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Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving: Cracker Barrel, Denny's, Morton's & More

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No dinner plans for Thanksgiving? Or maybe dinner just didn’t work out? (Happens to the best of us.) Great news — we found several restaurants open on Thanksgiving. Whether you prefer Chinese takeout from Panda Express, tacos from Taco Bell, or a pizza from Domino’s, we’ve got the deets on who’s open on Turkey Day and who’s not.

Since most major chain restaurants are franchises, hours may vary between locations. Be sure to call ahead or make reservations ASAP so you know you’ll have a table. Local restaurants may or may not be open on Thanksgiving.

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Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

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These are the restaurants most of you ask about when you want to know who’s open on Thanksgiving and who isn’t.

Applebee’s will be open on Thanksgiving Day with holiday meals starting at $13.99 per person.

Applebee’s is offering five Holiday Combos on Thanksgiving starting at $13.99 per person. Meat options include Sirloin, Riblets, Chicken and Salmon. Of course Applebee’s signature holiday cocktails are back this year with Berry Merry Daquiri and Tipsy Reindeer.

Bahama Breeze locations offer a Turkey Day feast on Thanksgiving.

Order up an island-style turkey dinner at Bahama Breeze this Thanksgiving. The meals comes with sliced turkey, gravy, green beans, stuffing, cranberry-pineapple chutney and mashed potatoes or cinnamon mashed sweet potatoes for $24.99 per person. They also have a $95 Thanksgiving family bundle for four. You can order online for pickup or dine in on Thanksgiving.

Bob Evans is offering a Thanksgiving meal for as low as $16.67 per person

Bob Evans has a hot Thanksgiving meal to-go that serves six for $99.99. The dinner includes turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes & gravy, cranberry relish, green beans & ham, buttered corn, 12 dinner rolls and a pumpkin pie.

If you prefer to dine in, Bob Evans is also serving a Thanksgiving Clebration Platter $ 16.99. The meal includes roasted turkey, dressing, gravy, cranberry relish, mashed potatoes, green beans with ham, corn, rolls and a slice of pumpkin pie.

Boston Market has ready to serve meals for $15.99 per person

Boston Market typically offers Hot & Ready-To-Serve Meals that serve up to 12 people, which are chilled complete meals for as little as $11.99 per person. They also have a dine-in Thanksgiving offer for $15.99 per person, featuring a choice of roasted turkey breast or half rotisserie chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable stuffing, a dinner roll and a slice of apple or pumpkin pie.

Chart House is offering a three-course menu or traditional turkey dinner for $69 per person on Thanksgiving.

At Chart House, you and your family cna enjoy a 3-course prix fixe menu (starting at $69 per person) with several entree options to select from such as filet mignon, fresh fish, truffle crusted grouper, slow roasted prime rib, lobster + shrimp carbonara or a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings. Chart House is usually very busy on Thanksgiving, so reservations are encouraged.

Cracker Barrel is offering a family Thanksgiving dinner for as low as $15.50 per person

Cracker Barrel has a Thanksgiving Heat n’ Serve Turkey Feast serves 8 – 10 people for $154.99 ($15.50 for 10 people). The feast includes two oven roasted turkey breasts, turkey gravy, cornbread stuffing, cranberry relish, sweet potato casserole, your choice of two country sides, rolls, and pumpkin and pecan pies.

Cracker Barrel also has a Thanksgiving Heat n’ Serve Family Dinner carryout offer with an oven-roasted turkey breast, cornbread dressing, turkey gravy, cranberry relish, sweet potato casserole with pecans, choice of one countryside and sweet yeast rolls. This feeds 4-6 people and costs $104.99 — that’s $17 per person for 6 people. But I do have a deal for you: Pre-order and receive a FREE $10 bonus card when you schedule your pickup for 11/20 or 11/21.

If you dine in, for $16.49 per person, you’ll be served roasted turkey breast, cornbread dressing and gravy, country green beans, sweet potato casserole topped with pecans, cranberry relish, rolls and pumpkin pie.

Denny’s is offering their Turkey & Dressing Dinner bundle starting Nov. 17.

You can pre-order Denny’s Turkey & Dressing Dinner bundle online at between Nov. 17 – Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. ET. The meal includes turkey breast, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, plus your choice of herb-glazed corn, a vegetable medley, or mac and cheese. This bundle feeds four. You must order a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Although we do not have pricing yet, we’ll update t6his post as soon as we do.

Dog Haus will be serving their Wurst Thanksgiving Sausage $6.99+.

Select Dog Haus locations will be open on Thanksgiving, November 23 serving up their Wurst Thanksgiving Sausage (starts at $6.99), made with turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries, stuffing, sage, thyme, rosemary and a hint of maple.

Golden Corral has a turkey meal to go for a group or individual for as low as $8.79 per person.

