Where to Dine In Houston on Thanksgiving Day 2023
We blinked and somehow found ourselves in November — and with Thanksgiving just around the corner. Thanksgiving may be a time for family and friends, but it could also mean a very long to-do list. For those looking to avoid the stress and the fuss of hosting and preparing a Thanksgiving feast, we’ve rounded up a list of Houston-area restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day. Make reservations soon, and this year, be thankful for no dishes to wash and a clean kitchen.
Margaritaville Lake Resort, 600 Margaritaville Parkway: Give Thanksgiving a tropical vibe this year and enjoy a Thanksgiving brunch buffet at this resort in Conroe. On the menu will be a traditional Thanksgiving meal complete with all the trimmings, including roasted turkey and honey-glazed ham. Other offerings will include a bevy of seafood options, classic brunch fare, and desserts. Enjoy a classic brunch cocktail like a mimosa or a Bloody Mary. Brunch is priced at $74.95 per person and $29.95 for children and will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website.
Dario’s Steakhouse and Seafood, 14315 Cypress Rosehill: The upscale and inviting steakhouse in Cypress will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, and will be offering a special, three-course menu. At $69 per person, diners can expect options such as lobster bisque and shrimp scampi for the first course, and prime rib or a traditional turkey plate with all the fixings. Round out the meal with the dessert course, which includes bread pudding and carrot cake as options. Reservations are required and can be made on the website or by calling (281) 304-1825.
Marvino’s Italian Steakhouse, 24002 Northwest Freeway: Spend Thanksgiving at this casual-yet-refined Italian steakhouse. A three-course dinner priced at $65 per person will be available on Thanksgiving Day from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kick off the meal with options of lump crab cake, beef short ribs or a fall salad. The main-course offerings include traditional turkey, filet mignon, or linguini pescatore. For the third course, indulge in dessert options such as apple pie, pumpkin cheesecake or tiramisu. Reservations are required and can be made on the website or by calling (832) 220-7200.
The Annie Cafe and Bar, 1800 Post Oak: The vibrant eatery featuring Texas-influenced American cuisine in the Galleria area is open Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu as well as a limited dinner menu. The table will start with Rustic Ravioli, filled with herb cream cheese, spinach and caramelized vegetables. For the first course choose from the kabocha squash soup, avocado cucumber salad or shrimp tempura with gorgonzola polenta. The main course options include roast breast of Heritage turkey, prime rib roast with melted foie gras butter or a pan-seared red snapper. Sides of scallion garlic potato purée, roasted cauliflower and green bean casserole for the table will be served tableside. Desserts include apple tarte tatin, pecan pie and pumpkin beignets.
The cost for the prix-fixe menu is $90 for adults and $35 for children (ages 11 and younger). To make things even more festive, guests will also be treated to complimentary hot apple cider and pumpkin cookies. Reservations are required and can be made on OpenTable.
The Warwick, 5888 Westheimer: This sophisticated Galleria-area restaurant will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu that day will offer a selection of customer favorites and a traditional Thanksgiving plate option with deep fried turkey or ham and all the trimmings, such as cornbread dressing and Southern-style green beans. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made on Resy.
Amore Italian Restaurant, 3310 South Shepherd: The elegant and understated Italian eatery is celebrating Thanksgiving with a four-course brunch available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The meal starts off with Caccio e Pepe Fritters, followed by an appetizer course where diners have options such as corn soup or seafood cocktail. The entrée course includes roasted turkey, halibut or lamb chops. Each option comes with endless sides, including spiced sweet potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta, whipped potatoes and haricots verts. Round out the festive meal with dessert such as Italian bread pudding. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made on the website.
Eunice, 3737 Buffalo Speedway: The Creole-Cajun restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is offering its full menu in addition to some holiday specials such as Pumpkin Bisque, Cajun Stuffed Turkey and Fixins and Urban Harvest Vegetable Ragout. Featured desserts include Pumpkin Pie Tart and Bourbon Pecan Pie. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made on the website.
B&B Butcher’s & Restaurant, 1814 Washington: Restaurateur Ben Berg’s steakhouse in the Heights is offering a three-course Thanksgiving menu from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The cost for the prix-fixe menu is $90 for adults and $35 for children (ages 11 and younger). For the first course choose from butternut squash soup or a mixed green salad. The main course options are roasted turkey served with cornbread and sausage stuffing, giblet gravy and cranberry sauce or roasted prime rib served with creamy horseradish, au just and Yorkshire pudding. Sides to be shared amongst the table will feature Brussels sprouts with bacon and garlic chili, oven-baked sweet yams with cinnamon and marshmallows, corn soufflé and whipped potatoes. Leave room for dessert and choose between traditional pumpkin, pecan or apple pie. Guest can also partake in complimentary hot apple cider and pumpkin cookies. Reservations are required and can be made on the website.
