If you feel like skipping the prep and grabbing takeout instead.

By Clarissa Buch
November 09, 2020
Del Frisco's Grille Interior
Credit: Denver Post / Getty Images

Whether you’re hosting a virtual dinner or or a small gathering with loved ones, Thanksgiving is bound to feel different this year.

No matter what your situation might be, you may want to take it easy this year. Many chain restaurants around the country will be open for business on the holiday and are offering Thanksgiving-themed specials for takeout, delivery, and dine-in.

Read on for 21 national chain restaurants that will be open across the country on Thanksgiving, and make sure to check if your favorite local, independent restaurants will be open as well.

The Capital Grille

The upscale national steakhouse will serve a gourmet Thanksgiving meal—equipped with brioche stuffing and pumpkin cheesecake—available for dine-in or takeout. thecapitalgrille.com

Cracker Barrel

With a weekly “turkey n’ dressing” special, one could argue every Thursday at Cracker Barrel is Thanksgiving. This year, the Southern food restaurant will be open for in-person dining with everything from hand-sliced turkey to pumpkin pie. Takeaway dinners for groups up to 10 will be available, too. crackerbarrel.com

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Take advantage of a three-course, $39 menu at Ruth’s Chris Steak House for Thanksgiving, including turkey with sausage and herb stuffing. Also available for takeout. ruthschris.com

Buca di Beppo

Open for dine-in and takeout, Buca di Beppo will serve sliced turkey alongside spaghetti and meatballs for Thanksgiving. bucadibeppo.com

Del Frisco’s Grille

Del Frisco’s Grille will offer a prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu, available for dine-in or takeout, with butternut squash bisque, herb and butter-roasted turkey, and pumpkin cheesecake. delfriscosgrille.com

Buffalo Wild Wings

If you’re not a fan of turkey, Buffalo Wild Wings will be open on Thanksgiving, serving spicy boneless wings, fries, and beer. buffalowildwings.com

Boston Market

Order a Thanksgiving meal in advance at Boston Market. All locations will be open for the holiday, unless otherwise noted. bostonmarket.com

Smith & Wollensky

Make a reservation for a four-course traditional Thanksgiving meal at Smith & Wollensky, with herb-roasted turkey breast and pumpkin pie. smithandwollensky.com

Morton’s Steakhouse

Another popular chain steakhouse on the list, Morton’s will serve a festive Thanksgiving meal, available for dine-in and takeout. mortons.com

TGI Fridays

Though Thanksgiving falls on a Thursday, TGI Fridays will be open for the holiday. tgifridays.com

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Enjoy a family-style Thanksgiving for less than $50 per person at Maggiano’s, which will be open for the holiday for dine-in and takeout. maggianos.com

Bob Evans

Bob Evans is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Thanksgiving. Holiday meals are also available for takeout. bobevans.com

Waffle House

Craving breakfast for dinner on Thanksgiving? Good thing Waffle House will be open 24/7. wafflehouse.com

Fogo de Chão

The Brazilian steakhouse will celebrate Thanksgiving with dine-in or takeout service. fogodechao.com


Whether you’re looking to dine-in or takeout for the holiday, Denny’s will be open on Thanksgiving. dennys.com


IHOP will be open Thanksgiving for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. ihop.com

HomeTown Buffet

HomeTown Buffet will be open on Thanksgiving, with its signature “All You Can Eat” experience. hometownbuffet.com

Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday will be open all day on Thanksgiving, serving up its regular menu of American staples. rubytuesday.com

STK Steakhouse

STK Steakhouse’s swanky dining rooms will be open for Thanksgiving. Takeout will be available too. stksteakhouse.com

Golden Corral

If you want a little bit of everything on Thanksgiving, head to your nearest Golden Corral, which will be open for the holiday. Dig into smoked turkey alongside fried chicken, pecan pie, and rolls with honey butter. Meals are available for takeout as well. goldencorral.com


Though you won’t find turkey at Starbucks for Thanksgiving, the national coffee chain will be open for all caffeine emergencies. starbucks.com