Cooking up a classic Thanksgiving dinner for the family isn’t always much of a holiday for the cook.
Here’s a list of Kansas City restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving Day 2019, if you’d prefer to take some of the stress out of your holiday meal preparation. Most offer a dine-in option on Thanksgiving Day. Others offer meals to go or ala carte items (side dishes, pies, fresh-baked breads, etc.) for purchase.
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Be aware that every place on this list doesn’t follow our usual “on the cheap” approach. Some are definitely splurges, but they’ll free up your time and energy for more fun with your family.
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Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Kansas City
These Kansas City restaurants are open and serving dinner on Thanksgiving. A few are offering both dine-in and to-go options. We have a separate section below that includes those solely offering to-go meals you can heat and eat at home.
Affare: Make Thanksgiving dinner an “Affare” to remember. They’re offering a special holiday menu from noon until 9 p.m. Cost: $65 for adults; $25 for kids 12 and under. Dessert is an additional $10 per person. Make reservations now.
Alamo Drafthouse: There’s a $20 turkey dinner option available at Alamo Drafthouse on Thanksgiving.
BC Bistro: Traditional Thanksgiving Feast and dessert bar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (reservation required). Cost is $30 for adults; $13 for kids (5-12); kids under 5 are FREE. They’re also offering take-out Thanksgiving dinners ($25 per person or $80 to feed four people), as well as whole cheesecakes, and bread pudding for $35.
Bob Evans: The chain is taking the stress out of Thanksgiving dinner. Locations nationwide are open on Thanksgiving Day until 8 p.m. Here’s a look at their menu. Hot and ready holiday meals to go start at $19.99 and you can also choose a farmhouse feast that you heat up at home. This option can be sized to feed four to 10 people. Individual pies and fresh-baked breads are also available if you need a potluck dish or a little something to complement your own feast.
Boston Market: There are several ways to put something delicious on the table this holiday season. Boston Market is open on Thanksgiving Day for a traditional, delicious, hot plated dinner. View the Thanksgiving Day menu here. You can also pick up a complete, fully-cooked meal or pre-made whole pies and hot side dishes sold individually.
Bristol Seafood Grill: Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving buffet from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kansas City, MO or Leawood, KS location. Cost: $42 for adults; $20 for kids (12 and under); kids 3 and under are FREE.
Buca di Beppo: Locations are open on Thanksgiving Day at 11 .m. so make reservations if you’d like to dine in. You can also eat at home if you like. Just place an order by Nov. 27 and you can have a traditional family style meal to pick up; ($68.99 for service for three or $134.99 for five) starting at 10 a.m.
The Capital Grille: Alongside their full dinner menu, The Capital Grille is serving a special Thanksgiving menu from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. cost is $43 for adults; $15 for kids. Dessert is $12. Reservations are highly recommended.
Chaz on the Plaza: Open 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with a four-course prix fixe menu. Price is $50 for adults; $18 for kids (12 and under).
Cracker Barrel: A Homestyle Turkey and Dressing meal is served from 11 a.m. to close on Turkey Day. The meal includes turkey, gravy, a sampling of sugar-cured ham, sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, choice of a country side, a refillable beverage, buttermilk biscuits or corn muffins, and a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert. Cost is $12.99 for adults and $7.99 for kids. Heat and serve meals to go are also available, as well as individual whole pies. See our section below for more details on these options.
Denny’s: The chain has launched a new festive menu for the holiday season that’s available through the end of the year, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Dishes vary from around $8 to $18. Additionally, Denny’s is offering customers a Turkey and Dressing Dinner Pack as a carryout order. This dinner pack feeds up to six people and comes ready to heat and serve. Order online at Dennys.com at least 24 hours before your desired pickup time.
Eddie Vs: Traditional holiday dinner or full dinner menu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The traditional dinner cost is $43 for adults: $15 for kids; dessert is $12 extra.
Fogo de Chao: A unique menu is being offered which, in addition to fire-roasted meats, includes roasted turkey, cranberry relish, Brazilian sausage with apple dressing and sweet potato casserole. Come eat from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Golden Corral: Offering an endless bounty in its Thanksgiving buffet. Carved turkey or ham, sliced turkey, fried chicken, roast beef, meatloaf, and even steak and shrimp are featured, as well as more than a dozen side dishes – stuffing, potatoes, casseroles and corn on the cob. It’s the “Endless Buffet,” so you can plan to go back for seconds or thirds. Or order and On-the-Go holiday meal. Call your nearest restaurant for holiday hours.
Granite Brewery: A three course, family-style, all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving meal is being served at the Legends, Olathe and Zona Rose Granite Brewery restaurants. Cost is $26.99 for adults, $8.99 for kids 12 and under and FREE for kids under 6. You can come in to feast from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended.
Gram & Dun: Regular menu and Thanksgiving specials are being served from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The bar is open all day and a late-night food menu begins at 9 p.m.
Hereford House: Feast without the fuss! Enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at our Leawood, KS location. Call (913) 327-0800 to make reservations.
Hogshead: Open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The regular menu will be available with a turkey plate feature for $32. Reservations recommended.
Intercontinental Hotel: You can savor Thanksgiving dinner from the Regional American Thanksgiving menu in the hotel’s Alameda Ballroom for $85 or enjoy American Slang’s modern Thanksgiving selections.
Ignite Wood Fired Grill: Open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. serving an all-day Thanksgiving day buffet with appetizers followed by turkey, ham or prime rib carving stations, all the sides and dessert. Adults are $34.95 and kids are $12.95.
J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood: Opt for traditional Thanksgiving feast or enjoy your favorite J. Gilbert’s menu items from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Adults are $39; Kids 12 and under are $19.
