2017 Thanksgiving Roundup: Dining and Takeaway Options for Turkey Day

If you consider getting up at 5:00 A.M. to start your turkey, after staying up until 1:00 A.M. to make fresh pies for Thanksgiving, to be the pinnacle of your holiday season, then this post might not be for you. (Or maybe you need this information the most?!)

When it comes to getting a little—or a lot of—help for holidays, most San Antonians swear by the standards of Luby’s, Bill Miller’s, Rudy’s, and more, but you might be surprised at how many other options are available, no matter what you want!

Perhaps you’re looking for a staycation? You’re in luck, because lots of local hotels offer delicious options that let you sleep in and take a post-meal nap without the worry of who’s doing the dishes. Or you can just go there to eat, so you’ll still get to sleep in and won’t have to worry about dishes.

Maybe you’re OK with washing some plates and heating food up but really don’t want to have to pull out a mixing bowl or measuring cup. We’ve got you covered there, too.

All that’s missing is the perfect dessert? Look no further!

If you’re vegetarian, or even vegan, you can also partake in the bounty of the holiday without a second thought.

So go ahead and stick your neck out. Take a chance with something different for Thanksgiving this year. You might be creating new traditions!

Enjoy a family Thanksgiving meal out at any of the following area restaurants:

Faust Hotel & Brewing Co.
Join Faust for a Thanksgiving feast with traditional dishes featuring turkey, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. Cost: $30 per adult, $15 per kid (6–10), free for kids 5 and under. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (830) 625-7791.

Green Vegetarian Cuisine
Join Green for their annual vegan Thanksgiving Feast on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 11:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at both their Pearl Brewery and Alon locations. All courses are vegan, and they’re using Eventbrite to help get a head count to prepare for this event; seating, however, is on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost: $30 per person and includes gratuity for your meal. A kid’s plate for 12 and under is also available. Takeout options are also available for $30 from both locations. Tickets also available on Facebook.

Hotel Emma will offer several Thanksgiving specials from Supper, Larder, and Sternewirth.

    • Supper will be offering its Roasted Turkey Breast Dish Special (with traditional accompaniments and pie) for $35. In addition, Supper will be taking orders for Whole Roasted Turkey to be picked up at Supper; cost: $75 each, pay at time of order in Supper.
      • Breakfast: 7:00 A.M.–11:00 A.M., regular menu, no specials
      • Lunch: 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M., Roasted Turkey Breast Dish Special
      • Dinner: 5:00 P.M.–8:00 P.M., Roasted Turkey Breast Dish Special
    • Sternewirth: 12:00 P.M.–12:00 A.M., Roasted Turkey Breast Dish Special
    • Larder: 6:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M., Special Turkey Sandwich, Soup, and Salad for $9.

Hotel Emma is a great place for family photos too!

Hotel Contessa 
Hosting a Thanksgiving brunch for all on Thursday, November 23 from 11:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. Menu includes cheese board, hot and savory entrees and sides, a carving station, lots of breakfast goodies, breads and pastries, and Chef’s desserts. Cost: $55 per adult, $20 for children ages 6–13, and children 5 & under eat free. Reservations are required.       

Hyatt Hill Country Regency Resort and Spa 
Menu includes an assortment of breakfast items, from made-to-order omelets, waffle station, bacon, pastries and more. Plus, enjoy a variety of soups and salads, a carving station, seafood, plus plenty of sides and traditional Thanksgiving favorites. There will also be a special children’s buffet featuring traditional items and healthy choices! This year they’ve added complimentary champagne and mimosas and a Bloody Mary Bar at an additional cost for guests over 21. For the whole family, they’ve also added a family portrait station to get a shot of the whole gang all dressed up, as well as games and movies for the kids to enjoy while they wait. Cost:
$74 for adults, $64 for seniors age 60+, $30 for children age 6–12, ages 5 and under eat free. Reservation times are 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. Reservations are required; please call (210) 767-7999.


Let someone else do a little (or all) of the Thanksgiving cooking. You can enjoy your Thanksgiving takeaway meal at home from any of the following:

18 Oaks at JW Marriott 
Their Thanksgiving Day Family Feast To-Go is $275 and feeds a family of 10. And you’ll know it’s fresh because pick-up is on Thanksgiving Day from 10:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. Menu includes a Whole Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings and a pumpkin pie for dessert. Order until November 17 by calling (210) 483-6642 or email Megan Rowley

Bakery Lorraine  
Place and pick up orders of specialty pies and seasonal macaroons. Orders may be placed until Sunday, November 19 during Bakery Lorraine’s normal operating hours. Pick-ups will be available the day before Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 22. After deadline, Bakery Lorraine pies will be available only on first-come, first-served basis. Pie flavors consist of house-roasted pumpkin pie, pecan pie, dutch apple pie, and apple cranberry pie. Macaroon flavor packs (six-pack for $12 or 12-pack for $20) include pumpkin spice, cranberry, and caramel apple.

