Sometimes there's just a lot going on, making a Thanksgiving dinner out a viable alternative to cooking. If you're in Phoenix or Scottsdale this holiday season, you won't have to look far for some great options for eating out on this holiday of feasting.
Here are some independently owned and chain restaurants in Greater Phoenix that are open on Thanksgiving Day. These restaurants may serve Thanksgiving brunch, dinner, or both, and many are located at local resorts or casinos, and unless otherwise stated, the menu or specials mentioned are valid on Thanksgiving Day only.
If you want to start your Thanksgiving weekend early, there are a variety of places you can go and things you can do on the evening before Thanksgiving, and if you are considering ordering your Thanksgiving meal to-go so you can serve it at home, try these some Phoenix-area restaurants or grocery stores where you can pick up a Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings.
In addition to serving its signature menu items, The Capital Grille (with a location in Phoenix and Scottsdale) will also offer a slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, French green beans with Marcona almonds, and cranberry pear chutney; these dishes will also be accompanied by mashed potatoes to share. Pumpkin cheesecake will be offered for an additional fee. This meal is served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and reservations, especially for the Phoenix location, are highly recommended.
Westin Kierland Resort will offer guests a traditional Thanksgiving Day buffet-style dinner from 1 to 6:15 p.m. To start, the menu will include a parsnip and crab bisque; fresh Pacific Shelf seafood items including Mexican white jumbo shrimp, marinated mussels, snow crab claws and red king crab legs; a cheese board and selection of salads. Achiote butter-basted turkey with sausage, apple and brioche stuffing, Arizona grown prime beef strip loin, sea bass, pork loin and barley risotto will be offered as entrees accompanied by a host of side dishes. For dessert, the menu features a variety of pies, cakes, cheesecake, crème brûlée and more.
For a casual Thanksgiving Day dinner, Brittlebush Bar & Grill overlooking The Westin Kierland Golf Course will feature a stuffed turkey sandwich with cranberry relish, arugula, and Applewood-smoked bacon on vanilla brioche bread served with sweet potato fries.
SWB’s Thanksgiving buffet offers a variety of holiday favorites including omelets prepared-to-order, eggs benedict, assorted salads, Alaskan crab legs, jumbo shrimp, smoked Scottish salmon, gourmet pasta, and sushi, quesadilla, and taco Stations, and there's even a special buffet for the kids!
The Thanksgiving buffet will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Serving a special menu on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (and offering meals to-go the full week before the holiday), Cartwright's Modern Cuisine offers guests a special holiday treat if they visit the restaurant.
This holiday meal comes complete with a trio of appetizers, selection of one entree, and a trio of desserts to complete your Thanksgiving feast. Make sure to call ahead to reserve your table for your meal.
A holiday-inspired three-course meal at Proof will include spiced pumpkin soup, a choice of maple-cider brined turkey or gingerbread-rubbed pork loin with all the fixings, and pie served by the slice.
Proof Canteen will also offer their “Greatest Hits” menu in addition to the holiday specialties, with holiday dinner served from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For the early risers on Thanksgiving morning, enjoy a seasonal buffet enhanced with holiday favorites, made-to-order omelets, and more that is served from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
With seatings available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, this restaurant, located in the McCormick Ranch Golf Club, features a holiday feast buffet with all the fixings.
The Thanksgiving Day buffet includes main dishes such as herb-roasted turkey with cranberry sauce and herb-crusted prime rib, as well as sides, including sage stuffing, green bean casserole, roasted vegetables, candied sweet potatoes, assorted mini desserts and pies, and non-alcoholic beverages.
MATCH is offering a traditional Thanksgiving meal that includes whipped Idaho russet potatoes; whole cranberry dressing with clove, cinnamon and orange; roasted turkey or spiral sliced ham with brown sugar pineapple glaze; a mixed greens salad with Champagne vinaigrette or buttermilk ranch dressing; old fashioned cornbread stuffing with fresh sage; and green beans with sea salt, almonds and butter
The meal is topped off with a choice of pumpkin pie or apple cobbler with streusel topping. The meal is served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Available from 1 to 8 p.m., Prado at Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa will be serving holiday favorites including roasted pumpkin soup, slow roast turkey, lamb osso buco, and pumpkin cheesecake with lemon frosting.
Live music will also be played throughout the Thanksgiving meal, and there are even a few in-room options for the holiday if you happen to be staying at the resort.
Served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Palo Verde Restaurant at The Boulders hosts a three-course, specialty menu featuring festive, holiday items for a flat fee per person. Menu items include butternut squash bisque, Wash Ranch Board turkey breast, and apple cranberry spice cake.
