List: Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Turkey Dinner

Turkey Dinner

Whether you don't feel like cooking, or you forgot to thaw the turkey, there are many restaurants that will remain open for the Thanksgiving.

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill

Select Applebee’s restaurants will host a Thanksgiving Day meal featuring turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy and garlicky green beans (in addition to Applebee’s regular menu items). Check your local restaurant’s hours to be sure!

Boston Market

Enjoy a traditional plated Thanksgiving meal at Boston Market. Choose from turkey or rotisserie chicken and plenty of side dishes, such as mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, green beans and vegetable stuffing. For dessert, enjoy pumpkin pie, apple pie or cherry pie. All plates priced per person, for both dine-in and to-go. Family side items are available for carryout, as well, if you’re in a pinch.

Buca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo will be opening for lunch and dinner. Guests can dine in, purchase catering trays, order a meal to go or even have the meal delivered (check locally for availability). The traditional Thanksgiving pre-fixe menu includes sliced turkey, homestyle gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green bean blend, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. The 3-person option is $68.99, the 5-person large feast is $134.99 and the individual option is $22.99.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Carrabba’s Italian Grill is launching new made-from-scratch Take & Bake dishes. Choose from ready-to-bake pasta dishes like Lasagne Bolognese, Penne Carrabba with Chicken, Pumpkin Mascarpone Ravioli or Rigatoni al Forno with Sausage. You also get your choice of sides like Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Creamed Spinach or Mac n’ Cheese as well as soups, salads and desserts. You can start placing orders on Friday, November 1 through Wednesday, November 27 and Friday, November 29 through Saturday, November 30 through or by calling a local Carrabba’s restaurant.

Cracker Barrel

On Thanksgiving, Cracker Barrel will start serving its Thanksgiving meal at 11 a.m. on November 28. This is the restaurant’s busiest day of the year, so be sure to go early or call for a reservation. This traditional Homestyle Turkey n’ Dressing Meal comes complete with sliced turkey and gravy, a sampling of sugar cured ham, sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, choice of a country side, a refillable beverage, buttermilk biscuits or corn muffins and a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert. Orders can be placed online or through the Cracker Barrel app at least 24 hours in advance of pickup.


Whether you’re craving a holiday breakfast or an old-fashioned Thanksgiving dinner, Denny’s has it covered. A festive menu wakes you up with your choice of sweet and savory pancakes rocking flavors like pumpkin spice and cinnamon roll. Each is served with two eggs, hash browns and a choice of bacon or sausage. For a Thanksgiving lunch or dinner, enjoy a holiday turkey melt or Denny’s traditional family favorite: the turkey and dressing dinner featuring tender carved turkey breast, savory stuffing, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce. This is served with your choice of two sides and dinner bread. Call ahead to check if this will be offered at the location nearest you.

Golden Corral

In addition to guest favorites like steak, meatloaf and pot roast, Golden Corral will also offer a special Thanksgiving buffet. This feast includes sliced turkey, carved ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, baked potatoes and green bean casserole. Save room for dessert. There will be pumpkin pie, pecan pie and cheesecake.


Call ahead, but most Hooters locations will be open for business as usual on Thanksgiving.


Most IHOP restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy a sweet breakfast all day of pumpkin spice pancakes, fresh fruit Belgian waffles or delicious crepes.

Ruby Tuesday

Participating Ruby Tuesday locations will be open for business, serving the regular menu. Who says you can’t celebrate Thanksgiving with burgers and fries?

Smokey Bones

Smokey Bones will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, offering their full menu and taking online and catering orders—new for the restaurant this year. Enjoy house-smoked premium meats like Sliced Smoked Turkey, which includes turkey breast rubbed with house spices and hickory smoked for three hours as well as barbecue specialties, mouthwatering half-pound burgers and a bar stocked with signature craft cocktails, 40+ bourbons and whiskeys and 40+ beer selections. Starting November 14, guests can receive $10 in Bonus Bucks for every $50 in gift cards purchased through December 28.

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