Is cooking just not for you? Does the thought of doing dozens of dishes make your palms sweat? Then maybe it's time to consider leaving the cooking to the pros. Here is a list of a few restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving Day in Eau Claire. But, if cooking IS for you and you're nothing but stoked to prepare the Thanksgiving table at home, we have a few places for you to shop too.

1. Johnny's Italian Steak House

If you want to keep this Thanksgiving slightly more formal, try out Johnny's Italian Steakhouse. Their restaurant will be open from 10:30 am -3 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Apart from the five-star meal, you'll also get to enjoy the incredible ambiance that Johnny's offers. They will be serving a family-style meal including turkey, prime rib, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, and other traditional Thanksgiving foods. 

2. The Informalist

The Informalist will be open from 2-9 pm on Thanksgiving Day and will be offering traditional Thanksgiving food favorites on their menu. Come enjoy a delicious meal along with the one-of-a-kind dining experience The Informalist offers. Don't forget to take a peek at the exquisite penny bar too!

3. Dooley's Pub

Not a huge fan of Thanksgiving food? Well, Dooley's Pub has you covered. Stop by to get a classically delicious meal from one of the best Irish pubs in town. Their Thanksgiving hours may vary from regular hours, but worry not! Their doors will be open.

4. Altoona Family Restaurant 

Exterior of Altoona Family Restaurant

Altoona Family Restaurant is always a crowd-pleaser and will be the perfect place to go for some brunch on Thanksgiving day. They will be open from 7 am-8:45 pm on Thanksgiving Day.

5. Wagner's Lanes & The Complexx

Start a new tradition and hit up the bowling alley this Thanksgiving! Wagner's will be open at from 9 am-12 am with a regular menu. Why change a good thing, right?


Eau Juicy, a new restaurant in Eau Claire that offers authentic cajun seafood boils, will be hosting a FREE community Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day from 5-7 pm. The food will be buffet/family-style and will include cajun seafood, turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, a variety of desserts, and many other Thanksgiving favorites. All are welcome, so come gather and enjoy a meal prepared with lots of heart and love. 

Places to Help You Prep Your Dinner

Interior of Rump's Butcher Shoppe in Altoona

1. Rump's Butcher Shoppe

When you need the main bird for your Thanksgiving dinner, head over to Rump's Butcher Shoppe in Altoona. They sell fresh, locally raised delicious turkeys that will be the ultimate showstoppers for your family's feast. When Christmas rolls around, keep Rump's in mind again. They sell prime rib too that will make for the perfect course when gathering with your closest loved ones.

2. French Press

While the French Press will not be open on Thanksgiving Day, it is one of the best places in Eau Claire to get pies, cakes, cookies, rolls, or bread for your Thanksgiving dessert. The goodies are made from scratch in their kitchen and most importantly, they're made with lots of love.

Pie from Norske Nook in Osseo

3. Norske Nook

What's a Thanksgiving dinner without a mouth-watering pie?! Sure, you can always bake one yourself, but no one can do it quite like Norske Nook. Pick up one of their award-winning pies from Osseo this Thanksgiving!

There you have it - Eau Claire restaurants that will cook for you when you don't want to. While you're eating, share with us what you're thankful for on Instagram with #CaptureEC! 

Happy Thanksgiving from us at Visit Eau Claire to you! 


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