This year, we’re expanding our Thanksgiving coverage. From articles about how to survive the big feast with a toddler, to alternative options for healthy eating without the high calorie count, Best of NJ is offering all sorts of Thanksgiving features (which can all be found here). Our most popular annual article, however, is this very piece about NJ restaurants open on Thanksgiving. Below, you’ll find this year’s featured restaurants as well as new entries and old favorites.

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NJ Events: NJ ThanksgivingOn top of our annual list of featured restaurants, we’ll be updating this story regularly with new listings as they become available. This statewide roundup highlights restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving, with additional information about their special deals, holiday hours and Thanksgiving menu options. You’ll find everything from great bargain dinners and bountiful buffets to incredibly extravagant culinary affairs.

If you know of a restaurant offering a special Thanksgiving deal but don’t see it on our list, be sure to reach out on our Facebook page and let us know! We’ll be updating this list regularly leading up to Thanksgiving.

Featured NJ Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

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Crystal Springs Resort

Location: 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg.
Details: Every Thanksgiving families flock to Crystal Springs Resort, leaving the cooking and cleaning to us! With the kids out of school, it can be the best opportunity for a long, laid-back weekend getaway at an extraordinary value. Join us for a weekend stuffed with holiday fun, entertainment and more! Arrive on Thanksgiving Eve and spend two nights at Crystal Springs Resort and receive 25% off accommodations. PLUS get your family portrait taken for a keepsake or to use on your Holiday Cards. No matter your reason to give thanks, there’s no better place to celebrate the season! Gather your loved ones to experience special holiday-themed events and activities as well as 6 delicious dining options including lavish Thanksgiving buffets and multi-course menus.
More info: Visit https://www.crystalgolfresort.com/discover/packages/thanksgiving-at-crystal-springs-resort/ or call 855-977-6473.

Calandra's Mediterranean Grill

Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill

Location: 118 US Highway 46, Fairfield.
Details: Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill will be hosting their Annual Deluxe Expanded Dinner Buffet this Thanksgiving. This buffet will feature an Array of Salads and Cold Antipasti, Pasta Station with Made to Order Pasta Selections, Carving Station serving Prime Rib and Turkey with all the Traditional Trimmings, An Ice Cream Bar with Toppings, A Viennese Table featuring Calandra’s Pastries and Pies, and so much more! Seatings from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm and 5:30 pm-7:30 pm.
More info: Click here for the full menu and pricing information, or call 973-575-6500.

Cucina Calandra

Cucina Calandra

Location: 216 US Highway 46, Fairfield
Details: This event features Chef Costantino’s selections from his Thanksgiving Day Specials along with Cucina Calandra’s standard ala carte menu. Enjoy Calandra’s fine wines and try traditional Thanksgiving specials crafted by Chef, such as “Petto di Tacchino Arrosto” complete with corn bread and apple dressing, sweet potatoes, green beans almondine and cranberry sauce! Please call ahead to make a reservation (standard reservations are available).
More info: Click here to view Chef Costantino’s Thanksgiving Specials, or call 973-575-7200.

Il Vecchio Cafe

Il Vecchio Cafe

Location: 234 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell
Details: This Thanksgiving, bring your family to Calandra’s Italian Village for their 12:30PM or 3:30PM seating and enjoy a special Thanksgiving Buffet that Chef Mike and Chef Francesco have created. This buffet will feature, Various Salads and Antipasti, Homemade Pastas, Chicken, Fish, and Ham Entrees, Turkey with Traditional Sides such as Baked Sweet Potato Casserole with walnuts, A Prime Rib Carving Station, Apple and Pumpkin Pies from Calandra’s Bakery, Mini Pastries, and so much more!
More info: Click here or call 973-226-8889.