Golden Corral has a turkey meal that serves 6 – 8 for $79.99 ($13.33 – $10 per person). The meal includes turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, 12 yeast rolls with honey butter, plus your choice of a homestyle side and a whole pie. Their individual Holiday Roasted Turkey meal is $8.79 (available after 4 p.m. local) and has sliced turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, two sides, rolls, and cookies.

IHOP has free kids meals through Sunday Nov. 26, 2023.

Kids 12 and under can eat free at IHOP every day from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. with an adult entree purchase. This dine-in only offer is valid through Nov. 26, 2023. IHOP also has a couple of Thanksgiving meals you can select from:

Homestyle Turkey & Stuffing Dinner $14.29: Roasted turkey and gravy over cornbread stuffing, plus your choice of two dinner entrée sides and a side of mixed berry topping.

Homestyle Turkey & Stuffing Melt $12.69: Roasted turkey, mayo, grilled onions, cornbread stuffing, mixed berry topping, and four-cheese blend griddled on multigrain bread. Served with turkey gravy and choice of side.

Maggiano’s Little Italy will be open with a special family style Thanksgiving meal.

On Thanksgiving you can dine in at Maggiano’s Little Italy with a special three course menu or pickup a hot-prepared carryout bundle ($220) serves 4 – 5 people. Although you can pickup your Thanksgiving meal bundle, you must place your order at least 24 hours in advance.

Morton’s The Steakhouse will be serving up a 3-course Thanksgiving dinner for $59 per person.

You can celebrate Thanksgiving with a 3-course meal for $59 per person at Morton’s Steakhouse. The entree includes Oven-Roasted Turkey Roulade with Savory Sage and Cranberry Stuffing, Cranberry Relish and Turkey Gravy. A full menu will also be available. Reservations highly recommended.

Perry’s Steakhouse is offering a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving for $49 per guest.

Perry’s Steakhouse will have a turkey dinner ($49 per guest) available for dine-in from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. You can pre-order beginning November 22 from 11 a.m. – close. Options include an individual smoked turkey breast with a soup or salad and sides or you can go with the Family-style Thanksgiving Meal for 4 for $149.

P.F. Chang’s will be open on Thanksgiving with a special holiday menu.

Head to P.F. Chang’s this Thanksgiving and enjoy a special holiday menu that includes dishes like Flaming Filet Mignon Wontons, Chili Crab & Pork Belly Fried Rice, and Oolong Chilean Sea Bass in a ginger-soy sauce.

Perkins will be open for diners on Turkey Day with a holiday dinner for $15.29 per person.

For $15.29 you can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at Perkins. It comes with Butterball turkey and all the fixings including dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, two dinner sides and a slice of Perkins pie.

Red Lobster is offering three new meals, all under $40 you can enjoy on Thanskgiving.

Red Lobster has three new holiday meals you can enjoy on Thanksgiving. The new offerings include Lobster & Shrimp Holiday Feast ($31.99), Lobster & Cheddar Bay-Stuffed Shrimp ($27.99), and Lobster & Shrimp Overboard ($39.99).

Shari’s will be open on Thanksgiving.

Shari’s will be open on Thanksgiving, serving their regular menu.

Starbucks will have coffee and other menu items for ordering on Thanksgiving.

You can grab your Starbucks pumpkin spice latte or check out their holiday lineup (Iced Gingerbread Oatmilk Chai, Chestnut Praline Latte, Peppermint Mocha Cranberry Bliss Bar, or Sugar Plum Cheese Danish and more) before facing the family at dinner on Thanksgiving.

Toasted Yolk is offering their Take-and -Bake Holiday Hash for $20.

Now, through Dec. 24, you can get the Toasted Yolk’s Holiday Hash for $20. This take-and-bake cheesy hash brown dish is mixed with cream of chicken soup, onions, salt and pepper. The dish comes uncooked with cooking directions and serves nine to 11 people. You must order ahead (preferably at least 24 hours in advance).

Waffle House will be serving up their world-famous (or infamous, depending on how you look it) waffles this Thanksgiving.

Waffles on Thanksgiving? Why not? If you live near a Waffle House chances are it’ll be open on Thanksgiving serving up Waffles, burgers and more.

TIP: Just in case you’re wondering, here’s our long list of which retail stores are open on Thanksgiving Day.



Fast Food Open on Thanksgiving

a boy eating a coffee at burger king with kids meal

Most major fast-food restaurants are open on Thanksgiving. Remember to call ahead to make sure your location will be serving on Turkey Day.

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Restaurants Closed on Thanksgiving

Sadly, not all restaurants open on Thanksgiving, but it’s only fair that team members get to spend the holiday with their loved ones. If your fave is on our short list, it’s time to make other holiday dinner plans.

If you’ve decided you’d rather cook a Thanksgiving feast, here are the grocery stores open on Thanksgiving to get those last-minute things you know you’re gonna forget.

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