Thanksgiving is a week from today. Panicking yet?
You don’t have to. If you don’t have plans nailed down yet, we’ve got you covered. Thanksgiving may be a time to be with your loved ones and give thanks for the bounty of the harvest, but that doesn’t mean you have to do all the cooking.
If you’re looking for something a little different this year, maybe you should just make reservations. Going out for a Thanksgiving meal gives you a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious feast, and let someone else do the cooking (not to mention the cleaning up). We’ve gathered a list of restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving and offering something special to patrons. Some are upscale, others are more casual, and there’s plenty in between, so you’re bound to find a fit for your family. Now that’s something you can be thankful for!
24 Diner, 600 N. Lamar Blvd. — This Austin favorite will be serving a special Thanksgiving menu, featuring brined and roasted turkey breast, turkey leg confit and Beeler’s house-cured ham, in addition to their full menu. Reservations are not accepted; cost is $24 per person. For more information, call 512-472-5400 or visit 24diner.com/events
Alamo Drafthouse, 320 E. 6th St.; 14028 N. Hwy. 183, Bldg. F; 2700 W. Anderson Ln.; 5701 W. Slaughter Ln. — If you’re in the mood for a movie with your meal, Alamo Drafthouse is your best bet. Select the “turkey dinner” option when booking tickets for any show before 9 pm on Thanksgiving, and get a feast of turkey, gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes and more. Some turkey dinners will be available on the same day, but since quantities will be limited, reservations are recommended. Book tickets at drafthouse.com
Bakehouse Restaurant, 5404 Manchaca Rd. — Bakehouse will be offering a traditional all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving meal with table service from 10 am to 9 pm this year. Cost is $15.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids 4-12. For reservations, call 512-443-5167.
Buca di Beppo, 3612 Tudor Blvd. — It’s Thanksgiving, Italian-style! Buca di Beppo is offering a traditional Thanksgiving feast starting at 11 am. The cost is $49.95 for a small meal serving up to 3 people, or $89.95 for a large meal serving up to 6 people (pasta add-ons are extra). For more information and reservations, visit bucadibeppo.com/happy-thanksgiving or call 512-342-8462.
Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano, 504 E. 5th St. — Carmelo’s is offering their regular menu on Thanksgiving Day, or a traditional turkey dinner with an Italian flair for $22 per person ($14 for the kid’s menu). For reservations, call 512-477-7497.
Corazon at Castle Hill, 1101 W. 5th St. — Corazon will offer a southwestern-inspired Thanksgiving menu from noon until 3:30 pm. For more information, menu and reservations, visit corazonatcastlehill.com or call 512-476-0728.
Crú, 238 W. 2nd St.; 11410 Century Oaks Terr. — Both the downtown and Domain locations of this wine bar will feature a special three-course Thanksgiving meal from noon to 9 pm. Cost is $36.50 (half off for kids under 12). For more information and reservations, visit cruawinebar.com/locations_austin.html
The Driskill, 604 Brazos St. — This iconic Austin hotel and restaurant will be offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Driskill Grill, along with a Thanksgiving brunch in the Mezzanine. Brunch will be served, along with complimentary champagne, from 10 am to 3 pm, and the cost is $68 for adults and $29 for kids 6-12. Dinner is from 3 pm to 7:30 pm, and the cost is $85 for adults and $35 for kids 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free at either event. For more information and reservations, call 512-391-7227.
Easy Tiger, 709 E. 6th St. — The acclaimed bakeshop and beer garden will be open on Thanksgiving, and will be offering a special slate of Ommegang beers as well as giveaways to be announced. Reservations accepted for large parties; call 512-614-4972.
Estancia Churrascaria, 10000 Research Blvd., Suite B — The Brazilian-style steakhouse will be serving traditional Thanksgiving favorites, as well as their regular menu, from 11 am to 9 pm. Lunch, served until 3 pm, is $35.50 and dinner is $41.50. For reservations, call 512-345-5600.
