Thanksgiving dining options abound in Vegas

It’s Thanksgiving and that means it’s time to celebrate with a hearty meal. Just because you’re on vacation in Vegas doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Many restaurants in town are serving classic menus for the holiday and some are serving their own interesting twists on turkey.  Here are some of the choices for dinner if you’re spending Nov. 28 in Vegas:

Carmine’s inside the Forum Shops at Caesars: The best Thanksgivings are when someone else does the cooking. Leave the stress to Carmine’s at the Forum Shops at Caesars. The restaurant will have Thanksgiving offerings, available for dine-in or take-out.

Carmine's turkey

The traditional Thanksgiving meal includes one 18-pound roasted turkey; sausage and sage stuffing with homemade cranberry sauce; Brussels sprouts flavored by caramelized onions and applewood smoked bacon; sautéed string beans complete with julienned red peppers and toasted hazelnuts; baby carrots featuring fresh dill; sweet potatoes topped by marshmallows and maple syrup; and mashed potatoes with giblet gravy. For dessert guests can delight in a pumpkin, apple or pecan pie. The meal feeds up to eight people and is priced at $239.95. To-go meals are available.

Gilley’s at Treasure Island: Gilley’s is serving a special Thanksgiving menu for $35. The first course is a choice of  a poached pear salad with goat cheese, candied pecan, cranberry and aged sherry vinaigrette or a roasted pumpkin soup with Maryland lump crab meat and cinnamon crouton. The second course is a bourbon glaze roasted turkey with smoked Andouille sausage, Brioche stuffing, Yukon gold whipped potato, chipotle sage gravy and sautéed baby carrots. Dessert is a pumpkin pecan pie with cinnamon cream.

PBR Rock Bar at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino: PBR Rock Bar, inside the Miracle Mile Shops, will serve up an all-day Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, Nov. 28. Enjoy turkey breast, served with mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread stuffing, sautéed green beans and a side of cranberry sauce. The specialty meal will be available to diners throughout the day, priced at $19.95 per person. True to Thanksgiving tradition, football fans will catch their favorite NFL teams on 105 high-definition televisions.

Thankful Dumpling

Rice & Company at Luxor Hotel and Casino: Rice & Company will celebrate Thanksgiving with the Thankful Dumpling, available throughout the month of November. Priced at $16, the festive dish is made with tender duck breast, cornbread stuffing, dried cranberry, onion and celery wrapped in a soy sheet and topped with crispy sweet potato, micro celery and cranberry-yuzu sauce.

Tender Steak & Seafood at Luxor: Tender will celebrate Thanksgiving with a three-course dinner priced at $49 per person. The dinner will begin with a choice of butternut squash ravioli made with sage maple reduction and pickled ginger, garden greens salad or pumpkin and Fuji apple soup. The main course will feature slow-roasted American heirloom organic turkey with dried fruit and foie gras sourdough bread stuffing topped with sage giblet gravy. Traditional accompaniments will be served family-style, including fresh cranberry-orange relish, sweet potato purée with maple butter, braised Brussels sprouts with garlic and green bean casserole. The Holiday Dessert Tasting Trio will include caramelized pumpkin maple pie, Pennsylvania Dutch apple tart and eggnog crème brûlée.

Tender's sweet potato puree

Andre’s at Monte Carlo: Let Michelin-starred chefs prepare this year’s Thanksgiving feast. Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino is launching Thanksgiving to Go, an easy way to provide a freshly made meal for up to 12 people. Thanksgiving to Go offers two sizes: four to six guests for $200 or 10 to 12 guests for $375. Andres’s version of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner begins with a warm kabocha soup and is followed by succulent roasted turkey with giblet gravy. Accompaniments include house-made cranberry relish, whipped potatoes, roasted vegetables and French baguette or walnut raisin bread. The meal is completed by homemade pie, available in pumpkin or pecan.

To place your order, call (702) 798-7151. The dinner will be ready for pick-up on either Wed., Nov. 27 or Thanksgiving Day between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Orders can be placed until Saturday, Nov. 23.

