Kid-Friendly Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Houston

Photo courtesy of Landry's, a Houston-based restaurant open on Thanksgiving.
Photo courtesy of Landry's, a Houston-based restaurant open on Thanksgiving.

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. Of course, before you venture out, call to check the holiday hours.  Many also offer curbside pick-up and/or delivery, if you would like ready-prepared food in the comfort of your own home.

For more restaurants to enjoy all year long, check out our list of the Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Houston.

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Houston

Cleburne Cafeteria

3606, Bissonet, Houston 
The Cleburne Cafeteria has been serving great Texan food in Houston since 1941 and is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Take-out orders can be placed in person the day before Thanksgiving. For your kids with a sweet tooth, a wide variety of fruit and meringue pies are available.

For those who are tired of traditional turkey, Landry's Chateaubriand. Photo courtesy of the restaurant


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, enjoy your turkey dinner from Buca di Beppo. The Thanksgiving Feast comes in two sizes, small and large, and is available to go only in 2021. 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, a restaurant open on Thanksgiving.

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 Thanksgiving Heat 'n' Serve Feast (feeds 8-10), or the Family Dinner (feeds 4-6).  If you don't mind picking up on the 22 or 23, you'll get a $10 gift card as well. 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 Nov. 17 - 25, all other pies are available Oct. 26 - Dec. 24. 

Photo courtesy of House of Pies, a local restaurant open on Thanksgiving.

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. Pies cannot be ordered in advance for Thanksgiving week.

The famous Thanksgiving buffet, photo courtesy of The Aquarium

The Aquarium

Two locations: Kemah and Downtown
Beginning Thanksgiving morning from 10am, The Aquarium will be serving up a fabulous buffet of Thanksgiving treats. Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast and keep the kids entertained with the beautiful tanks. There are also on-the-day Thanksgiving packs for 8-10 people. Reservations are required.  

Want to pick up a Thanksgiving dinner to go? Luby's has you covered. Photo courtesy of the restaurant


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 $11.99 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. The restaurant features special, seasonal-inspired plates for a limited time, such as their new Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes or Turkey and Dressing Dinner, and the ever-favorite pumpkin and pecan pies. Holiday hours vary by location.

Photo courtesy of Babin's Seafood House

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 is $20 for adults and only $13 for kids (plus tax). To-go packages with turkey, ham, and all the trimmings are also available for 4-24 people and start at $70. 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 10 a.m. to 3 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 $10.99 for children aged 3-12. Reservations are recommended.

Katz's Deli

Various locations around Houston. 
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. The to-go Thanksgiving package includes 2lbs of turkey.


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, an affordable and casual option, where you can enjoy your regular menu item favorites all day long. Try the Cali Turkey Melt or the Winter Wonderland Pancakes. 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 a wide variety of tasty turkey, rib, chicken, and ham meals for you this year. From in-person dining to chilled Thanksgiving packs and hot catering packs, you can have the dinner made to suit you. You can place a delivery or order for pick up hereHoliday hours vary by location.

Photo courtesy of Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, where the hotel restaurants are open on Thanksgiving.

The Moody Gardens Hotel

7 Hope Blvd., Galveston
Enjoy an extensive range of holiday dining with the family without having to worry about cooking and tidying up, with two fantastic dining options in the Hotel Ballroom or Garden Restaurant. After the festive food, you can explore the holiday attractions, including the Festival of Lights, 3D holiday movies, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D, Arctic Slide and train rides. The Ballroom Thanksgiving dinner seating is only 11 am-2.30 pm and is $59 for adults, $29 for kids (4-12), and FREE for kids 3 and under. The Garden Restaurant has options from 11 am-8 pm and is $38.95 for adults, $17.95 for kids (4-12), and FREE for kids 3 and under.

Photo courtesy of Saltgrass Steakhouse

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. As well as a $19.99 turkey dinner, 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. Their to-go pack for a family of four is $79.99 and includes Roasted Turkey Breast, Dressing, Gravy, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Cranberry Sauce, Salad, and Bread. Holiday hours vary by location and reservations recommended.

The legendary sign of Dot Coffee Shop in Houston- photo courtesy of the diner

Dot Coffee Shop

7006 I-45, Houston
Open 24 hours a day, this legendary south Houston diner traditionally offers a 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
Usually, this resort offers a delicious buffet of Thanksgiving favorites with an upscale flair. Feast on prime rib and turkey, and then enjoy a full dessert buffet. Reservations are required. In 2021, they also offer an on-the-day Thanksgiving meal to go for 4-6 for $115 with pick up at 11.30 am or 12.15 pm.


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 usually offers 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.
Fogo de Chao has created a special menu for Thanksgiving 2021 with all the traditional favorites. Full Churrasco experience dinner pricing of $56.95 applies all day to all patrons on Thanksgiving day. Reservations are recommended

Fleming's Steakhouse

Various locations around Houston. Find one closest to you here.
The upmarket 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. A Thanksgiving children's menu is also available. 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

Photo courtesy of 024 Grille

024 Grille

945 Gessner Rd., Houston 
Dine-in at 024 Grille on Thanksgiving Day where you and your family can usually 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. Reservations are recommended.


Photo courtesy of B&B Butchers, a restaurant open on Thanksgiving in Houston

B&B Butchers

1814 Washington Ave., Houston,   
You know your turkey will be a quality bird when you dine at this restaurant with a traditional butcher's shop. Open on Thanksgiving from 10 a.m.-9 p.m, they are offering a fixed price menu of $85 for adults and $35 for children 11 and under. The menu has 3 courses with the entree choice of prime rib or turkey, and sides including corn souffle and the traditional yams with marshmallows. The meal also includes complimentary hot apple cider and pumpkin cookies to take home afterward. Reservations are recommended. 

Golden Corral

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

This post was originally published in November 2016.


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