Almost everyone loves gathering with friends and family for Thanksgiving dinner, but you’ll have a tough time trying to find someone who’s willing to endure the long hours of preparation and clean-up.  As Texans prepare to gather around the table to break bread and give gratitude this Thanksgiving, some people want to leave the cooking to the pros by dining out.

If you’re looking to fill your belly and your plate with delicious food that’s certain to give you a legendary Thanksgiving food coma without all of the prep-work and cleanup, several Austin restaurants are waiting for your arrival.




The Fairmount Hotel is offering a Thanksgiving buffet from noon – 6 p.m., with items like confit turkey leg, pear and frisee salad, a raw bar, and many desserts.  Dinner tickets are $85 per adult and $19 per child under 13 with complimentary valet parking.  A portion of the proceeds benefit the Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Moonshine is serving up a Thanksgiving version of their famous all-you-can-eat brunch for just $28 per person from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The buffet includes plus prime rib, oven roasted turkey, chicken fried turkey, green chile turkey stew, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cornbread stuffing, pumpkin pancakes, pecan pie tarts, and more. Seating and the menu is served as first come, first served and no reservations are required.



The Park

The Park will be offering a Thanksgiving buffet from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for $20 per person at both the South Lamar and The Domain locations.  College and NFL football fans will be able to watch Thanksgiving Day games, while enjoying a traditional turkey dinner buffet. The buffet will include turkey and pork tenderloin, along with classic sides such as dressing, jalapeño cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, broccoli rice casserole, sautéed fresh vegetables, mac and cheese, and mashed potatoes. Dessert options will include pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie. 


RA Sushi Bar

Need to escape the relatives for a little fun before the big Thanksgiving meal? RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant has aThanksgiving Eve menu that’s way better than Aunt Thelma’s weird “Holiday Vegetable Loaf.” On Wednesday, November 21, guests will enjoy food and drink specials including: $2 Hot Sake, $5 Specialty Cocktails like the Blushing Geisha and Dragon Bite, $7 Viva Las Vegas Rolls, $6 RA’ckin Shrimp and $3 Spring Rolls … and there’s more specials where those came from!


Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, located right outside Austin, will host a Thanksgiving Feast complete with popular holiday dishes from herb-brined turkey with cranberry and sweet potatoes with a maple pecan glaze, to fresh seafood options, salads, and several dining options for children.  The feast will also feature a “pumpkinpalooza” dessert station featuring several pumpkin-infused options, and the resort’s signature chocolate fountain. As part of the Thanksgiving Feast event, the resort will also feature the “Turkey Day Family Olympics” where families will be able to compete in a variety of holiday-themed games refereed by the resort’s turkey mascot, Tex The Turkey.

Hyatt Regency Austin

Hyatt Regency Austin, will host a Thanksgiving brunch to celebrate the holiday.  This year, the meal will take place in the hotel’s newly-renovated Foothills Ballroom, which is located on the 17th floor and provides a panoramic backdrop of Austin’s skyline.  The meal will feature holiday favorites including herb-roasted turkey, apple cornbread stuffing, and candied sweet potatoes, as well as several breakfast options, a fall harvest salad bar, seafood including chef-prepared sushi rolls, and a carving station with bourbon-glazed ham and prime rib. Desserts will also be included and will range from individual pumpkin pies and a spiced pumpkin tart to an orange crème brulee.


Brix & Ale

Celebrate Thanksgiving Brunch at Brix And Ale, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m with a delicious menu created by Executive Chef Patrick Taylor.  For $55 per adult and $25 per child (12 and) guests may enjoy House Cured City Ham, with beer mustard; Sweet Tea Brined Turkey Breast, Smoked Turkey Legs; Smoked Strip Loin of Beef, horseradish aioli, bourbon au jus; Rack of Dorper Lamb, mint gastrique and much more!  Reservations can be made at 737-444-2750 or email:



Celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends in Ciclo, complete with an expansive buffet of more than 80 choices, or dine in the elegant Four Seasons Ballroom, where live piano provides the perfect accompaniment to a holiday meal. Price: $90 for adults, $40 for children ages 6-11, plus tax and gratuity


Mattie’s 1965 Milk Punch – Made using Mary Faulk Koock's beloved recipe from her acclaimed "The Texas Cookbook," the legendary drink has been resurrected by La Corsha Hospitality Group’s Beverage Director Jason Stevens. The 1965 Milk Punch consists of sweet vanilla cream, aged Kentucky Bourbon, VSOP cognac, Jamaican rum and nutmeg.

