You get up at the crack of dawn to put the turkey in the oven. You slave over a hot stove all day mashing potatoes and stirring gravy, and then you spend half the night washing all the dishes. Sure, Thanksgiving dinner tastes good, but you know what tastes even better? When someone else does all that work for you and you still get to enjoy the food.
Thanksgiving is a great time to visit Las Vegas. Restaurants all over town cook up traditional and gourmet holiday meals for you. You can find everything from Thanksgiving burgers to Thanksgiving meals with a Mexican or Italian twist.
The choices are endless but we’ve narrowed it down to 20 places where we think you should get your tryptophan fix:
1) BLT Burger at The Mirage: Everyone’s heard of the mysterious Turducken, a strange hybrid of turkey, duck and chicken, but few have ever had the opportunity to try it. Now’s your chance to eat it in burger form. BLT Burger is serving the Turducken Burger Nov. 24 – 30. It’s made with chicken sausage, duck breast and turkey patty with cornbread stuffing, house gravy and a cranberry-boursin cheese relish for $18.
2) Carmine’s at the Forum Shops at Caesars: If you’ve got your entire family with you in Vegas for the holiday, Carmine’s is the place you want to go. The restaurant has a dinner that will feed eight for $239.95. It includes all of the traditional trimmings: an 18-pound roasted turkey, sausage and sage stuffing with homemade cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts with caramelized onions and applewood smoked bacon, sautéed string beans, baby carrots, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows and maple syrup and mashed potatoes with giblet gravy. For dessert (if you actually have room for it) there’s pumpkin, apple or pecan pie.
3) db Brasserie at The Venetian Las Vegas: Many of us wish our Thanksgiving meal could be planned by an acclaimed celebrity chef. Your wishes can come true at Chef Daniel Boulud’s db Brasserie. The three-course Thanksgiving prix fixe menu with a little French flair is $48 per person and is available Nov. 27 from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Start out with a choice of fall squash soup or heirloom beet salad and then dig into a turkey dinner with buttermilk poached breast, foie gras stuffed leg, Yukon potato puree, apple chestnut stuffing, cranberry compote and giblet gravy. You’ll have a choice of either candied pecan tart, pumpkin pie or baked apple tian for dessert.
4) Pot Liquor Contemporary American Smokehouse at Town Square: This tasty barbecue joint will offer a smoky, Southern-style Thanksgiving dinner to go and a special dine-in Thanksgiving Day menu, both featuring a first course of butternut squash soup. The second course is peach wood smoked turkey breast, confit of turkey leg and thigh, cornbread, apple and sausage stuffing, green bean casserole, mellowed yams, potato puree, turkey gravy, Hawaiian sweet rolls and cranberry and orange sauce. For dessert, indulge in pumpkin cheesecake. To-go orders serve 6 – 8 people and cost $140. If you dine at the restaurant, the meal is served from 2 – 9 p.m. and costs $19.99 per person.
5) Top of the World Restaurant at the Stratosphere: This Thanksgiving meal is served with one of the best views in town. Savor a four-course Thanksgiving dinner 800 feet above the Las Vegas Strip while revolving 360 degrees every 80 minutes. Appetizer choices include Gulf prawns etouffé or pumpkin ravioli. For the second course, guests can choose roasted kabocha squash soup or an artisan salad. For the main course enjoy roasted free range turkey served with Yukon gold mashed potato with sour cream, haricots verts, corn bread and andouille sausage stuffing. Dessert includes maple cheesecake with poached pear, whipped mascarpone and maple chocolate “dirt.” The dinner is $80 per person and will be served from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
6) Trevi Italian Restaurant at the Forum Shops at Caesars: Trevi will feature a festive Thanksgiving feast priced at $25.95. Enjoy roasted turkey, stuffing, yams, green beans and cranberry sauce. Nothing tops off a meal at an Italian restaurant better than gelato and Trevi will have a specialty cranberry flavor available for $4.50 per scoop.
7) La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas: Wine lovers will appreciate La Cave’s four-course meal priced at $65 per person, with optional wine pairings for an additional $35. The menu will begin with butternut squash soup followed by a dried berry salad with candied walnuts, pomegranates, shaved goat cheese and apple cider vinegar. The main course will feature a carved roasted turkey accompanied with dried fruit cornbread stuffing and sweet potato puree. Top it off with traditional pumpkin pie and a nice Muscat.
8) N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms: For non-turkey lovers (is that a thing?), Executive Chef Barry S. Dakake offers guests a non-traditional approach to Thanksgiving cuisine with seafood choices such as Dover sole with grilled Gulf shrimp or Florida stone crab paired with a tangy mustard dipping sauce. Don’t worry, those who want to stick to hearty, traditional Thanksgiving fare will love “Mary’s Farm Turkey Dinner” complete with white and dark natural raised turkey, scrumptious stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes with gravy and fresh cranberry sauce, priced at $42.
9) Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at Luxor: T & T will celebrate Thanksgiving with a south-of-the-border flair Nov. 26 – 30. Try the turkey torta, made with white and dark turkey breast, pinto bean puree, chipotle aioli, lettuce, tomato and pickled onion served on a fresh bolillo bun, priced at $13. For dinner, there’s a traditional mole including a turkey breast topped with mole poblano and served with cotija poblano mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables, priced at $16. How do you put a Mexican spin on pumpkin pie? You make pumpkin flan. T & T’s flan is made with dark caramel, egg custard and cinnamon drizzled with tequila cajeta sauce, priced at $7.
