Hill Country: Where to Eat on Thanksgiving

The holidays are about entertaining, cooking, hanging decorations, taking down decorations, in-laws, cousins, parents, and incredibly long to-do lists. Don't get us wrong, though. It’s a time to be thankful, of course.

Here at Serene Hills we’re thankful for the people that make up our wonderful neighborhood, our group of builders who consistently create stunning houses, and the central Texas community as a whole that makes Serene Hills an idyllic place to call home.

But sometimes, in the midst of spending times with our loved ones, we are thankful for places that allow us to have a Thanksgiving feast without the hassle of hosting, cooking, and cleaning. More quality time with the family, less on chores.

Here’s our guide to the best Thanksgiving brunch and dinner options near Serene Hills in case you want to skip that stack of dishes or long grocery line and enjoy a meal in Austin or Lakeway’s beautiful hill country.  

Apis Restaurant & Apiary

23526 State Highway 71 West

Spicewood, TX

Thanksgiving at the Spicewood restaurant lasts from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and includes a three-course meal with choices of entrée, like cedar-brined and slow-roasted turkey breast or wattle pig tasting. $70 for adults, and $20 for children 12 years and younger. Reservations are encouraged by calling, (512) 436-8918.

The Driskill

604 Brazos Street

Austin, TX

One of Austin’s most famous hotel/restaurants will be open for brunch on Thanksgiving day. There will be an elaborate buffet in their beautiful Mezzanine from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. that will include slow roasted turkey, mustard glazed ham, and garlic whipped potatoes. They’ll also have non-traditional, chef-inspired creations that include creamy butternut squash risotto, wild mushroom and spinach orecchiette, and maple-miso baked salmon. $95 and up for adults, $47.50 and up for children ages 6-12, children under 6 years are free. Call (512) 391-7227 for reservations.

Lakeway Restaurant & Spa’s T.R.

101 Lakeway Drive

Lakeway, TX

Thanksgiving Dinner will be available from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with a special three-course menu, including harvest corn & fennel chowder, oven roasted Tom turkey and in-house smoked brisket with pumpkin or Bourbon Street pecan pie. Dinner reservations can be made for $35 per person. Make reservations by calling, (512) 261-7323.

Hoover’s Cooking

2002 Manor Road

Austin, TX

Nobody knows comfort food in Austin like the Manor Rd staple. Hoover’s will be serving their more budget-friendly Thanksgiving fare from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Meals come with one entree (turkey, fried chicken, or grilled portobello mushrooms to name a few), two sides (candied yams, black-eyed peas, butter beans), plus all sorts of rice, dressings, sauces, and bread. It's $21 for adults, and the kids' turkey place for children 12 years old and younger is $9.95.

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