Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in New Jersey
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 21 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 use your extra time to plan some fall fun with the family, or try out one of these Thanksgiving crafts. Happy Turkey Day!
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Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in North Jersey
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 $69 per person ($25 for kids 10 and under). Call 973-426-9977 for reservations.
Calandra's Italian Market & Deli – Caldwell
Thanksgiving lovers will not go hungry with Calandra's catering menu. Packages start at $375 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 23.
Dig into a sweet potato casserole from Anthony David's.
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 22.
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 3-4 people with additional a la carte sides and pies also available for purchase. Order by Friday, November 19.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by gorgeous views of New York City at Liberty House.
Liberty House – Jersey City
Thanksgiving got you in a New York state of mind? You can enjoy panoramic views of the Big Apple while you dine at Liberty House, located right on the Jersey City waterfront. The three-course prix fixe menu costs $75 per adult and $30 per child. Make your reservation online.
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 4-6 people and include house-made stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Additional sides are available, plus pies, wine pairings, and cocktail kits. Order by Friday, November 19.
Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Central New Jersey
Feast Catering & Cafe – Westfield
Feast has been catering Thanksgiving dinners at home for more than 20 years. 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 Tuesday, November 16 at 908-654-0045.
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.
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 $105 per person. Reserve your table online.
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.
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.
Gladstone Tavern serves a family-style takeout meal this Thanksgiving.
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 $200 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 17.
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 $36 for adults; $15 for kids 12 and under. Make reservations online or call 732-933-9272.
South Jersey & Jersey Shore Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving
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! Thanksgiving platters to go (starting at $65 for 2) must be ordered by Monday, November 22. Reservations are taken from 11:30am-4:00pm only. $33 for adults; $12 for kids under 12. For reservations, call 732-872-1245.
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 $225. Kids 10 and under can choose between chicken parm, penne marinara, or turkey dinner for $20.95. Call 732-462-0383 for reservations.
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 dessert. The cost is $40.95 for adults and $21.95 for kids. Call 856-579-7900 for reservations. The same menu can be ordered for takeout as well.
The Serenity Cafe – Toms River
For an easy Thanksgiving dinner at home—just heat and eat!—order from Serenity Cafe. Starting at $159 for four people, the delicious feast includes soup, salad, turkey, trimmings, and several dessert choices from pies and apple crisp to chocolate souffle cake. Order early at 732-270-2088.
Photos courtesy of the restaurants
This article originally published in 2012 and is updated annually.