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.
A three-course prix fixe meal featuring contemporary Southwestern takes on traditional holiday favorites is prepared at LON's every year for Thanksgiving. Highlights include a pumpkin soup, parsnip agnolotti, roasted natural turkey served with herb dressing, Brussels sprouts, crème fraiche mashed potatoes, candied baby yams, sage gravy, fresh cranberry, and more.
Served from noon to 7 p.m. this year, LON's prix fixe meal will be prepared by Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco and his team of culinary experts. Reservations are required, so make sure to call ahead if you want to experience a new take on old traditions at one of Scottsdale's best restaurants.
Westin Kierland Resort will offer guests a traditional Thanksgiving Day buffet-style dinner from 1 to 6 p.m. To start, the menu will include a pumpkin and lobster bisque, fresh Pacific Shelf seafood items including Mexican white jumbo shrimp, marinated mussels, snow crab claws and king crab legs, and a cheese board and selection of salads. Achiote butter-basted turkey with sausage, apple and golden raisin brioche stuffing, pecan-smoked Arizona grown prime beef strip loin, salmon, 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 brulee 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 6 p.m., but there will also be a breakfast buffet, served in Sonwai Room from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and a à la carte menu in SWB from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Alto Ristorante e Bar will be closed.
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 Sonoran Ranch House 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, smoked slow-roasted New York Strip with peppercorn demi, seared salmon with horseradish parsnip puree, pomegranate, and brown butter sage, as well as sides, including rosemary stuffing, green bean casserole, roasted vegetables, potato purée, an assortment of salads and breads, assorted mini desserts and pies, and non-alcoholic beverages.
The creative first-course choices at MATCH include truffled mac-and-cheese with welsh cheddar, black truffle, and herbed noble crumbs, or chico cornbread stuffing with hatch chili, caramelized onions, smoked corn, and honey crisp apple, both of which are sure to delight the senses at this favorite lunch spot.
Traditionalists can opt for Thanksgiving sides like candied yam gnocchi or slow roasted garlic mashed potatoes or main course dishes such as turkey with gravy and roasted beeper along with Bakkafrost salmon and vegetable empanadas prepared in a wood-fired oven.
The meal is topped off with a choice of pumpkin pie, pecan crostada, crème Fraiche cheesecake, or an apple crisp with bourbon caramel. The meal is served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Nellie Cashman's Monday Club Café
If you have the money and the time, visiting the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa is one of the fanciest places in the Phoenix area, and the Nellie Cashman's Monday Club Cafe is offering a full Thanksgiving Day buffet this holiday season.
Last year's four-course Thanksgiving Day dinner menu featured pumpkin bisque, arugula and spinach salad with roasted beets, Achiote butter-basted sliced turkey served with roasted parsnip and leek sourdough stuffing, fennel scalloped potatoes, roasted butternut squash, and green beans. For dessert, options included warm apple cobbler with vanilla gelato or pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream.
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, filet mignon, 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 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Palo Verde Restaurant at The Boulders hosts a four-course, specialty menu featuring festive, holiday items for a flat fee per person. Menu items include butternut squash soup, Wash Ranch Board turkey breast, roasted beef tenderloin, and white chocolate pumpkin mousse.
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 hame, 24-hour herb marinated prime rib, garlic and sage roasted turkey, breakfast buffet, eggs-to-order, a seafood station, and a BYO Bloody Mary bar with seatings from 10 a.m. to 7 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 à la carte menu as well as a special prix fixe three-course holiday dinner featuring butternut squash soup, roasted turkey with mushrooms and chestnut truffle 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, this great restaurant features three separate meals including Thanksgiving Breakfast from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., Thanksgiving T. Cook's Dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and a Thanksgiving Buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Crafted by Executive Chef Todd Allison, T. Cook's Thanksgiving Dinner includes options like fall vegetable salad, roasted free-range Diestel turkey, coffee-rubbed grass-fed bison tenderloin, and spiced pumpkin pie for dessert.
Lobby Grill at Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
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, potato-crusted halibut, mustard-roasted pork loin, traditional stuffing, cinnamon yams, seasonal vegetables, and pumpkin pie, bourbon pecan pie, or warm cinnamon apple strudel for dessert.
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.
The feast includes roasted turkey breast with au jus, Market Table and Feijoada bar, traditional Brazilian side dishes, homemade cranberry relish, Brazilian sausage and apple dressing, and sweet potato casserole.
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, cooked to order Fall Harvest Exotic Mushrooms with garlic confit and truffle butter, an interactive Poke Bar with Albacore Tuna and Octopus, a carving station with sage butter basted Turkey and slow roasted Prime Rib, and an interactive dessert display with Salted Caramel Affogato with pumpkin seed florentine.
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!
Named one of Open Table's Diner's Choice Award recipients for 2017, Artizen is a fantastic destination regardless of the Thanksgiving holiday, but on November 23, this restaurant features a selection of Thanksgiving-themed buffet-style stations with a signature Camby-style twist.
