Our annual day of gratitude returns, with the 2021 rendition of Thanksgiving taking place this year on November 25. Gratitude can feel like a challenge when some are still recovering from the devastation wrought by the pandemic. And few industries suffered worse than the food & beverage world, with many Dallas restaurants and bars forced to close.
But others have persevered. Maybe a thoughtful expression of gratitude would be to celebrate the holiday at one of these highly hospitable establishments, ready to serve a holiday meal. (And alternately, if you'd rather get your Thanksgiving dinner to-go, click here for a list.)
Here's where to dine on Thanksgiving:
Bacchus Kitchen + Bar. Restaurant at Hotel Vin in Grapevine has a four-course menu with choices from harvest salad, butternut bisque, turkey, truffle gravy, roulade with sausage stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potato with coconut streusel, and pie flight with apple, pumpkin and pecan pies. Seatings are at 3 pm, 4 pm, and 7 pm. Reservations on the website or OpenTable. 817-251-3040.
Blue Mesa Grill. Thanksgiving brunch features turkey, jalapeño-cranberry relish, SW stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, green beans, cinnamon roasted butternut squash, pies, street taco bar, omelet station, waffles, brisket, red chile salmon, and mimosas. 10 am-3 pm. $28, or $7 for 11 and under. Addison 972-934-0165, Plano 214-387-4407.
Buca di Beppo. turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
Capital Grille. Special holiday meal features turkey, brioche stuffing, green beans with Marcona almonds, cranberry-pear chutney, and mashed potatoes for the table. $43, or $for 12 and under. Regular menu also available. 11 am-9 pm. Reservations online. 214-303-0500, Plano 972-398-2221.
City Hall Bistro. Three-course pre-fixe menu includes choices from butternut squash bisque, pear salad, turkey breast, prime rib, delicata squash, mashed potatoes, green beans almondine, cornbread stuffing, sweet and sour Brussels sprouts, bourbon caramel pecan pie, or pumpkin pie. 12-6:30 pm. $65. 214-651-3686.
City Works Eatery and Pour House Frisco. Choice of one entrée with sides, from Prime Rib ($45) or Turkey ($35) mashed potatoes, asparagus, corn casserole, Brussels sprouts, stuffing, green bean casserole, chipotle maple glazed carrots, au gratin potatoes, and cornbread andouille sausage stuffing. Desserts are $8 and include bourbon pecan pie, brownie sundae, or apple crisp. Kids turkey dinner $15. 12-6 pm. 469-850-1850.
Commons Club. Six-course meal includes leek-potato croquette, sweet potato lollipops with marshmallow fluff, garden greens salad with pumpkin & candied pecans, bourbon-braised pork belly, turkey roulade with cornbread stuffing, and pumpkin pave. $95. 5-10 pm. 469-435-7150.
Davio's. Thanksgiving Day menu prepared by executive chef Brad Albers includes Vermont organic turkey, Yukon gold potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, challah bread herb stuffing. $75, or $23 for 12 and under. Full dinner menu is also available. 11 am-8 pm. Visit www.davios.com/thecolony or call 469-772-4810.
Eddie V's. Steakhouse is serving a special dinner with sliced turkey, French green beans with sun-dried tomatoes, brioche sage stuffing, butternut squash, pan gravy, cranberry chutney, mashed potatoes, and breadbasket. $43 or $15 for 12 and under. 4-10 pm. Reserve online or call 214-890-1500.
Ellie's Restaurant & Lounge. Special a la carte menu includes caviar crème fraiche dip with Kennebec potato crisps, turkey breast with haricots verts & chanterelle mushroom casserole, dark meat stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, gravy, and chocolate pecan pie with bourbon-salted caramel ice cream. 11 am-4 pm. Reserve on Resy. 972-629-0924.
Elm & Good. Special holiday meal featuring turkey with confit leg, Yukon mashed potatoes with sage gravy, pumpkin chowder with pancetta & zipper pea succotash, maple custard-stuffed acorn squash, in addition to regular menu. 11 am-3 pm. Reserve online or call 469-498-2525.
