We have plenty to be thankful for, but our busy lives get even busier around the holidays. If you don’t have the time to prepare a feast of your own, or if Thanksgiving dinner somehow got left off your “to do” list, here is a long list of local restaurants that will help you celebrate the occasion, even at the very last minute.
Although the Christmas decorations are already on display at your local hardware store, don’t forget to take a moment to celebrate a truly American holiday — Thanksgiving.
Union Park Dining Room, Hotel Macomber, 727 Beach Ave., Cape May, 609-884-8811. Four course prix-fixe Thanksgiving Day menu served from 2 to 7 p.m. Pumpkin bisque or cream of potato soup. Field greens, caesar or bartlett pear salad. Entrees include traditional American turkey dinner; slow roasted short ribs with whipped potatoes and chai glaze; pan seared salmon, grape tomato crab salad and herb polenta. Desserts: pumpkin pyramid, French apple tart, ice cream. $48 per person; $24 children
Mussel Bar & Grille, Revel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-225-9851. Serving from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Belgian ale brined turkey, black forest ham with dijon and brown sugar glaze, oyster and boudin stuffing, Brussels sprouts with bacon and apple, mashed Yukon gold potatoes, old fashioned giblet gravy, cranberry-apple and maple relish. Dessert: wild berry Bavarian cream with candied citrus zest. $32 per person.
Relish, Revel Casino Hotel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 856-348-0500. Open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Roasted butternut squash soup with caramelized onion. Turkey breast, stuffing, mashed potato, cranberry sauce and gravy. Pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Thanksgiving special prix fixe menu $19.95. Regular menu turkey dinner available for $14.
Old Homestead Steak House, 1 Borgata Way, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 609-317-1000. Serving 4 to 11 p.m. Traditional Thanksgiving dinner of carved turkey, cranberry walnut raisin stuffing, roasted yams, string beans, cranberry relish, giblet gravy. $29 per person.
Bobby Flay, 1 Borgata Way, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 609-317-1000. Serving from 4 to 11 p.m. Thanksgiving entree: maple horseradish glazed turkey with smoked chili gravy, cornbread, wild mushroom and bacon stuffing, cranberry, fig and pinot noir chutney and sweet potato gratin. $29 per person.
Wolfgang Puck, 1 Borgata Way, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 609-317-1000. Thanksgiving menu served from 4 to 10 p.m. Roasted turkey breast, smoked turkey leg, smoked turkey sausage, potato puree, natural gravy, sausage stuffing, cranberry relish and seasonal vegetables. $29 per person.
Fornelletto, 1 Borgata Way, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 609-317-1000. From 4 to 9:30 p.m. Roasted turkey breast, leg confit, fennel sausage stuffing, roasted Brussels sprouts with maple and pancetta, olive oil whipped potatoes and cranberry quince mostarda. $29 per person.
The Metropolitan, 1 Borgata Way, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 609-317-1000. Serving 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Salad: red oak, frisee, lolla rosa, poached quince apple, toasted walnuts, maytag bleu, cranberry vinaigrette. Entree: roasted turkey, traditional stuffing, whipped potato tower, candied sweet potato gratin, bouquet of green beans, house made cranberry-orange sauce. Dessert: pumpkin pie or cranberry cheesecake. $29 per person.
Scarduzio’s Steak, Sushi and Lounge, Showboat, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 800-621-0200. Serving 5:30 to 10 p.m. Amuse bouche: antipasti. Appetizer: roasted butternut squash soup, mixed field greens, shrimp tempura roll, or homemade potato gnocchi. Entree: free-range roasted turkey, roasted root vegetable stuffing, citrus roasted yams, pomme puree, haricot verts with bacon and onions, natural jus and cranberry sauce. Dessert: white chocolate pumpkin cheese cake, apple crumb pie or warm pumpkin bread pudding anglaise. $40 per person.