10) Simon Restaurant & Lounge at Palms Place: Bring your group of family or friends for chef Kerry Simon’s family-style prix fixe menu. Holiday diners can indulge in a three-course meal complete with farro salad, butternut squash soup, roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, cranberry compote and pumpkin bread pudding, among other dishes. The meal is $55 per adult and $20 per child under 12 years old. There are four Thanksgiving menu seating times: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
11) Buddy V’s Ristorante inside Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian|Palazzo: Buddy V’s will present a specialty holiday menu designed to remind you of a home cooked Italian dinner. Enjoy slow roasted turkey breast, Italian “dark meat” turkey sausage, pancetta-herb stuffing, roasted vegetables, whipped potatoes, cranberry relish and classic gravy for $28 per person (parties of four or more will be served family-style). Cost is $14.95 for kids under 10. Trust us, you’ll want to save room for dessert, which is a pumpkin Bundt cake with maple cream cheese center and roasted pumpkin pecan compote for $9. Buddy V is the “Cake Boss,” after all.
12) Studio B at M Resort: The Studio B Buffet always has an abundance of great offerings but on Thanksgiving there will be a special holiday menu with even more choices. In addition to roasted turkey served on Thanksgiving Day, guests will also enjoy dishes like garlic and herb roasted leg of lamb, prime rib, crab legs, seafood bouillabaisse, bamboo mahi-mahi, crab-stuffed sole, oysters on the half-shell, pork osso bucco, barbecue ribs, shrimp with lobster sauce, cocktail shrimp, New England clam chowder and lobster bisque, along with an endless selection of desserts, beer, wine and cordials. The Thanksgiving menu, served Nov. 28 – 30, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., is priced at $39.99 for adults and $26.99 for children.
13) Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que at Treasure Island: Fans of Southern-style cooking can get their fix at Gilley’s. Their Thanksgiving meal starts with a choice of Southern pecan and apple salad or roasted butternut squash and pumpkin soup with Maryland crab meat. The second course is a choice of Jack and Coke honey-glazed turkey with andouille sausage brioche stuffing, loaded whipped potatoes, sautéed baby vegetables and poblano chili gravy; or herb-crusted roasted pork tenderloin with loaded whipped potatoes, sautéed baby vegetables and wild mushroom gravy. For dessert, it’s a tough choice between warm pumpkin brownie topped with maple ice cream or pumpkin pecan pie with cinnamon cream. The menu will be available for $40 per person from 11 a.m. to midnight. Bonus: You can work off all those calories by line dancing after dinner.
14) Umami Burger at SLS Las Vegas: It’s that time of the year when you can find hundreds of pumpkin spice flavored concoctions in the stores. There’s pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin spice Jell-O Pudding, pumpkin spice Eggo Waffles and pumpkin pie Pop-Tarts. But this is a new one. We bet you’ve never had a pumpkin spice burger. Well now you can with the pumpkin spice latte burger at Umami Burger for $12. The burger features Umami Burger’s signature beef patty with a garlic aioli, tempura Kabocha (an Asian winter squash), spiced mascarpone and a coffee glaze.
15) Morel’s French Steakhouse and Bistro at the Palazzo: If upscale, gourmet Thanksgiving is your style, try Morel’s. For $68 per person you’ll enjoy roasted butternut squash soup, oven roasted free range turkey with chorizo and brioche stuffing, glazed autumn root vegetables, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, giblet gravy and housemade cranberry compote with a spiced pumpkin tart with cinnamon ice cream and sweet cream for dessert.
16) Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand: If you want your Thanksgiving meal kicked up a notch, head to Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant. He’s serving roasted free range turkey with oyster and spinach bread pudding, haricot verts almondine, pecan glazed sweet potatoes with fresh cranberry sauce and wild mushroom gravy for $32. There’s also sea salt and rosemary crusted prime rib with whipped Yukon gold potatoes, fresh horseradish cream and wild mushroom gravy for $46. For dessert, indulge in pumpkin tiramisu with ginger ladyfingers, rum syrup and whipped cream for $10. Bam!
17) Rí Rá Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay: Irish pub might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think Thanksgiving, but this one will be serving a traditional menu on Nov. 27. For $19.95, enjoy herb-roasted turkey with rosemary gravy, savory sage stuffing, smashed Yukon gold potatoes, green bean/corn sauté, housemade cranberry sauce and a soft dinner roll. For dessert there’s a pumpkin roll cake (spiced pumpkin caked filled with a whipped frosting, rolled up and served with whip cream and caramel drizzle) for $6.95.
18) Hash House A Go Go at The LINQ Hotel and Casino or the Plaza: Thanksgiving is all about eating a lot of food so you might as well go to a restaurant that’s known for its huge portions. They’re offering several Thanksgiving specials including a roasted turkey breast with homemade mashed potatoes, rosemary gravy, old school dressing, carrots, baby green beans, grilled corn on the cob and cranberry sauce for $21.99. For dessert you can try homemade pumpkin bread pudding with vanilla ice cream for $8.99.
19) Du-par’s Restaurant at the Golden Gate: This place is known for pie. You definitely want to go to a place that’s known for pie on Thanksgiving. Du-par’s invites guests to indulge in a prix-fixe specialty menu for Turkey Day. For $19.95 per person ($11.95 for children under 12) you’ll start with a cup of butternut squash soup. The second course is oven roasted turkey with pomegranate glaze, green beans amandine, housemade stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, glazed carrots, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, mashed potatoes and dinner rolls. For dessert, enjoy that aforementioned slice of homemade fruit pie.
20) Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo: For some of us, football is just as big a part of Thanksgiving tradition as the turkey. If you’re one who likes to watch the games while you’re eating, head to Lagasse’s Stadium. You can dine on oven roasted turkey, homemade truffle gravy, bourbon smashed sweet potatoes, bacon wrapped asparagus & cranberry sauce ($25) while you watch the action on more than 100 TVs, including a projection screen with stadium-style seating.