Skip the dishes, eat out on Thanksgiving in Tempe!

There is one thing and one thing only that I’m thankful for in 2020, and that’s the abundance of good food that I have consumed since March. Typically on Thanksgiving, we would be gathered around with friends and family, watching football, cooking the largest turkey we could find, baking pies and cakes, prepping the stuffing and the green bean casserole (my favorite and a Thanksgiving must if I’m invited to your home). But I think we can all agree that this year, like every other holiday in 2020, Thanksgiving will look a bit different. Close out this dreadful year while eating your feelings one last time at these Tempe restaurants that are open during Thanksgiving.

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

2030 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 966-7427

Join Lucille’s for a Thanksgiving Family Feast. Open Thanksgiving Day 11am-8pm. Thanksgiving menu and limited menu available. Pre-order Thanksgiving feasts or whole hickory-smoked turkey by 5pm on Nov 23. Accepting reservations for dine-in.

The KEG Steakhouse + Bar

23 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 557-5552

From 11am-9pm on Thanksgiving Day, The Keg will be featuring a delightful three-course menu featuring their classic Keg Caesar salad or Iceberg Wedge Salad to start, traditional turkey dinner, and cheesecake topped with pumpkin drizzle for only $32. Reservations accepted (available in house or as a take-out option).

Top of the Rock

Marriott Phoenix Resort Tempe at The Buttes, 2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (602) 431-2370

Starting November 26th, enjoy amazing views of the Phoenix metro area while savoring a Thanksgiving dinner to remember at Top of the Rock. Reservations are required, patio tables must be reserved in advance, regular menu will not be available on this night. Visit OpenTable for menu details and reservations.
*5 Course meal | $79 per person | 4-9 p.m.

Top of the Rock at The Buttes


1160 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 557-0700

While big holiday get-togethers might be a little different this year, Chompie’s is taking the stress out of cooking any size feast with its Thanksgiving To-Go meal packages and a la carte items available for take-out and curbside pickup. All of Chompie’s Thanksgiving To Go menu items are cooked fresh-from-scratch on the day of scheduled pick-up using time-honored family recipes. Complete reheating instructions are included, so a complete turkey feast can be on the table in around 30 minutes. Customers may also purchase an extra-large whole oven-roasted turkey (between 20 and 22 pounds, raw weight) for $129.99.
*Orders must be received by Monday, November 23

Chompie’s is open on Thanksgiving for dine-in service from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. featuring the Thanksgiving Dinner special including sliced oven-roasted turkey breast, homemade stuffing, homemade gravy, cranberry relish, mashed potatoes, candied yams, homestyle green beans, fresh-baked dinner rolls, and sliced apple or pumpkin pie for just $20.99 per person and $9.99 for kids 10 and younger.

Check out their Thanksgiving Day menu for additional details.

Green New American Vegetarian

2240 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 941-9003

Green New American Vegetarian is offering its ThanksLiving celebration again this year! Stop by and pick-up your compassionate cuisine packed up TOGO for your ThanksLiving celebration. Pick-up will be at their Tempe location ONLY. Don’t wait! Purchase your meal(s) today!

Wednesday, November 25th 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th 10 a.m. – 2p.m.

Adults: $27.50 ($32.50 day of) | Kids (12 & under): $12.50 ($15.50 day of)

Rustler’s Rooste

8383 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044 | (602) 431-6474

Head to Rustler’s Rooste for a boot-scootin’ good time on Thanksgiving. Open Thanksgiving day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call to make a dine-in reservation.

Their to-do option feeds 8-10 people and includes an oven-roasted 16-20 lb. Tom Turkey, House Salad, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Mushroom Sage Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Cranberry Pear Relish, Indian Fry Bread, & your choice of a WHOLE Pumpkin or Apple Pie | $180
*Price excludes beverages, tax, and gratuity | Advance Reservations & Deposit are required for all Turkey Stuff dinners Check out their website for additional details.

Four Peaks Brewing Company

1340 E. 8th St., #104, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 303-9967

Pumpkin Porter Cheesecakes are back at Four Peaks Brewing Company to make your Thanksgiving gourd-geous! Pumpkin Porter Cheesecakes are made with a whole pint of Pumpkin Porter and it is guaranteed to bring a little magic to your Thanksgiving table. In case that’s not enough pumpkin for you, top it off with a growler of Pumpkin Porter. Cakes will be made to order and will be available for pickup beginning Monday, November 23rd through November 25th. Pre-ordering is available now.