Black Horse Tavern

Black Horse Tavern

Location: 1 West Main Street, Mendham
Details: The Black Horse Tavern is serving up a special a la carte menu on Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm (leaving you plenty of time to get your Black Friday shopping on after your meal). The menu includes Butternut Squash & Apple Bisque soup, Roast Turkey w/Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans & Gravy, Roast Chicken, Prime Rib and several Seafood Entrees to name just a few of the items available.
More info: Click here or call 973-543-7300.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Now you can take the stress out of Thanksgiving planning. Enjoy a three-course turkey dinner with all the trimmings inspired by your traditional favorites. Their full menu will also be available, …


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Thanksgiving at Amici Restaurant – Cherry Hill

Amici Restaurant – Cherry Hill
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Join in for a three course Thanksgiving Dinner! November 23rd, 2017. Call ahead for reservations today! (856) 354-1500. Info


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Thanksgiving at Carlucci's Waterfront

Carlucci's Waterfront
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Thanksgiving Dinner at Carlucci's Waterfront. Beautiful Waterfront views beyond compare! Call (856) 235-5737 for reservations. Info


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Thanksgiving at La Mezzaluna

La Mezzaluna
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Happy Thanksgiving! Full lunch and dinner for $35 per person. Includes your choice of an appetizer and an entree. Please call 609-688-8515 for reservations. Info


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Thanksgiving at The Black Horse Tavern

Black Horse Tavern
Thursday, November 23, 2017: The Black Horse Tavern is serving up a special a la carte menu on Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm (leaving you plenty of time to get your Black Friday shopping on after …


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Thanksgiving at The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Thanksgiving Dinner at The Capital Grille. Available Thanksgiving Day from 11am - 9pm. Full A La Carte Dinner Menu Also Available. Call (856) 665-5252 for reservations. Info


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Thanksgiving Dinner at MJ's at Buttonwood Manor

MJ's at Buttonwood Manor
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Join MJ's at Buttonwood Manor for Thanksgiving and try their custom Holiday Menu! Info


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Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at Perona Farms

Perona Farms
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Perona Farms' Thanksgiving dinner buffet includes a wide variety of traditional hot items along with carving stations, and cold platters. Reservations are required, 973-729-6161. Info


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Thanksgiving Gourmet Buffet at Three B's Bar & Bistro

Three B's Bar & Bistro
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Classic Holiday Carving Stations, Grand Venetian Desserts Table & More! Info


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Carmine's Thanksgiving Family Feast

Carmine's
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. Carmine’s traditional Thanksgiving feast features an 18 lb. roast turkey with all the trimmings. Enjoy this turkey dinner in their dining room or have …


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Thanksgiving at Bahrs

Bahrs Landing
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Take the family to Bahrs Landing for Thanksgiving Dinner. Also serving full seafood dinner menu. Seating from 11:30 until 4:30. Info


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Thanksgiving at Gladstone Tavern

Gladstone Tavern
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Gladstone Tavern will be open on Thanksgiving day with traditional family style menu. Call for reservations: (908) 234-9055. Info


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Thanksgiving at McLoone's Boathouse

McLoone's Boathouse
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Enjoy dishes from the buffet, or order a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Buffet: $37.95 for adults; $14.95 for kids ages 3-11. Turkey dinner: $26.95. For reservations call 826-252-7108. …


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Thanksgiving Buffet at The Olde Mill Inn

The Olde Mill Inn & Grain House Restaurant
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Let The Olde Mill Inn make your Thanksgiving a truly relaxing holiday by preparing your meal so that you can spend the day with friends and family. Reserve now for …


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Thanksgiving Buffets at Historic Smithville

Historic Smithville And Village Greene
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families from the Towne of Historic Smithville and the Village Greene. Enjoy a delicious and old time traditional holiday buffet and save the clean …


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Thanksgiving Dinner at the Grain House

The Olde Mill Inn & Grain House Restaurant
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Let the Grain House make your Thanksgiving a truly relaxing holiday by preparing your meal so that you can spend the day with friends and family. Reserve now for this …


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Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet at Artisan's Brewery & Italian Grill

Artisan's Brewery & Italian Grill
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Celebrate Thanksgiving at Artisan's with an amazing Buffet. Call 732-244-7566 for reservations. Info


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Give Thanks at The Bernards Inn

The Bernards Inn
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Feast on oven-roasted, organic Griggstown turkey with all the trimmings as well as beef, seafood and pasta selections, salads, charcuterie, cheeses, dessert and more. Info


