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, or 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 2013 Thanksgiving is November 28th. 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: One San Marcos Place, Chandler
2013 Price: Brunch - $38.95 per adult, $18.95 per child (4-12). Dinner - $32.95 per adult, $15.95 per child (4-12). Add 20% gratuity and applicable sales taxes.
Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes Sunrise Surprises, Carving Board, Savory Thanksgiving Entrées, Soup and Salads, Pastries and Fresh Baked Breads, Dessert Display. Dinner, served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., includes soup, salad, roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, house made cornbread stuffing, green beans and a slice of either pumpkin or pecan pie. A la carte menu also available.
Address: 10438 N. Fort McDowell Road, Scottsdale/Fountain Hills
2013 Price: $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: 8280 W. Union Hills Drive, Glendale
2013 Price: $49.99 per person
A four-course gourmet prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner begins with lamb chop fondue, two lamb chops grilled to perfection and served with creamy Black Mesa Ranch goat cheese and rosemary fondue, or a choice of crispy, golden brown pork wings tossed in a tangy Asian barbeque sauce. The second course includes choices of a traditional Thanksgiving soup with a twist or one of AG’s salads. The main course includes two traditional Thanksgiving dishes, a 12 ounce serving of succulent Turkey or a 12 ounce serving of Traditional Turducken, a European dish that offers a selection of three favorites, decadent duck, chicken breast and turkey cooked with stuffing. Each is served with a prosciutto and fennel cornbread stuffing with homemade cranberry sauce. Those looking for non-traditional selections will find an eight-ounce portion of AG’s Delmonico Steak, an eight-ounce Filet, a 10-ounce portion of Prime Rib or Atlantic Salmon or Sea Bass. Side selections include Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, maple mashed sweet potatoes, delicious scalloped cheese potatoes, creamed corn, creamed spinach, cheese grits, sautéed green beans or steamed broccoli. For dessert choose from sweet potato pie garnished with a delicious marshmallow topping, pumpkin cheesecake served with maple whipped cream, butter cake topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, or flourless chocolate cake served with crème anglaise and raspberries. Service from noon to 7 p.m.
Address: 2728 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix
2013 Price: $37.95 per person, $15 per child 10 and under
Antipasti salad station; Pumpkin Soup; Pumpkin Ravioli; Oven Roasted Turkey with Gravy; Turkey Breast Rollatini stuffed with spinach and fontina cheese; Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes; Sautéed Candied Yams; Green Beans; Cranberry/Orange Relish; Dessert station. Serving from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Address: 4180 N. Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale
2013 Price: $69.95 per person, $35 for children ages 3-12
A three-course prix fixe meal. Minestrone Soup or Mixed Green Salad or Caesar Salad; Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey served with Turkey Stuffing, Sweet Mashed Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, String Beans, Jelly Cranberry Sauce, and Turkey Gravy; Pumpkin Pie with homemade Schlag; Freshly Brewed Tea, Coffee and Decaffeinated Coffee.
Address: 2401 East Camelback Road, Phoenix
2013 Price: $65 per person, $35 for children ages 3-12
This prix fixe plated Thanksgiving brunch presents a first course of Butternut Squash Bisque with Salted Maple Popcorn and Brown Butter Crème Fraiche; an Heirloom Field Green Salad with Bosc Pear, Aged Pecorino and Roasted Chestnut Vinaigrette to follow; and an entrée choice of Brined Free Range Turkey with Port Wine Cranberry Compote, Herb Crusted Prime Rib with Roasted Mushroom Veal Jus, or Cedar Plank Salmon with Bourbon Thyme Butter. Family sides include Classic Stuffing, Maple Roasted Yams and Sage Turkey Gravy. Finish with a dessert bar featuring Pumpkin Cheesecake, Organic Apple Cobbler and more. Seating from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Address: 7122 E. Greenway Parkway, Kierland Commons, Scottsdale
2013 Price: $44 per person, $16 per child 12 and under. 18% gratuity will be added.
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: 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale
2013 Price: $21 per person.
A three-course, prix fixe dinner paired with seasonal local beers and plenty of football. Head to Brittlebush at the Kierland Golf Club to watch football and indulge in Butternut Squash Soup with Hazelnut Cream paired with Sleepy Dog Brewery’s Red Rover Ale, followed by Turkey Monte Cristo (shaved turkey, aged gouda and shaved pork loin piled on cranberry walnut bread with pomegranate syrup) paired with Grand Canyon Pumpkin Spring Porter. For dessert, enjoy Sticky Toffee Bread Pudding paired with Papago Brewery’s Coconut Joe Porter. This special menu will be available throughout the month of November. Brittlebush is open daily, including Thanksgiving Day, from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.