10 Restaurants That Will Be Open On Thanksgiving Day

People across the United States will be spending Thanksgiving morning slaving over a feast that will be here and gone within an hour or so at mealtime. There are recipes that are passed down from one generation to the next and family members will come from all over town or perhaps even from elsewhere in the country to bring their own dishes. It can be a wonderful time to be together with family but it may also be a little stressful. In fact, you may just start to wonder if there are any restaurants open in your area.

Although Thanksgiving dinner will be served on November 28 in 2019, there is a lot more that goes into it. The grocery store visits start perhaps a week or so in advance in order to get the turkey, the ingredients for the casserole, the mashed potatoes and all of the delicious desserts. You also need to think about decorating for Thanksgiving, getting the table set properly and having a beautiful centerpiece.

Some people live for Thanksgiving but other people find that it is just a very stressful day. What could be better than having somebody do all the work for you? It’s important to understand that you can’t simply go out to a restaurant at random. You need to find one that is open and that will be able to provide you with the meal you desire. Here are 10 restaurants that can save you on Thanksgiving.


Certain Applebee’s restaurants will be open for limited hours on Thanksgiving. Just call ahead in advance to make sure they are open in your area.


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You don’t need to have a turkey and all the trimmings to enjoy a meal on Thanksgiving. Many people are satisfied with a hamburger and some French fries on their way to chow down at grandmas.


Why not get your Thanksgiving morning started out right with a huge stack of steaming pancakes? Just make sure you check with your local store to see if they will be open.

Bob Evans

Thanksgiving is all about comfort food. Fortunately, so is Bob Evans!

Fogo de Chão

Would you rather have some steak on Thanksgiving? Just head over to the Brazilian steakhouse and make sure that you are there during the open hours.


You can get your Thanksgiving started out with a pumpkin spice latte or the overpriced coffee drink that you prefer.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

This is another option for having steak on a day that is famous for turkey. Those restaurants will be open from 11 AM until 8 PM and they offer a three-course menu.

Cracker Barrel

Being open on Thanksgiving is a tradition for Cracker Barrel and they offer all of the Thanksgiving trimmings. In fact, you can get their turkey and dressing special any Thursday. They are open from 6 AM to 10 PM on Thanksgiving day.

Boston Market

Most locations are going to be open with a full Thanksgiving meal available, although some menu selections and hours may vary.


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You can always count on Denny’s to be open, including on Thanksgiving.

Here are the restaurants that will be closed on Thanksgiving Day:

The Cheesecake Factory is closed

If you have been craving some cheesecake for Thanksgiving this year, you will not be able to buy it on November 28. You can order it in advance and bring it home for the holidays.

Red Lobster is closed

Don’t even think about getting seafood from red lobster this Thanksgiving. They are all closed.

Olive Garden is closed

There may be some Italian restaurants open on Thanksgiving but don’t count on Olive Garden

Outback Steakhouse is closed

As sad as it may seem, you won’t be enjoying a Bloomin’ onion this Thanksgiving.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill is closed

Another lost opportunity for eating Italian food on Thanksgiving day.

Noodles & Company is closed

You’ll have to get your noodle fix on another day because they are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas

Bonefish Grill is closed

Another Lost Opportunity for Seafood on Thanksgiving

Texas Roadhouse is closed

They may be open almost every day but don’t count on eating at the Texas Roadhouse on Thanksgiving or Christmas

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