Have you ever eaten Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant?

I was discussing this topic with a friend a few years ago, and they expressed that it was "pitiful" to eat out on this day of thanks, rather than eating at someone's kitchen table.

Our family has eaten Thanksgiving dinner at restaurants several times, and I can tell you that it's actually quite enjoyable. Most important (to me, at least): NO COOKING IS INVOLVED! No worrying about buying all the ingredients at the store, no worries about digging up recipes and timing things so that everything comes out of the oven at the proper time. No worries about dragging chairs to the kitchen from all over the house. No setup. No cleanup, either!

So, have I convinced you? If so, here are some places in Fort Wayne that will offer delicious meals on Thanksgiving Day.

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Fort Wayne

Tucano's Brazilian Grill

Located in Jefferson Pointe shopping center at 4130 West Jefferson Boulevard,  Tucano's will offer their famous Tucanos Churrasco as well as Baked Turkey, Fried Turkey, Grilled Turkey, All-You-Can-Eat Center-Cut Sirloin, Mashed Potatoes w/Turkey Gravy, Seasoned Stuffing, Candied Yams, Cranberry Sauce, Green Bean Casserole, and their famous Chocolate Cake or Pumpkin Pie.

Cost is $29.95 per adult
$11.95 per child (ages 7-12)
(Children under 7 are free)

They also offer a Thanksgiving-to-go, if you'd prefer to pick up the food and eat at home.

To order, or to make reservations for Thanksgiving dining, call 260-436-4433.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin - Stock Photo

Don Hall's Restaurants

Hall's Restaurants are well-known to most Fort Wayne residents. Two restaurants in the chain will be open on Thanksgiving.

Don Hall's Guesthouse Grille will offer a buffet in the Grand Ballroom, served from 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Breakfast buffet is from 7:00 a.m. to 10 a.m., and regular buffet offered from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The buffet cost is $24.95, and children 2-10 cost $7.95.

The restaurant is usually quite busy, so reservations are recommended; make them by calling 260-489-2524.

Hall's Guesthouse Grille
1313 W. Washington Center
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Don Hall's Triangle Park is also open for the day, from 11 - 3, with a menu to make everyone in the family thankful including traditional turkey dinners ($17 for adults, $15 for seniors), and all of your families favorite entree selections including Steak & Lobster, Rasberry Pecan Chicken, Center Cut Ham, and more.

Reservations are required.

Triangle Park
3010 Trier Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46815

Cracker Barrel

Both Fort Wayne Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores will be serving their good home-cookin' on Thanksgiving. They will serve meals with turkey and all the trimmings, as well as most "regular" menu items if you prefer those.

The restaurant also offers "heat and serve" pre-ordered meal, if you'd like to eat at home but prefer not to cook. These meals need to be ordered at least a day or two prior to the holiday. Cracker Barrel restaurants are open 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Please note, Cracker Barrel is no longer accepting reservations.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
1609 W. Washington Center
Fort Wayne, IN 46818

10427 E. Maysville Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Bob Evan's

Fort Wayne's three Bob Evan's locations will all be open on Thanksgiving. Hours will be 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. All locations will offer a traditional Thanksgiving meal, as well as some of their other menu items.

5785 Coventry Lane
Fort Wayne, IN 46801

5135 Meijer Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

2935 East Dupont Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
26- 490-6096

Bill's Smokehouse

Bill's Smokehouse will be offering a full Thanksgiving buffet, complete with a carving station featuring turkey, ham, chicken, and haddock. All the traditional sides will be available too, as well as breakfast items including an omelet station.
Call for reservations.

305 E Washington Center
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Granite City

Granite City will be open on Thanksgiving, serving a family-style Thanksgiving dinner with food presented on platters and in bowls. Thanksgiving hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., and the price is $24.95 for adults, $8.95 for children over 6, children 6 and under are free.

Assistant Manager Tom Munson describes the feast: "Dinner starts with our house salad and honey buttered biscuits. The main dish is turkey with sage dressing and gravy, your choice of salmon or short ribs, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, candied sweet potatoes, balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts, macaroni and cheese, and cranberry chutney. Dinner concludes with a slice of pumpkin or apple pie, or a pecan bar. Drinks are not included."

Reservations are highly recommended.

Granite City Food and Brewery
3809 Coldwater Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Dine at Ruth's Chris Steak House and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner including traditional oven roasted turkey, sausage & herb stuffing, mashed potatoes, and Ruth's cranberry relish.

A three-course fixed menu meal costs $39.95 per person and $12.95 for children 12 and under. (Tax & gratuity not included)

Ruth's Chris will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Reservations are recommended.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
224 W Wayne St
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Ruth's Chris Steak House Thanksgiving Menu 2018

Wu's Fine Chinese Cuisine

Looking for something totally different this year? You might want to try some Chinese cuisine at Wu's.

The restaurant will open on Thanksgiving and will be serving their regular menu.

Wu's Fine Chinese Cuisine
4411 Coldwater Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been updated.