Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, spending time with loved ones, and indulging in a delicious holiday feast. But not everyone has the time or desire to cook. If that sounds like your family, you may be wondering, “Do restaurants close on Thanksgiving?” Luckily, many restaurants across the country are open on Thanksgiving, offering a variety of dining options to suit every palate. Whether you're craving a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings or something a little more unique, we created a list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day 2023 to help you celebrate the holiday season.

What Restaurants Are Open on Thanksgiving?

Pecan pie in glass pie dish with silver pie server sitting beside on table

So, are restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day? Yes! Many restaurant chains stay open on Thanksgiving to serve customers on the holiday. We compiled a list of the major restaurant chains that are open on Thanksgiving 2023.

Food Open on Thanksgiving

If you're looking to dine out on Thanksgiving, be sure to call your restaurant of choice to check their hours, as hours and availability may vary by location. It is also a good idea to see if they require Thanksgiving reservations. Alternatively, you may want to inquire about their Thanksgiving day delivery options, as some may have delivery available even if their dining rooms are closed. Here is the list of restaurant chains open on Thanksgiving:

  • Applebee's
  • Black Angus Steakhouse
  • Bob Evans
  • Boston Market
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Capital Grille
  • Chart House
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Denny's
  • Fleming's Prime Steakhouse
  • Fogo de Chao
  • Golden Corral
  • Hooters
  • IHOP
  • Legal Sea Foods
  • Maggiano's
  • Marie Callender's
  • McCormick and Schmick's
  • Morton's The Steakhouse
  • P.F. Chang's
  • Ponderosa
  • Romano's Macaroni Grill
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House
  • Sizzler
  • Smith & Wollensky
  • Ted's Montana Grill
  • TGI Fridays
  • Waffle House

Pizza Places Open on Thanksgiving

Discover the pizza chains open on Thanksgiving below:

  • Domino's Pizza
  • Little Caesars Pizza
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • MOD Pizza
  • Pizza Hut

Fast Food Open on Thanksgiving

Some fast food chains are also open on Thanksgiving if you're just looking for a quick bite instead of a full meal:

  • Burger King
  • Dunkin'
  • El Pollo Loco
  • Hardee's
  • Krispy Kreme
  • McDonald's
  • Panda Express
  • Qdoba
  • Sonic
  • Starbucks
  • Steak 'n Shake
  • Wendy's
  • White Castle

Many of these restaurants operate with special holiday hours and not all of their locations may be open, so be sure to check your local chain's website before you head out.

Restaurants with Thanksgiving Dinner

Chipotle-Maple Glazed Turkey

In addition to staying open on Thanksgiving Day, some restaurants and grocery store chains offer premade holiday meals so customers can eat with their families at home without stressing about cooking. Being able to purchase a prepared Thanksgiving dinner will save a lot of time. Here's a list of restaurants and grocery stores that sell take-out holiday meals:

  • Albertson's
  • Boston Market
  • Bob Evans
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Marie Callender's
  • Publix
  • Safeway
  • Sprouts
  • Ted's Montana Grill
  • The Fresh Market
  • Wegmans
  • Whole Foods
  • Williams Sonoma

Fewer and fewer people are cooking for themselves on Thanksgiving and choosing to go out to eat instead. As a result, some restaurants are choosing to stay open. If you're looking for an alternative option for your Thanksgiving meal, use the list above to determine what chain restaurants are open on Thanksgiving in your area.

Posted in: Holidays|Management & Operation|Seasonal|By Janine Jones
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