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Being in charge of hosting and cooking for Thanksgiving day can be quite the daunting task. Especially if it’s your first time or if you’re trying to impress family (we all have that one family member). Between the prepping, timing, cooking, cleaning — it’s a lot. So take the stress out of the holiday and go out to eat. We’ve put together a list of Austin restaurants that will be serving the traditional turkey and fixins’ or their spin on a delicious Thanksgiving feast.
Trace | 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. | 200 Lavaca Street | Accepting Reservations
Located inside the W Hotel, Trace has the comfortable, cozy feeling that would never make you feel like you’re eating at a hotel restaurant. It’s $65 per person for a 3-course Thanksgiving dinner with several options to choose from within each course, wine pairings are an additional $25. Of course they have turkey with a cranberry relish on the menu, but with options like Beef Wellington or scallops, your Thanksgiving just got a whole lot fancier.
Arlo Grey | 3 to 10 p.m. | 111 East Cesar Chavez | Accepting Reservations | Can Be Preordered
You can find this beautiful restaurant inside of the LINE hotel, just on the cusp of downtown. Arlo Grey is offering a supplement to the regular menu which includes a roasted pheasant with creamed greens, rutabaga, and green beans. Guests can pre-order their meal ahead of time for $65/ person.
The Driskill | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | 604 Brazos Street | Accepting Reservations
If your family is more of a brunch/lunch Thanksgiving kind of eaters, the Driskell is offering their Thanksgiving feast again this year. New Executive Chef Mark Dayanandan created a rich assortment of holiday southern eats, seafood, and sides. Finish off your meal with a lavish dessert table made from Executive Pastry Chef, Tony Sansalone. Cost? $105 per adult, $52.50 per kiddo, with an additional 18% gratuity charge. Kids under 6 are free!
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Cedar Creek | Reservations Required
Located about 30 minutes east of Austin, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines sits on 405 acres of the Colorado River and is absolutely stunning. If you’re looking to take the family on a short trip with breath-taking views, book restorations now. $68 per adult and $34 for kids with a 25% gratuity, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines is offering an amazing spread of salads, charcuteries and cheeses, seafood, and all the traditional Thanksgiving food you could want. Any of the little ones picky eaters? They also offer a “For the Kids” station with everything kids could want.
B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub | 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. | 1905 Aldrich Street
Get that home-cooked feel without the actual cooking at B.D. Riley’s in Mueller. Their kitchen will be open and serving their menu all day plus you can enjoy their Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings for just $15.99.
Hotel Granduca | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | 320 South Capitol of Texas Highway | Reservations Required
Kick off Thanksgiving with mimosas and live music at Hotel Granduca. This Thanksgiving event is sure to be fun for the whole family! Their holiday buffet will include a traditional ham and turkey carving station, mashed potatoes and candied yams, onion-crusted green bean casserole, and more. Reservations can be made via email at [email protected] or by phone at 512.306.6500.
Ciclo | 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (restaurant) and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (ballroom) | 98 San Jacinto Boulevard | Accepting Reservations
Located inside the Four Seasons in downtown Austin, Ciclo celebrates Thanksgiving with an expansive buffet of more than 80 choices and a dinner in the elegant Four Seasons Ballroom. Price is $95 for adults and $45 for children ages 12 and under, plus tax and gratuity.
The Caroline | 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. (or sold out) | 98 San Jacinto Boulevard | Accepting Reservations
Located smack dab in the middle of downtown Austin, The Caroline is offering a roasted turkey dinner that includes baked bread pudding, cheddar mac and cheese, heirloom carrots and brussels, and cranberries-jalapeno relish. And for dessert? The Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: Tito’s vodka, pumpkin spiced espresso, sweet potato foam, coffee liqueur, and house-made marshmallows. Click here more prices.
And if you’re just looking to grab a quick bite and a beer or maybe escape from the family for a bit, check out these places:
- Haymaker | 2310 Manor Road
- Black Sheep Lodge | 2108 South Lamar Boulevard
- Alamo Drafthouse | varying locations
- Lala’s Little Nugget | 2207 Justin Lane
- Kerbey Lane | varying locations
- Maggiano’s Little Italy | 10910 Domain Drive
- Texas Land & Cattle | varying locations
- Cru Wine Bar | varying locations
- Estancia Brazilian Steakhouse | 10000 Research Boulevard
- Threadgill’s North | 6416 North Lamar Boulevard
- Hyde Park Bar & Grill | 4206 Duval
Featured photo provided by Arlo Grey.