Don’t look now, Thanksgiving is only two weeks away. If the thought of trying to get your house ready to host guests in that amount of time gives you hives, an alternative exists.
Instead of making dinner at home, make reservations. More and more Houston restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day with an array of tempting options that offer an easy alternative to the endless debates about the best way to roast a turkey. Sure, you might not have leftover turkey sandwiches — unless you go to Rainbow Lodge (see below) — but going out also means someone else does the dishes.
This list focuses on restaurants serving some sort of traditional, American-style Thanksgiving — think turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Those looking for an alternative will find it in places such as Bellaire Blvd’s Chinatown or Katy Asian Town. After all, dumplings and roast pork are always a good idea.
This Indian fine dining restaurant in The Woodlands Waterway will serve a five-course, $85 prix-fixe feast that also includes family-style sides. The meal includes dishes such as roasted pumpkin soup, sweet potato dumplings, roast turkey breast, braised short ribs, and brownie bottom pumpkin cheesecake.
The Upper Kirby-area Italian restaurant will serve a four-course, $80 menu (kids menu $25) from 11 am-4 pm. Start with a choice of corn soup, roasted pumpkin salad, or seafood cocktail. Add an extra primi course of tagliolini with black or white truffles ($25 or $50). Entree choices include turkey, halibut, or lamb chops — all of which are paired with Thanksgiving-style sides such as sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and whipped potatoes. Finish with choice of dessert.
This Woodlands restaurant’s three-course, $55 prix-fixe meal ($18 for kids) includes choice of lobster bisque or pumpkin and burrata salad, turkey with trimmings, and pumpkin pie.
Five of the company’s restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day. They are:
Follow the links above for menus and reservations information.
The Medical Center hotel will serve a Thanksgiving buffet ($79.95 per adult and $29.95 per child) that features a turkey carving station, salad bar, made-to-order omelets, cold seafood, entrees, and more. Reserve via OpenTable or by calling 713-902-6968.
For those looking for a more affordable option, this Houston favorite will be open for both dine-in and to-go from from 11 am-8 pm with a full range of starters, sides, entrees, and desserts.
Etoile Cuisine et Bar
The Uptown Park French restaurant will be open from 11 am-8 pm with a three-course, $78 menu ($28 per child). Begin with one of four appetizers, including leek and mushroom soup, blue cheese crostini, or foie gras torchon. Entree choices include turkey with trimmings, braised short ribs, roasted salmon, and vegetable risotto.
This Creole restaurant in Greenway Plaza will supplement its regular menu with Thanksgiving specials such as pumpkin bisque, Cajun-stuffed turkey, and pumpkin pie tart. It will be open from 11 am-4 pm.
On Thanksgiving, chef-owner Kaiser Lashkari adds masala-spiced turkey and dressing to his extensive menu of Indo-Pak fare. Remember, the restaurant is BYOB, so plan accordingly.
Jonathan’s the Rub
The Memorial Green location of this eclectic comfort food restaurant will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 11 am-8 pm. Chef-owner Jonathan Levine will serve menu built around entree choices that include herb-roasted turkey ($53), beef tenderloin ($65), and halibut ($57) — all of which are paired with family-style sides such as candied yams, garlic mashed potatoes, green bean almondine, and traditional stuffing. Add soup, salad, or dessert for an additional fee.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s French fine dining restaurant will serve a four-course, $165 prix fixe menu. Starters include burrata with apple compote and figs, chicory salad, and cured hiramasa with avocado mousse. Entree choices include heritage turducken ballotine, scallops with sunchoke puree, and braised short ribs — all of which come with sides for the tables. Add a touch of luxury with optional Royal Kaluga caviar ($100 for one ounce or $190 for two ounces).
Get a Thanksgiving plate with turkey, ham, and sides for $19.95. Served from 9 am-6 pm, it’s the only meal on this list that can be picked up at a drive-thru. The restaurant will also be serving its full menu, which means people can pick up brisket, ribs, or pecan pie to supplement their Thanksgiving table.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
This restaurant with locations all over the Houston area will serve a $49, two-course menu with choice of Honeycrisp apple salad or butternut squash soup and sliced turkey bread with all the trimmings. Add a slice of pumpkin cheesecake for $9.
The restaurant’s three-course, $75 meal includes duck gumbo, roast turkey, and smoked nilgai. Add a late-night snack pack with all the ingredients for a turkey sandwich for $6.
Red Lion Pub
This River Oaks-adjacent pub offers an affordable, $38 Thanksgiving turkey plate that comes with stuffing, yams, Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, green beans, carrots, cranberry sauce, and gravy. It will be open from 11 am-12 am. Walk-ins welcome.
Roma An Italian Eatery
Priced at $45 for adults and $23 for children, this Rice Village restaurant’s Thanksgiving menu includes choice of soup or salad, turkey with trimmings, and choice of pumpkin or pecan pie. Add wine pairings for $35.
This modern steakhouse will supplement its regular menu with a Thanksgiving dinner ($74) that includes turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Add a slice of pumpkin pie to complete the experience.
The seafood restaurant will supplement its regular offerings with a three-course, $59 Thanksgiving dinner ($29 kids 12 and under). It includes choice of soup or salad, turkey and trimmings, and carrot cake or pumpkin cheesecake. Enhance the meal with some of the restaurant’s signature Florida stone crab claws.
The Galleria-area restaurant will supplement its regular menu with Thanksgiving specials such as deep-fried turkey, sweet potato pie, and Hawaiian-glazed ham. Finish with a slice of carrot cake that uses a recipe from co-owner Rob Wright’s mother.