Head to one of these 21 metro Phoenix restaurants for a cleanup-free Thanksgiving meal

Georgann Yara, Special for Arizona Republic
Special for The Arizona Republic

If you're the resident dishwasher in your house and don’t feel like working overtime in the aftermath of the most anticipated meal of the year, several Valley restaurants have your back with lavish buffets, elegant multi-course meals and classic dinners that can be enjoyed without the dread of dish duty. 

Many restaurants are adhering to reduced capacity recommendations, so reservations are recommended. All menus will be available exclusively on Nov. 25, unless noted. 

Here are 21 restaurants where you can enjoy brunch or dinner on Thanksgiving.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. a buffet featuring dishes from the property’s seven restaurants will be served in the Palomino Ballroom ($119, $54 for ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger with a paying adult). Highlights include a fresh juice station, traditional breakfast favorites like eggs, pancakes, breakfast meats, baked goods and fruit. A variety of sides, vegetables, salads and starters will be offered alongside a hand-rolled sushi station, brined roast turkey and stuffing, seared salmon, carved honey ham, pastas, squash blossom quesadillas and ginger barbecue braised short rib. An array of desserts will be served along with a kids selection. Reservations with a credit card are required. Cancellations after 72-hours prior to the event will be charged 50% of the reservation price. 

Details: 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale. 480-585-2694, scottsdaleprincess.com.

Mora Italian

From noon to 3 p.m. a special three-course Thanksgiving menu ($85) will feature starter options like pork and veal meatballs, fritto misto and lardo-wrapped prawns. Choose an entree, including porchetta-spiced turkey with chestnut pancetta stuffing; roasted branzino alla livornese; Argentine prime NY strip steak; roasted chicken al limone; and fettuccine pasta. Desert choices include bombolini, salted caramel budino and a tableside ice cream cart.

Details: 5651 N. Seventh St, Phoenix. 602-795-9943, moraitalian.com

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Renata's Hearth and Frank & Albert's at the Arizona Biltmore 

From 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Renata’s Hearth will offer a pre-fixe, family style menu ($190) featuring an array of dishes with Latin flair including: spiced pumpkin soup; wagyu beef tenderloin tamales; roasted calabazitas; root vegetable enchilada; smoked Pennsylvania turkey pibil style with guajillo chile and lime turkey gravy; sweet potato cake and pumpkin pecan pie. For a more casual experience, Frank & Albert’s will offer citrus and spice-roasted Pennsylvania turkey with all the trimmings and sides plus dessert ($45) from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Details: Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix. 602-955-6600, arizonabiltmore.com

Meritage

The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

From noon to 8 p.m., a prix fixe menu ($79, $24 for ages 4-12) will feature twists on traditional favorites like beet-cured salmon with parsnips, apples, pears, whipped goat cheese and mizuna and grilled filet of beef with bacon and leek mashed potatoes, petite turnips, roasted carrots, cippolini onion and demi-glace. At restaurant twenty6, specials will be served from an a la carte from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Details: JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix. 480-293-5000, marriott.com

T. Cook's at Royal Palms Resort & Spa

The Royal Palms Resort's signature restaurant T. Cook’s is known for lavish brunches.

From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., a festive buffet ($95, $35 for ages 6-12) will feature traditional breakfast dishes including customized omelets and eggs benedict, waffles and french toast, a cheese and charcuterie spread, salad and soup bar, seasonal sides like confit garlic mash and cornbread stuffing, pasta bar, chilled seafood display and desserts. A carved meats station will offer herb crusted prime rib, roasted Thanksgiving turkey and honey glazed ham. 

Details: 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. For the buffet, 602-283-1234. For T. Cook’s, 602-808-0766, royalpalmshotel.com/tcooks.

Elements at Sanctuary Resort

Sanctuary Resort & Spa on Camelback Mountain.

From noon to 8 p.m., a four-course menu ($150, $55 for ages 12 and younger) include opening course options like roasted parsnip and ginger bisque, lobster and pumpkin risotto, seared Hudson Valley foie gras with vanilla quince tarte tatin and mustard and citrus glazed pork belly with braised kale, creamy polenta and a Two Wash Farms fried egg. Main courses choices include a Two Wash Farms traditional turkey dinner with sausage and chestnut stuffing, brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, cranberry apple relish and giblet gravy; braised Wagyu beef cheek with creamed celery root, toasted walnuts, a brussel sprout salad and zinfandel jus; pan roasted branzino with buttered leeks, fennel, blistered tomatoes and saffron bouillabaisse broth; Iberico pork tenderloin with sweet potato grits, hot pickled swiss chard and cherry garlic gastrique; butternut squash ravioli with toasted pine nuts, truffles and a brown butter sage sauce; or crispy veal sweetbreads served with creamed farro, glazed turnips, asparagus, morel mushrooms and a balsamic cider reduction. Dessert will follow. Reservations are required.

Details: Sanctuary Resort & Spa on Camelback Mountain, 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. 480-607-2300, sanctuaryaz.com.

