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The turkey plate for Thanksgiving from Truluck’s.
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Where to Eat on Thanksgiving Day in Austin, 2023

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The turkey plate for Thanksgiving from Truluck’s.
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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, Jumano, Tonkawa, and Lipan Apache tribes.

These offerings are available on Thursday, November 23. 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.

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AKB [Austin]

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The newer Domain Northside hotel restaurant will offer a brunch for its first Thanksgiving. There will be a prix fixe and a la carte menus with items like roasted butternut squash soup, slow-roasted sous vide turkey with stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Brunch begins at 7 a.m., with a lunch menu starting at 11 a.m., and dinner from 3 to 8 p.m. There are indoor dine-in services.

The Greek restaurant is open on Thanksgiving, serving traditional plate with cornbread, turkey, mashed potatoes, garlic parmesan carrots, Greek salad, and pumpkin pie. The prix-fixe is $65, reserve online.

Hyde Park Bar & Grill

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The Hyde Park American restaurant is serving its usual Thanksgiving meal again this season. Expect the usual menu, including oven-roasted turkey breasts paired with herbed cornbread stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, and more (there should be a vegetarian version too) and desserts (with pies). Hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Hotel Viata

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The Westlake hotel has a Thanksgiving buffet brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dishes include smoked turkey, ham, and many desserts. It’s $95 for adults and $50 for children (children under 5 are free). Reserve online.

Kerbey Lane Cafe [Mueller]

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Select Kerbey Lane locations will be open until 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, offering a Thanksgiving plate for $17.99 as well as their regular menu. The plate includes turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, broccoli, and rolls.

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa

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The hotel’s Blind Salamander restaurant is hosting a Thanksgiving buffet for the holiday. Items include a raw seafood bar, avocado toast and charcuterie bars, a la carte dishes, and lots of desserts. It’s $125 for adults and $35 for children between the ages of six and 12, and free for children five years old and younger. Booking are available from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Book reservations online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Hoover's Cooking

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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 4 p.m. Meals come with one entree (turkey to jerk chicken to vegetables with grilled portobello mushrooms and acorn squash), two sides (candied yams, mashed potatoes, green beans), plus all sorts of dressings, sauces, and bread. It’s $24 for adults, and the kids’ turkey place for children 12 years old and younger is $12. There are indoor dine-in services.

Acre 41 Restaurant

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The campus-adjacent hotel restaurant has Thanksgiving lunch available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The $65 menu includes turkey breast ballotine with dark meat confit, sage stuffing, cranberry sauce, baby carrots, potato puree, jalapeno mac and cheese, and an apple tart. Reserve online.

The Carillon

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The campus finer-dining restaurant is offering Thanksgiving brunch buffet this year. The lengthly menu include breakfast, seafood, charcuterie, a carving station, desserts, and a dedicated kids buffet. It’s $85 for adults and $35 for children. It’s available from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations can be made over the phone or emailing thecarillon@attconf.utexas.edu; there are indoor dine-in services.

Luminaire

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The downtown hotel from San Antonio chef Steve McHugh is hosting its first Thanksgiving meal this year. The three-course meal includes dishes like a turkey plate with smoked parsnips and a squash casserole, and olive oil tres leches cake. It’s $55 and available during the restaurant’s opening hours. It’ll be available from Thursday, November 23 through Saturday, November 25. Reservations can be booked online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

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The steakhouse chain with two Austin-area locations (the other up in the Domain Northside) are offering Thanksgiving meals. The $49 meal includes an appetizer (such as butternut squash soup or apple salad), the smoked turkey breast entree with gravy, plus sides like mashed potatoes, sausage and sage dressing, and more. Pumpkin cheesecake is available as an add-on for $9. It’s available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services. Reservations are recommended. Find similar dine-in meal options at Perry’s Austin-based grill spin-off Carve with also two locations (Barton Creek, near Rosedale).

Wax Myrtle's

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The downtown Austin hotel restaurant will offer a prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving. Dish options include masa gnocchi, roasted turkey, potato-green been gratin, and spiced pumpkin cakes. It’s $70 with an optional $60 wine pairing. Seatings are available between 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations should be booked online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Diner Bar Austin

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The Southern downtown hotel restaurant from chef Mashama Bailey is offering a prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving this year. The $85 four-course meal will come with a la carte suggested wines. Reservations have to be booked online with seatings from 1 to 6 p.m.; there are indoor dine-in services.