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Ponzio's Thanksgiving

Ponzio's
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Family-owned and extremely kid-friendly, Ponzio's is a beloved Cherry Hill fixture that's been around since the 1960s. Thanksgiving menu features two entrees: roast turkey ($24.99) or baked ham ($21.99), both …


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Riverwinds Restaurant Thanksgiving

Riverwinds Restaurant
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at Riverwinds Restaurant. Info


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Thanksgiving at Cucina Calandra

Cucina Calandra
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Special Fall-Inspired Menu Featuring: Chef Costantino’s selections from his Thanksgiving Day Specials along with Cucina Calandra’s standard ala carte menu. Enjoy Calandra’s fine wines and try traditional Thanksgiving specials crafted …


Thanksgiving at Due Mari

Thanksgiving at Due Mari

Due Mari
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Join in at Due Mari for Thanksgiving! Three Courses $48. Info


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Thanksgiving at Fresco Steak & Seafood Grill

Fresco Steak & Seafood Grill
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Complete Festive Entrees, Carve Your Own Turkey, or Whole Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner to Go! Info


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Thanksgiving at Loucas Restaurant

Loucas Restaurant
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Complete Festive Entrees, Carve Your Own Turkey, or Whole Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner to Go! Info


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Thanksgiving at Madeleine's

Chez Madeleine Restaurant
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Enjoy the buffet or go a la cart with special holiday items. Info


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Thanksgiving at Morris Tap & Grill

Morris Tap & Grill
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Morris Tap & Grill is featuring a family style feast. $34 for adults; $15 for children under 12. For reservations call 973-891-1776. Info


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Thanksgiving at Pantagis Renaissance

Pantagis Renaissance
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Featuring a carving station, seafood, a huge selection of hot dishes and sides, plus a Viennese pastry table. Reservations are required for seatings at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. …


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Thanksgiving at Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Complete Festive Entrees, Carve Your Own Turkey, or Whole Turkey Thanksgiving Turkey to Go! Info


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Thanksgiving at Ruth's Parsippany

Ruth's Chris Steak House
Thursday, November 23, 2017: For Ruth, the best meals were the ones you didn’t worry about. So this Thanksgiving, let them handle the details. They'll provide the turkey and all the trimmings. You work …


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Thanksgiving at Ruth’s Atlantic

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Atlantic City
Thursday, November 23, 2017: For Ruth, the best meals were the ones you didn’t worry about. So this Thanksgiving, let them handle the details. They'll provide the turkey and all the trimmings. You work …


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Thanksgiving at Seasons 52

Seasons 52
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Gather with your family and friends at Seasons 52 this year for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, and give thanks for time spent with family, not your oven. …


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Thanksgiving at Stone House

Stone House at Stirling Ridge
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Bring the whole family to our house for a three-course, prix-fixe holiday menu. Info


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Thanksgiving at The Harvest Moon Inn

Harvest Moon Inn
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Three Course Thanksgiving Dinner! Limited Dinner Menu Available Along with a Turkey Price Fix Menu. Info


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Thanksgiving Buffet at Amalfis Restaurant & Bar

Amalfis Restaurant & Bar
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Seatings 12pm and 2pm. Thanksgiving Buffet at Amalfis Restaurant & Bar. Individual take-out Thanksgiving dinner also available. Info


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Thanksgiving Buffet at Prospector's Steakhouse & Saloon

Prospector's Steakhouse & Saloon
Thursday, November 23, 2017: All You Can Eat Thanksgiving Buffet at Prospector's Steakhouse & Saloon! Info


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Thanksgiving Buffet at Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant

Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant will be hosting their Thanksgiving Buffet from 12:00 to 7:00pm. Featuring all of the traditional fixings plus a few of Rooney’s staples! Info


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Thanksgiving Buffet at The Nassau Inn

Nassau Inn
Thursday, November 23, 2017: It's the season of thankfulness! Gather around with family and friends for a Thanksgiving feast at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room! Seatings at 12, 2 and 4pm. Call 609-688-2600 to reserve …


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Thanksgiving Dinner at Avenue Le Club