Address5700 W North Loop Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226, USA
Located in Wild Horse Pass, Chandler, Rawhide offers an authentic western buffet of traditional holiday favorites including a garden salad, shrimp cocktail, maple roasted turkey, apricot glazed pork loin, rosemary crusted prime rib, cornbread stuffing, three-cheese mac and cheese, garlic roasted mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, candied carrots, and pumpkin bisque. Dessert offerings round out the day’s menu and include pecan pie, fudge brownies, and seasonal cookies
Thanksgiving Buffet also includes beverages such as coffee, tea and soda, and Rawhide's attractions will be open on Thanksgiving Day with the buffet offered from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Featuring live music by classical guitarist Eduardo Minozzi Costa, Compass Arizona Grill in Downtown Phoenix's Hyatt Regency offers a bountiful buffet including apple and bourbon glazed pit ham, mustard and salt crusted New York strip loin, savory herb roasted turkey, breakfast buffet, eggs-to-order, a seafood station, and much more with seatings from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you enjoy a scenic view, this restaurant has it!
The Phoenician's numerous restaurants have a number of Thanksgiving meals to offer this holiday season, but J&G Steakhouse is offering both a regular a la carte menu as well as a special prix fixe three-course holiday dinner featuring butternut squash soup, roasted turkey with mushrooms and chestnut stuffing, caramelized Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, and Kabocha pumpkin cheesecake with honey ice cream and ginger sauce. Seatings are available between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., and in the morning you can even get a special Thanksgiving brunch buffet!
T. Cook's is famous in the Phoenix area for its culinary expertise and offers seasonal menus year-round. For Thanksgiving, they will also be offering a three-course, prix-fixe menu, including roasted chestnut and pumpkin soup, roasted free-range Diestel Turkey, grilled Maine lobster with short rib cannelloni, and spiced pumpkin pie. This menu is served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is $95/person (or $38 for kids ages 6-12 and free for 5 and under).
And the Royal Palms Holiday Buffet in the grand Palmera Ballroom will feature options such as the Royal Palms Spanish paella, chilled poached shrimp, oysters, crab claws, herb crusted prime rib, and more. This menu is available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is $85/person (or $32 for kids ages 6-12 and free for 5 and under).
The Lobby Grill, which is typically closed for lunch, will remain open on Thanksgiving Day to serve a special holiday meal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This year, the Thanksgiving menu features classic favorites like carved to order turkeys or mesquite-smoked prime rib of beef, organic Irish salmon, coriander crusted lamb t-bones, pumpkin ravioli, traditional stuffing, cinnamon yams, seasonal vegetables. For dessert, there will be pumpkin pie, pecan pie, pumpkin panna cotta cheese cake, warm cinnamon apple cobbler, three chocolate towers and a bananas foster station.
Enjoy a Churrasco feast from 11 a.m to 9 p.m. this Thanksgiving Day at Fogo de Chão, which will feature menu additions that are included in the full churrasco dinner price on Thanksgiving Day, and all selections of fire-roasted meats are carved tableside.
Make sure to call ahead to reserve your spot at Ko-sin at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, because spots at this exclusive four-course prix fixe meal go quick. With a special menu for both lunch and dinner, Ko'sin is offering guests entree selections like wood-roasted trout, roasted Tom turkey, beef pot roast, and mushroom cannelloni; dessert selections like pumpkin pie with vanilla whipped cream, chocolate pecan torte, and stone fruit crisp; and starters like acorn squash velouté and fall apple salad.
Talavera will feature the annual holiday buffet on Thanksgiving; this dual level buffet offers festive foods from a seafood raw bar, salad bar; an interactive risotto bar with duck confit winter squash, wild & cultivated mushrooms, grana prado cheese and a red cabbage & wine reduction; a carving station with cinnamon apple & sage roasted turkey, slow roasted prime rib of beef and maple & orange hot smoked salmon; and an interactive dessert display with grilled pumpkin cake with pumpkin seed brittle.
Serving from noon to 6 p.m., the regular menu will not be available, and reservations are required. If you enjoy a scenic view, this restaurant has one of the best in the city!
Head over to Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain for a few great options for your Thanksgiving meal including a four-course feast at elements (noon to 8 p.m.) or a buffet in The Views Ballroom (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Elements' Thanksgiving menu will begin with small plates and salads, including roasted parsnip soup, prime beef carpaccio, smoked bacon and sage risotto, roasted cauliflower and parmesan panna cotta, pumpkin gnocchi, beet crudo. The entrees on offer include a traditional turkey dinner with chestnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry apple relish, and giblet gravy. For dessert pick between pumpkin cheesecake, sweet potato pie, chocolate & pecan tart or fried apple & quince hand pie.
The buffet celebration in The Views Ballroom will be similarly inspired and will include an array of seasonal favorites and carving stations.
Chompie’s is serving individual traditional Thanksgiving dinners at all four of their Phoenix area restaurants on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thanksgiving dinner at Chompie's includes white meat turkey breast (with stuffing and cranberry relish) served with mashed potatoes, candied yams, homestyle string beans, freshly baked dinner rolls, and a slice of apple or pumpkin pie. Reservations are strongly recommended for parties of 6 or more, and all locations close at 3 p.m. Check here for Chompie's Thanksgiving to-go orders.
Choose from a full buffet in Sands from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or relish in an a la carte dinner at ZuZu from 4 to 10 p.m. and leave the cooking to the experts at Hotel Valley Ho for your holiday meal—reservations for both dinners are recommended.