Can we have one of each, please?!

Central Market 
Build your own meal or select a complete dinner including vegetarian, ham, and beef tenderloin options. Orders accepted until November 21. An All-Natural Oven Roasted Turkey Dinner that feeds 6–8 people starts at $129.99.

Menu includes roasted turkey, baked ham, and all the trimmings. Cost: s
tarts at $19.50 per person, minimum order of 10, includes serving utensils, disposable plates, cups, cutlery, and butter (no dishes!). Full service delivery and setup is also available for an additional fee.

Krause’s Cafe
Place and pick up your order for one of two different feasts. For $95, Krause’s Turkey Tom Dinner feeds 17–19 people. If you don’t have as many people to feed, then opt for Krause’s Turkey Hen Dinner, which feeds 9–11 people, for $65. All meals include turkey and all the fixings. Meals must be pre-ordered and can be picked up the day before Thanksgiving by 3:00 P.M. Order until Monday, November 20 during Krause’s Cafe’s normal operating hours by calling (830) 625-2807. Reheating instructions will be provided, or you can request that your meal be picked up hot for immediate enjoyment.

We won’t tell anyone if you like the screen

Maggiano’s Little Italy 
Their four-course, family-style dinner serves approximately six people and includes two kinds of bruschetta, salads, an option of turkey, ham, or fish for the main dish, choice of two sides, two pastas, and two desserts.
Orders must be placed by Friday November 17 by calling (210) 451-6000.

Menger Hotel’s Colonial Room Restaurant 
Thanksgiving Day Buffet includes a salad bar, carving station, made-to-order omelet station, assorted desserts, and a complimentary glass of champagne. Cheers! Cost: $50 for adults, $45 for seniors, and $30 for children (6–11). Reservations are required, with a first seating at 10:30 A.M. and a second seating at 1:30 P.M. Make reservations by calling (210) 225-6196 or (210) 223-4361 ext. 6023.

If a Thanksgiving dinner is more your speed, a Dinner Buffet with traditional Thanksgiving items will be offered from 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Cost: $32 for adults, $30 for seniors (55+), and $25 for children (6–11). Call (210) 225-6196 to make a reservation.

Sprouts Farmers Market 
Starting at $69.99, fully prepared meal options serve 6–8 people and include fully cooked meats (your choice of Natural Turkey, Spiral Sliced Ham, and USDA Choice Boneless Rib Roast) and all the trimmings. A two-person Turkey Breast Meal option is also available for $29.99. 

Sweetfire Kitchen at La Cantera Resort and Spa
The menu includes a raw bar, cheese & charcuterie, salad bar, carving station, savory side dishes, and 13 dessert options. (Yes, 13 dessert options!) Cost: $65 for adults, $26 for children (ages 5–12), and free for children 4 and under. Reservations available by calling (210) 558-2479.

Zedric’s Fit with Flavor 
Their Holiday Meal Deal serves 8–10 guests, includes an entree of boneless, skinless, herb-roasted turkey breast, delicious sides, and a gluten-free sweet potato pie for dessert, and costs $144.95. All Meal Deal items are also available for individual purchase.


If you are looking for a taste Thanksgiving goodness before the big day, consider stopping in at these places:

Boiler House
They will be closed on Thanksgiving day but will have themed specials the week of Thanksgiving, including a turkey scallopini with butternut squash gnocchi and sage brown butter ($25), and chocolate pecan pie with Brindles pumpkin ice cream ($8).

Esquire Tavern
Also closed on Thanksgiving Day, they will be offering a special new item on their winter menu beginning November 14. Guests can enjoy a Thanksgiving sandwich, smoked turkey breast, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, aioli, provolone, and marbled rye for only $17.

Esquire Tavern Photo Credit to Kody Melton

If you didn’t see something you like here, make sure to check out Yelp and OpenTable for other options in town.

Have a favorite you didn’t see? Please share it in the comments so we can make sure to include it next year! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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2 Responses to 2017 Thanksgiving Roundup: Dining and Takeaway Options for Turkey Day

  1. Joy November 14, 2017 at 8:41 am #

    We almost always order from Luby’s and then make some special family-recipe sides. Getting to eat Luby’s mac & cheese on Thanksgiving has become one of my favorite traditions!

    • Ariana
      Ariana November 15, 2017 at 7:28 am #

      Hi Joy!

      I love that! You have your favorite from some place and make sure to enjoy it with your family! We personally always get our turkey from Rudy’s so we can focus on preparing sides and maybe a fun dessert or two. It’s great to have so many options!