Dining Out for Thanksgiving in Louisville, Kentucky

If you love all of the traditions of a Thanksgiving meal—turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce—yet want to take a break from cooking, there are plenty of restaurants where you and your family can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in Louisville, Kentucky.

From dining on a boat on the Ohio River to enjoying turkey while betting at the horse track, we’ve got you covered.

Remember, although some restaurants have room for families without reservations, others are booked weeks in advance. If you have your heart set on one of these Thanksgiving dinner locations, call ahead to reserve a table.

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Captain's Quarters

Captain's Quarters
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Address
5700 Captains Quarters Rd, Prospect, KY 40059, USA
Phone
+1 502-228-1651

In Prospect, Kentucky the Captain’s Quarters features a Thanksgiving cruise and buffet with salads, turkey, fried chicken, seafood, green bean casserole, and more. The restaurant is located on the Ohio River bank, offering stunning dining views. When the weather cooperates, diners can even eat outside. Call 502-228-1651 and ask about the CQ Princess Thanksgiving day cruise.

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Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs in Louisville
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Address
700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208, USA
Phone
+1 502-636-4400

On Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, Watch 12 exciting live races including two Stakes races: The Falls City Handicap (GII) and The Cardinal Handicap (GIII).

There will be betting, of course, but in the tradition of keeping it festive, there is also a Thanksgiving buffet complete with all of your holiday favorites, including sorghum-glazed ham, herb-roasted turkey, butternut squash, and corn salad. The buffet is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(Updated for 2018)

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The English Grill at the Brown Hotel

The English Grill at the Brown Hotel
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Address
335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202-2105, USA
Phone
+1 502-583-1234

In the historic Brown Hotel—yes, the same one that is famous for inventing the Hot Brown sandwich—you can enjoy a formal Thanksgiving feast. At this four-star restaurant, you will always find abundant choices such as shrimp and andouille gumbo, Hot Brown canapes, Jonah crab claws, oysters, hand-carved turkey with braised leek stuffing, pan-seared scallops, and beef tenderloin.

The holiday menu is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pricing is: adults $69, children (ages 4 to 12) $22. Children younger than 4 eat free. Call 502-583-1234 for reservations.

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J. Graham's Cafe at the Brown Hotel

Hot Brown Sandwich
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Address
335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202-2105, USA
Phone
+1 502-583-1234

The Brown Hotel but also offers something a bit more casual than the English Grill. Head to J. Graham’s for a Thanksgiving brunch buffet. Enjoy hand-crafted Belgian waffles, omelets, turkey, prime rib, and seasonal desserts.

Seatings are at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Adults $42, children (ages 4 to 12) $18. Children younger than 4 eat free. Call 502-583-1234 for reservations.

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Ohio River Thanksgiving Cruise

Spirit of Jefferson on the Ohio River
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Address
401 W River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202, USA
Phone
+1 502-574-2992

On Thanksgiving, the Mary M. Miller cruises the Ohio River. Plan to celebrate the holiday while enjoying the view and a traditional Thanksgiving buffet meal on this two-hour cruise.

Pricing is: adults $50.88 and children (ages 4 to 12) $33.93. Both prices include the tax. This popular event sells out, so make reservations early at 502-574-2992. 

The Belle of Louisville is a steamboat owned and operated by the city of Louisville, Kentucky, and moored at its downtown wharf next to the Riverfront Plaza/Belvedere.

(Updated for 2018)

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Proof on Main

Thanksgiving Dinner at Proof on Main
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Address
702 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202-2634, USA
Phone
+1 502-217-6360

Take pleasure in the art-filled dining room of Proof on Main. The chef cooks up Thanksgiving classics as well as the dishes Proof on Main is famous for.

The holiday meal is served from 2 to 8 p.m. Because of ​la carte options, the price for each meal varies. Call 502-217-6360 for additional information or to book your reservation. 

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Sway at the Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Louiseville Sway
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Address
311 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202-3001, USA
Phone
+1 502-581-1234

Sway Restaurant & Bar in the Hyatt Regency Louisville presents a Thanksgiving brunch with traditional favorites and seasonal entrees. And, of course, decadent desserts complete the meal.

Sway is home to Michelin Executive Chef Pietro Consort. Call 502-581-1234 for a reservation.

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Where to Dine Out for Thanksgiving in Louisville, Kentucky