If you're in the Phoenix or Scottsdale area of Arizona this holiday season, there are numerous fun things to do and options for enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner out. Some independently-owned and chain restaurants in Greater Phoenix may serve brunch, dinner, or both on Thanksgiving Day, and many are located at local resorts or casinos. Unless otherwise stated, the menu or specials mentioned are valid on Thanksgiving Day only; note the menus listed here are subject to change. Reservations are often required, so calling ahead is the safest plan.
In addition to serving its signature menu items, The Capital Grille (with locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale) offers 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 is included for an additional fee.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale will offer guests a traditional Thanksgiving Day buffet-style dinner. The menu usually includes a parsnip and crab bisque, chiote butter-basted semi-boneless turkey, pumpkin seed-crusted sea bass, scalloped sweet potatoes, and more.
For a casual Thanksgiving Day dinner, try Brittlebush Bar & Grill which overlooks The Westin Kierland Golf Course and has a lovely rock fireplace and local craft beer.
SWB is a nice spot for a holiday meal, with a view of the McDowell Mountains. The restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch focuses on creative Southwest cuisine. The Thanksgiving buffet includes favorites customers can fill their plates with at various stations, such as omelets, Alaskan crab legs, smoked Scottish salmon, sushi, sides, and desserts.
Serving a special menu on Thanksgiving Day, Cartwright's Modern Cuisine in Cave Creek, about a 45-minute drive from Phoenix, offers guests a special holiday meal which comes with a trio of appetizers, the selection of one entree, and three desserts to complete the feast.
The restaurant in the McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale features a full buffet with all the fixings on Thanksgiving Day, including main dishes such as herb-roasted turkey with cranberry sauce and herb-crusted prime rib, as well as sides such as sage stuffing, roasted vegetables, assorted mini desserts and pies, and non-alcoholic beverages.
MATCH Restaurant & Lounge, inside the FOUND:RE Hotel in Phoenix, will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal. You can expect whipped Idaho russet potatoes, roasted turkey or spiral sliced ham with brown sugar pineapple glaze, old fashioned cornbread stuffing with fresh sage, and more. The meal is topped off with a choice of pumpkin pie or apple cobbler with streusel topping.
Prado at Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa in Scottsdale will be serving holiday favorites and a four-course menu, including roasted pumpkin soup, slow roast turkey, lamb osso buco, and desserts such as pumpkin cheesecake with lemon frosting or bread pudding.
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.
The Palo Verde Restaurant, which specializes in Southwestern cuisine, is located at The Boulders Resort & Spa in Carefree, about a 45-minute drive from Phoenix. The restaurant holds a three-course, family-style specialty menu featuring festive Thanksgiving items for a flat fee per person.
Located in Wild Horse Pass, Chandler, an approximately 35-minute drive from Phoenix, the Rawhide Steakhouse offers an authentic western buffet of traditional holiday favorites such as rosemary crusted prime rib with au jus, bourbon and maple-roasted turkey breast, plus various sides and desserts.
Rawhide Western Town & Event Center's attractions will be open on the holiday, along with the buffet.
Compass Arizona Grill in Hyatt Regency Phoenix downtown offers a bountiful buffet including mustard and salt crusted New York strip loin, savory herb roasted turkey, breakfast buffet, eggs-to-order, a seafood station, and much more. This is a great spot to enjoy a scenic view.
The Phoenician's numerous restaurants In Scottsdale have a number of Thanksgiving meals, 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, and Kabocha pumpkin cheesecake with honey ice cream and ginger sauce, among other items.
T. Cook's in Phoenix is famous for its culinary expertise and offers seasonal menus year-round. For Thanksgiving, the restaurant has a three-course, prix-fixe menu, including entree choices like Diestel turkey, pumpkin ravioli, grilled Maine lobster, and more, plus desserts.
And the Palmera Ballroom will have carving and waffle stations and serves breakfast dishes, sides, salads, fresh seafood, pasta, and desserts.
The Lobby Grill in Phoenix will serve a special Thanksgiving Day meal typically featuring classic favorites like butternut squash bisque, classic waldorf salad, carved-to-order turkey and prime rib, cinnamon yams, and a bananas foster station.
Enjoy a churrasco (beef or grilled meat) feast this Thanksgiving Day at Fogo de Chão, a Brazilian steakhouse in Scottsdale. On top of the usual menu offerings, check out their special dishes like roasted turkey breast, Brazilian sausage and apple dressing, and sweet potato casserole.
Spots go quickly at Ko'sin at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, where menu highlights include a mulling spice-brined roast turkey with apple stuffing, a roasted mushroom velouté with crispy quinoa and lemon crème fraiche, and additional options.
Talavera, a Spanish steakhouse, will feature its annual dinner buffet which includes a raw seafood bar, a carving station, mushroom risotto cooked to order, cheeses and charcuterie, salads, sides, and desserts. The lovely view is one of the best in the city.
A holiday-inspired three-course meal at Proof Canteen usually includes turkey or pork loin, spiced pumpkin soup, roasted apple and sausage bread pudding stuffing, roasted fall vegetables, pie, and beyond. A buffet for kids ages 5-12 is available.
Sanctuary Resort on Camelback Mountain, a 5-minute drive from Scottsdale, has a few great options for your Thanksgiving meal.
The Thanksgiving menu at elements will include items like roasted butternut squash soup, a traditional turkey dinner with chestnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry apple relish, giblet gravy, and a variety of desserts.
The buffet celebration in The Views Ballroom is similarly inspired and will include an array of seasonal favorites and carving stations.
Chompie’s is serving individual traditional dinners at all of their Phoenix area restaurants on Thanksgiving Day. The holiday meal includes oven-roasted turkey breast with stuffing and gravy, mashed potatoes, candied yams, and more, along with apple or pumpkin pie. Check out Chompie's Thanksgiving to-go orders.
Leave the cooking to the experts at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale for your holiday meal. For a classic feast, try the Valley Ho Thanksgiving Buffet, where you can enjoy a selection of turkey, ham, prime rib, and a seafood bar.
ZuZu's holiday buffet features creative foods such as lavender butternut squash soup and apple brined turkey with cranberry chutney.
The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix features three different spots with Thanksgiving offerings, as well as a Turkey Burner 5K run (you can also jog or walk), in case you'd like to burn some calories before the big feast.
Enjoy a festive spread of holiday and favorite dishes in the lovely Gold Room, or head over to historic Wright's at the Biltmore restaurant for a four-course unique menu of pan-roasted scallops, sage brined turkey, and more.
A three-course specialty menu is also available at Frank & Albert's restaurant, where holiday dining standouts include soups and salads, slow roasted turkey breast or herb crusted prime rib, various sides, and a great dessert buffet.
The Thanksgiving Day fine dining experience at the Italian restaurant Tomaso's on Camelback in Phoenix includes items like a rigatoni dish with short rib and black truffle ragu. If the prix fixe menu doesn't suit your fancy, there will also be a la carte options available.
You may have to preorder this meal, but dining at Rustler's Rooste is a holiday tradition in Phoenix. Their family style dinner includes oven-roasted Tom turkey, mushroom sage stuffing, plus additional items, including dessert; leftovers may be taken home. A limited holiday a la carte menu is also available.