Tacos & Tequila at Luxor:  T & T is serving their twist on Thanksgiving food from Monday, Nov. 25 through Thursday, Nov. 28. For lunch, enjoy turkey tortas made with white and dark turkey meat, chorizo, mashed potatoes and jalapeño aïoli. Another lunch option is the turkey tinga tostadas featuring shredded turkey sautéed with tomatoes, onion, garlic and chipotle adobo, and fresh lettuce, bean puree, chipotle aïoli and Cotija cheese served in a crispy corn tortilla shell.

T & T's pumpkin flan

For dinner, enjoy a turkey combo with either chile relleno, turkey Alambre tacos or Turkey Tamal (made with white and dark turkey meat wrapped in fresh masa dough and then smothered in mole poblano). Dessert is pumpkin flan, made with dark caramel, egg custard, cinnamon and drizzled with tequila cajeta sauce.

Trevi inside the Forum Shops at Caesars: Trevi has a variety of seasonal specials to celebrate Thanksgiving throughout the month of November. Trevi will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Pastry Chef Hank Sbraccia will honor the occasion by offering a specialty cranberry gelato from Monday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Dec. 1, for $4.50 per scoop. The unique creation combines dried cranberries, vanilla gelato, a cranberry juice reduction and simple syrup.

Wynn and Encore Las Vegas:  All of the signature restaurants at Wynn and Encore will be offering special Thanksgiving meals. At Andrea’s, enjoy a dinner featuring turkey roulade, Hawaiian bread/Peking duck dressing and five-spice gravy. Andrea’s also features festive sushi rolls including the Thanksgiving Roll with Hawaiian bread/Peking duck dressing rolled with soy paper, topped with turkey breast and crispy shallots.

Trevi cranberry gelato

Chef Mark LoRusso crafts a five-course holiday tasting menu at Botero featuring an Arkansas black apple chopped salad, butternut squash agnolotti with sage brown butter, dayboat scallops and roasted organic turkey confit, vanilla scented yams and traditional trimmings finished with a tasting of Botero holiday desserts. The chef’s tasting menu is $95.

Chef Carlos Guia’s à la carte Thanksgiving menu at The Country Club features holiday dishes and steakhouse staples such as brown sugar-brined pork chop with fire-roasted corn succotash and black mission fig-bourbon sauce, roasted free-range turkey with traditional dressing, bourbon whipped sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy. Save room for warm cranberry, apple and candied orange cobbler or pumpkin pie with pumpkin seed brittle.

Chef David Walzog presents savory Thanksgiving specials at SW Steakhouse including sweet potato and toasted marshmallow soup, a frisee upland cress and beet green salad with poached pear, fourme d’ambert and hazelnut dressing and oven roasted natural turkey with roasted root vegetables, sourdough-sweet sausage stuffing and spiced cranberries. For dessert do not miss the sticky toffee pumpkin pudding, with vanilla ice cream and molasses toffee sauce.

Chef Theo Schoenegger offers holiday specials at Sinatra including cappuccino ai funghi with white truffle froth, slow roasted American heritage turkey breast with licorice-root infused butternut squash puree, glazed Brussels sprout petals, chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce and a dessert of bittersweet Valrhona chocolate polenta soufflé with spiced pumpkin gelato.

Encore’s Society Café offers a three-course menu featuring roasted pumpkin soup with spiced pumpkin seeds or a baby green salad with maple pecans, Fuji apples and goat cheese. For an entrée, slow-roasted free-range turkey breast with sage stuffing, crème fraiche mashed potatoes, baby vegetables and citrus cranberry sauce is on offer. A delicious pecan or pumpkin pie option, served with vanilla ice cream, completes the experience.  The prix fixe menu is priced at $48, from noon to 10 p.m.

La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway at Wynn is serving a Thanksgiving menu for $59 per person. The first course is butternut squash soup with spiced brandy zabayon and toasted pumpkin seeds. For the second course, enjoy a dried berry salad. The main course is turkey with dried fruit cornbread stuffing and sweet potato puree. Dessert is pumpkin pie.

Comme Ça at The Cosmopolitan: This French brasserie is offering their interpretation of the traditional Thanksgiving feast. The three-course menu is available from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. and costs $55 per person or $85 with a wine pairing. Start with roasted duck and chicory salad or a Cinderella pumpkin soup. There is also a supplemental option of seared foie gras with roasted apples and a chestnut waffle paired with a glass of the French brandy, Calvados, available for an extra $25.