Finn & Porter, 500 E. 4th St. — This downtown seafood eatery will be offering a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu from noon to 8 pm, as well as selections from their regular dinner menu. The cost is $45 for adults and $20 for children. Book reservations through Open Table or call 512-493-4900.
Fogo de Chão, 309 E. 3rd St. — Fogo de Chão will be offering a Thanksgiving menu featuring fire-roasted meats and Brazilian side dishes from 1 to 8 pm. The cost is $42.50 per person. For reservations, visit fogodechao.com or call 512-472-0220.
Goodall’s Kitchen and Bar, 1900 Rio Grande St. — The restaurant at Hotel Ellis features a prix fixe Thanksgiving menu with updated seasonal favorites. Cost is $59 with coffee and tea or $94 with wine pairings, and $24 for kids 6-12. For reservations, call 512-495-1800.
Green Pastures, 811 West Live Oak — This South Austin brunch spot will offer a Thanksgiving feast, including turkey, dressing and their famous milk punch. Cost is $68 per person. For reservations call 512-444-4747.
Hoover’s Cooking, 2002 Manor Rd. — Hoover’s will be serving up a Texas-sized Thanksgiving feast from 11 am to 7 pm, featuring a choice of entrees (including oven-roasted turkey and several non-traditional options, like brisket or a vegetarian medley) and two sides, plus dressing, cranberry sauce, fruit salad and a bread basket. Cost is $17.95 per person. For more information (including menu), visit hooverscooking.com or call 512-479-5006.
Hudson’s on the Bend, 3509 RR 620 N. — Hudson’s will feature a special Thanksgiving menu replete with their signature wild fare. Call 512-266-1369 for reservations, and visit hudsonsonthebend.com for more information (including the menu).
Hyde Park Bar & Grill, 4206 Duval; 4521 B West Gate Blvd. — Both locations of this iconic restaurant will be serving a full Thanksgiving menu from 11 am to 7 pm. The cost is $16.95 per person ($12.95 for a vegetarian meal), and a special price is offered for children 10 and under. No reservations are accepted. For more information, visit hpbng.com/thanksgiving-2011
III Forks, 111 Lavaca St. — III Forks will offer a four-course Thanksgiving feast from 11 am to 6 pm. Cost is $44.95 for adults and $16.95 for children under 12. For more information and reservations, visit www.iiiforks.com or call 512-474-1776.
Lakeway Resort and Spa, 101 Lakeway Dr. — Enjoy a Thanksgiving brunch at Lakeway Resort and Spa from 10:30 am to 3 pm in the Vistas Ballroom. Live music and a petting zoo will also be on offer from 11 am to 3 pm. The cost is $50 for adults and $20 for children 3-12. Reservations are required; call 512-261-7379. For more information, visit lakewayresortandspa.com/restaurant/thanksgiving-brunch
Limestone Lounge, 4415 S. IH-35 (inside the Austin Marriott South) — Limestone Lounge will feature a traditional endless plated Thanksgiving dinner from 11 am. Cost is $19.95, and reservations are required. Book through Open Table or call 512-441-7900.
Maggiano’s, 10910 Domain Dr., Suite 100 — The Italian eatery will be serving up a four-course family-style dinner on Thanksgiving. The cost is $36.95 for adults and $17.95 for kids 5-12. For more information, reservations and menu, visit maggianos.com or call 512-501-7870.
Main Street Grill, 118 E. Main St, Round Rock — Round Rock’s Main Street Grill will serve a four-course Thanksgiving meal. The cost is $39.95 for adults, and $14.95 for 12 and under. Visit rrmainstreetgrill.net/thanksgiving_menu for the menu, and book reservations through Open Table or call 512-244-7275.
McCormick and Schmick’s, 11600 Century Oaks Terr. — McCormick and Schmick’s in the Domain is throwing a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings. Cost is $24.99 for adults and $9.99 for children 12 and under. For more information and reservations, visit mccormickandschmicks.com/featured-promotion/thanksgiving.aspx or call 512-836-0500.
