A well-cooked meal doesn’t have to come from your own kitchen. Sometimes it’s easier to appreciate a delicious meal, family and friends, and the changing of the seasons while someone else does the dishes. If you’re celebrating with a smaller crowd or just need a place for dessert, look no further than an open, welcoming restaurant this Thanksgiving for brunch or dinner. There are too many restaurants to choose from; a casual diner perfect for a quick meal or fine dining with all the elegance you can imagine. Upscale dining offers you a Thanksgiving dinner combining all of the courses, wine and atmosphere you can handle. The majority of these restaurants are kid-friendly, even the ones using crystal, so pack everyone up and head to the best restaurants in Cleveland for Thanksgiving.
55 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113
Hours: Nov. 22 – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Although certified Angus beef is the standard for John Q’s Steakhouse, this Thanksgiving enjoy turkey as well. Since the late 1970s John Q’s Steakhouse has been a beacon of public square; shining brightly with Christmas lights through the holidays, hosting private events including wedding receptions and birthdays, and celebrating the wins (and losses) of local sports teams. John Q’s Steakhouse is a classic up-scale Cleveland dining experience you can trust to guide you through Thanksgiving and into the New Year. Join John Q’s for Thanksgiving and enjoy a buffet menu as endless as the history this restaurant has seen. Children are welcome here.
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24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113
Hours: Nov. 22 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you’re fortunate enough to be traveling over Thanksgiving, count your blessings if you’re staying at the iconic Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland. There you’ll find Sans Souci, a restaurant able to transport you to the Mediterranean with its atmosphere and culinary prowess. Its location offers breakfast, but attempt to wait until the afternoon meal. Serving on Thanksgiving for many years, Sans Souci has perfected the combination of its unique style and flavor with accessible Thanksgiving fare. While it’s tempting to choose the traditional turkey and cranberries, you’ll find yourself drawn to the rest of the menu with its potent Mediterranean flavors. It might be in your best interest to stay an extra day or two at the Renaissance hotel, that way you can enjoy Sans Souci again and again before heading home.
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12700 Lake Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
Hours: Nov. 22 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Seated up against the windows at Pier W is the only way to dine. The shoreline of Lake Erie is before you, downtown Cleveland, with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Browns Stadium, twinkles against the water and the dinner menu before you awaits examination. This five-star restaurant with an amazing Sunday brunch isn’t afraid of Thanksgiving dinner. Though known for award-winning seafood, Pier W takes the classic American holiday and turns it on its ear. Its fresh food philosophy carries over to every other item on the menu including a Thanksgiving carving station, a dessert selection that deserves its own menu, and drinks not meant for pilgrims. If you’re on the west side of Cleveland, think of Pier W for Thanksgiving, but call ahead. The best seats in the house, those with a view of the skyline, fill quickly and are impossible to give up.
19797 Detroit Road
Rocky River, OH 44116
Hours: Nov. 22 – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Michael’s Family Restaurant is a warm hug from missed relatives on Thanksgiving. Literally family owned and run for more than 40 years, it will serve you and your relatives a turkey dinner reminiscent of grandma’s. If turkey isn’t high on your list, and although it’s Thanksgiving, feel free to wander back over to the classic Michael’s menu for chicken marsala, stuffed manicotti or veal paprikash. Your waitress may give you a hug when leaving; the hospitality is extraordinary at Michael’s, so know that this won’t be your last visit.
13101 Triskett Road
Cleveland, OH 44111
Hours: Nov. 22 – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If there ever was a classic diner in Cleveland, George’s Kitchen would be it. Enjoy breakfast served all day, kid-friendly service and coffee that’s always hot, fresh and ready for your cup. Thanksgiving at George’s Kitchen could mean an entire meal or just a slice of pie and hot cup o’ joe after a workday. Friendly faces will greet you at George’s Kitchen, so be sure to bring yours when stopping in for Thanksgiving turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes.