If you're traveling to Pittsburgh for the Thanksgiving holiday but don't feel like cooking a traditional meal for you and your family and friends, consider dining out or ordering a catered meal from one of the restaurants or grocery stores in the area that are serving up special holiday feasts.
The Pittsburgh area has several locations to choose from that are open on Thanksgiving Day, though you may have to be flexible with what time you usually like to eat your holiday meal, especially if you have a large party. Earlier seating times tend to go first, and no matter what time you want to eat, you'll want to book your reservation as soon as possible to ensure availability.
There are also a few places in Pittsburgh which will, with advance reservation, prepare a full Thanksgiving Dinner for you and your guests, ready for you to pick up on Thanksgiving Day.
With various locations around the Pittsburgh region—including North Hills, Murrysville, O'Hara, Peter's Township, Pleasant Hills, and Mount Lebanon—Atria's three-course feast is perhaps the best deal in the area for eating a full meal without any of the hassle of cooking it—and you can even order from their special "Thanksgiving To-Go" menu that includes turkey or ham (or both) and traditional stuffing and green beans almondine.
One of Pittsburgh's most romantic and elegant restaurants, Hyeholde, hosts a traditional three-course Thanksgiving Day dinner that's stuffed with treats including herbes de Provence turkey and a traditional apple cake. Because of its fairy-tale castle charm, locals love this restaurant for a special meal out.
The LeMont Pittsburgh offers a special Thanksgiving Feast Buffet that's so popular you'll need reservations far in advance. Planning ahead will pay off, though, because this classic and luxurious restaurant's decor will make a great backdrop for your Thanksgiving dinner.
Gateway Clipper's Majestic Cruise
For a holiday dinner with a different twist, try the Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise on the Gateway Clipper's Majestic, where guests can enjoy traditional Thanksgiving fare and music on one of three two-and-a-half-hour cruises offered on the big day.
The Wooden Nickel Restaurant
If you want a holiday dinner with a more home-style feel, consider The Wooden Nickel Restaurant in Monroeville, where you can enjoy a classic American Thanksgiving meal. The all-you-can-eat offer includes a plated feast with your choice of roast turkey or grilled Scottish salmon, plus mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, vegetables, and a dessert buffet.
Chelsea Grille in Oakmont
If you've already got the perfect venue, reserve your meal from the Chelsea Grille in Oakmont. A takeout dinner for 12 to 15 people features a fully cooked whole turkey, traditional mashed potatoes and stuffing, and gravy and rolls.
Fresco's Pittsburgh will prepare a complete gourmet Thanksgiving dinner for you and have it ready to pick up. With options for serving 8 to 10, 12 to 14, or 18 to 20 people, this option is good if you've got a large traveling party.
Giant Eagle Market District
Giant Eagle Market District can also put your entire Thanksgiving meal on the table for you, including a 10 to 12-pound fully-cooked turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, carrot soufflé, cranberry-orange sauce, and pumpkin pie.
Consider checking out Rania's Catering for chef-made Thanksgiving favorites. This option makes for the perfect made-to-order personalized Thanksgiving dinner for you and your family to enjoy at home.