Dining Out on Turkey Day: Where to Eat This Thanksgiving

Categories: Season's Eating

We all can't make this much food on Thanksgiving, so ask for some help from your friendly neighborhood restaurants.
Let's face it, sometimes a "home-cooked" meal in a restaurant is better than anything we can whip up at home. Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most difficult, time-consuming and stressful meals to make if you don't normally cook meals at home.

But, there's one thing to be thankful for this year, and that is you can have a wonderful and delicious home-cooked meal without the stress and anxiety of burning the turkey, messing up the gravy or serving cold food that should be hot. Here's a running list of places to dine in Houston on Thanksgiving Day. You can't go wrong with a home-cooked meal by a professional on Thanksgiving.

Open on Thanksgiving Day:

024 Grille
945 Gessner, 281-501-4300

At just $35 per person, 024 Grille at the Westin Houston offers a Thanksgiving Day menu of one first course, one entrée with three sides and one dessert. The classic Boston bibb lettuce and heirloom tomato salad with bacon and smoked blue cheese sounds like a winner in my book. Try something other than turkey and choose their prime rib or Cuban-mojo roasted pork leg with the traditional green bean casserole, or adventurous truffle mac and cheese. It'll be hard to choose just one dessert when you have choices like pumpkin crème brulee or a simple pecan pie with vanilla ice cream.

Bistro Alex
800 Sorella Court, 713-827-3545

The Brennan's family restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner this Thanksgiving Day. Sample their holiday-related specials for lunch and dinner.

Bistro Provence
13616 Memorial between Wilcrest and Kirkwood, 713-827-8008

You don't have to eat turkey at Bistro Provence for Thanksgiving dinner. Try their roast beef or Novia Scotia grilled salmon, served with delicious French sides like cauliflower puree or maple roasted potatoes. Choose from a petit chocolate pot de crème or pumpkin bread pudding after this three-course French dinner.

benjy's on Washington
5922 Washington Avenue, 713-868-1131

This modern-style restaurant offers a three-course dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $38 per person. Just like their daily menus, benjy's offers bold ingredients to change each item from a typical Thanksgiving dish into a delicious and enticing plate of food. Choose from their chilled roasted beef salad with truffled potato, arugula and a mustrard vinaigrette, or their roasted pork rack with a maple cranberry compote. Every main entrée comes with green bean casserole, challah dressing and mashed potatoes. Complete this delicious meal with Mom's Chocolate Cake and you'll be sleeping like a baby for the rest of the day.

Boston Market
All locations

Although every day is like Thanksgiving at Boston Market, they are one of the only chain restaurants open on turkey day. You can dine in or take your feast to go. Choose from a variety of meal packages to help you have the best Thanksgiving dinner. This year, Boston Market offers sweet potato cheesecake, spinach-stuffed Portobello mushrooms and mashed potatoes five ways along with their everyday menu.

Branch Water Tavern
510 Shepherd Drive, 713-863-7777

If you're not into the sit down and order style of service, bring your family to Branch Water Tavern for a buffet-style Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. It's only $40 per person and kids under 12 get in for half price. Choices include pork roast, roast turkey, oyster stuffing, orange glazed carrots, sweet potato gratin, a cold buffet of salads and seafood cocktails, and a dessert buffet with bread pudding, brownies and classic pies.

2502 Algerian Way, 713-581-6101

This year at Haven you and your family can dine in (reservations required), or order by Monday, November 19, to pick up by Wednesday. If you choose to dine in, enjoy Chef Randy Evan's Modern Texas Cuisine featuring a 3-course menu of house-made turducken terrine, a variety of meats and fish paired with potatoes, sausage dressing, cornbread pudding and risotto.

Houston Texans Grille
12848 Queensbury Lane, Suite 208, 713-461-2002

For all you die hard Texans fans, visit Houston Texans Grille for tailgate grub and cheer on the Houston Texans as they play the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. No need to worry about tryptophan making you sleepy, because there's no turkey served in this tailgate Thanksgiving Day meal.

1600 Westheimer @ Mandell, 713-524-7744

There's no rule against eating authentic Mexican food on Thanksgiving Day. Hugo's offers a delicious menu filled with ceviches and a variety of tamales, served with authentic accompaniments like mole cornbread and of course, guacamole. Wrap up this Mexican feast with a classic tres leches dessert or a delicious flan de queso.

