Let's face it: laying out a spread of turkey and mashed potatoes and stuffing and casseroles and soups and sides takes a lot of work. Maybe home cooking isn't your thing. Maybe you can't host because your apartment is too small. Or maybe your idea of a relaxing holiday is letting someone else do the work. Whatever the reason, we're throwing you a turkey bone by compiling this beginning list of Columbus restaurants open on Thanksgiving. (This list is by no means exhaustive, but consider it your beginning guide to eating out on the holiday.)

Let's face it: laying out a spread of turkey and mashed potatoes and stuffing and casseroles and soups and sides takes a lot of work. Maybe home cooking isn't your thing. Maybe you can't host because your apartment is too small. Or maybe your idea of a relaxing holiday is letting someone else do the work. Whatever the reason, we're throwing you a turkey bone by compiling this beginning list of Columbus restaurants open on Thanksgiving. (This list is by no means exhaustive, but consider it your beginning guide to eating out on the holiday.)

The Boathouse

679 W. Spring St., Downtown
Open 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
614-469-0000
boathouserestaurantoh.com

The Boathouse features a brunch-themed champagne buffet with everything from eggs benedict to pot roast to a raw bar. Pricing is $45 for adults and $22 for kids. Reservations are recommended, and the festivities include a Bloody Mary bar, live jazz and a photo booth.

Buca di Beppo

Multiple locations
Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
bucadibeppo.com

Both Central Ohio locations of Buca di Beppo will be open for reservation-only dining. It's serving a special family-style menu that runs $60 for 2 to 3 people and $120 for 4 to 5.

Buckeye Donuts

1998 N. High St., Campus
Open 24/7
614-291-3293
buckeye-donuts.com

Buckeye Donuts' slogan is "Always open, never closed," which means you can line up for fresh donuts, breakfast sandwiches, coffee and gyros any time Thanksgiving.

Cafe Istanbul

Multiple locations
Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Easton) or 9 p.m. (Dublin)
cafeistanbuldublin.com
cafeistanbuleaston.com

The Easton and Dublin locations of Cafe Istanbul will be open and serving a regular menu (Note: The Bexley location will be closed).

Copious

520 S. High St., Brewery District
Open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for pick-up only
614-947-1520
copiouscolumbus.com

Like several restaurants, Copious is offering pre-made Thanksgiving dinners available for pick-up. They must be ordered by 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20.

Cooper's Hawk

4230 The Strand, Easton
Open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
614-428-6999
coopershawkwinery.com

This winery and restaurant will be open regular hours and by reservation only.

De-Novo Bistro & Bar

150 S. High St., Downtown
Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
614-222-8830
denovobistro.com

De-Novo will serve its regular breakfast menu from 9 a.m. to noon and then transition to a Thanksgiving-themed menu until 9 p.m.

Fortune Chinese Restaurant

Multiple locations
Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Both the campus and Dublin locations of Fortune will be open regular hours.

G. Michael's Bistro & Bar

595 S. Third St., German Village
Open 3 to 7 p.m.
614-464-0575
gmichaelsbistroandbar.com

Chef David Tetzloff and crew are open for special dinner hours.

The Guild House

624 N. High St., Short North
Open 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
614-280-9780
theguildhousecolumbus.com

The Guild House will open early serving breakfast as usual, but then lunch and dinner focuses on a prix fixe Thanksgiving menu. The menu is $49 for four courses – soup, salad, a turkey-centric entrée and pecan pie – or $79 for wine pairings with each course.

Hong Kong House

1831 Henderson Rd., Northwest Side
Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
614-538-9288

It's business as usual for Hong Kong House. This is a good opportunity to add some Szechuan spice to the holiday.

J. Gilbert's

1 E. Campus View Blvd., Worthington
Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
614-840-9090
jgilberts.com

The steakhouse will offer its regular menu plus a three-course prix fixe menu running $38 for adults and $19 for children.

J. Liu

Multiple locations
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
jliurestaurant.com

The J. Liu Worthington and Dublin locations are offering a Thanksgiving buffet for the whole family. Reservations are required.

Latitude 41

50 N. Third St., Downtown
Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
614-233-7541
latitude41restaurant.com

Latitude 41 is open for a Thanksgiving brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., priced at $35 for adults and $15 for the kiddos. Reservations are required.

Lindey's

169 E. Beck St., German Village
Open 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
614-228-4343
lindeys.com

Lindey's is open for a holiday a la carte menu. Reservations are required, and are close to filling up.

