Last Updated on May 25, 2021 by Jen Kristensen
While Thanksgiving is most definitely the best day of the year to break out your stretchiest pants and get prepared for that lovely turkey tryptophan effect to hit you, that doesn’t mean that everyone wants to spend the day cooking for half an hour of eating! This is why turning to a restaurant to cook for you may be the best way to go. Whether you’re looking for dine-in or take-out options, there are plenty of local restaurants that will be open Thanksgiving Day, or are offering Thanksgiving specials leading up to the big day.
It’s important to keep in mind that although these restaurants are currently open, we absolutely recommend calling your local franchise first. You are not only likely going to need to make reservations, but you want to ensure that their plans haven’t changed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. With that being said, let’s take a look at 25 restaurants that are set to be open on Thanksgiving 2020, in case you don’t want to cook!
1. Cracker Barrel
2. Golden Corral
The Golden Corral has been around since the 70’s and is known as America’s #1 buffet and grill with over 489 restaurants open in 41 states – and they are also famous for their full Thanksgiving dinners!
Here’s what Countryliving.com has to say about The Golden Corral:
“Not only is Golden Corral open, but each year they put together a full Thanksgiving spread with turkey, pie, and all the trimmings.”
3. Del Frisco’s Grille
Denny’s is famous for always being open, no matter what day of the year – with both Thanksgiving and Christmas Day being no exception!
Here’s what Goodhousekeeping.com has to say on Thanksgiving Day at Denny’s:
“You can always expect Denny’s to be open all day, every day, year round. This Thanksgiving, the diner-style restaurant will have an option for families to order take-home Turkey Packs in advance, in addition to offerings of seasonal dishes like Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes (yum!).”
5. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
6. Fogo de Chão
7. Bahama Breeze
While Bahama Breeze may not be your traditional Thanksgiving dinner, it’s a fantastic option for those who are looking for the comfort of this traditional holiday, with a slightly tropical spin!
Delish.com gives us the lowdown on Thanksgiving dinner at Bahama Breeze:
“For all those feeling a tropical twist on their typical Thanksgiving happenings. The restaurant will have jerk turkey and all the requisite sides: green beans, cornbread stuffing, and cranberry-pineapple chutney. Also on the menu? Pumpkin praline pie and a rum-based Junkanoo Juice cocktail.”
9. Kona Grill
10. Maggiano’s Little Italy
11. Morton’s Steakhouse
12. McCormick and Schmick’s
14. Ruth’s Chris Steak House
16. STK Steakhouse
18. Sullivan’s Steakhouse
19. TGI Friday’s
20. Waffle House
21. Bob Evans
22. Chart House
24. HomeTown Buffet
25. Legal Sea Foods
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