For a classic holiday feast, reserve your spot at the Valley Ho Thanksgiving Buffet, where you can enjoy an array of salads, roasted turkey, ham, stuffing, classic sides, and house-made desserts. Savory dishes include chilled shrimp & crab claws, apple brined Red Bird Farms turkey, roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and pomegranate reduction, flourless chocolate torte and more.
For an a la carte experience, the ZuZu Thanksgiving dinner will feature the a starter buffet alongside seasonal entrees including apple brined turkey with cranberry chutney and pumpkin pie with five spice chantilly cream.
The Arizona Biltmore features three different restaurants with Thanksgiving offerings including the Historic Gold Room Celebration, Wright's at the Biltmore, and Frank & Albert's as well as a 5K Turkey Trot to burn some calories before you eat.
From 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. enjoy a festive culinary spread with a soup and salad bar, grand seafood display, butcher block, savory holiday classics, sweet seasonal pies and pastries, and a dedicated selection of kid-friendly favorites at the Historic Gold Room Celebration, or head over to Wright's at the Biltmore for a four-course Thanksgiving dining experience that's available from 1 to 8:30 p.m. with highlights that include brandy pumpkin cheesecake, sage brined turkey with chorizo and apple bread pudding, and roasted Kobacha squash soup.
A three-course specialty menu is also available from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Frank & Albert's restaurant where holiday dining standouts include signature chicken tortilla soup, herb-crusted prime rib, buttermilk whipped potatoes with roasted chive garlic butter, and a selection of sweet treats and small bites.
Open Thanksgiving Day from noon to 9 p.m., the holiday fine dining experience includes a soup, salad, pasta, and entrée. Enjoy roasted turkey served with sausage & fennel stuffing, olive oil mashed potatoes with pancetta & scallions, Brussels sprouts, pine nuts & raisins agro dolce, cauliflower cake with pistachio crumbs and gruyere cheese. If the prix fixe doesn't suit your fancy, there will also be a la carte options available.
Hosting a special Thanksgiving buffet with a day of football on 90+ TVs and 56 craft drafts from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Padre Murphy's features a variety of Thanksgiving favorites including traditional stuffing, roasted yams with candied pecans, cranberry relish, oven-roasted turkey, baked ham, London broil, deviled eggs, fresh rolls, pumpkin pie, carrot cake, and a limited a la carte Thanksgiving menu will be offered from 11 a.m. to close.
You may have to preorder this holiday meal, but dining at Rustler's Rooste is a holiday tradition in the Phoenix area. Their family style dinner includes 16 to 20 pounds of oven-roasted Tom turkey, mushroom sage stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, corn on the cob, cranberry-pear relish, Indian fry bread and biscuits, and your choice of a whole apple or pumpkin pie, and leftovers may be taken home.
A limited holiday a la carte menu is also available, including choice of turkey, baked ham, New York steak, prime rib, grilled salmon, or sautéed shrimp. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and there will be live country music from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Five of the Talking Stick Resort's restaurants will offer special menus on Thanksgiving Day, and all holiday items will be served in addition to regular menus with the exception of the Wandering Horse Buffet, which will serve only holiday buffet offerings.
Orange Sky has a holiday menu from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the main course will be roasted turkey with apple sourdough stuffing and giblet gravy, orange cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts and sweet potato hash. For dessert, guests can choose between four seasonal favorites: brandy pear cobbler with ginger walnut streusel and cranberry rum chutney; spiced apple upside down cake with cinnamon ice cream and candied almond crumble; classic pumpkin pie with spiced caramel and white chocolate chips; or pecan pie with maple bourbon cherries and cordillera chocolate mousse.
Ocean Trail, on the other hand, offers a prix fixe, three-course menu from their seafood bar from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The first course is a honey crisp apple salad, followed by a seafood medley with lobster, shrimp, crab meat, mussels, scallops with spicy tomato sauce. For dessert, guests can enjoy an pecan tart a la mode.
Wandering Horse Buffet offers a holiday brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a full holiday buffet from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Brunch will include lump crab eggs benedict, omelets made to order, maple syrup crusted slab bacon, assorted sausages, jalapeño bacon French toast, pancakes, Belgian waffles, crepes, and more. The all-day holiday buffet will include herb and garlic marinated carved roasted turkey, slow-roasted prime rib, candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, walnut seared monk fish, charbroiled American Kobe steaks, Littleneck clams, assorted sushi, a selection of desserts and more.
From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Blue Coyote Café will be serving a smoked turkey breast dinner with apple sage cornbread stuffing, buttered green beans, mashed potatoes and giblet gravy, and cranberry sauce. Guests will start off with a choice of soup or salad, and pumpkin pie with cinnamon whipped cream will be offered for dessert.
Offered from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., The Arena Poker Room starts its meal with a choice of soup or salad and continues into traditional favorites like roasted turkey with homestyle stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans casserole, and pumpkin pie.