Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in New Jersey
Looking for the best restaurants open on Thanksgiving in New Jersey this year? Read on for our top picks throughout the Garden State.
Not feeling up to cooking for Thanksgiving this year? Here's something to be thankful for: There are plenty of family-friendly restaurants open on Thanksgiving in New Jersey. We've also found a few more restaurants offering delicious takeout meals you can just heat and eat. Having someone else cook means you can sit back and enjoy the party—and save your kitchen from a mess.
Here are 20+ restaurants open on Thanksgiving in New Jersey and serving holiday meals so you can enjoy a holiday feast without the fuss. Call ahead for a reservation or to pre-order a fully-cooked dinner, and then try out one of these Thanksgiving crafts or check out plenty of other ways to use your extra time in our Fall Fun Guide for New Jersey Kids. Happy Turkey Day!
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Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in North Jersey
1. Bell's Mansion – Stanhope
Bell's Mansion offers a sit-down dinner that features a serving of white and dark meat turkey, cranberry compote, green beans, sausage stuffing, and more. Parties of six or more can enjoy a family-style four-course menu for $79 per person ($29 for kids 10 and under). Call 973-426-9977 for reservations.
2. Calandra's Italian Market & Deli – Caldwell
Thanksgiving lovers will not go hungry with Calandra's catering menu. Packages start at $425 for 10-12 people, and if turkey isn't your jam, choose a honey-baked spiral ham instead. With plenty of meat, sides, and desserts included, you're guaranteed to have leftovers. Call 973-226-8889 to order by Tuesday, November 22.
Dig into a sweet potato casserole from Anthony David's.
3. Anthony David's – Hoboken
This Hoboken favorite offers a fancy Thanksgiving feast in the comfort of your own home. From appetizers to desserts, the extensive menu offers something for everyone. Not feeding a crowd? You can also get individual meals for $35 each. Order online by Monday, November 21st.
4. Faubourg – Montclair
This bi-level brasserie offers a delicious takeout Thanksgiving menu of traditional favorites with a French twist. Family-style packages start at $200 for three-four people with additional a la carte sides and pies also available for purchase. Order by Friday, November 19.
5. Madeleine’s Petit Paris – Northvale
Put a little ooh-la-la in your gobble-gobble with a French twist on the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Dine in or order in advance from the takeout menu. A deposit is required for reservations. Call 201-767-0063 and order by November 16th.
6. Ruthie's Bar-B-Q & Pizza – Montclair
Enjoy a Southern-style feast with takeout from this barbecue joint. Hickory-smoked turkey is paired with mac-and-cheese, collard greens, cornbread, and more. The regular catering menu of brisket, ribs and other barbecue favorites is also available. Advance orders are required.
7. Sanzari's New Bridge Inn – New Milford
This quaint Italian restaurant pulls out all the stops for its three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving meal. First-course options include its signature Sicilian rice ball, then the main course lets you choose between turkey, salmon, chicken, ham, short ribs, and more for $52 per person. It also has a kids' menu for $25. Call 201-692-7700 for reservations.
8. Summit House – Summit
Make your Thanksgiving memorable from the comfort of your home with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Takeout turkey packages start at $295 for four-six people and include house-made stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Additional sides are available, plus pies, wine pairings, and cocktail kits.
Feast Catering & Cafe offers the best of both worlds: A homey dinner at home with very little prep.
Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Central New Jersey
9. Feast Catering & Cafe – Westfield
Feast has been catering Thanksgiving dinners at home for more than 20 years. This year, its popular turkey dinner for four is $155.90 and comes with everything you need to host at home. Additional appetizers and side dishes are also available. Order by calling at 908-654-0045.
10. Fernando's Grill – Hightstown
Small holiday bites are on the menu at Fernando's Grille. The takeout-for-two menu comes with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, veggies, salad, soup, and dessert for $52. A kids' menu of chicken fingers, pasta, and meatballs, or grilled chicken with mac-and-cheese is $12. Advanced orders are suggested. Call 609-443-4488.
