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Where to Dine Out in Houston This Thanksgiving Day 2019 [UPDATED]

CRU is offering up Thanksgiving goodness in three courses.
CRU is offering up Thanksgiving goodness in three courses. Photo by Robert Yu

Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, family and hopefully, not doing any dishes. If that last part is important to you, local restaurants are here to help. From bountiful brunch buffets with all the Turkey Day fixin's to restaurants serving elegant prix fixe feasts that go beyond the bird, check out our Houston Restaurant Dining Guide for Thanksgiving Day 2019:

024 Grille, 945 Gessner, 281-501-4350
The Westin Houston Memorial City’s 024 Grille’s Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet will offer a wide variety of the classic Thanksgiving dishes plus much more curated by executive chef Everton Clarke. Features include, a carving station with turkey and prime rib, salad counter, artisanal bread display, omelet station, kids counter, dessert bar and more. Brunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cost is $55 for adults $25 for children ten and under.

Ara Restaurant and Axis Lounge at Royal Sonesta Houston, 2222 West Loop South, 713-627-7600
Enjoy a plated Thanksgiving meal, including turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, gravy and cranberry sauce, for $29; and add an appetizer and dessert for an extra $10. The holiday meal is available in both Ara Restaurant and Axis Lounge from 11:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. and again 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Artisans Restaurant, 3201 Louisiana, 713-529-9111
For $80 per person, this Midtown tour de force offers an impressive multi-course brunch, featuring an oyster and cornbread amuse-bouche; choice of sweet potato soup with jumbo lump crab and corn cake or port-braised short rib and goat cheese ravioli; choice of Canadian lobster tail, filet mignon de porc, or roast turkey breast entrée; and spiced pumpkin “opera” cake with bourbon ice cream for dessert. Reservations can be made between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

B&B Butchers & Restaurant, 1814 Washington, 713-862-1814
B&B will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with festive decor and a prix-fixe holiday menu in addition to its regular menu. The prix-fixe menu includes an amuse bouche, three courses (appetizer, main course and dessert) and family style side dishes; and every guest receives a take-home leftover turkey sandwiches with roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and a side of gravy.

B.B. Italia Kitchen & Bar, 14795 Memorial, 281-531-0696
Enjoy a festive three-course prix-fixe menu ($45 for adults and $20 for kids ages 11 and under) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guests also have the option to order from the regular dinner and kids menus.

Bisou, 4444 Westheimer, 713-955-3855 
Dine on a three-course selection from Bisou’s executive chef Frédéric Perrier, with options like french onion soup with smoked ribeye followed by a decadent dessert trio of pumpkin cheesecake, brownie sundae and pecan pie for $55 per person (a special kids menu will be available for $15). The offer is available Thanksgiving Day from noon until 8 p.m.

Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, 713-827-8008
Owner Genevieve Guy is bringing a three-course holiday feast to the table, with choices sucha s pumpkin soup, turkey roulade with giblet gravy, Alaskan salmon and asparagus risotto, pumpkin pie and chocolate and cinnamon bread pudding. There is also a menu for children 12 and under. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. only, and the cost is $33 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Reservations are required with a $20 deposit via Paypal.

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, 4310 Westheimer, 281-501-1187
Guests are invited to enjoy a Thanksgiving Day feast with the Bosscat family from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Thanksgiving menu includes heaping helpings of two proteins with salad, family-style sides and dessert for $50 ($60 for three proteins; $15 for kids 12 and under), plus half-off all bottles of wine and $5 Texas draft beers all day. Reservations encouraged; walk-ins welcome; no dress code.

Brasserie du Parc, 1440 Lamar, 832-879-2802
Brasserie du Parc will be open for Thanksgiving from noon to 7:30 p.m. with a special multi-course menu ($42 per adult and $20 per child for the kid’s menu, plus tax & gratuity). Indulge in choices such as butternut squash soup, brie crostini, roasted turkey and fixin’s with Cognac gravy, braised beef short ribs with pommes mousseline and caramelized apple crêpe with vanilla mascarpone, fleur de sel caramel and vanilla ice cream.

