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 ($58 for adults, $15 for a limited child's menu). Start off with molasses carrot soup or cornmeal-crusted oysters, opt for roasted turkey or braised beef short ribs, then finish with dessert options that include pie and dark-chocolate 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, 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 ($26 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 to 12) includes a fall-themed salad and soup bar (think roasted butternut squash soup and wild mushroom soup), 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 or iconic Crown Room ($145 for adults, $50 for kids) featuring live music and an expansive feast — roasted sweet potato soup, charcuterie and cheeses, a raw bar, pork loin, New York strip loin, an organic turkey with sides, and lots of desserts.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Nick & Stef's Steakhouse
One of L.A.'s top steakhouses will serve Thanksgiving dinner entrées and sides for $55, including turkey, chestnut stuffing, potato purée, candied butternut squash, pickled cranberry compote, and turkey gravy.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
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 sandwich, grilled quail, 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.
LOS OLIVOS, CALIFORNIA
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 ($59 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under) includes a carving station with smoked turkey breast and house-cured ham, along with roasted yams, chorizo-cornbread stuffing, pumpkin and chess pies, and more.
The Terrace Room
Part of the Art Deco-style Lake Merritt Hotel, the Terrace Room offers diners a 1920s atmosphere with resplendent lakeside views as well as sumptuous fare. This year’s Thanksgiving buffet features starters such as red and gold beets with French feta; main courses of roasted turkey breast and prime rib, and nine-spiced salmon; and a chef’s selection of desserts. Prices are $69 for adults and $35 for kids 6 to 12.
This fine-dining establishment offers a nouveau twist on Western fare with regular menu items like grilled elk tenderloin. For another example, this year’s Thanksgiving a la carte menu offerings include rabbit-and-rattlesnake smoked sausage as an appetizer. Pan-seared steelhead trout joins sous-vide turkey breast and turkey leg confit on the list of main courses along with sous-vide Piedmontese New York steak. Dessert options include pumpkin pie, of course, and chocolate mousse.
OLD SAYBROOK, CONNECTICUT
Saybrook Point Inn
Equidistant between Boston and New York, the Saybrook Point Inn is a waterside venue where the Connecticut River meets Long Island Sound. This year, diners will enjoy a sampling of New England cheeses, shrimp cocktail, and autumn salads. In addition to roasted turkey with pan gravy, glazed ham, and black angus prime rib, entrees include crab-encrusted cod and herb-seared chicken. Buffet price is $60 for adults and $30 for kids 5-12.
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 ($44 for adults, $22 for kids ages 4 to 10). Dinner begins at 11 a.m. with highlights including smoked turkey with gravy, bourbon-glaze ham, candied blackened salmon, cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, fresh cranberry sauce, pork-braised collard greens, ambrosia salad, and more.
A local favorite for comfort fare since 1927, The Colonnade brings plenty of Southern charm to Thanksgiving at $27 for adults, $11 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 15 people for $325, featuring smoked turkey, cheesy-herb mashed potatoes, pumpkin-pecan pie, and more.
This long-running local favorite serves a Grand Buffet ($28 for adults, $14 for kids) with highlights of herbed roasted turkey, plus chicken, lamb, short ribs, and salmon, a variety of appetizers, as well as pumpkin pie, cheesecake, and more. A traditional turkey plate is also available for $17.
Few words resound in Chicago like the name Ditka. The restaurant started by the legendary Bears football coach Mike Ditka is offering Thanksgiving diners a sports-saturated place to huddle this holiday for a four-course feast that includes crab bisque, butternut squash soup, salads, oven-roasted turkey, mashed sweet potatoes, and pumpkin cheesecake. Adults can score this meal for $45, and kids will cost $20. A la carte items are also available.
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 ($50 for adults, $22 for children 12 and under). There's a gluten-free menu, and Thanksgiving party platters for carryout.
FRENCH LICK, INDIANA
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.
Located downtown in The Alexander hotel, Market Table prides itself on its use of locally sourced meats and specialty ingredients, and Thanksgiving is no exception. This year’s buffet ($39 for adults and $18 for kids 12 and under) boasts 16 flavors of locally produced gelato to go with its array of traditional pies and cakes. Diners will also find cider-brined turkey and bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin at the carving table, as well as a buffet stocked with duck confit, oyster mushrooms, kale couscous, and much more.
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.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Red Fish Grill
Enjoy Cajun flair for Thanksgiving with this French Quarter hotspot's buffet ($60 for adults, $20 for kids 3 to 12). 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. There's even a kids buffet.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Enjoy a unique Thanksgiving celebration aboard this historic paddleboat as it cruises the Mississippi River, complete with a jazz band. The dinner ($89 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, and candied yams.
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, garlic and sage stuffing, pumpkin cheesecake, and red velvet cake.
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.
Top of the Hub
Billed as the city’s “most romantic dining experience,” Top of the Hub is situated in the Prudential Tower, a lofty 52 stories above Boston’s Back Bay. Along with its exhilarating views, Thanksgiving guests can look forward to a four-course prix-fixe menu ($79 for adults and $35 for kids under 12) that features options like sweet-potato gnocchi, roasted-sugar pumpkin soup, Vermont free-range turkey, swordfish, and veal osso bucco. Desserts are apple-cranberry cheesecake and pecan cream tart.
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
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 cranberry sauce. And don't forget a famous Zingerman's pie, such as pumpkin or chocolate chess.