Truluck's

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Both Austin-area locations seafood chain restaurants (the other up in the Arboretum) are offering a three-course meal for Thanksgiving, centered on turkey. Other course options include lobster bisque, creamed spinach, vegan bolognese, pumpkin spice mousse cheesecake, and pies. It’s $59 for adults, $29 for children the age of 12 years old and younger. Its hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. downtown, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Arboretum. Reservations are recommended’ there are indoor dine-in services.

The rooftop restaurant at the Loren will have a family-style meal for $89 per person from noon to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. The meal includes chestnut soup, Brussels sprouts, turkey, rolls, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and pumpkin panna cotta. Its regular menu will not be available. Reserve online.

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The holiday meal at Nido
Nido

Moonshine Grill

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Both locations of the Southern restaurant — this in downtown Austin and the other in Avery Ranch — will be hosting Thanksgiving brunch. The menu isn’t available yet, but it’ll be $38 for each person, available from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Book reservations over the phone; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Carpenters Hall

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The hotel restaurant will offer a three-course prix fixe menu of butternut squash bisque; roasted turkey with green beans, stuffing, gravy, and potato parsnip puree; and pumpkin pie or holiday sorbet. The prix fixe is $65 per person with optional $30 wine pairings, and there is an a la carte menu as well. Reserve online.

Fairmont Austin

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The downtown hotel is hosting a Thanksgiving buffet for the holiday in its seventh floor ballroom. The food lineup includes smoked prime rib and desserts/ It’s $130 for adults, $45 for children between the ages of five and 12, and free for kids younger than that. There are multiple seatings available between 2 to 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended; there are indoor dine-in services.

TLC Austin

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The Southern restaurant in the Lamar Union is serving a Thanksgiving meal from noon to 8 p.m. for $38. It comes with turkey, andouille cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, cranberry sauce, gravy, and pecan pie.

A Thanksgiving spread with turkey on a plate surrounded by side dishes in aluminum tins
A Thanksgiving spread from TLC
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Mattie's

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The Thanksgiving brunch at the Green Pastures restaurant is legendary for good reason. The buffet is $93 for adults, $33 for children between the ages of six to 12, and free for children under the age of five years old. Reservations have to be booked online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

AKB [Austin]

The newer Domain Northside hotel restaurant will offer a brunch for its first Thanksgiving. There will be a prix fixe and a la carte menus with items like roasted butternut squash soup, slow-roasted sous vide turkey with stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Brunch begins at 7 a.m., with a lunch menu starting at 11 a.m., and dinner from 3 to 8 p.m. There are indoor dine-in services.

Yamas

The Greek restaurant is open on Thanksgiving, serving traditional plate with cornbread, turkey, mashed potatoes, garlic parmesan carrots, Greek salad, and pumpkin pie. The prix-fixe is $65, reserve online.

Hyde Park Bar & Grill

The Hyde Park American restaurant is serving its usual Thanksgiving meal again this season. Expect the usual menu, including oven-roasted turkey breasts paired with herbed cornbread stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, and more (there should be a vegetarian version too) and desserts (with pies). Hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Hotel Viata

The Westlake hotel has a Thanksgiving buffet brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dishes include smoked turkey, ham, and many desserts. It’s $95 for adults and $50 for children (children under 5 are free). Reserve online.

Kerbey Lane Cafe [Mueller]

Select Kerbey Lane locations will be open until 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, offering a Thanksgiving plate for $17.99 as well as their regular menu. The plate includes turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, broccoli, and rolls.

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa

The hotel’s Blind Salamander restaurant is hosting a Thanksgiving buffet for the holiday. Items include a raw seafood bar, avocado toast and charcuterie bars, a la carte dishes, and lots of desserts. It’s $125 for adults and $35 for children between the ages of six and 12, and free for children five years old and younger. Booking are available from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Book reservations online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Hoover's Cooking

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 4 p.m. Meals come with one entree (turkey to jerk chicken to vegetables with grilled portobello mushrooms and acorn squash), two sides (candied yams, mashed potatoes, green beans), plus all sorts of dressings, sauces, and bread. It’s $24 for adults, and the kids’ turkey place for children 12 years old and younger is $12. There are indoor dine-in services.

