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The Thanksgiving turkey plate from Summer House on Music Lane.
The Thanksgiving turkey plate from Summer House on Music Lane.
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Where to Eat on Thanksgiving Day in Austin, 2021

Turkey and stuffing and so many pies

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The Thanksgiving turkey plate from Summer House on Music Lane.
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Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and a very long to-do list. For those looking to avoid the fuss (including multiple trips to the grocery store, cooking, cleaning, organizing, and getting the gravy just right) and support local restaurants, this is your guide to the best bets for Thanksgiving brunch and dinner in Austin, which occupies the ancestral lands of the Coahuiltecan, Comanche, Jumanos, Tonkawa, and Lipan Apache.

From a buffet complete with carving stations at Second Bar + Kitchen to comforting meals from Hoover’s Cooking, these offerings are available on Thursday, November 25. Tip: Make reservations soon because these restaurants will book up very fast.

For those looking to host Thanksgiving at home, Austin restaurants are offering holiday preorders for food/meals and pies.

As with all businesses, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Wear a mask and tip well.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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1. Second Bar + Kitchen

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3121 Palm Way
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 836-5700
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The New American restaurant inside of the Archer Hotel is offering two Thanksgiving meal experiences for the holiday. There’s the buffet found on the second floor with hot and cold stations (smoked salmon deviled eggs, potato and black truffle chowder, smoked ham and bacon macaroni), carving stations with slow-roasted citrus-spiced turkey and braised beef short rib pot roast, family-style dishes, hot apple cider with cinnamon doughnuts, and cash bars with beers, wines, and cocktails. It’s $75 for adults, $24 for kids between the ages of six and 12, and free for children five years old and younger; reservations are required from noon to 6 p.m.

Then the restaurant proper will offer Thanksgiving specials alongside its regular menu. These include that same turkey, mac and cheese casserole, brown butter sweet potatoes, and a pumpkin pie cheesecake. Reservations are available.

Takeout is available too.

Second Bar + Kitchen at the Domain.
Second Bar + Kitchen at the Domain.
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2. Hyde Park Bar & Grill

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4206 Duval St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 458-3168
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Both locations of the American restaurant (the other down in Westgate) are serving Thanksgiving meals this season. The menu includes oven-roasted turkey breasts paired with herbed cornbread stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, and more (there’s a vegetarian version too) and desserts (pumpkin pie, pecan pie, peach pudding). Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Takeout is available too.

3. Hopfields

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3110 Guadalupe St #400
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 537-0467
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The Heritage gastropub is open for Thanksgiving dinner. Along with its usual menu, the restaurant will offer a $44 Thanksgiving plate full of porchetta, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, and huckleberries. It’ll be available for dine-in service from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (the restaurant remains open until midnight.

4. Haymaker

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2310 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 243-6702
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The Cherrywood bar is offering a Thanksgiving plate for the holiday, as well as drink specials. It’s open from 11 a.m. to midnight.

5. Hoover's Cooking

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2002 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 479-5006
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The Cherrywood Southern restaurant knows comfort food well, so it makes sense that it will dish out Thanksgiving meals from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meals come with one entree (turkey to jerk chicken to vegetables with grilled portabello mushrooms and acorn squash), two sides (candied yams, black-eyed peas, buttered carrots), plus all sorts of dressings, sauces, and bread. It's $22 for adults, and the kids' turkey place for children 12 years old and younger is $9.95.

Takeout is available too.

6. Goodall's Kitchen & Bar

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1900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 495-1800
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The restaurant at the classically beautiful Hotel Ella in the campus area is offering family-style meals for Thanksgiving from noon to 7 p.m. On the menu are roasted turkey, candied ham, challah stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and desserts like miniature pumpkin-pecan pies. Reservations are required, it’s $75 for adults, and $25 for children 12 years old and younger.

Takeout is available too.

7. 24 Diner

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600 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-5400
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The no-longer-all-hours diner will be open for dine-in Thanksgiving service with a plated dinner. The meal comes with roasted turkey, gravy, cranberry relish, a roll, and three sides ranging from cornbread dressing to whipped potatoes to mac and cheese. It’s $32 available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

8. Trace

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200 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 542-3660
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The chic restaurant in the W Hotel is offering prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., for $72 per person. The three-course meals include a starter (like butternut squash soup or orecchiette pasta), main (apple cider-glazed turkey, smoked prime rib, or grilled pastrami spiced salmon), and desserts. Seatings are available at noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m.; reservations are recommended.

