Where to eat this Thanksgiving – 2021 restaurant options

Thanksgiving turkey dinner

We’re often asked what restaurants are open on Thanksgiving? What specials can I order up on Turkey Day? What grab and go, heat and serve items can I snag to take the sting out of cooking all day. Well, look no further than our handy roundup of all the current Thanksgiving specials and options we know about right now!

Stay tuned for 2022 options – we will update this page as soon as we start hearing from restaurants. In the meantime, here’s what happened in 2021:

Thanksgiving 2021 at restaurants

7-Eleven

For the holidays ‘sev have a new Butterball turkey sub with sharp white cheddar cheese and cranberry mayo. The new sub comes on a roll with an X factor too – 7-Eleven’s signature stuffing-flavored roll. Yep that’s right, the roll itself is stuffing flavors; incorporating flavors from a vegetable blend and stuffing-flavored base. Read more here.

Bob Evans

An annual favorite, our Farmhouse Feast is complete holiday meal, packed cold and ready to heat, serve and enjoy! Get everything you need for a homestyle Thanksgiving meal. Details here.

Boston Market

Pick up a Hot Thanksgiving dinner, or get it delivered. Serve these piping hot Thanksgiving dinner favorites. Or just grab something Ala carte to go, chilled, fully cooked main dishes, sides or pies. Details here.

Brio Italian

Now accepting pre-orders for Small & Large Thanksgiving Feasts! Order by Nov. 23rd. Thanksgiving Feast available for pick up – COLD to heat & enjoy or HOT & ready to serve (starting Nov. 24th). Priced as follows:

  • Small, feeds 3, $78.99
  • Large, feeds 6, $14.00
  • Half pan, feeds 10, $229
  • Full pan, feeds 20, $419

Buca di Beppo

Fully prepared meals to go, must be pre-ordered by November 23rd. The Buca Thanksgiving Feast features: Sliced White Meat Turkey, Homestyle Gravy, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Spicy Italian Sausage Stuffing, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce and Pumpkin Pie. Priced as follows:

  • Small, feeds 3, $78.99
  • Large, feeds 6, $148.00

Thanksgiving catering feeds also available both cold and hot for groups of 10-20. See complete ordering information here.

Cracker Barrel

Gather ’round the table with family and friends and have a delicious meal without the stress of cooking. Choose from our Heat n’ Serve Feast, which feeds 8-10, or our Family Dinner, which serves 4-6. Our fully prepared Thanksgiving dinners come chilled and ready to heat and serve in 2 hours or less. Available for pick-up 11/20–27, while supplies last. 24-hour notice required for orders. Preorder and receive a FREE Bonus Card when you schedule pick-up on 11/22 or 11/23. Info and ordering here.

Dickeys BBQ Pit

Dickeys fans can choose between two to-go options; The Complete Feast or Dinner Feast. The takeout meals are as follows:

The Complete Feast (Serves 10 – 12) includes:

  • A choice of Spiral Cut Ham, Smoked Turkey, Cajun Fried Turkey, Peppercorn Garlic or Traditional Prime Rib
  • Cornbread Dressing
  • Gravy
  • Baked Potato Casserole
  • Green Beans with Bacon
  • 12 Buttery Rolls

Dinner Feast (Serves 8 – 10) includes:

  • A choice of Spiral Cut Ham, Smoked Turkey, Cajun Fried Turkey, Peppercorn Garlic or Traditional Prime Rib
  • Cornbread Dressing
  • Gravy
  • 12 Buttery Rolls

Check out their menu and ordering here.

Fleming’s Steakhouse

Dine out in style at this fancy steakhouse chain; serving with a three-course menu featuring traditional style Herb-Roasted Turkey, Filet Mignon or Prime Bone-In Ribeye. Includes a starter, all the fixings and dessert. Open at 11AM Thanksgiving Day, November 25. Full dinner menu is also available all day, and we have a Children’s three-course menu for $23. Menu and details here.

