Which chain restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day?

With the joy of the holidays comes the stress of preparing huge meals for the whole family. Too tired to cook on Thanksgiving? Craving takeout instead of a traditional turkey meal? Let someone else do the cooking. People has you covered with a guide to which chain restaurants will be open Thanksgiving Day. With all the places on the list, it’s always best to call your local restaurant to confirm, as hours may vary by location.

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Applebee’s restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving, though hours may be reduced in some locations. In need of a Thanksgiving drink? Try their new Perfect Jolly holiday margarita to spice up the day.

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Bob Evans is open until 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving — stop by the restaurant to eat their Thanksgiving Farmhouse Feast, or grab one of their famous Thanksgiving takeout meals to go. (And don’t forget to try the pie.)

Buca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo is serving a full Thanksgiving feast on the holiday, available to eat in at the restaurant or to take back to your family.

Burger King

Most Burger King locations will be open on Thanksgiving, so if you’re more of a “fries and a shake” person than “mashed potatoes and pie,” you’re covered.

Cracker Barrel

Not only is Cracker Barrel open on Thanksgiving, it’s one of the restaurant’s busiest days of the year. Cracker Barrel serves full Thanksgiving meals, which you can order at the restaurant or grab for takeout and take home to your hungry family.

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Del Taco

Most Del Taco restaurants will remain open on Thanksgiving.


Denny’s will have full Thanksgiving meals available for purchase — try their pumpkin spice pancakes or the pumpkin pie milkshake to get in the holiday spirit.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Most Dunkin’ Donuts locations will remain open on Thanksgiving so you can get your day started right with a doughnut and an iced coffee.


IHOP will be open on Thanksgiving for all of your pancake needs. Be sure to check in with your local IHOP, as many of them offer special holiday deals and coupons.

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Marie Callender’s

Marie Callender’s has a wide selection of Thanksgiving meals and pies available for takeout or dining in on the holiday, from turkey and ham feasts to their legendary Perfectly Pumpkin pie.


Select Popeyes locations will be open on Thanksgiving this year — and they even have Cajun-spiced turkeys that you can serve at home!


Most Starbucks locations are open on Thanksgiving for your early-morning cup of coffee, though hours may vary by location — perfect if you need a strong coffee (or a Pumpkin Spice Latte!) to get you through to cocktail hour.

Tim Hortons

Select Tim Hortons cafes will be open on Thanksgiving, for all your doughnut needs.

Waffle House

Waffle House is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and Thanksgiving is no exception. Stop by at any time of day to add waffles to your Thanksgiving feast.

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