Thanksgiving is right around the corner -- and if you aren't planning on burning your house down with a turkey fryer (again) or you just don't feel like cooking, you're going to need some ideas on where to eat. Well you've come to the right place, friends.
From casual options and brunches to fancy five-course affairs, here is your Thanksgiving 2014 Dining Guide:
Note: Don't forget to make your reservations quickly, as these spots are bound to fill up!
024 Grille 945 N. Gessner, 281-501-4350
Head to this modern American eatery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to enjoy an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving Day feast ($55/adult; $45/senior; $25/child age 6-12). Along with complimentary mimosas, indulge in pastries and muffins, seasonal fruits, made-to-order omelets, eggs benny, roasted butternut squash soup, an assortment of fresh greens, turkey and prime beef carving stations, smoked chicken and cornbread stuffing, goat cheese whipped potatoes, French green bean casserole, smoked gouda mac', and more. And we didn't even get to dessert. A chocolate fountain, honey bourbon pecan pie, and bananas foster bread pudding (among others) help round out the affair.
Both Américas locations will being serving Thanksgiving Day brunch buffet -- featuring Cordua classics alongside holiday favorites with Latin flair -- from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. ($49 adults; $15 for children age 6 to 12). Enjoy dishes like pumpkin and chorizo empanadas, maple glazed pecan ham, loaded mashed potatoes, aji-pepper-rubbed roast turkey, and pumpkin spice tres leches; Then wash it all down with some cinnamon-spiced cranberry sangria (additional charge) for good measure.
Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar 6100 Westheimer, 713-532-2201
This Galleria-area restaurant will be offering a prix fixe four-course meal from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving. For $50 per adult (or $24 for children under 12), enjoy creamy butternut squash soup with Maine lobster alongside your choice of quail-stuffed lasagna or pasta with veal ragu, an upscale Italian turkey dinner or roasted suckling pig, and decadent chocolate meringue pie or sweet pecan tart.
Artisans Restaurant 3201 Louisiana St, 713-529-9111
Sit back and relax as you let this Midtown tour-de-force take care of Thanksgiving for you. For $75 per person, enjoy an impressive 4-course feast, featuring an oyster and cornbread amuse bouche; choice of sweet potato soup or port-braised short rib; choice of wild Alaskan halibut, reserve pork tenderloin, or roast turkey breast with green beens, cranberry, yams, and giblet dressing; and selection of Autumn spiced desserts. Reservations can be made between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Arturo's Uptown Italiano 1180 Uptown Park, 713-621-1180
Head to Arturo's from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for an elegant traditional four-course Thanksgiving meal, featuring butternut squash soup, house salad, turkey dinner, and pecan or apple pie ($39 per person).
Au Petite Paris 2048 Colquitt St, 713-524-7070
This cozy French bistro is offering a stunning three-course meal for $39.95 per person. Choose from starters like housemade foie gras terrine, butternut squash soup with woodsmoked bacon, and more. Then indulge in mains like slow-roasted turkey with bacon-stuffing, roasted Chilean sea bass, or 8-hr braised beef cheeks, to name a few. Finally, finish with a choice of upscale sweets like homemade nougat ice cream or delicious lemon choux paste with honey Chantilly and caramel sauce.
benjy's on Washington 5922 Washington, 713-868-1131
The Rice Village location will be closed, but the Washington benjy's is ready to serve you a three-course feast. For $40 per person, choose from caramelized onion soup or warm brussels sprout and kale salad before moving onto the main course: an herb roast turkey, grilled country pork ribs, or vegetarian pot pie, all served with the proper T-Day accoutrements. Finish off the meal with spiced pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or mom's chocolate cake. Kids meals, featuring a fresh fruit appetizer, burgers, turkey dinner, or grilled cheese entree, and choice dessert are available for $18/child.
Bistro des Amis 2347 University Blvd, 713-349-8441
This Rice Village bistro will be offering a decadent 3-course meal, with two seatings (noon and 2:30 p.m) for $48 per person ($12 for children 10 and under). Start with roasted butternut squash soup or seasonal salad, then move onto turkey leg confit and roasted brined turkey with all the fixin's. Just make sure to save room for dessert, your choice of pumpkin or pecan pie.