Cheesecake & Double Pumpkin Growler | $30
Cheesecake & Pumpkin Porter Growler | $25
Pumpkin Porter Cheesecake | $15

*Please note, Four Peaks Brewing Company will NOT be open on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th.

Pumpkin Porter credit Four Peaks Brewing Co web
photo credit/permission: Four Peaks Brewing Co.

Caffe Boa

398 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-9112 

Enjoy a special Thanksgiving day menu at Caffe Boa in Downtown Tempe. Enjoy a Heirloom Greens Salad, Classic Turkey Feast and Harvest Pumpkin Pie for $59. 

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Tracy Dempsey Originals

1325 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (602) 376-902

Chef Tracy Dempsey and her team are offering three sides and a pie for $75. Advance reservations are required by November 16. Options for sides include twists on the classics such as Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Bacon with Balsamic and Potato Corn Mash. They are also offering wine packages and ala carte side dishes. Visit their holiday offerings webpage for all of the details.

The Golden Pineapple Craft Lounge

2700 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 590-5703

Homemade Pies for Thanksgiving! Need some desserts for Thanksgiving!? Order one of our homemade Pecan, Pumpkin, or Pumpkin Pecan Pies for only $25! Orders must be placed by Sunday, November 22. Pick-up will be available Wednesday, November 25th!

Black Bear Diner

7700 S. Priest Dr., Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 719-4520

Three-course meal entrees will be available Thanksgiving Day for dine-in, carryout, or delivery. Enjoy a full prime rib, roasted turkey, or holiday ham dinner with all the fixins. Includes a cup of soup or dinner salad, cornbread muffin, and a slice of pumpkin pie. Service begins at Noon on Thursday, November 26. Open until 8pm.

NEW THIS YEAR – Grab a Holiday Family Meal TO GO on Thanksgiving Day. Choose from Prime Rib or Roasted Turkey and enjoy your feast at home. Family Meals TO GO feed 3-4 people. Add a whole pumpkin pie for the full experience! Order at (or from your favorite delivery service) up to three (3) days ahead.

Alter Ego

108 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (602) 612-7871

This Thanksgiving, take a break from the stress and preparation and leave the cooking to Alter Ego, with two decadent dining experiences curated by Executive Chef Ken Arneson to choose from.

Available for dine-in and takeout through the weekend, the Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu at Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown’s signature restaurant will feature seasonal specialties like slow-roasted Holiday Turducken, cranberry bread pudding, sesame ginger green beans, Red Bird demi glaze, cinnamon apple preserve, upside down pumpkin cake and burnt pecan gelato.

For guests looking to take dinner home to the family, the Grab and Go Full Thanksgiving Meal will offer a feast for four including a whole roasted turkey breast; cranberry cornbread stuffing; “Stick To Your Ribs” giblet gravy; Yukon Gold smashed potatoes loaded with bacon, cheddar cheese and green onion; roasted green beans with ginger sesame crumble; candied ginger cranberry sauce; Hawaiian sweet rolls; and a traditional pumpkin pie.

Pedal Haus Brewery

730 S. Mill Ave, #102., Tempe, AZ 85281 |  (480) 314-2337

To add even more spirit to the unofficial holiday, Pedal Haus Brewery in Tempe is excited to roll out its Friendsgiving event on Wednesday, Nov. 25 with live music, new craft beer and great happy hour specials.

On Wednesday guests will hear live music from 4 p.m. to 7, get to taste the release of Pedal Haus’ new Peppermint Porter and Happy Hour from 3:30 p.m. to close (11 p.m.). 

Things to Do in Tempe During Thanksgiving Weekend


We invite visitors and residents to enjoy the holiday season with festive fun. Shopping excursions, outdoor dining, and magical events are all happening in Tempe.

This is just a small sample of the events throughout Thanksgiving weekend. For a full list of our upcoming happenings, check out our calendar of events.


The holiday shopping frenzy has begun. And, as we all know, searching for the ideal gifts for those on your list can be exhausting to say the least. However, we have the perfect solution: shop local this year! Check out our blog with some of our favorite local merchants who make finding the perfect gift fun any time, but especially during the holidays.

Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!