Bludorn’s Thanksgiving Feast. Photo by Caroline Fontenot.
It’s the season of thankfulness, and we at Houston Food Finder are thankful for the opportunity to ditch dry homemade turkeys, deep fryer mishaps and Grandma’s tuna aspic. We give thanks for a city abounding with dine-in options, from the untraditional to the ultra-luxe. If you find yourself in Houston and in need of a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 24, look no further than any of the choices below for a meal worthy of praise and thanks.
Dario’s Steakhouse & Seafood, 14315 Cypress Rosehill, Cypress: Residents of Cypress and the surrounding areas need not travel far for the dine-in, multi-course holiday meal of their dreams. Local favorite Dario’s Steakhouse is serving a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu on Thursday, November 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For $65 per person, diners may choose from traditional butternut squash, Duck Spring Rolls, lobster bisque, Pear and Apple salad or Seafood Cake for first course; roasted turkey, Norwegian grilled salmon, filet mignon, prime rib or Texas Farms pork chop for main course; and Pumpkin Roulade, pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate cake or Ginger Creme Brûlée for dessert. Cost is not inclusive of tax or gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (281) 304-1825 or visiting the Dario’s website.
Marvino’s Italian Steakhouse, 24002 Northwest Freeway, Cypress: This is another popular Grupo Herrera concept in Cypress — and it’s offering a different Thanksgiving prix fixe menu than Dario’s. From 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 24, Marvino’s Italian Steakhouse is serving a three-course holiday menu. For $62 per person, dinners may choose from Akaushi Meatball, fall salad, pumpkin soup or Lobster Spring Roll for first course; roasted turkey, filet mignon, Alaskan King salmon, lamb shank, Texas Farms pork chop or butternut squash ravioli for main course; and tiramisu, pumpkin cheesecake, creme brûlée, tuxedo chocolate cake or pumpkin roulade for dessert. Cost per person is not inclusive of tax or gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (832) 220-7200 or by visiting the Marvino’s website.
Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar Street: Make this Thanksgiving a brunchy affair at this Discovery Green hotel, which is serving Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose from sweet and savory offerings such as a custom omelet station, salad bar, roasted turkey breast, maple-glazed salmon, rosemary-crusted prime rib and sweets from the hotel’s award-winning pastry shop, as well as bottomless mimosas.
Rosalie Italian Soul, 400 Dallas: For a nontraditional yet homestyle meal, spend Thanksgiving enjoying chef Chris Cosentino’s Nonna’s recipes at Rosalie Italian Soul in the Baldwin Hotel downtown. The three-course, prix fixe meal is $65 per person. First-course options include roasted pumpkin soup with toasted pumpkin seeds and sage or radicchio and baby kale salad with persimmon, pomegranate seeds and ricotta salata. Entrée courses include slow-roasted turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy; lasagna with pesto, ricotta, red sauce and Parmesan; and honeynut squash served with porchetta spices, Brussels sprouts and cranberry salsa verde. Family-style sides will be served à la carte, including mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts. For dessert, your choice of apple, pecan or pumpkin pie served with vanilla-maple whipped cream. For reservations, visit the Rosalie website.
Hull & Oak Southern Kitchen, 1070 Dallas: Located in The Laura Hotel downtown, this modern take on a Southern kitchen is offering a dine-in Thanksgiving menu on November 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The three-course meal is $48 per person and offers guests the option of grilled cheese with tomato soup or spinach salad with cranberries, apples, candied pecans, feta and balsamic dressing for the first course. Options for the second course are roasted heritage turkey breast with mashed potatoes, cranberry chutney and classic gravy; or double-bone pork chop with fried okra, corn succotash and sweet mustard glaze. Finish your feast with either pumpkin pie or apple cobbler. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room:, 5061 Westheimer: For an elegant and traditional fine-dining experience, visit this seafood-centric restaurant in The Galleria this Thanksgiving. For $50 per person, guests will feast on herb-roasted turkey breast with savory cranberry-and-sage stuffing and paired with mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry chutney, green beans almondine and more. Enjoy your meal with a specially priced $49 bottle of wine including The Harrison Pinot Noir from Marion-Field Cellars and Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay from Russian River Ranches. Reservations are encouraged and can be made online.
Mastro’s Steakhouse, 1650 West Loop South: For those seeking a fine-dining experience without the holiday bells and whistles, Mastro’s Steakhouse is serving its full dinner menu on Thanksgiving day from 5 to 10 p.m. Reservations are encouraged and can be made online.
