15+ Thanksgiving Dining Options to Gobble Up in 2018

By Matt Sterner
November 15, 2018

Tuck into these feasts with all the fixings.

Making a Thanksgiving meal for the family is rewarding, but that stack of dishes in the kitchen sink — not so much.  The thought of it is enough to get you out the house and under the roof of another establishment that's willing to be at your beck and call.

This year, Tucson has a cornucopia of options on Thanksgiving Day. Whether it's dining in, carrying out, or ordering in advance, one of the following options should strike your fancy for the holiday.

Also, the growing trend of throwing "Friendsgiving" dinners is catching on in the Tucson community. This is a great way to celebrate a little early before spending time with family.

Additional brunches, dinners, and buffets are always popping up, so we'll keep the list updated.

American Eat Co.

5 - 9 p.m. Wednesday, November 21
1439 S. Fourth Ave.


Thanksgiving is great, but what about "Friendsgiving?" American Eat Co. is inviting everyone over for friendship and good food the day before the national holiday.

Inside you'll find food and drink specials, like mimosas and beer floats, music by Humblelianess Meleena Araceli and Quiahuitl Villegas, a photo booth by Bashbox Photo Booth, and a "gratitude wall" by Galeria Milotera.

For more information, visit American Eat Company's Facebook event page

Agustin Kitchen

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, November 22
100 S. Avenida del Convento, Suite 150


Agustin Kitchen is delivering a family-style meal with of the sides you grew up eating at your grandparents' home. Their a la carte menu will feature some Thanksgiving favorites, wine pairings, and live music from Emilie Marchand accompanied by Naim Amor.

Dinner is $75 per person and $25 for those 10-years old and younger.

Reservations are required, so call (520) 398-5382 ahead of time.

For more information and to view the full Thanksgiving menu, visit agustinkitchen.com.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, November 23
2021 N. Kinney Rd.
Tucson Museum of Art Dinner Series
Turkey Dinner (Photo Credit: Satya Murthy)

Spend Thanksgiving dinner with your loved ones in the spectacular Sonoran Desert. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is hosting a Thanksgiving Buffet featuring local flavors and influences.

The buffet is $49.95 per person and $24.95 for children 10-years old and under.

To make reservations, call (520) 883-3046 and visit desertmuseum.org for a full buffet menu. 

Azul Restaurant & Lounge

10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 22
 3800 E. Sunrise Dr.

The Azul Restaurant & Lounge inside the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa is throwing its annual Thanksgiving buffet.

The buffet is served in an upscale, contemporary dining area featuring items like the Smoked Paprika and Orange Marinated Salmon Medallions, the Slow-Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, and multiple other entrées and sides to lay your hands on.

The full buffet menu can be seen at westinlapalomaresort.com.

$56.95 will get you an all-you-can-eat experience. Children 6 - 12 years old are $24.95, and anyone younger can chow down for free.

To make your reservations, call (520) 742-6000 or visit westinlapalomaresort.com.

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Canyon Café at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Thursday, November 22
7000 N. Resort Dr.

Canyon Café is throwing a Thanksgiving brunch to celebrate the season of giving.

The brunch will be showcasing food from many local farmers and artisans. Plus, in addition to the traditional Thanksgiving dishes, the meal will  have carving stations, a seafood display, an omelet station, and pies from the resort's pastry chef.

Seats are $85 per person, children 6 – 12 years old are $42 each, and anyone 5 years old and under is $15.

For more information and to make your reservations, call (520) 615-5496 or visit loewshotels.com

Cayton’s Burger Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, November 22
15000 N. Secret Springs Dr., Marana, AZ 85658
Black Diamond Mac & Cheese at Cayton's Burger Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain (Photo courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain)
Black Diamond Mac & Cheese at Cayton's Burger Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain (Photo courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain)

Cayton’s Burger Bistro at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain will be offering a buffet of made-to-order omelets, breakfast favorites, carved roasted turkey, appetizers, holiday sides, and a separate dessert buffet.

It's $75 per person and $38 for kids under 12-years old.

For more information and to make reservations, call (520) 572-3401 or visit ritzcarlton.com.

Charro Steak

11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, November 22


Charro Steak will whip up a three-course meal with your choice of starter and entrée with dessert.

The heirloom turkey is $29.95, while the prime rib is $39.95. A kid's entrée is also available.

Dinner will also feature an option of $10 cinnamon spice cran-apple margarita made with Flores Exclusivo Codigo Rosa Tequila.

