21 Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving This Year

In case you want someone else to do the cooking.

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'Tis the season for turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and all the fixins'. Regardless of how it gets to your table — homemade or store-bought — there's no denying that the Thanksgiving feast is the best meal of the year. If you're away from home or simply want to step away from the kitchen, these restaurants have decided to keep their doors open just for you (and, well, the rest of the country).

Friendly reminder: When heading out to grab food on Thanksgiving, remember to call your local franchise to double-check their holiday hours. While these restaurant chains all plan on opening their doors, specific hours of operation vary by region.

It's safe to say that you'll be eating well this year — no matter if you eat at home or on the road.

Don't forget to check out GoodHousekeeping.com's Thanksgiving 2018 guide.


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You love for its 2 for $20 deal, but it's about to get even better on Thanksgiving. Select locations offer a special Thanksgiving meal, complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and garlicky green beans.


Another Grand Slam for ! You can eat breakfast before the holiday festivities begin, indulge in the classic turkey dinner, or get your grub on in the wee hours of the morning before Black Friday shopping starts. Select regions offer online ordering and delivery — yes, you might not even have to leave your house.

TGI Friday's

is known for its late-night dining and dinner specials, and it looks like a will start at $20 this Thanksgiving. While most locations should be open, specific hours will vary.

Marie Callender's

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has got your back this holiday season. Meals will be available for pre-order this year, and there so many options, ranging from (starting at $110) to just a few sides à la carte. You can pick up your order between November 20 and 22, but just make sure to allow three hours for reheating.

Boston Market

You can always count on to help you when you're in a pinch — or if you're feeling lazy. Their are an easy way to get your turkey fix without the hassle. Best of all, if you order your box by November 18, they will deliver it to your door in time for Turkey Day. Of course, you can always eat in the restaurant if you don't want to deal with any cleanup.

McCormick and Schmick's

will transform their menu into something a bit more traditional for Thanksgiving this year. You can get a turkey dinner complete with mashed potatoes, gravy, butternut squash bisque, and more. Just online for any of the participating locations.

Waffle House

This popular claims to be open 24/7 and Thanksgiving is no exception. Take your pick — breakfast, lunch, or dinner — and leave the cooking up to them.


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Head to before you hit the road to Grandma's house and treat yourself with their seasonal favorite, . Hours may vary by region.

Del Frisco's Grille

If you'll be near a this Thanksgiving (excluding their Ft. Lauderdale, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. locations), you can enjoy . Their chefs will be serving up your favorite holiday dishes, like slow-roasted turkey breast and pumpkin cheesecake, and you can easily .

Bob Evans

The to-go meals from ensure that your Thanksgiving will be hassle-free (at least in terms of food). Choose from : Ham Farmhouse Feast, Turkey Farmhouse Feast, or Premium Farmhouse Feast (the best of both worlds). Meals serve either four or eight guests and start at $50.

Buca di Beppo

Italian is never a bad idea, so will be available to make your Thanksgiving dinner this year. The menu includes everything from the turkey to the pumpkin pie. Locations will open at 11 a.m. this year, and you have the options of picking up, getting delivery, or dining in.

Bahama Breeze

Most locations will be open on Thanksgiving day this year. This Caribbean-inspired restaurant will most likely serve up fun twists on your classic Thanksgiving dishes — and don't forget about the .

Cracker Barrel

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Heat and serve — that's 's Thanksgiving philosophy. Just ahead of time and then you can pick it up starting November 17. If you'd rather dine-in, Cracker Barrel stores will serve a special Thanksgiving menu (called the Homestyle Turkey n' Dressing meal) that even includes sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie.

Legal Sea Foods

Switch it up this year and enjoy a delicious fish dinner instead of the traditional roast. Fret not: also offers a classic for $25 a person and $9 for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended.

Ruby Tuesday

Craving french fries instead of a side of mash? has what you're looking for. Participating Ruby Tuesday locations will serve the regular menu during normal business hours.

Chart House

Each of 's 26 total locations offers famously breathtaking views — and their popular seafood menu.

Macaroni Grill

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Forget lasagna (just this once) — is celebrating Thanksgiving with a classic . For $25 per person, the meal includes just about every traditional Thanksgiving dish that you can think of, including turkey, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and fresh apple-cranberry chutney. Best of all, each meal ends with a slice of pumpkin pie topped with amaretto mascarpone cream. Reservations are highly recommended.

The Capital Grille

If you're looking for a fine dining experience this Thanksgiving, head to . Their offers multiple options for your appetizer, entrée, side, and dessert. You could also mix and match your favorite Thanksgiving sides and create an à la carte meal of your own.

Maggiano's Little Italy

Pasta and potatoes — now that sounds like a dream. will offer a four-course that includes bruschetta, salad, your choice of entrée, two classic Thanksgiving sides, two types of pasta, and of course, dessert. Plus, you have the option of dining in or eating it in the comfort of your home. Prices vary by location and reservations are highly suggested.

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Steak may be their speciality but on Thanksgiving, is all about turkey. Restaurants will most likely open their doors at noon and serve a . The meal includes turkey (of course), sausage and herb stuffing, your choice of a side, and a dessert duo. If you're looking for a helping hand for your at-home meal, Ruth's Chris also sells to-go sides, including creamed spinach and sweet potato casserole.

Ted's Montana Grill

Whether you're craving a big ol' juicy burger or a classic Thanksgiving feast, is there for you this Thanksgiving. It will offer a (priced at $29) that comes with turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, carrots, herb dressing, squash casserole, cranberry sauce, and a slice of apple crisp. Yum.

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