While the Thanksgiving tradition of slaving over a hot stove for hours on end to feed a stampede of family as they squabble among themselves is an alluring one, there are increasingly more and more options for those who want to ditch cooking altogether and head to a restaurant on Turkey Day. Thanks to the Twin Cities’ excellent food scene, Thanksgiving Day eating out options abound.Read More
Where to Eat Out in the Twin Cities on Thanksgiving
Relinquish the dishes and the carving duties
With a main course featuring roasted turkey from Wild Acres, family-style sides, and classic pumpkin and apple pies for dessert, it’s safe to say that Tullibee is a solid Thanksgiving Day dine out option.
With seatings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., Cosmos is hosting a $65 per person ($18 for children 5-12 and free for wee ones under five) Thanksgiving buffet. It has five distinct components: a Flavor Minneapolis station that spots Midwest cheeses and meats, a cold station with a variety of salads and fruits, a hot station that boats everything from casserole to stuffing, a carving station with turkey and ham, and, of course, a dessert station with several classics.
Available not only on Thanksgiving, but on the 29th and 30th as well, Giulia is serving a Thanksgiving Dinner with wine pairings for $75 per person. Think Italian food with a Thanksgiving spin.
Mercy Bar & Dining Room
Along with this North Loop staple’s full menu that’s anchored in excellent ingredients that speak for themselves, special Thanksgiving Day items will be available as well.
Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant
Available for both dining in and ordering online, Buca di Beppo locations open at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving and will be whipping up all of the Turkey Day classics alongside its regular Italian menu for those looking to take the Thanksgiving meal path less traveled.
French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
If keeping things vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free on Thanksgiving seems like an insurmountable task, take the crew to French Meadow where there is always something for everyone. Thanksgiving options will include will also include traditional, meaty options but, as always, organic will prevail across the board.
Stella's Fish Café & Prestige Oyster Bar
For those looking to stray from turkey and indulge in the holiday with a seafood twist, Stella’s is the place to go. There will be a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that will mix traditional staples with delicacies from the sea.
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The Lexington is offering a $44.95 per person ($18.95 for kids 12 and under) prefix menu from 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. From Black Friday through February 15th, The Lex will also have a holiday lunch featuring $5 martinis from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. everyday.
The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar
Open all day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., the Howe will serve up its regular lunch and dinner menus alongside a special Thanksgiving menu from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. The latter will include everything from turkey and mashed potatoes to stuffing, cranberry sauce, and more. All you can eat is $17.99, one serving is $15.99, and little ones 12 and under are $7.99. The best part? There is a meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and gravy meal option for puppers, so no need to leave Fido out of the festivities!
The swank Italian restaurant will be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. A three-course dinner with salad, entree, your choice of turkey or beef with all the trimmings and dessert. $49 person and $24 for children under 12, includes a special take home holiday bread.