If you love all of the trimmings of a Thanksgiving table—turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce—yet do not enjoy entertaining or cooking, Louisville has plenty of restaurants to feed your family. From dining on a boat on the Ohio River to sampling turkey while betting at the track, we’ve got you covered. Remember, while some restaurants have room for families to walk in, others are booked weeks in advance. If you have your heart set on one of these Thanksgiving dinner locations, call ahead and reserve a table.
If you are looking for additional things to do with visitors, check out the November Event Calendar and this list of what is happening over Thanksgiving weekend in Louisville.
Don't feel like cooking? These businesses and restaurants make Thanksgiving dinners...to go.
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Thanksgiving Cruises on the Ohio River
On Thanksgiving, The Spirit of Jefferson cruises the Ohio River. Plan to celebrate the holiday while enjoying the view and a traditional meal. Discounted tickets are available for children and seniors. There are also tickets available for those who want to go for the cruise and forgo the meal.
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If you’ve got the gambling itch, Churchill Downs is open for a full day of racing on Thanksgiving Day. 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. How much you really spend, is up to you.
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In the historic Brown Hotel—yes, the same one that is famous for inventing the Hot Brown sandwich—offers a Thanksgiving feast every fall. You will always find abundant choices such as pan-seared filet mignon with herbed mashed potatoes or a traditional turkey plate with herb stuffing and sweet potato pie. Save room for dessert with options like pumpkin pie, apple cranberry bread pudding, and chocolate tart. Reservations are requested, call The Brown Hotel at (502) 583-1234.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Interested in heading to The Brown Hotel but looking for something a bit more casual? Head to J. Graham’s. Soup, salads, carving stations, and desserts will be at the ready. Featured main dishes have included Kansas City strip loin with bourbon-apple jus; maple-glazed Kentucky ham and citrus-roasted turkey breast carved to order; and seared salmon with red pepper coulis. Reservations are requested, call The Brown Hotel at (502) 583-1234.
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Enjoy a Thanksgiving meal in the famous Seelbach Hotel. Expect all of your Thanksgiving favorite dishes, there is often live music, too. This is a hotel full of history and was one of Al Capone's favorite spots when he came to Kentucky to pick up bootleg booze. Ask about it! Thanksgiving reservations are recommended, call (502) 585-9292.
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Winston’s and The Bakery at Sullivan University create a family-friendly Thanksgiving meal. Enjoy traditional holiday favorites like turkey, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Children under 4 years old eat free. Call (502) 456-0980 or visit the website.
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Sway in the Hyatt Regency Louisville presents a Thanksgiving buffet with traditional favorites and seasonal entrees. And, of course, decadent desserts complete the meal. Call for reservations (502) 217-6028. Plus, if you are looking for festivities following your meal, you'll be close to Fourth Street Live!Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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In Prospect, KY, Captain’s Quarters features a Thanksgiving buffet with salads, turkey, fried chicken, seafood, green bean casseroles and more. The restaurant is located right 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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