16 places to go for Thanksgiving in the Valley

Above: Hotel Valley Ho's Thanksgiving. Lifestyle | 18 Nov, 2019 |

Not up to cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year? No problem, let one of these 16 Valley restaurants and resorts take care of you and your family’s gathering. Offering prix fixe menus, specialty menu items and seasonal side dishes, desserts and drinks, these places might convince you going out for Thanksgiving is the way to go or bring dinner in to enjoy in the comfort of your own home with no cooking required.

Dave & Buster’s

For those who enjoy football and a great meal, Dave & Buster’s at Tempe Marketplace is the perfect place to spend Thanksgiving. They’re offering game-day specials including $5 bar bites with new items such as Mexican Street Corn Quesadillas, Bavarian Pretzels with cheese sauce, Loaded Pork Potstickers, Asian Chicken Wonton Nachos and chips and guacamole. A three-course prix fixe menu for $55 a person will also be offered that includes a choice of soup or salad, filet mignon or sea bass as an entree and pumpkin pie for dessert. Call 480-281-8456 for more information.

Viola French Bistro

The family-owned and operated restaurant is offering a three-course brunch menu that includes mussels, salad or soup, quiche lorraine (quiche with bacon, onion and swiss cheese), Croque monsieur (grilled ham and cheese sandwich with Bechamel sauce) and an apple tart plus coffee or tea or red and white wine and champagne.

Information: Reservations required- visit VoilaFrenchBistro.com to reserve; the three-course menu is $49 per person. Kids’ 12 and under $20 and will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Royal Palms

Royal Palms is offering two Thanksgiving Dining Experiences including the Holiday Brunch Buffet and Thanksgiving Prix-Fixe Menu at T. Cook’s.

The Holiday Brunch Buffet in the grand Palmera Ballroom will feature herb-crusted prime-rib, California sea bass, traditional eggs Benedict, roasted ham and a variety of house-made pastries; the three-course prix-fixe menu at T. Cooks will include lobster bisque soup, butternut squash ravioli, apple-brined turkey breast with an Italian fennel sausage dressing.

Information: Royal Palms Palmera Brunch Buffet: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; $95 per person, $38 for children ages 6-12 years; children 5 and under are free. To book a reservation, call 602-283-1234, visit OpenTable or e-mail phxub-outlet.managers@royalpalmshotel.com.

Thanksgiving Prix-Fixe Menu at T. Cook’s: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; $95++ per person, $38++ for children ages 6-12 years; children 5 and under free. To book a reservation, call 602-808-0766 or visit OpenTable.

Luci’s Healthy Marketplace or Luci’s at the Orchard

Whether you need the complete meal, a side a la carte, or delicious dessert, all you have to do is reheat.

The complete meal is $159.99 and feeds six to eight: 12-14 lbs. pre-cooked, locally-roasted turkey; turkey gravy; cranberry sauce; 12 dinner rolls; one pumpkin pie; and three side items: cornbread stuffing; seasonal vegetables and mashed potatoes. You can also substitute one of the side items with their seasonal fall salad which includes butternut squash, roasted pumpkin seeds and field greens served with citrus vinaigrette.

A la carte items include stuffing, seasonal vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and seasonal fall salad.

You can also order just “The Bird” for $6.99 per pound (about 12-14 lbs.), and pumpkin pie ($12.99) and pecan pie ($14.99).

Information: Call 602-773-1339 to place orders at Luci’s Healthy Marketplace or

602-633-2442 to place orders at Luci’s at the Orchard. Pickups at Luci’s Healthy Marketplace only the day before Thanksgiving (November 27 between 3 and 6 p.m.)

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails in Phoenix will have lunch and dinner specials sure to please everyone in the family. They are offering their Thanksgiving Day special featuring a classic turkey and stuffing entree during lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $32 including citrus brine turkey breast, chestnut brioche stuffing, haricot vert, potato puree and thyme gravy.

Information: Lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Make a reservation on OpenTable.

Modern Oysterbar Chophouse

Modern Oysterbar Chophouse in Scottsdale is offering a special menu crafted by executive chef Mike Bouwens. Offered from 1 to 8 p.m., the traditional turkey menu for $49 per person includes oven roasted turkey with sweet potato souffle, pomme puree, sage and apple stuffing with sausage, green bean casserole, cranberry relish and natural pan gravy. The featured dessert is pumpkin butter cake for $10.

