12 Houston Restaurants That Have Thanksgiving Dinner Covered
Give your smoke alarm a break and leave meal prep to the pros this year.
Remember last Thanksgiving, when many of our holy grail restaurants shuttered their doors, forcing us to recreate those turkey glazes and carbo-loaded dressings ourselves, FaceTime family and friends, and show off our humble dinners from the comfort of our homes? Thank goodness those days are behind us, and, needless to say, it won’t be too tough to top last year’s celebration. Are you hosting a small Friendsgiving this year and can’t quite nail that roasted chicken recipe you’ve been eyeing? Or maybe you’re washing your hands of cooking—honestly, we don’t blame you—and simply want to mask up and dine out this year? If you fit any of those scenarios, Houston’s ample culinary scene has you covered.
Mirroring our city’s cultural diversity, Thanksgiving in H-Town looks a bit different depending on where you get your feast on, but rest assured the food is always delicious. Pack up party platters filled with the classics, or head to Uptown, where you can snag a seat at a premier destination filled with tasty hors d'oeuvres, sparkling wines, and fancy three course meals. Over in the Woodlands’ tree-lined streets, you can retire those traditional turkey and ham spreads for a tender steak, braised in a heap of ravishing sides, or take a big hop over to Montrose and completely flip the script with a Thanksgiving lineup infused with Mexican-style spices. The choices are endless, and, of course, all yours.
On an average day, this modern-meets-health nut concept dishes up platters primed with vibrant colors and fresh ingredients—not to mention, cocktails so tasty they’ll have you sprinting towards happy hour. These show-stopping qualities leave their mark on the spot’s Thanksgiving to-go meals, where guests can chow down on nourishing rice dishes pampered with proteins and veggies; belly-warming casseroles; richly hued Gravy blanketing creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes; Cauliflower Bites; and a cinnamon-laced Cranberry Sauce. These delicacies can be ordered in half and full trays, so there’s enough goodness to pass around—unless you stash a couple secret servings away. Don’t worry, we didn’t see a thing.
Cost: Half trays run $34 - $50 each, full trays run $68 - $99 each, gravy and sauces run $7 - $19 each
How to book: Call 713-465-3333 by November 22 at 5 pm for pick-up.
If you’re looking to indulge in an artfully crafted three-course menu, look no further than Chef Philippe Verpiand’s quaint French mainstay. On Thanksgiving Day from 11 am to 8 pm, visitors can tuck their napkins in their collars for saucy openers like Poached Shrimp married with cocktail sauce and an avocado puree, or tender Duck Confit tossed in truffle oil and a savory mushroom stock. Make sure to keep that cloth handy for second course gems like Braised Beef Short Ribs and Pan-seared Salmon swimming in red wine demi-glace. Or, if you’re looking for that classic Thanksgiving meal, go for the Roasted Turkey, Creamy Potatoes, Stuffing, Cranberry Jam, and more. Afterwards, cool down with some Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream and Pecan Pie. If only everyday were Turkey Day.
Cost: Dine-in menu runs $68 per person ($28 for kids); take-out platters run $25 - $245
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable for dine-in, or call 832-668-5808 by Sunday, November 21 for pick-up.
At Turner’s, Thanksgiving isn’t just about a swoon-worthy sea of entrees, but a dining experience filled with foot-tapping entertainment and luxe service. On Thanksgiving Day, this posh destination will only offer up two seatings at 1 pm and 5 pm, so we advise you to keep those alarm clocks set. After a complimentary sip of their finest Champagne, guests can freshen their palette with Roasted Golden Beets Salad before loading up on crowd-pleasing Spiced Lamb Loin peppered in an onion puree, or a classic Turkey Dinner paired with Braised Cabbage, Cranberry Sauce, and a velvety scoop of Gravy. Even better, pile up on traditional sides and dig into their impressive selection of artisan cheeses before ending the meal with some pastries. And, get this: You’ll be serenaded with a live pianist throughout the entire meal. Will they be taking requests? Only one way to find out.
Cost: Dine-in reservations run $250 per person
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.
Snagging a seat at this legendary outpost is like winning the lottery in Southern hospitality. Every inch of the space is carefully stenciled with cultural odes to South Texas and Louisiana, especially when it comes to their roster of comforts like fragrant Gumbos and caramel-crowned Pecan Pie. This year, guests can spruce up their Thanksgiving tables with a lil’ Brennan magic by ordering from their Thanksgiving To-Go menu, complete with soups, Boiled Shrimp, and the usual sides. For those dining in, your meal begins with a Lagniappe before moving onto Snapping Turtle Soup, Potlikker-braised Oxtails and Gnudi, and entrees from Creole Turkey with Holy Trinity Dressing to Stuffed Quail and Mesquite Grilled Ribeye engulfed in a creamy Bearnaise puree. Finish with Bayou Rum Carrot Cake and Brennan's famous tableside Flambe Bananas Foster.
Cost: Dine-in menus run $62 per person; take-out prices vary
How to book: Call 713-522-9711 to reserve or place a pick-up order by November 19.