Bistro Provence 13616 Memorial Dr, 713-827-8008
From 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., this French bistro will serve a sophisticated three-course meal ($19 to $25). Start with butternut bisque or autumn salad, then choose among grilled salmon ($24), roast beef Bordelaise ($25), or a roulade of turkey breast with sage and corn stuffing ($19). Dessert includes a slice of classic pumpkin pie or decadent chocolate and cinnamon bread pudding.
Boston Market All locations
All Boston Market locations will offer holiday favorites like the Thanksgiving Day Meal, which features roasted turkey breast or a half chicken with two home-style sides, freshly baked cornbread and a slice of apple or pumpkin pie for $11.99. Diners can also purchasea whole roasted turkey meal for 12 -- including one whole turkey, an appetizer, sides, rolls and pies for only $99.99. Hours vary by location.
Brady's Landing 8505 Cypress, 713-928-9921
Celebrate with an extravagant Thanksgiving buffet, featuring eggs benny, hot and crisp waffles, prime rib and pork loin carving stations, fresh shellfish, and traditional Turkey Day fixin's like whole roasted turkey, savory stuffing, and holiday pies and desserts. The buffet ($39.95 for adults, $37.95 for seniors/military, and $19.95 for kids) will be offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special smokehouse bbq station starting at 3 p.m.
Brennan's of Houston 3300 Smith St, 713-522-9711
Why not wine and dine NOLA-style this Thanksgiving? Enjoy a three-course dinner from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. for $60 per person. Start with dishes like the house favorite turtle soup, smoked quail and collards gumbo, or dirty rice and duck prosciutto (to name a few) before moving on to the big guns. Choose from eight main entrees, including lamb shank osso bucco, lobster-stuffed flounder, or good ol' American roasted turkey and giblet gravy -- done Creole style, of course. Make sure to save room for Brennan's famous tableside bananas foster, a big slice of Southern pecan pie, and more.
If you're looking for something a little more casual, this family-style Italian eatery is the place for you. Their turkey day feast serves three ($53.99) or six ($98.99) and includes hickory smoked ham and home-style roast turkey with gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.
Cadillac Bar 1802 Shepherd, 713-862-2020
Enjoy a cornucopia of Cadillac's famous brunch items alongside a delectable holiday station, featuring roast turkey with gravy and all the fixins', a whole roasted pig with mango-ginger sauce, and more. The buffet will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $26.99 per adult ($21.99 for seniors, $9.99 for children age 3-10).
The Capital Grille 5365 Westheimer, 713-623-4600
Head to this Galleria hotspot from noon to 9 p.m. to enjoy the restaurant's full a la carte menu as well as a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner ($36 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under). The meal features slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, French green beans with marcona almonds, mashed potatoes, and cranberry pear chutney along with a big slice of pumpkin cheesecake ($10) for dessert.
Churrascos 2055 Westheimer, 713-527-8300; Multiple locations
All Churrascos will being serving Thanksgiving Day brunch buffet, featuring Cordua classics alongside holiday favorites with Latin flair, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. ($39.95 adults; $15 for children age 6 to 12). Enjoy dishes like pumpkin and chorizo empanadas, maple glazed pecan ham, loaded mashed potatoes, aji-pepper-rubbed roast turkey, and pumpkin spice tres leches; Then wash it all down with some cinnamon-spiced cranberry sangria (+$12) for good measure.
CRU Food & Wine Bar 2800 Kirby, 713-528-9463
CRU will be serving a 3-course Thanksgiving Day feast from noon to 9 p.m. For $38 per person, enjoy with dishes like butternut squash bisque, pumpkin mascarpone ravioli, roast turkey with all the fixin's, braised beef short rib, and more. A classic pumpkin pie, granny smith apple bread pudding, and chocolate molten lava cake finish off the epic meal.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse 5061 Westheimer, 713-355-2600
Enjoy a classy $49 prix fixe menu from this upscale steakhouse from noon to 8 p.m. The three-course meal features butternut squash soup or goat cheese salad, slow-roasted turkey with all the trimmings, and a slice of pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie a la mode.
