45+ Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day 2021

Last updated: 10.18.2021

You’re probably wondering: what restaurants are open on Thanksgiving near me? From drive-throughs to sit-down restaurants, we have the rundown on what’s open, where they’re located, and what Thanksgiving hours you can expect to see on T-day.

1. Starbucks

Starbucks is one of the restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day

You wake up on Thanksgiving morning and to your horror, you realize you have no coffee! Of course, the first thing you ask is: Is Starbucks open on Thanksgiving? Fortunately for you, you can still get your caffeine fix on the holiday. And not only your regular cup of joe, Starbucks also offers seasonal flavors including pumpkin and cranberry-based beverages and baked treats.  

Starbucks Thanksgiving Hours: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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2. McDonald’s

McDonald's Thanksgiving Hours

If you’re considering fast food, the question “is McDonald’s open on Thanksgiving?” has inevitably crossed your mind. So, when that turkey is taking way too long to thaw out, and Mom won’t let you touch the hors-d’oeuvres until everyone arrives, there’s only one thing left to do. Hit up your local McDonald’s, of course. 

McDonald’s Thanksgiving Hours: Many stores are open 24/7

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3. Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut is one of the restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Is Pizza Hut open on Thanksgiving? Most of them are, and you can score a large pizza for less than $15! Put that bad boy in front of the football fans, and no one will complain about not having a homecooked meal. 

Pizza Hut Thanksgiving Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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4. Burger King

Burger King open on Thanksgiving

If you find yourself at the receiving end of a Thanksgiving Day catastrophe, worry not. Most Burger King stores are open on Thanksgiving, and while it may not be Mom’s famous honey-roasted ham, you can still be thankful that you and your family can enjoy a satisfying chicken sandwich and fries without having to fight over who does the washing up.

Burger King Thanksgiving Hours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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5. Cracker Barrel

is cracker barrel open thanksgiving day

If Thanksgiving is all about comfort food and family to you, you’ll be stoked to hear that most Cracker Barrel locations will be open this year. And, of course, if you prefer to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in the comfort of your own home you can take it home with you.

Cracker Barrel Thanksgiving Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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6. Boston Market

Boston Market is one of the restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day

If you can’t escape the Macy’s Day Parade or family political debates, don’t sweat it. Boston Market will deliver a fully-prepped Thanksgiving meal right to your doorstep. Most locations are open for at least part of the holiday but double-check your local spot’s hours to be sure you can score that pumpkin pie and not let the family down.  

Boston Market Thanksgiving Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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7. Sonic

is sonic open thanksgiving day

If you find yourself on the road during Thanksgiving, or you just fancy something a little different from the traditional Thanksgiving festivities, you’ll be glad to know Sonic Drive-ins will be open. As a bonus to burgers and slushes, you won’t have to call ahead for your order and you can stay in your car the whole time. Win!

Sonic Thanksgiving Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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8. Subway

subway thanksgiving hours

Okay, sure. Subs and thanksgiving? Not exactly a no-brainer combo. But Subway does usually have Thanksgiving LTOs for just this occasion. So Thanksgiving dinner in sub-form is totally an option.

Subway Thanksgiving Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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9. Jack in the Box


Jack in the Box Open On Thanksgiving

Don’t worry – Jack in the Box will have curly fries whether it’s Thanksgiving or not, but their pumpkin spice shake is only around for a short season. It’s basically the same thing as your favorite holiday pie, right? 

Jack in the Box Thanksgiving Hours: open 24/7

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10. IHOP

IHOP open thanksgiving day

IHOP, of course, has a holiday feast you can order. Pancakes, obviously. So why not take breakfast off your to-do list and pop to your local iHop for some morning fuel – you’ll need it for the day to come.

IHOP Thanksgiving Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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11. Bob Evans

Family and dog running in Bob Evans Farm open thanksgiving

“We’re Turkey Experts” – Bob Evans

That’s a strong claim, Bob. But after 30 years of perfecting their slow-roasted turkey, it is a rightful claim.

As you would imagine any turkey expert to do, Bob Evans put out a tremendous menu for Thanksgiving. Starting from $7.99 you can have their turkey, all (and I mean all) the trimmings, and mouth-watering desserts. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner without the hassle. Oh, and they also do a special Thanksgiving breakfast.

