A plethora of local options for those who would rather dine out than spend the afternoon basting a roasting turkey
Don't feel like spending the holiday cooking this year? Make a reservation at one of the many local restaurants open on Thanksgiving!
The Berwick offers a buffet with all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings.
The Boat House
The Boat House at Confluence Park is serving a Thanksgiving buffet paired with plenty of mimosas.
The campus institution isn't serving turkey, but it is open 24/7 for all your donut, coffee and gyro needs.
This German Village mainstay will be open 3-7 p.m. on Thanksgiving, serving a scaled-down version of its regular dinner menu, plus a traditional turkey special.
The Guild House
The Guild House opens at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast, and then offers a prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner. It's the only Cameron Mitchell restaurant open that day, although Cameron Mitchell Premiere Events is offering a “Thanksgiving in a Box,” which must be ordered by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15.
J. Liu's Worthington and Dublin locations will be serving a Thanksgiving buffet from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The upscale French brasserie, located on the second floor of the LeVeque Tower, will be open Thanksgiving. It's serving the standard breakfast and lunch menu, but offering a special three-course dinner from 5-11 p.m.
Latitude 41 will be serving a buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring everything from brunch items to turkey and scallops, a carving station and all the fixings.
Lindey's goes all-out with its special Thanksgiving menu, serving dry-aged beef dumplings, lobster bisque, Australian seabass and much more.
Matt the Millers
All three locations of Matt the Millers will be serving a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nancy's Home Cooking
Nancy's is celebrating 50 years of offering a free Thanksgiving dinner to those in need. The meal is served 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Clintonville diner is soliciting donations and volunteers to help feed the crowds that day.
Nicola will be serving a special menu from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
94th Aero Squadron
The Aero Squadron, located out near the airport, will offer a Thanksgiving buffet from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Ray Ray's Hog Pit
If barbecue is your preference, Ray Ray's is offering pre-ordered Thanksgiving meals. Orders need to be placed by Sunday, Nov. 18, and can be picked up Thanksgiving between noon and 4 p.m. at the Ace of Cups and Maxtown Road locations.
Spagio is open from 1-5 p.m., serving a special globally inspired menu.
Tee Jaye's Country Place
Stop by a Tee Jaye's location for a Thanksgiving dinner, or a Barnyard Buster, if that's more your style.
Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails
Tip Top is traditionally open for dinner hours on Thanksgiving, serving cocktails, pot roast, Ohio nachos and a special turkey dinner.
This Dublin outpost is serving a special three-course, prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu.
Valter's at the Maennerchor
The German pub will be serving up a traditional American Thanksgiving.
The Inn serves its traditional Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Remember that many international restaurants will be open as usual on Thanksgiving, from Indian to Mediterranean to Chinese and beyond. Keep an eye on places like Cafe Istanbul, Haveli Bistro, Helen's Asian Kitchen, New India, N.E. Chinese, Royal Ginger Bistro, Taj Palace and Tandoori Grill, among others.
Several different chain restaurants are open on Thanksgiving, too, including Bob Evans, Buca di Beppo, Boston Market, Columbus Fish Market, Cooper's Hawk Winery, Cracker Barrel, J. Gilbert's, McCormick & Schmick's, Mitchell's Steakhouse, Rodizio Grill, Smith & Wollensky, Ted's Montana Grill, Texas de Brazil and Waffle House.