Downtown Aquarium 410 Bagby, 713-223-3474
Enjoy a family-friendly Thanksgiving buffet (seating times start at 10:00 a.m.) at the Downtown Aquarium. Guests will enjoy a cornucopia of traditional Thanksgiving favorites including carved turkey, cornbread stuffing, and a special buffet for the little ones. But that's not all -- guests will also receive a Free Shark Voyage Train Ride Ticket with the purchase of brunch ($39.99 for adults, $29.99 for seniors, and $16.99 for children 3 to 10).
The Federal Grill 510 Shepherd Dr, 713-863-7777
This Washington area American grill will be hosting two seatings on Thanksgiving day (noon and 2:30 p.m.). For $48 per person ($12 per child 10 and under), dive into a three-course feast of oven-roasted turkey or honey-baked ham along with all the fixin's.
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This BBQ spot will be serving up down home thanksgiving favorites from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Get smoked turkey with giblet gravy, baked ham, sweet potato casserole or mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and a dinner roll for $10.49. Finish off with a banana pudding or homemade cobber for a few extra bucks, or get a whole pecan or pumpkin pie to enjoy at home.
George's Bistro 219 Westheimer, 832-831-0921
Enjoy a decadent 3-course meal ($34.95 to $42 depending on the entree), featuring things like pumpkin soup topped with puff pastry, Chef George's stuffed turkey or pistachio-crusted lamb shank, and an assortment of holiday desserts. The menu will be offered from 11 a.m to 3 p.m.
Golden Corral 3033 S Loop W Fwy, 713-839-1700 13145 Northwest Fwy, 713-939-7994 12500 Gulf Fwy, 713-947-1162
Golden Corral has been serving up Turkey and all the traditional fixings for the past 30 years. The affordable Thanksgiving endless feast is only $12.99 and features carved turkey, fried chicken, sweet potato casserole, cornbread stuffing, pumpkin pie and more. All three locations will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands - Market Street Kitchen 9595 Six Pines, 281-203-5005
Get a morning start with a prix fixe brunch (seatings begin at 10 am), which includes options like Gulf shrimp & snow crab claws, buttermilk biscuits with peppercorn cream gravy, made-to-order omelets, Belgian waffles, and more. Of course, there's also roast turkey with all the fixin's and desserts like bourbon pecan pie. A children's buffet will also be available and offers chicken tenders, macaroni & cheese, corn dog nuggets and fries. Additional seating times are noon and 2 pm, and the Thanksgiving brunch is priced at $68 per adult and $25 for children ages six thought 10. Children aged five and under are complimentary.
Line & Lariat 220 Main, 832-667-4470
Line & Lariat restaurant will feature both a la carte options as well as a seasonal, plated special on Thanksgiving Day with availability from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Priced at $32 per person, the special includes Slow Roasted Turkey Breast served with savory pan gravy, Honey Glazed Ham with cranberry port reduction and Texas Goat Cheese Dressing. Feast on sides like Maple Baked Sweet Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole and Cranberry Compote. Finish off your meal with a choice of Pumpkin or Pecan Pie.
Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar 1985 Welch St, 713-533-0200
Head to this upscale bistro for a decadent feast that is sure to knock your socks off. From 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., get a three-course Thanksgiving meal for $65 per adult (with additional wine pairings available) and $25 per child. Start with a choice of six first courses -- including dreamy lobster bisque, a bright roasted beet salad, or jumbo lump crab risotto -- before moving on the to the main course. Here, you'll have another five spectacular selections, including a herb-roasted turkey with the works, grilled prime ribeye with red wine redux, or a pepper-crusted Mediterranean sea bass. Finish it all off with pumpkin cheesecake, apple bread pudding, or a decadent chocolate pecan pie.
Monarch Bistro at Hotel Zaza 5701 Main, 713-527-1800
In addition to their regular menu, Monarch will be offering an a la cart menu featuring sophisticated takes on Thanksgiving classics. Feast on things like acorn squash bisque, pumpkin risotto, turkey two ways (roasted breast and a turkey croquette) with giblet gravy, and warm Texas pecan pie. The menu will be available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Nelore Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse 4412 Montrose, 713-395-1050
Feast on all-you-can-eat oven roasted turkey, holiday sides and Brazilian grilled meats for $39.95 this Thanksgiving. The restaurant will be open from noon to 9 p.m.
Pappas Bar-B-Q 3950 S. Terminal, 281-443-3487; All locations
Head to this all American joint from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m to get a classic turkey day plate for just $11.95. Your feast will includes hickory-smoked turkey and pit-smoked ham alongside cornbread stuffing, yams, green bean casserole, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce and a dinner roll.