Acre 41 Restaurant

The campus-adjacent hotel restaurant has Thanksgiving lunch available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The $65 menu includes turkey breast ballotine with dark meat confit, sage stuffing, cranberry sauce, baby carrots, potato puree, jalapeno mac and cheese, and an apple tart. Reserve online.

The Carillon

The campus finer-dining restaurant is offering Thanksgiving brunch buffet this year. The lengthly menu include breakfast, seafood, charcuterie, a carving station, desserts, and a dedicated kids buffet. It’s $85 for adults and $35 for children. It’s available from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations can be made over the phone or emailing thecarillon@attconf.utexas.edu; there are indoor dine-in services.

Luminaire

The downtown hotel from San Antonio chef Steve McHugh is hosting its first Thanksgiving meal this year. The three-course meal includes dishes like a turkey plate with smoked parsnips and a squash casserole, and olive oil tres leches cake. It’s $55 and available during the restaurant’s opening hours. It’ll be available from Thursday, November 23 through Saturday, November 25. Reservations can be booked online; there are indoor dine-in services.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

The steakhouse chain with two Austin-area locations (the other up in the Domain Northside) are offering Thanksgiving meals. The $49 meal includes an appetizer (such as butternut squash soup or apple salad), the smoked turkey breast entree with gravy, plus sides like mashed potatoes, sausage and sage dressing, and more. Pumpkin cheesecake is available as an add-on for $9. It’s available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services. Reservations are recommended. Find similar dine-in meal options at Perry’s Austin-based grill spin-off Carve with also two locations (Barton Creek, near Rosedale).

Wax Myrtle's

The downtown Austin hotel restaurant will offer a prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving. Dish options include masa gnocchi, roasted turkey, potato-green been gratin, and spiced pumpkin cakes. It’s $70 with an optional $60 wine pairing. Seatings are available between 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations should be booked online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Diner Bar Austin

The Southern downtown hotel restaurant from chef Mashama Bailey is offering a prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving this year. The $85 four-course meal will come with a la carte suggested wines. Reservations have to be booked online with seatings from 1 to 6 p.m.; there are indoor dine-in services.

Truluck's

Both Austin-area locations seafood chain restaurants (the other up in the Arboretum) are offering a three-course meal for Thanksgiving, centered on turkey. Other course options include lobster bisque, creamed spinach, vegan bolognese, pumpkin spice mousse cheesecake, and pies. It’s $59 for adults, $29 for children the age of 12 years old and younger. Its hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. downtown, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Arboretum. Reservations are recommended’ there are indoor dine-in services.

Nido

The rooftop restaurant at the Loren will have a family-style meal for $89 per person from noon to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. The meal includes chestnut soup, Brussels sprouts, turkey, rolls, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and pumpkin panna cotta. Its regular menu will not be available. Reserve online.

A turkey surrounded by other Thanksgiving dishes on a wooden table with hands carving the turkey
The holiday meal at Nido
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Moonshine Grill

Both locations of the Southern restaurant — this in downtown Austin and the other in Avery Ranch — will be hosting Thanksgiving brunch. The menu isn’t available yet, but it’ll be $38 for each person, available from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Book reservations over the phone; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Carpenters Hall

The hotel restaurant will offer a three-course prix fixe menu of butternut squash bisque; roasted turkey with green beans, stuffing, gravy, and potato parsnip puree; and pumpkin pie or holiday sorbet. The prix fixe is $65 per person with optional $30 wine pairings, and there is an a la carte menu as well. Reserve online.

Fairmont Austin

The downtown hotel is hosting a Thanksgiving buffet for the holiday in its seventh floor ballroom. The food lineup includes smoked prime rib and desserts/ It’s $130 for adults, $45 for children between the ages of five and 12, and free for kids younger than that. There are multiple seatings available between 2 to 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended; there are indoor dine-in services.

TLC Austin

The Southern restaurant in the Lamar Union is serving a Thanksgiving meal from noon to 8 p.m. for $38. It comes with turkey, andouille cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, cranberry sauce, gravy, and pecan pie.

A Thanksgiving spread with turkey on a plate surrounded by side dishes in aluminum tins
A Thanksgiving spread from TLC
TLC

Mattie's

The Thanksgiving brunch at the Green Pastures restaurant is legendary for good reason. The buffet is $93 for adults, $33 for children between the ages of six to 12, and free for children under the age of five years old. Reservations have to be booked online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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