Mattie’s at Green Pastures

Give thanks with Mattie’s Thanksgiving brunch buffet in Marion Hall. Family and friends can enjoy a savory menu of both traditional and Southern-inspired brunch items, in addition to a raw bar, carving station, charcuterie station, and desserts to top it off. Brunch includes a drink from Mattie’s holiday bar menu, as well as complimentary coffee and iced tea.  The Thanksgiving brunch buffet is $85 for adults and $40 for children ages 6-12; free for children under 5.  Reservations: (512) 444-1888

The Carillon

The Carillon is offering a special Thanksgiving brunch buffet with boundless options to please every member of the family.  Located in the heart of Austin in the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center, experience a relaxed yet refined experience with carving stations featuring Smoked Prime Rib and Sous-vide Friend Turkey Breast, along with breakfast and entrees like Seared Cobia and Bread Pudding French Toast.  Get your Thanksgiving Day fix with sides like the Golden Potato PureeCandied Yams, and Crispy Brussel Sprouts.  The Carillon will also be serving a wide selection of sweet treats to end the meal on a high note, including Pumpkin Cheesecake SquaresBourbon Pecan Pie bites, and an Apple-Cranberry Crisp Trifle.



W Austin’s TRACE will be serving up a decadent three course menu on Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. boasting options such as red wine braised short rib, prosciutto wrapped turkey breast, Texas pecan pie, and coconut carrot ginger soup, to name a few. Feel free to review the full Thanksgiving menu here and kid’s menu here. Cocktails will also be freely flowing at W Austin’s Living Room to keep the gratitude going


Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

Perry’s invites guests to start a new Thanksgiving tradition by spending it at the downtown Austin restaurant. In addition to the full dinner menu, Perry’s will feature a special three-course prix fixe dinner menu for $49.95 from 11am – 9pm.  The menu will start with a choice of Butternut Squash Soup or Honey Crisp Apple Salad with dried cherries and maple syrup vinaigrette, followed by Roasted Turkey Breast with pan gravy and traditional sides including Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Almondine, Sausage and Sage Cornbread Stuffing and Cranberry Relish. For the final course, Perry’s will serve a Pumpkin Pie with Chantilly Cream.


Second Bar + Kitchen – downtown

You can’t go wrong with Second Bar + Kitchen downtown’s signature Thanksgiving Plate.  The annual special is a hearty dish with sage roasted turkey breastgarlic rosemary stuffinggreen bean casserolecranberry, and black pepper gravy, complemented by Turkey Day-exclusive sides, such as buttermilk mashed potatoes and candied yams in a lovely Thanksgiving plate for $26.  Second Bar + Kitchen’s full a la carte menu will also be available to order all from 11am – 8pm.


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Second Bar + Kitchen Domain NORTHSIDE

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Second Bar + Kitchen Domain NORTHSIDE’s Thanksgiving feast from 11am – 7pm, all for $55 per person. Enjoy a mix of buffet and family-style items, such as: Brussels Sprout and Sourdough-Sage Stuffing, Slow Roasted Turkey, and Green Bean and Cucumber Salad Bouquets with pomegranate vinaigretteFinish your meal with an assortment of dessert bites including Apple Brown Butter Tarts and Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake.


The Stagecoach Inn

The newly renovated Stagecoach Inn is worth the trip to Salado for true, Southern hospitality and comfort food. This Thanksgiving, the Inn will feature a buffet feast with traditional dishes and modern twists, such as: Stagecoach Hushpuppies with honey butter, Green Bean Casserole with mushroom gravy and tobacco onions, Roasted Sweet Potatoes with candied pecans and toasted marshmallows, Slow Roasted Turkey Breast, and an assortment of seasonal confections, among other delectable offerings.


Lakeway Resort and Spa

Lakeway Resort invites guests to enjoy Thanksgiving tradition at signature restaurant, T.R. On Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, special brunch and dinner menus will be available for festive feast options overlooking the beautiful Lake Travis.  Brunch will be fffered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with selections including Robbery’s Buttermilk Pancakes with decadent toppings, Oven Roasted Tom Turkey with cranberry sauce and In-House Smoked Angus Brisket with house-made coffee infused BBQ Sauce.  Adults dine for $65 per plate, children ages 6-12 dine for $30 and children ages 3-5 for $15. Brunch is complimentary for children under the age of 2.  Thanksgiving Dinner will be available from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with a special 3-course menu, including Harvest Corn & Fennel ChowderOven Roasted Tom Turkey and In-House Smoked Brisket with sweet temptations of Pumpkin or Bourbon Street Pecan Pie. Dinner reservations can be made for $35 per person.

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