Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Connecticut
If you are getting together with more of the family, or keeping it small, there are many restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Connecticut serving up delicious and creative, farm-inspired holiday meals. Whether it's been a more challenging year, or one to celebrate and be thankful for, cooking on Thanksgiving might be the last thing you'd want to tackle in 2021. If ordering a prepared Thanksgiving dinner so you can keep out of the kitchen and spend more time with those you love sounds like the perfect option, many of these restaurants offer a flexible Thanksgiving menu. Or, maybe you don't even want to prepare the house for company, so the idea of eating Thanksgiving out at a restaurant sounds great for your family. Whatever your motivation is for Turkey Day, there are plenty of traditional and non-traditional holiday dining options in Connecticut.
Many of these restaurants open on Thanksgiving offer special pricing for kids. We recommend making reservations ASAP, as limited seating can fill up quickly. And if you're looking for more great places to eat over the long Thanksgiving weekend, explore our Connecticut Restaurant Guide and find the best places to eat with kids in Connecticut.
Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Near Hartford
Seasons Resaurant and Tap Room — Simsbury
Take in this picturesque hotel and autumn colors and then enjoy their Thanksgiving buffets, either breakfast or lunch. Stroll the options, and choose from fresh pastries, smoked bacon, or sausage, or create something special at the chef's omelet station. If you come for lunch, dig into the traditional sides like candied yams, stuffing, and green bean casserole. You can choose either slow roasted turkey or prime rib at the carving stations. Adults are $64.95 per person, children 6-12 are $21.95, and children 5 and under are free. The Thanksgiving buffet is available from 10 am to 3 pm.
Millwright's — Simsbury
What a beautiful place to have a memorable holiday dinner. Reserve seats early enough, and you could request to sit near the outdoor waterfall. Enjoy a pre-fixe Thanksgiving menu including 3 courses and a dessert. Choose from butternut squash or a salad, roast turkey, maple-glazed ham, and so much more. All the traditional sides are available such as squash, cornbread stuffing, and brussels sprouts. Adults are $65 per person, and children 12 and under are $29. Seatings are available from 11 am to 5 pm.
Baked winter squash is one of 4 sides offered with your choice of 4 Thanksgiving entrees at Millwrights in Simsbury. Photo courtesy Millwrights, Facebook
Mill on the River — South Windsor
This is another stunning place to eat by rushing water where families up to 8 can enjoy a pre-fixe menu. Warning: wear elastic waistband pants! There are fun and interesting appetizers like pumpkin ravioli, crab cakes, and calamari. Then, dive into 4 different types of salands, and then (I know!) your main course: either turkey, ham, redfish, or rigatoni al vodka. Choose from seasonal side dishes and top it all off if you can with a cup of coffee and a piece of apple or pecan pie. Advance reservations by telephone required, no reservations will be taken online; $46.95 per person.
Up to 8 can have Thanksgiving dinner by the first dam in Connecticut. Photo courtesy of the Mill on the River in South Windsor
The Nutmeg — East Windsor
A pleasant place to eat (as well as a banquet facility) can accommodate large family groups. The Thanksgiving menu includes appetizers, traditional turkey with gravy, or marmalade-glazed ham, and even roasted pork with roasted apple sauce. There's also cranberry nut stuffing, Yukon mashed potatoes, or sweet potatoes. Reservations required; $54.99 per person. Seatings are from 11 am to 4 pm.
Simsbury Inn — Simsbury
The Simsbury Inn is offering a relaxed buffet-style meal. Start with soup, and then a taste of seafood, and then wander over to the salad station where you can get shaved brussells sprouts with cheese crisps or an apple walnut baked wedge salad. The dinner portion of the buffet will have plenty of turkey and gravy, as well as lemon oregano salmon, and bourbon and brown sugar pork loin. The sides include piles of mashed potatoes with sour cream and chives and cheese tortellini with lobster sherry cream. There's more at the carving station. There's even a pie bar on the dessert menu. Call to reserve your table; adults are $64.95 per person; children age 5 and over $21.95. Seatings are from 11:30 am to 2 pm.