For more information and to make reservations, call (520) 485-1922 or visit charrosteak.com.

Cielos at Lodge on the Desert

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Thursday, November 22
306 N. Alvernon Way

Cielos at the Lodge on the Desert is throwing a Thanksgiving brunch buffet to get your holiday started.

The menu includes hors d'oeuvres, cheese and meats, seafood, salads, roasted turkey, a carving station with prime rib roast, and several desserts.

Seats are $55 per person.

For more information and the make your reservation, call (520) 320-2014 or visit lodgeonthedesert.com

CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

12:30 - 3 p.m. and 4:30 - 9 p.m. Thursday, November 22

Thanksgiving Day at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar will feature a three-course holiday lunch plus an expanded four-course holiday dinner menu for the evening.

Both meals will include special entrée choices including roasted turkey, pan-seared halibut, roasted sirloin cap, and several holiday desserts.

Lunch is $79 per person, $98 for dinner, and $38 for kids under 12 during lunch and dinner.

For more information and to make reservations, call (520) 572-3401 or visit ritzcarlton.com.


Creative Tribe

6 - 8 p.m. Friday, November 16
2905 E. Skyline Dr.


Creative Tribe is throwing a "Friendsgiving" potluck-style event to celebrate friendship and creative minds around Tucson.

Admission is free but everyone is asked to bring their favorite charcuterie board item to add to a collaborative board. On top of that, Tucson Foodie's very own Melissa Stihl will be there for a lesson on wine pairings and charcuterie board creations.

Some ideas include crackers or bread, cheese, jam or honey, dried or cured meats, pickled vegetables, olives, nuts, or anything you can wrap your mind around.

You'll need to RSVP on Creative Tribe's Facebook event page and post on the discussion board what you're bringing to the table.

Cup Cafe

7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, November 22
311 E. Congress St.


Cup Cafe inside of Hotel Congress will be open on Thanksgiving day with a few specials, including a vegetarian dinner.

Turkey Plate ($23)
  • Slow roasted turkey
  • Confit turkey thigh
  • Homestyle turkey gravy
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Buttermilk-chive mashed potatoes
  • Sausage, apple, and sage stuffing
  • Green bean and mushroom casserole
Vegetarian Plate ($20)
  • Roasted Portabella mushrooms
  • Golden beet medallions
  • Mushroom gravy
  • Apple and sage stuffing
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Buttermilk-chive mashed potatoes
  • Green bean and mushroom casserole
Seasonal Pie ($5)
  • Brown butter pumpkin
  • Bourbon chocolate pecan

For more information, call (520) 798-1618 or visit hotelcongress.com

The Dutch Eatery & Refuge

Last day for orders is Friday, November 16
943 E. University Blvd.


Here's one you can eat in your home. The Dutch Eatery & Refuge is offering a "take and bake" Thanksgiving dinner for 8 - 12 people.

The dinner includes an 8-10 or 20-24 pound Mountain Raised Turkey, Mushroom and Sage Stuffing, Turkey Gravy, Yam Casserole, and an Apple-pecan Crumble.

Dinner for 4 is $100 and dinner for 12 people is $250. Everything comes in single-use pans with detailed instructions for oven use. If you don't have an oven, ask for the 'heat and serve' option.

For more information and to place an order, call (520) 792-6684.

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Festa International Buffet

11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday, November 22
5655 W. Valencia Rd.

Hailed as one of Tucson’s best buffets, Festa International Buffet will be offering an incredible Thanksgiving feast this year.

For the holiday, they're putting out a special buffet featuring crab legs, carved turkey, ham, stuffing, and all of the fixings you commonly see on the dinner table.

Dinner is $38 per person.

For more information, visit casinodelsol.com.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, November 22
6360 N. Campbell Ave, Suite 180
Wine Dinner (Credit: Terje Sollie from PEXELS)
Wine Dinner (Credit: Terje Sollie from PEXELS)

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar is offering a multi-course Thanksgiving feast. It's going to include classics like Mixed Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast or Sliced Beef Tenderloin.

Seats are $45 per person and there's also going to be a multi-course Thanksgiving Children's Menu for $19.

