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. Most of the special menus are available on Thanksgiving Day only, which falls on November 26, 2020. Even though you may expect most people to be eating at home, Thanksgiving is actually a popular day to dine out, so make reservations as early in advance as possible.
In 2020, more restaurants than ever are offering pick-up options for fully catered Thanksgiving meals. So if you want a turkey feast without the hours of prep work, look for restaurants allow you to take out.
In addition to serving its signature menu items, The Capital Grille (with locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale) offers a holiday meal of slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, French green beans with Marcona almonds, and cranberry pear chutney, accompanied by mashed potatoes to share. To finish the meal, enjoy a twist on the classic dessert with a slice of pumpkin cheesecake. The prix-fixe meal is $45 for adults or $15 for children in 2020, or the full dinner menu is available to order as well.
In 2020, if you prefer to bring The Capital Grille to your home, you can pre-order a selection of Thanksgiving sides to pick up and carry out. The pick-up options of side dishes serve four to six people and include all of the sides if you dine in plus an extra helping of pecan-crusted sweet potatoes.
SWB at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa
The SWB restaurant, with a view of the McDowell Mountains, is a nice spot for a holiday meal, located at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch. The hotel's most popular dining experience focuses on Southwest cuisine. The Thanksgiving feast for 2020 includes various options: choose morning breakfast, a midday brunch buffet, or sit-down Thanksgiving dinner. You can enjoy favorites such as eggs Benedict, Alaskan crab legs, smoked Scottish salmon, turkey, sides, and desserts. During the day, there's also live music on the terrace to accompany your holiday meal.
MATCH Restaurant & Lounge
MATCH Restaurant & Lounge, inside the FOUND:RE Hotel in Phoenix, will serve a traditional four-course Thanksgiving meal in 2020 that is available for dine-in ($60 per person) or to carry out ($45 per person). You can expect roasted turkey, Brussels sprouts with pancetta, country mashed potatoes, and other typical fixings. The meal is topped off with a choice of pumpkin or chocolate pie.
Prado at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Prado at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale will be serving holiday favorites and a four-course evening menu on Thanksgiving Day in 2020, with options including a salt-roasted beet salad to start, pan-seared scallops in romanesco sauce, sous-vide turkey, and lobster paella. The dessert options are just as decadent, with choices like apple tarte Tatin, pumpkin mousse torte, or gluten-free chocolate silk. Live music will be played throughout the Thanksgiving meal. It's on the pricier side at $99 per person, but it's one of the most elegant meals you can enjoy on Thanksgiving in the Phoenix area.
At The Phoenician in Scottsdale, you'll find special Thanksgiving menus at all three of the hotel restaurants in 2020: J&G Steakhouse, Mowry & Cotton, and The Phoenician Tavern. The J&G Steakhouse includes the finest selections of meats and seafood and is also the most expensive at $65 per person. At Mowry & Cotton, the price is $62 and that gets you a typical Thanksgiving meal with herb-roasted turkey and all of the fixings. The Phoenician Tavern will be serving "polished pub grub" with a Thanksgiving twist at a cost of $49 per person.
Fogo de Chão
Meat-eaters will love a churrasco (Brazilian barbecue) feast on Thanksgiving Day at Fogo de Chão, a Brazilian steakhouse in Scottsdale. Enjoy traditional Thanksgiving recipes like turkey breast and sweet potato casserole, along with other dishes. Or, for a Thanksgiving with a Latin flare, you can choose from the standard menu and dine on the premium selection of fire-roasted meats carved at your table. In 2020, you also have the option to pre-order your Thanksgiving or churrasco meal and either pick it up or have it delivered.
Ling & Louie's, Shula's Steak House, and the Fullhouse Cafe at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino are all hosting different holiday meals for Thanksgiving in 2020. Ling & Louie's serves up their holiday meal for $18 per person, featuring lemongrass marinated turkey with wok veggies, cornbread stuffing, lingonberry sauce, and gingerbread cake with pumpkin gelato. Thanksgiving lunch at the Fullhouse Cafe is only $16 per person and features a more traditional holiday menu with roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and other fixings.
Meanwhile, Shula's Steak House serves a more elevated dinner for $55 per person, featuring items like butternut squash soup, herb-roasted turkey, sausage sage stuffing, and sweet potato puree.
Sanctuary Resort on Camelback Mountain
Sanctuary Resort on Camelback Mountain, a five-minute drive from Scottsdale, has a few great options for your holiday meal. The 2020 Thanksgiving at Sanctuary will include a four-course prix-fixe menu featuring items like roasted pumpkin bisque and barbequed oysters to start and a traditional turkey dinner with chestnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, and a variety of desserts. If you aren't a fan of turkey, other entree choices include lamb shank, swordfish, and Wagyu beef ravioli. Prices start at $105 per adult for the lunch time slot and go up to $125 per adult for evening reservations.
