Where to eat Thanksgiving dinner in Austin: Brunches, buffets and more
Forget trying to thaw a turkey in four hours, chopping tons of celery, arguing over what kind of dressing to make — and all of those dishes. Make this Thanksgiving a breeze by letting one of these local restaurants do all the cooking and cleaning.
Now that’s something to be thankful for!
Hyatt Lost Pines
This wooded resort near Bastrop serves a Thanksgiving Day brunch in the Hill Country Ballroom from 10 am - 2 pm. A selection of breakfast fare, antipasta, seafood and all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes, plus selections for children and a full selection of desserts, including Pumpkinpalooza, more than a dozen goodies made with pumpkin. $55 Adults, $27 children (5 and under free) plus 21 percent gratuity. For reservations, call 512-308-4860.
Four Seasons Hotel Austin
Four Seasons Hotel Austin serves a traditional Thanksgiving buffet with an upscale twist — breakfast specialties, salad bar and seafood selections are served in addition to turkey, ham, chicken and beef entrees and a variety of sides and desserts. Seating is available from 11 am - 3 pm in the ballroom (TRIO, the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, is already booked). $85 plus tax for adults and $27 plus tax for children ages 6 to 11. For reservations, call 512-685-8048.
Canyon of the Eagles Lodge
The resort’s hilltop Overlook Restaurant serves traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner, buffet-style. Selections include roasted turkey with honey rosemary glaze, ancho-coffee rubbed beef tenderloin, smoked breast of turkey and brown sugar-crusted ham, accompanied by cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, choked cherry cranberry compote, sweet potato mash, mashed potatoes, roasted Brussel sprouts with pancetta, haricots verts almondine, roasted butternut squash casserole, rolls, and, of course, pumpkin and pecan pie. Seating is available at 11 am, 1:30 pm and 4 pm. $42 adults, $19.95 children age 10 and under. Reservations can be made by calling 512-334-2070.
There’s always a Thanksgiving crowd at Threadgill’s north and south locations, so come early or just plan on socializing while you wait. You can order a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey and cornbread dressing with cranberry sauce and two sides (options include the classic candied yams and green bean casserole) and homemade bread. There are a few other options such as pork chops, steak and seafood. Pie is always on the menu. The restaurants are open from 10:30 am - 10 pm on Thanksgiving. Most meals are $15.95 — pie and drinks cost extra.
This comfy restaurant known for down-home cooking will be dishing up the turkey day eats from 11 am - 7 pm. Select an entrée of traditional turkey or chicken, ham, pork roast, brisket or other selections, with two sides plus cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce, fruit salad and hot bread for $18.49. For a larger crowd, get turkey or ham and two sides with cornbread dressing and homemade cranberry sauce, sweet potato biscuits and cornbread muffin for $12.99 per person for 10 or more people (eat in or take it home). Pies and cobblers are available for dessert.
Bonus: MealSharing.com’s ThanksSharing
This event promotes food and togetherness by connecting hosts and guests in more than 450 cities worldwide over home-cooked meals. This year, MealSharing.com hosts its second ThanksSharing initiative to connect people over the Thanksgiving meal. To be a host, create a meal on MealSharing.com specifying what you’re making, how many people can come and the optional “chip-in” price per person to help offset the cost of ingredients. Guests can then search and join your dinner. If you’re the one at loose ends for Thanksgiving, find a meal searching by city on the ThanksSharing page.