If you’re gearing up to make Thanksgiving dinner, we’re happy to help, starting with our most popular Thanksgiving recipe ideas. But for anyone with “reservations” about Turkey Day, fear not because we’ve got help for the non-cooks, too! Here’s a list of casual restaurants open on Thanksgiving. In each case, we recommend calling to confirm that your neighborhood’s location will be open and offering the deals below:
We’ve been hearing rumors that Applebee’s is open on Thanksgiving, and that’s true…with a caveat. Each Applebee’s franchise is open (or not) based on the franchise owner’s personal preference.
Ben’s Kosher Deli
Ben’s Kosher Deli has locations all around New York and Florida and a knack for serving up some of the most delicious roast meats, and you can’t go wrong with the Thanksgiving choices at Ben’s. You can eat in—with seatings at 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. at all locations, except no 7:15 p.m. seating in New York City.
Bob Evans brings the farm to your table even on Thanksgiving. Some Bob Evans restaurants will have special Thanksgiving menus in honor of the holiday. To find out if your local Bob Evans is serving its regular menu versus a holiday menu, check with your local restaurant.
Boston Market will ship diners a pre-cooked, complete Thanksgiving meal anywhere in the continental US. Just place your order by November 19. Nearly all Boston Market locations were open last Thanksgiving for in-restaurant dining (but they haven’t yet issued their 2018 statement).
Buca di Beppo
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner is offered at Capital Grille starting at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Since there’s one near me in Stamford, Connecticut, I decided to see if I could make a reservation. Success!
Guess which day is Cracker Barrel‘s busiest day of the year? That would be Thanksgiving! The Homestyle Turkey n’ Dressing Meal costs $12.99 for adults and $7.99 for kids. The to-go meals are priced per group of six (starting at $67.99).
Fogo de Chao
Most Fogo de Chao locations are open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and kids under six eat for free. Kids ages six through 12 pay half.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with Macaroni Grill. The Italian restaurant will be serving a three-course, traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
“We will keep to our already-famous menu over the holidays,” says a rep from Waffle House. “Our customers are thankful for our menu all year long, so during the holidays we like to keep that tradition going.” Per usual, Waffle House will be open 24/7/365.
Restaurants we expect to be open on Thanksgiving
Many restaurants are expected to be open for Thanksgiving in 2018 because they have been open on past Thanksgivings. Here’s a partial list:
- Black Angus Steakhouse
- Golden Corral
- Legal Seafoods
- Maggiano’s Little Italy
- Ponderosa Steakhouse
Good luck finding a spot to gather with family! If you decide you want to make Thanksgiving Dinner at home, go straight for our tried-and-true Thanksgiving recipes.