Whether a decadent resort spread with all of the trimmings and live entertainment is your preferred holiday out or a simple, casual lunch with your closest friends is more your speed, the Valley is brimming with incredible, festive Thanksgiving dining opportunities. Be sure to make reservations; check each restaurant’s Web site for the most up-to-date holiday menus and pricing.
On Thanksgiving Day from 1 to 8:30 p.m., Prado at Omni Montelucia will offer a four-course prix-fixe menu, complete with live music. Course options include roasted pumpkin soup, kale salad, lobster bisque, slow-roast turkey, prime filet mignon, pumpkin cheesecake and more. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 480.627.3111. To purchase tickets online, click here.
On Thanksgiving Day, guests can choose between a four-course, prix-fixe menu at elements, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa‘s signature restaurant or a buffet at The Views Ballroom. In addition to a traditional turkey dinner with chestnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry apple relish and giblet gravy, entrée choices at elements will include duck confit raviolis with braised Swiss chard, candied fennel, parmesan cream and tomato jam; citrus grilled swordfish with green onion and mushroom farro, smoked eggplant, avocado, and harissa butter; and honey hoisin-glazed short ribs with Chinese broccoli, candied root vegetables, and parsnip puree. Dessert highlights include a ginger pumpkin tart with maple cookie crust and toasted bourbon marshmallow, and cinnamon cheesecake with autumn fruit compote, warm rum toffee sauce, and almond crumble. The elements menu is available from 12 noon to 8 p.m. (The full menu can be viewed here.) Featuring carving stations, the Thanksgiving buffet at The Views Ballroom will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 480.607.2300.
Dig into Thanksgiving brunch at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess‘ Palomino Ballroom where chefs from four signature restaurants put their collaborative talents together. Selections include brined roast turkey breast and turkey leg confit, squash blossom quesadillas, truffle macaroni gratin, cowboy benedict, brioche French toast and malted Belgian waffles, Kobe beef chuck roast, sushi rolls, oxtail Bolognese lasagna, fine meats, cheeses and accouterments, and much more. Kids and families can get in on the fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with activities provided by Trailblazers Kids Club, including coloring, giant teepee decorating, bingo for prizes, hula hoop games, giant bubble making and a special appearance by Gobbles the Turkey. Or enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at any of Fairmont’s restaurants: Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval, Ironwood American Kitchen or Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval.
Plan to get out of town for Thanksgiving? The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana will celebrate Thanksgiving with three holiday dining celebrations. Repeating last year’s best-selling holiday experience, the resort will present two different Thanksgiving Day experiences at CORE (luxurious three-course lunch and dinner), along with a festive all-day holiday brunch at Cayton’s Burger Bistro, with appetizers and salads, smoked seafood and a raw bar, fruits and vegetables, cheese and charcuterie, soup, holiday sides, and fresh turkey and prime rib carveries.
Hearth ’61 at Mountain Shadows will offer its regular brunch and dinner menus along with Thanksgiving-themed special dishes compliments of Executive Chef Charles Wiley. Thanksgiving features include butternut squash soup with sage brioche croutons and coriander crème fraiche; slow-roasted Red Bird Farms turkey, mashed potatoes, chorizo cornbread stuffing, local organic vegetables, cranberry orange relish and country gravy; and pumpkin pie with cinnamon sweet cream and bourbon pecan pie with vanilla ice cream. Brunch will be served from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with Thanksgiving specials starting at 11 a.m., and dinner will be available from 3 to 9:30 p.m. at Hearth ’61 on Thanksgiving Day. Call 855.318. 8942 to make a reservation.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s Trailblazers Ballroom will feature a traditional Thanksgiving Day menu created by Executive Chef Christopher Masco. Guests will enjoy a delicious buffet-style dinner and live musical entertainment while surrounded by sweeping floor-to-ceiling views of The Westin Kierland Golf Course and McDowell Mountains. Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from 1 to 6:15 p.m.
Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar at The Camby will offer a mouthwatering selection of traditional Thanksgiving dishes with the signature Camby-style twist for both brunch and dinner. Executive Chef Dushyant Singh will craft a selection of buffet-style brunch courses, including eggs benedict, chef-prepared omelets and crunchy French toast as well as traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Artizen’s Thanksgiving Day buffet will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The dinner service will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. when guests also can choose to order from Artizen’s regular dinner menu.
