It used to be that if you were hungry on Thanksgiving Day and didn't want to cook, your options outside of Waffle House and Whataburger were scant. Not so anymore — the list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving is just about as long as the list of places that still close for the holiday. Whether you're looking for a traditional feast with all the trimmings or just a fried oyster po' boy, you have a ton of options, many of which you'll probably want to reserve in advance. There are even a couple of free meals in the mix. Here's a rundown of Dallas restaurants happy to feed you on Turkey Day:
- From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, new Uptown restaurant Circo will host a three-course prix fixe dinner. Reservations are required and the prix fixe menu costs $95 per person. To make reservations: 469-440-8843 or email VIP@CircoTX.com.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day with a special three-course dinner in addition to its full dinner menu. The Thanksgiving dinner includes options like butternut squash soup, roasted turkey with traditional sides and pumpkin pie with Chantilly cream. Kids plates are available for $15. Make a reservation at PerrysSteakhouse.com.
Perle on Maple, the new French-inspired restaurant and bar at the Stoneleigh, is serving a Thanksgiving feast from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with dishes like brown butter bourbon-glazed yams, roasted turkey and pumpkin cheese cake. The menu is available as a three-course prix fixe menu for $49.95 ($75 with paired wines) or à la carte.
- From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving, The Statler is teaming up with nonprofit organization Operation Forever Free to host a free Thanksgiving feast for active first responders and civil servants, retired veterans and their immediate families. Reservations are requested and you must show proof of credentials at the door.
- For the 30th consecutive year, Norma's Cafe in Oak Cliff is hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. from 1 p.m. "Guests taking part in the free Thanksgiving dinner will be served a feast of holiday favorites, including turkey and dressing with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, English peas, salad, rolls, fruit and dessert," according to a press release. "The free meal will be available only at the original Norma’s Cafe Oak Cliff location on 1123 W. Davis Street in Dallas."
- Speaking of free Thanksgiving meals, for the fifth year in a row, the Slow Bone is hosting Freebird, an annual free Thanksgiving meal for anyone who needs it. Stop by between noon and 4 p.m.
- In the Arts District, Savor Gastropub will serve a four-course, prix-fixe ($58/person) menu on Thanksgiving day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and kids 12 and under eat free. After 6 p.m., Savor will switch to a late-night menu. Dishes on the Thanksgiving menu include roast turkey, pan-seared salmon, heritage pork rib eye and traditional sides. Call 214-306-5597 to make reservations.
Fearing's is serving up dishes like chef Dean Fearing's signature tangerine-glazed turkey with tortilla dressing as part of a three-course Thanksgiving meal offered during both lunch (10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) and dinner (5:30-9 p.m.) hours on Thanksgiving. The prix fixe meal costs $125 for adults and $35 for children 12 and under, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. To reserve: 214-922-4848.
Moxie’s Grill & Bar in Plano will be open regular hours on Thanksgiving with the full food and drink menu available until midnight.
City Hall Bistro will be "serving a traditional selection of chef-curated Thanksgiving dishes available for both dine-in and carry-out," according to a release. "Priced per plate at $24, guests will receive smoked turkey breast with sage gravy, squash dressing, brown butter whipped sweet potatoes, rutabaga au gratin, grilled broccolini and a deviled egg. Plates will be available from noon to 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day."
- The Statler's "social space" Scout will serve classic Thanksgiving dishes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Guests can choose from a variety of carving stations serving Smoked Honey Glazed Ham, Deep Fried Turkey and Prime Rib," according to a press release. "Side serving stations include Fried Brussels Sprouts, Cornbread Stuffing and Parker House rolls, to name a few. Additionally, Scout will offer a plated turkey dinner and turkey sandwiches alongside its late-night bar menu from 4 p.m. to midnight — ideal for those looking for a second helping or a late-night snack on Thanksgiving."
