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Festive Feasting: Holiday Dining in DFW

Whether it's Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day or anytime in between, a good meal is always reason to celebrate.

Fine Dining Thanksgiving Feasts

If no dirty dishes or clean-up is enough incentive, opt for a luxury Thanksgiving experience at some of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth. Prix fixe menus provide multiple courses of traditional holiday fare, often in addition to each restaurant’s usual offerings, while elevated holiday buffets take on the “everything-is-bigger-in-Texas” approach.

Cook Hall

At the W in Victory ParkCook Hall's Chef Vijay Sadhu, who recently "Beat Bobby Flay" in a samosa throwdown, will be serving up a three-course Thanksgiving meal ($35 per person). Highlights from the menu include 'Turkey Delight'—smoked turkey breast, ginger-spiced cranberry compote, Brussel sprouts hash and bacon-braised stuffing—and cinnamon-spiced pecan pie. 


Enjoy a three-course Thanksgiving meal from Chef Dean Fearing’s namesake restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton ($100 for adults, $30 for children 12 and under) from 11:30 am am to 3 pm and again from 5 pm to 8 pm, with offerings such as Cherry-Glazed Lockhart Quail and Salted Hazelnut-Crusted Australian Lamb Chops. Enjoy pre- or post-meal drinks at Rattlesnake Bar as an appetizer or dessert. 

LAW at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

Newly opened this year, LAW at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas features a Thanksgiving brunch (from 10:30 am to 3 pm) and dinner buffet (from 5:30-8:30 pm) that's equal parts traditional and Texas-inspired: Get the good stuff like Alaskan crab craws, slow-cooked beef strip, orange and sage stuffing and more, not to mention turkey with three-peppercorn gravy and whipped butter and herb mashed potatoes. Make a reservation or call 972.717.2420 to ensure a spot at the table ($82 for adults, $39 for children 6-12; free for ages 5 and under). Both buffets include an exclusive kid-friendly buffet. The best part? There's a room solely dedicated to desserts, with more than 20 options in which to indulge—chocolate caramel bread pudding, spice cake roulade and mulled wine poached pear tarts...and the list goes on. 


Over in the Design District, Oak hosts a four-course Thanksgiving Day lunch from 10am to 3 pm ($75 for adults, $25 for children 8 and under). The prix fixe menu includes family-style sides, pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake, and a choice of roasted Japanese pumpkin soup or  anchovy Caesar salad with either turkey, ham or prime rib. 

R Bar

In Arlington, R Bar & Grill will be open during its regular hours—11 am to 11 pm—with a traditional Thanksgiving menu (mashed potatoes, thyme and apple cornbread stuffing, green beans, pumpkin torte pie) for $23.99. Reservations are recommended. 

Although it’s closed on Christmas Day, The Capital Grille (multiple locations) is a solid bet for a high-end Thanksgiving meal. Additionally, Truluck’s also serves up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner featuring roasted turkey and pumpkin pie, plus its regular menu.

Fearing's Restaurant Holiday Dinner
Seared scallops on tubetti pasta at Fearing's. (Courtesy Fearing's Restaurant)

Holiday Brunch

Brunch is nearly a sport on normal weekends, let alone on holidays. Open on Thanksgiving Day, Eastwood's Bar—described as "the living room" of the bustling Uptown neighborhood—offers its brunch and BBQ menus until 3 pm and its regular menu from 3 pm to close. Plus, the neighborhood eatery and bar has the TVs necessary to watch all the Turkey Day games (including the Dallas Cowboys, of course). 

Reservations fill up quickly at establishments such as Pyramid Restaurant in the Fairmont Hotel and the Omni Fort Worth’s Cast Iron. Striking a balance between upscale service at at-home comfort, Pyramid’s gourmet Christmas Brunch buffet provides an endless array of holiday favorites and a family-friendly atmosphere.

A few minutes north in the Oak Lawn neighborhood, Landmark Restaurant at the Warwick Melrose Hotel also offers an all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch and dinner spread of crab claws, prime rib, omelettes, Belgian waffles and more. Cast Iron’s similar smorgasbord includes complimentary mimosas or bloody mary’s plus carved-to-order entrees like slow-roasted turkey and Dr Pepper-marinated ham.

Save room for tamale casserole and bourbon pecan pie. In the evening, Cast Iron offers either a four-course dinner or a fully loaded family meal to-go. Visit esteemed eateries such as SER at the Hilton Anatole to enjoy special holiday menus and events on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Mansion Restaurant at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek offers its elegant, French-inspired spin on seasonal cuisine Dec. 24-25 as well, in addition to Thanksgiving.

Second Floor Restaurant Thanksgiving
(Courtesy Second Floor)

Take-Home Turkeys

Put a Texas twist on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s with a smoked turkey from Fort Worth local favorite Angelo’s Barbecue. Stephan Pyles' Stampede 66 is also providing Thanksgiving to-go, with a $275 gourmet three-course meal for four to six people that includes hicory smoked turkey breast with giblet gravy, fried chicken with texas honey, barbecued beef brisket or a combination of all three, along with sides and pies for dessert.

Also a Dallas original, the family-owned Cajun Turkey Co. is known for its Louisiana-style deep-fried turkeys, zesty side dishes and more. As a Dallas-based online outlet that ships nationwide and fulfills local pick-up orders during the holiday season, order a signature deep-fried bird with all the fixings for a hassle-free holiday meal whether you live here or not. Finally, a Dallas visit is hardly complete without a trip to Kuby’s Sausage House, a local tradition in itself. This German restaurant and market in Snider Plaza is a longtime provider of fresh and pre-carved smoked turkeys for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.