20+ Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving—and 8 That Will Be Closed

Let one of these restaurants serve Thanksgiving dinner this year.

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Every year we look forward to eating our weight in turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and dessert. But being the chef of the family can come with a whole lot of stress and mess. If you'd rather let someone else do the cooking this year, there are some restaurants staying open on Thanksgiving.

Go grab breakfast before a busy day of menu prepping, or enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in a new atmosphere. Some of these chains and eateries, including Cracker Barrel and Boston Market, will even cater your celebration with heat-'n'-serve dishes to make your Turkey Day as easy as pie. Holiday hours for each may vary by location, so be sure to check your local store's hours ahead of time. Wondering which places are closed on Thanksgiving? We put together a list of those restaurants, too.

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Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Open: Ruth's Chris Steak House
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Ruth's Chris Steak House

Most locations will open at noon and serving a ($40 for adults and $13 for kids) in addition to the regular menu. Prefer to eat at home? Ruth's also offers sides to go.

Open: Chart House Restaurant
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All locations are accepting for Thanksgiving Day, with the exception of San Antonio, TX and Weehawken, NJ.

Open: Smith & Wollensky
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Locations across the U.S. will be serving a for $55 per adult and $25 per child, regular fall menu items.

Open: Ted's Montana Grill
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Though it may vary by location, Ted's Montana Grill is generally open on Thanksgiving. and call to reserve a table.

Open: Del Frisco's Grille
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A traditional, three-course dinner will be served at 21 of 's locations, excluding Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.

Open: McCormick & Schmick's
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This seafood and steak place wants to host you for Thanksgiving. To enjoy a roasted turkey dinner, make a reservation at one of the .

Open: Starbucks
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Grab a PSL on Thanksgiving morning! Select store locations will be open on the holiday, though store hours may vary (find ).

Open: Woodpecker by David Burke
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Enjoy a three-course pre-fixe meal from 12 p.m.-9 p.m. on Thanksgiving day ($65 per person) at . Choose appetizers (pumpkin bisque, baked goat cheese gnocchi, or acorn squash salad), an entrée (wood-fired turkey, slow-baked salmon, or autumn risotto), and a dessert. Sides (savory bread pudding and maple-whipped sweet potato with brown butter) will be served a la carte.

Open: Perkins Restaurant and Bakery
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Although many locations of this casual dining chain will be open for Thanksgiving, hours may vary, so call ahead.

Open: Marie Callender's
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What better place to spend Thanksgiving than this chain that's famous for its pie? Again, hours may vary, so check with your local store.

Open: Buca di Beppo
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Enjoy a at this restaurant, which opens at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Or, order Thanksgiving dinner to go.

Open: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
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For those who’d rather eat steak than turkey (even on Thanksgiving), Fleming's dinner hours are 3 p.m. to close. They're also open earlier that day for brunch, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Open: Cracker Barrel
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Thanksgiving is 's busiest day of the year. Fun fact: The restaurant actually serves Thanksgiving dinner every Thursday (ask for the ).

On actual Thanksgiving day, every location is open regular hours (6 a.m.-10 p.m.) preparing dine-in meals as well as several carryout options.

Open: IHOP
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Whether you're skipping the feast entirely or just want a breakfast break before the big day commences, is there for you. Hop on over to the pancake paradise for their famous flapjacks. (They even have a pumpkin spice version!)

Check with your local IHOP for more details closer to the holiday, as all of the restaurants are franchised and individual operators may offer other specials. And make sure you're up to date on all things IHOP.

Open: Boston Market
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You might as well call "Thanksgiving Market" because it's pulling out all the holiday stops. Nearly all locations will be open and serving up a full Thanksgiving meal, though menu selections and hours may vary.

Want a traditional turkey dinner but don't care for cooking? Boston Market will ship you a full pre-cooked "Heat & Serve" meal or cater to ten or more.

Open: Denny's
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Here's a man you can always count on. is open all day every day of the year, so you can get your breakfast, lunch, and turkey dinner on Thanksgiving day. Fun fact: Last year, they were already serving their turkey and dressing dinner in early November, as well as pumpkin and pecan pie, so you can start celebrating even sooner!

Open: Applebee's
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All Applebee's restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Eve (November 21), although hours may be reduced. will also be open on Thanksgiving Day, so you can have your turkey in a lively bar and grill atmosphere.

Open: Waffle House
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Open 24/7, 365 days a year, is your go-to for a pre- or post- Thanksgiving meal—if you're somehow still craving late-night eats after feasting all day.

Open: The Capital Grille
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Turkey Day can be stressful, but at , the only challenge you'll face is deciding which appetizer, entree, side, and dessert you want this Thanksgiving.

Open: Maggiano's Little Italy
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The trick to making the best meal of the year even better? Add pasta! Last Thanksgiving, offered four courses featuring holiday classics and your Italian favorites. Plus, they had a carryout option that served five.

Open: Bahama Breeze
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Ever wanted to spend the holiday in the Caribbean? Here's the next best thing. Select restaurants will be open 11 a.m.- 11 p.m., serving a Thanksgiving menu inspired by the islands.

Restaurants Closed on Thanksgiving

Closed: Chili's
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Contrary to what's been reported on other sites, Chili's is actually as well as on Christmas Day. Christmas Eve hours vary by locations.

Closed: Bonefish Grill
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The seafood restaurant is closed on Thanksgiving.

Closed: Carrabba's Italian Grill
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Choose another time to eat at Carrabba's. The Italian Grill will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Closed: LongHorn Steakhouse
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Skip the steak. is closed on Thanksgiving (and also Christmas), and it's turkey time, anyway!

Closed: Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen
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Find a from-scratch meal elsewhere on Thanksgiving and Christmas: is closed.

Closed: Noodles & Company
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Slurp down noodles another day: This won't be open on Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Closed: Texas Roadhouse
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The is open all holidays except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Closed: Benihana
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Though they're open every other day of the year, shuts its doors on Thanksgiving day.

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