Thanksgiving in Metro Phoenix: The Ultimate Dining Out Guide
A three-course meal of Thanksgiving favorites
Don't want to cook this year? Whether you want traditional holiday foods or dishes infused with local flavor, an affordable meal, or an all-out Thanksgiving feast, we've got you covered.
With both white and dark meat turkey, Tanzy's prix-fixe menu covers all the traditional foods: butternut squash soup, garlic mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, green beans with pancetta, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and bread pudding.
$34 per person / $20 children 12 and under 480-483-3255
If you're the type who wants to squeeze in (literally) three or four big plates of food on Thanksgiving, hit up this organic cafe first thing. All natural-brined roasted turkey with Madeira pan gravy, wild mushroom herbed stuffing, and asparagus will be available from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$19 per person 480-585-7978
A buffet filled with Thanksgiving favorites will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at this brand new concept by MOD. Dine inside SunRidge Canyon Golf Club in picturesque Fountain Hills.
$32++ per person / $16 children 12 and under 480-837-5396
Order slow-roasted smoked turkey for pick up. Each 12- to 15-pound bird will serve two to four people, and orders must be placed at least three days in advance.
$45 per turkey / $55 with three sides and gravy 602-995-5982
Save room! Pecan and pumpkin pie will be available in generous portions.
Hotel Valley Ho will host a Thanksgiving Eve party at 5 p.m. on Wednesday and serve à la carte Thanksgiving breakfast from 6 a.m. to noon, featuring Maryland crab hash ($14). Traditional dinner served from noon to 9 p.m. includes butternut squash soup and slow-roasted Red Bird Farms turkey. Pie is an additional $8.
$29 dinner / $12 children 12 and under 480-421-7997
This might be a steakhouse, but you can score turkey, cranberry jelly, mashed potatoes, string beans, pumpkin pie, and more at this Scottsdale restaurant on Thanksgiving. This is Ben & Jack's third location, the first outside NYC.
$69.95+ per person 480-947-7900
Can't wait to get your turkey with all the fixings? From Saturday, November 23, to Wednesday, November 27, you can order chicken-fried turkey with fried yams and cranberry sauce. The restaurant will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
$9 lunch / $13 dinner 602-248-7827
Roast pork will be served alongside slow-cooked turkey at Bink's.
Seconds are encouraged, and with roasted pig, slow-cooked turkey and gravy, mole braised turkey tamales, cornbread stuffing, cranberry chutney, wild rice salad, and more on the menu, guests will happily take Bink's up on that offer. Then try all three desserts: pumpkin roll with cream cheese icing, chocolate pecan pie, and mini apple cobblers.
$50 per person / $18 children 12 and under 602-388-4874
Former Quiessence chef Greg LaPrad invites you to his first Thanksgiving celebration in beautiful Sonoita, where local heritage turkey with sage gravy, wild venison with cocoa demi-glace and fresh cranberry sauce, and a New England seafood bake with fresh lobster, scallops, and crab are on the menu.
$59++ per person / $29 children 12 and under 520-455-9316
On Thanksgiving, the cafe at the Musical Instrument Museum will be open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a duo of Ridge View Farms turkey and housemade gnocchi with squash sauce. Soups of the day are Arizona gala apple, sausage, cheddar, and cranberry and curry sweet potato with toasted pumpkin seed toast.
$12 entrée / $3.99 soup 480-478-6000
Grilled butter cake with caramel sauce is one of four Thanksgiving desserts.
Enjoy the best fine dining in Glendale with a prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu, served from noon to 7 p.m. First course is lamb chop with rosemary goat cheese fondue or pork wing with spicy Asian BBQ sauce, and entrées include turducken as well as traditional turkey with prosciutto, both served with cornbread stuffing and cranberry sauce.
$49.99 per person 623-566-2224
THANKSliving, the annual vegan/vegetarian dining event of the fall season, is back at Green's original Tempe location (with pet-friendly outdoor dining area). The Thanksgiving buffet, served from noon to 4 p.m., will include seitan turkey with vegan giblet gravy, sundried cranberry and toasted walnut stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and gluten-free side dishes featuring fresh veggies.
$28.95 per person ($24.95 advance) / $8.95 children under 12 Tickets available online
Served from 3 to 6 p.m., this four-course dinner features roasted squash salad with quinoa and brie, pan-roasted goose breast, sage-brined turkey, herb-crusted prime roast, and pumpkin pie. The Chandler restaurant will also serve two special kids' menus.
$65++ per person / $12 children under 10 480-883-3773
Lobster & shrimp bisque at The Biltmore
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Four Thanksgiving options are available from The Biltmore, including a take-out menu for 10 with turkey and ham ($195) or prime rib ($245) as the main course. There's also a buffet from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ($112.45 / $55.56) and a three-course dinner at Frank & Albert's from noon to 9 p.m. ($60.62 / $26.42). But the real stunner is the four-course epicurean dining experience at Wright's at The Biltmore. Served from noon to 10 p.m., dinner includes lobster and shrimp bisque with puff pastry, cider-glazed kurobuta pork belly, herb-crusted lamb loin, roasted turkey breast and confit with apricot sage stuffing, and cranberry-ginger roulade. Reservations required.
