the restaurant’s three-course prix fixe menu, available at all of its locations. For $52, you’ll be able to treat yourself to options like butternut squash soup; roasted turkey with lemon parsley butter; and sides like wild mushroom risotto, parmesan asparagus, fall roasted vegetables, and green beans with roma tomatoes. For dessert, you’ll have the choice of either sweet potato gelato with candy pecans, pumpkin cheesecake with cinnamon graham cracker crust, or coconut cream pie. 

Sometimes buffet-style is the way to go on Thanksgiving.

Hilton Americas-Houston

 
Downtown

Hilton Americas-Houston will be offering a Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. complete with both sweet and savory offerings, including a custom omelet station, a salad bar, and tasty entrees like roasted turkey breast, maple-glazed salmon, and rosemary-crusted prime rib—all topped off with sweets from the hotel’s award-winning pastry shop. Oh, and there will also be flights of bottomless mimosas (our second-most favorite kind of flight, although it is almost as good as free airfare). 

Indianola

 
EaDo

Take the stress out of Thanksgiving this year by letting the chefs at Indianola do all of the cooking. The EaDo-located restaurant will be home to a prix fixe menu experience this Thanksgiving from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. that is stacked with elevated Thanksgiving favorites, including hors d’oeuvres like andouille sausage puffs with Creole mustard; Cajun heritage turkey with citrus cranberry sauce and herb gravy; and sides like toasted pecan brussels sprouts and roast kabocha squash with maple, pecan, and sage—all served to the table family style. The experience is priced at $65 for adults and $25 for children under the age of 12 (children under three eat for free). 

Why not go Thai this Thanksgiving with a meal at Kin Dee?

Kin Dee

 
Heights

Travel to Thailand this Thanksgiving by giving thanks at Thai hot spot Kin Dee in the Heights. The buzzy and beautifully appointed restaurant will be serving a Thanksgiving menu comprised of Thai staples as well as two all-new dishes curated by chef Miranda Loethamfu: smoked turkey green curry (served with either rice noodles or rice) and rice fried chicken (marinated fried chicken thigh topped with a sweet and sour Thai chili sauce). Kin Dee’s Thanksgiving menu will be available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Le Jardinier will be open from 12 p.m to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Le Jardinier

 
Museum District

For $165 a person, you can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in the heart of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston at Le Jardinier. Highlights of the meal included seasonal items like foie gras royale with pumpkin emulsion and red port; citrus-cured ora king salmon with beets and yuzu; yukon potato gnocchi; and heritage turkey ballotine with confit. For sides, Le Jardinier has gone with Thanksgiving classics like fried brussels sprouts, mushroom stuffing, and buttery mashed potatoes. The restaurant will be open from 12 p.m to 7 p.m. Reservations can be made on RESY. 

 There's nothing better than Musaafer's tandoori spiced turkey on Thanksgiving.

Musaafer

 
Galleria/Uptown

Spice things up this Thanksgiving by spending dinner at upscale Indian restaurant Musaafer. From 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the Galleria-located restaurant will be offering a dine-in plate featuring tandoori spiced turkey, spiced cherries, cranberry chutney, mushroom bacon brussels sprouts, truffle fries, baby carrots, and makhini sauce. Consider chasing down your meal with one of the restaurant’s special sandalwood-infused Old Fashioneds to make the meal truly memorable. 

Perry’s Steakhouse

 
Multiple Locations

Perry’s Steakhouse will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. this Thanksgiving, during which they will be offering a special menu priced at $49 per guest. The meal comes with choice options such as a butternut squash soup, smoked turkey breast with pan gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean almondine, sausage and sage dressing, cranberry relish, and homemade bread. Guests will also be able to treat themselves to a slice of pumpkin cheesecake for an additional $9. 

Roma

 
Rice Village

Consider going classic Italian this Thanksgiving by dining in at Roma. The Rice Village staple will be serving up a special Thanksgiving plate this year curated by chef Kevin Bryant. Priced at $59 a person, the meal includes house-roasted turkey with dressing and brown gravy, green bean casserole, yams, mashed potatoes, a house salad, butternut squash soup, and a dessert of choice. The restaurant will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Make your Nonna proud this year by spending Thanksgiving at Rosalie Italian Soul. 

Rosalie Italian Soul

 
Downtown

If you’re not able to visit your Nonna this Thanksgiving, consider spending your Thanksgiving at the C. Baldwin Hotel at Rosalie Italian Soul for an experience that will most definitely be Nonna approved. For $65 a person, the rustic Italian-American favorite will be offering a special menu this Thanksgiving that includes options like roasted pumpkin soup with toasted pumpkin seeds and sage; slow-roasted turkey with cranberry sauce, stuffing, and gravy; and honeynut squash served with porchetta spice, brussels sprouts, and cranberry salsa verde. Family-style sides will be served a la carte and include classic options like mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, and brussels sprouts. For dessert, you can finish off your feast with your choice of apple, pecan, or pumpkin pies—all served with a hulking dollop of vanilla-maple whipped cream. 

Trattoria Sofia

 
Heights

Heights Italian restaurant Trattoria Sofia is hosting its first Thanksgiving Day feast this year, and it’s coming to us by way of a four-course prix fixe meal. Priced at $65 for adults and $25 for kids, the menu includes course options like pasta e fagioli with white beans, Tuscan kale, smoked ham hocks, ditalini pasta, chicken broth, and Calabrian chili; butternut squash ravioli with sage, brown butter, toasted pepitas, and crispy mint; and a turkey dinner with roasted garlic truffle herb butter, a cider glaze, and turkey gravy. Sides are served for the table, and include tempting options like Italian sausage and fennel stuffing, cranberry orange agrodolce, and roasted brussels sprouts. For dessert, you’ll be able to treat yourself to some Panettone bread pudding. 

There's nothing fancier than spending Thanksgiving at Turner's.

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Turner’s

 
Galleria/Uptown

If you’re looking for one of the fanciest Thanksgiving spreads in town, look no further than Turner’s. The highly exclusive restaurant will be throwing a lavish Thanksgiving dinner again this year, with seatings at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. The feast, priced at $250 a person, includes bread service and a seafood course that includes options like caviar blinis, oysters, shrimp, and Jonah Crab claws. First and second course options include fancy fare like roasted loin of venison, seared black cod, roasted turkey, and artichoke and spinach velouté. The meal also includes four sides, cheese service, and a rather promising dessert course (Our top pick is the sweet potato pie!).

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