Traditional dish options will include citrus brine turkey breast with cornbread apple stuffing, cranberry chutney and turkey gravy and peppercorn crusted NY strip with caramelized cipollini, onion, and port demi. Additional hot brunch items include soy maple glazed salmon, house tagliatelli Pomodoro, and roasted fingerling potato hash.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., stop by Stonegrill at JW Marriot Desert Ridge Resort and Spa for a holiday buffet offering seafood displays with poached shrimp, crab claws, shucked Pacific oysters, and smoked salmon as well as a variety of traditional Thanksgiving selections like pumpkin french toast, candied sweet potatoes, and agave brined natural turkey.
Also be sure to stop by the massive black and white chocolate fountain for dessert and grab a specialty featured bloody mary or mimosa to complete your meal.
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 9 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 pumpkin and white cheddar bisque with pancetta, savory croutons, and pumpkin seed oil; butternut squash dumplings with Maine lobster, charred brussels sprouts, toasted pine nuts, and sage brown butter; traditional turkey dinner with chestnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry apple relish, and giblet gravy; and apple spiced donuts, ginger pumpkin tart, dark chocolate and tart cherry bread pudding, and cinnamon cheesecake for dessert.
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 knot rolls with butter, 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 a à 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, slow roasted Red Bird Farms turkey with chorizo cornbread stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and pomegranate reduction, bourbon pecan pie, and more.
For a à la carte experience, the ZuZu Thanksgiving Dinner will feature the restaurant’s seasonal menu along with specials including Slow Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings and Pumpkin Pie with cinnamon sweet 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 4 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 golden raisin stuffing, 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 tortilla soup; herb-crusted prime rib; caramelized brussels sprouts with bacon and shallots; roasted garlic & herb smashed Yukon potatoes; and a sweet treat selection that features traditional pies, tortes, and small bites.
Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant
Open Thanksgiving Day from noon to 9:30 p.m., the holiday fine dining experience includes a soup, salad, pasta, and entrée, and you can choose from traditional roasted turkey served with butternut squash ravioli and mushroom risotto, scallion mashed potatoes, cranberry orange chutney, and Sicilian brussels sprouts or braised beef short ribs and gnocchi with veal and wild mushroom sauce.
Hosting a special Thanksgiving buffet with a day of football on 90+ TVs and 56 craft drafts from 11 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 à la carte Thanksgiving menu will be offered from 11 a.m. to close.
A unique dining experience fusing American tradition with the flavors of the Far East, Roka Akor in Scottsdale is open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day serving a specialty tasting menu of your holiday favorites with a Japanese twist (and Roka Akor’s menu items will also be available à la carte).
Dishes for the Thanksgiving meal include Kabocha squash soup with walnut oil and shiso pesto; robata grilled turkey leg in a cran-yaki glaze with togarashi; grilled cauliflower with miso butter and shiso chimichurri; butternut squash tempura with peppercorn broth; braised short rib hotspot with roasted daikon and winter greens; and cheesecake with maple bourbon macerated figs and candied walnuts.
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 à la carte menu is also available, including choice of turkey, baked ham, New York steak, prime rib, grilled salmon, or sauteed 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.
Ling & Louie's, Shula's Steak House, and Café 24/7 at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino are all hosting different holiday meals this Thanksgiving.
Ling & Louie's, serves up their holiday meal from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. featuring lemongrass marinated turkey with wok veggies, cornbread stuffing, lingonberry sauce, gingerbread cake, or pumpkin gelato. Meanwhile, Shula's Steak House requires reservations for its 3 to 8 p.m. dinner featuring salad with candied pecans; sage-rubbed roasted turkey with raisin stuffing; fennel seed sausage; mashed potatoes; green beans; applewood bacon; cheddar cornbread; and natural turkey jus.
Café 24/7, on the other hand, will serve a special meal from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. featuring butternut squash soup with crème Fraiche; herb-roasted turkey with cornbread stuffing; mashed potatoes; green bean almondine with mandarin oranges; and pumpkin sponge cake for dessert.
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 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the main course will be roasted turkey with sourdough stuffing and giblet gravy, port cranberry sauce, apple mashed potatoes, and buttered baby carrots. For dessert, guests can choose between three seasonal favorites: Carrot cake napoleon with ginger ice cream, candied walnuts, and apple cider caramel; a Winter Squash Tart with apple ice cream, candied pecans, and nutmeg maple syrup; or a Plum Panna Cotta with brown sugar cookie, cranberry honey, and oatmeal.
Ocean Trail, on the other hand, offers a prix fixe menu from their seafood bar from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The first course is a strawberry salad, followed by a lobster and king crab combo: half a lobster, a king crab leg, shrimp, clams, mussels, fresh corn, and sweet yams in a spicy seafood sauce with a choice of steamed or dirty rice; and for dessert, guest can enjoy an apple cranberry crumble with vanilla ice cream.
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 florentine eggs benedict, omelets made to order, maple syrup crusted slab bacon, assorted sausages, jalapeno 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, crisp candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, walnut cherry oat-crusted salmon, charbroiled American Kobe steaks, Littleneck clams, assorted sushi, a selection of desserts, and more.
From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Blue Coyote Cafe will be serving herb roasted turkey dinner with cajun sausage and pear stuffing, buttered green beans, whipped Idaho potatoes, traditional turkey 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 corn chowder and continues into traditional favorites like roasted rosemary turkey with stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans amandine, and pumpkin pie.