Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Austin

Feel like skipping the drama of a homemade meal this season? No problem! Thanks to these amazing local restaurants, you can host the perfect pheasant feast without the mess and the stress! So this year, why not give your kitchen a break and check out these delicious Turkey Day dinners in Austin:

img_2991Driskill Grill
Price: $89 per adult/$42 per child

The beautiful Driskill Grill, located inside Austin’s historic Driskill Hotel, offers an abundance of elegance, sophistication and delicious cuisine. Their expertly curated menus by Executive Chef Troy Knapp change daily and use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. If you’re looking for a classic fine dining experience for you and your guests, this restaurant has everything you need to host the perfect holiday feast. On Thanksgiving Day, the Driskill Grill offers a specially curated 4 course meal of Roasted Sweet Potato Bisque, Grilled Kale Salad, Maple Glazed Pork Belly, a selection of Free Range Turkey, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Scallops and Short Rib and Creamy Pumpkin Custard for dessert. This heavenly meal also comes with family shareables like Brioche Sage Stuffing and Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. (Note: reservations are required)


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Threadgill’s

Price: $16-$25 per person

This southern-inspired restaurant has been an Austin landmark and staple for decades. Born from local music and history, Threadgill’s offers traditional American comfort food for the masses. Not only do they have all the classic country fixins like Chicken Fried Steak and Collard Greens, they are also open on Thanksgiving and Christmas with a special holiday menu full of decadent foods like Roast Turkey with Cornbread Dressing, Glazed Ham, Chicken Friend Steak and more! Plus, you and your guests get a choice of two sides including Candied Yam, Green Bean Casserole, Fried Okra, San Antonio Squash and Mashed Potatoes. Add-ons include wine by the glass or bottle, bar beverages and homemade desserts like Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie and Peach Cobbler. No shortage of food here!

img_2994Trace
Price: $57 per person

Located inside the uber fancy W Hotel, Trace is the epitome of modern class and contemporary beauty. Their team of culinary experts work to create inspired menus full of fresh delicious foods for all fans. From Butcher Burgers to Blue Bonnet Greens and Pear Salad, this upscale restaurant has something scrumptious for everyone. The expansive list of gourmet menus from chef James Zoller includes a special Thanksgiving Day 3 course feast comprised of exquisitely made soups and salads like the Arugula Salad and Sweet Potato Soup, as well as a list of entrees ranging from Smoked Beef Short Rib and Speck Wrapped Turkey Breast to Crispy Skin Snapper and Vegetable Paella. For dessert, you and your guests have the ultimate challenge of choosing between three mouthwatering desserts from pastry chef Angel Begaye: Fall Spice, Sweet Potato Custard and Deconstructed Pecan Pie.

img_2998B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
Price: $13-$17 per person

This quirky Irish pub, located in popular downtown Austin, offers Irish-inspired comfort food, a plethora of craft beers and brews and all the sports on TV you can watch. Their award-winning menus feature entrees like Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers & Mash and Corned Beef & Cabbage, as well as tasty bar snacks like Pint-Sized Burgers and Irish Style Nachos. Save room, because dessert options include Irish Coffee Ice Cream, Rustic Apple Tart, Cheesecake, and the Ultimate Chocolate Cake. If you’re looking for a laid-back spot to order a pint of cold lager, pig out and watch Football with your favorite people this Thanksgiving, take them to B.D. Riley’s where you can find all the necessary Turkey Day foods as well as fun Irish pub food and bites.

img_2999The Carillon
Price: $65 per person

Located inside the AT&T Center in downtown Austin, The Carillon Restaurant is an upscale, classy AF restaurant with one-of-a-kind menus from experts Chef Christopher Wilson and Pastry Chef Robyn Mayo. Ideal for private events, special occasions or a delicious new experience, The Carillon is a safe bet for a dressy Thanksgiving Dinner party. Their Turkey Day dinner is served buffet style and offers cold items like housemade salads, charcuterie plates, smoked salmon and tuna tartar, as well as a dinner line with all the traditional Thanksgiving bites we look forward to all year, including turkey, potatoes, cornbread dressing and roasted carrots. But the best part about this meal has to be the unlimited mimosas, bloody marys, bellinis and other champagne drinks. Now that’s a Happy Thanksgiving!

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