Matt the Millers Tavern

Multiple locations
Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
mtmtavern.com

All three Matt the Millers locations – Grandview, Dublin and Polaris – are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a reservations-only buffet.

McCormick & Schmick's

3965 New Bond St., Easton
Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
614-476-3663
mccormickandschmicks.com

McCormick & Schmick's will be open regular hours and featuring special roasted-turkey dinners. Reservations are recommended.

Mitchell's Fish Market

Multiple locations
Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
mitchellsfishmarket.com

The Worthington and Grandview locations will be serving a full dinner menu along with a special, three-course holiday menu with salad, turkey and dessert. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Mitchell's Steakhouse

Multiple locations
Open 2 to 8 p.m.
mitchellssteakhouse.com

The Downtown and Worthington spots will be serving a normal menu and a special Thanksgiving prix fixe menu priced at $39.99 per person. Reservations are recommended.

Nancy's Home Cooking

3133 N. High St., Clintonville
Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
614-265-9012

Nancy's is bringing back its tradition of serving free Thanksgiving meals for the neighborhood starting at 11 a.m. until they run out. While the meals are free, we recommend making a donation.

New India

5226 Bethel Rd., Northwest
Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
614-442-7705
newindiarestaurant.com

New India will be open regular hours and serving a regular menu.

Nicola Restaurant & Bar

4740 Reed Rd., Northwest
Open 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
614-459-7000
nicolacolumbus.com

Chef Nicola will be featuring a special Thanksgiving menu. Reservations are recommended, and should be made by phone.

Ray Ray's Hog Pit

2619 N. High St., Old North
Open noon to 4 p.m.
614-753-1191
rayrayshogpit.com

Ray Ray's will be open Thanksgiving for pre-order (order by Sunday, Nov. 20) as well as selling spare ribs and turkey and ham dinners.

The Refectory

1092 Bethel Rd., Northwest Side
Open 11 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
614-451-9774
refectory.com

The Refectory continues its tradition of hosting a reservation-only, three-course menu for Thanksgiving.

Rodizio Grill

125 W. Nationwide Blvd., Arena District
Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
614-241-4400
rodiziogrill.com

Rodizio Grill will be serving just its dinner menu on Thanksgiving. Reservations are not required, but highly recommended.

Royal Ginger Asian Fusion Bistro

1625 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington
Open noon to 9 p.m.
614-488-7888
royalginger.com

Royal Ginger will be open for lunch and dinner as usual!

Smith & Wollensky

4145 The Strand, Easton
Open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
614-416-2400
smithandwollensky.com

Like many spots, Smith & Wollensky offers its full dinner menu and a special prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving, priced at $49 adults and $20 for kids.

Spagio

1295 Grandview Ave., Grandview
Open 1 to 5 p.m.
614-486-1114
spagio.com

Spagio will be open for dinner service, offering a special menu for the day.

Tandoori Grill

808 Bethel Rd., Northwest Side
Open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
614-326-3777
tandoorigrill.biz

Tandoori Grill will be open regular hours and serving its full menu.

Taj Palace

3794 Fishinger Blvd., Hilliard
Open 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
614-771-3870
tajpalacecolumbus.com

Taj Palace will be open regular hours and serving its full menu.

Ted's Montana Grill

6195 Sawmill Rd., Dublin
Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
614-760-7753
tedsmontanagrill.com

Only the Dublin location of Ted's is set to open this year, serving a special menu of comfort foods.

Tee Jaye's Country Place

Multiple locations
Open 24/7
barnyardbuster.com

Tee Jaye's is open 24 hours a day, and Thanksgiving is no exception. The day will feature a special menu of turkey, baked ham and all the fixings priced at $10 for adults and $6 for kids.

Texas de Brazil

4040 Easton Station, Easton
11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
614-472-4072
texasdebrazil.com

The Brazilian steakhouse offers its full dinner menu all day, although special items like turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole and gravy will be featured. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins will be accommodated.

Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails

73 E. Gay St., Downtown
Open 4 to 11 p.m.
614-221-8300
tiptopcolumbus.com

In addition to the regular menu, Tip Top will offer a special of turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and cranberry relish.

Tucci's

35 N. High St., Dublin
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
614-792-3466
tuccisdublin.com

Tucci's is open for reservations, serving a prix fixe menu priced at $45 per person.

Worthington Inn

649 High St., Worthington
Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
614-885-2600
worthingtoninn.com

Correction: Ray Ray's entry was updated to reflect the proper hours