Kid-Friendly Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Houston

While a traditional turkey dinner enjoyed at home with close family and friends may be the first image that comes to mind when thinking of the Thanksgiving holiday, it's not always a feasible reality. Whether you're overwhelmed with the thought of hosting a large group, facing a variety of dietary restrictions or preferences or just wanting to try something different this year, there are plenty of Houston restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day ready to take the stress out of the holiday for you. 

Golden Corral
Various locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here.
A combination of Thanksgiving favorites and regular menu items make this popular buffet an easy choice when you're looking to please a variety of taste buds. Added bonus: the laid-back atmosphere is perfect for kids who have the energy to burn. Restaurant hours and pricing vary by location. 

Various locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here.
If a more upscale Thanksgiving dinner is what you're looking for, look no further than Landry's. The seafood restaurant is serving up their regular menu throughout the day. Cost and operating hours vary by location. 

Buca di Beppo
Two locations: The Woodlands and Buffalo Speedway
For a traditional Thanksgiving meal without all the prep work involved, come and enjoy your turkey dinner served family-style at Buca di Beppo. The Thanksgiving Feast comes in two sizes, small and large, and is available for both dine-in and carry-out. In addition to the special Thanksgiving meal, patrons will also be able to order regular menu items. Holiday hours vary by location.

Cracker Barrel
Various locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here.
Cracker Barrel is ready to help make your holiday a success. There are three different dining options for patrons this year: dine-in with a full, traditional Thanksgiving meal starting at 11 AM (hours and pricing vary by location), carry-out their Homestyle Turkey 'n Dressing Family Meal To-Go (feeds 6 for $67.99), or carry out their new Heat n' Serve Holiday Family Meals To-Go (feeds 10 for $109.99).  Carry-out meals are available while supplies last. You can order online ahead of time here

Need to pick up a pie to take to dinner with family? They've got you covered there, too. Choose from pecan, chocolate pecan, apple pecan streusel, or apple pie. Pumpkin pies are available for carry-out Oct. 28 - Dec. 1, all other pies are available Oct. 28 - Dec. 24. 

House of Pies
Various locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here
This Houston landmark establishment will be serving up their home-style cooking for the entire day on Thanksgiving. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner favorites will be available all day, as well as a variety of their Houston-famous pies and cakes. Seating is first come, first served on Thanksgiving day. 

 Photo courtesy of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

The Aquarium
Two locations: Kemah and Downtown
Beginning Thanksgiving morning, The Aquarium will be serving up all of the traditional Thanksgiving staples, as well as providing a buffet for the kids, a Prime Rib carving station, an omelet station, and more. Patrons will also receive attraction discounts with their meal. Reservations are required.  

Various locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here
Whether you're dining in or simply want to pick up a Thanksgiving dinner to go, Luby's has you covered. A traditional Thanksgiving meal including your choice of a stuffed turkey leg and one side or classic turkey and dressing with two sides is available for $11.49 per person.

Looking to feed a crowd? Luby's has you covered there, too, with Thanksgiving feasts to go. They even have easy-to-follow reheating instructions for your to go orders. Pricing for the different Thanksgiving feast options can be found here.

Waffle House
Various locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here
Choose from a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner favorites 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at Waffle House- including Thanksgiving day! Their kid's menu includes options such as cheeseburgers, grilled cheese, eggs, and (of course) waffles, sure to please any kid on Thanksgiving. 

Various locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here
For an affordable, family-friendly meal, head to Denny's this Thanksgiving, where you can dine on popular favorites and seasonal treats. While there is no Thanksgiving special, the restaurant is featuring special, seasonal-inspired plates for a limited time, such as their new Pumpkin Spice Pancake Breakfast, Holiday Turkey Melt, Turkey and Dressing Dinner, and the ever-favorite pumpkin and pecan pies. Denny's is also offering a carry-out Turkey and Dressing Dinner Pack that serves 4 for $35.99. Order your holiday meal online hereHoliday hours vary by location.

Babin's Seafood House
Various locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal at Babin's Seafood House this year from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Their Thanksgiving day special will include your choice of turkey, ham, or a combination of both for $18.99. To go packages with turkey, ham, and all the trimmings are also available for 8-24 people. Reservations are recommended.

Cadillac Bar
1802 Sheperd Dr., Houston
If a fun twist on Thanksgiving brunch is what you're after, you'll want to check out Cadillac Bar this year. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the restaurant is offering their Fiesta Feast buffet stocked with options such as traditional holiday favorites, TexMex-style breakfast items, build-your-own taco station, a waffle station, and more. Thanksgiving brunch buffet is $29.99 for adults, $25.99 for seniors, and $9.99 for children. Reservations are recommended.

 Photo courtesy of Denny's.