River Oaks District
When it comes to Thanksgiving, this beloved steakhouse knows how to serve up a damn good spread. In previous years, guests could nosh platters stacked high with Roasted Turkey, Whipped Truffle Potatoes, bright Cranberry Sauce, hearty Stuffing, and Gravy—keep an eye out for updates online to see if they’re offering this special this year. But if you’re not the turkey type, their sprawling dinner menu has other meat and shellfish entrees available to quench your appetite, such as aged Filet Mignon, their signature (and seriously gooey) Alaskan King Crab and Rock Mac and Cheese, sautéed greens, and Paprika-broiled Twin Lobster Tails. The Pilgrims and Wampanoag had lobster at the First Thanksgiving, right?
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable, call 713-322-7448 for curbside take-out, or order delivery via Uber Eats.
Everyone knows the real draw of an at-home Thanksgiving dinner is the late-night, leftover turkey and stuffing sandwich—at least, Rainbow Lodge knows that. That’s why the gorgeous historic lodge created a separate Thanksgiving To-Go menu (only available November 23 - 25) offering Snack Packs brimmed with enough turkey, gravy, and dressing to satiate you as soon as your pants fit again in, say, three hours. However, if you’re looking to knock back those meals separately, they still have you covered. Parties of up to eight can load up on everything from Roasted Chicken and Grilled Quail to buttery Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans awash with shallots. Their OG dinner menu is also slathered with options delicious enough to give you the good ol’ itis, such as Lamb Ribs smothered in a sweet and spicy glaze, Smoked Duck Gumbo and more fulfilling sides than you can count.
Cost: Dine-in menus start at $60 per person; take-out prices vary
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable, order take-out via Aloha, or get delivery via Uber Eats, Grubhub and DoorDash.
Take a stroll through the beautiful Discovery Green, then head to this Downtown haven for a superb Turkey Day feast from 11 am to 8 pm. The special menu runs through three courses, starting with Butternut Squash Soup and Brie Crostini and ending with treats like caramelized Creme Brulee and a Bourbon Pecan Vanilla Tarte. In between, there’s Roast Turkey with Cognac Gravy, Braised Beef Short Ribs and Pommes Mousseline, Atlantic Salmon and Ratatouille, and Fall Vegetable Truffle Risotto. Homebodies can also get in on the action by ordering the Brasserie’s Thanksgiving To-Go menu—talk about un rêve qui devient réalité.
Cost: Dine-in menus run $42 per person ($20 for kids); take-out prices vary
How to book: Reservia via OpenTable or order pick-up online by November 21.
This New York-style chophouse is decking its halls for the holidays with a prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu—complete with an amuse bouche, three full courses, and family-style sides—in addition to its regular lineup of steakhouse classics. You’ll also get complimentary Hot Apple Cider and Pumpkin Cookies on the way in and out, and every guest receives a very special take-home gift: Leftover Butcher Shop Turkey Sandwiches packed with Roasted Turkey, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, and a side of luscious Gravy.
Cost: Menus run $85 per person ($35 for kids); a la carte menus prices vary
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable or call 713-862-1814 for pick-up.
This super-chic eatery has put together a Thanksgiving Feast To-Go imbued with its signature Cajun Creole spin. Up for grabs are family-style dishes from Cajun-Stuffed Turkey Rolls with Cornbread and Andouille Dressing to an eye-popping dose of Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole. The restaurant will also be open for dine-in reservations.
Cost: Catering menu runs $35 - $200 (serves 10 - 12)
How to book: Reserve dine-in via OpenTable or order pick-up online by November 19.
For a Mexican-style Turkey Day bonanza, Montrose institution Hugo’s is here to lend a helping mano. The Thanksgiving To-Go menu is packed with options, from the Couples and Family Feasts rocking things like Pineapple and Habanero Spiral Ham, Charred Brussels Sprouts, and Tamal Azteca Tortilla Casserole to Pumpkin Cheesecake and Tres Leches for dessert.
Cost: Packages run $95 - $225 (serves 2 - 10); a la carte prices vary
How to book: Order online for pick-up.
Uptown and The Woodlands
Want to impress the hell out of your dinner guests? Mastro’s has several appetizing kits for you to choose from this year. Each feeds four and offers a mix of 28-day Wet-aged Steaks (Cyro-vac sealed and ready to cook), sides from sweet potato- and garlic-laden Mashes to Creamy Spinach, and a seasonal riff on its cult favorite Butter Cake, this time with a cinnamon pecan twist.
Cost: Packages start at $325 each; additional menu prices vary
How to book: Reserve online, order pick-up via Ahora by November 22, or get delivery via Grubhub, Doordash, Postmates and Uber Eats.
Whether you’re looking to secure a beastly turkey and brine for at-home prep or supplement your table with scratch-made sides and pies you can pass off as your own, this Heights emporium from Agricole Hospitality is here to the rescue. Snag spreads like Whole Turkey, Smoked Bone-in Ham with customizable glazes, Stuffing, tangy Cranberry Sauce, Gravy by the pint, housemade pies, and enviable Charcuterie and Cheese Boards for in-between snacking (and the occasional Instagram photo-op). Now, if you’re already salivating at the thought of these meals, grab a napkin stat, because there’s more. Revival has also crafted a dine-in menu for the week of Thanksgiving, so you can quickly quell those hankerings with juicy Roast or Herb Chicken Sandwiches and syrupy lattes leading up to Turkey Day.
Cost: A la carte menu prices vary
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order pick-up online by 11 am on November 24.