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is serving a three-course meal starting at $42. "The Thanksgiving menu features favorites like Lobster Bisque, Mixed Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast, family-style sides like Butter-Mashed Sweet Potatoes, and sweet seasonal desserts like Apple Crisp. For devoted steak lovers, the Fleming’s main dining menu will also be available, and children can enjoy a three-course menu for $19." Fleming's is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
City Works in Frisco will let you enjoy Thanksgiving dinner (that you didn't cook) and watch the Cowboys at the same time (because, duh). On the menu: "Hand-carved Slow Roasted Prime Rib with horseradish cream and au jus, or hand carved Herb Roasted Turkey with gravy, and also get access to the Thanksgiving Sides Buffet, featuring Green Bean Casserole, Aunt Lori’s Corn Slop, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Candied Sweet Potato Mash, Habanero Cranberry Sauce, Corn Bread and Andouille Sausage Stuffing, Smoked Cheddar Mac and Cheese, Collard Greens, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Bourbon Glazed Carrots and more. Additional menus items also available a la carte." Buffet options are priced at $25-$30. The restaurant is open noon-8 p.m. Reservations recommended: 469-850-1850.
Dodie's in Rockwall is hosting their annual Cajun Thanksgiving from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. "For only $19.99 per adult and $12.99 per child under 12, you and your family will be treated to Dodie’s special Cajun Fried Turkey Breast, sliced and served with Rosemary and Mushroom Brown Gravy; Cornbread or Oyster dressing; Green Onion and Garlic Mashed Potatoes; Baked Green Beans Amandine; Charred Bourbon Corn; House Salad, Homemade Cranberry Sauce, and French Bread, followed by our delicious Bread Pudding for dessert," according to a press release. Did we mention there are $3 mimosas? Reservations required; 972-771-0004.
Table 13 in Addison is open on Thanksgiving with holiday eats and live music. "From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., guests may enjoy an exquisite three course Thanksgiving Dinner, accompanied by the live music of Mike Nicosia," according to a press release. "The prix fixe menu begins with your choice of Roasted Pumpkin Salad, Lobster Bisque, Caesar Salad, or Table 13 House Salad; and features Traditional Roasted Turkey Breast, Stuffing, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Homemade Gravy, Green Beans, and Cranberry Sauce. Bread Pudding tops off the holiday feast. Mike Nicosia will perform from 12 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Dinner is only $36.95/person; $15/children under 12. Select favorites from Table 13’s regular menu will also be available a la carte." Make reservations at Table13Addison.com or 972-789-9558.
- Feeling fancy? LAW Restaurant at the Four Seasons is throwing a Thanksgiving brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.. Adults are $95, children are $45 and there's even a mimosa bar. The menu includes holiday classics, a raw bar, meat-carving stations, sushi and poke and a ton of sweets. Reservations required: 972-717-2420.
- At the Joule, CBD Provisions is serving Thanksgiving brunch and dinner. "On the brunch menu, diners will find an assortment of breakfast items alongside Thanksgiving Day specials ranging from Buttermilk Pancakes topped with blueberry butter and lemon-shortbread crumble to a Turkey Plate with cornbread dressing, sage gravy and cranberry chutney," according to a release. "The Thanksgiving dinner menu highlights holiday specials (butternut squash veloute, fall salad, Turkey Plate, Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Beans) alongside selections from its regular menu, including Pimento Cheese Toast, Steak Frites and Pan Seared Gulf Catch." Breakfast is 7 a.m.-10 a.m., brunch served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner 3-9 p.m. Reservations recommended: 214-261-4500.
- In either Uptown or Southlake, head to Truluck's for a traditional Thanksgiving spread (along with regular full menu) from 11 a.m.to 9 p.m. Adults are $40, kids 12 and under are $15. Reservations recommended.
- Both Eddie V's locations in Dallas and Fort Worth are open with a full dinner menu and a chef-y spin on Thanksgiving fare. "In addition to serving its signature dishes, Eddie V’s will also offer Sliced Turkey with Pan Gravy, Baby French Green Beans with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Brioche Sage Stuffing, Roasted Butternut Squash, Cranberry Chutney and Hand-whipped Potatoes for $42 per adult/$15 per child. For dessert, Eddie V’s will offer a Pumpkin Pie With Butter Pecan Ice Cream for an additional $12. Additionally, ask for our Pomegranate mule!"
