The St. Louis area has some fantastic restaurants cooking up Thanksgiving fare this holiday. From top resorts and high-end restaurants to simple takeout, you'll have some great choices for your Thanksgiving feast.
Take a drive in the country to have dinner at a state park or golf resort or have your meal in a historical setting in the center of St. Louis. Most offer special turkey dinners and some even allow ordering off of the regular menu.
After your meal, you can even go shopping and sightseeing at these St. Louis stores and attractions open on Thanksgiving Day. No matter where you choose to dine, make a reservation to guarantee your spot at the table.
Traditional dinners are served family-style in the historic Lemp Mansion, where you can stay overnight in Victorian-themed rooms. Some even believe the mansion is haunted! The dining areas of the Lemp Mansion are both historic and comfortable and an ideal setting for Thanksgiving.
The Thanksgiving menu is an all-you-can-eat buffet with a family-style turkey dinner and all the trimmings. The buffet will feature roast turkey, pineapple glazed ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, sweet potatoes, whole kernel corn, German green beans, coleslaw, Waldorf salad, fresh cranberries, rolls with butter, and pumpkin pie.
A vacation home community in Warren County located 45 minutes west of St. Louis, Innsbrook's 7,500 acres includes recreational and residential properties, an event center, the restaurant, and an 18-hole public golf course.
The Innsbrook Resort serves a Grand Thanksgiving Buffet in the Aspen Center, and the full menu is available on the resort's dining website and includes carved roast turkey, baked cod with piccata sauce, sides, and a long list of pies and desserts.
Pietro's is a longtime family-owned restaurant serving Italian food like pasta and pizzas in traditional surroundings.
Pietro's will be open Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. The restaurant is serving a sit-down dinner with your choice of turkey, roast pork, or ham with all the traditional side dishes and pumpkin pie or ice cream for dessert. The regular menu will also be available. Reservations are recommended.
Pere Marquette Lodge
Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression in Pere Marquette State Park, the historic Pere Marquette Lodge is a popular St. Louis tourist attraction and vacation destination.
The lodge will be offering all the traditional Thanksgiving food items plus additional tasty options from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this holiday. The special dinner features carving stations, traditional and unique selections of side dishes, salads, and a bananas foster station (and other desserts) to top it all off.
For parties of six or more, call 618-786-2331 ext. 502 to make your reservation.
Maggiano's Little Italy at The Boulevard
Maggiano's Little Italy is known for relaxed upscale Italian dining. Its location at The Boulevard (Richmond Heights' high-end shopping district) offers fresh, made-from-scratch Italian food inspired by Nonna's classic recipes.
For Thanksgiving 2019, Maggiano's offers a select menu featuring a multi-course dinner with turkey, ham, or parmesan-encrusted tilapia as the main course. Order a catered meal (order by Friday, November 22, 2019), a take-out Thanksgiving meal (order by Monday, November 25, 2019), or dine in family-style at the restaurant.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Actually founded by a woman named Ruth, St. Louis' outposts of Ruth's Chris Steak House is one of 100 in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The restaurant is an upscale fine dining restaurant specializing in aged steaks.
On Thanksgiving, both Ruth's Chris locations, downtown and in Clayton, are open from noon to 7 p.m., serving a traditional turkey feast, plus a full menu of steaks. For 2019, the chef’s traditional three-course feast includes a starter of caesar salad, steak house salad or Louisiana seafood gumbo, hand-carved oven-roasted turkey with sausage and herb stuffing, and your choice of one of Ruth’s three most popular sides, finished off with a dessert duo of pumpkin cheesecake and ice cream. Or you can choose a favorite from the dinner menu, and create a holiday tradition of your own.
Uncle Bill's Pancake and Dinner House
Uncle Bill’s Pancake House has been serving St. Louisans hearty breakfasts and homestyle dinners since 1961. The famous Pancakes are made from scratch and all meals are cooked to order 24 hours a day. Their coffee is 100 percent Arabica, ground and brewed immediately to ensure the best coffee flavor. Uncle Bill's has won dozens of awards and opinion polls from “Best Breakfast in St. Louis” to “Best Late-Night Restaurant” and “Best Diner-Style Restaurant in Missouri.”
On Thanksgiving, Uncle Bill's serves dishes from its regular menu, including sandwiches, soups, chicken, and other diner-type food. Don't, however, expect a roast turkey.
1860 Saloon, Game Room, & Hardshell Café
At the Hardshell Cafe, you can dine in an "outdoor" garden environment. The menu of fresh seafood and Cajun specialties is served in a setting featuring a huge fish tank and tropical plants. At 1860’s, you can enjoy live music, including blues, classic rock, and R&B, 365 days a year.
On Thanksgiving 2019, Hardshell Cafe is serving a turkey dinner buffet (which includes turkey and ham) with traditional sides, available from noon to 5 p.m.
Boston Market, known for take-out American food, is open on Thanksgiving Day for those who need to pick up a side dish or put together a traditional meal.
There are two locations: St. Louis and Fairview Heights.
Boston Market has turkey and all the trimmings which can be picked up or delivered to you. Place your home delivery order by November 24, 2019. If you don't want to do the holiday up big, you can just order a turkey breast sandwich.
The Cinder House is located atop the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis' Soulard neighborhood. The restaurant offers stunning views of the Gateway Arch, luxury accommodations, and delicious wood-fired menu options year-round.
On Thanksgiving Day, enjoy the Four Seasons Thanksgiving Buffet in the sixth-floor ballroom from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This expansive buffet will include Thanksgiving carving stations with roast turkey along with salmon en croute, grilled bavette with house-made chimichurri sauce, and more. You'll have salad options, a cheese and charcuterie table, omelet station, fresh shrimp, and, for the children, a Kids' Corner. There will be traditional Cinder House sides and a full selection of sweets and pastries.
The Grille and the Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton is located in the Arts and Garden District of Clayton, Missouri, and offers luxurious accommodations, breathtaking views of the St. Louis skyline, and two on-site restaurants that will be serving holiday meals on Thanksgiving Day in 2019. While access to many of the hotel's amenities is reserved exclusively for overnight guests, anyone can stop by the Ritz for brunch or dinner.
Thanksgiving brunch, served from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., is bound to be both bountiful and extravagant and will be held in the elegant atmosphere of The Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton.
Thanksgiving in the Grill will be served Thursday, November 28, 2019, with two seatings: 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a flavorful four-course Thanksgiving-themed dinner created by The Ritz-Carlton's Chef Darry.
Peacock Loop Diner
Located in the Delmar Loop near Washington University's north St. Louis campus, the Peacock Loop Diner was voted "Best Commercial Space for Restaurants" in the St. Louis At Home Architect and Designer Awards for its unique design and inviting ambiance. The Peacock Loop Diner will be serving up its full menu—which includes hand-battered chicken breast and classic turkey and stuffing—on the big day.