Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Houston

Leave the cooking to the experts this year
November 18, 2014
by Marcy de Luna

Leave the cooking to the experts and head to the eight restaurants below for a Thanksgiving day feast without all the hassle.

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar

The Montrose neighborhood bistro will host a three-course spread with stellar starters like lobster bisque and jumbo lump crab and mascarpone risotto, plus a range of entrees from land and sea (herb-roasted turkey, seared wild salmon). Choose from a trio of desserts (pumpkin cheesecake, bread pudding or chocolate pecan pie) and add a boozy kick to the celebration with optional wine pairings.
Price: $65 per adult; $95 with optional wine pairings; $25 per child
Hours: 10 AM-9 PM

Amalfi Ristorante

This homey new Tanglewood-area eatery from chef and owner Giancarlo Ferrara will present a four-course Italian blowout. While there’s plenty of pasta (lasagna with roasted Texas quail; paccheri stuffed with ricotta and roasted sweet potatoes), you'll also find a mix of more traditional fare on the menu, such as turkey breast stuffed with Italian chestnuts, sausage and vegetables and sides of green beans, mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts. For dessert, options include chocolate meringue pie or a pecan tart, served à la mode.
Price: $50 per adult; $24 per child (six-12 years); free for children five and under
Hours: 10 AM-4 PM

Amalfi Ristorante

The Palm

Classics are the focus of the prix fixe dinner at this upscale steakhouse. Along with turkey and classic sides (stuffing, whipped sweet potatoes), the lavish meal comes with a starter (lobster bisque, baby arugula salad or roasted butternut squash soup) and dessert (chocolate pecan or pumpkin pie).
Price: $55 per person and $24 per child (under 12)
Hours: Noon-9 PM

Brennan's Houston

Celebrate at this cozy Midtown eatery with a three-course of Southern-accented specialties. Guests will have the choice of one starter, one entree and one dessert, served with an amuse bouche of smoked Texas redfish rillette (similar to pâté) and caviar. Expect traditional holiday classics with a down-home twist such as Texas Creole roasted turkey, filet mignon Tchoupitoulas and cinnamon-spiced pumpkin pie. Get into the spirit with the Gobble, Gobble cocktail ($11), a mix of vodka, ginger liqueur, pumpkin and heavy cream.
Price: $60 per person; reservations required
Hours: 11 AM-7 PM

Kiran's Restaurant and Bar

Load up on Tandoori turkey and other Indian-fusion fare at this posh Galleria restaurant. The Thanksgiving Day deal features an all-you-can-eat buffet with a salad bar and roster of desserts. We recommend the slow-braised Colorado lamb shank, apricot and cranberry biryani, macaroni au gratin and carrot cake with ginger cream cheese icing.
Price: $55 per person and $25 for kids under 12
Hours: 11 AM-3 PM

Kiran's Restaurant and Bar

Churrascos and Americas

Spend the holiday at either restaurant from the Cordua Group, where they're plating up South American spins on customary specials. Along with aji pepper-rubbed turkey and a poblano-studded sweet potato gratin, expect pumpkin to pop up in in two creative forms: stuffed inside an empanada with chorizo and in a spiced tres leches cake.
Price: Americas: $49.95 per person; $15.95 (six-12 years); children under five eat free. Churrascos: $39.95 per person; $15.95 (six-12 years)
Hours: 9 AM-3 PM

Bistro Provence

Feast French-style at this quaint Memorial gem, which will bring a three-course menu to the table on turkey day. Diners will have a choice of butternut squash soup or salad; fish, beef or fowl (a roulade of turkey breast); and either pumpkin pie or chocolate and cinnamon bread pudding for dessert.
Price: $19, $24 or $25 per person (depending on the main course selected); reservations and a deposit required
Hours: 11 AM-2:30 PM

bistro provence
the palm
brennan's houston
amalfi ristorante
kiran's restaurant and bar
mockingbird bistro wine bar