Have you ever eaten Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant? This year, consider saving yourself the stress of cooking the perfect Thanksgiving feast by reserving a table, or getting carryout for the entire meal! 

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 worrying about digging up recipes and timing things so that everything comes out of the oven at the proper time. No worrying 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 and carryout for day-of or day-before!

Restaurants Offering Carryout or Dine-in for Thanksgiving in Fort Wayne

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Bob Evans

Fort Wayne's three Bob Evan's locations will all be open on Thanksgiving. Hours will be 7am – 8pm. All locations will offer a traditional Thanksgiving meal, as well as some of their other menu items. You can also pre-order your "Farmhouse Feast" to pick up and take home. All you need to do is heat, serve, and enjoy!

5785 Coventry Lane
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
260-436-2566

5135 Meijer Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
260-492-2035

2935 East Dupont Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
260-490-6096

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 meals, 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 6am – 10pm.

Please note, Cracker Barrel is no longer accepting reservations.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
1609 W. Washington Center Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46818
260-489-1855

10427 E. Maysville Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
260-492-7500

Davey's Delicious Bagels

Before indulging in the traditional turkey fare, mix it up with a bagel breakfast, brunch, or lunch at Davey's Delicious Bagels! Open 9am- 1pm Thanksgiving day. 

Davey's Delicious Bagels
1006 Broadway
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
260-424-2233

Golden Corral

Get Holiday Meals to Go at Golden Corral! Choose from holiday glazed ham, whole roasted turkey, with mashed potatoes and gravy, your choice of homestyle sides, and their famous yeast rolls, plus a whole pie for a complete family meal.

Order here, or dine in at a Golden Corral's Fort Wayne location from 10am - 5pm on Thanksgiving day.

Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
5335 Distribution Dr
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
260-480-0193

Granite City

Granite City will be open on Thanksgiving day, serving everyone's favorites with unique and traditional items from 11am - 6pm. You can also order ahead for carry-out!

Reservations are highly recommended.

Granite City Food and Brewery
3809 Coldwater Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
260-471-3030

Liberty Diner

Liberty Diner will be open Thanksgiving Day from 7am - 3pm serving all of your favorite Thanksgiving fixin's. Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner server with mash potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, soup or salad, or, if you prefer, a ham diner served with mash potatoes, vegetables, and soup or salad. There will also be many other specials served, all with a piece of pumpkin pie.

For reservations call 260-484-9666.

Liberty Diner
2929 Goshen Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
260-484-9666

Junk Ditch Brewing Co.

Junk Ditch will be closed for dine-in on Thanksgiving day, but you can order ahead to secure your take-and-heat Thanksgiving meal for 4 or 8 people. Order the whole meal, or pick and choose your favorites from their a la carte menu.

Order here to pickup your meal between noon and 2pm on Thanksgiving Day.

Junk Ditch Brewing Co.
1825 W Main St
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
260-203-4045

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Ruth's Chris offers carry-out options to fit every Thanksgiving table. Enjoy a traditional 3-course Thanksgiving dinner including oven-roasted turkey with giblet gravy, sausage & herb stuffing, mashed potatoes, honey glazed baby carrots, and Ruth's cranberry relish. Don't forget to enjoy the legendary carrot cake or pumpkin cheesecake for dessert!

View their full Thanksgiving carry-out menu, and place your order by Monday, Nov 24 here.

Ruth's Chris will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 12pm – 7pm. Reserve a table here.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
224 W Wayne St
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
260-209-0373

Wu's Fine Chinese Cuisine

Looking for something different than your traditional Thanksgiving dishes? You might want to try the delicious fare at Wu's Fine Chinese Cuisine.

The restaurant will open on Thanksgiving and will be serving its regular menu from 11am – 9:30pm.

Wu's Fine Chinese Cuisine
4411 Coldwater Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
260-483-0899

Know of a restaurant open for Thanksgiving that we missed? Email us at emilyh@visitfortwayne.com to let us know!

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