Turkey dinner against a rustic background

Who says that you have to slave away in front of a hot oven just to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast? There are tons of restaurants in and around Madison that are serving divine dinners where you can indulge in turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casseroles, and more. The best part is you don’t have to cook or do the dishes. Now that’s something to be thankful for! These are our picks for the best Thanksgiving dinners in Madison, Wisconsin this year.

Essen House

Madison’s oldest German beer house and banquet hall is once again offering up their famous Thanksgiving spread from 11am to 6pm on November 24th. The dinner costs $29.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids and includes roast turkey with traditional sides like mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy yams, mixed veggies and cranberry sauce. For dessert there is a selection of tasty pies. Kids under 5 can eat for free.

When: November 24, 11am - 6pm

Where: 514 E Wilson St., Madison

Tel: +608-255-4674

Great Dane Pub & Brewing

Enjoy a hearty, home cooked Thanksgiving meal at any of the Great Dane pubs. The Hillsdale and Fitchburg pubs will be offering an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving brunch buffet, while the other locations will be serving up delicious plates of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and a slice of pie. The buffet is $30 per adult or $11 for kids 12 and under, and the plated dinner is $18 per plate. 

When: November 24. Buffet 12pm - 7pm (Fitchburg & Hillsdale only), Plates available 4pm until close

Where: Multiple locations

Tel: Fitchburg: +608-442-9000. Hilldale: +608-661-9400.

Rare Steakhouse

Head to Rare Steakhouse this Thanksgiving and let chef Tony Hargrove take care of all the cooking. He’ll be preparing a special feast that will feature butternut squash and apple soup, herb-roasted turkey breast and confit legs, red corn bread pudding, and pumpkin pie. The dinner is $85 per person and includes appetizers, a main course, sides, and dessert. Reservations are essential.

When: November 24, 3:30pm - 7pm

Where: 14 W MIfflin Street, Madison

Tel: +608-204-9000

The Statehouse

Celebrate Turkey Day in style at The Statehouse in the Edgewater Hotel. They’ll be serving up delicious dishes all day with a Thanksgiving brunch buffet from 9am to 11:30am and a Thanksgiving family style dinner from 12:30pm to 8pm. Dishes include organic kale caesar salad, roasted organic turkey, brioche stuffing, brussels sprouts and pumpkin pie. The dinner is currently booked up, but you can call to reserve a spot on the waiting list.

When: November 24, Brunch 9am - 11:30am, Dinner 12pm - 7pm

Where: Edgewater Hotel, 1001 Wisconsin Place, Madison

Tel: +608-535-8167

Pasture & Plenty

If you want to celebrate Thanksgiving at home, but don’t have the time or energy to cook a massive meal, Pasture and Plenty has a fantastic selection of side dishes that you can just pop in the oven and serve alongside your turkey. Choices include green bean casserole, root vegetable and squash gratin, parmesan mashed potatoes, and herbed brioche rolls. They also have cheese boards, sweet treats and wine pairings.

Where: 2433 University Avenue, Madison

Tel: +608-665-3770


Step up your Thanksgiving meal game with some fine dining dishes from L’Etoile. This year they’re offering a full takeaway Thanksgiving menu that you can enjoy at home with your loved ones. The meal is $300 and serves up to five people with elevated dishes like turkey roulade, apple and sage stuffing, brussels sprout casserole and your choice of bourbon hickory pie or apple caramel pie.

Where: 1 S Pinckney Street, Madison

Tel: +608-251-0500

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