What Restaurants Are Open Thanksgiving? Applebee’s, Golden Corral, Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden– Hours

November 22, 2018 Updated: November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving is Nov. 22, and many chain restaurants are open, offering meals.

Applebee’s will be open in some locations. Check before going to your local restaurant.

Black Angus Steakhouse encourages people to make reservations. Hours appear to be normal, but check first. It will be serving its Thanksgiving Day Feast, which includes deals.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is open Thanksgiving, and it is serving a Thanksgiving meal.

Golden Corral is offering a Thanksgiving Day Buffet at some locations.

Marie Callender’s – Most restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Check hours before going.

Olive Garden locations will be closed on Thanksgiving. Some locations might operate on holiday schedules, however.

Denny’s is open with their normal hours on Thanksgiving. It will be serving Thanksgiving meal.

Waffle House will be open on Thanksgiving. Check hours first.

Most TGI Friday’s will be open on Thanksgiving. However, check before going. Most will be open until 4 p.m. local time.

Chili’s will be open on Thanksgiving in some locations. Check first before going out.

Walgreens will be open per usual on Thanksgiving Day, and 24-hour locations will have the same hours. And Non-24 hour Walgreens stores are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Their pharmacies will also be open Thanksgiving Day, and the same goes for the 24-hour pharmacies. Normal business hours are expected for Black Friday.

CVS stores, meanwhile, are open Thanksgiving Day, while the 24-hour locations will have the same hours. Check local listings for hours.

Rite Aid stores will also be open in some locations starting at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. They will open 7 a.m. Black Friday.

Walmart’s pharmacies will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. They will have normal hours on Black Friday.

Target’s pharmacies are closed on Thanksgiving Day. They will have normal hours on Black Friday.

Starbucks is open Thanksgiving.

A number of stores will open later in the day on Thanksgiving Day and will stay open into Black Friday. Many stores appear to be opening earlier in the day on Thanksgiving.


Meanwhile, for travel, mild weather and falling gasoline prices are helping Thanksgiving travelers get where they’re going while saving a few bucks.

Airports around the country were busy Wednesday, leading to more than 1,500 delayed flights by early afternoon on the East Coast. Only about 75 flights were canceled, however, with about 40 of those in San Francisco, according to tracking service FlightAware.

GasBuddy, a price-comparison site, said prices were under $2 a gallon in nine states, with several others hovering just above that mark.

“We will see the national average go lower because there are still drops in the pipeline,” said GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan. He estimated that U.S. motorists are spending $100 million less each day on gasoline than they were a month ago.

AAA is forecasting the busiest Thanksgiving travel period since 2005. Most people who will travel at least 50 miles from home are going by car, according to the auto club. AAA spokesman Robert Sinclair credited a strong economy and rising consumer confidence, “and when we have a little time built into our schedules, we take advantage of it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.