Brennan's of Houston, 3300 Smith, 713-522-9711
Celebrate the holiday with a Creole-style feast, offered from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day ($62 per person including starter, entrée and dessert). Start with a turducken lagniappe then choose from dishes such as snapping turtle soup, Matagorda Bay oyster stew, Berkshire pork osso bucco, Texas Creole roasted turkey with fixin’s, Fairytale pumpkin pie and tableside flamed bananas foster.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Galveston, 2501 Seawall, 409-766-4952
Bubba Gump Shrimp will serve three Thanksgiving feast options, plus its regular menu by request this holiday. Enjoy a $20.99 Holiday Turkey Special; $20.99 Holiday Ham or $22.99 Holiday Ham & Turkey Combo.

The Capital Grille, 5365 Westheimer, 713-623-4600; 840 West Sam Houston Parkway North, 713-463-5051
Enjoy a three-course exclusive menu featuring American holiday classics from Slow-Roasted Turkey with Brioche Stuffing to Pumpkin Cheesecake. The regular menu will also be available all day beginning at 11 a.m. Cost is $43 for adults and $15 for children.

The Classic, 5922 Washington, 713-868-1131 
Enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu at The Classic available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ($45 per person). Menu highlights include Indian Creek mushroom bisque, maple-glazed turkey, four-cheese potato gratin and challah dressing, and Makers Mark pecan pie.

CRÚ Food & Wine Bar, 9595 Six Pines #650, 281-465-9463; 2800 Kirby, 713-528-9463
Enjoy a bountiful three-course menu from noon to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. With a steaming basket of fresh baked bread for the table and a glass of Angry Orchard Rosé Cider (adults age 21+ only), choices include butternut squash bisque, maple-glazed quail, spice-rubbed roasted turkey breast with sausage cornbread stuffing, whipped potatoes, green beans and pan gravy; diver scallops with butternut squash risotto, pumpkin cheesecake, Gala apple and pecan bread pudding and more. Cost is $46 per person.

Dario’s Steakhouse & Seafood, 12315 Cypress Roadhill, 281-304-1825
Dario’s is offering Cypress area residents a three-course Thanksgiving dinner priced at $46 per person (reservations are required). Enjoy dishes such as stuffed quail in a port wine sauce; lobster bisque and butternut squash soup; roasted turkey served with corn stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet mashed potatoes with cranberry sauce and natural gravy; filet mignon with butternut squash risotto, sauteed Brussels sprouts and cream pepper cognac sauce; and pumpkin cheesecake, pecan pie and crème brulee. Thanksgiving Day hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Davis St. at Hermann Park, 5925 Almeda, 877-328-4778
Chef Mark Holley will be offering a turkey dinner with a twist (think sweet potato souffle) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, 2800 Kirby, 713-874-1800; 12848 Queensbury, 832-200-2380
For $43 (children $15), guests can enjoy carved slow-roasted turkey with gravy, brioche sage stuffing, cranberry chutney, whipped potatoes, baby French green beans, roasted butternut squash and pumpkin pie. The restaurant will also offer its full menu.

Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale, 832-767-4002
Hit this patio bar for a laidback holiday without the hassle and dig into a special Thanksgiving plate for $25 and including turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, stuffing, Mac n cheese, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie (the food truck will not be open, so the regular menu will not be available). The bar will be open from 4pm to midnight.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park, 832-668-5808 
Etoile will be open for Thanksgiving from noon to 7:30 p.m. with a special menu ($56 per adult and $25 per child for a kid’s menu, plus tax & gratuity). Enjoy courses such as mushroom and leek velouté with shredded duck confit, Gulf shrimp cocktail, roasted turkey with pommes mousseline, stuffing, sautéed green beans, mushrooms, rutabaga, Brussels sprouts, cranberry jam and aged Cognac gravy, seared salmon with black-eye pea ragout and pecan-vanilla pie with vanilla ice cream and Bourbon caramel sauce.

Eunice, 3737 Buffalo Speedway, 832-491-1717 
Eunice’s Thanksgiving menu offers features Cajun-Creole flavors straight from the Gulf. Dine on signature dishes like Brussels sprouts, gumbo, shrimp and grits, roasted oysters and more. Thanksgiving Day hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and reservations are required.

Federal American Grill, 510 Shepherd, 713-863-7777
Dine in on Thanksgiving Day and you’ll be treated to an all American three-course menu, with offerings including chicken-fried oysters, wild caught salmon, traditional roast turkey and spiral ham, and pecan and pumpkin pie. Cost is $48 per person ($15 for children ten and under), and you can add a turkey, stuffing and cranberry late-night snack for $7.

Indianola, 1201 St Emanuel, 832-582-7202
The EaDo hotspot will host a Thanksgiving Buffet from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with smoked turkey with au jus, citrus chutney and cranberry, glazed Revival Market bone-in ham, black angus shoulder filet with horseradish cream, classic sage stuffing, mac and cheese, butternut squash gratin, green bean casserole, baked oysters on-the-half-shell, assorted pies and more. Cost is $55 per adult and $20 per child 12 and under.

Jonathan's The Rub Memorial Green, 12505 Memorial, 713-808-9291 
The Memorial Green location will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a set Thanksgiving menu (the regular menu will not be available). Enjoy a choice of deep-fried turkey ($45++ per person) or beef tenderloin ($65++ per person) with family-style sides and choice of dessert. Kids 12 and under are $25 plus tax and gratuity.

La Table, 1800 Post Oak, 713-439-1000
Marché and Château invite guests to a Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a special three-course holiday menu for $75 per person ($35 per child). Dine on parsnip velouté to start, then indulge in courses from lobster flan bisque and organic heritage turkey to a bourbon pecan and pumpkin pie duo.

Lucienne (Hotel Alessandra), 1070 Dallas, 713-242-8555
Executive chef Jose Hernandez is serving up a special three-course Thanksgiving Day meal ($50 per person), with selections including roasted garlic and cauliflower soup, tenderloin and pumpkin pie topped with marshmallows. A special kids’ menu is also available.

Maggiano’s Little Italy, 2019 Post Oak, 713-961-2700; 602 Memorial City Mall, 713-461-0692
From November 25 through Thursday, November 28, Maggiano’s Little Italy will be offering three-course dine-in menus for Thanksgiving. The cost for adults is $39.99 per person, and the cost for children ages 5-12 is $17.99 per person.

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Finish your meal with Finish with a Pumpkin Spice Warm Butter Cake at Mastro's/
Photo by Ralph Smith Studios
Mastro’s, 1650 West Loop South, 713-993-2500
In addition to its regular menu of steak and seafood offerings, Mastro’s is featuring a Chateaubriand, sliced and served tableside with a choice of béarnaise or peppercorn sauce, for $115. Finish with a Pumpkin Spice Warm Butter Cake for $18. Mastro’s will be open from 1 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Morton’s Grille, 25 Waterway, 832-585-0794
Morton’s Grille will feature an Oven Roasted Turkey Roulade, stuffed with Sage Cranberry Stuffing accompanied with Mashed Potatoes, Homemade Cranberry Chutney and the Chef’s Seasonal Vegetable. Morton’s Grille will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Morton’s The Steakhouse, 1001 McKinney, 713-659-3700; 5000 Westheimer, Suite 190, 713-629-1946
Morton’s The Steakhouse is open on Thanksgiving Day, serving families a signature steak dinner beginning at noon. Select locations will be offering a Filet & Lobster special.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room, 5061 Westheimer, Suite 8050, 832-487-8862
The Oceanaire and will feature an Oven Roasted Turkey Roulade, stuffed with Sage Cranberry Stuffing accompanied with Mashed Potatoes, Homemade Cranberry Chutney and the Chef’s Seasonal Vegetable.

