Eating out is one of the best activities in Houston. So it is no surprise that so many restaurants and cafes stay open on Thanksgiving, catering to all of Houston’s dining-out community. With Houston having some of the best-kept secrets in the restaurant industry, Thanksgiving is one of the best days to explore some of these options.

Brennan’s of Houston
3300 Smith St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-9711

Brennan’s of Houston is a local favorite for any holiday, especially Thanksgiving. Known for its creative Southern dishes and cozy atmosphere, Brennan’s attracts people from every side of Houston. With a huge selection of dishes to choose from for Thanksgiving, a few of the favorites are herb-roasted American turkey, Gulf Coast shrimp and grits and a spiced three-apple salad. For dessert, Brennan’s specialties include classic pecan pie, Brennan’s white chocolate bread pudding, spiced pumpkin pie and the local favorite, bananas foster. Enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner made for kings here at Brennan’s of Houston.

The Federal Grill 
510 Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 863-7777

Branch Water Tavern brought Thanksgiving to life every year. Recently purchased by The Federal Grill, the great Thanksgiving tradition continues. The menu for Turkey Day has not been set in stone, but should feature traditional favorites like turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. Keep an eye on the website for information.

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Café at Hilton Americas – Houston
1600 Lamar St.
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 739-8000

Enjoy an unforgettable Thanksgiving Day brunch or a la carte dinner at the Cafe at Hilton Americas in Houston with your family and friends. Choose from dishes on the brunch menu like roasted turkey, roasted beef prime rib, sweet potatoes, cranberry salsa, apple cornbread stuffing, scrambled eggs or breakfast potatoes. Many of the dinner options include roasted turkey, sweet potato pie, roasted butternut squash and mascarpone mashed Yukon gold potatoes. Sweeten your dinner by adding pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert. Come for brunch, dinner or both. Whenever you come to Café at the Hilton Americas, you will leave feeling full and refreshed.

Kelly’s Grill
11102  Highway 6 S., Suite 110
Sugar Land, TX 77498
(281) 879-6676

For a homemade Thanksgiving Day dinner, bring your family and friends to Kelly’s Grill. Located in Sugar Land near Alief, Kelly’s Grill has been serving some of the most amazing home cooking for well over 10 years. It is like eating Thanksgiving at your mother’s house. You can choose from dishes like a turkey sandwich, chopped steak, country fried steak, mashed potatoes, burgers or the more traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Whatever dish you decide upon, make sure you choose a homemade dessert to go with it.

Spindletop – Hyatt Regency
1200 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 375-4775

One of Houston’s favorite hotel restaurants, The Spindletop brings Thanksgiving to life. Some of the best seafood dishes are created here at The Spindletop. Choose from dishes like roasted corn and crab bisque, southwest crab cakes, roasted shrimp and crawfish, paella, short ribs and many more incredible dishes for Thanksgiving. Enjoy the incredible rooftop view of the city of Houston while you eat as the Spindletop glides around.

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Kelli Kelly is a freelance writer who resides in Houston, Texas. Discovering how to make recipes family friendly, healthy, and quick using ingredients that can usually be found in your pantry already is a passion of Kelli’s. She also helps to teach children’s cooking/baking classes and parties. Her work can be found at