Sometimes there's just a lot going on, and having your Thanksgiving dinner out is a viable alternative to cooking. The best thing about going out to eat on Thanksgiving Day is that you don't have to spend hours or days preparing, and hours cleaning up. The worst thing about Thanksgiving dinner out is no leftovers!
Here are some restaurants in Greater Phoenix, including Scottsdale, that are open on Thanksgiving Day. These restaurants may serve Thanksgiving brunch or dinner or both! They may be located at local resorts or casinos. They may be independently owned or chains. All price ranges are represented here, so you can choose from an elegant Thanksgiving dining experience or a casual family meal with all the kids.
In 2012 Thanksgiving is November 22nd. I'll be updating this list throughout November, so check back often!
If you are considering ordering your Thanksgiving meal to go so you can serve it at home, try these:
- Phoenix area restaurants offering Thanksgiving to go
- Phoenix area grocery stores where you can pick up a Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings
Unless otherwise specifically mentioned, prices mentioned don't include beverages, tax or tip, and may not include dessert. The turkey symbol to the left of each listing tell you, at a glance, if the Thanksgiving meal is a buffet or if it is a plated special holiday menu.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice. Turkey clip art courtesy of webclipart.about.com.
Address: 10438 N. Fort McDowell Road, Scottsdale/Fountain Hills
Cost: $39 per person, $12 per child 12 & under
The Thanksgiving Buffet includes: Cold Station with shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, fresh sliced fruit served with mixed berry yogurt, domestic and imported cheese display with artisan breads and housemade lavosh, tomato and bocconcini salad with crispy pancetta. Hot Food Station includes cranberry cornbread stuffing, southwestern corn casserole, Yukon garlic mashed potatoes, maple glazed carrots, green beans almandine, pecan rice pilaf and wild rice, cinnamon dusted candied yams. Omelet Station. Carving Station with herb-rubbed rib eye and butter basted tom turkey with pan gravy. Kids Station. Chef’s Assorted Dessert Display. 18% gratuity and 9% tax will be added. Served 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Address: 2401 East Camelback Road, Phoenix
Cost: $80 per person, $40 for children ages 3-12
The buffet style menu presents a cured fish station & American caviar station; salads; fresh seasonal sliced fruit and berries; hand crafted cheese and meat display; ice sculpture seafood display; chef omelet station; classic egg benedict; belgian waffles and blueberry pancake station; wild mushroom bisque, truffle crème fraiche; roasted winter vegetables; Yukon gold mash with toppings; corn bread stuffing; turkey leg confit and slow roasted turkey breast; carving stations with Berkshire ham and prime rib; assorted desserts. Served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix
Cost: $65 per adult, $32.50 per child 12 and under
The buffet will feature five-spice brined pork loin, smoked New York strip, slow-roasted turkey, poached salmon Béarnaise, oysters, crab claws, cinnamon Challah French toast, cavatappi and penne pasta, a made-to-order omelet station and more. The buffet includes starters with wild mushroom bisque and four salads including an autumn spinach salad and a roasted beet salad. Enjoy a full complement of sides including creamy risotto, candied yams, roasted vegetables, green bean casserole, lemon herb broccolini, Yukon mashed potatoes and traditional bread stuffing. There will be multiple dessert stations featuring more than 30 selections including traditional Thanksgiving favorites and cotton candy, ice cream sundaes, New York cheese cake, German chocolate cake, pear cranberry tarts, vanilla crème brulee, and a chocolate fountain. Indoor, outdoor and private dining areas are available. Serving 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 7122 E. Greenway Parkway, Kierland Commons, Scottsdale
Cost: $44 per person, $16 per child 12 and under
Choice of appetizer: shrimp cocktail, lobster ravioli or salad. For the entree, traditional turkey or ham dinner. Dessert. Limited Dinner Menu is also available. Service from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Address: 1800 S. SanTan Village Parkway, Gilbert
Cost: $16 per person
House Salad; Choice of Oven Roasted Turkey Or Honey Glazed Ham; Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes and sage turkey gravy; Homestyle Cornbread dressing; Buttered Green Beans; Southern Sweet Potatoes; Traditional Cranberry Sauce; Warm Dinner Rolls; choice of spice pumpkin or classic pecan pie. Service from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Address: Locations in Peoria, Chandler, Mesa, Scottsdale
Cost: $45 for up to 3 people, $90 for up to 6 people.
Buca’s Turkey Feast includes tender, moist white meat turkey served over homemade spicy Italian sausage stuffing, flavored with garlic, sage and Parmesan. Served with garlic mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, green beans and whole-berry cranberry sauce. Buca di Beppo will also offer its full regular menu on Thanksgiving Day. Open at 11 a.m.
Address: 8320 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale
Cost: $34.95 per person, $12.95 per child 10 and under
All-you-can-eat turkey dinner served with cornbread stuffing, fresh vegetables, garlic smashed potatoes, candied yams and cranberry sauce. Other entrees offered (not-all-you-can-eat) are: Roasted Prime Rib, New York Strip, Fresh King Salmon, Vegetarian Pasta and includes pie for dessert.