The Simsbury Inn will offer a number of stations for its Thanksgiving Buffet. Photo courtesy The Simsbury Inn, Facebook
Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Near Fairfield
Bernard's — Ridgefield
Get your fork and knife ready for a Bernard's pre-fixe Thanksgiving Day meal time slot, which is serving at 50% occupancy for 2021. Reservations are available starting at 12 pm and ending at 6 pm. The Thanksgiving meal includes appetizers, an entree, and a dessert. Try lobster fricasee with pumpkin mousse, your choice of roast turkey, roasted pork chop, cod, or Beef Wellington. $120 per person; $60 for the 3-course children's menu.
Tables of 6-10 people may dine on Bernard's 2021 Thanksgiving menu for 3 hours. Photo courtesy of Bernard's, Facebook
Cafe on the Green — Danbury
Overlooking the Richter Park Golf Course, families can enjoy a holiday meal in style. Four courses are available for Thanksgiving Day, including dessert. Sink your teeth into a wonderful shrimp cocktail or penne al la vodka appetizer and then choose from rack of lamb, salmon, linguine with seafood, or a traditional turkey breast with stuffing and sweet potatoes on the side. There are so many desserts to choose from: cheesecake, tiramisu, apple pie, and more. $70 per person.
Madonia — Stamford
Celebrate Thanksgiving Mediterranean style with a 3-course meal. Begin with salad dusted with candied pecans or a roasted rainbow beets salad. Maybe Blue Point oysters are more your style? Maybe your kids would like to try some calamari? Then, dig into a variety of entrees, including roast turkey with traditional pan drippings, swordfish, or rigatoni with feta. Maybe you are more of a NY Strip person? Thankfully, Madonia has that, too. All entrees are served with autumn vegetables and sausage stuffing. Reservations requested; $54 per person.
Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Near Litchfield
Hopkins Inn on Lake Waramaug — Warren
Sitting on the north end of beautiful Lake Waramaug, Hopkins Inn is full of scenic autumn colors to soak in as families take part in a traditional Thanskgiving Day meal. Enjoy shrimp cocktail or butternut squash soup for an appetizer, or perhaps try the escargot. The main entree selections include roast turkey, veal piccata, roast beef, or broiled salmon. End your holiday meal with one of 13 desserts, from a Linzer torte to a Toblerone sundae. Call for reservations; $60 per person.
Enjoy a pastoral autumn view on Thanksgiving in Warren. Photo courtesy of the Hopkins Inn
Winvian Farm — Litchfield
Imagine your party of 10 or 12 eating a 4-course Thanksgiving meal together. A traditional seed-to-table meal will be served including local, organic turkey, herb-infused stuffing, and lots of pie to fill up on. Two sittings are offered: 1:30 pm and 5 pm; $135 per person.
Experience Pumpkin Orelys at the seed-to-table Thanksgiving dinner at Winvian Farm. Photo courtesy of Winvian Farm
Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Near New Haven
Stonebridge Restaurant — Milford
Get ready to celebrate the holiday with family at a place that knows how to handle large groups. Enjoy a starter of fresh herb soup or garden salad and then dive into your roast turkey, honey glazed ham, or hazelnut-crusted salmon. Drink a cup of coffee, and have some apple or pumpkin pie or a slice of cheesecake. $49.95 per person.
The Wharf Restaurant — Madison
The Wharf is serving a Thanksgiving buffet again this year and there are so many delicious choices! Choose from stationary tables which include salmon with traditional garnishes, domestic and imported cheese, and roasted garden vegetables. Move from there to the salad station and then to the soup station. The carving station will offer herb-roasted turkey and prime rib. End your meal at the sweets station. Make reservations online; $62 per adult; $22 per child ages 6-12 years old. Children 5 and under are free.
Founders House — Milford
Enjoy an affordable Thanksgiving meal at Founders House. Start with a chilled sweet potato avocado salad or sweet potato bisque and then pull up your seat to eat the roasted turkey, baked stuffed shrimp, butternut squash risotto, or honey bourbon-glazed ham. Finish your meal with either apple or pumpkin pie. While there, order a special Thanksgiving martini, like the Apple Pie Manhattan, Apple Jack Martini, or Chocolate-Covered Pumpkin Martini. $36.95 per person. Founders House is also offering "Heat and Eat" Thanksgiving dinner packages for pick-up by 11:30 am Thanskgiving Day.
Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Eastern Connecticut
The Captain Daniel Packer Inn — Mystic
Have your Thanksgiving dinner at a 250-year-old historic inn. Enjoy the prix fixe menu for 2021, which includes pumpkin bisque, cinnamon creme fresche, and stuffed portabello mushrooms, to start! After you have had your salad course, dig into traditional roast turkey with herb sausage stuffing and carmelized sweet potatoes. Try their vegan shepherd's pie if you are looking for vegetarian options. Some items can also be prepared gluten free. Serving noon to 8 pm; $50 per person.
Try Thanksgiving dinner at a 250-year-old historic inn in Mystic. Photo courtesy of The Daniel Packer Inn
The Griswold Inn — Essex
This is one of the oldest continuously operated inns in Connecticut. The Griswold Inn will be offering 3 New England-style a la carte courses, starting with clam chowder, squash bisque, and a salad and followed by your choice of roast turkey, beef shortribs, salmon, or pumpkin risotto. Warm apple pie or snickerdoodle bread pudding is available for dessert. Prices vary.
Gelston House — East Haddam
Gelston House will be offering an affordable feast which includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Start with shrimp cocktail or salad, then choose from 5 entrees from traditional turkey to parmesan encrusted cod. The Thanksgiving prix fixe menu will be served from 10:30 am to 3 pm; $36.95 per person.
Thanksgiving dinner is available at Gelston House in East Haddam. Photo courtesy of Gelston House
Order Thanksgiving Takeout
Metro Bis — Simsbury
Order your Turkey Day to go. Metro Bis will be offering a full Thanksgiving meal to pre-order and pick up. For $36 per person, your meal will include turkey, whipped potatoes, cranberry stuffing, green beans, carrots, and a pumpkin pie slice. Or, you can order in larger quantities, such as quarts for sides like butternut squash, broccoli casserole, maple brussel sprouts, and plain stuffing for $15.50. Cooked turkey is $19.95 per pound, and pies are $30 each. Thanksgiving orders must be picked up between 1 pm and 7 pm on November 24th.
Milwright's — Simsbury
Milwright's is offering take-out as well, if you'd rather eat at home. Roast turkey or salmon? The maple glazed ham or sirloin? You choose. Throw in a side of cranberry sauce, and cheesy mashed potatos. $145 feeds a family of four. Orders must be picked up Thanksgiving Day from 10 am to 2 pm.
Bear's Smokehouse — Windsor, Hartford
Try Bear's for something different this Thanksgiving. This smokehouse has a huge menu of offerings from whole smoked turkey or smoked glazed ham to meatloaf. There's sides like mashed sweet or red potatoes, creamed spinach, and macaroni cheese with lots of great cheese. Choose from a pan or half pan of 3 different salads. You can even add spirits to your online order. Pick up times are November 24 or Thanksgiving Day.
Order a whole smoked turkey for Thanksgiving takeout. Photo courtesy of Bear's Smokehouse
Community Table — Washington
Community Table is putting together a meal you can pick up on November 24. There are some unique things on the menu, such as carrot hummus and homemade crackers, sourdough rolls, and cauliflower and sharp cheddar gratin. You can also bring home a local turkey, butternut squash soup, cranberry sauce, and yummy autumn spice nuts. It is a la carte and can be picked up between 1 pm and 5pm on November 24.
Small Kitchen, Big Taste — North Haven
Everything but the turkey. Imagine turning on the oven on Thanksgiving morning, slipping all the pre-made deliciousness in to warm it up, and then serving it to your family on time. No fuss! Small Kitchen, Big Taste is taking a la carte orders until November 16. Choose from plates such as sourdough and sausage stuffing, Yukon Gold potatoes, roasted brussells sprouts, and maple and sage honeynut squash. How about an apple brown butter pie for dessert? Or maybe a bourbon chocolate pecan pie? You can even order custom calligraphy place cards. Pick up available November 24 from noon to 2 pm; delivery available.
Anthony's Ocean View — New Haven
Enjoy the holiday and let Anthony's put the meal together for you. The all-inclusive meal includes turkey, stuffing, and gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, apple or pumpkin pie. Choose from 3 different pasta dishes for the pasta course. Feeds 10-12 people; $295.00.