As much as everyone loves a home-cooked Thanksgiving menu, we can all agree that preparing one takes a lot of time and effort. Ree Drummond firmly believes that the holiday is "supposed to be about spending time with family and friends," not stressing over the meal. That would just defeat the purpose of the whole day! It's perfectly okay if you're just not up for the whole rigamarole this year and want to go out instead. Or, perhaps you are cooking up a storm and simply need someone else to cover lunch. Whatever the case, you'll need to know if there are local restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day.
Well, we've got some good news: If you're thinking of taking a break from the kitchen this year, there are dozens of restaurants open on Thanksgiving in 2022 that will do all the cooking for you. Now, that's something to be grateful for! While there are some grocery stores open on Thanksgiving to pick up anything you might forget, doesn't it sound so much easier to just skip the giant grocery list altogether? Plus, many of the establishments we're sharing with you offer catering and delivery options, so you can still enjoy a family feast at home. Cracker Barrel, Bob Evans, and even Maggiano's Little Italy have heat-and-serve dinners perfect for gathering around your dining room table with friends and family. All you'll need to do is pay a visit to one of the liquor stores open on Thanksgiving, grab a few bottles of wine, and you'll be good to go!
(A word to the wise: Before heading to one of these restaurants open on Thanksgiving, it's always safe to call your local franchise, confirm their hours, and make reservations if needed.)
You can eat good in the neighborhood this Thanksgiving by stopping at your closest Applebee's. Choose from dine-in and carryout options, but make sure to call ahead for hours—they vary by location, according to an Applebee's representative.
Bob Evans is known for its delicious Thanksgiving feast every year, and 2022 is no different. It's not surprising either—they offer a slow-roasted turkey every day as it is! You can have your entire dinner catered by Bob Evans by calling ahead of time and choosing from their delicious pies and sides, in addition to the bird.
Even though they're known for their rotisserie chickens, Boston Market is here to cater your Thanksgiving dinner too! Either stop by the restaurant or order carryout for a delicious turkey feast, complete with sides and dessert. Menu and hours vary by location.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Craving wings this Thanksgiving instead of turkey? You might be able to head to your nearest Buffalo Wild Wings, but hours will vary by location.
Buca di Beppo
There's nothing wrong with a little Italiano this Thanksgiving Day. Lucky for you, Buca di Beppo will be serving a turkey dinner that you can take home to heat and serve for your family.
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Chart House is always a great choice for a holiday dinner because of their delicious menu offerings that include steaks, seafood, and more. Check with your local restaurant for their exact hours and to make a reservation.
Cracker Barrel is known for its home-cooked comfort food—and Thanksgiving is no exception. This popular chain has a few options to choose from for your Turkey Day feast. You can have a full meal catered to bring home and serve, or you could pick up a few key items like one of their delicious pies. Your family can also dine-in and enjoy a delicious turkey dinner!
Del Frisco's Grille
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Looking for a classy evening? Enjoy dinner at Del Frisco's Grille this Thanksgiving. The restaurant offers a three-course traditional turkey dinner.
Denny's is a popular spot for Thanksgiving, whether you want to do dine-in or take-out. In previous years, the diner chain offered a carryout "Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Pack." It includes everything you need for a delicious family of four Thanksgiving dinner—you just need to heat and serve.
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A personal-sized pizza might hit the spot before heading out for your Black Friday shopping. Domino's franchises are independently owned, so they may be open on Thanksgiving, but hours will vary by location.
If you run on Dunkin', then you'll be happy to know you can still get your favorite cup of coffee on Thanksgiving. Holiday hours may vary, so check with your closest location first.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Need your bagel fix on Thanksgiving morning? You can visit your local Einstein Bros. Bagels to grab a bite that'll hold you over until dinner. Call your local restaurant ahead of time to double check their holiday hours.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse
Looking to get a little fancy this Thanksgiving? Visit a Fleming's Prime Steakhouse near you to enjoy a delicious three-course meal. Most locations will be open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., according to a representative.
Fogo de Chão
Just like every year, Fogo de Chão will be open for Thanksgiving. The Brazilian steakhouse will be serving a special Turkey Day menu in addition to their usual fare.
You can head to Golden Corral's popular buffet this year to enjoy your favorite Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. They also offer a heat-and-serve option to bring home if that's what you're after.
Hard Rock Cafe
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Have a rockin' Turkey Day at one of the iconic Hard Rock Cafes! Last year, you could head in to enjoy their Turkey Entrée loaded with slow-roasted turkey breast, roasted fresh vegetables, home-style classic stuffing, creamy sweet potato mash, cranberry sauce, and finished with a traditional turkey gravy.
