Which restaurants are open (and closed) on Thanksgiving

November 24, 2021, 8:00 PM UTC
IHOP is one of many restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2021.
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Maybe your plans changed at the last minute. Maybe you got a bit too caught up in the game and burned the turkey. Or maybe you’re alone and don’t feel like making an extravagant meal for yourself. Don’t panic: There are plenty of restaurants open today.

While the bulk of retail stores are closed, a notable number of restaurant chains are hard at work. Many are offering Thanksgiving specials—but they’re just as happy to cook a burger for you if you’d rather forget about the holiday altogether.

Here’s a look at some of the places you can grab a bite on Thanksgiving. Note that hours may vary and some franchisees may opt not to open. And since certain municipalities have laws affecting whether stores are allowed to operate on the holiday, it’s always a good idea to call first.

Restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2021


Bahama Breeze (12 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

Bob Evans

Boston Market

Buca Di Beppo (Opens at 10 a.m.)

Buffalo Wild Wings

Capital Grille

Cracker Barrel



Flemings Prime Steakhouse (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

Fogo de Chao (11 a.m. – 9 p.m.)

Golden Corral


McCormick and Schmick’s


Medieval Times (Most castles open, call to confirm)

Metro Diner (until 2:30 p.m.)

Pizza Hut

Popeye’s (Varies by location)

Ruby Tuesday

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Sizzler (Varies by location)




TGI Fridays

Waffle House


Restaurants closed on Thanksgiving 2021

Bonefish Grill

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Cheesecake Factory


Olive Garden

Outback Steakhouse

Red Lobster

Ted’s Montana Grill

Texas Roadhouse

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