Nero’s Chophouse & Sushi Bar, Caesars, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, 609-348-4411. Soup: butternut squash bisque. Salad: crab-green apple galette. Entree choice: hand carved free range turkey or Nero’s prime cut standing rib roast. Dessert choice: apple cider cheese cake, pumpkin pie, or warm apple pie with vanilla bean creme fraiche. $49 per person.
6ix A Bistro, Bally’s, 1900 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, 877-346-4642. Roasted butternut squash soup, mixed field greens salad, oven-roasted free-range turkey with giblet gravy, white and dark meat served with candied sweet potatoes, cranberry preserves, homemade stuffing, whipped potatoes, and green beans, or roasted prime rib of beef au jus served with potato and parsnip mash, sweet corn, “spoonbread” and green beans. Dessert: pumpkin or pecan pie. $24.95 per person.
Crossroads @ House of Blues, Showboat, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-343-4330. Serving 3 to 10 p.m. Choice of roasted butternut squash soup or mixed field greens. Entree: roasted turkey, cranberry cornbread stuffing, citrus giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetable and cranberry sauce. Dessert: pumpkin or coconut cream pie. $32.99 per person
Latz’s by the Bay, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, 609-788-8838. Reservations accepted from 2 to 8 p.m. Traditional Thanksgiving dinner ($24.95) includes Latz’s house salad, turkey, stuffing, freshly made cranberry sauce, candied carrots, mashed potatoes and gravy and pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream. Also available, appetizers: jumbo shrimp cocktail ($14.95); stuffed portabella mushroom ($); Drew’s seafood chowder ($7.50). Entrees: char-grilled 1/2-pound filet with melted gorgonzola and honey balsamic, figs, goat cheese mashed, and vegetable ($30); char-grilled salmon with brown sugar-dijon glaze, macadamia rice and vegetable ($28); pasta primavera with linguini ($21.95). All entrees served with house salad, home-baked bread and dipping oil.
Shore Diner, 6710 Tilton Road, Egg Harbor Township, 609-641-3669. Served noon to closing, also available to-go. Roast young turkey with chestnut stuffing and gravy, soup or salad, cranberry sauce, baked sweet potato, sauteed string beans, fresh bread basket, homemade pumpkin pie, unlimited coffee, tea or iced tea. $15.95 per person; children under 12 $9.95.
Ram’s Head Inn, 9 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway, 609-652-1700. Serving four course meal with seatings from noon to 8 p.m. Choice of roasted beet salad with herbed goat cheese; house smoked salmon; traditional jumbo shrimp cocktail ($6); colossal lump crabmeat cocktail ($6); butternut squash soup; shrimp bisque; escargot in puff pastry shell; steamed little neck clams with chorizo; crab cake with whole grain mustard sauce; lobster mac and cheese. RHI mixed green salad. Choice of roasted turkey ($42); honey smoked ham ($44); filet mignon ($56); pan seared filet of salmon ($47); sauteed Australian Barramundi ($47); baked jumbo stuffed shrimp ($48); prime rib ($52); rack of lamb ($58); veal osso bucco ($47). Available upon request: beef wellington ($56); chicken pot pie ($43). Freshly brewed coffee, decaffeinated coffee and hot tea included.
Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant, 1301 Beach Ave., Cape May, 609-884-9090. Special three-course dinner served from 3 to 7 p.m. First course: butternut squash bisque, Belgian endive and autumn green salad, yellowfin tuna crudo, or duck confit and wild mushroom arancini. Second course: Eberly Farms organic free range turkey, sausage and cherry brioche stuffing, bacon wrapped monkfish, grilled prime NY strip steak with rosemary goat cheese potato gratin, or roasted pumpkin and pear agnolotti. Third course: warm English date pudding with vanilla ice cream, chocolate panna cotta, spiced pumpkin mousse or PSI artisanal cheese plate. Adult prix fixe $55; children $25.
