Stress Free Thanksgiving Options

Many seniors are happy they have downsized until the holidays roll around, suddenly they realize they don’t have enough space to host a big family gathering. One way to start a new tradition is to plan a holiday dinner out – that way the shopping, cooking and clean up are left to the experts while you relax and enjoy the company.


There are many options in the area during the holiday season:


Capitol Grille:

This upscale steak house is also known for fine seafood and wine and offers a traditional Thanksgiving menu. Private dining arrangements are available with customized menus and event coordinator.


Hours open: Sun – Thu 6:30am – 10:30pm

Fri – Sat 6:30am – 11:00pm


Typical Meal Cost: $$$$


Location: 40 W. Washington Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204


Phone Number: (317) 423-8790


Takes Reservations: Yes


Morton’s The Steakhouse:

A classic dining experience, Morton’s The Steakhouse offers steaks and seafood and vast wine selections as well as gluten-free menu options. Morton’s offers two private rooms as well.


Hours open: Monday – Thursday 5:30pm – 10pm

Friday – Saturday 5:30pm – 11pm

Sunday 5pm – 10pm


Typical Meal Cost: $$$$


Location: 41 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204


Phone Number: (317) 229-4700


Takes Reservations: Yes


Weber Grille:

Another great Indianapolis location near Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Circle Centre Mall offering American BBQ fare with a special Thanksgiving menu.


Hours open:

Mon–Thurs: 4:00pm–10:00pm

Fri: 4:00pm-11:00pm

Sat: 11:00am-11:00pm

Sun: Noon-9:00pm


Typical Meal Cost: $$$


Location: 10 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46204


Phone Number: (317) 636-7600


Takes Reservations: Yes

Buca di Beppo:

An appetizing blend of Italian classics, catered to family-style portions and a traditional Thanksgiving menu.


Hours open: Mon through Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Sunday 11:00am to 9:00 pm


Typical Meal Cost: $$$


Location: Two Indianapolis locations: 35 N Illinois Street, and 6045 E 86th Street


Phone Number: (317) 632-2822 (Illinois Street) and (317) 842-8666 (86th Street)


Takes Reservations: Yes


Cracker Barrel:

Whether you want to eat in, or take advantage of their catering options, the menu features traditional Thanksgiving foods as well as a complete selection of comfort foods.


Hours open: Sunday – Thursday 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

Friday and Saturday 6:00 am to 11:00 pm


Typical Meal Cost: $$


Locations: 9340 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, 317-337-0029

2340 Post Dr, Indianapolis, (317) 897-1042

3840 Eagle View Dr, Indianapolis, (317) 298-8908

4350 E Southport Rd, Indianapolis, (317) 784-7691

9700 N by NE Blvd, Fishers, (317) 842-2766


Takes Reservations: You can call ahead to be put on the waitlist or order online


Boston Market:

There are multiple locations in the Indianapolis area with catering specials for Thanksgiving.


Hours open: Daily 10:30 am to 10:00 pm


Typical Meal Cost: $$


Phone Number: 866-977-9090 for catering at any location


Takes Reservations: No


The key to a relaxed and enjoyable Thanksgiving gathering is to plan ahead. Contact them early for reservations or for catering. If you choose to have the meal catered, be sure to use the fancy China, then sit back and focus on being together with your loved ones.


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