Goldbelly

How does a deep fried Cajun turkey sound for the table this year? What about NYC style sour cream apple pie to round out your meal? Or maybe you want to push the boat out this Thanksgiving with an impressive turducken – and really wow your guests? If any of that sounds like fun (it sure does to me) be sure to check out the Thanksgiving collection from Goldbelly – the online experts that ship from some of the best restaurants and makers across the Unites States.

Using Goldbelly you can enjoy a range of regional favorites, shipped right to your door. The link above is an affiliate link, we earn a small referral fee on any purchase you make.

Turkey sandwich
Turkey sandwich

Golden Corral

All the Fixin’s. None of the Fuss – holiday meals to go. Complete family meals with your choice of Holiday Glazed Ham, Whole Roasted Turkey, with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy, Choice of Homestyle Sides, our Famous Yeast Rolls and a Whole Pie. Pre-Order Online, through our App, or speak to a Manager. Details online here.

Joe’s Crab Shack

Join us and grab the best seat at the shack for you and the family. Our full menu is available at all locations, so sit back, relax and let us do the hard part! Roasted Turkey served with Turkey Stuffing, Red-skinned Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Gravy, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, complete with a slice of Pumpkin Pie! Adults $19.99, kids $9.99. Dine in or take out. More details here.

Marie Callendar’s

As well as their famous pies, also offer Feasts to go. Options include the Turkey Breast Feast, Ham Feast, Ultimate Whole Turkey Feast, Ham And Turkey Breast Feast, Ultimate Ham and Whole Turkey Feast. Check your local MC ordering for prices and availability here.

PDQ

PDQ is excited to bring back its turkey sandwich this fall, with two brand new sandwiches ready to be gobbled starting Tuesday, September 21.  The new sandwiches highlighted by Butterball turkey include the Hot Turkey sandwich: a spicy crispy turkey breast featuring PDQ’s signature sauce, lettuce, dill pickles and pepper jack cheese. Guests can also enjoy the new Crispy Turkey sandwich, which includes Duke’s Mayo, lettuce, tomato and dill pickles. The new turkey sandwiches are only available for a limited time, with the Crispy Turkey at $6.29 for the sandwich and $9.29 for a meal, while the Hot Turkey is available for $6.79 for the sandwich and $9.79 for the meal. See more here.

Popeyes

You gotta move quick to secure this one, the popular fan favorite sells out quickly every year. Coming back for 2021, the fried chicken chain are offering their Cajun Style whole turkeys. The precooked birds are ready to smoky heat and eat; do note that they do come frozen though. As well as that the chain also offer a full T-Day array of sides: mashed potatoes, mac n cheese as well as those lovely biscuits. Pre-orders start on October 18th, you’ll need to stop by your local store to reserve one.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

As well as the regular menu also offering Thanksgiving meal for $29.99 for adults and $15 for kids. Includes appetizer, entree of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and sausage & apple stuffing. Choose of side from crispy Brussels sprouts or broccolini. Dessert from choice of pumpkin cannoli, traditional cannoli or pumpkin tiramisu.

Ruth’s Chris

Dine in at the popular steakhouse and they will even send you home with leftovers! It’s the holiday season and time to focus on family togetherness, and time well-spent.  This Thanksgiving leave the cooking to us. Celebrate with Ruth’s and enjoy an unforgettable Thanksgiving around our table or yours. Whether dining with us in restaurant or celebrating at home, we have plenty of options to choose from to make your Thanksgiving complete.   Details here.

Texas de Brazil

Offering their regular all you can eat menu alongside some special Thanksgiving dishes too. Roasted turkey, sausage stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and cranberry sauce.

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Southside Market And Barbeque

Southside Market And Barbeque
Southside Market And Barbeque

Add a smokey twist to proceedings with this specialist in Texas BBQ. Indeed Southside are the oldest BBQ shop in all of Texas – no mean feat. Their massive rope sausage (that I’ve been eating myself slice by delicious slice this week) would make a great savory addition to your turkey, but they also offer smoked turkey breasts too (affiliate links, we get a referral fee for purchases made).