9. Sixth and Waller

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1108 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(737) 205-8916
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The East Austin Hotel restaurant is offering a choose-your-own-entree Thanksgiving plate all day long. The $40 meal comes with herb-roasted turkey, prime rib, or vegan stuffed acorn squash, alongside all sorts of sides and a caramel pumpkin cheesecake. There are also $10 caramel hot toddies available. Plates are bookable online, it’s available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10. Foxy's Proper Pub

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201 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 501-6713
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The newer downtown Austin Irish pub is offering an easy Thanksgiving option this holiday with a $10 buffet dinner. There will be turkey plates as well as $3 turkey gravy boats made with Wild Turkey bourbon. It’s available from 3 to 10 p.m.

Thanksgiving dishes from Foxy’s
Thanksgiving dishes from Foxy’s
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11. Arlo Grey

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111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-2991
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In addition to its normal menu, chef Kristen Kish’s hotel restaurant is offering a Thanksgiving supplement from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. There are three a la carte dishes on the menu: a roasted honey-glazed duck with porridge, persimmons, and baby turnips; acorn squash with mushroom custard, and an apple tart. Reservations are available online.

12. Carpenters Hall

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400 Josephine St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 675-5020
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The Zilker hotel restaurant is putting together a dine-in Thanksgiving plate all day for the holiday. It includes roasted turkey breast and confit dark meat, gravy, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce. It’s available for brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then again for dinner from 3 to 8 p.m.

A place with sliced turkey breast, a pile of mashed potatoes, and green beans covered in a dark sauce.
The Thanksgiving plate at Carpenters Hall.
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13. Summer House on Music Lane

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1101 Music Ln
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-5341
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The Travis Heights hotel restaurant within the Hotel Magdalena is open for Thanksgiving lunch and dinner. The three-course prix fixe menu includes cornbread with pimento butter, an appetizer (butternut squash soup or carrot salad), an entree (the smoked turkey plate or prime rib), and dessert (pumpkin pie or apple crisp). Seated reservations are available from 11 a.m. to the evening. Reservations are recommended.

14. Black Sheep Lodge

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2108 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 707-2744
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The South Lamar bar is baking up turkey pot pie available all day for dine-in service. Hours are from 11 a.m. to midnight.

15. Café No Sé

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1603 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 942-2061
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Another Travis Heights hotel restaurant, this time, the American-with-a-California-bent cafe within the South Congress Hotel, is offering Thanksgiving specials during the day. This includes brunch-time biscuits and turkey sawmill gravy, and tamales with roasted turkey or pumpkin for dinner. Reservations are recommended.

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1. Second Bar + Kitchen

3121 Palm Way, Austin, TX 78758
Second Bar + Kitchen at the Domain.
Second Bar + Kitchen at the Domain.
Courtney Pierce/Eater Austin

The New American restaurant inside of the Archer Hotel is offering two Thanksgiving meal experiences for the holiday. There’s the buffet found on the second floor with hot and cold stations (smoked salmon deviled eggs, potato and black truffle chowder, smoked ham and bacon macaroni), carving stations with slow-roasted citrus-spiced turkey and braised beef short rib pot roast, family-style dishes, hot apple cider with cinnamon doughnuts, and cash bars with beers, wines, and cocktails. It’s $75 for adults, $24 for kids between the ages of six and 12, and free for children five years old and younger; reservations are required from noon to 6 p.m.

Then the restaurant proper will offer Thanksgiving specials alongside its regular menu. These include that same turkey, mac and cheese casserole, brown butter sweet potatoes, and a pumpkin pie cheesecake. Reservations are available.

Takeout is available too.

3121 Palm Way
Austin, TX 78758

2. Hyde Park Bar & Grill

4206 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751

Both locations of the American restaurant (the other down in Westgate) are serving Thanksgiving meals this season. The menu includes oven-roasted turkey breasts paired with herbed cornbread stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, and more (there’s a vegetarian version too) and desserts (pumpkin pie, pecan pie, peach pudding). Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Takeout is available too.

4206 Duval St
Austin, TX 78751

3. Hopfields

3110 Guadalupe St #400, Austin, TX 78705

The Heritage gastropub is open for Thanksgiving dinner. Along with its usual menu, the restaurant will offer a $44 Thanksgiving plate full of porchetta, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, and huckleberries. It’ll be available for dine-in service from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (the restaurant remains open until midnight.

