While we might love sharing Thanksgiving dinner with family, sometimes all of that cooking -- and cleanup -- feels like just too much work. Rather than go to all of that effort, why not head to one of the many restaurants offering special Thanksgiving menus? From incredible buffet deals complete with all of the Thanksgiving favorites to creative prix-fixe dinners, here are some of the country's best restaurants offering amazing holiday meals. Just be sure to make a reservation, as they can sell out.
Galley & Garden
This celebrated restaurant with modern American and French influences offers a Thanksgiving three-course menu with plenty of Southern flourishes for ($55 for adults, $15 for a limited child's menu). Start off with roasted butternut squash soup or cornmeal-crusted oysters, opt for roasted turkey or braised beef short ribs, then finish with dessert options that include pie and chocolate truffle cake.
Simon & Seafort's Saloon & Grill
Enjoy stunning Alaskan vistas on the waterfront with a Thanksgiving feast at a longtime favorite. Choose the traditional turkey dinner with sides including chicken apple sausage stuffing and mashed potatoes for $32, or mix things up with the roasted prime rib or Alaskan king crab. Feasts can be ordered to go, too.
For a bit of Wild West flair on Turkey Day, head to the steakhouse of this Western-themed town. The Thanksgiving Day buffet ($24 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 to 12) includes a fall-themed salad and soup bar (think roasted butternut squash and wild mushrooms), an array of sides such as spicy sausage cornbread stuffing, and entrées including a bourbon and maple roasted turkey or rosemary-crusted prime rib.
Hotel Del Coronado
This beautiful, seaside hotel on a peninsula in San Diego bay offers an escape for the holiday, with Thanksgiving dinner offered in an oceanfront ballroom ($125 for adults, $50 for kids) or iconic Crown Room ($140 for adults, $50 for kids) featuring live music and an expansive feast -- slow-baked pumpkin with ham and gruyere, charcuterie and cheeses, a raw bar, pork loin, wagyu brisket, an organic turkey with sides, and lots of desserts.
Nick & Stef's Steakhouse
One of L.A.'s top steakhouses will serve Thanksgiving dinner entrées and sides for $49, including turkey, chestnut stuffing, potato purée, candied butternut squash, pickled cranberry compote, and turkey gravy, as well as an amuse bouche, special spiced hot toddy cocktail and autumn-inspired desserts such as pumpkin creme brûlée.
Saddle Peak Lodge
Tucked in the hills of Malibu Canyon, this stylishly rustic restaurant has a four-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving feast at a worthwhile splurge ($105 for adults, $65 for kids 12 and under), with highlights including wild mushroom agnolotti, grilled quail with bacon cornbread stuffing, and main courses such as roasted turkey or, for those interested in something more exotic, grilled elk tenderloin. Dessert options include banana-huckleberry bread pudding and pumpkin pie.
The Bear and Star
This recently opened Central Coast restaurant features sustainably raised wagyu beef and other meats, organic produce, and wine from the owners' nearby Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard. The Thanksgiving feast ($55 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under) includes a carving station with smoked turkey breast and house-cured ham, along with candied yams, cornbread stuffing, pumpkin and chess pies, and more.
Burritt Room & Tavern
This cozy, film noir-inspired bar and restaurant will feature a Thanksgiving menu from celebrated chef Charlie Palmer. The three-course prix-fixe menu ($65 for adults, $32 for kids) features highlights such as red kuri squash soup, slow-cooked bison stew or roasted turkey for a main, and sides including brown butter mashed potatoes and San Francisco sourdough stuffing. Save room for pumpkin pie.
Kachina Southwestern Grill
Traditional Thanksgiving dishes get a bit of fusion at this popular Southwest-inspired spot. The family style dinner ($40 for adults, $12 for kids) includes appetizers including roasted green chile deviled eggs and smoked trout dip, entrée selections of achiote brined turkey and grilled pork tenderloin, and sides that include mashed potatoes and esquites -- a Mexican street corn salad. For dessert there's mini bourbon pumpkin pie or mini apple empanadas.
