Are Chain Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day?

List: Posted: 03/18/11

Do you prefer dining out on Thanksgiving?  If so, then you probably have some questions about which chain restaurants are open on this holiday. Interestingly, there are many different restaurants open on Thanksgiving, which allows you to choose from a wide array of food types and dining venues.  Here is a sample of what you'll find.


If you want some great home cooking, then you will find that Cracker Barrel is open on Thanksgiving Day, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a rocking chair and excellent food. 


Luby's is also open on Thanksgiving, where you will find cafeteria-style dining and good food.  If you prefer something a bit different, then Denny's is also open during the holiday – you can get everything from turkey and gravy to a delicious burger.


If you live within range of one, Shoney's is open during the holiday, and offers a full range of Thanksgiving meal options.  Golden Corral is also open during the holiday, and you will find that their buffet is filled with holiday favorites. 


Another buffet chain restaurant open on this day is Ryan's, where you will find holiday dishes, as well as regular fare on offer.  K&W Cafeteria will be open, as will many other national chains.


Of course, if you prefer to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at a local restaurant rather than a national chain, you will find some open in your area.  Many Mexican restaurants remain open on this holiday, as do numerous Chinese restaurants.  However, do not expect traditional holiday food here – you'll have your regular menu options in most cases.

Sandwich Shop Restaurants

    From focusing on quality, clean ingredients to serving our food to you in a warm and welcoming environment, Panera Bread is committed to being an ally to our guests. That means crafting a menu of soups, salads and sandwiches that we are proud to feed our families. You don’t have to compromise to eat well. To us, that is food as it should be. Whether you want to come in and enjoy a coffee and our complimentary Wi-Fi , or order online using Rapid Pick-Up so you can grab something quickly, Panera Bread Ashburn is here with warmth and welcome. Panera Bread. Food as it should be.

    • 43670 Greenway Corporate Dr
    • Ashburn, VA 20147
    • (703) 723-0771

      El Sol Azteca is a Mexican Bar & Grill specializing in exceptional, fresh, Mexican cuisine! You'll find delicious classics like Fajitas, Burritos, & Quesadillas alongside refreshingly unique dishes like our amazing shrimp tacos (Tacos de Camaron.) We offer lunch specials, ladies night on Tuesdays, and 50% off for kids on Mondays! Make sure to try our awesome margaritas, and unique cocktails as well.

      • 42830 Creek View Plz Suite 100 Ste 100
      • Ashburn, VA 20147
      • (703) 724-1603

        The secret to success is much like the secret to making a better pizza - the more you put into it the more you get out of it. We’re as hungry for perfection today as we were when we first opened our doors more than 30 years ago. And we're driven to be the best at making innovative new products and recipes. It’s the foundation we started with, from the first Papa John's pizza that was made in a broom closet to now more than 4,700 locations in 37 countries around the world. Whether it's our signature sauce, toppings, our original fresh dough, or even the box itself, we invest in our ingredients to ensure that we always give you the finest quality pizza. For you, it’s not just a better pizza. It’s a family gathering, memorable birthday, work celebration or simply a great meal. At Papa John’s, it’s our goal to make sure you always have the best ingredients for every occasion.

        • 44110 Ashburn Village Blvd
        • Ashburn, VA 20147
        • (703) 729-7272
        • 20586 Easthampton Plz
        • Ashburn, VA 20147
        • (571) 465-2335


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