Skip the dishes, eat out on Thanksgiving in Tempe!

Thanksgiving is just days away – Thursday, November 28, 2019. That means in just a few days, we’ll be gathered around with friends and family, watching football, cooking the largest turkey we could find, baking pies and cakes, prepping the stuffing and the green bean casserole (my favorite and a Thanksgiving must if I’m invited to your home). Once the prepping, cooking/baking and in some cases, when the tears are wiped away, you can eat, laugh, yell, scream and chat around the table. Then the cleaning begins. And it never ends.

If this doesn’t sound appealing to you – and that’s okay if it doesn’t – you still deserve to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. You deserve the works too. We’re talking about turkey, ham, prime rib, mountains of potatoes and all the pies you can dream of. Best of all, you can let someone else do all the cooking and cleaning up for you. Here are a few Tempe area restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving and are more than happy to take care of everything for you so your Thanksgiving can be relaxing and stress-free.

Caffe Boa

398 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-9112
Enjoy a special Thanksgiving day menu at Caffe Boa in Downtown Tempe. Cafe Boa will also be serving their normal lunch and dinner menus, for those of us that can’ without having our favorite dishes!

The turkey day menu will include an heirloom greens salad, tossed in house with organic, fresh ingredients. The main course involves a Heritage Breed turkey, smashed potatoes and gravy, homemade stuffing and cranberries. The turkey comes from local Two Wash Ranch Farm out of New River, AZ. Complete your meal with homemade harvest pumpkin pie. All this for just $59 a person. 

Reservations are highly recommended for both lunch and dinner. Call 480-968-9112 to make your reservation.

Top of the Rock

Marriott Phoenix Resort Tempe at The Buttes, 2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (602) 431-2370
Enjoy amazing views of the Phoenix metro area while savoring Thanksgiving brunch or dinner at Top of the Rock. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 602-431-2370 to reserve your table.


1160 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 557-0700
Every year all locations offer a Thanksgiving Day Menu until 4:00 p.m. The Thanksgiving Dinner Menu features white meat turkey breast with stuffing and cranberry relish. Side dishes include mashed potatoes, home-style string beans, candied yams, and freshly baked rolls with butter. For dessert, please enjoy a slice of the bakery’s homemade apple or pumpkin pie. The price to experience Thanksgiving Dinner is one of the best in the Valley and costs only $19.99 per adult and $9.99 for kids 10 and under.

Thanksgiving Catering: Chompie’s Thanksgiving recipes can also be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home! All of the turkey and fixings are prepared from scratch the same day of your scheduled pick-up. Included are reheating instructions so the dishes can be ready to be served in about 30 minutes. Enjoy all the deliciousness of a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner without any hassles.

Green New American Vegetarian

2240 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 941-9003
Green New American Vegetarian is offering its ThanksLiving celebration again this year! Stop by anytime from noon- 4 p.m. and enjoy a menu that includes Seitan turkey breast with vegan gravy, organic cranberry stuffing with toasted walnuts, roast-garlic smashed potatoes, sweet corn, brown “butter” asparagus, fried brussel sprouts, salad, cranberry sauce, local artisan breads, vegan pecan and pumpkin pies with homemade whipped cream, winterberry organic oat-granola cobbler. Purchase tickets in advance.

The price is $27.50 in advance ($32.50 on Thanksgiving day); and $12.50 for age 12 or younger($15.50 on Thanksgiving day). Thanksgiving day activities will include music and kids crafts. This year they’re also offering the thanksLIVING meal to go on Wednesday the 21st packaged cold with reheating instructions. You can purchase those meals online only!

Rustler’s Rooste

8383 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044 | (602) 431-6474
Head to Rustler’s Rooste for a boot-scootin’ good time on Thanksgiving. Open Thanksgiving day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy live country music from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call to make your reservation: (602) 431-6474.

RUSTLER’S ROOSTE TURKEY STUFF – Pre-order only, excluding beverages – $169.99 + tax and gratuity
16-20 lbs Oven-Roasted Tom Turkey, Mushroom Sage Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Candied Yams, Corn on the Cob, Cranberry-Pear Relish, Indian Fry Bread & Biscuits, Choice of a Whole Apple or Pumpkin Pie (and they even wrap up your leftovers to take home!). Turkey serves 8-10 people.

Rustler’s Rooste will also be offering a limited holiday menu including:
Traditional Turkey Dinner- Adults: $21.95, Children 10 & Under: $8.95
Baked Ham Dinner – Adults: $21.95, Children 10 & Under: $8.95
New York Steak, Served with Candied Yams and Corn on the Cob – $24.95
Prime Rib Dinner, Served with Candied Yams and Corn on the Cob – $20.95-$32.95
Mesquite Grilled Salmon Dinner, Served with Corn on the Cob and Rice – $21.95
Sautéed Shrimp Dinner, Served with Corn on the Cob and Rice – $20.95
Slice of Apple or Pumpkin Pie or Ice Cream – $2.95

Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse

5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, AZ 85226 | (480) 502-5600
Rawhide is excited to host a Thanksgiving Buffet at the Rawhide Steakhouse from 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. this year with a special menu. To make your Thanksgiving reservation please call (480) 502-5600. Adults $28.95 + tax, children 12 and under $9.95 + tax. Rawhide Western Town will be open on Thanksgiving Thursday starting at 10:30 am. Admission is FREE!
NOTE: Reservations for the Thanksgiving Buffet are sold out, however walk-ins will be accepted on the day of event on a space available basis.

Black Bear Diner

7700 S. Priest Dr. Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 719-4520
Black Bear Diner is open on Thanksgiving day until 8:00 p.m. with traditional Thanksgiving dinner plus the regular menu.

Amy Griglak
Written Amy Griglak

Originally from California, Amy loves to travel, go for runs, read all kinds of books, enjoy all things Disney, drink caramel macchiatos and explore new places and old favorites with her husband and two kiddos.


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