Most people associate Thanksgiving Day with a home-cooked meal served around the dining room table. But sometimes you just want a break from all of that cooking, and you want someone else to do the heavy lifting.
About 20 million people are expected eat Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant in 2016, according to the National Restaurant Association. This is especially true for Americans over the age of 65, who eat out on Thanksgiving at double the rate of the general population. So, if you're looking for a break from the kitchen this year, here are the restaurants that are open and closed on Thanksgiving Day 2016.
23 restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2016
23 restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2016
Most locations will be open, but they generally close early. Call ahead for hours.
2. Black Angus Steakhouse
You can make reservations for Thanksgiving dinner at Black Angus Steakhouse, and all locations will open at 11 a.m.Dinner entails a choice of soup or salad, roasted turkey and sides, as well as pumpkin pie for dessert, all for $18.99 if you’re an adult, and $9.99 for kids.
3. Bob Evans
Bob Evans recently hosted its Sausage Selection Election for the 2016 Presidential Election. On Thanksgiving, the restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at select locations. Hours might vary.
4. Bonefish Grill
Bonefish Grill closes early on Thanksgiving 2016, at either 7 p.m. or 9 p.m., depending on the location.
5. Buca di Beppo
On Thanksgiving, Buca di Beppo opens at 11 a.m. Throughout the holiday season, the restaurant is open to parties and events, including catering as well as delivery.
6. Capital Grille
Capital Grille will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year, and offers quite a menu. For $38, adults get roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, French green beans with Marcona almonds and cranberry pear chutney, as well as mashed potatoes to share. Thanksgiving dinner for kids is just $15.
7. Claim Jumper
Claim Jumper is definitely open Thanksgiving 2016, and offers a diverse selection of entrees, including roasted turkey dinner for $24.99, ham dinner for $24.99, roasted tri-tip for $25.99, as well as prime rib and seafood meals. Call your location for hours, menu and reservations.
8. Country Cookin
Country Cookin is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for the Harrisonburg’s Valley Mall location, and will be featuring turkey with stuffing and gravy, or ham with baked, spiced apples. The good news: both Thanksgiving entrees come with all-you-can-eat servings of salads and sides.
9. Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel is open every day except for Christmas. On Thanksgiving Day, hours vary by location.
Following their regular schedule and staying open 24 hours.
11. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Open for Thanksgiving this year for the first time ever, beginning at 11 a.m.
12. Golden Corral
Golden Corral will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Thanksgiving, and offers its signature Thanksgiving Day Buffet, featuring a vast menu of dishes.
Most restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving, but hours vary by location.
14. Maggiano's Little Italy
Call your location for hours, prices and reservations.
15. Marie Callender's Restaurant
For hours and reservations, call ahead on Thanksgiving. Marie Callender's will feature five Thanksgiving feasts that you can order and reheat yourself. If you dine-in at the restaurant, adult Thanksgiving dinner costs $19.99 and kids dinner $8.99.
16. Mimi's Cafe
Mimi's Cafe is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and also offers a special Chef-Prepared-Take-Home Thanksgiving dinner.
17. Romano's Macaroni Grill
Open from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., but times may vary by location.
18. Ruby Tuesday
Most locations open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., call ahead for details.
19. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Most will open at 12 p.m., but check your specific location. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse will feature a three course turkey dinner for $39.95 for adults, while the children’s menu costs $12.95.
20. Ted's Montana Grill
Select locations are open on Thanksgiving, so call ahead for hours, pricing and reservations. Ted’s Montana Grill has put together a classy Thanksgiving Day dinner menu, which includes roast turkey and gravy with garlic mashed potatoes, herb dressing, carrots, squash casserole and cranberry sauce, plus Ted’s famous Apple Pecan Crisp for $29. The restaurant also boasts featured wines on Thanksgiving.
21. T.G.I. Friday's
The restaurant will open at 5 p.m. in most cases, but call ahead to make sure.
22. Waffle House
All Waffle House locations are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including Thanksgiving 2016.
23. Churchill Downs
Churchill Downs has a race day program starting at 11:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Admission price is $38.00 per person, which includes a three-hour "Chef's Table" buffet with soft drinks.