Thanksgiving is all about home cooked meals, but that doesn’t mean all restaurants will be shutting their doors. According to the National Restaurant Association, holiday dinners and Thanksgiving brunch are big business. About one in every ten Americans will eat out this Thanksgiving, with Millennials being especially likely to skip out on making the meal.

But regardless if you’re giving up cooking this Thanksgiving, going out for breakfast, or in a pinch and need to pick up a take-out side dish, these national restaurant chains have you covered. They’ll be leaving their doors open on national Turkey Day to help you celebrate however you see fit.

Here are 11 restaurants open on Thanksgiving.


Select Applebee’s locations around the country will offer a special Thanksgiving meal with all the usual sides done Applebee’s style. Call your local restaurant ahead of time to make sure they’ll be ope.

Boston Market

Order by November 19 to get all of the Thanksgiving feast fixin’s delivered right to your door in time for dinner. Of course, if you didn’t plan ahead or just want to get out of the house, you can always dine-out. Bonus: No cleanup hassle if you eat in the restaurant.

Buca di Beppo

Doors open at 11 a.m. Choose between dine in, catering or take-out Thanksgiving dinner. Catering starts at $199.99 for service for 10. To dine in, guests must make a reservation online.

Capital Grille

Make a reservation online and celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional feast prepared by Capital Grille. The restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the meal costs $65 for adults and $25 for children.

Cracker Barrel

Feast without fretting about cooking all that food yourself. Cracker Barrel offers its Heat and Serve holiday meals that include turkey breast, cornbread, gravy, cranberry relish, three sides, rolls and pumpkin and pecan pie. Order 24 hours in advance and pick up between November 21 and November 23. Cook in your oven according to the directions and you’re done.


You can always count on Denny’s. Hit the classic diner before your holiday festivities begin for breakfast or indulge in a classic Turkey dinner in the evening. Denny’s is open all night, too, so if you’re pulling an all-nighter before Black Friday, Denny’s can be your late-night go-to.


IHOP will be serving up pancakes all day including their seasonal favorite Pumpkin Spice Pancakes. Hours may vary by location.

Legal Sea Foods

Legal Sea Foods is known for its amazing seafood, so toss tradition and go with something new. BUT, if you simple have to have your turkey dinner, the restaurant will also be offering a special dinner that day. Reservations recommended.

MagGiano’s Little ITaly

Because pasta has a place at any feast, Magliano’s offers a four-course feast that includes bruschetta, salad, entree, two Thanksgiving sides, two types of pasta and a dessert. Dine in or carry home. Meals are $49.95 a person ($17.95 for children) or $200 for take-out. Reservations recommended.

Ruby Tuesday

Select Ruby Tuesday locations will be open for business as usual on Thanksgiving. Call ahead.

Waffle House

Waffle House keeps its 24/7 promise even on Thanksgiving day. Pop in at any hour for a Thanksgiving meal of waffles — if that’s your thing.

(h/t Delish)




Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.