11. Ninety Acres – Peapack
Dine on Thanksgiving favorites amid beautiful fall scenery at this unique farm-to-table restaurant. The three-course prix fixe meal is available from 12-5pm and costs $115 per person. Reserve your table online.
12. Olde Mill Inn and Grain House Restaurant – Basking Ridge
This restaurant offers two options for Thanksgiving Day: a four-course sit-down dinner ($64 for adults; $25 for kids 4-11) and a to-go menu (packages start at $159.99). For reservations or takeout orders, call 908-696-2335.
Enjoy a five-course restaurant at the enchanting Rat's Restaurant.
13. Rat's Restaurant – Hamilton
The charming restaurant at the Grounds for Sculpture, named for a character in The Wind and the Willows, serves a traditional, five-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving feast prepared with ingredients from regional growers and farms for $68 per person. A kids' menu is available for kids 12 and under. For reservations call 609-584-7800.
14. Gladstone Tavern – Gladstone
Enjoy a family-style meal at home catered by this cozy tavern housed in a restored 19th-century farmhouse. Packages start at $225 for dinner for four and come with turkey and all the fixings, including stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies, pie, and chocolate chip cookies. Order online or call 908-234-9055 by Wednesday, November 16.
15. Salt Creek Grille – Rumson
This local fave serves an all-you-can-eat traditional roast turkey dinner for the big day. Served from noon-6:30pm, it costs $37 for adults; $16 for kids 12 and under. Make reservations online or call 732-933-9272.
16. Bahrs Landing – Highlands
This Jersey Shore restaurant isn't just seafood. It serves a traditional turkey dinner with all the favorites, including stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. You can also order off the regular full menu, including lobster! Reservations are taken from 11:30am-4:00pm only. $36 for adults; $15 for kids under 12. For reservations, call 732-872-1245.
17. Colts Neck Inn – Colts Neck
The elegant Colts Neck Inn offers a family-style prix-fixe dinner for six and includes a whole turkey carved tableside, plus all the trimmings for $275. Kids 10 and under can choose between chicken parm, penne marinara, or turkey dinner. Call 732-462-0383 for reservations.
Bobby Chez offers Thanksgiving dinner to-go in Cherry Hill.
South Jersey & Jersey Shore Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving
18. Bobby Chez – Cherry Hill
A complete Thanksgiving meal for 10 to-go–including a 24-pound turkey with all the fixings and an apple or pumpkin pie–is $289. Order from the Cherry Hill location no later than November 20. Your meal must be picked up on Wednesday, November 24, the day before Thanksgiving, and comes with reheating instructions.
19. Riverwinds Restaurant – West Deptford
You don't have to be a turkey lover to enjoy dinner at Riverwinds this year. In addition to the classic turkey dinner, you can also select salmon, ham, or filet mignon. Kids can also choose between turkey, ham, pasta, and chicken fingers. All sides are served family-style and include salads and desserts. The cost is $44.95 for adults and $22.95 for kids. Call 856-579-7900 for reservations. The same menu can be ordered for takeout as well.
20. Haddon Culinary – Haddonfield
Full packages (starting at $349.99) and a la carte options ($134.99) for six-eight people. If turkey isn't your thing you can order a holiday ham or salmon instead. Available for pick up only. Order online by November 18th.
21. Ponzios – Cherry Hill
Roast turkey with a choice of soup or salad, two vegetables, and dessert all for $21.99. Kids' meals are $11.99. You can even order Thanksgiving crab cakes!
22. Corinne's Place – Camden
To experience legendary soul food, visit this Black-owned restaurant on Thanksgiving. Although their Thanksgiving menu was not posted at the time of publication, they confirmed they would be offering a Thanksgiving meal again. Last year's packages included an entire turkey and three sides as well as the option to order additional meats.
Photos courtesy of the restaurants
This article was originally published in 2012 and is updated annually.