You don’t have to spend days thawing a turkey and preparing a feast to indulge in a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. Several Indianapolis area restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day and offering traditional turkey dinners and holiday-themed buffets.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of the restaurants in town that will be open this year are upscale, national chains, or located inside hotels and resorts. However, don't let the price or the location deter you from checking out some of these great Indianapolis restaurants; you can get some great meals eating out in the city and you don't have to clean up after the feast.
Buca di Beppo makes it easy for you on Thanksgiving. This national chain of Italian restaurants has three locations in the Indianapolis metro area, each of which will be preparing a special holiday feast you can either take to-go or eat in the restaurant. Here, you can have your choice from traditional favorites like turkey and dressing or pick from the normal menu. If you're hoping to order a feast to-go, make sure you reserve your meal at least two weeks in advance.
The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille is a steakhouse located in the heart of the downtown area, inside the Conrad Hotel. On Thanksgiving Day, you can stop by from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for a traditional menu with a gourmet twist, featuring roasted turkey and all the fixings. Book your table in advance for the holidays as space is limited and this popular eatery will probably be completely booked on Thanksgiving this year.
Part of a nationwide chain of moderately-priced upscale restaurants, Morton's The Steakhouse's Indianapolis outpost is located in the heart of the Wholesale District of downtown. On Thanksgiving Day, Morton's won't be serving turkey, instead offering its full menu of locally-sourced steaks and savory sides. If you don't care about having a traditional meal, Morton's is a great choice, especially if you're traveling as it's within walking distance of several hotels.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Thanksgiving is a great excuse for blowing some money on fine dining, and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in downtown Indianapolis is a prime place to do that. Ruth's is serving a three-course Thanksgiving dinner featuring a starter salad or soup; the main course of roasted turkey breast, sausage and herb stuffing, and a choice of sides; and a dessert of pumpkin cheesecake and vanilla ice cream.
This Mile Square restaurant normally features an extensive menu of burgers, barbecue, grilled steaks, and a variety of American sides. On Thanksgiving, however, you can enjoy a traditional holiday feast with a slight twist: the turkeys are grilled instead of baked. This prix fixe menu is relatively inexpensive for a steakhouse, and you can also order separately from the bar during your meal.
At Seasons 52, the emphasis is on seasonal food cooked over a wood-fire grill or roasted in a brick oven. That sensibility will be front and center on Thanksgiving when you'll be served a traditional holiday turkey dinner with herb stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, and more, followed by pumpkin pie for dessert. Located in the Fashion Mall at Keystone in northeast Indianapolis, Seasons 52 is a roomy establishment perfect for a large family—just make sure to book your reservation far in advance.
Oceanaire Seafood Room
This restaurant chain has become a nationwide favorite for excellent seafood and service; in 2016 and 2013, it was ranked one of the Top 25 Restaurants in the city by Indianapolis Monthly. On Thanksgiving from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., you can feast on oven-roasted turkey roulade, sage cranberry stuffing, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and cranberry chutney.
Located across the street from the Fashion Mall in northeast Indianapolis and lead by Executive Chef Kevin Dehebeard, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is serving a prix-fixe feast with your choice of turkey or filet mignon on Thanksgiving Day. If you're traveling with children, Fleming's also allows kids under 12 to order off a special menu prepared just for them. The full menu is also available.