Wigwam

Whether guests are looking for a fun family vacation, a romantic getaway or even the perfect staycation, The Wigwam offers something for everyone.

Two options await at this historic resort. In the Wigwam Ballroom, a buffet ($62, $26 for ages 4-12) will be served noon to 4 p.m. featuring salads, cheese, fresh fruit, smoked salmon with accoutrements and a variety of festive sides like a gourmet mac and cheese station, honey pecan ham and seared salmon. The carving station will have prime NY striploin and roasted organic turkey. 

At Litchfield’s, a three-course prix-fixe menu ($74, $26 for ages 4-12) will be available from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Start with your choice of acorn squash soup or salad before moving on to one an entrees of roasted suckling pig with jalapeño sausage,  grilled corn grits and house slaw; natural turkey breast with fennel sausage stuffing, baby green beans, maple roasted yam, roasted garlic mashed potato, orange cranberry relish and giblet sage gravy; pan roasted sea bass with baby spinach, wild mushrooms, snow peas and lobster butter or Cedar River prime rib with roasted garlic mashed potato, grilled asparagus, baby onion and red wine demi. Pumpkin cheesecake, pecan pie chocolate cake and rhubarb cranberry crisp are dessert options. Reservations are required for both.

Details: 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. 623-935-3811, wigwamarizona.com.

The Americano

The Americano offers a selection of 200 wines from Italian and American labels, including Conant’s private label, SC Wines.

From noon to 3 p.m., a special three-course menu ($105) will feature an appetizer selection of a seafood tower, bay scallop crudo, fall salads, braised beef short ribs with tarragon spaetzle or truffle potato gnocchi. Entrée choices include a traditional turkey plate, Maple Leaf Farm spiced duck breast, seared Faroe Island salmon or gnocchetti and a variety of signature steaks. Choose between pumpkin budino and the pie and cake cart for dessert. 

Details: 17797 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-573-0001, theamericanorestaurant.com.

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails at Hotel Palomar Phoenix.

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., a three-course dinner ($65) will feature an array of options including roasted butternut squash and bourbon soup with Devonshire crème and crostini; sage brined turkey served with whipped potato, apple stuffing, green beans, giblet gravy and cranberry; roasted NY striploin with potato gratin, braised mushrooms, asparagus, and mustard zinfandel sauce; and pan roasted sea bass served with sweet potato and crab hash, lemon and chive butter. Maple and blueberry bread pudding will be served with vanilla gelato for dessert. 

Details: Hotel Palomar Phoenix , 2 East Jefferson St., Phoenix. 602-253-6661, bluehoundkitchen.com.

Rita’s Cantina & Bar, W Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa 

Brunch dishes at Rita’s Cantina at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a brunch buffet ($89, $39 for ages 4-12) includes unlimited mimosas and bloody marys for ages 21 and older. Find roasted turkey with gravy, grilled street corn, traditional stuffing, grilled filet with red wine sauce, roasted potatoes, green beans with almonds, pecan cake, pumpkin spice latte chocolate cup and pumpkin tarts on the buffet. A la carte dinner specials will be available at Rita’s and sister restaurant Lincoln Steakhouse in the evening. 

Details: 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale. 480-948-1700, camelbackinn.com.

Southwest Bistro at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale 

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. a buffet ($105, $120 with access to a champagne or bloody mary bar) will offer a bevvy of favorites like made-to-order omelets; eggs benedict; chocolate chip pancakes; cinnamon roll French toast; spiced root vegetable hash; roasted salmon; chilled Alaskan crab legs, jumbo shrimp and desserts. There will also be a maple-basted ham with a butterscotch glaze and herb-roasted turkey served with stuffing, cranberry relish, and giblet gravy. A kids menu ($48) for ages 6-12 will feature chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese and a Candyland dessert station. 

Details: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale. 480-629-6231, hyattregencyscottsdale.com.

Terra Tempe Kitchen & Spirits, Westin Tempe 

The new Westin Tempe hotel in downtown Tempe on Aug. 18, 2021.

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., a three-course menu ($75, $25 for ages 6-12) will include highlights such as roasted pumpkin soup with honey crema fresca, candied pepitas and cilantro; seared jumbo scallops with pork belly, butternut squash puree and bourbon maple glaze; slow roasted turkey breast with turkey leg “porchetta,” yam puree, apple cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce and brown butter giblet gravy; oven roasted cauliflower steak with forbidden rice, asparagus, foraged mushrooms, golden raisins and crunchy chili garlic sauce and spiced pecan tart with salted caramel fresh fruit and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Details: 11 E. 7th St., Tempe. 480-968-8885, terratempe.com.

Arrowhead Grill

Arrowhead Grill: 8280 W. Union Hills Drive, Glendale. 623-566-2224, arrowheadgrill.com.