If you want to completely overhaul the usual Thanksgiving fare, a trip to IHOP sounds like a sweet option. You can satisfy your flapjack cravings, sincee the International House of Pancakes will be open for Turkey Day, according to a representative. Just double check with your local restaurant about their holiday hours.
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Most Kona Grill locations will be open and serving up their fantastic seafood, steak, and chops entrees. Don't forget to grab a tasty cocktail!
Maggiano's Little Italy
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Craving your turkey dinner with an Italian twist? Then head to Maggiano's this Thanksgiving. The restaurant offers three Turkey Day options, including catering, carryout, and dine-in.
Feast on all your Thanksgiving favorites with a meal from Marie Callender's. You can choose to pre-order your dinner and pick it up to enjoy at home, or eat at the restaurant. Their Thanksgiving package comes with a main course, sides, and dessert. Price and participation vary by location.
McCormick & Schmick's
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Enjoy a delicious seafood dinner this Thanksgiving at McCormick & Schmick's. They also usually offer a special turkey dinner if you'd rather stick to tradition!
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Feel free to feast on a Big Mac and fries this Thanksgiving because most McDonald's should be open. However, you'll want to check with your closest branch as hours may vary by location.
Head over to Metro Diner for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, whether you want to dine in or take out! If you're getting their feast for Thanksgiving day, you want to order by 5 pm Monday, November 21.
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Craving a steak dinner this Thanksgiving? Make a reservation at Morton's Steakhouse for a top-notch dining experience.
Sometimes turkey doesn't quite cut it, so why not grab some pizza instead? Papa John's is open most days of the year, and Thanksgiving is no exception.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
In previous years, Popeyes offered its Cajun Style Turkey that you can preorder for Thanksgiving. You can also pick up some of your favorite sides, like mashed potatoes and gravy.
Romano's Macaroni Grill
Last year, this popular Italian restaurant offered a three-course Thanksgiving dinner, and a carryout option so you could serve up a big feast at home. Call up your local Romano's Macaroni Grill and see what their hours will be this year and whether you can order a precooked meal in advance.
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Most Ruby Tuesday locations will be open for dine-in and takeout. Just be sure to call ahead and confirm with your local branch!
Ruth's Chris Steak House
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There are several ways to enjoy Ruth's Chris Steak House this Thanksgiving. You can have a take-home feast that includes every delicious part of the Thanksgiving menu ready for you to heat and serve. Or, you can choose to dine-in and enjoy a delicious three-course turkey dinner.
The fresh grill and wine bar is open every day except for Christmas! They offer a traditional holiday dinner on Thanksgiving day. Call ahead to check your local restaurant's hours.
Visit this Southern staple this year for their annual "All You Care to Eat" Thanksgiving feast. Some Shoney's restaurants have offered Thanksgiving meals to-go in the past, so check with the branch near you to see if they'll be participating.
Smith & Wollensky
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Enjoy an elevated holiday meal at this tasty steakhouse. In the past, Smith & Wollensky offered a special Thanksgiving prix fixe menu at $65 per adult and $29 per child.
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Whether you're craving a burger or you want to pick up a milkshake to hold you over until it's pie time, you can head over to Sonic this Thanksgiving. Many (but not all) are open, and hours may vary depending on the restaurant in your area, so check before driving over.
It's a no-brainer that you'll need a good caffeine fix come Thanksgiving morning. How else will you power through putting all those sides together?! You can fill your Starbucks order this Thanksgiving as stores will be open—just call ahead to your local branch to see about their hours.
Most T.G.I. Fridays locations will be open on Thanksgiving Day—just call ahead and make sure the one near you is! Enjoying a plate of potato skins sounds pretty darn good on Turkey Day.
Every one of the chic STK steakhouse locations will be open nationwide on Thanksgiving. If you don't plan on stopping by for a hearty dinner, at least grab a drink at the lounge.
Known for their steak, ribs, and more, you can seriously get your grub on at Tony Roma's this Thanksgiving.
As many know, Waffle House stays open 365 days a year. That means you can get your favorite breakfast dishes on Turkey Day, whether it's before or after you feast.
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Craving a Frosty before you dig in to your array of Thanksgiving desserts? Wendy's will be open for all your snack or burger needs. You might want to call ahead though to check the hours of your nearest branch.
Need a break from the turkey overload? You can grab a burger and fries instead this Thanksgiving at your closest Whataburger.
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Hey, who knows! Maybe you'll have a hankering for a slew of White Castle's crave-worthy sliders hours after your Thanksgiving dinner.