Information: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Make a reservation online at ModernOysterbarChophouse.com.

Agave del Scottsdale

Agave del Scottsdale will serve their regular menu in addition to a special three-course prix-fixe menu for $55 per person. They’re offering your choice of soup or salad that includes Ensenada Bisque soup – a smooth, creamy soup made with a combination of shrimp and lobster, topped with crab croquettes or Ensalada de Endives – Pear, raisins, and blue cheese dressing over endive greens with red wine dressing. Their entree choices include Filet mignon Con Salsa de Romero served with potato Azteca, French green beans and white beech mushroom or Sautéed Mexican White Sea Bass bathed in a creamy blue cheese sauce, served with seasonal veggies and sweet potatoes chips and pumpkin pie for dessert.

Ko’Sin at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Ko’Sin restaurant at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass with views of the Sierra Estrella Mountains. Offering their four-course menu for lunch and dinner from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Ko’Sin’s feast begins with cream of cauliflower soup with truffle brioche, a seasonal salad including spiced sunflower seeds and topped with an orange blossom vinaigrette.

For your entree, choose from a variety of dishes including: roast turkey with apple and chestnut stuffing, potatoes, candied sweet potato tart, green beans, gravy and cranberry relish; mustard crusted pork loin chops with cheddar risotto, pepperonata and braised greens; butter-poached New York strip loin with roast and pickled beets, pomme moelle and beet jus; pan-roasted black cod with pork belly, littleneck clams, stewed tepary beans served in a fennel broth; and rose potato & chard cannelloni with fall squash velouté and foraged mushrooms.

For dessert, try their caramel apple trifle with caramel mousse, cinnamon apples and cheddar pecan crumble or pumpkin brioche pudding with cherry pumpkin compote and rum crème anglaise.

Information: Four-course dinner is $69 for adults and $60 for seniors (65+). A junior version of the turkey dinner is available for $20 for ages 12 and younger. Children ages 12 and younger also eat free from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 602-385-5726 for reservations.

Mountain Shadows

Enjoy Thanksgiving at Hearth ‘61 at Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley. They will serve Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. with seasonal brunch and dinner menus available all day. Specials offered à la carte include butternut squash soup with sage brioche croutons and coriander crème fraîche ($10); a Slow Roasted “Two Wash Ranch” Turkey Dinner with country gravy, yukon gold mashed potatoes, chorizo cornbread stuffing, local organic vegetables, cranberry orange relish, and parker house rolls ($44, or $16 for children 12 and under); Pumpkin Pie with cinnamon sweet cream ($10), and Butterscotch Pecan Pie with vanilla ice cream ($10).

Dine inside or out and admire the striking mountain views. Having dinner at home? The Slow Roasted “Two Wash Ranch” Turkey Dinner served inside the restaurant is also available to go for $42 per person, with whole pies available for $20-24. Place your order by Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. Visit MountainShadows.com for reservations and to-go orders.

Hotel Valley Ho

ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho is offering a full brunch buffet in Sands from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Their brunch buffet includes a seafood bar, salad and soup station, carving station featuring apple brined turkey breast with cranberry chutney, sweet and sour glazed pork loin and herb-crusted prime rib along with hot entrees such as sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and candied pecans; sage and apple sourdough stuffing and butternut squash and brussels sprouts. For dessert, try one of their selections including cranberry gingerbread cheesecake or pumpkin spice swiss.

Their dinner menu includes a starter buffet with seafood, salads and charcuterie platter; entree choices such as apple brined turkey with cranberry chutney; molasses glazed double-cut pork chop; and oven-roasted branzino, plus their dessert options including raspberry frangipane and butterscotch and bacon panna cotta. If you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home, you can order your holiday dinner including turkey, whipped potatoes, stuffing to go. Place your order by 5 p.m. on Nov. 26 for $36 per person and whole pies are available for $15.

Information: Buffet in Sands is $69 per person; ZuZu buffet is $52-72 per person. $22 per child 12 and under. Reservations required: call 480-421-7997 or visit HotelValleyHo.com.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort 

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess presents Thanksgiving Brunch at four restaurants.