Park & Restaurant Grill at The Wyndham Houston West Energy Corridor 14703 Park Row, 281-558-5580
On Thanksgiving Day for both lunch and dinner seatings, Chef Patrick Havard will offer delicious a la carte options from the new menu in addition to a special, four-course menu priced at $35 per person and $18 for children ages five though 12. Kids under five dine free.
Pluckers 1400 Shepherd, 713-864-9464
This wing haven will open its doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, just in time for the Dallas Cowboys/Philadelphia Eagles kick off. Get their regular menu in addition to all-you-can-eat boneless wings for $15.99 until midnight.
Quattro 1300 Lamar, 713-276-4700
Enjoy an elegant brunch buffet ($89 per person, $39 for children 12 and younger) of traditional T-Day staples -- including roasted turkey, Quattro's famous sausage stuffing, pumpkin tarts and more -- from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Chef Maurizio Ferrarese and his team will be adding Italian flair with dishes like polenta with mushrooms, parmigiano and osso buco bites, and an antipasti and carving station.
Rainbow Lodge 2011 Ella Blvd, 713-861-8666
Enjoy an elegant dinner in one of Houston's most romantic settings. For $55, Rainbow Lodge will be serving up a 3-course meal featuring starters like smoked duck gumbo and seared scallops with wild boar sausage; entrees like Southern-style turkey dinner and grilled beef tenderloin; and desserts like croissant bread pudding and pumpkin pie in a jar, to name a few. And don't miss out on adding a "Late Night Snack Pack" -- just enough fixin's for a turkey and stuffing sandwich -- for $5. Reservations can be made from noon to 7:30 p.m.
Ray's Grill 8502 FM 359 Rd S, 281-533-0099
This casual American grill will be serving an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving day buffet, featuring everything from breakfast to turkey dinner, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. ($35 per adult; $15 per child age 4-12). Get made-to-order omelets, Belgian waffles, and a smoked salmon and salad bar alongside freshly carved roast turkey and giblet gravy and herb-roasted prime rib, roasted Berkshire pork, truffle mac', green beans, and country-style cornbread stuffing. A dessert display, featuring mini holiday cakes and pies and homemade pumpkin ice cream, is sure to not disappoint.
Ruth's Chris Steak House 5433 Westheimer, 713-840-1433
Don't be fooled by the name: This upscale steakhouse does a mean turkey, too. For $39.95 per person ($12.95 children's menu available), get a 3-course feast featuring chicken and sausage gumbo or Caesar/steak salad, oven-roasted turkey with sausage and herb stuffing, home-style gravy, cranberry stuffing, your choice of potatoes or greens, and pumpkin cheesecake with vanilla ice cream.
Seasons 52,a fresh grill and wine bar, will be open and offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, including Plainville Farms roasted turkey, traditional herb stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, maple-glazed butternut squash, French green beans, house-made cranberry relish and a signature pumpkin pie mini indulgence dessert for ($26.95 per adult. A children's portion, as well as the full dinner menu, will also be available.) Reservations are recommended and they will be serving until 8 p.m..
Sorrel Urban Bistro 2202 W Alabama St, 713-677-0391
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From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., you can get one last Thanksgiving meal at this charming urban bistro before it closes next year (the owner has sold the space to focus on his wildly successful and growing Pepperoni's Pizza chain). Brunch offerings include buttermilk biscuits and chorizo gravy, lobster cakes benedict, and a farm omelet smothered with crawfish étouffée; while lunch and dinner features smoked turkey leg with pumpkin risotto, braised lamb shank, and roast turkey dinner with apple-raisin stuffing and beet greens. All items, including a selection of pies, cakes, and spiced crème brulee, are available a la carte.
Up Restaurant 3995 Westheimer, 713-640-5416
This trendy pot will be hosting a Thanksgiving Day brunch ($45 per person or $18 for children 12 and under) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy family-style starters like crispy sprout, truffle mac and cheese, and more before choosing your entree of herb-crusted turkey, Texas redfish, or filet mignon. And don't forget to save room for the buffet of seasonal desserts!
We will be updating this list throughout the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Please let us know if you'd like to be included.