20+ Restaurants That Will Cook Thanksgiving Dinner for You This Year

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'Tis the season for mouthwatering turkey, your best pumpkin pie recipes and all of the fantastic fixins'! Turkey Day is one of the most festive and filling holidays, but if you want to skip cooking up some delicious homemade Thanksgiving dinner recipes this year, we've got all the info on the best restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2021.

While we adore planning decadent desserts and tablescapes, we're thankful to take a breather and indulge in a feast from our nearest and dearest ... dining establishment. If you're interested in Italian eats or all about American classics, you'll be delighted with options for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Whether you're looking for dine-in or take-out options, these eateries and fave go-to restaurants serving fast food open Thanksgiving will offer easy and no-fuss ways to stay spirited throughout the holiday, with many chains even offering special Thanksgiving menus (and deals). We've even got your back with restaurants providing Turkey Packs for an authentic eatery experience at your house.

Before heading out to any of these restaurants, we recommend calling your local franchise to double-check its holiday hours, as hours often vary by location. Given the changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic this year — some restaurants may have adjusted operations to include curbside pickup and contactless delivery. Safety is a must-have this season as you get your fill of turkey — be sure to plan ahead and check out these restaurants as well as our list of grocery stores open Thanksgiving 2021.

Boston Market

If you're looking for a classic holiday meal on Thanksgiving, Boston Market has you covered. After all, there's nothing like a roasted turkey delivered right to your doorstep! Tuck your easy mashed potatoes recipes away and dig in! This go-to spot's got sensational Thanksgiving sides.

Burger King

Burger King makes it so easy to have Thanksgiving your way this year. The classic eatery will allow you to celebrate Americana to the fullest with burgers and chicken sandwiches.

Chart House

Chart House is big on holidays, which means you can expect a great Thanksgiving dining experience (including a mouthwatering meal and spectacular views!) this year.

Cracker Barrel

Every year, Cracker Barrel is famous for its delicious and ready-to-eat Heat N' Serve Holiday Family Meal To-Go that can serve up to 10 people. This Thanksgiving, the restaurant anticipates offering curbside, pick-up, delivery and dine-in service in accordance with local regulations.

Del Frisco's Grille

Hungry for prime steaks and fresh seafood? Del Frisco's Grille will be open on Thanksgiving Day and has offered a three-course traditional turkey meal on the special holiday in the past. Get Del Frisco's Grille offerings in the comfort of your own home this Turkey Day by ordering your faves.

Denny's

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Photo credit: George Rose / Getty Images

You can always expect Denny's to be open all day, every day, year-round. This Thanksgiving, the diner-style restaurant will have an option for families to order take-home Turkey Packs in advance, in addition to offerings of seasonal delights like Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes (yum!).

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Fleming's will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m so you can enjoy the perfect steak on Thanksgiving Day! They'll also be offering a special Thanksgiving menu in addition to their core menu.

Fogo de Chão

If you're craving the full churrasco experience on Thanksgiving, head on over to this famous Brazilian steakhouse — and get ready to fill up on loads of delicious barbecued meat!

Golden Corral

Golden Corral's famous buffet will be open during Thanksgiving, so you and your family can gobble up all the fresh carved turkey you can eat. Of course, if you'd rather enjoy a delicious meal at home without any fuss, the restaurant will also be offering a complete Thanksgiving meal to-go.

Hardee's

Make it a Hardee's holiday for Thanksgiving this year. The eatery will easily fulfill your fast food needs with classic burgers and fries that are perfect for sharing at Friendsgiving.

IHOP

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Photo credit: Scott Olson - Getty Images

You might be planning a full home-cooked dinner for the holiday, but that doesn't mean you should have to make breakfast, too! Luckily, select IHOP locations will be open for all of your pancake cravings as you're considering Thanksgiving breakfast ideas — but you'll want to call ahead as hours vary by location.

Maggiano's Little Italy

Craving delicious Italian this holiday season? Everyone's favorite Italian eatery, Maggiano's, will be open for regular hours on the holiday and will offer catering, carryout and dine-in options.

Morton's Steakhouse

Morton's Steakhouse will be open for Thanksgiving, so you can expect a mouthwatering holiday meal at this tried-and-true steakhouse.

McCormick and Schmick's

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Photo credit: Raymond Boyd / Getty Images

When it comes to great seafood and steaks, McCormick and Schmick's — which has offered a complete turkey dinner in the past for Thanksgiving — will definitely be the go-to place this year.

Popeye's

Select Popeye's locations will be open for the holiday and will offer pick-up and contactless delivery options for their delicious Cajun Style Turkeys ... Is your mouth watering yet?

Romano's Macaroni Grill

You'll definitely want to head on over to Romano's Macaroni Grill this year, which has offered pre-ordered three-course meals for Thanksgiving in the past.

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Not only is Ruth's Chris Steak House open this Thanksgiving, the restaurant will be serving a turkey dinner in-restaurant and will also offer a to-go family turkey dinner for pick-up.

Sonic

There's nothing more convenient (or tasty) than a burger at the Sonic drive-in and luckily, some Sonic locations will be open on Thanksgiving. Since most of the franchise's locations are independently owned, keep in mind that holiday hours may vary and check ahead for your local eatery.

STK Steakhouse

You can count on STK Steakhouse for great Thanksgiving specials this year, which in the past have included a 'Roasted Turkey Special' with chestnut cornbread stuffing, green beans, old school gravy and cranberry orange chutney. Yum! If you fancy a steak this Turkey Day, then get your fill from STK Meat Market.

Subway

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Photo credit: SOPA Images - Getty Images

Craving a turkey sandwich? Some Subway franchises will be open on Thanksgiving, but make sure you call ahead to your local restaurant as all Subway locations are individually owned and operated — holiday hours may vary.

Sullivan's Steakhouse

You can look forward to a delicious meal at Sullivan's Steakhouse this year, which in the past has offered a special prix-fixe holiday feast for Thanksgiving.

TGI Friday's

TG for TGI Friday's! Everyone's favorite casual American restaurant will be open on Thanksgiving this year, though hours and openings may vary by location.

Waffle House

When in doubt, go to the Waffle House — this classic diner-style restaurant is open 365 days a year, and Thanksgiving is no exception!

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