Peli Peli Woodlands, 1201 Lake Woodlands, 281-257-9500 
The Woodlands location will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, featuring a limited holiday menu of Peli Peli’s most popular appetizers, entrees and desserts.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, multiple locations
Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille will offer be featuring its full dinner menu as well as a special prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner for $45. Guests can enjoy a choice of butternut squash soup or Honey Crisp apple salad followed by roast turkey with pan gravy and mashed potatoes, green bean almondine, sausage and sage cornbread stuffing and cranberry relish. Kids’ entrée plates with sides are available for $15; and guests can finish with a piece of creamy pumpkin-spiced cheesecake for $8.

Rainforest Cafe, 5000 Katy Mills Circle, 281-644-6200
Families can enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings including slow roasted turkey breast, cornbread stuffing, red skinned mashed potatoes and turkey gravy this Thanksgiving.

Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella, 713-861-8666 
Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner in a historic 114-year-old log cabin on an acre of beautiful grounds at Rainbow Lodge. The restaurant will be serving a three-course meal for $60 per person plus tax and gratuity with seating times from 11:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Options include traditional turkey dinner, seafood, smoked duck gumbo, grilled buffalo and venison, croissant bread pudding and chocolate pecan pie. There is also a kids menu with kid-friendly choices for $45 per child plus tax and gratuity; and the restaurant will be offering its $5 Late-Night Snack Packs To-Go all day, with enough turkey, gravy and dressing to make a sandwich at home.

Robard's Steakhouse, 2301 North Millbend, 281-364-6400
Enjoy a classy Thanksgiving feast ($95 adults, $38 kids 6-12, 5 and under free), with offerings from gourmet salads, interactive food stations, and live-fire grilling to a spectacular raw bar, Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar, and plated entrée choices of Braised Turkey Leg, Angus Filet, Steelhead Trout and more.

Roka Akor, 2929 Weslayan, 713-622-1777
Enjoy Thanksgiving with a Japanese twist at Roka Akor. Executive chef Jason Pham will be offering a secial four-course menu with decadent desserts, featuring selections such as mizuna salad with roasted beets, sashimi with crispy prawn, grilled whole Branzino with yuzu kosho sauce, grilled honey miso glazed turkey and caramel apple cheesecake or pumpkin spice creme brulee. The menu is available from 3 to 9 p.m. for $85++ per person.

Rosalie Italian Soul, 400 Dallas, 713-759-0202
Get an Italian-American style pre-fixe menu experience, with dishes from slow-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie to chef Chris Cosentino’s lasagna and meatballs. Cost is $60 per person and service runs from 1 to 8 p.m. (last seating).

Safina, 6750 Main, 713-422-2779
Safina will celebrate Thanksgiving with a holiday feast from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m , priced at $55 per adult with an additional $12 for dessert (children 5 and under eat free, and kids ages 6 to 12 are half-price). The experience includes a carving station with roast turkey, prime rib and

Steak 48, 4444 Westheimer, 713-322-7448
The trendy steakhouse will be opening the doors at 1 p.m., serving up its full menu plus a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Truluck’s Houston and The Woodlands, 5350 Westheimer, 713-783-7270; 1900 Hughes Landing, 281-465-7000
Truluck’s will offer its regular menu in addition to a one-night-only, three-course Thanksgiving menu featuring traditional, comforting dishes with a Southern twist. The menu, priced at $45 for adults and $19 for ages 12 and younger, features choices from lobster bisque and herb roasted turkey to Southern pecan pie with eggnog whipped cream.

Verandah Progressive Indian Restaurant, 3300 Kirny, 281-501-0258
Verandah will open its doors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering Turkey-To-Go menus plus an in restaurant dining experience with a variety of dishes located at serving and carving stations.

We will be updating this list in the days leading up to Thanksgiving Day. If you have a restaurant to add, please send your information to
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