You might love the idea of going out to eat in Kansas City on Thanksgiving and letting the pros do the cooking. For Thanksgiving 2019, quite a few restaurants in Kansas City offer buffets, traditional seated dinners, or abbreviated menus with a casual approach to Thanksgiving.
If you choose a restaurant on the Country Club Plaza, hang around for the Plaza Lighting Ceremony, which will flip the switch on thousands of holiday lights in the city at 6:54 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. Fireworks follow the ceremony.
It's always smart to make reservations as far in advance as possible if you want to eat out on Thanksgiving. Even though there are quite a few places open, the demand is significant, and this is especially true if you choose a restaurant on the Plaza and want a reservation to coincide with the lighting ceremony.
Kansas City Favorites That Are Open on Thanksgiving
Lidia's offers Italian cuisine in the historic Kansas City Crossroads freight house building. They are serving a four-course prix-fixe menu from noon to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The menu includes salad or soup; a pasta course, the main course that includes a traditional turkey dinner and sides and other main course options. The meal also includes a choice of dessert, served family style.
Grand Street Cafe, on the Country Club Plaza and in Lenexa, is serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner buffet from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy America favorites alongside holiday classics on this special menu, then stick around for the lights and fireworks in the Plaza afterward.
Buca di Beppo, an Italian restaurant extraordinaire on the Plaza, serves a traditional dinner for Thanksgiving along with Italian classic selections from the regular menu. Thanksgiving dinner is served family style and includes sliced white meat turkey, homestyle gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.
They also offer a Thanksgiving dinner to go on November 26 and 27 with options for both three-person and five-person services. You can pick your order up at a Buca di Beppo restaurant or have it delivered to you
J. Gilbert's, home of wood-fired steaks and seafood in Overland Park, will be open from 11 a.m to 8 p.m on Thanksgiving Day. It's serving a three-course traditional prix-fixe menu that includes soup or salad, turkey and many other entrees, and pumpkin pie and other desserts. You can also order off the regular dinner menu.
O'Dowd's Gastrobar on the Plaza will be open on Thanksgiving from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. For a somewhat offbeat and super fun Thanksgiving at this traditional Irish pub, you'll find traditional Thanksgiving offerings and a limited regular menu. Later on in the evening, they will have a DJ for entertainment. Big bonus: a great view of the Plaza Lighting Ceremony.
Kansas City is known for its superb steaks, and Plaza III is the top steakhouse in Kansas City. It's offering an all-you-can-eat traditional Thanksgiving feast this year. Additionally, if you can resist a Plaza III steak, you can also order off the regular menu.