Thanksgiving Las Vegas

Photo Courtesy of Stefanie Van Aken, Las Vegas Traveling Mom

Las Vegas is a great destination for Thanksgiving travel. The Thanksgiving week tends to be a little more quiet on the Strip, allowing visitors to explore and enjoy without the over crowded malls, casinos and sidewalks. If you are lucky, you might also win with the weather being able to enjoy shorts, long sleeves and sun versus bundling up to avoid a brutal winter. Luxurious hotels, warm weather, no cooking, no cleaning. The only thing missing from this equation is a fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner. Just because it is Las Vegas doesn’t mean Thanksgiving meals is relegated to only a hotel buffet. There are several resorts on and off the Strip offering plenty options to make Thanksgiving memorable, and delicious.

On the Las Vegas Strip

Four Seasons Las Vegas Verandah Dining Room

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Verandah at The Four Seasons Hotel is located on the same property as The Mandalay Bay. A hidden, yet sophisticated spot is a perfect place to bring the entire family, including the little ones. This year, Verandah at the Four Seasons is offering a Four Course meal, including a First, Second and Main course, followed by The Sweet Spot (dessert). Sounds just like home with options such as Waldorf Salad, Roasted Acorn and Butternut Squash soup with Caramel Popcorn croutons, and Traditional Oven Roasted Free Range Turkey, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Apple Sage Cornbread Stuffing, Autumn Vegetables, Orange Cranberry Sauce, and Giblet Gravy. Don’t forget the trio of pies-  Apple with Cheddar Crust, Butterscotch Pecan, Cinnamon Pumpkin. Adults $62 | Children (4-12) $29 Visit Four Seasons Las Vegas for more information and to make reservations.

Wolfgang Puck has a collection of dining venues found up and down the Las Vegas Strip, and Thanksgiving menus will be offered at the following locations: Spago inside The Forum Shops at Caesars, Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina inside Crystals at CityCenter, Trattoria del Lupo at Mandalay Bay, Postrio Bar & Grill at The Venetian and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at MGM Grand.

Wolfgang Puck Autumn Salad - Walnut Apple Pears and Pomegranate Small

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For a fancier feast, reserve your table at Spago and indulge in 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 followed by a “Pumpkin Pie ” Bar for desert. $55 Per Person  For reservations, please call (702) 369-6300.

More traditional options come from Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio Bar & Grill offering a three-course holiday inspired meal. Choose from a Roasted Autumn Squash Soup or a Bartlett Pear & Organic Petite Green Salad, followed by Roasted Free Range Turkey with sourdough & wild mushroom stuffing, Yukon Gold potato puree, cranberry relish, sautéed green beans, sweet potato gratin, rosemary-sage gravy. For dessert enjoy the “Pumpkin Pie” Bar. 3-course menu $45 Per Person | a la carte Turkey Entrée $29  For reservations, please call (702) 796-1110.

MoZen Bistro at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

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Too tired to leave the room? Or have a fabulous view from your suite that just can’t be beat? Here’s an option, the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, located at The City Center, is providing a Thanksgiving Dinner catering menu for order at their MoZen Bistro, or pick-up. Soup, Main Course of Roasted Turkey Breast, Starches, Breads and Desserts created with the elegance only the Mandarin can do. A twist of the modern with the traditional, along with the option of their Bourbon Butter Cake for dessert, you may want to pick up this scrumptous meal so you can enjoy the ultimate Thanksgiving nap! For Two $89 | For Four $175 Visit Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas for more information and to make a reservation.


Off the Las Vegas Strip 

The J.W. Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa is a lovely oasis off the Las Vegas Strip. Located in the sub-division Summerlin, there is

Ceres at JW Marriott Las Vegas

Photo Courtesy of J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa Las Vegas, ©GaryKufner2003

plenty to do to keep families entertained with spa, golf, dining, and impressive nearby shopping. The J.W. Marriott is offering plenty to give thanks for with several dining menus in their restaurant and buffet.

For a gourmet’s delight, consider the Thanksgiving Day Brunch at Ceres. Breakfast pastries, salads, Omelet Station, Carving Station, Dessert Display and a Children’s Buffet are available Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $49.99 per person | $24 for children 12 and under Call 702-869-7381 for reservations.

The Carmel Room, an elegant local’s favorite, serves a three-course Thanksgiving Day dinner. The menu includes a choice of butternut squash bisque or autumn greens to start, traditional roasted turkey, prime rib of beef or pan-seared king salmon as the entrée and maple pecan tart, pumpkin pie or chocolate banana mousse for dessert. $49.99 per person For reservations and more information, please call 702-507-5955.

A simple, low-key option is the Promenade Café offering a three-course Thanksgiving Day menu with tempting menu items like roasted butternut squash soup or spinach salad with warm bacon vinaigrette. Entrée options include traditional roasted turkey, sweet honey glazed ham or cheese-stuffed ravioli. Pumpkin cheesecake or apple pie is served for dessert. $14.99 per person For more information, please call 702-507-5966.