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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. For that reason, we suggest calling your favorite restaurant in October to find out the details of their holiday hours and how to make reservations.
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Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving
These are the restaurants most of you ask about when you want to know who’s open on Thanksgiving and who isn’t.
- Starbucks is open on Thanksgiving, so you can get your Starbucks pumpkin spice latte before facing the family at dinner.
- Cracker Barrel locations will be opened during regular business hours on Thanksgiving.
- Dunkin’ Donuts will be opened so you can get your donuts and coffee on Thanksgiving Day.
- Domino’s will be open on Turkey Day. We’ve got some tips on how you can get your Domino’s pizza for free.
- Golden Corral buffet will be open all day on Thanksgiving.
- Applebee’s will be open during regular hours on Thanksgiving Day for you to enjoy.
- Some Bahama Breeze locations offer a Turkey Day feast on Thanksgiving.
- Bob Evans will be open Thanksgiving, so you can grab your turkey, dressing, and all the fixins.
- Chart House will most likely be very busy on Thanksgiving, so make reservations ahead of time.
- Chili’s will be open during regular hours.
- If you’re hankering for baby back ribs this Thanksgiving, hop over to Chipotle because most locations will be open regular hours.
- Get ready because Denny’s will be serving up their famous pancakes and other menu items on Turkey Day.
- Visit IHOP on Thanksgiving and enjoy a nice stack of Pumpkin Spice pancakes, because what other flavor is there this time of year?
- Maggiano’s Little Italy will be open regular hours for all your pasta cravings.
- Morton’s The Steakhouse will be serving up sophisticated fare this Thanksgiving. Make reservations early. Turkey Roulade, anyone?
- P.F. Chang’s will be open on Thanksgiving.
- Perkins Restaurant & Bakery will be open for diners on Turkey Day.
- Waffle House will be serving up their world-famous (or infamous, depending on how you look it) waffles this Thanksgiving.
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
Most major fast-food restaurants are open on Thanksgiving. Remember to call ahead to make sure your location will be serving on Turkey Day.
- Burger King will be open on Thanksgiving to get your Whopper fix.
- Carl’s Jr. will be open regular hours this Turkey Day.
- McDonald’s will be open on Thanksgiving for you to grab some McDonalds specials.
- Taco Bell happy hour will be rolling on Thanksgiving Day.
- Jack in the Box will be open on Thanksgiving.
- Krispy Kreme will be open so you can enjoy one of their many Thanksgiving donuts.
- Little Caesars will be ready to serve up their famous Hot-n-Ready pizzas on Turkey Day.
- Panda Express will be open to celebrate Friendsgiving.
- Pizza Hut will be ready to deliver you some pizza this Thanksgiving Day.
- Popeyes will be open to help spice up your holiday with some Louisana flavor.
- Qdoba Mexican Eats will be open if you’re craving some guac and queso on Thanksgiving.
- Sonic Drive-In will be serving up slushies this Thanksgiving.
- Steak ‘n Shake will be open regular hours, so you can grab freshly made burgers and fries.
- Wendy’s will be open regular hours so you can get something off their four for $4 menu and share with your friends on Turkey Day.
- Whataburger will be open all day; head on in.
- White Castle will be open regular hours for sliders all 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.
- Blaze Pizza
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- Five Guys
- Jason’s Deli
- Jersey Mike’s Subs
- Jimmy Johns
- McAlister’s Deli
- Moe’s Southwest Grill
- Noodles & Company
- Olive Garden
- Outback Steakhouse
- Panera Bread
- Papa Murphy’s Pizza
- Potbelly Sandwich Shop
- Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
- Red Lobster
- Red Robin
- Texas Roadhouse
- The Cheesecake Factory
- Tropical Smoothie Cafe
- Yard House
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.