First Course
  • Artisan Bread Basket - selection of fresh bread with pumpkin butter
Second Course (choice of)
  • Fleming's Chopped Salad
  • Lobster Bisque
Third Course (choice of)
  • Mixed Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast - with turkey gravy, fresh cranberry, and orange and cinnamon sauce (dark meat available upon request)
  • Sliced Beef Tenderloin - with cabernet demi-glace (an additional $15)
  • House-made sage and brioche bread stuffing, green beans, onions, butter-mashed sweet potatoes, and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes
Dessert (choice of)
  • Apple Crisp - with Chantilly cream and cinnamon
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake - with pumpkin spice and gingersnap crust

For more information and to make your reservations, visit flemingssteakhouse.com

Flying V Bar & Grill at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

4 - 10 p.m. Thursday, November 22
7000 N. Resort Dr.

Flying V Bar & Grill is offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and an option to pick something off the regular menu.

The menu features traditional American cooking with Spanish and Mexican influences, while focusing on locally sourced ingredients. Another highlight of the menu is the table-side guacamole, which is made to order.

Prices vary on your menu selection.

For more information and to make your reservations, call (520) 615-5496 or visit loewshotels.com

Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday, November 22
5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Rd.


Celebrate Thanksgiving at the Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort with their gourmet buffet. The feast will feature traditional favorites paired with inventive, regionally inspired new dishes.

The meal is $80 per person, $42 for kids 7 - 14 years old, and anyone under 6 years old can eat for free.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (520) 529-3500.

Appetizers and Salads
  • Seafood Display - Chilled shrimp, smoked salmon, and snow crab claws
  • Antipasto Platters - Grilled Vegetables, Imported Italian Cured Meats, Pepperoncini, Olives, Artisan Breads, and Domestic and Imported Cheeses
  • Mixed Green Salad - Lemon Herb de Provence Vinaigrette, Crudite, Roasted Bell Pepper, Mozzarella, and Marinated Artichoke Hearts
  • Caesar Salad - with Croutons and Parmesan cheese
  • Beet Salad - Beets, Crispy Quinoa, Broccoli, Zucchini, Arugula, Frisee, Pico de Gallo, Pepitas, Quesa Fresca, and Avocado Vinaigrette
  • Spinach Salad - Candied Pecan, Orange Supremes, and Strawberry Vinaigrette
Action Stations
  • Roast Turkey with Herb Focaccia Stuffing, Orange Cranberry Compote, and Rosemary and Lemon Gravy
  • Prime Rib, Bordelaise Sauce, and Creamy Horseradish
  • Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon
  • Chipotle Glazed Chicken
  • Pit Ham with Pineapple Demi
  • Whipped Potatoes, Molasses Chipotle Sweet Potatoes Puree, Cauliflower Custard, Wild Rice Pilaf with Dried Fruit, Ratatouille, Gouda Mac n’ Cheese, Green Beans, and Cornbread Stuffing
  • Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cake with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting, Coconut Cranberry Bars (Vegan), Cranberry Mousse (Gluten-free, Vegan), Bourbon Pecan Pie Cheesecake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies, Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles, Sweet Corn Panna Cotta with Candied Bacon (Gluten-free), Chocolate Truffles (Gluten-free), and Apple Cobbler

For more information, visit haciendadelsol.com.

Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, November 22
10000 N. Oracle Rd.

Sit back and enjoy traditional Thanksgiving favorites from roast turkey breast to baked yams, green beans, and pumpkin pie. The buffet will have a carving station, salad bar, and dessert buffet.

You can check out their full menu at hiltonelconquistador.com.

The feast is $55  per person, $22 for kids 6 - 12-years old, and anyone younger is free.

For more information and to make your reservations, call (520) 544-1244 or visit hiltonelconquistador.com.

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Pumpkin Pie (Credit: Element5 Digital from PEXELS)

Maynards Market & Kitchen

Noon - 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 22
400 N. Toole Ave.


Dine with Maynards Market & Kitchen to experience a Thanksgiving dinner with a prix fixe four-course menu. Their regular menu will be unavailable for the holiday.

Tickets are $55 per person and $20 for kids 12-years and younger.

Reservations are encouraged.

First Course
  • Cured artisanal meats, Top Knot liver pâté, cheeses, deviled eggs, house-marinated olives, nuts, pickled vegetables, and Barrio focaccia
Second Course (choice of)
  • Roasted apple-celery bisque, golden raisin relish, and chive oil
  • Panzanella salad, kale, toasted bread, red onion, butternut squash, brussels sprouts, pepitas, dried cranberry, goat cheese, and maple vinaigrette
Third Course (choice of)
  • Dragoon-brined turkey breast, confit turkey leg, and giblet gravy
  • Herb-roasted Arizona prime rib and pan jus
  • Maple-roasted Scottish salmon and cranberry almond salsa
  • Stuffed acorn squash and Persian wild rice pilaf
Served with:
  • Citrus-glazed parsnips and carrots
  • Haricot Vert with bacon and parmesan
  • Roasted sweet potatoes, marshmallow, and toasted granola
  • White cheddar and roasted garlic whipped Yukon Gold potatoes
  • Brioche Stuffing with roasted mushrooms
  • Caramelized onion and safe giblet pan gravy
  • Orange-cranberry sauce
Fourth Course (choice of)
  • Pumpkin-cheesecake tart, nutmeg caramel, and cream Chantilly
  • Warm berry cobbler with lemon-vanilla bean ice cream

For more information, visit maynardstucson.com.