Bob Evans Thanksgiving Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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12. Denny’s

dennys thanksgiving hours

Turkey dinners will be available at Denny’s on Thanksgiving day. In addition to their dinner, they’ll be offering pecan and pumpkin pies for you to eat there or take home.

Denny’s Thanksgiving Hours: 7 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

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13. Wendy’s

Wendy's open on thanksgiving

Are you not one for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, or any Thanksgiving meal for that matter, and you just want to tuck into your favorite Wendy’s burger? Then you’ll be pleased to know that Wendy’s is open all year round. So, ditch the usual Thanksgiving traditions and make yours whatever you want it to be.

Wendy’s Thanksgiving Hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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14. Whataburger

Whataburger will be open as usual on Thanksgiving Day. While they won’t be serving a Thanksgiving menu you can skip the turkey and enjoy your favorites such as the Pica de Galo Burger, Avacado and Bacon Burger, or the Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich.

Whataburger Thanksgiving Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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15. Popeyes

Popeyes is one of the Restaurants Open On Thanksgiving Day

Maybe your ideal Thanksgiving doesn’t include feasting on burgers and pizza, we get it. Luckily, Popeyes offers meals that more closely resemble a traditional Thanksgiving meal – chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, flaky buttermilk biscuits, home-style green beans with turkey bacon, cinnamon apple pie, and pecan pie. Toss those dishes onto your family’s fine china before anyone shows up, and no one will know you spent ~$20 on the big day. 

Popeyes Thanksgiving Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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16. Papa John’s

Papa John's open on Thanksgiving

A greasy, cheesy pizza delivered straight to your front door…what’s not to be thankful for? Papa John’s is open for delivery on Thanksgiving in most locations, making your Turkey Day meal as easy as opening your front door and a cardboard box.

Papa John’s Thanksgiving Hours: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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17. Buffalo Wild Wings

buffalo wild wings thanksgiving hours

Buffalo Wild Wings might not seem like a likely option this holiday season, but you can easily order wings, fries, and select apps in massive quantities. They even have a few holiday-themed options for you to grab for all attending your Thanksgiving this year.

Buffalo Wild Wings Thanksgiving Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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18. Waffle House

is waffle house open thanksgiving

Waffle House doesn’t seem to have any special holiday entrees this year, but they’ve got waffles. As the name implies. So if you want to forego heavy holiday foods in favor of breakfast all day, Waffle House is the stop you’ll want to make.

Waffle House Thanksgiving Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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19. Golden Corral

golden corral open thanksgiving

Golden Corral is a chain that’s well known for its buffets. However, given the current state of the world, their buffets will not be open for some time. However, you can still grab food from Golden Corral to take home for you and yours this turkey day.

Golden Corral Thanksgiving Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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20. White Castle 

White Castle is a Fast Food Restaurant Open On Thanksgiving Day

Who knows… Maybe you’re really craving one of those festive turkey sliders, or maybe nothing else is open nearby. White Castle has plenty of cheap season offerings for $1.59 or less.  

Keep in mind, most of the time holiday hours are subject to the franchise owner’s discretion, so be sure to call in and check before you head out. And just remember — the world will keep spinning if you don’t cook on Thanksgiving Day (sorry, Mom).  

White Castle Thanksgiving Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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21. Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons is one of the fast food restaurants open on Thanksgiving in 2019

Tim Hortons is open on Thanksgiving, too! Whether you’re looking for your caffeine fix or want to satisfy your sweet tooth, you have plenty of options on the menu. However, Tim Hortons is known for closing early on Thanksgiving, so be sure to get there before 2 p.m. in most areas.

Time Hortons Thanksgiving Hours: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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22. Marie Callender’s

Marie Callendars open on thanksgiving

Marie Callender’s is the perfect spot to grab comfort food to bring back on Thanksgiving day. From dinners to desserts, you’ll have no issue finding classic comfort foods here. Plus, Grubhub delivers from most of them!

Marie Callender’s Thanksgiving Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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23. Del Taco

Del Taco is one of the restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Del Taco is another one of the most popular fast-food restaurants open on Thanksgiving in 2019. So, if you’re feeling tacos over turkey this year, you’ll have plenty of options all day long.

Del Taco Thanksgiving Hours: open 24/7

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24. Steak ‘n Shake

Steak N Shake is one of the fast food restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day

After spending the entire holiday listening to stories about your great uncle’s coin collection, you’ll probably need to sneak away and treat yourself with a Steak ‘n Shake milkshake… or a Frisco Melt (never a bad idea).

