If You Aren’t Cooking but Want to Celebrate Thanksgiving: Restaurants that Are Open for Thanksgiving!

If you suddenly find out your flight is canceled or you aren’t willing to brave snow-covered roads  of the San Bernadino mountains only to be turned back by the  Highway Patrol because the roads are not clear,  you might be wondering just what you are going to do about Thanksgiving dinner.   Don’t worry! LA-Story.com  has your back! (and maybe a few cocktail recipes to boot- but that’s a different post)

Thanks to RetailMeNot.com who sourced out this entire list,  there are places that will be open on Thanksgiving.


While not every restaurant listed below will be open, it would be very smart to doublecheck your restaurant choices to find out about them being open and what time the restaurant opens and closes.  You don’t want to get there too early and you don’t want to rush through dinner if you get there late.  Please note the price ranges are not the same for every restaurant: Flemings would be a different spin and price range from Marie Callendar’s restaurant.


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1. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill
Select Applebee’s restaurants will host a Thanksgiving Day meal featuring turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy and garlicky green beans (in addition to Applebee’s regular menu items). Check your local restaurant’s hours to be sure!

2. Bahama Breeze
Bahama Breeze’s Thanksgiving dinner is from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and features an Island style spread of jerk turkey and pork with sides such as callaloo, green beans, cornbread stuffing and cranberry-pineapple chutney, starting at $19.99. Pumpkin Praline Pie will also be available for dessert only on this day, starting at $6.79 per slice.

3. Black Angus Steakhouse
Make your reservations now for Black Angus’ Thanksgiving dinner. You get a choice of soup or garden salad with warm molasses bread, roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, sage dressing, sweet potato, steamed broccoli and fresh cranberry sauce. And, of course, there will be pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Pricing is $19.99 for adults and $9.99 for kids but might vary by location.

4. Bob Evans
Known for traditional Southern cooking, the Bob Evans Farmhouse Feast carryout menu offers a turkey feast or a ham feast (with all the trimmings) for parties of four people ($49.99 to $54.99) to eight people ($79.99 to $84.99). Their premium meal has both turkey and ham available for $114.99. Simply bring it home, heat it up and serve!

5. Boston Market
Enjoy a traditional plated Thanksgiving meal at Boston Market. Choose from turkey or rotisserie chicken and plenty of side dishes, such as mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, green beans and vegetable stuffing. For dessert, enjoy pumpkin pie, apple pie or cherry pie. All plates priced per person, for both dine-in and to-go. Family side items are available for carryout, as well, if you’re in a pinch.

6. Buca di Beppo
Buca di Beppo will be opening for lunch and dinner. Guests can dine in, purchase catering trays, order a meal to go or even have the meal delivered (check locally for availability). The traditional Thanksgiving pre-fixe menu includes sliced turkey, homestyle gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green bean blend, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. The 3-person option is $68.99, the 5-person large feast is $134.99 and the individual option is $22.99.

7. Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Carrabba’s Italian Grill is launching new made-from-scratch Take & Bake dishes. Choose from ready-to-bake pasta dishes like Lasagne Bolognese, Penne Carrabba with Chicken, Pumpkin Mascarpone Ravioli or Rigatoni al Forno with Sausage. You also get your choice of sides like Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Creamed Spinach or Mac n’ Cheese as well as soups, salads and desserts. You can start placing orders on Friday, November 1 through Wednesday, November 27 and Friday, November 29 through Saturday, November 30 through ezcater.com or by calling a local Carrabba’s restaurant.

8. The Capital Grille
Their Thanksgiving menu includes slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, green beans with marcona almonds, Sam’s mashed potatoes and cranberry pear chutney. They also have an assortment of featured wines. The price is $43 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and younger. Pumpkin cheesecake is an additional $11 per person.

9. Chevys Fresh Mex
From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Chevys has a three-course Thanksgiving Day meal. The starter includes mixed green salad, and the entrée is roast turkey with mole sauce, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, jalapeño cheddar bread and cranberry sauce. Mini pumpkin pies are for dessert! But, check your local restaurant because not all locations are participating.



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10. Cracker Barrel
On Thanksgiving, Cracker Barrel will start serving its Thanksgiving meal at 11 a.m. on November 28. This is the restaurant’s busiest day of the year, so be sure to go early or call for a reservation. This traditional Homestyle Turkey n’ Dressing Meal comes complete with sliced turkey and gravy, a sampling of sugar cured ham, sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, choice of a country side, a refillable beverage, buttermilk biscuits or corn muffins and a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert. Orders can be placed online or through the Cracker Barrel app at least 24 hours in advance of pickup.

11. Denny’s
Whether you’re craving a holiday breakfast or an old-fashioned Thanksgiving dinner, Denny’s has it covered. A festive menu wakes you up with your choice of sweet and savory pancakes rocking flavors like pumpkin spice and cinnamon roll. Each is served with two eggs, hash browns and a choice of bacon or sausage. For a Thanksgiving lunch or dinner, enjoy a holiday turkey melt or Denny’s traditional family favorite: the turkey and dressing dinner featuring tender carved turkey breast, savory stuffing, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce. This is served with your choice of two sides and dinner bread. Call ahead to check if this will be offered at the location nearest you.

12. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar will remain open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and it will be serving up meals from the full menu and a special three-course special, priced at $52 per person. The menu includes a choice of Mixed Herb-Roasted Turkey or Petite Filet Mignon accompanied by traditional holiday trimmings, including Savory House-Made Stuffing, Green Beans and Onions, family-style Mashed Potatoes and seasonal desserts, such as Pumpkin Cheesecake. Guests can also pair their meal with a glass of Vérité La Joie 2012, a rare 100-point Bordeaux-style red blend from Vérité Winery in Sonoma County, California—priced at $100 per glass, which includes a pair of Riedel Performance wine glasses for guests to take home. Children can enjoy their own special three-course menu for $22! Make your reservations now.

13. Fogo de Chão
Fogo’s special menu features the full Churrasco experience as well as roasted turkey breast, cranberry relish, sweet potato casserole and Brazilian sausage and apple dressing. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Make your reservation online now!

14. Golden Corral
In addition to guest favorites like steak, meatloaf and pot roast, Golden Corral will also offer a special Thanksgiving buffet. This feast includes sliced turkey, carved ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, baked potatoes and green bean casserole. Save room for dessert. There will be pumpkin pie, pecan pie and cheesecake.

15. Hooters
Call ahead, but most Hooters locations will be open for business as usual on Thanksgiving.

16. Houlihan’s
Hello, “Drinksgiving!” Enjoy $5 drink specials and appetizers. Plus, they have a “Less Worky, More Turkey” dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. available at $20.95 for adults and $8.95 for kids. Each dinner includes choice of house salad, side caesar salad or homemade soup and a choice of pumpkin pie or apple pie for dessert.

17. IHOP
Most IHOP restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy a sweet breakfast all day of pumpkin spice pancakes, fresh fruit Belgian waffles or delicious crepes.

18. Luby’s
For $11.49, dine on Luby’s Thanksgiving special, which includes an entrée, cornbread dressing, two sides, a dinner roll and dessert. Yummy!

19. Maggiano’s Little Italy
Large groups will enjoy Maggiano’s four-course family-style Thanksgiving meal. Enjoy an appetizer of assorted bruschetta and move on to your choice of two salads. The third course offers a choice of two mains: traditional roast turkey, country-style baked ham or parmesan-crusted tilapia plus additional sides and two kinds of pasta. Finally, pick two of these delicious desserts: pumpkin praline cheesecake, warm apple crostata, chocolate zuccotto cake or tiramisu. This menu is also available for carry-out from November 25 to November 28.

20. Marie Callender’s
For $22.99, Marie Callender’s offers each guest their choice of a freshly roasted turkey dinner or oven-baked ham. Each is served with seasonal vegetables, fire-roasted yams with cranberry streusel topping and fresh mashed potatoes. For dessert, take your pick between a slice of pumpkin pie or apple pie. Guests also have the option of taking their meal to go, but note all meals need at least 3 hours to heat up. Carryout offerings range from $114.99 to $164.99. Pickup starts at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Call ahead to reserve your large party order.

21. Metro Diner
All diners will remain open for holiday feast pickups and table service until 2:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. For to-go orders, choose either baked ham with cherry sauce or roasted turkey with cranberry sauce and sides, including creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, savory cornbread stuffing, homemade biscuits and a pumpkin pie for one to 10 guests ($14.99–$139.99). Add an additional pumpkin or pecan pie for $12.99. Order before 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 24 to pick up and enjoy on Thanksgiving Day. For dining in-restaurant,  you’ll get to choose from baked ham with cherry sauce or roasted turkey with cranberry sauce and sides of creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, savory cornbread stuffing, a homemade biscuit and slice of pumpkin pie for just $14.99.

22. Old Country Buffet
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Old Country Buffet is offering traditional Thanksgiving dishes for $89.99, including turkey, pecan pie and broccoli. The restaurant also has $8.99 pies available for carryout.

23. Ruby Tuesday
Participating Ruby Tuesday locations will be open for business, serving the regular menu. Who says you can’t celebrate Thanksgiving with burgers and fries?

24. Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Ruth’s Chris Steak House says the best meals are the ones you don’t worry about. Take the stress out of Thanksgiving dinner and enjoy a three-course meal for $41.95 (kids eat for $14.95). Start with a steak house salad, caesar salad or Louisiana seafood gumbo, and then get the main dish of oven-roasted turkey breast with sausage and herb stuffing, homemade gravy and cranberry relish, your choice of a side–garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green beans or creamed spinach. Dessert is a duo of pumpkin cheesecake and vanilla ice cream.

25. Smokey Bones
Smokey Bones will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, offering their full menu and taking online and catering orders—new for the restaurant this year. Enjoy house-smoked premium meats like Sliced Smoked Turkey, which includes turkey breast rubbed with house spices and hickory smoked for three hours as well as barbecue specialties, mouthwatering half-pound burgers and a bar stocked with signature craft cocktails, 40+ bourbons and whiskeys and 40+ beer selections. Starting November 14, guests can receive $10 in Bonus Bucks for every $50 in gift cards purchased through December 28.


The LA-Story.com family would like to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving…whether you are with family, friends or by yourself.   Celebrate the meaning behind the day!

Stevie Wilson,

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