15 Restaurants in the Sacramento Area Open on Thanksgiving Day 2018
NOTE: This post was updated on October 18, 2018 to reflect updated information for Thanksgiving Day 2018.
While Thanksgiving is traditionally spent enjoying a homemade meal around the table at home, there are some years when this doesn’t happen. Maybe you celebrated the holiday on another day due to your family’s schedule, the turkey burned unexpectedly, or you simply want a break from cooking.
Whatever the case may be, there are plenty of restaurants in the Sacramento area that will welcome your family with open arms — and an endless supply of Thanksgiving must-haves. Let someone else do the cooking this year so you can focus on the things you’re thankful for — starting with not having to wash an overwhelming heap of dishes after dinner.
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Photo Courtesy of Formaggio Taverna and Patio
From 12–8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Formaggio Taverna and Patio at the Marriott in Rancho Cordova is serving a special Thanksgiving meal. Choose from their variety of options for a salad, entree, three sides served family-style, and a dessert (or two!) from the dessert station. The Thanksgiving meal at Formaggio Taverna and Patio costs $39–45 for adults (depending on the entree choice) and $24–25 for children.
Experience the robust flavors of France and the Mediterranean regions prepared in California style in a beautiful garden setting at La Provence Restaurant and Terrace. They are serving a special Thanksgiving dinner with appetizers, soup, salad, a main course, family-style side dishes, and dessert. You may also schedule to pick up a fully cooked dinner from La Provence to enjoy at home! Their special prix fixe menu of traditional Thanksgiving offerings costs $49 per person, and $12 for kids under 10.
Photo Courtesy of Piatti Ristorante and Bar
This cozy Italian eatery is serving a Thanksgiving meal with specials, including their traditional Thanksgiving plate with all the fixings. Make a reservation and enjoy their offerings from noon to 7 p.m., with a brief closure from 3–4 p.m.
This classy steakhouse in Citrus Heights is serving up a special three-course Thanksgiving feast for a flat price, in addition to their regular dinner menu. Plus, kids can eat for half the price on Thanksgiving!
Photo Courtesy of Scott’s Seafood on the River
Although Scott’s Seafood focuses on seafood, they serve a classic and delicious Thanksgiving dinner each year. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., they are offering a twist on the traditional Thanksgiving feast with an oven-roasted turkey dinner with other tasty sides (including a pumpkin cheesecake!). In addition to their limited regular menu, Scott’s is serving this special turkey dinner with fixed prices for adults and children.
Photo Courtesy of Sheldon Inn Restaurant and Bar
Sheldon Inn Restaurant & Bar is housed in a historic building in the countryside of Elk Grove. This comfortable restaurant serves seasonal menus using locally harvested ingredients. On Thanksgiving, they are serving a delicious Thanksgiving feast with fixed prices for adults and children. Make a reservation in the dining room for 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m., or on the patio at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Seasons 52 is an exceptional choice any night of the week — especially on Thanksgiving. Their traditional Thanksgiving dinner will feature all the trimmings, like herb stuffing, Yukon mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Make your reservation while they still have seats available!
Photo Courtesy of Buca di Beppo
Buca di Beppo opens at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Be a part of their holiday festivities at either of their nearby locations — in the heart of Sacramento or Roseville. Just make sure you make a reservation in advance! Or get your Thanksgiving feast fully catered with their special Thanksgiving catering options, available for pickup or delivery from November 12–22.
Photo Courtesy of Zinfandel Grille
From 12:30–6:30 p.m., Zinfandel Grille will be serving a delicious three-course set menu for Thanksgiving. Choose from roast turkey breast, prime rib, salmon, lasagna or ravioli. Whatever you choose, this popular Mediterranean-inspired eatery will not disappoint.
Photo Courtesy of The Firehouse Restaurant
Have a picture-perfect fancy holiday dinner at The Firehouse Restaurant this Thanksgiving. Their special three-course Thanksgiving menu is served from 1–8 p.m. for $64.95 per person. Options include roasted pear and butternut squash soup, roasted breast of free-range turkey, prime beef filet mignon, traditional pumpkin pie, and more. Young patrons 12 years and under have their very own three-course menu to choose from. Reservations at this popular eatery are strongly recommended.
Photo Courtesy of Monkey Cat
Retreat to Monkey Cat, a fine dining restaurant in Auburn. They will be open for a few hours from 2–6:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, serving a special three-course menu with a variety of entree options, in addition to cocktail and wine specials. This tucked-away gem is the perfect escape on Thanksgiving, and any day! Monkey is only taking reservations on this busy day, so be sure to make your reservation in advance.
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Morton’s the Steakhouse is an exceptional steakhouse in the heart of downtown, renowned for its signature menu and superb hospitality. Let them be your hosts for the evening on Thanksgiving. Morton’s will be open from 1–9 p.m., and is accepting reservations for Thanksgiving Day.
Photo Courtesy of the Hyatt Regency
The Hyatt Regency is serving their annual Thanksgiving Day brunch this year from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Head downtown to this swanky and sophisticated restaurant to enjoy the holiday spirit in the city and of course — your fair share of hearty Thanksgiving food. Reserve your spot in advance as this event fills up quickly! The brunch costs $69.95 for adults and $34.95 for children ages 5–12, and is complimentary for children 4 and under.
This farm-to-table eatery in The Citizen Hotel is serving a special three-course prix fixe menu for $68 per person with an optional wine pairing for $40. Book your reservation now for this popular contemporary hotspot centrally located in downtown Sacramento!
If you haven’t yet enjoyed a meal on water aboard the Delta King, now’s your chance. The Pilothouse is serving a buffet from 12–6 p.m., including turkey and all fixings, carved prime rib, oysters on the half shell, pastries, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and more.
Enjoy the holiday with friends, family and food — and without any hassle.