Fearing's Restaurant. Three-course menu includes choices from butternut squash soup, poached prawns, Nantucket Bay scallops, chicken-fried Lockhart quail, tangerine-glazed turkey with tortilla dressing & mashed potatoes, halibut on parsnip puree, beef tenderloin with wild mushroom ragout & fingerling potatoes, lamb osso buco, pumpkin pie, French silk pie, and pecan pie. $135, or $45 for 12 and under. Vegetarian option is $85. Open lunch 11 am-2 pm and dinner 5:30-10 pm.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Three-course menu includes choices from salad, lobster bisque, turkey, filet mignon, Prime bone-in ribeye, and sides to share including mashed potatoes, green beans & onions, cranberry sauce, New York cheesecake, or carrot cake. $50, or $23 for 12 and under. 11 am-8 pm. 972-543-2141.
Fogo de Chao. Special Churrasco experience includes roasted turkey au jus, sweet potato casserole, Brazilian sausage & apple dressing, and cranberry relish. Uptown, Addison, and Plano.
Gorji. 4-course meal includes choices from roasted garlic and Bulgarian feta with pita, chili & yogurt over avocado, baby greens & strawberries, Romaine & kale Caesar, turkey breast, bone in pork chop, langoustine tails with cognac sauce, sea bass & shrimp over cauliflower puree with English peas, beef tenderloin with gnocchi gorgonzola, three-cheese spinach lasagna, flourless chocolate cake, or kefir cheese with sesame wafers. $115. 6-8 pm. 972-503-7080.
Harper's. Featured Thanksgiving item is a turkey tagine with smoked turkey breast, braised thigh, pearl couscous, sourdough stuffing, green beans, roasted butternut squash, crispy sage, cranberry-preserved lemon turkey jus. $42. Normal dinner menu also available. 4-10 pm. 214-998-0013.
Hawthorn Sushi, Seafood & Steak. Special Thanksgiving lunch features deep fried turkey with berry sauce, prime rib, red snapper, sweet potato casserole, and truffled mashed potatoes, plus cocktails and mocktails. 11 am-3 pm. $65 adults, $25 for 12 and under.
Herd & Hearth. Restaurant at the Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa will host a Thanksgiving buffet with salmon, smoked ham, turnips & Brussel sprouts with bacon, pear-smoked provolone salad, turkey breast, and sweet treats. $62, or $50 for seniors, $32 for 12 and under. 11 am-2 pm. 972-668-8941.
Hotel Crescent Court. Brunch buffet with snow crab claws, oysters, prime rib, turkey, potatoes, green bean casserole, pecan pie, kids station, and dessert station. $125, or $60 for 12 & under. 10:30 am-2:30 pm. 214-953-4343.
Kona Grill. Special feast features macadamia nut turkey ($32 adults/$16 kids), traditional roasted turkey ($29 adults/$16 kids), turkey mucho loco ($28), and macadamia nut pie ($15). November 24-28, 11 am-11 pm. Dallas 214-369-7600, Plano 214-945-2500.
LAW at Four Seasons. Five-course brunch includes Thanksgiving classics and LAW brunch favorites such as seafood platter, harvest chicory salad, butternut squash "cappuccino," ham benedict, baked French toast streusel, turkey dinner, rack of lamb, scallops, beef short rib Wellington, and sweet potato tortellini. Seatings from 10 am–2:30 pm. $105, includes two mimosas or Bloody Marys. Dinner including a traditional Thanksgiving plate will be served a la carte from 5-10:30 pm. Reservations at 972-717-2420.
Luckys. Oak Lawn diner has a turkey & dressing platter with turkey, dressing, two side dishes, and cranberry sauce. $15. Closed on Thanksgiving Day but the platter is available through December 31. 214-522-3500.
Macaroni Grill. Three-course menu includes soup or salad, turkey breast, garlic mashed potatoes, sausage & apple stuffing, Brussels sprouts or broccolini, and dessert. $30. 11 am-8 pm.
Meddlesome Moth. Thanksgiving Plate includes sous-vide and fried turkey, brioche-chestnut stuffing, sweet potato puree with curried cashews, bourbon cranberry relish, cornbread muffins with whipped sorghum, and sorghum popcorn. $25. 10 am-3 pm. 214-628-7900.
Monarch. Downtown restaurant is featuring a special black truffle turkey dinner with sage gravy, brioche stuffing with buttered leeks, sweet-potato gnocchi, green beans, and cranberry-orange sauce. $75. Regular menu also served. 2-8 pm. 214-945-2222.
Morton's the Steakhouse. Special dinner features turkey roulade, sage & cranberry stuffing, winter salad, smoked gouda au gratin potatoes, baked corn souffle, creamed spinach, green beans almondine, and pumpkin cheesecake. $59. 5-9 pm. 214-741-2277.