Trattoria Sofia, 911 West 11th Street: The rustic and romantic Italian eatery in the Heights is celebrating Thanksgiving with a limited dinner menu or a prix-fixe option for $68 per person and $25 per child under 11. Start with a baby gem salad or a dish of fall squash, with acorn squash, burrata, Marcona almonds, kale, spicy honey and a salsa verde or butternut squash soup. For the table will be a dish of butternut squash ravioli with sage brown butter and toasted pepitas. For the entrée choose between a turkey dinner with roasted garlic herb butter, cider glaze and turkey gravy, or whole roasted branzino with fennel and arugula salad. For dessert, go traditional with either pecan or pumpkin pie. Both menus will be available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Guests will also be treated to complimentary hot apple cider and pumpkin cookies. Reservations are required and can be made on the website.
Phat Eatery, 23119 Colonial Parkway: Celebrate the holiday with a Malaysian-style Thanksgiving feast from chef-owner Alex Au-Yeung. Phat Eatery is offering a complete Thanksgiving meal featuring honey-glazed turkey breast with turkey pan gravy, ginger-sake cranberry sauce, creamy whipped potatoes and lobster bisque for $35 per person. The regular menu will also be available for diners who still want to get their fix of roti canai and sizzling tofu. Reservations are recommended and can be made on Resy.
Le Jardinier, 5500 Main Street: Discerning diners seeking a refined Thanksgiving meal will find it at this French fine dining institution. Le Jardinier will be serving chef de cuisine Felipe Botero’s four-course menu called A Celebration of Thanksgiving, which is priced at $165 per person.
The menu features a twist on holiday classics in addition to a few seasonal offerings. The first-course choices include Murray’s Burrata with apple compote, figs and pecan gremolata and Cured Hiramasa made with avocado mousse, dashi, shiso and crispy nori chips. The second course is Confit Turkey Leg Rotolo made with ricotta, braised chestnuts and wilted greens, with the option to add fresh Alba white or black truffle. The third course features such options as Heritage Turducken Ballotine with gravy and cranberry condiment or Braised Short Ribs with parsnip fondant and bordelaise sauce. Sides for the table include fried Brussels sprouts, mushroom stuffing and buttery mashed potatoes. Desserts include Pecan Praline Tart, the Pumpkin Patch with pumpkin mousse, speculoos cookie and ginger ice cream and Valrhona Guanaja Dark Chocolate Cremeaux with caramel sabayon. Reservations are required and can be made on Resy.
Blossom Hotel, 7118 Bertner: The luxury hotel near the Medical Center is hosting Thanksgiving brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy a variety of delicious traditional Thanksgiving and brunch items including a turkey-carving station and salad bar, made-to-order omelets, pastries, sliced fruits, fresh seafood and other hot entrées. The Thanksgiving Brunch is priced at $79.95 per adult and $29.95 per child. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Blossom Hotel at (713) 902-6968.
Bludorn, 807 Taft: Spend Thanksgiving with chef Aaron Bludorn and his team at his French-inspired, New American restaurant. Bludorn is open on Thanksgiving Day from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is offering a three-course menu of classics and savory specials. Priced at $105 per person, the menu features starters such as smoked maitake mushrooms. The main course is a turkey dinner paired with traditional holiday sides. For the final course, expect an array of decadent desserts. The restaurant is also offering a two-course kids’ menu, for children 12 and under, for $55 that includes one entrée and a dessert. Reservations are required and can be made on the website.
Steak 48, 4444 Westheimer: The upscale and lively River Oaks steakhouse is serving its full menu in addition to some traditional specials this Thanksgiving. The Chef’s Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for $74 will include all the holiday fixings including turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce. End dinner on a sweet note with the featured dessert, pumpkin pie. Steak 48 will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website.
Red Lion Pub, 2316 South Shepherd: While the British may not celebrate Thanksgiving, diners can still enjoy their turkey at a proper pub right here in Houston. The Red Lion Pub is offering guests a Thanksgiving feast. The pub’s Turkey Dinner Plates will include an array of classic side dishes such as stuffing (available plain or spicy), yams, Brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, green beans, carrots, cranberry sauce, and gravy. The special is priced at $38 per person and will available all day from 11 a.m. to midnight. Walk-ins are welcome on a first come first serve basis and reservations are required for parties of eight and up. Make reservations by calling the restaurant at (281) 888-3599.