The Flanders Hotel, 719 E. 11th St., Ocean City, 609-399-1000. Thanksgiving buffet served from noon until 3 p.m. in 2nd floor ballrooms. Appetizer choices: shrimp cocktail, field green salad, roasted beet and arugula salad, roasted root vegetable salad, white bean and bacon soup, spiced butternut squash soup. Carving station: roasted Carolina turkey, roasted sirloin of beef, cider brined pork loin. Hot entrees: seared breast of chicken, grilled salmon, green beans, grilled shiitake & shallots, chardonnay glazed carrots, gouda and Yukon gold mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, spinach and ricotta agnolotti. Dessert station: deep dish apple pie, traditional pumpkin pie, French pastries, pumpkin cheesecake, assorted cookies and brownies. Adults $34.95; $14.95 children under 12.
The Knife & Fork, 3600 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, 609-344-1133. Four-course Thanksgiving menu runs from 2 to 8 p.m. featuring all natural turkeys from Plainville Farms, Oxford, Pa. (humanely raised, no antibiotics or growth hormones). Choice of sweet potato bisque or corn and crab chowder. Salad choice: harvest green, classic caesar, or arugula. Entree: roast free range turkey with pan gravy, cornbread sage stuffing, green beans with sultanas and pine nuts, mashed Yukon gold potatoes. Fall dessert sampler: salted caramel apple tart, pumpkin cheesecake, pecan pie, cinnamon gelato. Regular menu also available. Adults $39; children 12 and under $17.
The Reeds at Shelter Haven, 9601 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, 609-368-0100 ext. 2008. Traditional family-style dinner. Seating times from 2 to 5 p.m. Salads: roasted beet, dill deviled eggs or ambrosia roasted almond. Entrees: Roast turkey with giblet sage pan gravy, glazed smoked ham, blood orange compote, cranberry orange sauce, sweet potato dressing, mashed potatoes, crispy green beans, smoked bacon, buttered shallots, sweet corn bread casserole. Desserts: pumpkin tart, apple cobbler, flourless chocolate cake. Reservations required. $35 per person; 12 and under $18; 3 and under free.
Girasole, 3108 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, 609-345-5554. Three-course Thanksgiving menu served from 4 to 9 p.m., to include gnocchetti vegetable soup, roasted turkey barolo wine filling, porcini mushroom, Italian sausage, chestnut and traditional sides. Homemade dessert. Regular menu also available. $33 per person.
The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia, 25 Jackson St., Cape May, 609-884-5700. Traditional Thanksgiving dinner served from 2 to 7 p.m. Amuse: cranberry rhubarb tart. First course: Cinderella pumpkin soup, poached apple salad, sweet potato ravioli. Intermezzo: hot spiced pear cider, mascarpone sorbet, candied lemon. Main course: crispy turkey roulade with foie gras and truffle stuffing; braised short ribs with glazed Thumbelina carrots and herbed spaetzle; pan roasted Scottish organic salmon with, roasted root vegetables, white bean cassoulet, Meyer lemon beurre blanc. Dessert: cranberry rhubarb cobbler, honeycrisp apple bread pudding, pumpkin mousse, selection of ice cream. $65 per person, $35 extra per person for wine pairing. Reservations required.
Rio Station Restaurant, 3505 Route 9, Rio Grande, 609-889-2000. Thanksgiving dinner served from 1 to 8 p.m. in the dining room and bar. Early bird turkey platters with all the trimmings available from 1 to 2:30 p.m. along with a ham platter or ham and turkey combo ($14.99 adults; $9.99 for kids). From 2:30 to 8 p.m. ($16.99 adults; $10.99 for children). Thanksgiving menu includes World Famous crabcakes and hand-cut 8-ounce filets.
Phillips Seafood, The Pier at Caesars, 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, 609-348-2273. Reservations and walk-ins welcome from noon to 8 p.m. Special four-course menu: roasted butternut squash and spiced apple chowder; autumn pear salad; traditional roast turkey dinner; choice of pumpkin pie, apple pie, or pumpkin cheesecake. $36 per person.