$95++ per person 602-381-7632
This Thanksgiving menu is infused with local flavors like many squash soup with spicy pepitas, vanilla poached pear salad with desert herb goat cheese, roasted free range turkey with chorizo green chili cornbread stuffing, and Sonoran spiced and smoked Black Angus filet. The four-course menu is available from 1:30 to 8 p.m.
$75 per person / $29 children ages 6 to 12 480-488-7317
Get a taste of Southern deep-fried turkey at Hole-in-the-Wall, where a family dinner will be served from noon to 10 p.m. Other items include smoked prime rib, prickly pear-glazed ham, green bean casserole, and more. Rico's American Grill will have a buffet with an even greater selection: maple-glazed turkey, pineapple-glazed ham, beer-brined chicken, spice-rubbed pork shoulder, pastas, vegetables, desserts, and more. Kids 3 and under eat free. Or grab a to-go meal including the deep-fried turkey for $150++ (serves 8 to 10).
$39 to $49 per person / $13 to $19 children under 10 602-997-5850 & 602-866-6350
Grilled shrimp is one of many dishes you can expect at this Thanksgiving buffet.
A full-on brunch feast including seafood, sushi, antipasto plates, salad, pasta, tacos, carved meats, chargrilled filets, breakfast dishes, pies, cheeses, and a chocolate fountain will be served at Camelback Inn from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$79 per person / $25 children under 12 480-948-1700
Chef Jacques Qualin will serve a French cuisine-infused Thanksgiving menu from 5 to 10 p.m. The three courses are butternut squash soup with ginger and pumpkin seeds, roasted turkey with mushroom chestnut stuffing and caramelized Brussels sprouts, and kobucha pumpkin cheesecake with honey ice cream and ginger sauce.
$50 per person 480-214-8000
The restaurant at Scottsdale's FireSky will serve a prix-fixe Italian dinner with options such as butternut squash bisque with amaretti, herb-garlic roasted turkey breast with cornbread confit turkey ley stuffing and more fixings, risotto with smoked ham and portobellos, and crostada di zucca (pumpkin mousse tart, salted caramel, toffee peanuts).
$37++ three-course dinner 480-424-6095
Dine in for breakfast or dinner at Stonegrill, Meritage Steakhouse, or Tuscany. But for a memorable gourmet meal at home, order Meritage's herb-roasted turkey and honey-cured ham with bourbon maple glaze to go. It comes with all the trimmings, including candied yams and green bean casserole with fried onions. Call by noon on Friday, November 22.
$139 to serve two to four / $229 to serve six to eight 480-293-3681
Indulge in tarts and pies whether you go for brunch or dinner.
Brunch and dinner will be available on Thanksgiving Day. Served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., an extensive buffet includes Belgian waffles, an eggs Benedict station with toppings like smoked salmon and ancho-chile hollandaise, roasted beet salad, and decadent desserts and pastries. Dinner features fall squash salad, herb goat cheese salad, farm-raised roasted turkey, cranberry compote, and glazed sweet potatoes. Kids 4 and under eat free.
$28 to $29 per person / $14 to $14.50 children ages 5 to 12 602-429-3600
Kick off the long weekend in vintage style with all-night happy hour, a live band on the patio, and specialty cocktails like Painkiller, Hawaii 5-0, and the shareable Volcano Bowl. By heading here on Wednesday night, you can claim some of Thanksgiving for yourself before spending time with the fam.
Appetizers $3 to $5 / Cocktails $5 to $15 480-483-3255
There are two dining options at this iconic Phoenix location. The Red Zone is a family-style meal for football fans. At 2 p.m., dinner will be served in the Garden Room with plenty of large flat-screen TVs so you don't have to miss the game. For a football-free brunch, enjoy a buffet selection of over 50 items, including roasted and grilled meats, traditional sides, desserts, and complimentary sparkling wine and mimosas with seatings at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Kids under 5 years old eat free.
$50++ per person Red Zone (six person minimum) $75++ per person buffet / $37.50 children ages 6 to 12 602-955-4079
From noon to 8 p.m., this contemporary restaurant in downtown Phoenix will have a Thanksgiving selection including roasted turkey and giblet gravy, maple brown sugar glazed ham, cornbread Andouille stuffing, green bean casserole, Yukon smashed potatoes, herb butter pull-apart rolls, and much more. Lookout for desserts like AZ date sticky toffee pudding and huckleberry gingerbread. Kids 3 and under eat free, and 3-hour parking is included.
$34 per person / $17 children ages 4 to 12 602-817-5400
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