Eating Out for Thanksgiving Dinner

Let Someone Else Do the Dishes

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If you're like me, the thought of cooking up a 7-course gourmet Thanksgiving meal scares me to death and should only be left to Martha Stewart. So why not make a reservation at one of these fine Kansas City establishments and leave the cooking to someone else?? Plenty of places in Kansas City offer buffets, traditional sit-down dinners or abbreviated menus with a casual approach on Thanksgiving. Be thankful that someone ELSE has to do the dishes and revel in a tryptophan-induced coma.

Please note: All prices are per-person. Reservations strongly recommended. Prices, times, etc. are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead.

Thanksgiving Eat-Out Guide:


101 West 22nd Street Kansas City, MO 64108

Serving a set menu from 1pm-6pm, Lidia's serves first and second set courses--which include everything from glazed free range turkey and roast loin of heritage pork. Courses include family platters of butternut squash ravioli (my favorite) and dessert. Adults, $35, 12 and under, $15.


6227 Brookside Plaza, Kansas City, MO 64113

Chef Celina Tio will be cooking up an array of holiday goodness. Call 816-214-8454, email or visit to book your table.


201 N. Main, Independence, 64050
Thanksgiving Day buffet, 10:30am-4pm.Adults, $25, children $12. Please call 816.461.4525 for details and reservations.


209 W 46th Ter
Kansas City, MO 64112
(816) 561-0505

Serving a traditional Thanksgiving buffet until 6:30 pm. Full menu served after 6:30. Cost: $28.95, those 5-10 years old are $9.95.

Grand Street Cafe

4740 Grand
Kansas City, MO 64112
(816) 561-8000

Traditional Thanksgiving lunch buffet from Noon-4pm. $25 adults/ $11 children.

Harrah's Casino

1 Riverboat Dr
Kansas City, MO 64116

Harrah's Buffet will serve prime rib, turkey, stuffed salmon and traditional Thanksgiving fare from 11am -9pm. $21.99/23.99, 6-10 years old are 1/2 price, 5 and under are free. Reservations suggested for large groups.

The InterContinental Hotel

401 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64112
(816) 756-1500

Offers a six-course prix fixe dinner in the Oak Room, as well as buffet during the day. The rooftop is open for desserts and cocktails--perfect for Plaza Light watching! Call for details.

J Gilbert's

8901 Metcalf
Overland Park , KS 66212

Offer's a 4 course Thanksgiving meal from 11am-7pm.

McCormick & Schmick’s

448 W 47th St
Kansas City, MO 64112
(816) 531-6800

Offering a traditional turkey dinner, as well as ham, smoked oyster stuffed salmon and pumpkin pie. Regular menu will also be offered.

Mimi's Cafe

Zona Rosa, 8501 NW Prairie View Rd., 816-587-5877
Oak Park Mall, 11885 W. 95th Street, 913-599-5848
Overland Park, 8301 W. 135th St, 913-897-5669

Will serve breakfast starting at 8 a.m., and will serve traditional holiday fare at 11am- 7pm.

M&S Grill

4646 JC Nichols Parkway
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
(816) 531-7799

Offers their regular dinner menu, as well as a traditional turkey dinner. A baked ham dinner or Prime rib will be served after 2pm. The kitchen will close at 8pm but the bar will remain open.


4742 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, MO 64112
(816) 561-2700

Opens at 4pm with live music and a limited menu, which includes an assortment of traditional Thanksgiving food. The deck will be open to provide a great view of the Plaza Lighting Ceremony.

Phillips Chophouse

106 W 12th street
Kansas City, Mo 64105

Located in the historic Phillips Hotel, the Phillips Chophouse will offer a 5-course meal with everything from amazing salads and mashed potatos to turkey and pumpkin pie.

Plaza III

Plaza-4749 Pennsylvania, (816)753.0000


Plaza-612 W 47th St, (816) 753-0555 Serving Tom's Turkey Dinner, which includes turkey, gravy, candied yams, green bean casserole and a dinner roll.

Pumpkin and pecan pie will also be offered. Other non-Thanksgiving specials will be available. Open 5pm-3am.