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) typically offers a holiday meal with slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, French green beans with Marcona almonds, and cranberry pear chutney, accompanied by mashed potatoes to share.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale will offer guests a traditional Thanksgiving daytime buffet-style meal in the Trailblazers Ballroom. The menu costs $89 in 2019 and has many stations including carving and hot food tables, seafood options, a cheese board, numerous desserts, and more.
For a casual Thanksgiving Day meal also during the day, try the Westin's other restaurant Brittlebush Bar & Grill, which overlooks The Westin Kierland Golf Course and has a lovely rock fireplace and local craft beer.
SWB, with a view of the McDowell Mountains, is a nice spot for a holiday meal. The restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch focuses on creative Southwest cuisine. The Thanksgiving feast for 2019 includes favorites such as eggs Benedict, Alaskan crab legs, smoked Scottish salmon, turkey, sides, and desserts. Breakfast is an additional option at SWB on the holiday.
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 three-course holiday meal which comes with a trio of appetizers, the selection of one entree, and three desserts.
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.
MATCH Restaurant & Lounge, inside the FOUND:RE Hotel in Phoenix, will serve a traditional 2019 Thanksgiving meal. You can expect roasted turkey, green bean casserole, old fashioned cornbread stuffing, and other typical fixings. The meal is topped off with a choice of pies for an extra fee. You can also order meals to go with pies; call the restaurant by November 26, 2019.
Prado at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale will be serving holiday favorites and a four-course evening menu, including roasted sugar pie pumpkin soup, black truffle roasted organic turkey, and other choices for entrees, soup, and salad, plus desserts. Live music will be played throughout the Thanksgiving meal.
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.
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.
Compass Arizona Grill in Hyatt Regency Phoenix downtown offers a bountiful buffet including savory herb-roasted turkey, chorizo and egg enchiladas, blueberry pancake casserole, a seafood station, and much more. The only revolving restaurant in Arizona offers a great scenic view; visitors can also experience live classical guitar music on the holiday.
On the fifth floor of The Phoenician in Scottsdale, you'll find a special prix fixe Thanksgiving brunch in 2019, featuring butternut squash risotto, butter roasted turkey breast, a griddle station, and salads, among other items. Reservations must be made in advance, especially since seating is limited.
At the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix, T. Cook's is famous for its culinary expertise and offers seasonal menus year-round. For Thanksgiving 2019, the restaurant has a three-course, prix-fixe menu, including entree choices like apple brined turkey breast, pesto marinated tofu for vegetarians, and more, plus tasty desserts.
The Lobby Grill & Bar in Phoenix will serve a special Thanksgiving Day 2019 meal costing for adults, 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.
Meat-eaters will love a churrasco (Brazilian barbecue) feast on Thanksgiving Day of 2019 at Fogo de Chão, a Brazilian steakhouse in Scottsdale. Enjoy normal menu items full of various meats, plus special traditional Thanksgiving recipes like turkey breast and sweet potato casserole, along with other dishes.
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.
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 2019 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.
Sanctuary Resort on Camelback Mountain, a 5-minute drive from Scottsdale, has a few great options for your holiday meal.
The 2019 Thanksgiving at elements will include a four-course prix-fixe menu featuring items like roasted butternut squash soup, a traditional turkey dinner with chestnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, and a variety of desserts.
The buffet celebration in The Views is similarly inspired and will include an array of seasonal favorites, carving stations, and desserts.
At all of their Phoenix-area restaurants, Chompie’s offers a variety of ways to dine or take your food to go for the holiday. The 2019 "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; it costs $20.99 per person. The restaurant also offers "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.
Leave the cooking to the experts at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale for your holiday meal. For a classic early day feast, try the Valley Ho Thanksgiving Buffet in Sands, where you can enjoy a selection of turkey, ham, prime rib, a seafood bar, desserts, and more.
ZuZu's dinner holiday buffet features creative foods such as butternut squash agnolotti soup and apple brined turkey with cranberry chutney. You can also pick up dinner at the hotel and take it to go
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, 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 Thanksgiving Day fine dining experience at the Italian restaurant Tomaso's on Camelback in the heart of Phoenix includes a blend of Italian dishes and traditional Thanksgiving favorites. If the prix fixe menu doesn't suit your fancy, there will also be Italian a la carte options available.
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 includes oven-roasted Tom turkey, mushroom sage stuffing, plus sides and dessert; leftovers may be taken home. A limited holiday a la carte menu is also available. In the afternoon and evening, live country music will be playing.