At all of their Phoenix-area restaurants, Chompie’s offers a variety of ways to dine in or take your food to go for the holiday. The 2020 "Thanksgiving Dinner" meal includes oven-roasted turkey breast with stuffing and gravy, mashed potatoes, candied yams, and more, along with an apple or pumpkin pie. And at a price of $20.99 per person (or $10.99 for kids 10 and under), it's one of the most affordable ways to eat out in Phoenix on Thanksgiving. The restaurant also offers a take-home option called "The Traditional," which serves 12-15 people turkey and all the fixings, plus a la carte and other Thanksgiving to-go options.
Call at least 72 hours in advance of your Thanksgiving Day pickup to order whole turkeys and large dinner packages.
ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho
Leave the cooking to the experts at ZuZu in the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale for your holiday meal. ZuZu's dinner holiday meal begins with a chef-attended starter buffet featuring various salads and seafood like crab legs, chilled shrimp, and ahi tuna poke. Afterward, sit down for a classic Thanksgiving feast with a ZuZu twist: apple brined turkey with cranberry chutney, apple and chesnut stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and more. If you prefer to enjoy the feast at home, you can also pick up dinner at the hotel and take it to go, even if it's just an individual portion.
You may have to pre-order this meal, but dining at Rustler's Rooste is a holiday tradition in Phoenix. Their family-style dinner for eight to 10 people costs $180 for the entire group and includes an oven-roasted Tom turkey, mushroom sage stuffing, Indian fry bread, mashed potatoes and gravy, a whole pie for dessert, and more; leftovers may thankfully be taken home. A limited holiday a la carte menu is also available for anyone who doesn't want a traditional dinner. In the afternoon and evening, live country music will be playing to accompany your Western-style holiday.
McCormick Ranch Golf Club
The Thanksgiving Buffet is canceled at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in 2020, but the restaurant will be open on Thanksgiving Day serving their standard menu.
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, sides like sage stuffing and roasted fall farmer's market vegetables, assorted mini desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Thanksgiving at the Rawhide Western Town
Thanksgiving at Rawhide Western Town is canceled in 2020.
Located in Wild Horse Pass, Chandler, an approximately 35-minute drive from Phoenix, the Rawhide Western Town offers an authentic Western buffet of traditional holiday favorites such as maple-roasted turkey breast, plus various sides and desserts. While the event sells out quickly, walk-ins will be allowed in if space is available.
All Rawhide Western Town & Event Center's attractions will be open on the holiday.
Ko'sin at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
Ko'sin at the Sheraton Grand is closed in 2020 until further notice.
Spots go quickly at Ko'sin, a restaurant serving a mix of Native American and Arizona comfort food at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix. The 2019 Thanksgiving lunch and dinner menu includes a four-course meal, with lovely views of the Sierra Estrella Mountains to add to the experience.
Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
The restaurants at the Arizona Biltmore are closed in 2020 until further notice.
The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix features two different spots with Thanksgiving offerings, as well as a Turkey Burner 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 at the historic Wright's at the Biltmore restaurant. Expect a four-course unique menu of pan-roasted scallops and slow-roasted turkey.
A specialty menu is also available this year at Frank & Albert's restaurant, where holiday dining standouts include soups and heirloom salads, slow-roasted turkey breast or seared branzino, various sides, and a great dessert buffet.
The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale
Talavera is closed in 2020 until further notice, and Proof Canteen is closed on Thanksgiving Day in 2020.
Spanish steakhouse Talavera will feature its annual Thanksgiving dinner buffet which includes a raw seafood bar, a carving station, cheeses and charcuterie, salads, sides, and many desserts.
A holiday-inspired breakfast and a brunch buffet at Proof Canteen, an American restaurant, offering treats like sweet potato pie french toast, gluten-free pumpkin spice muffins, and beyond. A three-course Thanksgiving dinner including hard-cider brined smoked turkey, roasted winter squash soup, a few sides, and dessert. A children's dinner buffet and a la carte options are available, and reservations are urged.
Lobby Grill & Bar at Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
The Lobby Grill at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa is closed in 2020 until further notice.
The Lobby Grill & Bar in Phoenix will serve a special Thanksgiving Day meal, typically featuring classic favorites like butternut squash bisque, mesquite-smoked turkey breast and prime rib, cinnamon yams, and a sumptuous variety of desserts, including a bananas foster station.
The Palo Verde Restaurant at The Boulders Resort & Spa
Palo Verde restaurant is closed in 2020 until further notice.
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 offers a specialty menu featuring festive and seasonally-inspired Thanksgiving items.