Kid-Friendly Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Houston

A round-up of Houston area restaurants you can take the family to on Thanksgiving Day

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. In addition to the special Thanksgiving meal, patrons will also be able to order regular menu items. Holiday hours vary by location.

 Photo courtesy of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

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. Pies are available for carry-out October 30 - December 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. 

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. 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.
*Luby's will be open for regular business hours, but a 2018 dine-in menu and pricing not available as of 10/25/18.

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. 

 Photo courtesy of Denny's.

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 a brunch buffet stocked with more than 40 different options, including all the traditional holiday favorites, breakfast items, build-your-own taco station, and more. Kid-friendly options include macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders, fried fish, and spaghetti. Thanksgiving brunch buffet is $29.99 for adults, $18.99 for seniors, and $9.99 for children. Reservations are recommended.

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. Still want a taste of the holidays without the turkey? Be sure to check out their fall-inspired Pumpkin Cinn-A-Stack Pancakes, as well as their new French Toast Hot Chocolate. Holiday hours vary by location. 

 Photo courtesy of Boston Market.

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 meal comes with two sides, a dinner roll, and a slice of apple or pumpkin pie for $12.99, making it both an affordable and filling option this holiday. 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.

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. 

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.
*Thanksgiving day pricing is not available as of 10/25/18. 

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. 

Header image courtesy of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

This post originally published in November 2016.

Downtown Aquarium
410 Babgy St.
77002 Houston , TX
Phone: 713-223-3474
29° 45' 51.3144" N, 95° 22' 2.6508" W
Buca di Beppo
5192 Buffalo Speedway
77005 Houston , TX
Phone: 713-665-2822
29° 43' 37.0164" N, 95° 25' 41.952" W
Cadillac Bar
1802 Shepherd Dr.
77007 Houston , TX
Phone: 713-862-2020
29° 46' 35.4828" N, 95° 24' 32.472" W
1413 N. Loop 336 West
77304 Conroe , TX 30° 19' 54.8832" N, 95° 28' 56.046" W
The Moody Gardens Hotel
7 Hope Blvd.
77554 Galveston , TX 29° 16' 23.2572" N, 94° 51' 2.466" W
Dot Coffee Shop
7006 I-45
77087 Houston , TX 29° 42' 3.6144" N, 95° 17' 42.2808" W
South Shore Harbor Resort
2500 South Shore Blvd.
77573 League City , TX
Phone: 281-334-1000
29° 32' 41.7696" N, 95° 3' 56.916" W