Dining Out for Thanksgiving in Louisville

Churchill Downs in Louisville
••• Mali Anderson

If you love all of the trimmings of a Thanksgiving table—turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce—yet don't enjoy entertaining or cooking, there are plenty of restaurants where your family can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in Louisville, Kentucky. From dining on a boat on the Ohio River to sampling 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.

Do you want to eat a Thanksgiving meal at home but skip the meal preparation and cleaning? These businesses and restaurants make Thanksgiving dinners to go.

If you are looking for additional things to do with visitors, check out this list of what is happening during Thanksgiving weekend in Louisville.

  • 01 of 08

    In Prospect, Kentucky, 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.

  • 02 of 08
    Churchill Downs in Louisville
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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, including sorghum-glazed ham, herb-roasted turkey, butternut squash, and corn salad. The buffet is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For reservations, call 502-636-4450.

  • 03 of 08
    Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY
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    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 every fall 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. Adults $69, children (ages 4 to 12) $22. Children younger than 4 eat free. Call 502-583-1234 for reservations.



  • 04 of 08
    Hot Brown Sandwich
    ••• The Hot Brown Sandwich where it all began, at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY. Mali Anderson

    Interested in heading to The Brown Hotel but looking for something a bit more casual than the English Grill? Then head to J. Graham’s for a Thanksgiving brunch buffet. Enjoy hand-crafted Belgian waffles, omelettes, 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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  • 05 of 08
    Outside of Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, KY

    Enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner in Louisville at the famous Seelbach Hilton Hotel. The Oakroom, Kentucky's only AAA Five Diamond restaurant, serves 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! To make reservations, call 502-585-9292.

  • 06 of 08
    Spirit of Jefferson on the Ohio River
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    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. Adults $48, children (ages 4 to 12) $32. This popular event sells out, so make reservations early at 502-574-2992. 

  • 07 of 08
    Thanksgiving Dinner at Proof on Main
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    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. 

  • 08 of 08

    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.