where to eat on Thanksgiving
Even though it may seem a little sudden — Houston is only two weeks removed from the Astros epic World Series win — Thanksgiving is happening this Thursday, November 24.
With everything that’s happened recently — wasn’t there an election, too — it’s entirely possible that people have forgotten to make plans. Fear not. Houston’s restaurants have diners’ covered.
While some of the city’s traditional destinations are booked, a mix of classics and newer options still have some tables available. All of the establishments listed below showed reservations available online as of Sunday, November 20. Some of the options listed below aren’t even taking reservations, which makes them perfect for even the most determined procrastinators.
Note: This article doesn’t include any restaurants in Chinatown, but of course many of them will be open, too. Call your favorites to confirm.
Those who choose to dine out on Thanksgiving should bring a little patience, as restaurants are likely to be busy. Tip a little extra in acknowledgment that the employees are giving up their holidays to facilitate other people’s good time.
This luxurious new Indian restaurant in The Woodlands will celebrate Thanksgiving with a four-course, $75 menu. Start with pumpkin dumplings or pumpkin-spiced baked oysters before choosing between sweet potato chaat or a turkey seekh kebab. Five entree choices consist of ham, turkey, beef short rib, or two vegetarian dishes — all paired with sides for the table. Finish with a slice of buttermilk pumpkin pie.
The Annie Café & Bar
The Galleria-area favorite will serve a three-course Thanksgiving meal for $90 per adult or $35 per child. Dishes include choice of soup, salad, or shrimp and grits to start, turkey, prime rib, or salmon with sides for an entree, and choice of dessert. Reservations required.
Bosscat Kitchen & Libations
The popular whiskey bar’s Thanksgiving feast includes a choice of two or three entrees — turkey, ham, and optional prime rib ($10 supplement) plus nine sides for the table: everything from salad to mac and cheese to rolls and gravy. Priced at $60 or $70 ($15 for children 12 and under), the meal finishes with a choice of pie.
For those looking for a more affordable option, this Houston favorite will be open for both dine-in and to-go from from 11 am - 8 pm with a full range of starters, sides, entrees, and desserts.
Davis St. at Hermann Park
Chef Mark Holley’s globally-inspired, three-course, $75 menu offers a diverse array of choices such as gumbo, pumpkin and coconut soup, crispy Thai shrimp, crispy redfish, lacquered duck, and a turkey dinner with sides. Several dessert options are available, but we recommend the coconut cake.
Chef Drake Leonards’ Thanksgiving Day menu includes Dan Dan Delicata Squash ($15), Pumpkin Bisque ($13), and Cajun-stuffed turkey ($38) with sweet potatoes, dressing, satsuma cranberry marmalade, and giblet gravy. Finish a pumpkin pie tart ($12). The Greenway Plaza restaurant will be open from 11 am - 4 pm.
Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse and Gatsby’s Prime Seafood
Both the Montrose steakhouse and its newly-opened companion seafood restaurant will be open until 6 pm with both their regular menus and a Thanksgiving turkey dinner.
On Thanksgiving, chef-owner Kaiser Lashkari adds masala-spiced turkey and dressing to his extensive menu of Indo-Pak fare. Remember, the restaurant is BYOB, so plan accordingly.
The beloved Indian fine dining restaurant’s decadent Thanksgiving buffet ($95) offers a wealth of choices including butternut squash soup, roasted turkey, tandoori salmon, chili-chicken samosas, a range of vegetable sides, and seven desserts. Seating at 11 am and 2 pm.
A few reservations still remain at this French fine dining restaurant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The four-course, $165 menu includes a choice of burrata, salad, or cured salmon to start followed by potato gnocchi. Entree choices include turkey ballotine, miso cod or beef tenderloin with shared sides. Finish with one of three desserts.
The Galleria’s luxurious Indian restaurant will serve he tandoori-spiced turkey with spiced cherries, cranberry chutney, mushroom-bacon brussel sprouts, truffle fries, baby carrots, and makhini sauce. It also offers one of the city’s most sophisticated cocktail programs.
Get a Thanksgiving plate with turkey, ham, and sides for $19.95. Served from 9 am - 6 pm, it’s the only meal on this list that can be picked up at a drive-thru. The restaurant will also be serving its full menu, which means people can pick up brisket, ribs, or pecan pie to supplement their Thanksgiving table.
All of the Houston-area locations of this popular restaurant will be open on Thanksgiving. In addition to its regular menu, the restaurant will serve a two-course, $49 special that includes a choice of soup or salad and a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Add a slice of pumpkin cheesecake for $9.
Katy’s acclaimed Malaysian restaurant will add a Thanksgiving special to its regular menu that consists of: honey-glazed turkey breast with turkey pan gravy, ginger sake cranberry sauce, whipped potatoes, and lobster bisque ($32 per person). It is available for both dine-in and to-go.
This restaurant inside CityCentre’s The Moran hotel will serve a three-course, $26 menu from 5-9 pm. The menu includes kale mix salad, roasted turkey with sides, and pumpkin creme brulee.
The British pub will serve a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for $38 person. Reservations available for parties of eight or more.
This Italian restaurant in Rice Village will serve a $59 Thanksgiving dinner that includes turkey, salad, butternut squash soup, vegetable sides, and choice of dessert.
Tonight & Tomorrow
The restaurant at La Colombe d’Or will feature a special dishes created by chef JB Babaran. Choices include sweet corn tamales with duck mole, Maine lobster pot pie, roasted turkey with trimmings, blacked prime rib, and apple crumble. The hotel’s Bar No. 3 will be open for anyone who needs a little relief after hours of family togetherness.
Toro Toro at the Four Seasons Houston
Downtown’s newly opened pan-Latin steakhouse will feature a decadent brunch for $145 per person and $65 per child. Selections include roast turkey with cornbread stuffing, a carving station, an omelet station, and a Texas cheese display. Other choices include a cold seafood tower, sushi rolls, and plenty of desserts.