NORTH CAROLINA -- For the fan of food, Thanksgiving is an ideal holiday. However, not everyone has the time and patience to prepare a Thanksgiving feast all on their own.

Luckily, we have compiled a list of restaurants that are opening their doors to guests this Thanksgiving

A surprising number of restaurants have opted to open on Thursday, but many do have altered hours. So, if you're unsure about the hours of your favorite place to dine, the best thing to do is call.


Applebee’s: Most locations open, but may close early

Bob Evans: Open until 8 p.m. at some locations, also providing Farmhouse Feast holiday meals for pick up

Bonefish Grill: Open, but closing early

Boston Market: Open but hours may vary, they’ll be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Buca di Beppo: Open, also providing “Thanksgiving Dinner to Go” meals for pick up

The Capital Grille: Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., will be serving a special Thanksgiving meal as well as items from their normal dinner menu

Cracker Barrel: Open but hours vary, also providing Heat n’ Serve holiday family meals for pick up

Denny’s: Open

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: Open until 8 p.m.

Golden Corral: Open but may be closing early, they’lll be serving traditional Thanksgiving foods as part of their buffet

Hooter's: Most locations will be open, hours may vary

IHOP: Most locations will be open but hours may vary, will be serving a roasted turkey dinner

K&W Cafeteria: Open 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. at most locations, call ahead to confirm hours

Macaroni Grill: Open but hours may vary

Maggiano’s: Open but hours may vary

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks: Open, will be serving traditional Thanksgiving food

McDonald’s: Most locations will be open

Ruby Tuesday: Most locations will be open, hours may vary

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse: Select locations will open at noon

Ryan's: Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and serving traditional Thanksgiving food

Shoney's: Open, call ahead for hours

Starbucks: Open, hours may vary

Ted’s Montana Grill: Some locations open

TGI Fridays: Most locations open, hours may vary

Waffle House: Open


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