15 Philadelphia Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Treat the family to Thanksgiving the French way with a distinctively American twist at Sofitel Philadelphia.
Treat the family to Thanksgiving the French way with a distinctively American twist at Sofitel Philadelphia.
10/27/23 - By Lindsay Li

The meal takes center stage on Thanksgiving Day, but if you'd rather forget the dirty dishes, grocery shopping, and hours of cooking, there are plenty of family-friendly restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Philly for a hassle-free holiday. Catch the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning, then relax the rest of the day knowing that the family meal is being handled by the professionals. If you want to enjoy fine dining but don't want to change out of sweatpants, plenty of establishments also offer convenient pickup options.

Reservations are required or strongly encouraged for all of the following restaurants as many fill up in advance. Pre-orders for pickup are also required. Read on for our list of the best Turkey Day restaurants, and subscribe to our newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox. Gear up for the rest of the holiday season with our Holiday and Christmas Activity Guide


Chima Philadelphia Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Philadelphia

1. Bank and Bourbon—Center City

A go-to for delicious Thanksgiving fare, Bank and Bourbon will feature a buffet that includes carving block prime rib, turkey, and salmon along with displays, such as seafood, ham, roasted butternut squash soup, and local cheeses, and a wide selection of sides, at $85 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Little people will find grilled cheese sliders, beef and cheese sliders, and chicken tenders. Adult diners can enjoy an optional wine pairing for $35. Reservations are from 11 am−9 pm.

2. Chima—Center City

This all-you-can-eat destination will include its usual rodizio menu in addition to Thanksgiving favorites: roasted turkey breast, gravy, sweet mashed potato, stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and cornbread. Adults dine for $64.95 while kids 7−11 years old are half price. Children 6 and under eat free. Reservations are available from 12−8 pm.

3. Fogo de Chao—Center City

For a taste of southern Brazil in the heart of Philly, try out Fogo de Chao. A churrasco experience is on the menu for this Thanksgiving meal, which means indulgent bone-in cuts as well as seasonal recipes (roasted turkey and au jus, cranberry relish, sweet potatoes and Brazillian sausage, apple dressing), highlighting the best of the best. Pricing is $66.50 per adult; 7−12-year-olds are half off, and children 6 and under are free. Bookings available from 11 am−9 pm.   

4. Scarpetta—Rittenhouse

Italian cuisine is usually a win for the kids, making Scarpetta a great Thanksgiving Day option. At publication time, the menu hasn't been finalized, but it's always one of the best it town for families because they offer lots of options. The menu should be finalized and available online soon. Serving times typically run from 3−6:30 pm.  

Urban Farmer Philadelphia Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving
Urban Farmer

5. Urban Farmer—Center City

Urban Farmer is serving up a bounty of options, offering a multi-course meal or Thanksgiving takeout. Starters include dishes like chilled shrimp and Calabaza squash bisque, alongside mains like cider brined turkey, salmon, prime rib, and stuffed pork loin. Seasonal desserts (pumpkin cheesecake—yum!) round out the menu. Adults dine for $115 and children ages 12 and under for $50. Dinner is from 3−9 pm. 

6. Sofitel Philadelphia—Rittenhouse

At one of the most lavish Thanksgiving buffets in the city, parents can begin with a complimentary glass of champagne before indulging: a raw bar, appetizers, multiple entrées and carvings, and desserts await Thanksgiving diners. The buffet costs $75 for adults and $40 for children under 12. Serving times are at 12 pm and 2 pm. 

7. Bridget Foy's—Society Hill

Quintessential Thanksgiving meal? Regular dinner? In addition to a Thanksgiving plate offering, Bridget Foy's typically serves a limited number of items off the regular menu. The menu isn't yet finalized for this year, but last year the regular kids' menu was also still available. If it's warm enough, book a table outside and eat under the heated covered patio. It's open 1−7 pm on Thanksgiving Day, and take-out is available.  

The Farmer's Daughter Philadelphia Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving
The Farmer's Daughter

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in the Suburbs

8. Brandywine Prime—Chadd's Ford

Known for their steaks, the 3-course Thanksgiving-themed menu at this award-winning restaurant will focus on seasonal options like pumpkin bisque and house-made cranberry sauce. For those who prefer the standard fare, a limited á la carte menu is available. The 3-course meal comes in at $60 for adults and $30 for kids under 12. Service begins at 1 pm and ends at 7 pm for the last seating. 

9. The Farmer's Daughter—Blue Bell

Choose from many delicious options from the four-course prix fixe menu. Begin with a pumpkin bisque, crab and sweet corn chowder, or salad before moving on to turkey, New York strip steak, salmon or bronzino, homemade pumpkin gnocchi, or ham, accompanied by family-style sides and followed by a family-style dessert. Pricing for adults is $79.95, with children ages 5 to 10 priced at $26.95. Seatings are available from 1−6 pm. 

10. Fleming's Steakhouse—Blue Bell

Fleming's Steakhouse invites your family to be their guest for a special menu. At publication time, the menu hasn't been finalized, but usually involves a 3-course meal. The menu will be available online the first week of November. Fleming's will be open 11 am−8 pm.

11. Blue Bell Inn—Blue Bell

An old-world feast covers the three-course fixed-price menu with 8 main course options, which, of course, includes turkey, as well as steak, seafood, and vegetarian options. A starter, dessert, and tea and coffee are included, with yummy starters like baked brie and cheesesteak dumplings. Clams, shrimp cocktail, and oysters are available from the raw bar for an extra fee. Adult pricing is $59 (children 10 and under ring up at $25). The restaurant is also taking carry-out orders. The hours for restaurant diners are 2 to 7pm.

12. Seasons 52—King of Prussia

Seasons 52 is known for its uber-fresh, ever-changing menu. Thanksgiving diners can prepare for roasted turkey with savory pan gravy, yukon mashed potatoes, brioche and sage stuffing, green beans, mashed butternut squash, cranberry relish, and pumpkin pie. With pricing set at $40 for adults, and $18 for children, this is among the most affordable dinners families will find. To-go boxes are also available, serving 4−6 people for $225.

13. Black Powder Tavern—Wayne

Craft American fare is the specialty at Black Powder Tavern in Wayne, and Thanksgiving brings a buffet of cold dishes—salads, shrimp cocktail, and a meat and cheese board—as well as hot ones like turkey, glazed ham, short rib, roasted salmon, and sides. End your meal at the dessert station with apple pie, pecan pie, and pumpkin pie, plus other treats. Adults pay $56 and children 11 and under pay $26. The Tavern will be open 11:30 am−7 pm. 

14. Mendenhall Inn—Mendenhall

With the Mendenhall Inn's buffet style, you can take your pick or have it all. Roasted turkey and prime rib, amid a varied selection of sides, both traditional and non-traditional, will be served up for the holiday. With the wide selection, including a pasta station, there's something to meet every taste. Buffet prices are $65 for adults and $28 for children 5−10 years old. The Inn encourages Thanksgiving day diners to make reservations via phone as soon as possible.

15. Tredici—Wayne  

For an Italian-style take-home Thanksgiving this year, check out Tredici for á la carte options. Italian antipasto, a fall cheese board, various bisques, sides, quiche, and ham are on the market's menu. Place your order by Monday, November 6 at 3 pm, and pick up your selections on Wednesday, November 22 between 9 am and 1 pm.   

This article has been updated by Alyce Wilson for 2023. 

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