Some people prefer to serve Thanksgiving dinner at home, but don’t always want to prepare every single dish from scratch, while others like to go out. Grocery stores and restaurants are happy to take care of most, if not all, the work. Whatever your style, here are some options for under $30 per person — sometimes way under $30.
Most outlets will take your orders or reservations online. Regardless, you’ll want to order or book as soon as possible. And note, that typically when you dine out, taxes, tip and beverages are not included in the dinner price. We’ll be adding more restaurant options as we hear about them, so keep checking this post.
Restaurants (taxes, gratuity and beverages additional)
Restaurants are listed from lowest to highest price per person.
Denny’s will be open all day. The Turkey and Dressing dinner includes stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, two sides and dinner bread. Regular menu items will also be available.
Golden Corral goes all out for its Thanksgiving Day Buffet with holiday favorites such as carved turkey, carved ham, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and even steak. Pricing varies. Call your nearest restaurant for holiday hours.
iHOP restaurants are open with a Roasted Turkey Dinner on the menu. Enjoy slices of roasted turkey breast atop a bed of savory stuffing and topped with warm turkey gravy, served with creamy mashed potatoes and broccoli. Hours and pricing vary by location.
Village Inn restaurants will be open and serving traditional Holiday Turkey or Ham dinner, with a slice of Pumpkin Pie. At participating locations. Check with your nearest restaurant for hours.
Boston Market restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day (hours vary by location) and offer the Thanksgiving Day Meal, which features roasted turkey breast or half-rotisserie chicken with two sides, a dinner roll and a slice of apple or pumpkin pie for $12.99. A “Feast for 3” includes sliced turkey or signature chicken (1 ½ chickens), plus 3 large sides, 3 dinner rolls and a whole pumpkin or apple pie for $34.99. Dine-in or carry-out.
Cracker Barrel starts serving its Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to close on Turkey Day for $12.99 ($7.99 for children). The Homestyle Turkey n’ Dressing Meal comes with turkey breast, a sampling of sugar-cured ham, sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, choice of a country side, a refillable beverage, buttermilk biscuits or corn muffins and a slice of pumpkin pie. Pie slices can be topped with salted caramel but ice cream at no additional charge. There are locations in Northglenn and Loveland.
Black-eyed Pea serves up your choice of entrée (turkey, ham, pot roast or a combo), choice of two vegetables, homemade rolls, cornbread and dessert for $18, kids under 12 (includes turkey dinner or combo plus one side, drink and dessert) for $8. Seniors get a free non-alcoholic beverage. Desserts include pumpkin pie, chocolate pecan pie and cherry cobbler with ice cream. Restaurants open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Mimi’s Cafe serves a traditional dine-in meal beginning at 11 a.m. The three-course meal includes choice of soup or salad, roasted turkey, gravy, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied pecan sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, apple-orange-cranberry relish, carrot nut bread and choice of pumpkin or pecan pie. Price is $19.99 for adults, kids $9.99. Reservations suggested.
ViewHouse Littleton offers a Thanksgiving Plated Special from 11 a.m. to close featuring turkey plate, complete with herb-roasted sliced turkey, brioche & sweet potato stuffing, sour cream & onion whipped mashed potatoes, steamed green beans and cranberry jelly for $20. Reservations strongly suggested. 2680 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-797-4829.
Buca di Beppo plans to serve a family style meal ($22.99 per individual or $68.99 for service for three) starting at 11 a.m. The turkey dinner comes with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, whole cranberry sauce, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, and pumpkin pie for dessert. The traditional Turkey Dinner is also available “to-go”. 615 Flatiron MarketPlace Dr., Broomfield, 303-464-7673.
Kachina Cantina celebrates Thanksgiving day with a Southwest flair! Join the Kachina team for a menu featuring roasted achiote marinated turkey and confit turkey leg, green chile whipped potatoes, cornbread stuffing, Mexican corn salad, cranberry compote and Mexican chocolate pecan pie from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for $24 per person. For those looking for a less traditional Thanksgiving meal, a taco plate will also be available for $24 per person. 1890 Wazee St., Denver.
Monaco Inn serves classic roast turkey with stuffing, gravy and all the trimmings for $24.95. Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 962 S. Monaco Pkwy., Denver, 303-320-1104.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill offers a Traditional Three-Course Thanksgiving Dinner for $24.99. Includes choice of Caesar salad, fresh green salads or soup, roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, roasted butternut squash, apple & sausage stuffing, choice of crispy brussels sprouts or broccolini and pumpkin cheesecake.
Seasons 52 offers Thanksgiving dinner with Roasted “Never Ever” Turkey (antibiotic-free), herb stuffing, Yukon mashed potatoes, mashed butternut squash, French green beans, house-made cranberry relish, and a “mini” pumpkin pie. $27.95 for adults, $13.95 for children. Reservations strongly suggested. 8325 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree, 303-799-0252.