This farmer-owned favorite with locations in and around the nation's capital offers a sustainable Thanksgiving feast for $39. While there are menu variations at each restaurant, look for holiday favorites such as butternut squash soup, roasted turkey, double whipped mashed potatoes, and cornbread stuffing, as well as pumpkin and pecan pies for dessert.
This hugely popular Southern-inspired restaurant will be serving up a delicious-sounding Thanksgiving menu served a la carte, with appetizers such as butternut sage ravioli and a main course of the Yardbird turkey plate with giblet gravy. Sides include crispy Brussels sprouts and Mama's biscuit stuffing, and for dessert, bourbon pecan pie or peach cobbler.
The Shed at Glenwood
This popular destination offers a Thanksgiving buffet in a casual atmosphere ($35 for adults, $15 for kids ages 4 to 10). Dinner begins at noon with highlights including smoked turkey with gravy, Coca Cola-glazed ham, sage stuffing, fresh cranberry sauce, pork-braised collard greens, and macaroni and cheese, along with pies, cookies, and brownies.
A local favorite for comfort fare since 1927, The Colonnade brings plenty of Southern charm to Thanksgiving at $27 for adults, $10 for children. Its classic four-course holiday dinner includes candied yams, fluffy whipped potatoes, roasted turkey (dark meat available by request), North Georgia rainbow trout, and famous Southern-fried chicken. Save room for desserts such as the coconut icebox pie, pumpkin pie, and sweet potato pie.
A feast with ocean views makes for a pretty great Thanksgiving. Splurge on the prix-fixe menu at the Royal Hawaiian Resort for $125, including highlights of Kona lobster bisque, truffle-roasted turkey, and salt-baked fish and clams. A Thanksgiving dinner to-go feeds 12 people for $225, featuring smoked turkey, truffle-mashed potatoes, coconut custard pie, and more.
This stylish steakhouse, with locations around Chicago as well as Minnesota and Virginia, offers a lavish yet affordable Thanksgiving dinner served family-style, including spit-roasted turkey with the classic sides and desserts ($48 for adults, $22 for children 12 and under). There's a gluten-free menu, and Thanksgiving party platters for carryout.
French Lick Springs Hotel
Escape to this historic hotel in the Hoosier National Forest for a ballroom Thanksgiving feast ($48 for adults, $20 for children 5 to 12) with a carving station with turkey, cornbread stuffing, candied yams, and cranberry sauce, as well as other stations with prime rib, honey ham, salmon, sides, and, of course, dessert.
Proof on Main
This nationally acclaimed restaurant is a Thanksgiving destination for local flavor -- the ingredients from nearby farms and artisanal producers. The a la carte feast options include Southern-inspired dishes such as smoked turkey breast and roasted leg, butter whipped potato, port cranberry and sorghum Brussels sprouts. On Thanksgiving eve there's a Wild Turkey Night, with a special Wild Turkey Rare Breed whiskey bone luge and bourbon barrel sauerkraut, English muffin, and XO Butter for $13.
Red Fish Grill
Enjoy Cajun flair for Thanksgiving with this French Quarter hotspot's buffet ($59 for adults, $19 for kids 12 and under). The menu includes NOLA favorites such as Turducken gumbo with herbed dirty rice, and Louisiana boiled shrimp, plus carving stations with Cajun fried turkey, grilled pork tender, and prime rib. Sides include alligator sausage cornbread stuffing and baked mac and cheese, and desserts include pecan pie and double chocolate bread pudding. There's even a kids buffet.
Enjoy a unique Thanksgiving celebration aboard this historic paddleboat as it cruises the Mississippi River, complete with a jazz band. The dinner ($79 for adults, $39 for kids 3 to 12) features a buffet with highlights including smoked beef brisket, baked ham, slow-roasted turkey, Creole smothered greens, dirty rice, and candied yams. Desserts include wild berry cobbler and pecan squares.
The Comus Inn
This beautiful historic inn at Sugarloaf Mountain offers a holiday getaway with a Thanksgiving Day Grand Buffet ($50 for adults, $15 for children 5 to 10) featuring multiple serving stations with highlights such as house-cured salmon, apple cider brined turkey, brown sugar and citrus glazed hickory-smoked pit ham, mushroom and sage stuffing, sweet corn pudding, and pumpkin waffles.
