In all of the nostalgia of Thanksgiving, we tend to forget the insanity that accompanies the feast — the shopping, the preparation, and the clean-up afterwards. Why not make dining out on Thanksgiving a new tradition? Best of all, everyone, including the host and hostess, get to relax and enjoy sharing the meal with friends and family. That is a lot to be thankful for!
Whether it’s just the two of you or a large gathering of family and friends, we have scoped out the most interesting Thanksgiving menus and venues in Austin. Be sure to reserve in advance.
Ever wish you could skip the turkey and chow down on a great steak? For the first time Fleming's will be open on Thanksgiving Day, serving a four-course pre-fixe holiday meal, as well as the full menu offerings. Holiday menu includes brie cheese bites; lobster bisque; roasted turkey breast with savory gravy; brioche stuffing; mashed sweet potatoes; bacon, almond, and onion green beans; pumpkin cheesecake; and more. 11 am to 10 pm. $39.95 adults; 19.95 children. 512-457-1500.
Hyde Park Bar and Grill
Hyde Park Bar and Grill serves its annual feast, which features both a traditional menu and vegetarian option. Traditional dinner includes roasted turkey breast with cornbread stuffing and giblet gravy, green beans, mashed potatoes, and cranberry relish. Vegetarian feast includes more of the same vegetables, plus vegetarian stuffing and gravy. Desserts are priced separately and include pumpkin pie, peach pudding, pecan pie, and chocolate cake. 11 am to 7 pm at both locations. $21.95 traditional meal; $15.95 vegetarian option. No reservations.
Come Turkey Day, Lonesome Dove will be serving an all-day dinner menu. The restaurant's full dinner menu will be available, along with a special holiday addition of roasted turkey roulade with chipotle purple mash and grilled green beans. Other seasonal highlights from Tim Love's menu include Gorgonzola-Bosc pear tart with baby kale and sherry vinaigrette; shaved Brussels with honey-lime vinaigrette, cotija, currants, and pine nuts; roasted quail with rabbit-rattlesnake/foie gras stuffing, haricot verts, and sweet corn puree; and more. 11 am to 8 pm. Reservations online or 512-271-2474.
Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
Are you from the South and yearning for some of mom’s home cooking? Look no further than Moonshine’s all-you-can-eat buffet. Brunch buffet is first come, first served and includes chicken-fried turkey, prime rib, pumpkin pancakes, as well as Moonshine specialties. 10 am to 4 pm. $26 per person. No reservations.
Omni Barton Creek
Treat yourself to an unbelievable menu certain to please everyone in the group. Feast on traditional roast turkey and roasted pork, as well as seared salmon and Chianti braised beef, traditional sides, soups, an omelet bar, seafood bar, special children’s menu, and five choices for dessert. $70 adults; $30 children 6-12; $15 children 3-5; complimentary for children 2 and under. Seating available from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. 512-329-7906.
We have the perfect solution for enjoying good food while watching your favorite teams. After all, football and Thanksgiving are as American as apple pie. With two locations (The Domain and South Lamar), The Park will be the place to catch college and professional games with drink specials served 4 to 8 pm ($5 mojitos and margaritas and $2.50 domestic and draft beers). There's a traditional turkey dinner buffet, including turkey, ham, cornbread stuffing, broccoli rice casserole, green bean casserole, pecan pie, and more. Buffet served noon to 3 pm. $17. Regular menu served after 3 pm. No reservations necessary.
Although it is closed on Thanksgiving Day, you can enjoy a sumptuous holiday meal served family-style at Sophia’s on November 23. The traditional Thanksgiving dinner includes turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, and choice of apple or pumpkin pie. Served family-style for groups of eight or more. 5 pm to 11 pm on November 23. $35 per person. Reservations here.
Trace at W Austin is offering a gourmet pre-fixe three-course menu for adults and children, including starter, entrée, and dessert. Adult offerings include oysters Rockefeller, crispy skin snapper, vegetable paella, and sweet potato custard. 11 am to 8 pm. $57 adults; $17.95 children 12 and under. 512-542-3600.
Want to slip away from the family? The Living Room is hosting a "friendsgiving" evening with cocktails and music by DJ Diggy Dutch starting at 7 pm on November 23.
Trio at the Four Seasons
It's a buffet to end all buffets. This spectacular feast has over 80 offerings. Mouthwatering offerings include made-to-order omelets, buttermilk and blueberry pancakes, make-your-own chilaquiles, tarts, breads, rolls and pastries, six different salads, chilled shrimp and snow-crab, smoked salmon and trout, short ribs, roast turkey, five sides, and 11 desserts. Is it time for a nap yet? 11 am to 8 pm in Trio; 11 am to 3 pm in the ballroom with piano music. $90 adults; $35 children. 512-685-8300.
Craving Italian but have no time for a holiday getaway? Escape to Visconti Ristorante, perched high on the hills at Hotel Granduca. The menu highlights authentic northern Italian cuisine and seasonal locally sourced specialties. The restaurant will be offering a special gourmet lunch and dinner menu for Thanksgiving, including celery root velouté, Diestel Farms turkey, Shetland organic salmon, and bourbon pecan gelato. Noon to 8 pm, live entertainment from noon to 4 pm. $65 adults; $29 children 12 and under. Reservations: email@example.com.