Entrees include trio of goose, which includes confit of goose leg pavé served with red kurri squash and mustard seed; pan roast of goose breast with goose stuffing and pomegranate glacé; and goose bacon-wrapped Brussels sprouts. For dessert, enjoy pumpkin pie featuring warm pumpkin ganache, fall-spiced ice, vanilla streusel and Chantilly cream.

Pumpkin Pie Bamboozled Shake

Holstein’s at The Cosmopolitan: Holstein’s is serving turkey with a twist and featuring the “Billy Burger,” a New England turkey burger on a bun with cranberry relish, bread stuffing and giblet gravy. For dessert try the Pumpkin Pie Bamboozled Shake, a seasonal treat made with pumpkin pie filling, Crown Royal Maple, graham crumble and pepitas brittle.

Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak at The Mirage: Enjoy a Thanksgiving three-course meal for $95. Start with a wood grilled radicchio salad with pickled butternut squash, walnuts and apple. The main course is Heritage turkey with sausage stuffing, market vegetables and maple glazed sweet potatoes. Finish with a pumpkin tart with bourbon ice cream.

Nine Fine Irishmen at New York – New York: Have an Irish Thanksgiving for $29.99. Choose from roasted corn and sausage chowder or fall harvest chopped salad for a starter. The main course is a choice of herb roasted turkey breast with stout gravy or maple glazed ham. Choose three accompaniments like Irish sausage and cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans and more. For dessert enjoy pumpkin cheesecake or Irish bread and butter pudding.

Fix at Bellagio: Fix is serving a Thanksgiving menu for $75. Choose from starters like roasted butternut squash ravioli, fall market apple salad or wild mushroom soup. The main entree is a classic turkey plate with confit dark meat, truffle brioche stuffing, cranberry chutney and giblet gravy. Sides to share include bacon seared carmelized Brussels sprouts, onion mashed potatoes and vanilla scented yams with marshmallow cream. For dessert enjoy pumpkin toffee pudding cake or salted maple ice cream pumpkin brittle.

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que at Red Rock Resort: Lucille’s presents in-restaurant Thanksgiving options and a hassle-free, holiday catering option. All dinners are served with Southern stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes smothered in Lucille’s giblet gravy, green bean casserole, sweet mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, apples sautéed in Jack Daniels, and homemade biscuits with apple butter. Lucille’s individual Thanksgiving meals are plated with a choice of slow-smoked turkey or hickory-smoked marinated ham (or both) with sweet potato pie. Each meal is offered at $21.99.

Larger groups of 10-12 people can enjoy feasts served family-style with a family-size salad and a whole sweet potato pie. Parties can choose between a combination of smoked sliced turkey and marinated ham ($159.99), smoked sliced turkey breast ($149.99), or smoked and marinated ham ($159.99). Lucille’s Thanksgiving Day catering menu includes each of the three savory feasts for large groups (above) with all the fixings. Or a whole smoked turkey served ready to heat is available for $49.99.

Chestnut soup duck confit

Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace: Central is serving a decadent meal for $45 per person. The three-course meal will offer guests three appetizers to choose from: chestnut soup and duck confit, goat cheese Caesar salad or the beet salad with arugula. The main course will feature a choice of traditional roasted turkey with sides of stuffing and Yukon puree; the prime rib accompanied by sweet potatoes and haricot verts; or Mediterranean sea bass served with arugula salad. For dessert, patrons will enjoy a choice of spiced pumpkin pie, apple tatin or Central’s famous banana split.

Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars: Executive Chef Eric Klein has created a special three-course menu. Choose from autumn salad or spiced butternut squash soup, followed by roasted organic free-range turkey breast with pretzel bread stuffing knödel, green bean casserole, brown sugar sweet potato, Yukon gold potato purée, cranberry-apple chutney, herb gravy and natural jus. End the meal with a “Pumpkin Pie” Bar for desert. The Thanksgiving Menu is available from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. for $55 per person.

Strip House at Planet Hollywood: On Thanksgiving Day, Strip House will offer a traditional turkey dinner special for those looking to ditch the cooking but keep the quality time with loved ones. For $38 for adults and $23 for children, guests will be treated to a roast all natural turkey, chestnut-sage bread stuffing, hubbard squash puree, Brussels sprouts, confit gizzard gravy and cranberry-tarragon relish. End the holiday meal on a sweet note with a slice of pumpkin pie served with vanilla ice cream and candied pecans for $8.