The Thanksgiving feast at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Vista Verde Dining Room, with main dishes being butter-basted turkey with shallot gravy, aged Angus prime rib, baked Virginia ham and Alaskan cod and a plethora of sides, starters and desserts.
Under the direction of Executive Chef Todd Allison, guests have the opportunity to choose from a three-course, prix-fixe menu at T. Cook’s at Royal Palms Resort and Spa or a holiday buffet in the grand Palmera Ballroom. The festive buffet is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or enjoy a formal dinner experience at T. Cook’s from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Boulders’ Grill Restaurant celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday with a three-course, specialty menu featuring festive, holiday items from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Menu options include roasted squash bisque, Two Wash Ranch slow-roasted turkey, seared filet and much more.
From 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., MATCH at THE FOUND:RE HOTEL offers a tasty holiday menu of roasted butternut squash soup, slow-roasted turkey, spiced pumpkin pie and much more.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you’re invited to gobble up a plethora of holiday eats at Ahnala Mesquite Room‘s Thanksgiving buffet at We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center. Standouts include a pastry bar, mesquite herb-crusted prime rib and much more.
Both Hash Kitchen locations will offer a special Thanksgiving brunch menu to get the Thanksgiving Day celebration started. Some of the special dishes the brunch menu will feature are a large stack of sweet potato pancakes drizzled with a maple cranberry syrup, a smoked spiral ham plate complete with brown sugar rubbed ham, poached eggs and corn bread hash, and a Thanksgiving waffle with waffle stuffing, hand-carved turkey, and smashed potatoes topped with gravy and fried leeks. The creative brunchery and build-your-own Bloody Mary bar will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tomaso’s on the Camelback Corridor and Tomaso’s When in Rome in North Scottsdale will have an Italian-style Thanksgiving menu. The menu with Italian twists on American favorites will include a soup, salad, choice of one pasta, and choice of one entrée. Pasta options will include ricotta and spinach ravioli paired with a butter-sage sauce or the savory rigatoni with spare rib and black truffle ragù. A few of the delectable entrée options include traditional roasted turkey served with golden raisin and pecan corn bread stuffing and butternut squash croquette. Tomaso’s regular menu will also be offered and reservations are recommended. Thanksgiving Day hours will be 12 to 9:30 p.m. at both restaurants.
On Thanksgiving Day, Proof at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North will serve a three-course dinner including spiced sweet potato soup, a choice of traditional turkey or applewood-smoked maple pork shoulder with all fixings and a pumpkin spice molten chocolate cake with salted caramel ice cream for dessert. Proof will start the holiday dinner offerings at 4 p.m., and its a la carte menu also will be available. Talavera’s spectacular Thanksgiving dinner buffet will offer an impressive display also at the resort, including a raw seafood bar, carving station with maple-brined, smoked turkey and slow-roasted prime rib, sweet potato gnocchi cooked to order, cheeses and charcuterie, farmers’ market salads and all the Thanksgiving side dishes and trimmings. Dinner will be served from noon to 6 p.m. Reservations are required. (Talavera will not serve an a la carte menu on Thanksgiving Day.)
Scramble – A Breakfast & Lunch Joint in Phoenix and Scottsdale announced that both restaurants will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Scramble is featuring two specials for Thanksgiving, a pumpkin spice latte and a Harvest Burrito, filled with sweet potatoes, zucchini, squash, peppers, onions, eggs and turkey with a side of hash browns.
Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale is serving up a variety of Thanksgiving feasts this year. Savor a full buffet at Sands, including turkey, honey ham, stuffing, seafood, a salad bar, and desserts like smoked pecan pie and hazelnut brown butter bread pudding. The hotel’s signature restaurant, ZuZu, is offering a four-course, pre-fixe menu featuring artichoke and fennel tart, roasted pumpkin soup, turkey with all the classic sides, and a choice of pie. Or, guests can dine a la carte from the restaurant’s seasonal menus. Dinner at ZuZu is served from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Buffet reservations can be made at 480.421.7735 and restaurant reservations can be made at 480.421.7997.
