Cooking a Thanksgiving dinner takes a lot of work — not only does the bird take several hours to get fully cooked, but preparing all of the side dishes and desserts can extend the preparations into the night before the holiday.
Even asking guests to bring dishes or going all potluck doesn’t free you from having to do the dishes and clean up afterward.
That’s what can make going to a restaurant for Thanksgiving so appealing by contrast.
You might have to make reservations well in advance but that’s the full extent of what you’ll have to do if you go out to eat instead of host a Thanksgiving dinner.
Thanksgiving Dinner at a Restaurant
Here are 26 restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving for dinner this year:
- Buca di Beppo
- Black Angus Steakhouse
- Bob Evans
- Boston Market
- Buca di Beppo
- Capital Grille
- Claim Jumper
- Country Cookin
- Cracker Barrel
- Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
- Golden Corral
- Legal Sea Foods
- Maggiano’s Little Italy
- Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery
- McCormick & Schmick’s
- Ruby Tuesday
- Ruth’s Chris Steak House
- Romano’s Macaroni Grill
- Smith & Wollensky
- Ted’s Montana Grill
- TGI Friday’s
- Waffle House
If you’re interested in finding out about which restaurants are open in select cities on Thanksgiving, check out the directory on Gayot.com, which breaks out restaurant listings in 25 different geographical areas.
Or if you want to take things in another direction, Gayot also lists Thanksgiving takeout choices in New York and Los Angeles.
Readers, what are your Thanksgiving plans looking like?