Strip House

Nove Italiano at the Palms: Enjoy Thanksgiving at Nove with spectacular views of The Strip and holiday specials. Guests can choose from appetizers including the butternut squash soup and hearty entrees like the bone-in rib eye alongside sides like the white sweet potatoes and yams.  For a more traditional meal, guests can enjoy Mary’s farm turkey dinner with natural, farm-raised turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes with sides of gravy and fresh cranberry. Prices for Nove’s Thanksgiving menu range from $11-$69.

Simon Restaurant & Lounge at Palms Place: Chef Kerry Simon is serving Turkey Day family-style with a three-course prix-fixe menu featuring delicious seasonal dishes and high-quality organic ingredients. Diners can start with a choice of butternut squash soup or roasted beet salad, followed by family-sized portions of roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, sautéed vegetables in brown butter sage sauce and more. If there’s still room for dessert, guests can delight in the pumpkin bread pudding and apple crumble. Thanksgiving dinner at Simon is $49 per adult and $29 for children.

Top of the World at Stratosphere: Enjoy a four-course dinner starting with your choice of roasted butternut squash soup with pumpkin seed pesto and chestnut espuma or field greens and root vegetable salad. Appetizer choices include roasted lamb chop with Dijon mustard and pistachio crust served with couscous caponata and demi-glace, or lobster ravioli and ricotta lobster mousse served with herb fennel nage. The entrée is roasted free range organic turkey with natural jus served with Yukon gold potato with crème fraîche; haricots verts; chicken and apple sausage stuffing with cranberry and roasted Granny Smith apple; and cranberry sauce with ginger and orange. Dessert includes banana and chocolate bread pudding with pumpkin ice cream, caramel sauce and candied pecans. The meal is $78 per person and is served from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Brand at Monte Carlo: Brand presents a three-course Thanksgiving menu featuring your choice of roasted pumpkin soup or the heirloom beet salad; a classic Tom turkey; a variety of sides including cornbread and sausage stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts with pancetta. Dessert is a pumpkin tart with nutmeg ice cream and chocolate crisps. The meal is $55 per person.

Stack at The Mirage: Stack is serving a three-course Thanksgiving menu featuring your choice of pumpkin soup, a fall green salad, and a meat and cheese board. For an entrée you can select from a roasted turkey breast, grilled natural sirloin or a pan roasted sea bass. The meal comes with a variety of sides to share for the table like classic whipped potatoes, baked turkey stuffing and almond green beans. For dessert enjoy a Thanksgiving trio of pumpkin cheesecake, apple bread pudding, and pecan tartlett. The menu is priced at $65 per person.

Du-Par’s Restaurant at Golden Gate Hotel & Casino: Guests can enjoy a delicious home cooked  feast at the restaurant or at home. For $19.95 per person ($11.95 for children under 10), guests can feast on oven-roasted turkey alongside traditional fixings such as green beans amandine, homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes and more. For dessert, guests will enjoy a slice of homemade pies. For those who prefer to celebrate in the comforts of their own home, Du-Par’s is offering a Thanksgiving take-out option. For $175, the chef will prepare a feast for 8 – 10 people complete with an oven roasted turkey, homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes. Half turkey feasts for 4 – 6 people are available for $110. All orders must be made by Nov. 21. Dinner packages will be available for scheduled pickup after 9 a.m. on Nov. 28. To place a take-out order, please call 702-777-6941 or 702-366-9378.

D Grill at the D Las Vegas: Guests can feast all week with a traditional turkey dinner complete with all the fixings and dessert for just $12.99. The special menu will be available from  4 to 11 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 1. Diners will enjoy a full holiday spread featuring herb-roasted turkey and classic accompaniments including garlic rolls, whipped potatoes, sage bread dressing and green beans amandine. For dessert there’s a choice of pumpkin pie with pecan caramel glaze or apple pie topped with fresh whipped cream. Those craving an alternative to turkey can opt for a roasted prime rib dinner, served with buttermilk-whipped mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables and freshly baked garlic rolls for just $12.99. Dessert is not included with the prime rib dinner.


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