Steak ‘n Shake Thanksgiving Hours: open 24/7

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25. Qdoba

Qdoba is one of the fast food restaurants Open On Thanksgiving

If your family likes to throw tradition out the window, head over to Qdoba for your Thanksgiving dinner. You won’t find anything resembling a turkey or mashed potatoes, but chips and queso is always something to be thankful for.  

Qdoba Thanksgiving Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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26. Ruby Tuesday

ruby tuesday open thanksgiving

Ruby Tuesday might be going through a recent bankruptcy, but their doors will still be open this holiday. From apps to entrees to delish desserts, you can easily feed a small army this year if you order out.

Ruby Tuesday’s Thanksgiving Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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27. Sizzler 

sizzler thanksgiving hours

Sizzler’s offering a dinner and dessert option that’ll feed your whole family. It’ll serve up to six people, but you’ll probably want to preorder it. If you didn’t plan ahead, they’ll still be open day-of for you to grab grub.

Sizzler Thanksgiving Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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28. Applebee’s

Applebee's is one of the fast food open on Thanksgiving

Applebee’s is a great option on Thanksgiving for those who don’t want to cook but still want to enjoy a nice sit-down meal with friends and family. Most locations will open up on the holiday during their normal hours.

Applebee’s Thanksgiving Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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29. Buca di Beppo

Exterior of bucca di beppo restaurant open thanksgiving

Who needs a traditional turkey dinner, when you can have your Thanksgiving meal with an Italian twist at Buca di Beppo!

Enjoy traditional turkey, with garlic potatoes, pumpkin pie, and everything in-between – served with a unique Italian flair. Buca di Beppo is a great choice for any family looking to combine cultures in a lively and friendly atmosphere. Count me in!

Buca di Beppo Thanksgiving Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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30. Dunkin Donuts

If you can’t possibly go a single day without your Dunkin coffee, you’re probably wondering: is Dunkin Donuts open on Thanksgiving? Fortunately for you, most Dunkin Donuts are open on Thanksgiving, but some locations choose to close early for the holiday, so make sure to double-check with your nearest store.

Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Hours: 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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31. TGI Friday’s

TGI friday open thanksgiving

TGI Friday’s has a little bit of something for everyone. Like most places this year, ordering takeout is probably your best option.  From burgers to fried fish, you’ll have no issue finding something for everyone at a decent price.

TGI Friday’s Thanksgiving Hours: 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

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32. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

ruths chris steakhouse thanksgiving

If you don’t want to do dishes – but you also don’t want to eat like you’re back in college – Ruth’s might be just what you’re looking for. You’d likely still have to order take-out at most locations, but it’d be a boujee Thanksgiving dinner that you wouldn’t have to clean up after eating.

Ruth’s Chris Thanksgiving Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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33. Ted’s Montana Grill

teds montana grill thanksgiving

Ted’s Montana Grill is offering Thanksgiving meals you can take home to your fam this year. You’re better off calling to reserve one of these ahead of time. In case you missed that tie window, Ted’s will be open on Thanksgiving Day as well and you’ll still be able to grab something. Even if it’s not a pre-cooking Thanksgiving meal.

Ted’s Thanksgiving Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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34. Hard Rock Cafe

The rockin’ restaurant chain is expected to be open Thanksgiving, so you can enjoy their Legendary Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey with all the trimmings, home-style stuffing, traditional turkey gravy, creamy mashed potato, roasted vegetables, and finished off with homemade cranberry sauce. The most rockin’ place to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner.

Hard Rock Cafe Thanksgiving Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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35. Buca di Beppo

Exterior of bucca di beppo restaurant open thanksgiving

Who needs a traditional turkey dinner, when you can have your Thanksgiving meal with an Italian twist at Buca di Beppo!

Enjoy traditional turkey, with garlic potatoes, pumpkin pie, and everything in-between – served with a unique Italian flair. Buca di Beppo is a great choice for any family looking to combine cultures in a lively and friendly atmosphere. Count me in!

Buca di Beppo Thanksgiving Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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36. Shoney’s 

Shoney’s will be open on Thanksgiving Day to serve their “all-you-care-to-eat” Thanksgiving Day feast. Choose from a range of dishes like slow-roasted turkey, crispy chicken, butterfly shrimp, mac ‘n’ cheese, and much more. All those options from $12.99 and you don’t even have to wash up – who could say no?

