November 9  |  Local Events

Local Northern Colorado Restaurants + Foodie Events Where You Can Eat this Thanksgiving

It goes without saying: Thanksgiving is the best holiday for food. For those who don’t want to toil in the kitchen all morning (or for those who accidentally burned the turkey), don’t worry! You can still enjoy a holiday meal with all the fixings in Northern Colorado.

These local restaurants will be open on Thursday, November 23rd serving both themed menus and regular favorites. You can also reserve your spots at The Stanley Hotel, Embassy Suites in Loveland or Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch for an over-the-top foodie event the whole family will be talking about for years to come. Find all the details below and get ready to enjoy one of the best meals of the year. Happy Thanksgiving!


Embassy Suites Loveland

4705 Clydesdale Pkwy | Facebook

Call for reservation information: (970) 612-2385

Each year during the holidays, everyone in Northern Colorado looks forward to Embassy Suites’ life-size gingerbread. The 14-foot-tall structure comes complete with a fireplace and a window box brimming with lollipops and plenty of ribbon candy. But that’s not the only holiday attraction at the Loveland hotel!

On Thanksgiving Day, they host an annual Thanksgiving brunch. From 10:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. on November 23rd, the Front Range Ballroom will be filled with cold buffet offerings, hot buffet offerings and dessert buffet offerings with everything from classic deviled eggs and roasted carrot bisque to chef-carved prime rib and caramel apple pie. Call (970) 612-2385 to book your table today!


The Stanley Hotel

333 E Wonderview Ave | Facebook

Call for reservation information: (970) 577-4000

The Stanley Hotel is Estes Park’s famously haunted hotel, but it’s as luxurious as it is ghost-filled. On Thanksgiving each year, they host a gourmet lunch buffet filled with traditional dishes and desserts — pumpkin pie included! Follow the hotel on Facebook for updates on the 2017 event.


Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

2939 N Co Rd 31D | Facebook

Call for reservation information: (970) 667-3915 ext. 11

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch Loveland Colorado Thanksgiving

Photo courtesy of Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, one of our top dude ranches in Colorado, is located right in Loveland. They’re celebrating Thanksgiving with an “over-the-river-and-through-the-woods” getaway for the whole family. At $485 per adult, your days will be filled with horse-drawn wagon-rides, hikes, trail rides, a draft horse workshop, a fly-casting clinic, natural history and geology tours, pond fishing, and more — all optional, so you can make the weekend the perfect vacation for you and yours. Check out the Facebook event and contact Karen at for more information!


The Moot House

2626 S College Ave | Facebook

Call for reservation information: (970) 226-2121

The Moot House snagged a spot on our list of the best outdoor patios in Fort Collins and The Ultimate Guide to Brunch in Fort Collins. On Thanksgiving Day, you can find out how good their Thanksgiving buffet is between the hours 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Be sure you call for a reservation and get all the fixins’ at Moot on November 23rd!

You can also order Thanksgiving carry-out before November 18 for pick-up on Wednesday, November 22 to be reheated at home the next day — or whenever you get a craving for Moot House favorites! Get details here.


Austin’s American Grill

2815 East Harmony Road | Facebook

Call for reservation information: (970) 267-6532

Austin's American Grill Fort Collins Colorado

Photo courtesy of Austin’s American Grill

Austin’s American Grill on Harmony is celebrating the holiday with a buffet from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This classic FoCo destination serves up the classic comfort food everyone craves on Thanksgiving. On regular days, you can taste their New American cuisine at both the Old Town and Harmony locations!

At this Austin’s location, you can also order Thanksgiving carry-out before November 18 for pick-up on Wednesday, November 22 to be reheated at home the next day — or whenever you get a craving for your favorite Austin’s American Grill dish! Get details here.


FoCo Cafe

225 Maple St | Facebook

Call for reservation information: (309) 368-1659

FoCo Cafe Fort Collins Thanksgiving

Photo courtesy of FoCo Cafe

FoCo Cafe is Fort Collins’ nonprofit restaurant, offering healthy and delicious meals to all people on a donation basis. Using what is available locally and what is in season, they craft plates of salads, soups, sandwiches and more for every customer who walks in the door. This Thanksgiving, they’re hosting their biggest celebration of the year to honor Thanksgiving and their third anniversary! The holiday lunch will be a feast for the whole family with the classic dishes we’ve come to love alongside holiday favorites like stuffing, turkey and mashed potatoes.

Thanksgiving Day will also kick off FoCo Cafe’s Warm Wishes Scarf Project that runs from November until February or March. Through the cold weather months, they’ll collect donated scarfs, gloves, coats, hats and other gear and each donated item should have a message of hope in it — to share encouraging words with those who may need them. 


Jay’s Bistro

135 W Oak St | Facebook

Call for reservation information: (970) 482-1897

Jay’s Bistro will always be one of our top date night restaurants in Fort Collins. And on November 23rd this year, Jay’s will also be one of our favorite places to eat on Thanksgiving! Serving entrees and tapas, you can make it a perfect family meal with a table full of shareable plates.


Star of India

2900 W Harvard St | Facebook

Call for reservation information: (970) 225-1740

Star of India Fort Collins Colorado Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving 2017

Photo courtesy of Star of India

Star of India is one of Fort Collins’ favorite locally owned and operated Indian restaurants. They offer a lunch and dinner buffet every day of the week — including Thanksgiving Day. On Thursday, they’ll be open for lunch from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and again for dinner from 5 – 8 p.m. Stop by for a special occasion Thanksgiving-themed buffet and enjoy a meal with the Star of India family!


Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Restaurant

1051 W Horsetooth Rd | Facebook

Call for reservation information: (970) 377-0812

This Thanksgiving, sit with your family and friends around the grills at Fort Collins’ Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Restaurant! This local favorite will be open from 12 – 9 p.m. and they’ll be offering their regular menu of fresh sushi, delicious hibachi classics and craft cocktails.


The Boot Grill

130 W Laurel St B | Facebook

Call for reservation information: (970) 685-4737

The Boot Grill in Fort Collins will be open on Thanksgiving Day so you can get a pint of beer, a plate of comfort food and check out the rooftop deck — weather permitting, of course. On other days throughout the year, you can stop by the FoCo location or swing by the Loveland restaurant on Clydesdale Parkway.


Where are you dining?  

Let us know where you’ll be this Thanksgiving! Is your favorite NoCo spot on the list?

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