Murphy’s & Murphy’s South. In addition to their self-proclaimed “famous” Thanksgiving menu, both Murphy’s locations are also serving up their regular menu from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy a 7-course Thanksgiving meal for $28 per person. It includes roasted turkey, apple cider gravy, yams, whipped potatoes, cornbread and apple stuffing, green beans, cranberry compote choice of chocolate pecan pie or pumpkin pie and coffee or tea. Reservations accepted. 2731 Iris Ave, Boulder, 303-449-4473; 657 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303-494-7626.
Ted’s Montana Grill. Traditional Roast Turkey Feast is $29. Includes side salad or cup of soup or chili, roasted turkey and gravy with garlic mashed potatoes, herb dressing, buttered carrots, squash casserole, cranberry sauce and apple pecan crisp. Call your nearest location for reservations.
Additional restaurants open on Thanksgiving can be found on OpenTable. Most require reservations and are not included on our list because they are above our $30 maximum per person price point.
Prepared Dinners: Fully Cooked or to Cook at Home
“Merry Meal Kit” is fully cooked 10- to 12-lb. turkey (regular or smoked), choice of 2 sides (mashed potatoes, roasted fall vegetables, herb dressing with roasted vegetables, cornbread dressing with roasted vegetables, green bean casserole, brussels sprouts or broccoli & riced cauliflower casserole), 10″ pumpkin pie and dinner rolls to serve 6 to 8, $59.99.
Order online, at the Deli Counter or call: 877-894-3707. Deadline to order online for Thanksgiving is November 15.
Fully cooked 10- to 12-lb. turkey, home-style stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, Kings Hawaiian Rolls to serve 6 to 8, $59.99. An In-Store Turkey Breast Dinner (approx. 3.5 pounds of boneless turkey breast) for 6 to 8 is $49.99.
Visit the deli counter or call the order line: 888-358-7328.
Fully-cooked meals for 6 to 8 people include an all-natural turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, creamed kale & spinach, home-style gravy, cranberry sauce and Hawaiian dinner rolls, $69.99.
There’s also a Boneless Turkey Breast Meal for 2 with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, creamed kale & spinach, cranberry sauce and rolls for $29.99. Order online, at any Sprouts store or call 888-5-SPROUT. Deadline to order at counter or online is November 17.
Classic Roasted Turkey dinner for four people starts at $79.99 and includes creamy mashed potatoes, traditional herb stuffing, green beans, cranberry orange sauce and turkey gravy.
Also, turkey breast dinner for 4, $69.99; smoked turkey dinner for 4 (with sweet potatoes, green beans, cornbread dressing, cranberry-orange sauce and gravy), $89.99; vegan dinner for 2, $39.99.
Order at your local Whole Foods or online from the website by selecting a nearby store and then go to the Holiday Meals page.
An Essential Thanksgiving Meal for 12 is $99.99 and includes whole roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable stuffing and dinner rolls. The Complete Thanksgiving Meal for 12 costs $119.99 and adds spinach artichoke dip & crackers, cranberry walnut relish an apple pie and a pumpkin pie to the basic package.
There’s also a Boneless Roasted Turkey Breast or Half Boneless Honey-Glazed Ham meal for 4 to 6 at $84.99. Order online or call 1-866-977-9090.
Delivery: Boston Market has a home delivery program for its holiday meals. Orders ship frozen and then you thaw and reheat. Shipping starts at $19.99. Learn more here.
This purveyor of natural, organic and sustainably farmed ingredients offers a $79.99 holiday meal that feeds 4 to 6 and consists of with a pre-roasted all-natural turkey, traditional herb stuffing, fresh cranberry relish, classic mashed potatoes, green beans almondine, turkey gravy and a 12-pack of Parker House rolls.
It is also possible to get a pre-roasted 12- to 14-pound turkey for $59.95, a selection of holiday sides (herb stuffing, cranberry relish, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy and rolls) to feed 4 to 6 for $24.99. A la carte sides are $4.99 to $7.99 each.
At this writing Lucky’s has an unlucky glitch in its online ordering system, but it expects to be back soon. Call your nearest store for information or perhaps to place your order. Click here for store locations.
This local pioneer in organic foodstuffs has the most flexible holiday dinner ordering process we have found. Click here and scroll down to make selections of traditional turkey or rib roast (both non-GMO) or vegetarian dinners in quantities to feed from 2 to 10, some preparation options, sides, desserts, pick-up location options (choice of two), choice of pick-up times (through 3 p.m. pm. on Thanksgiving Day). Other meats, game birds, starters and sides are also available.