If you aren’t preparing your own meal, or visiting friends or family, national restaurant chains are ready to serve you on Thanksgiving Day. “Eat, drink and be thankful” is the way one chain restaurant is promoting its Thanksgiving Day feast.
Here’s a list of chain restaurants planning to be open on Thanksgiving Day 2017, some offering meals for as little as $10 to $15 per person, and none over $30. At some you can dine in, others also offer meals to go, for one or a dozen friends and family.
Be sure to make reservations where accepted ahead of time, and be sure to tip generously, since the people cooking and serving you are giving up their own holiday for you.
Bob Evans offers a special Thanksgiving meal complete with your choice of entrée (slow-roasted turkey, hickory-smoked ham or country fried steak), three sides (mashed potatoes with gravy, herb corn, macaroni & cheese, buttered broccoli, carrots, green beans with ham or coleslaw), endless bread (biscuits, rolls, pumpkin bread and banana nut bread) and a slice of pie (pumpkin, pumpkin supreme or double-crust apple) – for $14.99. The special Thanksgiving Kids Dinner includes turkey, choice of two sides, endless bread and a slice of pumpkin pie for $6.99.
Boston Market offers several ways to purchase a holiday meal this season. Stop in for the Thanksgiving Day Meal, featuring turkey breast, two sides, cornbread and a slice of apple or pumpkin pie for $12.99. For those planning a feast, consider the Heat & Serve option for 12 at $119.99, which works out to just $10 per person. It’s a complete meal with a whole roasted turkey, several sides, rolls and two whole pies. If you just need an item a la carte, you can get that, too.
Buca di Beppo plans to serve a family style meal for $22.99 per individual or $68.99 for service for three, starting at 11 a.m. The turkey dinner comes with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, whole cranberry sauce, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, and pumpkin pie for dessert. The traditional Turkey Dinner is also available “to-go”.
Cracker Barrel is serving its Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for $12.99, and $7.99 for children. The meal includes turkey breast, dressing, turkey gravy, sugar-cured ham, vegetables of choice, sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, biscuits or corn muffins, a slice of pumpkin pecan streusel pie with whipped cream, and beverage.
Denny’s patrons can order the Turkey & Dressing Dinner, featuring slices of turkey breast, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, two sides and bread. Check your local restaurant for times and pricing.
Golden Corral offers a special holiday buffet, including carved turkey or ham, sliced turkey, fried chicken, roast beef, meatloaf, and even steak and shrimp are featured, as well as more than a dozen side dishes – stuffing, potatoes, casseroles and corn on the cob. It’s the “Endless Buffet,” so you can plan to go back for seconds or thirds. Call your nearest restaurant for holiday hours.
Luby’s will be open for dine in or to go, serving a Thanksgiving special combo of holiday entree, cornbread dressing, two sides, dinner roll and dessert for $11.49.
McCormick & Schmick’s serves a roasted turkey dinner for $26.99 for adults/$9.99 for children 12 and under. Included in the meal: butternut squash bisque or walnut mixed greens salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread stuffing, seasoned vegetables, apple squash casserole and cranberry sauce. Dessert and cocktail service are extra.
Mimi’s Cafe starts serving at 11 a.m. The three-course meal is $18.99 for adults/$8.99 for kids and includes choice of soup or salad, roasted turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, relish, bread basket and choice of pumpkin pie or pecan pie. The carry-out option serves 8 to 10 people and costs $99.99.
Ted’s Montana Grill will be open and offering traditional Thanksgiving items, priced at $29. For non-traditional guests, Ted’s will be serving a choice of St. Phillip’s Island Crab Cakes, Bison Pot Roast, Bison Meatloaf, Big Sky Grilled Salad, Cedar Plank Salmon, Ted’s Filet and Delmonico Ribeye. Prices and availability vary by location.
Village Inn restaurants are serving traditional Holiday Turkey or Ham Dinner, with a slice of our Pumpkin Pie, at participating locations. Check with your local restaurant for hours as they may vary by restaurant.
Another excellent resource is OpenTable, which lists many restaurants open on Thanksgiving specific to your city. Many of these are higher-priced establishments and reservations are required.
Many of these national chains will take your orders or reservations online, so be sure to click on the links to find the location nearest you. Aren’t you hungry now?
This list is published annually since 2014 and updated annually.
Once again, thanks to the trade magazine Restaurant News for putting together this list of national chains open on Thanksgiving Day 2017.