Here's something to be thankful for: These restaurants open on Thanksgiving in New Jersey allow you to take the holiday off from meal prep. We've even found a few restaurants offering delicious takeout meals you can just heat and eat at home on Thanksgiving Day. Having someone else cook means you can sit back and enjoy the party—and save your kitchen from a mess.
Here are 19 restaurants open on Thanksgiving in New Jersey, 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
Bell's Mansion offers a sit-down dinner that features a serving of turkey, cranberry compote, Brussels sprouts, sausage stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Parties of six or more can enjoy a family-style four-course menu for $79 per person (50 percent off for kids 10 and under), as well as an a la carte menu and takeout. Call 973-426-9977 for reservations or place your pick-up order by Monday, November 20.
Thanksgiving lovers will not go hungry with Calandra's catering menu. It has two packages. The smaller one feeds 6-8 people and costs $225; the larger is $350 and feeds 10-12. There is plenty of meat, sides, and desserts included, so you're practically guaranteed to have tasty leftovers. Call 973-226-8889 to order by Tuesday, November 21.
This chic farm-to-table restaurant offers a prix fixe, three-course meal on Thanksgiving. Each guest can choose an entree, including traditional chicken and mouthwatering short ribs. Family-style sides and a choice of dessert is included with every seating. Price starts at $79 for adults; $30 for kids. Book your reservations online.
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Dig into a sweet potato casserole from Anthony David's.
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 $39 each. Order online by Monday, November 20.
This bi-level brasserie offers a delicious takeout Thanksgiving menu of traditional favorites. Family-style packages start at $245 for 3-4 people with additional a la carte sides and pies also available for purchase. Order online in advance.
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 full package with turkey for five people starts at $225, and for 10 people it's $450. There is also a package for just the sides. A deposit is required for reservations. Call 201-767-0063 and order by Thursday, November 16.
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, shrimp, and more for $54 per person. It also has a kids menu for $27. A separate Thanksgiving buffet is served with three seatings and runs $62 per adult; $31 for kids. Call 201-692-7700 for reservations.
This cozy restaurant from award-winning Chef James Laird offers a three-course, prix fixe menu that's a mix of traditional and modern bites. Whether you opt for the turkey two ways, or nosh on halibut with a butternut squash risotto, your toughest choice may come when you get to the dessert menu: It includes cobbler, pumpkin pie, and chocolate mousse. Prices are $95 for adults; $50 for kids. Book your reservations online.
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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
Feast has been catering Thanksgiving dinners at home for more than 20 years. This year, its popular turkey dinner for 4 costs $160 and comes with everything you need to host at home. Additional appetizers and side dishes are also available. Order by Sunday, November 12, at noon by calling at 908-654-0045.
Eat in or take out this holiday. The takeout for two menu comes with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, veggies, salad or soup, and dessert for $65. The dine-in buffet is available with turkey and all the fixings. It's $38 for adults and $16 for children. Advanced orders and reservations are suggested. Call 609-443-4488.
Dine on Thanksgiving favorites amid beautiful fall scenery at this unique farm-to-table restaurant. The three-course, prix fixe meal includes roasted turkey, plus tasty sides like cornbread and turkey sausage stuffing, plus desserts like pumpkin cream pie, apple crumb cake, or pecan pie cheesecake. Reserve your table online in advance.
This restaurant offers a Thanksgiving Day buffet ($78 for adults; $28 for kids ages 4-11). Enjoy traditional turkey and fixings, plus Tuscan-inspired sides, prime rib, a kid-centric station with chicken tenders and pizza, and yummy European desserts.
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Enjoy a five-course restaurant at the enchanting Rat's Restaurant.
The charming restaurant at the Grounds for Sculpture, named for a character in The Wind and the Willows, serves a traditional prix fixe Thanksgiving feast prepared with ingredients from regional growers and farms for $70 per person. A kids menu is available for ages 12 and under. For reservations, call 609-584-7800.
This local fave serves an all-you-can-eat traditional roast turkey dinner for the big day for $39 for adults; $19 for kids 12 and under. An a la carte menu is also offered. Make reservations online or call 732-933-9272.
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-4:30pm only. The Thanksgiving plate is $36 for adults; $15 for kids under 12. For reservations, call 732-872-1245.
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Bobby Chez offers Thanksgiving dinner to-go in Cherry Hill.
South Jersey & Jersey Shore Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving
A complete Thanksgiving meal for 10 to-go–including a 24-pound turkey with all the fixings and an apple or pumpkin pie can be ordered from this Cherry Hill restaurant. Order by Sunday, November 19, and pick it up the day before Thanksgiving. Heating instructions are included.
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 sub pasta or chicken fingers for their main. If you opt for turkey, parties of 4+ will have a bird carved tableside, which adds a nice touch to the meal. All sides are served family-style and include salads and desserts. Prices vary depending on your entree, but start at $46.95 for adults; $22.95 for kids. The same menu can be ordered to take out as well.
Full Thanksgiving packages (starting at $350) and a la carte options ($135) serve 6-8 people at Haddonfield. If turkey isn't your thing, opt for a holiday ham instead. You can also choose your stuffing and pie, and all meals come with mashed potatoes, butternut squash risotto, and green beans. Meals are available for pick-up only. Order online by Friday, November 17. to pick up Wednesday, November 22, or Thanksgiving morning.
To experience legendary soul food, visit this Black-owned restaurant on Thanksgiving. Although its Thanksgiving menu has not been finalized, it confirmed it 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.
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This article was originally published in 2012 and is updated annually.