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass‘ Ko’Sin restaurant will offer a traditional four-course prix-fixe menu for both lunch and dinner from noon to 8 p.m. Entrée selections include; house made mushroom cannelloni served with butternut squash, brussels sprouts and a smoked provolone fondue, roasted tom turkey alongside sage stuffing, citrus poached cranberry, buttered root vegetable and herb gravy, and a beef pot roast with rutabaga, heirloom carrot, whipped Yukon potato and savory cabernet jus. Sweet offerings include pumpkin pie with mesquite grahams, a chocolate pecan torte with butternut velouté, chestnut stuffing and sage, or a stone fruit crisp served with buttermilk ice cream, native oat streusel and powdered sugar dust. Call 602.385.5726 for Thanksgiving reservations in Ko’Sin.
For its first Thanksgiving, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa dishes up a special holiday menu that includes mesquite hot smoked turkey, roasted scallops, mushroom soup and much more.
Available for four days only (Nov. 19 through Nov. 22), don’t miss chicken fried turkey season at TEXAZ Grill. Top it off with a savory, slow-cooked white cream gravy with homemade mashed potatoes and homemade cranberry sauce on the side. The restaurant is closed on Thanksgiving.
This Thanksgiving, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails will be open for lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring the full lunch menu with a few a la carte brunch specials. Blue Hound will also be open for dinner from 3 to 9 p.m. featuring the full dinner menu with a few Thanksgiving specials including butternut squash soup with five spice crème fraiche and julienne apple; pumpkin gnocchi with pork belly, kale, mushrooms and scallions; and slow-roasted Red Bird Farms turkey with mashed potatoes, green chile cornbread stuffing, cranberry relish and gravy. Pumpkin pie and bourbon pecan pie will also be available as dessert.
From Nov. 8 to Nov. 22, get a taste of all your Thanksgiving table favorites in just one bite thanks to the new Thanksgiving Turducken Burger special at Hopdoddy. The dish includes a stuffing bun top (with all flavor packed in), fried green beans and onions, cranberry sauce, salt and pepper, mayonnaise, a turducken patty, and a stuffing bun on bottom. Of course, turkey gravy is served on the side.
Let J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician treat you to a gourmet three-course Thanksgiving feast, including roasted turkey with mushroom and chestnut stuffing and caramelized Brussels sprouts perked up with local pecans. Or enjoy all your favorite steaks and seafoods with J&G’s full a la carte dinner menu.
Padre Murphy’s is celebrating with a Turkey Day buffet, a special menu, 56 craft drafts and one of America’s favorite pastimes, football, playing on its 90-plus TV’s. The buffet will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features a variety of Thanksgiving favorites including oven roasted turkey, traditional stuffing, roasted yams with candied pecans, cranberry relish, baked ham, London broil, pasta salad, fresh green beans with fried onion straws, deviled eggs, fresh rolls, pumpkin pie, spiced rum cheesecake, carrot cake, apple pie and much more.
The Wigwam is offering two holiday feasts for a memorable Thanksgiving. For Thanksgiving Day, The Wigwam in Litchfield Park will host a classic Thanksgiving buffet in the resort’s ballroom, celebrating fresh ingredients with farmer’s market starters. The resort’s signature restaurant, Litchfield’s, will host its Thanksgiving dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 23.
Steak 44 will open at 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving, serving up a traditional holiday turkey in addition to the steakhouse’s usual menu.
Lincoln, at JW Steakhouse at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, dishes up a special three-course plated dinner, including a festive maple bourbon-glazed organic turkey. Reservations recommended by calling 480.948.1700.
The new Dust Cutter at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel offers a delicious all-day menu from 11 a.m. to close. The three-course menu include roasted turkey breast and pumpkin spice cake with pepitas and chai tea ice cream.
There are three Turkey Day opportunities at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Dig into a Thanksgiving breakfast buffet from 6:30 a.m. to noon or a delicious a la carte menu for dinner at MERITAGE, an urban tavern. For a casual brunch experience with featured Bloody Marys and mimosas, head to stonegrill from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From the lavish buffet at the Historic Gold Room Celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., to the four-course feast at Wright’s at the Biltmore from 1 to 8:30 p.m., to Frank & Albert’s breakfast buffet (7 to 11 am.) and three-course holiday dinner (1 to 9 p.m.), diners at Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort have plenty of holiday goodness to choose from.
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