Make a reservation at these Northern Michigan restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner, and linger over conversations, not the dishes. Or gather at home with turkeys-to-go.

Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner

Boathouse Restaurant, Traverse City

Order turkey and country ham alongside lobster tail, wagyu filets and elk rack. View the menu. Call 231.223.4030 for reservations.

Minervas Restaurant, Traverse City

The buffet is available from 11 a.m.– 4 p.m., call 231.946.5093 for additional information and reservations. $28 for Adults, $11 for Kids 4-12, Free for Kids 3 and under.

Reflect Bistro inside Cambria Suites, Traverse City

Enjoy the buffet from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $32.95 for adults; $17.95 for children ages 6–12; 5 and under free. View the full menu and call 231.778.9110 for reservations.

Maddy’s Tavern, Traverse City

A buffet dinner with roasted turkey, herb crusted pork tenderloin, Maddy’s mac and cheese, homemade pies and much more for $18.95 for adults, $9.95 for children 4-10, and 3 and under are free! Call 231-276-6244 for more information.

Aerie Restaurant at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme

The buffet is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring deviled eggs, a create-your-own salad station, pumpkin bisque, herb-basted turkey breast, chocolate pecan pie and so much more. Reservations are highly recommended, call 231.534.6800 or reserve a spot here. 

Bluebird Restaurant, Leland

Turkey or prime rib entrees with all the traditional sides. Reservations highly recommended, call 231.256.9081. Dinner is served from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Lakeview Restaurant at Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire

The traditional Thanksgiving buffet has roast turkey, prime rib, casseroles and more. A selection of fine pastries and pies will be available for dessert. The buffet is open from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Call 231.533.3000 ext. 7185 for reservations.

Inn at Bay Harbor, Bay Harbor

A seasonal buffet with lots of options from 12:30–3:30 p.m. Reservations recommended: 231.439.4051. View the menu.

Everett’s at Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls

Head to Everett’s on Thanksgiving Day for a buffet, or have a complete meal, including all the holiday favorites, prepared and delivered to your resort accommodations. Buffet served from noon to 5 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended, call 231.549.6067. View the menu.

Weathervane Restaurant, Charlevoix

This classic holiday buffet will have turkey, ham, smoked fish, a salad bar, Great Lakes chowder, crab mac and cheese, a decadent chocolate dipping fountain and so much more. Reservations are recommended, call 231.547.4311. $32.95 adults, $14.95 children. View the menu.

Stafford’s Bay View Inn, Petoskey

A Stafford’s chef mans the carving station with turkey, ham and top round beef, and you’ll find lots of holiday favorites like green bean casserole and mac and cheese. View the menu.  The buffet is open from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended, call 231.347.2771. $29.95 adults, $15.95 children.

Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey

Roasted turkey and sirloin, baked ham, cinnamon candied yams, Waldorf salad, chocolate truffle cake and so much more. The buffet is available from 12:30–5:30 p.m. View the menu. Reservations are recommended, call 231.347.4000. $39.95 per adult, $15.95 per child.

Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, Harbor Springs

A plated dinner with your choice of soup or salad and Chef’s dessert buffet. View the menu. The carved turkey dinner and slow roasted prime rib are $32 per guest. Dinner is served from noon to 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended, call 231.526.6201.

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Where to Get Turkeys-To-Go & Side Dishes

The Kitchen, Traverse City

Preorder your roasted turkey, sausage and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy and cranberry sauce for 6 for just $79.95 at this Traverse City food stop. Want to make it a feast? You can add sides of green bean casserole, candied yams, rolls and pumpkin pie and rolls for $50 more. Individual dinners are available starting at $9.95 and don’t require pre-order. 

The Lakeview Restaurant at Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire

Just pick up and serve at home. To order, call 231.533.3070. Pick up on Thanksgiving Day. Includes 10–12 pounds of freshly roasted turkey or honey glazed ham, homestyle stuffing, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, green bean casserole, orange cranberry relish, salad with dressings, rolls and butter and pie (choose two: apple, cherry or pumpkin).

Symons General Store, Petoskey

Pre-order traditional Thanksgiving fare prepared by the chefs at Chandler’s and house-made Symons favorites. All items must be pre-ordered and paid. View the menu and order form.


A complete Thanksgiving meal to enjoy in the comfort of your own home for $139. Serves 6 to 8 hungry guests. Available for order and pick up at Stafford’s Bay View Inn (Petoskey, 231.347.2771), Stafford’s Pier Restaurant (Harbor Springs, 231.526.6201) and Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant (Charlevoix, 231.547.4311). Advance reservations required.

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Neighbors in Need Program

Employees at Stafford’s Pier in Harbor Springs have teamed up with their guests to create the “Neighbors in Need” program. Complete Thanksgiving dinners are delivered to area families by volunteers who prepare, package and deliver the meals. The staff at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant works closely with the Salvation Army, The Manna Food Project, Harbor Springs Food Bank, Women’s Resource Center and local churches. Last year, more than 120 families enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving dinner thanks to Stafford’s Pier Restaurant staff and guests.

To make a monetary or time donation in Harbor Springs, contact Jody at Stafford’s Pier Restaurant – or 231-526-6201.

To make a monetary or time donation in Charlevoix, contact Paul at Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant – or 231-547-4311.