Recap of Thanksgiving 2020 dining

If you need more inspiration for your Thanksgiving dinner – check out these restaurants. This is our listing from 2020. It’s more than likely these restaurants will also be offering something this year too, so be sure to triple check.

Bob Evans

Bob Evans write they happily serve Thanksgving 364 days a year. Order a Thanksgiving dinner online for delivery or curbside pickup, or dine in on the day itself for a special Thanksgiving Day menu.

Bob Evans also offers the Farmhouse Feast, a range of togo meals to enjoy at home.

With turkey, serves four, $59.99 – Slow-Roasted Turkey • Bread & Celery Dressing • Corn • Mashed Potatoes with Gravy • Green Beans with Ham • Cranberry Relish • Rolls • Cherry Supreme Pie

With ham, serves four, $54.99 – Hickory-Smoked Ham • Bread & Celery Dressing • Corn • Mashed Potatoes with Gravy • Green Beans with Ham • Rolls • Cherry Supreme Pie • Serves Four

Boston Market

As well as being open on the big day itself, Boston Market also offer complete heat and serve meals with all the trimmings, T-Day dishes ala carte, heck they even offer home Thanksgiving Day meals delivered direct to your door! Read more here. If you dine in at the restaurant you can purchase a Ham/Turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, veggie stuffing and a slice of pie for $13.99.

Black Bear Diner

Black Bear Diner is making it easier for friends and families to (safely) gather this holiday season by offering holiday meals available for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, with an alternate option of their Family Meals To-Go to take home. Details on the three set meals Black Bear Diner will be offering are included below. They also come in Family Meal sizes!

Roasted Turkey Dinner – Topped with turkey gravy and cranberry sauce, and served with red skinned mashed potatoes with gravy, cornbread stuffing, Italian green beans, choice of soup or salad, cornbread muffin, and a slice of pumpkin pie. Also available in Little Less portion for smaller appetites and as a Cubs meal for the kids. Guests can also get a Family Meal To Go Roasted Turkey Meal.


Holiday Ham Dinner – Delicious Carve Master natural applewood smoked ham topped with a honey Dijon glaze, served with red skinned mashed potatoes with gravy, cornbread stuffing, Italian green beans, choice of soup or salad, cornbread muffin, and a slice of pumpkin pie. Also available in Little Less portion for smaller appetites and as a Cubs meal for the kids. Guests can also get a Family Meal To Go Roasted Turkey Meal.
Prime Rib Dinner – Carved to order prime rib served with au jus, horseradish cream, red skinned mashed potatoes with gravy, cornbread stuffing, Italian green beans, choice of soup or salad, cornbread muffin, and a slice of pumpkin pie. Guests can also get a Family Meal To Go Roasted Turkey Meal. Visit Black Bear Diner dot com for complete details.

Brio

This popular chain is open for both dine in and to go orders, as well as offering a complete Thanksgiving Feast to go. Feasts include turkey, stuffing, pan seared broccolini, mashed potatoes, orange cranberry sauce and pumpkin spiced bread pudding for dessert. Options are priced:

  • Individual, $28.99
  • Small, feeds 3, $68.99
  • Large, feeds 6, $138
  • Half pan, feeds 10, $229
  • Full pan, feeds 20, $419

Buca Di Beppo

The restaurant is open for dine in as well as offering a traditional holiday feast to go. Meals include: Sliced White Meat Turkey, Homestyle Gravy, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Spicy Italian Sausage Stuffing, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce and Pumpkin Pie. Prices are as follows:

  • Half pan, feeds 10, $219.99
  • Full Pan, feeds 20, $399.99

Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel are offering Heat N Serve Thanksgiving meals to go. These come with Turkey n’ Dressing with Gravy, a sampling of Sugar Cured Ham, Cranberry Relish, Country Green Beans, Macaroni n’ Cheese, choice of Mashed Potatoes or Sweet Potato Casserole, and Dinner Rolls. Read more here.