This classic and cozy Beacon Hill restaurant serves a three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $75. Choose a starter such as the harvest pumpkin bisque, entrées such as roast turkey with all the fixings or filet mignon with sides, and be sure to save room for the dessert sampler pumpkin pie (and consider ordering the pumpkin martini). The same menu is available at sister restaurants Hampshire House and 75 On Liberty Wharf.
This acclaimed Harvard Square restaurant is the perfect destination for a farm-to-table Thanksgiving that reflects the best of contemporary New England cuisine. The three-course prix-fixe ($72, with an optional $30 wine pairing) features autumnal dishes such as chestnut ginger soup, whole wheat pappardelle with braised veal, turkey with confit turkey stuffing, venison leg with polenta, and maple cheesecake.
This stylish restaurant inside one of Portland's oldest mansions offers a Thanksgiving tasting menu ($85) with an Asian flourish. Highlights of the menu include red curry and buttercup squash risotto with lobster, smoked butter poached turkey breast with fried rice and coconut poached cod with scallion rice cake. For dessert, consider the coconut and hard cider creme caramel.
This legendary deli is a foodie's dream come true, and the perfect place to stop for those who don't want to cook this year. Order a complete Thanksgiving dinner for four to six people with either a whole butter- and sage-rubbed turkey ($300) or just the breasts ($200), or just order the dishes you need. Highlights include mashed potatoes with gravy, sage and celery stuffing, maple sweet potatoes, and fresh Michigan chestnuts for roasting. And don't forget a famous Zingerman's pie, such as the Pilgrim pumpkin or chocolate chess.
Fogo de Chao
Add a Brazilian flourish with an all-you-can-eat feast that includes fun twists on the classics in addition to the usual churrasco menu. For $51, the Thanksgiving dinner at branches of this international chain features fire-roasted meats carved tableside, roasted turkey breast, cranberry relish, sweet potato casserole, Brazilian sausage and apple dressing, and much more.
Weber Grill Restaurant
Give the Weber grill a rest and head to the company's restaurant (they also have several Midwest locations) for an affordably priced Thanksgiving feast ($30 for adults, $11 for kids 10 and under). the three-course menu includes choices such as grill-roasted butternut squash soup, grill-roasted smoked turkey with grilled sausage stuffing, and grilled asparagus. There's also chocolate pecan and pumpkin pie -- thankfully not grilled.
This Montana chain of lodge-style restaurants will serve Thanksgiving ($18 for adults, $14 for kids and seniors for the turkey dinner, or $5 for the prime rib) with trimmings including signature bacon cheddar stuffing, whipped mashed potatoes, and orange cranberry sauce. For a few dollars more, desserts include pumpkin and pecan pie or pumpkin swirl cheesecake.
New South Kitchen
Head to this local favorite for an exceptional Lowcountry-style Thanksgiving feast that's just $35. Feast on a deep-fried turkey, sweet tea brined pork loin, sausage and cornbread stuffing, mac and cheese, collards, and more. And don't miss the bourbon-soaked bread pudding and other sweets. A complete Thanksgiving to go can be order before Nov. 21.
Pueblo Harvest Cafe & Bakery
Located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, this restaurant offers a holiday feast ($45 for adults, $30 for kids 5 to 12) with plenty of local flavor and a bit of Native American history. Meal highlights include green chile chicken enchiladas, sumac- and local honey-glazed ham, a sweet pumpkin salad, a carving station with roasted turkey and carne asada, and sides of oven bread stuffing and squash casserole. Don't miss the red chile dusted mini doughnuts.
Andiron Steak & Sea
Escape the Strip for surf and turf this Thanksgiving. The prix-fixe menu includes roasted heirloom squash soup, sweet potato gnocchi, and carved organic turkey, plus family-style sides and desserts such as pumpkin pie and gourmet doughnuts. The dinner is $69, with a beverage pairing for $25 more.
