Whether you have a big family or small, whether you cooked last year or not, sometimes it’s just nicer to enjoy Thanksgiving without all the stress, time and effort that goes into preparing the Thanksgiving dinner. That’s why a lot of restaurants are not just open on the holiday, but they’re also embracing it with delicious dishes just for the occasion.

Here are some of the best restaurants to go to for Thanksgiving dinner if you just don’t feel like cooking or if you just feel like letting a professional do it.


Celebrate the holiday with lots of nature and head to the Skillet Restaurant at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas. The meal is comprised of fried chicken, roast turkey, ham, beef tips and so much more.


Akasha in Culver City, California has a pie buffet. What more could you want this Thanksgiving? If it’s vegan meal options you want, they also have that. It’s a prix-fixe dinner at $80 per person ($35 for children 12 and under).


Black Cat in Boulder, Colorado is offering Thanksgiving meal that will include ingredients from its own farm, as it does with most of its everyday meals.


For only $25 per person, guests at Jessop’s Tavern in New Castle, Delaware will be treated to a menu of their choice: turkey breast with gravy, cornbread stuffing and cranberry compote, or grilled ham steak with cinnamon cherry glaze and sweet potato cakes, or mahi filet with arugula and tarragon chardonnay cream sauce or filet mignon.


Whether you want to have dinner early or later on Thanksgiving, the Rusty Pelican in Miami has you covered. There will be a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time and a dinner beginning at 6 p.m. local time. Both will be filled with holiday favorites, as well as more upscale and interesting options.


Le Coq D’Or, which is inside Chateau des Fleurs in Eagle, Idaho, is a great choice for an upscale Thanksgiving meal filled with local ingredients and wine from their own label in a buffet-style setting.


Hit up Primehouse in Chicago for a three-course Thanksgiving meal that serves roasted turkey breast, leg confit, herb stuffing, whipped potatoes, chocolate chip pumpkin cheesecake and bourbon pecan pie.


Make this Thanksgiving extra special by choosing a dinner with a Creole flair. Brennan’s in New Orleans will give you just that. From noon to 7 p.m. local time, the restaurant is offering a holiday meal for $65 per person that includes turtle soup and sweet potato agnolotti as appetizers, a roast turkey breast brined with sweet tea and herb-roasted beef tenderloin for the main course. Customers can choose from chocolate torte, bread pudding and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.


Thanksgiving dinner with a view of the water is a great way to go, and Ocean at the Cape Arundel Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine is a good option. The restaurant is offering a $75 three-course meal, which includes appetizers like lobster veluote, autumn salad and escargots. The main meal options include roast turkey, Atlantic cod confit and beef sirloin, while dessert is made up of coconut pavlova, chocolate fondant and hazelnut financier.


carmines las vegas Carmine’s is open in Las Vegas for Thanksgiving. Photo: Flickr/Lisa Suender

Be thankful for Carmine’s at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this holiday because they’re putting together the perfect meal filled with an 18-pound turkey, stuffing, Brussels sprouts, baby carrots, cranberry sauce, string beans, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, mashed potatoes, pies and much more. This feast is perfect for groups of about six to eight people.

New York:

Ready for some fancy fun? Tom Colicchio’s Craft in New York City is having quite the feast prepared for its customers this Thanksgiving. For $150 per person ($75 for children 12 and younger), guests can choose from appetizers of Wagyu carpaccio and sea scallops with black truffle and cauliflower and a choice of turkey, salmon or steak with pie, apple crisp and spice doughnuts at the end for a bit of dessert.

South Dakota:

If you want a little bit of everything this holiday, just like you would have at your own dining room table, then stop by the Royal Fork in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where their buffet is filled with many options to choose from. The buffet will be open from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. local time.