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15 restaurants open on Thanksgiving where you can celebrate together

Happy Thanksgiving! Not everyone spends the day cooking for hours. If, for whatever reason, you’re planning to eat out on the big day you’ve got options. These restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day and are here to save your holiday.

Most of these spots are serving classic turkey dinners on the big day, but some of them are offering their full menus as well if you want to shake things up a bit. Take a look at your options below and be sure to call your local restaurant to confirm hours of operation.

1. Applebee’s

Select Applebee’s locations will be open on Thanksgiving (call your local restaurant for hours). Their regular menu will be available, but no special Thanksgiving menu is planned for this year, according to News for Shoppers.

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2. Black Angus

This year, Black Angus will be offering a choice of soup or garden salad, fresh roasted turkey with all the trimmings and pumpkin pie for dessert, according to their Facebook page. They are taking reservations now at your local Black Angus. All locations will be opened at 11 a.m. and pricing and offerings may vary by location.

3. Boston Market

Boston Market is open on Thanksgiving Day with lots of options for eat-in, takeout and heat-and-serve (in case you want to stay at home but don’t feel like cooking).

4. Buca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and they’re serving up a family-style Thanksgiving feast with the works. A meal for three is $60, for six is $120 and larger to-go options are also available.

5. Chart House

Chart House is now taking reservations for Thanksgiving Day and will be serving a traditional dinner with all the trimmings, according to their website. Call your local restaurant for details.

6. Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and will also be offering a heat-and-serve meal to go, which can be ordered in advance.

7. Golden Corral

Golden Corral will be offering a special Thanksgiving Day buffet. Prices vary by location.


Most IHOP locations will be open on Thanksgiving (call your local restaurant for hours). They’re offering up new holiday pancake options — like pumpkin spice pancakes — as well as a roasted turkey with bacon mashed potatoes dinner.

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9. McCormick & Schmick’s

On Thanksgiving Day at McCormick & Schmick’s, you can get a roasted turkey dinner with six sides (included stuffing, apple squash casserole and mashed potatoes). Call your local restaurant for pricing.

10. Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ruth’s Chris Steak House is open on Thanksgiving, and they’re offering up a classic three-course turkey dinner for $40. There’s also a children’s menu available for $13.

11. Sizzler

Select Sizzler restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving (see Sizzler locations). Check your local restaurant for details.

12. Smith & Wollensky

Smith & Wollensky is offering an elegant meal on Thanksgiving Day for $49 per adult and $20 per child. Their regular dinner menu will also be available. Reservations are recommended.

13. Starbucks

Thanksgiving prep, cooking and dealing with family can leave you feeling wiped out before the meal even begins. Luckily, most Starbucks locations will be open on Thanksgiving Day so you can get your caffeine fix.

14. Waffle House

If you prefer your potatoes scattered, smothered and covered rather than mashed, then you’re in luck. Waffle House is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and Thanksgiving Day is no exception.

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15. Marie Callender’s

Marie Callender’s is offering a dine-in feast for $20 for adults and $9 for kids. They also have an extensive take-out menu for the holiday that requires reservations in advance.

Originally published November 2014. Updated November 2016.

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