Lidia’s: Serving a Thanksgiving Feast with a special menu from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost: $55 for adults: $18 for kids.
Limitless Brewing: This Lenexa brewery is hosting a FREE Thanksgiving dinner in their taproom at 2 p.m. It’s open to the public. They’re providing the turkey and everyone is asked to bring a side dish to share. If you already have dinner plans, maybe stop by the night before for some brews and live music.
McCormick & Schmick’s: They’re serving a roasted turkey dinner with butternut squash bisque or walnut mixed greens salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread stuffing, seasoned vegetables, apple squash casserole and cranberry sauce. Cost is $29.50 per person.
Seasons 52: All the favorites are prepared and ready to eat. Served all day. Adults are $29.95; Kids are $14. Reservations required. Seasonal cocktails recommended.
Stock Hill: Celebrate Thanksgiving at Stock Hill with brunch or dinner. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include traditional Thanksgiving items, a full carving station, a cold seafood boat, dessert extravaganza, and more. Cost is $48; $15 kids 12 and under. Dinner will be served from the regular Stock Hill menu from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Reservations for brunch or dinner are required. The bar will be open all day until midnight.
Stroud’s (Overland Park): Stroud’s is offering Thanksgiving dinners to go starting at $16.99 per person or ala carte selections of sides. All order must be made by 4 p.m. on Nov. 26. Also offering a Thanksgiving buffet on Nov. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with pan fried chicken and traditional favorites. Cost is $28.99 for adults; 99 cents plus their age for kids under 12. Reservations are required so don’t delay.
Sullivan’s Steakhouse: They’ve got a classic Thanksgiving feast on the menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole, bread pudding, and more. The three-course prix-fixe dinner is $42 for adults and $20 for children, but you can also order one of their full dinner menu available. Here is the Thanksgiving menu for the Leawood, KS location.
Summit Grill: All three Summit Grill locations (Lee’s Summit, Gladstone and Waldo) are serving a Thanksgiving feast from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are highly recommended.
Tavernonna: The Thanksgiving menu will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults are $49; Kids (6-12) are $24; under 6 eat for FREE. A traditional plated meal will be served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $29. Reserve your places now.
Third Street Social: Serving special Thanksgiving entrees like roasted turkey, slow roasted Angus prime rib, honey baked ham and, of course, pumpkin and pecan pie for dessert. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations recommended, especially for those with six or more in a party.
Waffle House: Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can order from the regular menu.
The Well: A Thanksgiving buffet with a carving station is being served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults feast for $29.99, kids do so for $14.99 and those 3 and under are FREE. If you can’t make it for dinner, don’t count The Well out of your Thanksgiving plans. They are also having a Thanksgiving Day Eve party with happy hour specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and live music starting at 8 p.m.
Thanksgiving Dinner To Go
Avenues Bistro: A Thanksgiving Meal At Home option is available for $169 (serves 8-10). Reserve right away, as there is a limited number of meals sold and they usually sell out.
Cracker Barrel: Their Heat n’ Serve Holiday Family Meal To-Go can be picked up beginning on Saturday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Dec. 1, stored in your refrigerator, baked at home, and goes from oven to table in two hours or less. For $124.99, the meal serves up to 10 people and includes two oven-roasted turkey breasts, cornbread dressing, turkey gravy, cranberry relish, a choice of three sides, sweet yeast rolls, a pumpkin pie and a pecan pie for dessert. Guests are encouraged to order online at least 24 hours in advance of pickup. For those craving something sweet for the family, Cracker Barrel will offer fresh baked pies including Pecan, Chocolate Pecan, Apple Pecan Streusel, and All-American Apple Pie (no sugar added) from Oct. 28 through Dec. 24 while supplies last. Whole pumpkin pies will also be available Oct. 28 through Dec. 1. Prices start at $9.99. Prices and availability may vary by location.
Hen House: This locally owned grocery store makes the holidays easier with pre-ordered Tippin’s pies, breads and rolls. They also have full heat-and-eat holiday dinners that start at $49 for two people.
HyVee: Whether you want help with individual sides and desserts or the full spread, HyVee has a way to lend a hand. Traditional turkey or ham dinners serving 8 people start at $89.99. Options go up from there and you can always spring for smoked meats or prime rib. The most economical option is one of the pasta party pack dinners starting at $64.99 for six people.
Martin City Brewing Company: Purveyors of great beer and frequent happy hour specials, Martin City Brewing Company is offering prepared to-go Thanksgiving meals. Feasts start at $139 to feed eight people. You can add an extra pie for only $15 and craft beers for only $1/each. HURRY, orders must be placed by Nov. 25, 2019. The pick-up location is The Martin Event Space at 135th and Holmes in Kansas City, MO ( two blocks east of the brewery).
Price Chopper: Sometimes going to the grocery store for your holiday meal is the best option even if you don’t want the chore of cooking. Price Chopper stores in Kansas City are offering a variety of cooked meals you reheat at home. Holiday meals should be ordered at least 48 hours in advance. Dinners for two start at $29.99 and include choice of spiral ham or turkey; mashed potatoes and gravy; one side dish (corn or green beans); dinner rolls and choice of dessert (various flavors of cake or pie). Options and prices go up from there all the way to a family buffet that feeds 14-18 people for $199.99.
Whole Foods Market: Whole Foods stores in Kansas City, MO; Olathe and Overland Park, KS have full turkey dinners to go. A turkey breast dinner for four starts at $79.99 and options go up from there. They also have a vegan dinner for two for $39.99. Pick-up can be done Nov. 21-29. Orders must be made at least 48 hours prior to pick-up time.