Shoney’s Thanksgiving Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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37. Kona Grill

Kona Grill is known for their delicious entrees and fancy cocktails, so it’s a great option for celebrating the holiday. In some locations, Kona Grill offers a unique Thanksgiving menu with items like macadamia-nut-crusted turkey and ginger-yuzu-infused cranberry sauce. Call and see what your local Kona Grill has planned for this year’s Thanksgiving menu — and don’t forget to wash it all down with one of their signature margaritas.

Kona Grill Thanksgiving Hours: 11 a. m. to 11 p. m. 

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38. Domino’s

Thanksgiving Eve is the busiest night of the year for many Domino’s branches, but many still choose to enjoy a warm stuffed crust pepperoni pizza delivered to their door on Thanksgiving Day. Bare in mind some branches will close earlier than normal, so best to double-check with your pizzeria.

Domino’s Thanksgiving Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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39. Fogo de Chão

fogo de chao exterior

Born in Brazil, Fogo de Chão has been satisfying their American guests for over twenty years. As usual, they will be open on Thanksgiving Day and serving their version of the traditional turkey dinner alongside their regular menu. So, if any member of your party prefers the full Churrasco experience over a traditional fare, this is the place to go.

Fogo de Chão Thanksgiving Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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40. Einstein Bros. Bagels

Exterior Einstein bros. bagels open thanksgiving

Breakfast, they say, is the most important meal of the day. That may not be true on Thanksgiving Day when the Turkey dinner is the star of the show but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start your Thanksgiving morning the right way.

Luckily Einstein Bros. Bagels are open until mid-afternoon, so you can enjoy a delicious bagel and prepare your stomach for the copious amounts of food that will come later in the day.

Einstein Bros. Bagels Thanksgiving Hours: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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41. Fleming’s Steakhouse and Wine Bar

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Known for their expertly prepared Prime Steak, Fleming’s also offer their version of a Thanksgiving meal. You’ll have to check with your local branch for the exact menu, but expect a unique experience and hospitable environment. Oh, and if past Thanksgivings are anything to go by, the food will blow your mind.

Fleming’s Thanksgiving Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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42. Maggiano’s Little Italy

maggiano's little italy open thanksgiving

Maggiano’s Little Italy’s Thanksgiving menu runs from November 24 – 26 and they offer catering, dine-in, and carry-out options, so they have you covered whichever you prefer. Enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with an Italian twist – Traditional roast turkey breast with giblet gravy & focaccia sausage stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, and even spaghetti with meatballs are a few delicious offerings on Maggiano’s unique Thanksgiving menu.

Maggiano’s Little Italy Thanksgiving Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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43. Romano’s Macaroni Grill

romano's macaroni grill open on thanksgiving

Served alongside their regular menu, Romano’s Macaroni Grill offer a rather traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Roasted turkey, mashed potato, pumpkin cannoli, and the usual trimmings are all on the table for a very reasonable price. Bring along the whole family as they also offer a kids menu.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill Thanksgiving Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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44. Morton’s Steakhouse

morton's steakhouse open on thanksgiving

Fancy a change from the usual turkey and trimmings for your Thanksgiving meal? Then perhaps you’d prefer one of the best steaks in America. Morton’s Steakhouse prides itself on its steak, seafood, and hospitality equally. So, grab a cocktail, a seafood platter, or a prime steak, and enjoy your Thanksgiving in style.

Morton’s Steakhouse Thanksgiving Hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Opening hours vary, double-check with your local branch)

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45. Hooters

Hooters is open on Thanksgiving Day. There is no special Thanksgiving menu, but you can enjoy their usual offerings. Burgers, wings, seafood, and of course – the beer.

Hooters Thanksgiving Hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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46. Del Frisco’s Grille

Del Friscos Grille exterior

If you’re after a more sophisticated Thanksgiving dining experience, Del Frisco’s Grille offers a lavish Thanksgiving dinner. Expect to dine on butternut squash bisque with maple mascarpone, herb and butter-roasted turkey, pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust, caramel and pecan crumble, and plenty of other delectable dishes.

Del Frisco’s Grille Thanksgiving Hours: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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  1. Burger King by my house is closed all day…

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