Denny’s

The popular 365/24/7 restaurant is usually open for the holidays, and typically offers a special menu. Check them out here. Also for 2020 Denny’s is bringing back their Thanksgiving favorite – Turkey & Dressing Dinner. The dinner comes with carved turkey breast, savory stuffing, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce and is served with two sides and dinner bread. Denny’s will also have Pumpkin and Pecan Pie for a limited time too.

Dickey’s BBQ

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit’ are getting in on the Thanksgiving fun this year and offer a range of Holiday Feasts to go. Dickey’s BBQ lovers can order individual holiday box lunches with smoked carved turkey sandwiches, sides of cornbread dressing, bags of chips and cookies along with a to-go sauce of the guests’ choice. A deluxe version of the box also comes with a side of southern-style green beans.

For bigger parties of eight to twelve , Dickey’s are also offering the picture Holiday Big Yellow Box which comes with sliced turkey breast, cornbread dressing, gravy, baked potato casserole, green beans with bacon and a dozen rolls.

The feasts are available for pickup and delivery through the holidays.To place an order for a holiday feast from Dickey’s, visit dickeys.com/quote/order-menu

Fleming’s Steakhouse

For something a bit fancier, check out your local Fleming’s Steakhouse. The high end steakhouse usually offers a three course dinner that is sure to impress. See here for more info.

Golden Corral

The popular buffet is often open on the big day, and usually puts on a special spread with all your favorites like turkey, sweet taters and more. Check with your local location for more info.

Marie Callender’s

The holiday’s wouldn’t be the holidays without pie – and Marie Callender’s is always there for great pie! As well as that the chain offers Holiday Feasts to go. Options include:

  • Turkey Breast Feast, feeds 4-6, $119.99
  • Ham Feast, feeds 4-6, $134.99
  • The Ultimate Whole Turkey Feast, serves 6-8, $144.99
  • Ham and Turkey Breast Feast, serves 6-8, $164.99
  • The Ultimate Whole Turkey & Ham Feast, serves 6-8, $174.99

Ala carte items include:

  • Bone-In Spiral Cut Quarter Ham, $49.99
  • Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast, $46.99
  • Whole Roasted Turkey, $59.99

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Skip the cooking and enjoy Romano’s traditional three course meal to go. The meal is priced $24.99 per person (kids $12) and includes:

  • Choice of soup/salad
  • Roast turkey breast entree with all the fixings
  • Side dishes
  • Traditional cheesecake with pumpkin crème anglaise

Ruth’s Chris

Another fine dining option, and one that promises to become your new Thanksgiving tradition. Ruth’s Chris offer a three course meal priced $41.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids. The menu includes:

  • Choice of starter from soup/salad
  • Entree of roast turkey breast with fixings
  • Dessert of pumpkin cheesecake with vanilla ice cream

What fast food restaurants are open on Thanksgiving

So far we’ve heard confirmation that the following fast food options will be open for 2020:

  • Burger King
  • Dominos
  • El Pollo Loco
  • Jack In The Box
  • Little Caesars
  • McDonald’s
  • Popeye’s
  • QDOBA
  • Sonic Drive-In
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Wendy’s

Sources: Delish, Good Housekeeping

Fast food Thanksgiving style dishes

Speaking of which, some fast food restaurants have seasonal specials at this time of the year. Here are all those we currently know about:

  • Arby’s Deep Fried Turkey Sandwiches and Wraps – read more
  • Popeye’s Cajun Style Turkey – read more
  • Quiznos Winter Turkey Feast sandwich – read more
  • Wawa – The Gobbler – read more

Who else is open on Thanksgiving?

Ran out of cooking oil, need some batteries? Need to grab a last minute something? Racking your brains for exactly who might be open? Don’t worry – we’ve seen online confirmation that the following are open on the day itself for 2020:

  • Albertsons
  • 7-Eleven
  • CVS
  • Kroger
  • Rite Aid
  • Safeway
  • Sprouts Walmart
  • Wegmans
  • Whole Foods

Some stores have reduced hours, and on site pharmacies may also differ. Call your local store to be sure! Sources: Delish, Parade, Country Living