Cooking a Thanksgiving meal is a big production. If you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, there are many restaurants ready to serve you a feast. Buffets are a popular option, with hotel restaurants leading the charge, and a few area bars are serving free meals, at least until their food runs out.
This list is not comprehensive, and it does not include churches hosting free Thanksgiving meals.
Ox Yoke Inn
4420 220th Trail, Amana, (319) 622-3409
Family-style Thanksgiving meal for groups of eight or less, with entrees served alongside refillable bowls of sides. A variety of selections from the regular menu will be available alongside a turkey dinner, which is $23.99 for adults, $13.99 children ages 5 to 10 and $5.99 ages 1 to 4. Larger groups will be served the turkey and ham banquet with sides, plus a beverage and pumpkin pie or ice cream. The banquet is $25.99 for adults, $15.99 for children ages 5 to 10 and $6.99 ages 1 to 4. Food served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservation required.
4408 220th Trail, Amana, (319) 622-3641
Turkey and ham, sides and dessert, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., $20.95 adults, $8.95 children ages 5 to 12, $4.95 children 4 and under. Reservation required.
Bricks Bar & Grill
320 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, (319) 362-7425
From 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., “Thanksgiving for Misfits” celebration with food, drink specials and football on TV.
Cedar River Landing
301 F Ave. NW, Cedar Rapids, (319) 364-1854
Open 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., with free buffet served 4 p.m. until food is gone.
Chrome Horse Saloon
1201 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids, (319) 200-4440
Buffet 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., $14 with a portion of proceeds going to the Freedom Foundation, and customers asked to bring a can of food for donation to a local food pantry.
Granite City Food & Brewery
4755 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, (319) 395-7500
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Three course, family-style meal, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. $26.99 adults, $8.99 kids.
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, (319) 848-8777
Buffet, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., $40 for adults, $15 kids ages 3 to 12 and free for 2 and under. Reservation required.
Iowa Brewing Company
708 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids, (319) 366-2337
Open 7 a.m. to noon for a “Cousin Eddie Party,” featuring hors d’oeuvres and 12 ounce 4-packs of special release Cousin Eddie’s Breakfast Ale to take home.
The Longbranch and Huston Rogers Steakhouse
90 Twixt Town Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids, (319) 377-6386
Two buffets — one at brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the other at dinner, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. The regular menu will not be available. $27.99 for adults, $26.99 seniors, $12.99 children under 12 and children under 4 free at brunch only.
Parlor City Pub & Eatery
1125 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids, (319) 247-0000
Open at 4 p.m., with live music from Daddy-O starting at 7 p.m.
Ramada Hotel & Convention Center
525 33rd Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, (319) 366-8671
Brunch buffet 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $19.99 for adults, $17.99 seniors and veterans, $9.99 children 12 and under and free for children 4 and under, with a complimentary glass of Champagne for guests over age 21.
836 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, (319) 777-9778 and 2727 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids, (319) 826-3923
These two Riley’s locations will be open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., serving a full Thanksgiving meal. The Boyson Road NE and Sylvia Avenue NE locations will be closed.
16th Ave Grill
3130 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, (319) 261-1249
Buffet 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., $17.99. Regular menu unavailable. Reservation recommended.
Stadium Bar & Grill
957 Rockford Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids, (319) 363-4635
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Free Thanksgiving lunch, from 11 a.m. until food runs out.
DoubleTree by Hilton, 350 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, (319) 731-4483
A three course meal, $26 for adults, $12 children 10 and under. An Aa la carte menu also will be available. Reservation required.
Foxy’s Chill & Grill
347 E. Main St., Central City, (319) 438-3333
Open at noon on Thanksgiving, with an open mic night beginning at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving dinner served from 4 p.m. until the food is gone. Free will donation.
AsianTaste Restaurant & Catering
2301 Second St., Suite 2, Coralville, (319) 351-5929
A free Thanksgiving meal from noon to 8 p.m.
I Love Pho
2020 Eighth St., Coralville, (319) 359-1767
Open 10:30 a.m. but closing one hour early at 8 p.m.
Twelve01 Kitchen & Tap
Radisson Hotel, 1210 First Ave., Coralville, (319) 338-1201
Brunch buffet 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., $23.95 for adults, $19.95 seniors, $14.95 children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and under. Non-alcoholic beverages included with buffet purchase. Reservation recommended.
Iowa River Power
501 First Ave., Coralville, (319) 351-1904
Online reservations are closed, but people may call for available buffet times and details.
Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
3184 Highway 22, Riverside, (319) 648-1234
Buffet 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., $23.99.
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