Willie G’s Seafood, 1640 West Loop South: Starting at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving day, and while supplies last, this Post Oak staple will be offering a crafted turkey feature, seasonal dishes and their standard dinner menu. Reservations are recommended and can be made online.
Musaafer, 5115 Westheimer: This year, spice up the traditional Thanksgiving meal with Musaafer’s Tandoori Turkey Plate. Musaafer will be open from 12 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 24. This dine-in special includes Tandoori-Spiced Turkey, spiced cherries, cranberry chutney, mushroom-bacon Brussels sprouts, truffle fries, baby carrots and makhani sauce. Reservations are encouraged and can be made online.
For information about Musaafer’s take-out Tandoori turkey trays, see our Thanksgiving take-out list.
Fish Tales, 2502 Seawall, Galveston: Celebrate Thanksgiving while overlooking the Gulf this year. Fish Tales, located on the Galveston Seawall, is offering a three-course turkey and ham special for $39 per person. For their first course, guests can choose a salad or soup such as seafood gumbo and clam chowder. For the entrée, they can choose turkey or ham covered in gravy, then finish with a slice of pecan pie for dessert. The restaurant will also be serving its full menu. Reservations can be made can be made online.
Fisherman’s Wharf, 2200 Harborside Drive, Galveston: On November 24, the historic Strand eatery will be offering a four-course holiday meal for $39 per person. Guests can choose between shrimp queso and deviled eggs for an appetizer and shrimp & sausage gumbo or mixed green salad for the first course. Entrée choices are roasted turkey breast or ham steak. Finish your meal with pecan or pumpkin pie. The entrée will be served alongside redskin mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, green beans almondine, cranberry sauce and gravy. Reservations can be made can be made online.
San Luis Resort, 5222 Seawall, Galveston: Start Turkey Day off with a decadent Thanksgiving brunch that only a beachside resort can offer. The holiday buffet will include smoked prime rib, roasted turkey, honey-glazed ham, traditional trimmings, chilled seafood, classic brunch fare, cocktails and elaborate dessert displays. The price is $99 for adults, $89 for seniors and $45 for children 12 and younger, not inclusive of tax or gratuity. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and tickets can be purchased online.
Kin Dee, 1533 North Shepherd: For an non-traditional Thanksgiving experience, try this popular Heights Thai eatery. It is serving a special menu that features Thai staples and two all-new dishes developed by chef Miranda Loetkhamfu. These include Smoked Turkey Leg Green Curry ($20) served with rice noodles or rice, and Rice Fried Chicken (also $20), a marinated, crispy-fried chicken thigh topped with sweet and sour Thai chili sauce and served with steamed rice and chicken soup. The Thanksgiving menu is available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by visiting the Kin Dee website.
Phat Eatery, 23119 Colonial Parkway: This year, chef and owner Alex Au-Yeung is offering a very special Malaysian take on classic beef Wellington. His eye-appealing rendition is Wagyu Beef Rendang Wellington, and it’s just one of the dine-in Thanksgiving specials the recent James Beard Award semifinalist is offering. There’s also an individual Thanksgiving Platter that costs $32 and the meaty, rich Lobster Bisque from last year’s menu is making a reappearance for $18. Regular menu items are also available. Phat Eatery books up every year for Thanksgiving, and while some seating will be be reserved for walk-ins (including at the bar), it is best to make a reservation ASAP. Visit the website for more information. Check out our Thanksgiving to-go article for Phat Eatery’s other holiday options.
Bludorn, 807 Taft: Start new traditions this year with Thanksgiving at this high-end Montrose restaurant. Chef Aaron Bludorn has curated a Thanksgiving menu featuring comfort classics and new specials. The three-course menu is $105 per person and features appetizers such as maitake mushroom with cashews and preserved lemon vinaigrette and fennel soup with bay laurel and shallot chili oil. Entrées include heritage turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, dry-aged New York strip with peppercorns and beef jus and potato gnocchi with butternut squash brown butter foam. Round out the meal with pumpkin or pecan pie. Sides include sweet potatoes, stuffing, mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts. The restaurant will also offer a two-course kids’ menu for $55 (an entrée and a dessert) for children age 12 and under. The Thanksgiving menu will be served from 3 to 7 p.m. on November 24. Reservations are required and can be made online.
Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse, 4319 Montrose and Gatsby’s Prime Seafood, 1212 Waugh Drive: This Thanksgiving, join Gatsby’s Hospitality at either of its restaurants. Both Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse and Gatsby’s Prime Seafood are offering the regular menus as well as a traditional turkey entrée option with all the fixings. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling (713) 393-7282 for Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse, which is open noon to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, or (713) 485-0039 for Gatsby’s Prime Seafood, which is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Le Jardinier, 5500 Main: This year, enjoy an artful holiday experience at this sleek, modern restaurant led by Michelin-star chefs that’s located inside the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s new Nancy and Rich Kinder Building. For $165, guests will be treated to a multi-course, fine-dining experience featuring an amuse-bouche, three courses, sides for the table and state-of-the-art desserts. Highlights include seasonal items such as Foie Gras Royale with pumpkin emulsion and red port; Citrus-Cured Ōra King Salmon with beets and yuzu; Yukon Potato Gnocchi (add Alba white truffle for an additional cost); and Heritage Turkey Ballotine with confit. Sides include Thanksgiving classics like fried Brussels sprouts, mushroom stuffing and buttery mashed potatoes. There will also be a kid’s menu with à la carte options. Reservations can be made via RESY. The restaurant will be open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 24.
Roma Ristorante, 2347 University: This Rice Village Italian restaurant will be open for Turkey Day dine-in with the option of a chef-crafted Thanksgiving plate or the standard dinner menu of Italian fare. The holiday meal ($59 per person) includes house-roasted turkey with dressing and brown gravy, green bean casserole, yams, mashed potatoes, a house salad, butternut squash soup and choice of dessert. Roma will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.. Reservations can be made online.
E’terie Bar & Grill, 1855 Hughes Landing, The Woodlands: This restaurant in the lobby of The Woodland’s Embassy Suites by Hilton is opening its doors for a Thanksgiving meal from 5 to 10 p.m. For $45 for adults and $15 for children under 15, enjoy a veritable feast featuring a soup and salad station featuring butternut squash soup, baby carrot salad and asparagus salad with balsamic; a carving table with brined, herb-roasted turkey and maple-glazed roasted ham; fresh herb and cranberry stuffing, sweet potato casserole, broccoli and cauliflower gratin and mac and cheese; and dessert and pastry creations such as pecan, pumpkin and apple pies, warm bread pudding and carrot cupcakes.
CRU Food & Wine Bar, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands: Enjoy a three-course Thanksgiving tradition at CRU for $52 per person (half off for children under 12). Guests will be welcomed with a glass of Angry Orchard rosé cider and a basket of fresh-baked bread for the table, followed by an amuse-bouche of butternut squash and burrata bruschetta. First course options include lobster and saffron risotto and pumpkin ricotta ravioli, followed by roasted turkey breast with the fixings and choice of pumpkin cheesecake or molten chocolate cake for dessert. Reservations are encouraged and can be made online.
Slowpoke’s Coffee: Start your Turkey Day off with a cup of coffee from this local favorite. All locations of Slowpoke’s Coffee will be open on November 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offering seasonal specials like Pumpkin’s Pie Latte made with pumpkin pie sauce and cinnamon, Snickerdoodle Latte made with vanilla and cinnamon and Caramel Apple Cider made with apple juice, butterscotch and cinnamon.
Babin’s Seafood: Katy and The Woodlands residents can journey to their local Babin’s Seafood locations on Thanksgiving day and enjoy a traditional holiday feast featuring a choice of turkey or ham served with green beans, French bread, cornbread stuffing, sweet or mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy. The cost is $29 per person, and the regular menu will be available as well. Reservations can be made online.
Fleming’s Steakhouse: This popular steakhouse with locations in CityCentre, River Oaks and The Woodlands is open on Thanksgiving and serving a special dine-in, three-course menu that starts at $53 per person. Guests can choose between traditional herb-roasted turkey, filet mignon or prime bone-in ribeye, along with a starter course, fixings and choice of dessert. A children’s three-course menu is also available for $25 per person. The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations can be made online.
Brenner’s Steakhouse, 10911 Katy Freeway and Brenner’s On the Bayou, 1 Birdsall Street: This pair of beloved Houston dining institutions will be serving regular dinner menus on Thanksgiving day for those looking to escape family gatherings and holiday food alike. Reservations can be made online.
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Bludorn’s Thanksgiving Feast. Photo by Caroline Fontenot.