III Forks is rarely open for lunch — but the restaurant will offer its Thanksgiving feast from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day. The four-course special is $49 for adults and $18 for children. That house-made roasted chestnut ice cream sounds pretty good to us.
Cool River in Las Colinas will serve a traditional Thanksgiving spread a la carte from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. You'll want reservations: 972-871-8881.
Silver Fox in Fort Worth, Frisco and Richardson will offer a Thanksgiving feast from noon to 8 p.m. at $49 per person and $18 for kids 12 and under.
The Second Floor at the Galleria will serve Thanksgiving dinner with ample kid-friendly options.
- From 5 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Gorji (formerly Canary by Gorji) will serve $59 and $69 prix fixe meal options with dishes like prime petit filet and wild-caught Alaskan salmon. Seating is very limited, so make reservations: 972-503-7080.
- All four DFW locations of Del Frisco’s Grille (Southlake, Fort Worth, Plano and Uptown Dallas) are offering "elevated twists on classic Thanksgiving favorites such as Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque, Herb & Citrus Butter Roasted Turkey Breast with Apple-Sage Sausage Stuffing, Gravy and house-made Cranberry Sauce and Pumpkin Cheesecake," according to a press release. All four restaurants are open 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; reservations recommended.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House (in Fort Worth, Plano and Uptown) will offer a prix fixe Thanksgiving menu "including holiday classics like Butternut Squash Soup, Slow-Roasted Turkey Breast with Apple-Sausage Stuffing, Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Chateau Potatoes, zesty Cranberry Relish and Pecan Pie a la mode," according to a release. "At $49 per person, the Thanksgiving menu includes one appetizer, turkey with all the trimmings and one dessert." Reservations recommended.
- Another uber-Dallas, uber-fancy option: The Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. "Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault’s Thanksgiving dining experience showcases an exciting take on traditional seasonal favorites," according to a release. "Thanksgiving lunch and dinner reservations are available for $125 per person and $60 for children ages 12-5. Children under 5 can select items from the children’s menu." There's a pastry buffet, people. For reservations: 214-443-4747.
- Holy Grail Pub is serving up fried turkey and chili-rubbed lamb as part of a four-course Thanksgiving menu that costs $40 per person and $12 for kids 12 and under. "A four course beer pairing menu is offered for an additional $15 per person," according to a release. "Reservations are required and can be made in 30 minute time slots between Noon and 5:30 p.m. To reserve, call us us at 972-377-6633 or email us at email@example.com."
- From noon to 9 p.m., Princi Italia will serve a three-course spread for $42 (half that for kids 12 and under). "Chefs Kevin Ascolese and Jose Gutierrez have been hard at work in the kitchens envisioning classic Thanksgiving dishes with an Italian twist that will please the high standards of Princi Italia’s loyal following," according to the release.
- Mudhen Meat and Greens at Dallas Farmers Market is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. "offering family style turkey day dinners prepared by chef Suki Otsuki to enjoy at Mudhen or at home," according to the release.
Cru Food & Wine Bar will serve a $42/person, three-course spread from noon to 9 p.m. at locations in Dallas, Plano, Allen and Fort Worth. Reservations recommended.
- How about a Thanksgiving seafood feast? All Shell Shack locations (Dallas, Arlington, Mesquite and Denton) will be open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thanksgiving and will serve food until 1 a.m.
- Because nothing says Thanksgiving like a California roll, Sushi Marquee at the Star will be open 3 p.m.- 2 a.m. with a full menu.
- In Deep Ellum, Vidorra will be open on Thanksgiving from 2 p.m.-2 a.m. "The regular menu will be available all day," according to the restaurant, "with dishes that will shake up your traditional Thanksgiving spread like Chicken Tortilla Soup or the Poblano Chorizo Tacos with sliced chorizo, onions, poblano peppers and cilantro cotija sauce."
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