The Parish

Place orders before November 21.


This one is for those who want to stay home but don't feel like cooking.

With true Southern hospitality, The Parish is preparing Southern fried or smoked turkeys, traditional sides, decadent pies, and more to be picked up.

You will need to place your order before Wednesday, November 21 to get your feast.

For more information, to see the full menu, and to reserve your meal, visit theparishtucson.com.

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5 - 8 p.m. Thursday, November 22
3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.


Primo and the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa are throwing a three-course Thanksgiving prix fixe menu with two-time James Beard Award winner and Primo Executive chef Melissa Kelly, as well as chef de Cuisine Daniel Baun.

Seats are $75 per person.

First Course (choice of)
  • Winter Squash Soup - cinnamon creme fraiche, pepitas, and a crispy Brussels leaf salad
  • Baked Brie - with spiced apple, pumpkin, and sage
Second Course
  • Turkey Breast Roulade - garlic mashed Yukon potato, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, cranberry gastrique, and root vegetables
Third Course (choice of)
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake 
  • Apple Crostata 
  • Chef's Selection of Season Gelati

For more information and to make reservations, call (520) 791-6071 or visit marriott.com.

PY Steakhouse

3 - 8 p.m. Thursday, November 22
5655 W. Valencia Rd.

If you're trying to get out of the house this Thanksgiving, PY Steakhouse at Casino Del Sol won't be a gamble with their special dinner.

Seats are $65 per person.

Starter (choice of)

  • Butternut Squash Soup - with salt-crusted pecans and crispy sage
  • Fall Harvest Salad - greens and Brussels sprouts, dates, goat cheese, almonds, and horseradish

Entrée (choice of)

  • Broad Breasted White Turkey Dinner - Top knot farms raised, sous vide breast, confit leg, and family style sides
  • House Brined and Smoked Kurobuta Ham - grilled pickled pineapple and family-style sides

Thanksgiving Sides

  • Yams and black pepper marshmallow
  • Traditional stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Green bean casserole
  • Giblet gravy and cranberry sauce

Choice of Dessert (choice of)

  • Traditional Pumpkin Pie - cinnamon whipped cream and streusel
  • Traditional Pecan Pie - cinnamon whipped cream and streusel

For more information, visit casinodelsol.com.

Signature Grill

11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday, November 22
3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.
Signature Grill JW Marriott Starr Pass
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Signature Grill at JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa is throwing a Thanksgiving buffet for all to enjoy.

The menu will feature holiday favorites combining the restaurant's trio of cultures: Mexican, cowboy, and Native American flavors. Some dishes include house-made butternut squash soup, fresh salads, and carving stations with prime rib, turkey, and mesquite-roasted salmon.

Seats are $69 per person, $27 for kids ages 6 through 12-years old, and everyone younger than that can eat for free.

For more information and to make your required reservations, call (520) 791-6064 or visit marriott.com.

The Tasteful Kitchen

2 - 6 p.m. Thursday, November 22
722 N. Stone Ave.

The Tasteful Kitchen is cooking up a vegan Thanksgiving meal for those looking for anything but the traditional turkey this year.

Seats are $35 per person.

  • Seasonal Soup Du Jour
  • Chef’s Board with a variety of seasonal fun nibbles and dips
Entrée (choice of)
  • Sweet Potato Cannoli with Wild-rice Stuffing and Mushroom Gravy
  • Homemade Apple and Sage Vegan Sausage with Roasted Root Vegetables, Mash Potato, and Red Wine Demi-glaze
  • Pumpkin Tamale with Cranberry and Walnut Filling
Dessert (choice of)
  • Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream
  • Poached Pear with Muscato Syrup and Vegan Creme Anglaise

For more information and to make your reservations, call (520) 250-9600 or visit thetastefulkitchen.com

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Happy Thanksgiving (Credit: Kaboompics from PEXELS)

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