Last Minute Thanksgiving Restaurants: Best Places to Dine This 2016 Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2016 Restaurants

If you don’t wish to spend your 2016 Thanksgiving cooking a variety of dishes, but still want to indulge in your favorites, we have some last minute Thanksgiving restaurant options for you. They will still have seating available and many of these restaurants do not require reservations.

Tommy’s Joynt

Tommy’s Joynt will be offering roasted turkey dinners for $24.95. They have turkey and mashed potatoes. Take home dinners for eight are also available. No reservations.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The bar closes at 9:00 p.m.

Brenda’s French Soul Food

The Thanksgiving meal includes Dungeness crab, pumpkin pie pancakes, and deep fried turkey. The restaurant will be serving a brunch version of Thanksgiving dinner. No reservations.
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Old Clam House

San Francisco’s oldest restaurant, which first opened it’s doors in 1861, will serve a three-course traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $34.99.
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Reservations recommended.

Butterfly Restaurant

This Embarcadero flagship restaurant with Asian and Hawaiian influences offers Thanksgiving dinner with delicacies like ahi poke, curried pumpkin soup, and turkey leg confit with sweet potato hash. It is priced at $58.00.
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 9:00.m. Reservations required.

Z&Y Restaurant

The best place for spicy Szechuan and a variety of other Chinese dishes. Regular menu available during business hours.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Reservations not required but available online.

Grindstone Smokehouse

The restaurant offers smoked turkey dinners for $14.79 per adult and $11.99 for seniors and children. The meal includes green beans almondine, garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, cornbread muffins, and homemade cranberry sauce.
Hours:  11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.


The MGM Grand sports bar will have football coverage on its multitude of flat screen TV’s. Lunch and dinner includes classic sides, turkey, cornbread stuffing, and pumpkin cheesecake priced at $18.00 per head.
Hours: Breakfast buffet is from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. No reservations required.

River Crab

The Thanksgiving meal includes a variety of dishes like turkey, rum sweet potatoes, ham, Parmesan tilapia, roast beef, Cajun mac and cheese, and more. Price for adults is $28.00 and $17.00 for children under 12.
Hours:  11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Lily’s Seafood

The Royal Oak restaurant offers a family-style dinner of deep fried turkey breast, smoked salmon, garlic mashed potatoes, honey cured ham, homemade cranberry sauce, and more. The cost is $27.00 per adult and $12.00 for kids under 12. Children under five can dine for free.

Detroit Zen Center

This restaurant offers vegan food. The organic meal is $20.00 and it includes a buffet of shepherd’s pie, pumpkin pie, five-grain stuffing and mushroom vegan gravy, candied yams and green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and more.
Hours: Thanksgiving brunch is from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Palette Dining Studio

The MGM eatery will offer a Turkey Day buffet. The menu includes turkey with cranberry sauce, maple glazed ham, cornbread stuffing, sweet potatoes, and more priced at $32.00
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. No reservations required.

Hurry up as these spots won’t be available for long.



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