B.B. Italia, 16250 City Walk: Berg Hospitality’s casual, modern Italian Kitchen in Sugar Land Town Center is open Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. A limited dinner selection and a prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu will be available. To start, choose among Zuppa di Zucca, butternut squash and potato soup with sage, onions and Grana Padano cheese, tuna tartare or Insalata Invernale, a frisée, radicchio and endive salad. The second course for the table will be Butternut Squash Tortelli. For the main course, options include Tacchino Arrosto Tradizionale, roasted turkey breast with all the traditional sides of dressing, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, baked yams and haricots verts, Halibut Guazzetto, pan-seared halibut, shrimp and scallops in lobster broth, or oven-roasted pork tenderloin with blueberry marsala wine sauce. Dessert is traditional pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Guests will be greeted with complimentary hot apple cider and pumpkin cookies. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website.
Amrina, 3 Waterway Square: Celebrate outside the box at chef Jassi Bindra‘s modern Indian restaurant. A five-course, prix-fixe menu will be available from noon to 7 p.m. Priced at $85 per person, guests can expect a first course of roasted pumpkin soup or spiced pumpkin butter baked oyster. The second course will feature either a sweet potato dumpling or roasted butternut squash salad with burrata. For the third course, choose between crispy cauliflower and bell pepper or turkey shami kabob. The entrée options include roasted turkey breast with rum glaze and makhani sauce (a curry sauce) or beef short rib with chimichurri and pickled onions. All entrées are accompanied by family-style sides. For dessert, course between brownie bottom pumpkin cheesecake or cardamom chocolate mousse. Reservations are required and can be made on the website.
Harrison’s at The Woodlands Resort, 2301 North Millbend: Enjoy a feast with lakefront views at the new restaurant inside the sprawling resort. Harrison’s is offering a Thanksgiving Day buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The special menu is priced at $80 for adults and $40 for kids from ages 6 through 12. There are several stations, including a bakery shop with freshly baked croissants and specialty breads, and a curated meats and artisan cheeses section. Fresh omelets and other breakfast staples can be ordered from the griddle and omelet station. There is also be a seafood raw bar and a specialty salads cart. The hot table section includes such items as braised beef short ribs, Brown Sugar and Dill Pork Tenderloin and Trout Almondine. The carving station features herb-crusted prime beef and brown sugar honey-glazed ham. Don’t skip the dessert station offering pumpkin spice cream puffs, Hotty Toddy Apple Pie and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website.
Sorriso Italian Kitchen: 2 Waterway Square: The contemporary Italian kitchen nestled in the Woodlands will be open Thanksgiving Day, serving its regular menu as well as a Turkey Dinner option. Roast turkey will be complemented by cranberry mostarda, focaccia panzanella, olive oil mashed potatoes, a side of guanciale-braised collard greens and marsala gravy. Both menus will be available from 5 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made on the website.
Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park: The charming French eatery is open for Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. A special, three-course menu priced at $78 per person includes starters such as poached jumbo shrimp with avocado remoulade, cherry tomatoes and French cocktail sauce, and the duck foie gras “au torchon” with dried fig mousseline and toasted brioche. From the entrées, diners can opt for selections such as the free-range organic roasted turkey with buttery mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, cranberry sauce and Cognac gravy, or braised beef short ribs with potato mousseline, vegetables and Bordelaise sauce. Indulge in dessert and choose between Étoile’s Vanilla Bourbon Pecan Pie with salty caramel sauce and Tahitian vanilla ice cream or the Butternut Squash Roll Cake. Reservations are required and can be made on the website.
Crú Food and Wine Bar, 2800 Kirby and 9595 Six Pines: The casual wine bar is offering a family-friendly, three-course prix fixe menu at both locations. Start off with the chef’s amuse bouche of Butternut Squash & Burrata Bruschetta. For starters, choose between Lobster and Saffron Risotto or Pumpkin Ricotta Tortelloni. For the main, choose between roasted turkey breast with all the fixings or Barolo Braised Short Rib. For dessert diner’s can’t go wrong with either the pumpkin cheesecake or apple streusel pie. The menu is available for $55 per person and $28 for kids 12 and under. Guests over 21 will be welcomed with a glass of Angry Orchard Rosé Cider. Reservations are required and can be made on the website.
Perry’s Steak House & Grille, multiple locations: The local chain of steakhouses with over seven locations throughout the city is making Thanksgiving easy. Available only on Thanksgiving Day, guests can choose the individual meal priced at $49 per person or opt for the family-style serving designed for four and priced at $149. The meal includes a choice between the Honey Crisp Apple Salad with dried cherries, walnuts and maple syrup vinaigrette or butternut squash soup. For the main course, sliced, smoked turkey breast is served with pan gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean almondine, sausage & sage dressing, cranberry relish and homemade bread. If there’s room for dessert, diners can order individual slices of pumpkin cheesecake for an additional $9 each. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website.
Minh Truong is an avid lover of the Houston food scene and has written about it since 2011, starting as a freelance contributor for the Houston Press. She never stops exploring all that Houston has to offer.