Mon Ami Gabi
Put a Parisian twist on the holiday with a prix-fixe Thanksgiving ($50 for adults, $15 for kids) that includes smoked salmon, fairytale pumpkin soup, herb-roasted turkey with haricots verts and sage stuffing, and a pecan chocolate tart. A complete Thanksgiving dinner can be pre-ordered and taken home with much the same menu.
This historic hotel is one of the remaining vestiges of the retreats that once graced the New Hampshire coastline, and a stunning destination for Thanksgiving. Opt for the buffet in the ballroom, with raw bar, carving stations, braised pork, roasted local cod, desserts, and more, or consider a three-course prix fixe dinner at Salt Kitchen & Bar in the Grand Dining Room. Both meals are $55 for adults, $25 for kids 2 to 12.
This seaside destination has been a local favorite for nearly a century, and while it's known for seafood, Thanksgiving dinner is worth a visit. Enjoy a complete turkey dinner for just $25 for adults, $11 for kids under 12, which includes sweet potatoes and turnip mash with sage butter, homemade cranberry sauce, and more. Don't forget pie for dessert, and consider trying the pumpkin or caramel apple martini.
Glen Cove Mansion
This historic Georgian estate and hotel offers a stunning Thanksgiving retreat just a half-hour from New York City. An expansive Thanksgiving buffet ($65 for adults, $29 for kids 5 to 12) includes a shrimp cocktail bar, pasta station, entrées such as pork medallions and pecan-crusted salmon, a mashed potato bar -- worth the visit alone -- and tons of sides, and a carving station with roasted turkey, prime rib, and smoked Virginia ham. And don't forget dessert.
Dessert lovers should head to this pie-centric comfort fare destination, which actually opened on Thanksgiving Day back in 1990. The family-style dinner ($75 for adults, $50 for kids 10 and under) gives some proceeds to the New York City Rescue Mission. Chow down on buttermilk biscuits, glazed ham or roasted turkey with giblet gravy, and sides that include candied sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes. The legendary pies include apple whiskey crumble, pecan-maple, roasted pumpkin, and sour cherry.
This hotspot offers the best New York's farmers and artisans have to offer for Thanksgiving ($72 for adults, $35 for kids 12 and under). The special holiday menu includes hits such as wild mushroom soup, housemade kielbasa, free-range turkey, lamb roast, and stuffed delicata squash as a vegetarian option. Sides include roasted Brussels sprouts and baked sweet potatoes, and there are Thanksgiving-inspired cocktails.
Designed to look like a luxury liner cruising Lake Erie, this seafood-focused destination offers views of the Cleveland skyline along with Thanksgiving dinner. Opt for the three-course prix-fixe dinner with either turkey and all the fixings ($45) or prime rib with sides ($47), and extra turkey can be ordered to take home for leftovers. There's an a la carte option with seafood.
Head to the historic Heathman Hotel's recently remodeled restaurant for either a special Thanksgiving a la carte menu or the Grand Buffet. The buffet ($62 for adults, $38 for kids ages 4 to 12) features a seafood bar with oysters, smoked fish and more; cheese and charcuterie spreads; carving stations with roast turkey, prime rib, and smoked ham; a savory station with everything from chestnut stuffing to black cod; and a dessert buffet.
Bread & Ink Cafe
This charming Portland favorite has a four-course prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving ($45 to $50) that includes some great optional wine pairings. Highlights include fresh pear with hazelnut blue cheese mousse, creamy chanterelle soup, and turkey with pine nut stuffing and fixings. Diners can also opt for mains such as stuffed rib pork chop or the kale and chevre linguini.
Satisfy a sweet tooth and savory yens at the lodge built by the beloved chocolate brand. The Chocolate Ballroom has a Thanksgiving spread that includes a seafood station, carving station with herb-roasted turkey, a station with sides and, of course, a chocolate fountain. The Thanksgiving buffet at Fire & Grain includes a carving station with turkey and pork loin, plus garlic mashed potatoes, smoked duck and wild rice salad, and more. Expect to spend $49 for adults, $24 for kids 8 to 12, and $18 for kids 4 to 7.