3110 Guadalupe St #400
Austin, TX 78705

4. Haymaker

2310 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

The Cherrywood bar is offering a Thanksgiving plate for the holiday, as well as drink specials. It’s open from 11 a.m. to midnight.

2310 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

5. Hoover's Cooking

2002 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

The Cherrywood Southern restaurant knows comfort food well, so it makes sense that it will dish out Thanksgiving meals from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meals come with one entree (turkey to jerk chicken to vegetables with grilled portabello mushrooms and acorn squash), two sides (candied yams, black-eyed peas, buttered carrots), plus all sorts of dressings, sauces, and bread. It's $22 for adults, and the kids' turkey place for children 12 years old and younger is $9.95.

Takeout is available too.

2002 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

6. Goodall's Kitchen & Bar

1900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705

The restaurant at the classically beautiful Hotel Ella in the campus area is offering family-style meals for Thanksgiving from noon to 7 p.m. On the menu are roasted turkey, candied ham, challah stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and desserts like miniature pumpkin-pecan pies. Reservations are required, it’s $75 for adults, and $25 for children 12 years old and younger.

Takeout is available too.

1900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705

7. 24 Diner

600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

The no-longer-all-hours diner will be open for dine-in Thanksgiving service with a plated dinner. The meal comes with roasted turkey, gravy, cranberry relish, a roll, and three sides ranging from cornbread dressing to whipped potatoes to mac and cheese. It’s $32 available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

600 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

8. Trace

200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

The chic restaurant in the W Hotel is offering prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., for $72 per person. The three-course meals include a starter (like butternut squash soup or orecchiette pasta), main (apple cider-glazed turkey, smoked prime rib, or grilled pastrami spiced salmon), and desserts. Seatings are available at noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m.; reservations are recommended.

200 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701

9. Sixth and Waller

1108 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

The East Austin Hotel restaurant is offering a choose-your-own-entree Thanksgiving plate all day long. The $40 meal comes with herb-roasted turkey, prime rib, or vegan stuffed acorn squash, alongside all sorts of sides and a caramel pumpkin cheesecake. There are also $10 caramel hot toddies available. Plates are bookable online, it’s available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1108 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Foxy's Proper Pub

201 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
Thanksgiving dishes from Foxy’s
Thanksgiving dishes from Foxy’s
Foxy’s/Facebook

The newer downtown Austin Irish pub is offering an easy Thanksgiving option this holiday with a $10 buffet dinner. There will be turkey plates as well as $3 turkey gravy boats made with Wild Turkey bourbon. It’s available from 3 to 10 p.m.

201 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

11. Arlo Grey

111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

In addition to its normal menu, chef Kristen Kish’s hotel restaurant is offering a Thanksgiving supplement from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. There are three a la carte dishes on the menu: a roasted honey-glazed duck with porridge, persimmons, and baby turnips; acorn squash with mushroom custard, and an apple tart. Reservations are available online.

111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701

12. Carpenters Hall

400 Josephine St, Austin, TX 78704
A place with sliced turkey breast, a pile of mashed potatoes, and green beans covered in a dark sauce.
The Thanksgiving plate at Carpenters Hall.
Kelly DeWitt

The Zilker hotel restaurant is putting together a dine-in Thanksgiving plate all day for the holiday. It includes roasted turkey breast and confit dark meat, gravy, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce. It’s available for brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then again for dinner from 3 to 8 p.m.

400 Josephine St
Austin, TX 78704

13. Summer House on Music Lane

1101 Music Ln, Austin, TX 78704

The Travis Heights hotel restaurant within the Hotel Magdalena is open for Thanksgiving lunch and dinner. The three-course prix fixe menu includes cornbread with pimento butter, an appetizer (butternut squash soup or carrot salad), an entree (the smoked turkey plate or prime rib), and dessert (pumpkin pie or apple crisp). Seated reservations are available from 11 a.m. to the evening. Reservations are recommended.

1101 Music Ln
Austin, TX 78704

14. Black Sheep Lodge

2108 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

The South Lamar bar is baking up turkey pot pie available all day for dine-in service. Hours are from 11 a.m. to midnight.

2108 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

15. Café No Sé

1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Another Travis Heights hotel restaurant, this time, the American-with-a-California-bent cafe within the South Congress Hotel, is offering Thanksgiving specials during the day. This includes brunch-time biscuits and turkey sawmill gravy, and tamales with roasted turkey or pumpkin for dinner. Reservations are recommended.

1603 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

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