Mimi’s Cafe, 10515 N. MoPac Expwy.; 12513 Galleria Cir., Bee Cave; 4151 N. IH-35, Round Rock — All area locations will be offering a special Thanksgiving menu from 8 am to 8 pm. Cost is $16.99 for adults and $8.99 for kids. For more information and reservations, visit mimiscafe.com/ThanksgivingDayMenu.aspx
Moonshine Bar and Grill, 303 Red River St. — Moonshine will be offering a Thanksgiving Day buffet from 11 am to 4 pm. Cost is $21.95 per person, and no reservations are accepted. For more information, call 512-236-9599 or visit moonshinegrill.com
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 8212 Barton Creek Dr. — The Omni is hosting a chef-prepared Thanksgiving dinner buffet from 11:30 am to 3 pm. The cost is $64.95 for adults and $22.95 for children. Call 512-329-7906 for reservations.
Russian House, 307 E. 5th St. — Russian House will be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner from 4 pm to 10 pm, with free unlimited turkey in addition to their regular menu. For reservations, call 512-428-5442.
Snack Bar, 1224 S. Congress Ave. — This South Congress spot will be offering their regular menu plus a fancy turkey special. Brunch is 9 am to 4 pm, and dinner is 5 to 11 pm. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-445-2626.
Southwest Bistro, 208 Barton Springs (inside the Hyatt Regency Austin) — SWB will be offering an extensive Thanksgiving menu, featuring complimentary champagne, from 11 am to 4:30 pm. Cost is $60 for adults and $27 for children 12 and under. For reservations, call 512-480-2035.
Texas Land and Cattle, 6007 N. IH-35; 1101 S. MoPac Expwy.; 14010 N. Hwy. 183, Bldg. B; 5510 S. IH-35, Bldg. C — Texas Land and Cattle will be offering a special Thanksgiving dinner for $17.99 per person from 11 am to 10 pm at each of its area locations. For more information, visit texaslandandcattle.com
Threadgill’s, 301 W. Riverside Dr.; 6416 N. Lamar — Threadgill’s will throw down with a down-home Thanksgiving at both the north and south locations. The restaurant will be serving a limited menu of favorites, plus turkey and all the trimmings, from 10:30 am to 10 pm. No reservations are accepted, but be prepared to wait. For more information, call 512-472-9304 (South location) or 512-451-5440 (North location).
Trace at the W Austin, 200 Lavaca St. — Trace will feature a special Thanksgiving menu (including a children’s menu) from 3 to 9 pm. The cost for a four-course prix fixe menu is $65; kid’s offerings are $15. For more information and reservations, visit traceaustin.com/holiday or call 512-542-3660.
Travaasa Austin, 13500 FM 2769 — The resort and spa will be offering a Thanksgiving meal from 4 pm to 9 pm. For more information and reservations, call 512-364-0061.
TRIO at the Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto Blvd. — TRIO will be offering a Thanksgiving Day buffet from 11 am to 3 pm in the Grand Ballroom, and until 8 pm in the restaurant. Cost is $80 for adults and $26 for children. For more information and reservations, call 512-685-8300.
Urban, An American Grill, 11301 Domain Dr. — Urban at the Domain will be offering a special Thanksgiving menu featuring pecan and herb crusted prime rib and pumpkin cognac cheesecake. Book reservations through Open Table or call 512-490-1511.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.livemom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/lauren.jpg[/author_image] [author_info] Lauren Walz is a freelance writer and editor and mama to a two-year-old girl. While she’s quick to brag about being a fifth-generation Texan, Lauren moved to Northern California in 2004 after graduating from UT Law and lived in the Silicon Valley area until last spring, when she and her family were drawn back to Austin. Lauren is busy getting re-acquainted with her old stomping grounds and is astonished by how the food and wine scene has changed in Austin in the past 8 years. Lauren also blogs about cooking and parenthood on gourmetveggiemama.com.[/author_info] [/author]