240 Westheimer, 713-360-6313

Have a French-style Thanksgiving dinner with the delicious offerings from L'Olivier. Choose from an array of appetizers, entrees and side dishes, including baked brie and corn soufflé. Add their apple wheat rolls or French baguette and a pumpkin roulade to complete your Thanksgiving feast. Call or email Adrienne@olivierhouston.com by Thursday, November 15 for reservations.

Line & Lariat
220 Main Street, 713-224-4266

Visit the Hotel ICON's restaurant for a pre-fixe dinner on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. for $27 per person ($12.99 for kids ages six to 12, free for kids under five). Executive Chef David Luna has created a menu featuring starting with roasted butternut squash soup and candied spiced pecans, followed by an arugula salad, then a roasted turkey dinner with cornbread dressing, gravy and roasted cranberry relish. Finish this meal with either pumpkin pie or a bourbon pecan pie and caramel ice cream. Reservations are required.

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar
1985 Welch, 713-533-0200

Dine in for a three-course menu featuring unconventional entrees like sea bass and grilled prime rib eye, all paired with delicious elegant side dishes. End your Thanksgiving dinner with their classic crème brulee or pumpkin cheesecake with huckleberry sauce. You can also order one of their four packaged meals, or build your own a la carte by Tuesday, November 22 before 2 p.m. Dining-in reservations are required.

Monarch Bistro at Hotel ZaZa
5701 Main Street, 713-527-1800

Join the Monarch Bistro for a four-course Thanksgiving Day meal for just $55 per person. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., you and your friends and family can sophisticatedly dine on roasted squash soup, quail with cornbread sage sausage and cherry stuffing, the classic turkey with giblet gravy or smoked duck breast with shepherd's pie, and finish with a twist on pumpkin pie: pumpkin panna cotta.

Philippe Restaurant + Lounge
1800 Post Oak Blvd., 713-439-1000

From noon to 8 p.m., French Cowboy Chef Philippe Schmit will feature his take on Thanksgiving dinner: sweet potato flan, coleslaw with horseradish, braised collard greens with bacon and almonds and chocolate pecan pie. Philippe's also offers to-go dinners including a 12-pound whole cooked turkey serving 12 to 14 people. Orders must be placed Thursday, November 15 by 5 p.m.

Quattro at Four Seasons Houston Hotel
1300 Lamar, 3rd floor, 713-276-4700

Whether you prefer brunch or dinner, Quattro at the Four Seasons has you covered. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy their brunch buffet for $79 per person, but kids under five eat free. Starting at 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m., you and your family can dine in for Thanksgiving dinner featuring an antipasti buffet of various cold salads, cheeses and fruits, followed by plated entrees and an assortment of desserts, all for $58 per person. Reservations are required.

1972 Fairview, 713-523-7667

Roost will be open for Thanksgiving Dinner at 4 p.m. serving its latest regular local / seasonal menu, plus a few special dishes just for Thanksgiving: seared allspice duck breast with roasted beet and rye bread panzanella; honey-brined turkey breast with sweet potato purée, braised greens, jalapeño cornbread and cranberry chutney; and an appetizer of country fried local quail, butter biscuit, cream gravy and sweet pickled jalapeños. Reservations are required, and parties of six or more are subject to a credit card deposit.

Head to the next page to see which restaurants are offering holiday meals to take home.

Location Info

024 Grille

945 N. Gessner Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen

1212 Waugh Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Houston Texans Grille

12848 Queensbury Lane, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Monarch Restaurant & Lounge

5701 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Benjy's on Washington

5922 Washington, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Backstreet Cafe

1103 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Music


1600 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Haven - CLOSED

2502 Algerian Way, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Kenny & Ziggy's Delicatessen Restaurant

2327 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar

1985 Welch St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


2520 Amherst, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


1300 Lamar St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


240 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bistro Provence

13616 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ouisie's Table

3939 San Felipe St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bistro Alex

800 W. Sam Houston Parkway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Line & Lariat

220 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Philippe - CLOSED

1800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

3701 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Capitol At St. Germain - CLOSED

705 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Central Market

3815 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: General

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