If you are traveling in the Milwaukee area over the holidays or if just want to dine out on Thanksgiving Day and skip the meal prep, cooking and clean-up, fear not because quite a few restaurants in Milwaukee and the surrounding suburbs are staying open on Thanksgiving Day. And, most of the offerings include traditional Thanksgiving fare.
Make a reservation early-on for these popular restaurants. You can dine at a comfortable steakhouse, explore the creativity of a "Top Chef" alum or take the family to a sumptuous buffet. There are excellent restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving serving from the afternoon through the evening. Save room for dessert as you'll find treats ranging from pumpkin ginger cheesecake to vanilla-cranberry panna cotta.
Enjoy a prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner at the Mason Street Grill that includes three courses with several options for each course. Typical offerings include starters such as soup, a house chop salad, or another seasonal salad. Entrees usually include turkey or prime rib with traditional Thanksgiving sides. Finish off your sumptuous meal with a dessert such as a carrot cake or pumpkin pie. There is a special children's menu with reduced pricing for kids 12 and under.
“Top Chef” alum Heather Terhune is at the helm of this Mediterranean restaurant inside The Journeyman Hotel. Tre Rivali is open on Thanksgiving Day and will feature an over-the-top buffet available from late morning to early evening. The buffet traditionally includes two carving stations of meats such as roasted turkey and roasted pork loin. Sides can include ciabatta stuffing with wild mushrooms and chestnuts, crispy Brussels sprouts with pancetta and onions, maple sugar-roasted sweet potatoes, and more. Look for desserts such as pumpkin tartlets, vanilla cranberry panna cotta, pumpkin mousse cups, and more. Offerings vary each year. There is a reduced price for children and kids three and under dine for free.
Rare Steakhouse serves Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Their special three-course meal usually includes a choice of soup or salad, plus herbed turkey breast, confit legs, as well as numerous vegetable sides (like vanilla-scented yams, green bean casserole, and traditional stuffing), and desserts like cranberry cobbler. There is a reduced price for children 12 and under.
As the sole location in Wisconsin, The Capital Grille in downtown Milwaukee, like the restaurant's other locations nationwide, traditionally serves a grand feast on Thanksgiving Day from late morning through the evening. On the menu, you will often find offerings such as slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, plus French green beans with cranberry-pear chutney and Marcona almonds capped off with mashed potatoes. Tack on dessert like a slice of pumpkin cheesecake and you'll go home satisfied. The restaurant describes itself as comfortably elegant, providing a fine-dining experience that is friendly and accessible. This is a fixed price dinner with a reduced charge for children.
Head downtown to the Milwaukee ChopHouse, one of the city's most popular steak and seafood eateries, to taste their special seasonal additions to the regular menu. Past Thanksgiving dinner menus have included items like spiced plum soup, orange-sage brined turkey breast, and pumpkin ginger cheesecake. Menu offerings vary each year and you'll find regular menu pricing plus a la carte items.