Traditional Brunch

Includes eggs, eggs benedict station, hand crafted omelets, brioche french toast, buttermilk pancakes, blueberry pancakes and belgian waffle; breakfast meats including bacon and sausage; house made breakfast pastries, and overnight oats. And kids can enjoy chicken tenders with waffle fries, pasta with marinara, meatballs and parmesan cheese, cupcakes and holiday cookies and fruit salad.

Ironwood American Kitchen

Enjoy Thanksgiving at Ironwood American Kitchen which if offering a traditional dinner including brined roast turkey breast and turkey leg confit; apple sage stuffing and traditional gravy; seared salmon with quinoa, fennel and cranberries; carved honey ham; buttermilk white cheddar whipped potatoes; candied yams with toasted marshmallows and pecans; drop biscuits, jalapeno cornbread; and a variety of fresh vegetables and salad. They are also offering pasta and noodles including veal Bolognese with cavatelli; black pepper gnocchi with wild mushrooms and goat cheese; and pumpkin ravioli with sage and pumpkin seeds.

La Hacienda

The acclaimed restaurant is offering a traditional dinner featuring agua frescas with orange, lemon and hibiscus; duck confit tamales with mole rojo, crema and plantain salsa; and squash blossom quesadillas with poblano cream, pico de gallo and cotija.

Bourbon Steak

The acclaimed restaurant is offering s smoked beef shortrib with Cabernet reduction; truffle macaroni and cheese; and honey glazed root vegetables.


Toro is offering a hand rolled sushi station and a variety of rolls including the angry tuna roll, California roll and salmon roll; nigiri and sashimi; crispy shrimp; poblano polenta; Kabayaki nad Tobiko.

Sweet Confections

Sweet Confections is offering a variety of sweets including chai spice cream puffs; gluten free red berry torte; butterscotch pudding parfait; cranberry upside down cake; chocolate torte; pumpkin cheesecake with Oreo cookie crust; cinnamon ginger crème brulee; sweet potato mousse and marshmallow fluff shooter; apple cider jelly with spiced chantilly; mini caramel apple pies; traditional pumpkin pie and a bourbon pecan tart.

Information: Palomino from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For reservations call 480-585-2694; credit card required for all reservations and cancellations require a 72 hour notice. Adults are $114++ and children are $54++; children five and under eat free with a paying adult. 


Talavera Restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

Talavera is offering their annual Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Their menu includes a raw and seafood bar; autumn salads featuring a spiced pumpkin salad; the fall squash ravioli action station; Thanksgiving trimmings such as roasted winter squash soup and brown sugar-glazed sweet potatoes; the carvery which includes cider-brined roasted turkey, and pistachio and orange hot smoked salmon. Their chef-created desserts range in variety from a bourbon pecan pie to a dark chocolate espresso cake and a dessert action station with pumpkin spiced churros. They also have a kids menu that includes chicken fingers, deep dish pizzas and macaroni and cheese.

Information: $125 per person; $48 for kids ages 5-12. Make reservations on OpenTable.

Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse

Join Keeler’s on Thanksgiving from Noon to 7 p.m. for a traditional turkey fest and menu items are available to order a la carte-style. The three-course meal includes a first course choice of salad or soup; second course choice of a traditional turkey dinner with green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy; prime rib with mashed potatoes, asparagus; prime rib top sirloin baseball cut; and salmon with asparagus risotto and green beans. For the third course for dessert, you can choose from pumpkin cheesecake or apple pie a la mode.

Information: The complete three-course menu is $55 per person or individual pricing is available per course — 1st course is $10, 2nd course is $39, and 3rd course is $10. A turkey dinner for children ages 12 and younger is available for $25 per child. Reservations can be made online at KeelersSteakhouse.com or by calling 602-374-4784.

Phoenix Public Market Café

Phoenix Public Market Café is offering an “Everything But The Bird” special and homemade pies including pumpkin, pecan and apple crumb available to pick-up for the holiday.

The package includes winter kale salad, pumpkin soup, garlic mashers, Noble bread rolls, seasonal market veggies and your choice of pumpkin, apple crumb or pecan pie.