Katz's Deli
Various locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here.
Katz's never closes...even on Thanksgiving! Both Katz's locations will be open for Thanksgiving day offering a full menu of all of their New York-style deli favorites. Kids options include staples like cheeseburgers, spaghetti and meatballs, and cheese pizza. 

Various locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here.
Not interested in a full Thanksgiving meal, but still want to get out of the house? Head to IHOP, where you can enjoy your regular menu item favorites all day long. Holiday hours vary by location. 

Boston Market
Various locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here
The holiday experts at Boston Market are preparing two Thanksgiving entree options for guests this year: roasted turkey breast or a half rotisserie chicken. Each individual meal comes with two sides, a dinner roll, and a slice of apple or pumpkin pie for $13.99, making it both an affordable and filling option this holiday. Additionally, patrons dining in can order a 3-person feast for $39.99. Boston Market also offers catering and to-go options for Thanksgiving, as well as a new delivery option this year. You can place a delivery or order for pick up hereHoliday hours vary by location.

The Moody Gardens Hotel
7 Hope Blvd., Galveston
Enjoy a buffet with traditional Thanksgiving faire on Galveston Bay at The Moody Gardens Hotel. The buffet also features an eclectic mix of breakfast items such as omelettes and sticky buns, as well as carved meats, a salad station, and many dessert options. Reservations are available from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the Frances Moody Ballroom. Thanksgiving buffet is $59 for adults, $49 for seniors, $29 for kids (4-12) and FREE for kids 3 and under. 

Saltgrass Steakhouse
Various locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here.
Looking for a great steak to enjoy this Thanksgiving? Look no further than Saltgrass Steakhouse. They'll be serving their regular menu on Thanksgiving day with options that include burgers, seafood, salads, tasty appetizers, and (of course) steak. You can also enjoy a slice of their seasonal pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. Holiday hours vary by location.

 Photo courtesy of Boston Market.

1413 N. Loop 336 West, Conroe
Homestyle favorites like fried chicken, chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and cornbread dressing will be served on Thanksgiving day at Ryan's restaurant in Conroe. The kid-friendly atmosphere and affordable prices make Ryan's a fantastic choice for any family looking to eat out on Thanksgiving. Whole pies are also available for carry-out for $7.99 each.

Dot Coffee Shop
7006 I-45, Houston
Open 24 hours a day, this legendary south Houston diner will be offering a full traditional Thanksgiving day meal around the clock. Stop in for turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cornbread, and a slice of their traditional pecan or apple pies.

South Shore Harbour Resort
2500 South Shore Blvd., League City
Enjoy a delicious buffet of traditional Thanksgiving favorites with an upscale flare. Feast on prime rib and turkey, and then enjoy a full dessert buffet. Reservations are required with times available from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Thanksgiving brunch is $48 for adults, $22 for kids (6-12) and FREE for kids 5 and under. 

Various locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here.
Enjoy an Italian-American style Thanksgiving this year when you celebrate with your family at Maggiano's. On Thanksgiving, Maggiano's will offer their complete family-style Italian menu complete with tasty pastas, soups, shareable appetizers, and more. Reservations are recommended

Fogo de Chao
Various locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here.
In addition to their scrumptious array of fire-roasted meats served tableside and their phenomenal salad bar, Fogo de Chao will serve traditional Thanksgiving side dishes on Thanksgiving Day this year. Full Churrasco experience dinner pricing of $54.95 applies all day to all patrons on Thanksgiving day. Reservations are recommended

Hard Rock Cafe
502 Texas Street, Houston
Enjoy casual dining and rock 'n roll vibes galore when you and your family dine at Hard Rock Cafe this Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving day (as well as the following weekend) will allow patrons the opportunity to order a Thanksgiving plate with slow-roasted turkey breast, fresh roasted vegetables, classic stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and gravy, as well as a slice of pumpkin pie for $26.95 per plate. Reservations are recommended

Fleming's Steakhouse
Various locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here.
The Thanksgiving Day menu at Fleming's Steakhouse features a three-course meal option with either an herb-roasted turkey or filet mignon main course as well as sides and dessert for $45 per guest. A Thanksgiving children's menu will be available for $22 per child. Opening at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Fleming's will also serve their full menu in addition to their Thanksgiving specials all day. Reservations are recommended

024 Grille
945 Gessner Rd., Houston 
Dine in at 024 Grille on Thanksgiving Day where you and your family can enjoy an upscale Thanksgiving brunch buffet complete with a carving station featuring turkey and prime rib, salad counter, omelet station, kids menu options, and more. The Thanksgiving Day brunch buffet is available from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and is $55 for adults and $25 for children under age 10. Reservations are recommended

Header image courtesy of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

This post originally published in November 2016.

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