Avenue Le Club
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Take the family to Avenue Le Club for Thanksgiving. Three Course Dinner $39 per person. 12pm-6pm. Call (732) 759-2900. Info


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Thanksgiving Dinner at Joseph's Restaurant

Joseph's Restaurant
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Three Course Turkey Dinner. Call to make your Thanksgiving Dinner Reservations at Joseph's Restaurant! (609) 965-2111. Info


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Thanksgiving Dinner at MonAlyssa

MonAlyssa Restaurant & Pizzeria
Thursday, November 23, 2017: The time is ripe to place your orders for a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner! Orders must be placed by November 20. Dinner delivery and pick up Thanksgiving Day 12-4pm. Info


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Thanksgiving Dinner at Rat's

Rat's Restaurant
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Seatings at 12pm & 2:30pm. Bring the whole family or enjoy a quiet afternoon with a special loved one as you feast on a traditional sumptuous meal prepared by the …


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Thanksgiving Dinner at The Frenchtown Inn

Frenchtown Inn
Thursday, November 23, 2017: The Frenchtown Inn will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm on Thursday, November 23, 2017. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling: (908) 996.3300 Info


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Thanksgiving Dinner at The Reeds

The Reeds at Shelter Haven
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Guests are invited to indulge in a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet including favorite holiday fixings including carved turkey, smoked ham, savory stuffing, candied sweet potatoes, cranberries, desserts and more! Adults $38, …


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Thanksgiving Dinner with Villari's

Villari's Lakeside Restaurant & Bar
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Join Villari's Lakeside on Thursday, November 23rd for Thanksgiving Dinner. Check out their Dine-In and Take-Out menus. Info


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The Walpack Inn Thanksgiving

The Walpack Inn
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Seating times include: 12:00, 1:00, 2:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 6:30 PM. Call 973-948-3890 to reserve your table. Info


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Thanksgiving Buffet at il Vecchio Café

Il Vecchio Cafe
Thursday, November 23, 2017: This Thanksgiving, bring your family to Calandra’s Italian Village for their 12:30PM or 3:30PM seating and enjoy a special Thanksgiving Buffet that Chef Mike and Chef Francesco have created. This …


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Thanksgiving Day Buffet at The Mansion

The Mansion on Main Street
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Join The Mansion on Main Street For A Thanksgiving Day Buffet With A Gourmet Twist. Please Call for Reservations: 856-751-1717. Info


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Liberty House Thanksgiving

Liberty House Restaurant
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Celebrate Thanksgiving with views of New York City and a three course prix fix menu. Info


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Riverview Inn's Thanksgiving

Riverview Inn
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Riverview Inn will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner from 1pm to 6pm on November 23rd. Call (856) 678-3700 for reservations. Info


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Thanksgiving at Amanda's

Amanda's
Thursday, November 23, 2017: Amanda's will be serving a three-course prix fixe menu featuring a traditional turkey dinner and more. For reservations call 201-798-0101. Info


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Central Jersey Thanksgiving:

Hunterdon County Area Thanksgiving Dinner Restaurants:

The Frenchtown Inn, Frenchtown: Make this Thanksgiving special with a dining experience that will delight your palate at The Frenchtown Inn. This historic Hunterdon County restaurant features Old World charm, and award-winning cuisine by Chef Andrew Tomko.

Jakes 202, Flemington: Chef William Kinslow invites you and your family to Thanksgiving dinner at Jake’s. Offering white tabled fine dining in a casual setting, Jake’s offers holiday meals complete with soup, entree, and dessert.

Cracker Barrel, Clinton: If you love the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant and hate cooking for the holidays, why not take the family for Thanksgiving dinner? The Hunterdon County restaurant in Clinton offers a substantial meal for an inexpensive price.

Mercer County Thanksgiving Restaurants:

Salt Creek Grill, Princeton: Forget cleaning all of the good china and silverware for Thanksgiving guests–the Salt Creek Grille restaurant chain can prepare a scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner for you and your family.