Omni Las Colinas. Thanksgiving buffet will be served on Friday November 26 from 10:30 am–1:30 pm, featuring chilled seafood, breakfast, egg bar, carving station, cured meats, salads, specialty Thanksgiving items, dessert, and a kids' menu. $55, or $29 for 12 and under. 972-556-0800.
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille. Holiday dine-in menu includes choice of butternut squash soup or salad, smoked turkey breast with gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean almondine, sausage & sage dressing, cranberry relish, and Bread. 11 am-5 pm. $45.
Princi Italia. Three-course meal includes butternut squash bisque, Caesar salad, turkey breast plate, and chocolate pecan pie or brûléed pumpkin pie. Dine-in 12-9 pm. $50. Reservations required. For to-go orders, $80 for 2 or $150 for 4; must order by November 25 at 3 pm. Preston Royal 972-739-5959 or Plano 972-378-9463.
Saltgrass Steakhouse. Dine-in meal is a real steal with turkey, dressing, gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, plus choice of salad or soup, for $20. Reserve online. Bedford 817-864-9561, The Colony 469-362-1118, Dallas 972-243-9440, Fort Worth 817-306-7900, Irving 972-373-9944, Grapevine 817-320-1900, Arlington 817-640-3880, Plano 972-781-2202, Plano East 972-422-5276.
Seven Doors. Featured turkey plate with cornbread stuffing, whipped potatoes, gravy, green beans & cranberry sauce, plus regular menu with salmon, ruby trout, gnocchi, herbed prime rib, and filet mignon.11 am-6 pm Price a la carte. 972-410-0406.
Silver Fox. Thanksgiving meal features three entrée choices – turkey, tenderloin, or honey-glazed Atlantic salmon, plus soup or salad, and dessert. 12-8 pm. $56 or $18 for 12 and under. Fort Worth 817-332-9060 or Richardson 972-423-8121.
Spiral Diner. Thanksgiving offerings include their holiday plate designed for one, featuring two slices of house-made roast, green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing, brown gravy, dinner roll, and sweet potato pie. $23. They also have family-size portions of house-made roast, mac & cheese, stuffing, mashed potatoes, broccoli-rice casserole, collard greens, gravy, rolls, plus pecan pie and blueberry pie, $10-26. Order online by November 22, and select your pickup date, time, and location when you check out. Pickup November 23-24.
Stirr. 3-course menu includes starter, main, two sides, and dessert from choices that include poblano corn chowder, fall greens with pecans & blue cheese, Cajun fried turkey, jerked glazed ham, garlic mashed potatoes, candied yams, jalapeno cheddar cornbread stuffing, mushroom green bean casserole, pumpkin cheesecake, peach cobbler, or chocolate bourbon pie. $30. 4-10 pm.
Table 13. 3-course menu begins with choice of lobster bisque or house salad, followed by turkey breast, stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, green beans amandine, gravy, cranberry sauce, and desserts. Some regular menu items will also be available a la carte, including filet mignon and sea bass. Wine pairings also available. $44, or $17 for 12 and under. Reservations required at Table13Addison.com or 972-789-9558.
Texas Spice. Omni Dallas restaurant is doing a lunchtime buffet with a menu that includes turkey, red chile rubbed sirloin or beef, traditional sides, and desserts. 11 am-2 pm. $55, or $29 for 12 and under. 214-979-4529.
III Forks. Special Thanksgiving lunch features three entrée choices: spice-rubbed turkey, beef tenderloin, or maple glazed Atlantic salmon, plus soup or salad and dessert. 11 am-8 pm. $59 adults, or $18 for 12 and under. Reserve online or 972-267-1776.
Truluck's. Special three-course meal includes choice of lobster bisque or salad, turkey with dressing, and pecan pie. $59. Regular menu also available. 11 am-8 pm. Uptown 214-220-2401, Southlake 817-912-0500.
12 Cuts Brazilian Steakhouse. In addition to traditional tableside churrascaria experience, 12 Cuts is featuring a holiday special with bacon-wrapped turkey breast, Thanksgiving salad, side, and dessert. $50. 11 am-10:30 pm. 972-779-7012.
Wits Steakhouse. Special menu includes turkey breast with sage, pumpkin cornbread stuffing, autumn lasagna, maple-glazed duck, plus featured cocktails and mocktails. $75 adults, $30 for 12 and under. 5-10 pm. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 214-712-9700.