Information: “Everything But the Bird” special: $165 each, serves 7-10 guests. Holiday Pies: $26 each, serves 8-10 guests. Orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. Items will be available for pick-up at the Café on Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Full payment is required in advance of all orders. To place an order, call Phoenix Public Market Café at 602-253-2700.

Casino Arizona

Casino Arizona’s restaurants will offer a variety of Thanksgiving dining options.

CAZ Sports Bar will offer a three-course meal from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting with a choice of Smoked Salmon Crostini with lemon crème, Gingered Pumpkin Bisque or a Garden Salad. The entrée includes Pomegranate and Molasses Glazed Roast Turkey and Pumpkin Pie with Bourbon whipped cream for dessert, $21.00.

Bingo Hall is offering a traditional turkey dinner with roasted turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, carrots and gravy, served with a dinner roll and pumpkin pie from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $9.50.

Cholla Prime Steakhouse and Lounge will offer a prix fixe menu for $36 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The menu will start with the choice of an appetizer of Crab Cakes or Pumpkin Spinach Salad with sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and a lemon honey vinaigrette. The main course is Traditional Slow Roasted Turkey Dinner with apple and almond stuffing, roasted Romanesco with sautéed leeks and crispy bacon, yam rounds, and natural turkey gravy. Dessert will feature a Spiced Pumpkin Cake. Each item on the prix fixe menu is also available al-a-cart.

Salt River Café will offer a tasty Southern Turkey Dinner with andouille stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, sautéed corn served with a dinner roll. Pumpkin Pie will be served for dessert for $9.95.

The Willows Restaurant

For breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., enjoy Pumpkin French Toast with two eggs any style and a choice of bacon, sausage or tavern ham for $8.95.

Dinner specials at the restaurant will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and includes Roasted Turkey Breast with cranberry sauce, savory stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and green beans for $19.95. Dessert will be Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake, $4.

The Eagles Buffet will feature Oven Roasted Turkey with traditional dressing, cran-apple chutney and turkey gravy from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Additional items include sausage ravioli, glazed sliced ham, seasonal vegetables, bread and more. Desserts include a selection of fine pastries and desserts. $31.95 adults, $14.95 children.

Talking Stick Resort

Talking Stick Resort’s restaurants is offering many choices for Thanksgiving with traditional, seafood and breakfast options.

Blue Coyote Café has a traditional pre-fixe menu starting at 11 a.m. that includes your choice of soup or salad, smoked turkey breast as an entree with Idaho mashed potatoes, pecan bacon, cornbread stuffing, green beans, gravy and apple-cranberry sauce. Enjoy dessert with their pumpkin pie with cinnamon whipped cream for $20.95.

The ARENA Poker Room is serving a special Thanksgiving Day meal from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for $17. Enjoy soup or salad, red chile and orange glazed roast turkey with gravy, stuffing, sweet or mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and roasted carrots. Finish your meal with Sweet Potato Pie served with marshmallow fluff.

Ocean Trail’s three-course prix fixe menu offered from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $58 includes a harvest salad, followed by crab-stuffed lobster tail with crab meat stuffing, shrimp macaroni and cheese and garlic broccolini. Savor the end of your feast with pumpkin roulade with cream cheese icing and candied pecans.

Orange Sky is offering a four-course prix fixe menu from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Their dinner begins with white asparagus and hedgehog mushrooms, followed by corn and crab risotto. The main course features roasted turkey with sausage-sourdough stuffing, gravy, orange cranberry sauce, garlic potatoes, green beans and shallots. The meal concludes with a seasonal dessert tray. Prix fixe, $55 or items may be ordered individually.

Wandering Horse Buffet will offer a two-meal celebration for Thanksgiving. The eatery will serve brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a menu of delicious breakfast items including traditional eggs benedict, made-to-order omelets, pancakes, waffles, and an assortment of Chef Peggy’s Pastries and Desserts. $65.95 – adults; $22.95 – children (5-12 years old).

Dinner items will be served from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature an array of items including: herb and garlic marinated roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, beef gravy, almond crusted rack of lamb, peach glazed chicken, steamed king crab legs and charbroiled American Kobe Steaks. $65.95 – adults; $22.95 – children (5-12 years old).

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