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Last Minute Restaurant Reservations for Thanksgiving

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It's easy to point a finger at Norman Rockwell. One quaint picture of an idealized meal and forever after we spend the last Thursday of November stuffed in a heated, heady kitchen sweating our brains out trying to pull together an approximation of a once a year meal with those nature deemed our dinner buddies.

Why not forgo the stress and sup on something glorious: a chef-made dinner with an entire staff on hand to keep those wine glasses full and that starched, white napkin on your lap?

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tullibee

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300 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(651) 468-0600
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The Nordic-y restaurant on the ground floor of the Hewing Hotel will be serving both a brunch and a three course Thanksgiving dinner.

The cozy Nordic dining room at Tullibee
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2. Merlins Rest Pub

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3601 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 216-2419
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The home of the great whiskey bible is hosting Thanksgiving with traditional food and live music. The kitchen is open from noon until 10:00 p.m., but the bar keeps pouring until 2:00 a.m. Keep this one in mind for a decompression stop on the way home from the in-laws. The regular menu is available, too.

A dive bar with a European pub soul on East Lake Street
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3. ninetwentyfive

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925 Lake St E
Wayzata, MN 55391
(612) 356-5330
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This bi-level restaurant in the western suburbs is serving a full turkey meal courtesy chef Ryan Lund. There are still prime dinner-time reservations available.

Gorgeous dining in Wayzata
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4. Mercy Bar & Dining Room

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901 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 252-7000
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This is a perfect occasion to check out the beauty of the recently revamped restaurant at the base of Le Meridien in downtown Minneapolis. Chef/owner Mike Rakun’s flavorful, unfussy food is particularly suited for Thanksgiving.

The bar at downtown Minneapolis’ Mercy
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5. FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar

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31 S 7th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 216-3473
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Both the downtown and Mall of America FireLake locations will be open and serving the traditional bird and fixings.

Inside FireLake at the Mall of America. Photo courtesy FireLake
FireLake in Bloomington
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6. French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

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2610 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 870-7855
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A safe haven for vegetarian, vegan and other mindful eaters since it first opened as one of the nations leaders in organic cooking. Reservations are still available for both the Lyndale Avenue and Grand Avenue locations of French Meadow with gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and meat-eating options.

Vegan and gluten-free safe dining
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7. Monello

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1115 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 353-6207
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Chef Mike DeCamp’s Italian menu at Monello is shifting to add a little turkey this Thursday. Guests can dine on either turkey or steak from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Make certain to pair with the incredible cocktails and wine poured here.

The dining room at Monello
Photo courtesy of Monello

1. Tullibee

300 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
The cozy Nordic dining room at Tullibee
Lucy Hawthorne / Eater Twin Cities

The Nordic-y restaurant on the ground floor of the Hewing Hotel will be serving both a brunch and a three course Thanksgiving dinner.

300 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

2. Merlins Rest Pub

3601 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
A dive bar with a European pub soul on East Lake Street
Merlin’s Rest / Website

The home of the great whiskey bible is hosting Thanksgiving with traditional food and live music. The kitchen is open from noon until 10:00 p.m., but the bar keeps pouring until 2:00 a.m. Keep this one in mind for a decompression stop on the way home from the in-laws. The regular menu is available, too.

3601 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406

3. ninetwentyfive

925 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Gorgeous dining in Wayzata
©Katie Cannon Photography / Eater Twin Cities

This bi-level restaurant in the western suburbs is serving a full turkey meal courtesy chef Ryan Lund. There are still prime dinner-time reservations available.

925 Lake St E
Wayzata, MN 55391

4. Mercy Bar & Dining Room

901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
The bar at downtown Minneapolis’ Mercy
Mercy / Website

This is a perfect occasion to check out the beauty of the recently revamped restaurant at the base of Le Meridien in downtown Minneapolis. Chef/owner Mike Rakun’s flavorful, unfussy food is particularly suited for Thanksgiving.

901 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

5. FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar

31 S 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Inside FireLake at the Mall of America. Photo courtesy FireLake
FireLake in Bloomington
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Both the downtown and Mall of America FireLake locations will be open and serving the traditional bird and fixings.

31 S 7th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

6. French Meadow Bakery & Cafe

2610 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Vegan and gluten-free safe dining
French Meadow / Website

A safe haven for vegetarian, vegan and other mindful eaters since it first opened as one of the nations leaders in organic cooking. Reservations are still available for both the Lyndale Avenue and Grand Avenue locations of French Meadow with gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and meat-eating options.

2610 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

7. Monello

1115 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
The dining room at Monello
Photo courtesy of Monello

Chef Mike DeCamp’s Italian menu at Monello is shifting to add a little turkey this Thursday. Guests can dine on either turkey or steak from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Make certain to pair with the incredible cocktails and wine poured here.

1115 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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