Where to Eat Out on Thanksgiving in the Iowa City Area

For the family that is looking for the ultimate relaxation on Thanksgiving–a cook-free, cleanup-free, traditional turkey meal–check out any of these Iowa City area restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving.

Be sure to give each establishment a call to inquire about specific hours and reservations.


Ox Yoke Inn

4420 220th Trail, Amana

Nothing compares to the family style meals in the Amana Colonies. Reservations required, with limited hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 319-622-3441.


Iowa River Power Restaurant

501 1st Avenue, Coralville

Offering breathtaking views of the Iowa River, this is “river view dining at its best.” Call ahead for reservations: 319-351-1904.

ReUnion Brewery

516 2nd St. Coralville

Enjoy this Thanksgiving buffet with a brew on the side. Reserve your spot by calling 319-337-3000.

Twelve01 Kitchen and Tap

1210 1st Avenue, Coralville

This is a full-service brunch buffet running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come hungry! Kids 5 and under eat free. Call 319-338-1201 or 319-351-5049 for reservations.

Iowa City

Bread Garden Market

225 S. Linn Street, Iowa City

A local Iowa City favorite located in the heart of downtown Iowa City. It’s too late to pre-order meals this year, but consider carryout or take-and-bake options next year.  

Vue Rooftop

328 S. Clinton Street

Offering one of the best views in all of downtown Iowa City, Vue will serve-up a traditional turkey meal, and other menu favorites including decadent desserts, from 5 p.m. to close. Call 319-519-4650 or book online for reservations.

Hy-Vee Market Grille

Various locations: Iowa City and Coralville

Not only is Hy-Vee the place to stock up on groceries, it’s also the place to go to enjoy a Thanksgiving Day buffet. All locations in Johnson County will serve meals in their restaurants. Stores are still taking pre-orders for carryout meals during Thanksgiving week, so call your location or visit hyvee.com.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at ICMB! 


Katie is a spouse, mother, and professional communicator. She became acquainted with Iowa City as a student at the University of Iowa, earning degrees in Journalism, Political Science, and most recently her MA in Strategic Communication. Katie and her husband met and fell in love in Iowa City, deciding to never leave. Their family can often be found eating their way through downtown, walking their dog in City Park, or cheering on their beloved Hawkeyes at live sporting events.


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