City Tavern Restaurant
This tavern, which dates back to 1773 and was a meeting place for the Founding Fathers, couldn't be better suited for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The family-style dinner ($93 for adults, $35 for kids 12 and under) features indulgent treats such as duck sausage, lobster bisque, roasted free-range turkey, and sage stuffing.
This charming, classy Charleston restaurant has a Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu with appetizer and main courses at $55 a person, including choices such as lobster bisque or broiled oysters, and oven roasted turkey or filet mignon. Additional sides are $6, and another $5 fetches desserts such as pumpkin pie and sticky toffee pudding.
This Austin favorite, known for comfort fare and live music, culls a huge menu down to a Thanksgiving feast of Southern-inspired holiday favorites including roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, candied yams, and a world-famous chicken-fried steak. The other option: Bring a Thanksgiving feast home for 10 to 12 diners for $140, with sides available by the pint, quart, or gallon, plus whole pies.
Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse
A Texas steakhouse is a good place to be on Thanksgiving, especially this acclaimed restaurant with classic dishes and plenty of local twists. Enjoy a three-course dinner with selections that include stuffed quail or a venison tamale for starters, a traditional turkey feast or venison chops for an entrée, and sweets that include Jack Daniel's pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake ($49).
The Guest House at Graceland
This Thanksgiving, dine like a king -- or more specifically The King -- at Elvis Presley's former haunt. The Thanksgiving buffet at Delta's Kitchen ($40 for adults, $20 for kids), includes highlights such as honey-brined and roasted turkey, pumpkin seed crusted salmon, toasted gnocchi, and caramelized Brussels sprouts with smoked pork belly. Desserts include pumpkin spiced pie, toasted coconut pie, and molten chocolate cake.
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant & Grill
Just outside of Knoxville, this charming Smoky Mountain-adjacent restaurant offers a Thanksgiving dinner that delivers big on Southern hospitality ($26 for adults, $12 for kids 10 and under). The feast includes signature apple fritters and homemade apple butter, roast turkey with cornbread sausage dressing (aka stuffing), prime rib, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, and choice of pumpkin pie, apple cobbler, and more.
Grand America Hotel
Regarded as one of the best hotels in the country, the Grand America knows how to celebrate Thanksgiving in style. Reservations for the Grand Buffett are booked up already, but the prix fixe menu ($45 for adults, $22.50 for kids 5 to 12) includes hits such as chestnut bisque soup, a choice of porchetta, slow-roasted turkey and the fixings, pepper-crusted ribeye steak, sweet potato gnocchi, and a dessert buffet.
Enjoy a candlelit Thanksgiving feast at this colonial-era restaurant dating back to 1790 ($53 for adults, half-price for kids 12 and under). The menu features plenty of local and historic flavor, including peanut soup, heirloom turkey and glazed Virginia ham with sage-cornbread stuffing and candied yams. For dessert, there's pecan and pumpkin "pye."
Ye Olde Tavern
Thanksgiving at this colonial-era tavern feels like stepping back in time, complete with candlelight and no phones allowed. The a la carte Thanksgiving menu features duck and apple brandy sausage, smoked trout, roasted turkey with cornbread and sausage stuffing, and Maine lobster tails. Be sure to try the 1790 Taproom Ale, brewed for the restaurant.
For those looking for vegetarian (and even vegan and gluten-free) Thanksgiving options, this family-friendly Seattle favorite is a good choice. The prix-fixe dinner ($75 for adults, $25 for kids) includes spiced apple parsnip soup with crispy Brussels sprouts, a roasted acorn squash wedge with foraged chanterelle mushrooms, and pumpkin mousse. The special kids' menu includes carrots in a blanket and a mini shepherd's pie.
This steak and seafood specialist offers a three-course Thanksgiving dinner ($45 with a glass of wine) of winter greens salad with cranberries to start, followed by a wild mushroom stuffed turkey roll with sides including sweet potato purée and caramelized cauliflower, with a dessert of pumpkin ginger cheesecake.