Thanksgiving Restaurants Offering Best Meal, Includes Turkey, Pumpkin Pie, Mashed Potatoes & More


Mmmmmm… Thanksgiving. Those that are fortunate enough to celebrate this holiday have lots to drool over; good food and showing appreciation for the things we have. For those that love cooking, it’s yet another reason to love this holiday. Many people who get anxiety over the occasion prefer to treat themselves to a meal outside of home, and those very people will be sure to love this article.

For Thanksgiving 2016, why not treat yourself to a nice restaurant meal. Here is a list of the Thanksgiving Restaurants open for the holiday. Don’t worry about hitting the grocery store for turkey and pie—these restaurants have you covered.

Did you know that 15 million people will choose to eat at a restaurant to celebrate Thanksgiving? Yes, it’s true, according to the National Restaurant Association. Many restaurants will be open, and here is the list of restaurants you can visit this Thanksgiving. Of course, check with the restaurant for their hours of operation on this day.


What’s Open:

• Acapulco Restaurant and Cantina
• Applebee’s
• Bonanza Steakhouse
• Boston Market
• Arooga’s
• Ben’s Kosher Deli
• Black Angus Steakhouse
• Charlie Brown’s Fresh Grill
• Chevys Fresh Mex
• Chompie’s
• Bob Evans
• Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurants
• Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
• El Torito
• Claim Jumper Restaurants
• Country Buffet
• Country Cookin
• Fire of Brazil
• Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
• Furr’s Fresh Buffet
• Golden Corral
• HomeTown Buffet
• Humperdinks
• Denny’s
• Jim’s Restaurants
• K&W Cafeterias
• Domino’s
• Dunkin’ Donuts
• Maggiano’s Little Italy
• Marie Callender’s
• Legal Sea Foods
• Old Country Buffet
• Ponderosa Steakhouse
• Luby’s
• Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
• McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks
• Mimi’s Café
• Ruth’s Chris Steak House
• Romano’s Macaroni Grill
• Ruby Tuesday’s
• Waffle House
• Shoney’s
• Ryan’s
• Smith & Wollensky
• Seasons 52
• TGI Fridays
• The Dixie Café
• Ted’s Montana Grill

What’s Closed:

• Bahama Breeze
• Cheesecake Factory
• Hooters
• California Pizza Kitchen
• Carrabba’s
• Houston’s
• Olive Garden
• Red Robin
• Outback Steakhouse
• R+D Kitchen

No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without the essentials: roasted turkey and Thanksgiving side dishes like mashed potatoes. Don’t forget about Thanksgiving desserts too, especially the pumpkin pie. All of these classic favorites will be available in some shape or form at the above mentioned restaurants.

It’s really a great way of doing something different on the holidays, where no one has to spend extra time cooking or cleaning and driving themselves mad trying to prepare it all. Why not let someone else worry about all the details, while you enjoy a heartwarming and comforting meal, stress free.


Another popular restaurant that’s open is the Macaroni Grill.

Macaroni Grill will be open starting at noon until 9:00 p.m. It will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, apple and sausage stuffing, and glazed carrots for just $18.99. For those wanting something other than turkey, the regular menu is available, and word on the street is that the chicken Parmesan is the most popular item (rib eye steak and spaghetti with meatballs are close seconds). This will be the second year they are open on the holiday after it’s success in doing so the previous year.



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“Which restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day 2016?” Statesman web site; November, 18, 2016;; last accessed November 21, 2016.