The Smithville Inn, 1 N. New York Road, Smithville, 609-652-7777. Thanksgiving buffet available from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Traditional foods include antipasto; salad station; fish station with smoked salmon and smoked white fish; pasta station with cheese ravioli and rosa sauce, rigatoni bolognese, penne with shrimp and vegetables; mashed potato bar. Hot buffet choices: chicken piccata; potato encrusted salmon; country style roast pork; white meat turkey. Carving station: turkey breast; dark meat turkey; baked ham; top round of beef. Bread station. Dessert station: cannoli; brownies; cheesecakes; lemon squares; bread pudding. Adults $35.95; half-price for children ages 4 to 11. Reservations accepted for groups of 10 or more.
Gallagher’s Steak House, Resorts Casino, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-340-6555. Serving from 5 to 9 p.m. Thanksgiving menu: roasted butternut soup with toasted almonds; mixed greens, sliced apple, walnut, cranberry vinaigrette. Roasted turkey, green beans almondine, cranberry walnut stuffing, house-made cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy. House-made warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream. $49 per person.
Atlantic City Country Club, 1 Leo Fraser Drive, Northfield, 609-236-4465. Traditional Thanksgiving Day buffet with seating times at 1, 3, and 5:30 p.m. Starters: imported cheese and fruit display; antipasto display; butternut squash ravioli; crispy fried mozzarella; nuts and fried fruits; apple cider; field greens and Jersey fresh vegetables. Carved: Maple Grove Farms herb-roasted turkey; oven roasted angus prime rib of beef au jus; molasses-glazed Virginia ham; mustard-crusted leg of venison. Buffet: parmesan-crusted grouper; candied sweet potatoes, ACCC cornbread and apple stuffing; baked butternut squash with caramelized pineapple; medley of asparagus, baby beans, and carrots. Bread display. Adults $44.95; children 5 -12 $16.95; children 4 and under free.
The Washington Inn & Wine Bar, 801 Washington St., Cape May, 609-884-5697. Serving from 1 to 7 p.m. Thanksgiving buffet offerings: carved turkey breast, herb gravy, apple herb stuffing; roasted prime rib, 3 peppercorn and rosemary rub, horseradish jus; pork loin with apricot stuffing; fish du jour; butternut squash soup, five spice crème fraiche, toasted pumpkin seeds; romaine salad, peppercorn parmesan dressing, focaccia croutons; brown sugar and spice whipped sweet potato; whipped Yukon gold potatoes; French beans with mushrooms, pancetta and brioche croutons; red cabbage braised with bacon and apples; Gruyere creamed onions; broccoli cauliflower, hazelnut pomegranate brown butter; cranberry orange relish. Assorted rolls. Pumpkin cheesecake, apple crumb pie, creme brulee, and toffee pudding with walnut caramel. Adults $35; children under 12 $16.
Sultan’s Feast Buffet, Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Ave., Atlantic City, 609-449-1000. Serving from noon to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving favorites: butternut squash soup, roast turkey carved to order, country bread stuffing, green beans, mashed and sweet potatoes. Buffet favorites: steaks from the grill, shrimp, international classics. Desserts. Adults $27.95; with Trump card $25.95; children under 12 $12.95.
Plate American Cafe, Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Ave., Atlantic City, 609-449-1000. Three-course Thanksgiving dinner served from noon to 10 p.m. includes butternut squash soup, roast turkey with all of the trimmings and pumpkin pie. $19.95 per person.
French Quarter Buffet, Showboat, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-343-4000. Slow roasted turkey breast with fresh gravy and NJ cranberry sauce; turducken stew with turkey, duck, chicken and stuffing; honey glazed ham with grilled pineapple glaze; grilled NY strip steaks; cornbread stuffing with sausage and sage; bourbon mashed sweet potatoes; fried turkey wings with sweet and spicy cranberry glaze. Award winning desserts by Pastry Chef Deb Pellegrino.
Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, 401 S. New York Road, Galloway, 609-748-7680. Thanksgiving buffet includes a selection of salads. Soups: spiced butternut squash bisque or ham hock and split pea. Cheese and charcuterie. Raw bar: oysters, clams, shrimp, swimming blue crab claws. Entrees: pumpkin ravioli, citrus brined pork tenderloin, seared Atlantic salmon, chicken paillards, apple cider braised beef short ribs. Carving stations: herb crusted whole turkeys, fresh cranberry sauce and gravy, honey-glazed bone-in ham, cracked mustard. Assorted dessert display: walnut apple pie, pumpkin pie, cheesecake, pumpkin logs, almond tarts, pecan pie, pumpkin cheese cake, assorted French pastries and petite fours, assorted mousse, seasonal creme brulee, egg nog bread pudding, apple-cranberry cobbler, cherries jubilee. $41.95 per person; $22.95 children 6-12 years, 5 and under free (plus tax and gratuity).
Seaside Cafe, Tropicana, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1-800-THE TROP. Three-course menu with choice of soup or salad, traditional roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, string beans Almandine, fresh baked apple and pumpkin pie. $18.95 per person.
Carmine’s, Tropicana Casino and Resort, Thanksgiving to go allows you to host a professionally prepared meal in your own home with the option of pick up, delivery or catering. The family-style meal serves eight and includes an 18-pound roasted turkey with sausage and sage stuffing, a variety of vegetable dishes, sweet and mashed potatoes and your choice of a holiday pie. Packages start at $225. Call 609-572-9300 to order your dinner today.
The Palm, Tropicana Casino and Resort, three-course traditional menu with your choice of hardy soups and fresh salads, slow-roasted hand-carved turkey and a selection of favorite seasonal sides and desserts. Price is $49 per person ages 13+ and $22 per person for children under 12. Make your reservation today at ThePalm.com
Fiesta Buffet, Tropicana, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 1-800-THE TROP. Serving from 2 to 8 p.m. Traditional roast turkey dinner complete with all the trimmings, baked ham and assorted pies will be available along with regular surf and turf offerings. $27.95 per person.
Fin, Tropicana, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 800-345-8767. Serving a three-course Thanksgiving dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. First -course choices include traditional caesar salad, Fin’s house salad, Maine lobster bisque, or roasted butternut squash. Entree: Griggstown farm raised roasted turkey with herb gravy, Oak Grove cornbread and chorizo stuffing, buttermilk mashed potatoes, fall vegetable medley, blue crab mac and cheese, Jersey cranberry sauce. Dessert: apple cranberry pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, Meyer lemon cheesecake. Regular menu also available. $38 per person.
Ono Chinese Bistro, The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, Boston and the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-347-1111. Serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m., featuring turkey, stuffing, candied yams and trimmings, along with pumpkin pie and pumpkin crème brulee. $25 per person.
The Coffee Shop, The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, Boston and the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-347-1111. Traditional Thanksgiving dinner served from 11:30 a.m to 10 p.m., featuring turkey, stuffing, candied yams, and trimmings, along with pumpkin pie and pumpkin crème brulee. $15.95 per person.
Golden Inn, Oceanfront at 78th St., Avalon, 866-343-6111. Seatings from noon to 6:45 p.m. Thanksgiving buffet: butternut squash soup, roasted vegetable pasta salad, Caesar salad, harvest salad, assorted cheese and cracker display, assorted bread display, sliced turkey breast with cranberry-orange relish and turkey giblet gravy, sliced coriander roast pork loin with homemade applesauce, traditional stuffing, vegetable medley, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows, pasta primavera, roasted salmon. Dessert: apple, pumpkin, and pecan pie. Complimentary mimosa per adult. Adults $27.95; kids 12 & under $14.95
Morton’s the Steak House, 2100 Pacific Ave., 609-449-1044. Serving 3 to 11 p.m. A new Thanksgiving tradition — a perfect steak with all the trimmings. Regular menu available.
Chart House, Golden Nugget, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard, Atlantic City, 609-340-5030. Serving signature menu from 4 to 9:30 p.m.
McCormick & Schmick’s, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City, 609-441-5579. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Roasted turkey dinner includes butternut squash bisque or walnut mixed greens, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread stuffing, seasonal vegetables, apple squash casserole, cranberry sauce. $26.99. Children 12 and under $9.99. Regular menu also available.