Just south of Minneapolis and near the Mall of America, Lela is located in the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel. The restaurant features a spacious open floor plan that spotlights Lela’s noted wine room. (Lela has earned awards from Wine Spectator magazine.) This year’s Thanksgiving buffet takes a turn South, with Cajun turkey and bourbon-maple glazed ham. Peppered prime rib rounds out the offerings at the carving station. Side dishes include sage cornbread stuffing, potato puree, and candied yams, along with an array of pies and mini dessert items. For adults, the buffet costs $39, and it’s $12 for kids 6-12.
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (AND OTHER LOCATIONS)
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 $52, 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.
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
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.
MONTANA (MULTIPLE LOCATIONS)
This Montana chain of lodge-style restaurants will serve Thanksgiving ($19 for adults, $14 for kids and seniors for the turkey dinner, or $27 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.
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
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 ordered before Nov. 16.
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
Pueblo Harvest Cafe & Bakery
Located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, this restaurant offers a holiday feast ($45 for adults, $25 for kids 5 to 12) with plenty of local flavor and a bit of Native American history. Meal highlights include green chile chicken enchiladas, green-chile and agave-glazed ham, apple-fennel salad, a carving station with roasted turkey and bison flank steak, and sides of oven bread stuffing and butternut-squash lasagna. Don't miss the red chile shortbread cookies.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Andiron Steak & Sea
Escape the Strip for surf and turf this Thanksgiving. The prix-fixe menu includes roasted heirloom squash soup, duck confit salad, 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.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
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 garlic-sage cornbread stuffing, and a pecan chocolate tart. A complete Thanksgiving dinner can be pre-ordered and taken home with much the same menu.
PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE
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 ($60 for adults, $27 for kids 2 to 12), or consider a three-course prix fixe dinner at Salt Kitchen & Bar in the Grand Dining Room ($60 for adults, $26 for kids).
HIGHLANDS, NEW JERSEY
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 $30 for adults, $12 for kids under 12, which includes sweet potatoes, and turnips, homemade cranberry sauce, and more. Don't forget pie for dessert, and consider trying the pumpkin or caramel apple martini.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
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 under 10) 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.
GLEN COVE, NEW YORK
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 menu ($70 for adults, $30 for kids 6 to 12) includes pumpkin soup, artichoke salad, entrées such as lobster mac and cheese and salmon florentine, and tons of sides, and a carving station with fried turkey, prime rib, and roast ham. And don't forget dessert.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
There are three Benjamin steakhouses in the New York area, two in the city and one in White Plains, all offering a Thanksgiving dinner featuring pumpkin soup, autumn salad, turkey, stuffing, roasted yams, potatoes au gratin, and pumpkin pie. The price is $70 and $69 per person at the locations in the city and $59 per person at the White Plains restaurant.
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.
Bread & Ink Cafe
This charming Portland favorite has a four-course prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving ($47 to $55) 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 smoked pork chop or the fall linguini.
Portland Spirit River Cruises
Not surprisingly, celebrating Thanksgiving in the Pacific Northwest can include an outdoorsy experience. Portland Spirit River Cruises offers a buffet cruise that features live music and singing servers. Menu items include smashed purple potatoes, turkey, ham, and strip loin, as well as two seasonal desserts. Price for adults is $70 and $35 for kids.
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. Expect to spend $49 for adults, $25 for kids 8 to 12, and $18 for kids 4 to 7. The Thanksgiving buffet at Fire & Grain includes a carving station with turkey and pork loin, plus sour-cream mashed potatoes, grilled salmon, and more ($38 for adults, $18 for kids 4 to 12).
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 ($98 for adults, $36 for kids 12 and under) features indulgent treats such as duck sausage, shrimp Newburg vol-au-vent, roasted free-range turkey, and sage stuffing.
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
This charming, classy Charleston restaurant has a Thanksgiving a la carte menu that includes butternut squash bisque and broiled oysters, and a roasted turkey dinner ($40) or filet mignon ($42). Additional sides are $8, and another $10 fetches dessert.
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 8 to 10 diners for $170, with additional 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).
B&B Butchers and Restaurant
This combo butcher shop and eatery puts the premium in premium meats with Kobe beef from Japan and Texas-bred Wagyu beef and also hosts quirky events like a recent “Day of the Dead” brunch. Thanksgiving will not pass unnoticed, either, as B&B, is offering a prix-fixe menu ($59 for adults and $25 for kids 12 and under) and a dinner to go ($300 and $550). The in-house menu features butternut squash soup, roasted turkey and prime rib, corn souffle, and more.
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 ($35 per person), includes highlights such as prime rib and roasted turkey breast, candied sweet-potato marshmallow brulee, and caramelized Brussels sprouts. Desserts include banana-pumpkin bread pudding, bourbon pecan pie, and sweet potato cinnamon cheesecake.
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, $11 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.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
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 ($69 for adults, $35 for kids 12 and under) includes hits such as Waldorf salad, a choice of slow-roasted turkey and the fixings, leg of lamb, filet mignon, wild mushroom cannelloni, and a dessert buffet.
Enjoy a candlelit Thanksgiving feast at this colonial-era restaurant dating back to 1790 ($55 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."
The Dorset Inn
The epitome of New England charm, the Dorset Inn dates back to 1796 when it was a stop for travelers heading to Boston and Albany, New York. Today it is recognized for its gourmet dining and elegant accommodations. Thanksgiving guests can sample some of that cuisine a la carte with dishes such as smoked duck pate, local pumpkin bisque, roast Vermont turkey, prime rib, pumpkin ravioli, and Vermont pumpkin pie.
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 cauliflower-cashew bisque, a root-vegetable and mushroom bourguignon pot pie, and sweet-potato mousse. The special kids' menu includes cauliflower tots and a mini shepherd's pie.