Updated with more restaurants. 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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. 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 $17, kids under 12, $8. Seniors get a free non-alcoholic beverage. 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 $18.99 for adults, kids $8.99. Reservations suggested.
ViewHouse Ballpark offers a Thanksgiving Plated Special from 11 a.m. to close featuring 3 slices of Rosemary Thyme Roasted Turkey Breast, stuffing, cranberry marmalade, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes & peppercorn gravy for $20. Reservations strongly suggested. 2015 Market St., Denver, 720-306-9008.
ViewHouse Littleton offers a Thanksgiving Plated Special from 11 a.m. to close featuring 3 slices of Rosemary Thyme Roasted Turkey Breast, stuffing, cranberry marmalade, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes & peppercorn gravy 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.
Bruno’s Italian Bistro serves a traditional turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, stuffing, all the trimmings and dessert for $23.95. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 2223 S. Monaco Pkwy., Denver, 303-759-7025.
Monaco Inn serves classic roast turkey with stuffing, gravy and all the trimmings for $23.95. 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 roasted turkey breast, buttermilk mashed potatoes, carrots with rosemary candied bacon, apple & sausage stuffing, cranberry apple chutney and pumpkin pie.
McCormick & Schmick’s serves a roasted turkey dinner for $26.99, $9.95 for children 12 and under. Included in the meal: butternut squash bisque or walnut mixed greens salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread stuffing, seasoned vegetables, apple squash casserole and cranberry sauce. Dessert and cocktail service are extra. 8100 Union Ave., Denver, 720-200-9339.
Seasons 52 is taking reservations for its Thanksgiving Dinner. Enjoy turkey with gravy, traditional herb stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, green beans, cranberry relish and pumpkin pie. Adults are $26.90, child’s portion is $12.90. 8325 S Park Meadows Center Dr, Lone Tree; 303-799-0252.
1515 Restaurant has an all-natural roasted Heritage turkey, apple stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, and roasted garlic haricot vert. Dessert extra. $27 for adults, $14 for kids under 10. Reservations required, 303-572-0011. 1515 Market St., Denver.
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 11 a.m. to 6:30 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, Either Fully Cooked or to Cook at Home
King Soopers, various locations. “Express Dinner” is fully cooked 10- to 13-lb. turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and green bean casserole to serve 6, $49.99. “Deluxe Dinner” also includes choice of turkey (oven-roasted, Cajun fried or smoked), cranberry dish, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie, $69.99. The “Supreme Turkey Dinner” serves 8, $99.99. Order online, at the Deli Counter or call: 877-894-3707.
Safeway, various locations. Fully cooked 10- to 11-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.
Sprouts Farmers Markets, various locations. 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, cranberry sauce and rolls for $29.99. Order online, at any Sprouts store or call 888-5-SPROUT.
Whole Foods Market, various locations. 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, cornbread stuffing, creamed spinach & kale, cranberry-orange sauce and red-eye gravy), $99.99; 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.
Boston Market has a variety of options. A Basic 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. New this year: Boston Market has announced a home delivery program for its holiday meals. Orders ship frozen and then you thaw and reheat. Shipping is $19.99 for orders received by November 13 and $39.99 for those received between November 14 and 19. Learn more here.
Mimi’s Cafe has a Turkey Holiday Feast To-Go. Whole pre-cooked turkey, mashed potatoes, candied pecan sweet potatoes, gravy, cornbread stuffing, apple-cranberry-orange relish, green bean casserole, carrot nut bread, whole pumpkin pie. Feeds 8 to 10, $99.99. Order online or at your nearest Mimi’s Cafe.