A three-course menu ($64.99) will feature a choice of soup or salad and entrée options include a Turducken turkey breast stuffed with duck and chicken breast or a traditional turkey breast, both served with fennel cornbread stuffing and cranberry sauce. There are also steak and seafood choices. Sides include potatoes, creamed corn, creamed spinach, sautéed green beans, scalloped cheese potatoes and broccoli. Add dessert for $5.99

Details: 8280 W. Union Hills Drive, Glendale. 623-566-2224, arrowheadgrill.com.

Black Angus Steakhouse 

The Thanksgiving dinner special at Black Angus Steakhouse.

A turkey dinner ($24.99, $10.99 for ages 12 and younger) will feature roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sage dressing, sweet potatoes, broccoli with garlic butter, garden salad, fresh cranberry sauce, molasses bread pudding and pumpkin pie. Reservations are required. 

Details: 13766 W. McDowell Road, Goodyear. 623-535-8585. Also, 6902 E. Hampton Ave., Mesa. 480-830-6900. Other locations at blackangus.com

Hearth ’61 at Mountain Shadows

The patio at Hearth '61.

Holiday specials will be served 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., including a slow-roasted Two Wash Ranch turkey dinner with a bevvy of sides ($49, $18 for ages 7-12), butternut squash soup with coriander crème fraîche ($12), pumpkin pie with cinnamon sweet cream ($12) and butterscotch pecan pie with vanilla ice cream ($15). The turkey dinner and whole pumpkin pies ($29) and butterscotch pecan pie ($38) are also available for takeout, with pre-order by 5 p.m. Nov. 23. Call 480-624-5431.

Details: Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale, 5445 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. 480-624-5400, mountainshadows.com.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Sliced steak at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Peoria.

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., a three-course meal will feature herb roasted turkey breast and gravy, dark meat or combination ($49), petite filet mignon ($64) or bone-in ribeye ($74). Sides to share include mashed potatoes, green beans and onions and cinnamon-orange infused cranberry sauce. Begin the meal with salad or lobster bisque and end it with New York cheesecake or carrot cake. 

Details: 9712 W. Northern Ave., Peoria. 623-772-9463. Also, 905 N. 54th St., Chandler. 480-940-1900. Other locations at flemingssteakhouse.com.

Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse

The menu at Keeler’s features Certified Angus Beef specialty cut steaks and American comfort food.

From noon to 6 p.m., a three-course meal ($65) will begin with a choice of salad, french onion soup or butternut squash bisque followed by a traditional turkey dinner with green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy; a 10-ounce slow-roasted prime rib with grilled asparagus, mashed potatoes, au jus and horseradish cream;  12-ounce top sirloin baseball cut with grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes or Scottish steelhead trout with asparagus risotto and Brussels sprouts. Choose apple or pumpkin pie or chocolate cake for dessert. These dishes are also available a la carte. 

Details: 7212 E. Ho Hum Road, Carefree. 602-374-4784, keelerssteakhouse.com.

Match Market & Bar

Match Restaurant & Lounge.

The three-course holiday menu ($55) begins with a choice of salad or sweet potato harvest soup, followed by entrees including vegetarian tofu stuffing or traditional seasoned sliced turkey. Sides include country chive mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and maple glaze, cranberry sauce and sweet rolls. Chose between a slice of pumpkin or apple pie for dessert. Add a side of stuffing to the turkey entree for $5 more. 

Details: 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-875-8080, matchphx.com.

Maple & Ash

The Thanksgiving special at Maple & Ash.

From 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., dinner ($70) includes roasted turkey breast, whipped buttered potatoes, mushrooms and autumnal vegetables, turkey gravy with fresh shaved truffles, ricotta and apple stuffing with truffle jus and cranberry ginger relish. Add pumpkin pie mousse cake with cinnamon ice cream ($14) for dessert. 

Details: 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. 480-400-8888, mapleandash.com.

Ocean Trail at Talking Stick Resort

Ocean Trail restaurant at Talking Stick Resort.

From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., a three-course menu with a Creole twist ($59.95) will start with a Caesar salad followed by a Thanksgiving seafood boil with crab meat, lobster claws, shrimp, clams, mussels, andouille sausage, corn and potatoes in a creole tomato butter sauce. A honeyed fig crostata is served for dessert. Holiday specials will be offered at the property’s other restaurants, including Orange Sky, Blue Coyote Cafe, Blue Coyote Cantina and TASH. 

Details: Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road, Salt River Reservation. 480-850-7777, talkingstickresort.com.

Roy’s

Roy's in Chandler offers fine Hawaiian cuisine mixing European and Asian techniques and ingredients.

A three-course Thanksgiving meal ($49.95) will include a choice of Caesar salad or lobster bisque to start, followed by teriyaki glazed turkey and sides of Portuguese sausage stuffing, haricots verts, sesame carrots, truffle mashed potatoes, bacon pan gravy and yuzu cranberry sauce. Choose pumpkin crunch cake or chocolate torte for dessert. 

Details: 7151 W. Ray Road, Chandler. 480-705-7697. Also, 5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix. 480-419-7697, roysrestaurant.com.

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