Nassau Inn, Princeton: Start off the holiday season with Thanksgiving dinner at the Nassau Inn. Located in the heart of Palmer Square in Princeton, the Nassau Inn is an historic hotel famous for their annual Thanksgiving buffet.

Cracker Barrel, Hamilton Township: Forget shopping for holiday dinner ingredients and take the family to the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner. The Mercer County restaurant in Hamilton Township offers a substantial meal for a little money.

Somerset County Thanksgiving Restaurants:

The Bernards Inn, Bernardsville, Grand Buffet to 3 Course Prix Fixe Dinner: Give thanks with your family this year at The Bernards Inn. Since 1907, this historic inn has been catering to the carriage trade in the tradition of hospitality. Thanksgiving is a grand event, and a spectacular feast is offered. One Great Thanksgiving Dinner in New Jersey.


North Jersey Thanksgiving:

Bergen County Thanksgiving Restaurants:

The Brick House, Wyckoff: If you’re ready to do something different for Thanksgiving this year and you want to avoid the stress, plan ahead and make reservations for a festive feast at The Brick House. The Brick House is housed in a Federal Greek Revival farmhouse .

Chakra, Paramus: For an interpretive twist this Thanksgiving, make reservations for dinner at Chakra. This Bergen County restaurant offers dinner on Thanksgiving. Chef Thomas Ciszak will be offering a menu with multiple options for three courses.

Morris County Thanksgiving Restaurants:

Morris Tap & Grill, Randolph: A traditional family style dinner with all of the trimmings is waiting for you at Morris Tap & Grill. This Morris County restaurant is serving a family style Thanksgiving dinner. You will can have turkey or honey glazed ham.

Sussex County Thanksgiving Restaurants:

Perona Farms, Andover: Forget browsing through cookbooks for holiday recipes and make reservations for the spectacular Thanksgiving dinner buffet at Perona Farms. This Sussex County venue offers a lavish Thanksgiving dinner buffet complete with turkey, prime rib, smoked salmon, Virginia ham, and tilapia.

Crystal Springs Resort: For the ultimate getaway, take the family for Thanksgiving dinner and a mini stay at Crystal Springs Resort. The Sussex County resort offers several options for dinner on Thanksgiving.


Jersey Shore Thanksgiving:

Monmouth County Thanksgiving Restaurants:

Salt Creek Grill, Rumson: For a delicious Thanksgiving meal at one of New Jersey’s best restaurant chains, take the family to Salt Creek Grille in Rumson. The Monmouth County venue will be serving dinner on Thanksgiving.

Cape May County Thanksgiving Restaurants:

The Flanders Hotel, Ocean City: Make this year memorable. Take the family south for a feast in one of the seaside ballrooms at The Flanders Hotel. This Cape May County venue offers its Thanksgiving buffet on Thanksgiving.

Ocean County Thanksgiving Restaurants:

The Gables, Beach Haven, LBI: You spent your summer days at LBI, why not bring the family back for Thanksgiving dinner at The Gables? This contemporary Long Beach Island restaurant and hotel is set in an 1890s restored Victorian inn. Chef Richard Diemer has earned top ratings from Zagat’s for his creative cuisine.


South Jersey Thanksgiving:

Burlington County Thanksgiving Restaurants:

NJ Events: Best of NJ Award StampsMastoris, Bordentown Township, $24.00 prix fixe:

A favorite New Jersey diner in my family is Mastoris. So, it should come as no surprise that we return there every year for our Thanksgiving dinner. A mammoth venue that Henry the VIII would love, Mastoris will be serving Thanksgiving dinner for very affordable prices.

Camden County Thanksgiving Restaurants:

Battleship New Jersey Thanksgiving for Troops & Homeless Veterans, Camden: On Thanksgiving Day, our nation’s most decorated can enjoy a free full-course dinner on the Battleship New Jersey. On Thursday, November 26, 2015, volunteers and greeters are welcome to help the crew serve dinner.

Ponzios, Cherry Hill: Forget cooking over a hot stove this Thanksgiving and take the family to Ponzio’s for a hearty feast. Ponzio’s is one of New Jersey’s most famous diners. This Camden County venue will be serving Thanksgiving dinner.


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